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June 30, 2009

Google Earth Track – our northbound adventure

Here (attached) is the Google Earth “.kmz” file showing our track up and down the coast. You can also see the ships we were seeing with our AIS system. I have included placemarks for the major weather buoys along the San Francisco to Seattle route. I swear that we can sail better tacking angles than […]

June 25, 2009

Valis and her Crew back in Sausalito

Today (Thursday) at 12:00 Noon VALIS and her hardy crew returned safely to her Sausalito slip. We had an exhilarating downwind sail back to San Francisco, with winds in the 20′s (and a few 30+ patches), and VALIS often hit 10 knots under main and poled-out genoa. While making our turn above the Farallons towards […]

June 24, 2009

Run Away!

I have decided to live to fight another day. VALIS is sailing home. After studying the five-day and extended forecasts for wind and sea-state, it just makes sense to turn around. The best we could have done would have been to power into Humbolt Bay tomorrow, then hole up there for four or five days […]


Wednesday Morning (June 24)

8:45AM Wednesday morning, lat 39deg 06min N, lon 124deg 26min W. Course 350deg magnetic, speed 4.5 kts. Yes, we left on Monday morning, and have been battling 15-30 kt winds and 9-15 ft seas as we slowly tack our way north. We are now just a little north of Pt. Arena, and at this rate […]

June 23, 2009

Tuesday Morning

Valis continues the slog to the north. We finally made it aroud Pt. Reyes last night, and have been slowly tacking uor way up the coast. We are currently about 25 miles west of Bodega Bay (lat 38deg 19min N, lon 123deg 35min W) We are sailing due west and will soon tack north for […]

June 22, 2009

On Our Way

VALIS has begun her trek to points north! At 8:30 AM PDT Monday morning, VALIS and her crew (Dave, Jim, Rich, and Paul) left Sausalito and headed out through the Golden Gate. We are now about 10 miles due west of Point Bonita. We are sailing roughly 5 kts on a course of 240 deg […]