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    Setting off around the world!

    Hey all,
    off we go on Cinderella. So far things have been...slow. Fickle summer winds and strong currents mean long days for us. We stopped in Port Townsend yesterday and had a blast checking thing out.

    heading to Port Angeles now riding the morning ebb. We are taking things slow to wait for the coming southerly to die down.

    -P

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    Good luck -P.

    Are you heading south down the coast? Any plans to stop in Santa Cruz CA?
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    We are hoping to stop by Santa Cruise. I'm hoping to have a beer with Buzz and get some insight on our rig. I'll let you know when we plan to get to town.

    -P

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    Port Angeles has a well protected harbor and also a very friendly yacht club!
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    We learned a bit about ocean swell today. If the wind doesn't blow at least 8kts, we can't sail in it. We just flog flog flog. Needless to say we just spent 24 hrs floating around in circles in the straights. we have decided to head back to Neah Bay and wait out some strong northerlies. Debated using them to sail south, but not sure what kind of sea state they would kick up.

    On the plus side, we spent the day whale watching and salmon fishing. Not bad! However frustrating clogging sails at 3am may be.

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    You will most likely turn south and head further out from shore when you go, but if you need to stop in @ LaPush, it is a short albeit precise entry... but not very long to get into totally protected waters. Friendly folks and a decent restaurant.

    Gray's Harbor is an easy bar crossing, as long as you avoid the middle of the ebb. Nice port and good facilities. There used to be a free shower room in the harbor master's office on the second floor.

    If you enter the Columbia River, pay attention to the tide. Listen to the USCG info on the radio. Do not cut too close to the north jetty even tho some local fishing boats will be seen to do so. (some of them have local knowledge, and way-too-many of them have loco knowledge).

    Thanks much for your updates.
    Are you using Satellite communication?

    Regards,
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    Good info. I was looking at those northerlies on-line and thinking, "gee, I wish I was sailing north this week!"
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    Thanks for all of the info Loren, much appreciated. We are probably gonna use the northerlies to get most of the way to SF. After a little more research, it looks like prime conditions. (I am still new to reading weather, and a bit conservative)

    We are gonna check the buoys over the course of the evening and hit it once the wind hits 12kts or so.

    I have been using Verizon LTE so far for our communications. Once offshore we will be limited to our inreach for info, but right now we are capitalizing on unlimited data.

    cheers,

    -P

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    Quote Originally Posted by p.gazibara View Post
    We learned a bit about ocean swell today. If the wind doesn't blow at least 8kts, we can't sail in it. We just flog flog flog.
    Pajo,
    As you are planning to sail engineless while at sea, you will no doubt encounter light winds and ocean swells many times during a circumnavigation. The rolling will be hard to tolerate without a steadying sail, and your good mainsail will flog itself to shreds in short order if you leave it set. I know from your blog that Cinderella came with many old racing sails. Is it possible for you to make yourself a nylon mainsail? There is a good article describing this in SAIL Magazine, Sept. 2017 issue.
    Good luck and fair winds!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joliba View Post
    Pajo,
    As you are planning to sail engineless while at sea, you will no doubt encounter light winds and ocean swells many times during a circumnavigation. The rolling will be hard to tolerate without a steadying sail, and your good mainsail will flog itself to shreds in short order if you leave it set. I know from your blog that Cinderella came with many old racing sails. Is it possible for you to make yourself a nylon mainsail? There is a good article describing this in SAIL Magazine, Sept. 2017 issue.
    Good luck and fair winds!
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    That is an excellent idea. We will have to look into it. We made it to Eureka, did most of our trip between 60-90 miles offshore and iIt was overall a pleasant trip. Got Cinderella surfing and had a blast. I would have never believed how great a windvane is, truly priceless. We had a bit of bad luck our first night when a wave pooped the cockpit and about 500 gallons out so drenched us. About a bucketful got into the open companionway and soaked our instruments/settee bunk. Fortunately our backup systems worked and we got into Eureka without issue.

    Tough lessons to learn, but I'm glad it happened here where we can easily buy replacement cords/dongles for the PC. It's a lot different out there than on the sound.

    It it looks like we will be hanging out here for a bit and trying to leave before the big swells get here. Hopefully, if we time it right, we can get some good wind for the ride to San Fran.

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    Nylon Mainsail

    Pajo,
    Wow, it sounds as though you have gone through some rough sailing for the first leg. You might get halfway around the world without being pooped like that a second time. If you made it through that first leg with enthusiasm to continue, I have confidence that you will complete your circumnavigation.
    Anyway, here is a link to the article describing the light main that can be flown while the primary sail is furled on the boom. I have never seen one, but it looks clever to me and could be a good solution for you.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sailmagazine.com/.amp/diy/a-lighter-mainsail


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    Hi Pajo,

    Just found your Cinderella Cruising video; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHp...BUTsgFWXRf8dfA

    Nice video!

    Maybe you mentioned it before but I was surprised to see that the deck stepped mast was changed to a keel stepped mast. Very interesting.
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    Cool video.

    I'd love to see, if you haven't done it already, a complete report on the motor and solar and batteries and how the usage goes.

    By now I'm sure you take the sails down in no-wind slop to keep from being driven nuts. If you can motor at even two knots under such conditions I find it reduces the crazy motion considerably.

    Good voyage!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark F View Post
    Hi Pajo,

    Just found your Cinderella Cruising video; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHp...BUTsgFWXRf8dfA

    Nice video!

    Maybe you mentioned it before but I was surprised to see that the deck stepped mast was changed to a keel stepped mast. Very interesting.
    A PO swapped out the original mast for that of an Express 34, its super bendy, and gives us lots of sail shape control. The PO also tore the interior out and beefed her up with tie rods from a Santa cruise 50 and added stringers to stiffen the hull. She was a pretty stout and bare race boat when I got her.

    Christian: if the sun is shining, we can motor at 3 kts without depleting the batteries, but the sun has to be shining... I think our goal is to wait for wind as much as possible.

    cheers
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    Hi Pajo,

    Looks like you guys made it to San Francisco;

    http://www.sailingcinderella.com/where-are-we-now
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