Hello Ocean.

September 12, 2010


Hello? This is like a dream. Is this this the North Pacific Ocean? This is not what I expected.

It’s warm here, dry, sunny, the winds are fair. I thought I was off the Oregon coast, heading for California. Am I in the trade winds? Going to Tahiti? I have my shirt off. It’s 70 degrees in the cabin. The water is 63 degrees- I expected 55 or less. I thought it would be cold and wet, but everything is dry. I have the stars and Tuatara’s lights to steer by at night. There are so many beautiful points in the darkness. We’re sailing through the Milky Way.
Kevin and Ben caught a tuna yesterday. They were going to share it with us but they ate it all before catching up to us. We found a fair north wind. It’s built to 10-15 knots and we’re making 4-5 knots due south- running with the following seas.
The Bruja is sailing herself. The miles are rolling away like surplus currency in exchange for this surreal experience. Can I afford this? We’re having the time of our lives. At times it’s like we’re flying, floating, both. This is too easy. The forecasts call for more of the same.
This is like another world, but this is the Earth- the Ocean. It’s nice to meet you.

Our position as of 9:06am PST is 42.46 North and 126.09 West.
I tried to send this message yesterday but I’ve been having a hard time connecting to HF stations. Wish I could send everyday. Not picking up any email yet either…

Over last night the seas built into a lumpy mess. We’re now in about 20 knots north wind with a wee piece of jib up. Still flying- have some non-stop turbulence though. Still dreamy, but sleep is hard to come by in the lumps. We have the brakes on, making 3.5-4 knots, waiting for Tuatara. I last spoke with them at 7:30pm yesterday. They caught another fish, a huge one, but couldn’t get it on board. I think we sailed south too far from them for VHF. Hoping to fly the kite when they catch up and get some photos of the two boats sailing.
Another sunny day. Last night the sky was completely clear all night. Dolphins came and swam with the boat for a while- electric blue beings playing in the bow wake under a moonless, bright galaxy.

46 miles to the California border. We’ll likely time our arrival under the Golden Gate to Wednesday morning, September 15th. Will send more messages as possible.



  1. I am so glad it is a good trip. I love getting your notes about your voyage. This is so exciting! Can hardly believe you will get to the Golden Gate Bridge by 9-15-10. Hope you get some more pictures soon. Good luck and God speed!

    Love you,

  2. Hi Tim. We’ve been following your trip on your website. Sounds like you’re having a fabulous voyage! Really stirring up some fond memories of our same trip down the coast 12 years ago. The Bruja’s a great boat on the ocean. We’ll keep tuning in for updates. Have a safe trip to San Fran!

    Best regards, Bob & Helen

    • Bob and Helen,

      I think about you two whenever I begin to feel safe, efficient, and/or comfortable on board the Bruja Dulce. You guys did such an excellent job taking care of her for 25 years and setting her up for cruising and passage-making. I’m happy to be able to bring back some memories for you. Please know that I appreciate your seamanship and know-how. I’m learning a lot from the boat, which means I’m learning a lot from you! Many thanks, and let’s stay in touch!

  3. So glad things are going well for you! The pics from your kite were AMAZING! Hope things continue as smoothly as they started! Thinking of you every day! Enjoy the ride! Much love to all!

    • Things actually got smoother and smoother as the trip went on…sort of, or maybe that was our sea-legs kicking in. Delayed thanks for the well wishes…took me a while to slow down enough to take a good look at the laptop. See you soon! Love ya!

  4. Muy bien Tim

    Excellente trabajo. Pictures are great. I need to know more about your camera kite.

    Un abraso.


    • Ahoy Huevon!
      Donde estas?
      I want to talk to you!

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