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Ship Log

The Bruja Dulce’s story afloat (most recent to distant past):

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2010

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To Pete’s Harbor Marina

Date: September 17th, 2010
Departed – Arrived: Sausalito – Redwood City, CA
Crew: Dad, sleeping Ben, and I
Distance: 25 nm
Data: Motoring 4.5 hours

Notes: The SF Bay is very busy place, and it is not a very big place (when you’re not used to it), and it is very foggy in the summer. We crossed the bay in the morning, before dawn, to catch the tide right. Without radar and GPS the adventure may have been enough to break something inside of me. Well, actually, it wasn’t so bad. Visibility never dropped below 1/4 mile (once there was some light)- which isn’t much, but it’ll do in a pinch. Thanks to excellent co-odination from Giorgio, the marina’s stellar harbor master, I was able to dock the Bruja in her pre-assigned slip at Pete’s Harbor without getting stuck in the mud. And then, all of the sudden, we had arrived.

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PacNW to SF Bay Passage – Day 8

Date: September 15th, 2010
Location: Pacific Coastal Waters, CA
Crew: Dad and I
Buddy Boat: s/v Tuatara w/Kevin and Ben
Distance: 60 nm
Data: Motoring 1 hour – Sailing 13 hours

Notes: Tuatara and the Bruja Dulce closely coordinated positions, speed, and bearing through the night. The vessels tracked perfectly parallel at a distance of one mile from each other. Around sunrise Tuatara moved ahead and took a direct path towards the Golden Gate. Having the luxury of excellent timing with the tidal currents under the bridge, Dad and I slowed down on the approach. I readied and tested the kite rig. Getting miles ahead, Tuatara gives us the wind conditions under the bridge and we choose a path which would be the most likely to allow for the flight. The sounds of the Bruja moving in the sea had not stopped in four days. The fog horn of the San Francisco Bay approach added a new depth and intensity to the music. Dodging oil tankers, Coast Guard boats, pilot boats, kite surfers, wind surfers, ferry boats, and fleets of other sailboats, we make our entrance to the sunny bay under the red bridge- kite with camera in-tow 100 feet above us and tack downwind to Alcatraz Island. The kite crashes but we recover it. We motor-sail into the wind, across the bay to Sausalito and drop the anchor. Tuatara, stays the night on a mooring bouy in Sausalito and we all sleep for many many hours.

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PacNW to SF Bay Passage – Day 7

Date: September 14th, 2010
Location: Pacific Coastal Waters, CA
Crew: Dad and I
Buddy Boat: s/v Tuatara w/Kevin and Ben
Distance: 105 nm
Data: Motoring 1 hour – Sailing 23 hours

Notes: In the pre-dawn hours, watching the radar and Tuatara’s navigation lights, I sail the Bruja within 1/4 mile off their bow. I shine my spotlight at them to say, “Hello”- figuring they had been watching me too. I am told a scramble ensued on our buddy boat. The captain was quickly woken, the charts came flying out, as did the binoculars and the GPS. They thought my spotlight was something other the my spotlight -sorry guys. That day, while sailing together, I tried to fly my kite aerial photography rig to take photos of the two boats at sea. Dad was napping. He was woken by my yelling for him when the kite crashed into the water. I was paying out the kite string, and trying to turn the boat around under full sail. We recovered the kite rig, thanks to Pop in his PJs, but fouled much of the string in the scramble. I vowed to save the kite for my one chance at flying it under the Golden Gate Bridge. As the sun went down, the wind picked back up to 20+ knots, the temperature quickly dropped, and the fog rolled in. We were making our approach to the Bay. Sometime before midnight the wind and waves peaked at forces greater than we had seen to that point. A couple of breaking waves brought seawater into the Bruja’s cockpit and under the helmsman’s bum.

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PacNW to SF Bay Passage – Day 6

Date: September 13th, 2010
Location: Pacific Coastal Waters, CA
Crew: Dad and I
Buddy Boat: s/v Tuatara w/Kevin and Ben
Distance: 120 nm
Data: Sailing 24 hours

Notes: Tuatara and the Bruja Dulce meet on the high seas at last. Pictures were taken, shots were fired, but no fish was exchanged- not exactly. The North wind lets up to 15-20 knots. The seas are a steady 6-10 feet with some occasionally deeper troughs. I check the coastal forecast as we approach the infamous Cape Mendocino and find that our push to make the weather window had paid off. Only more of the same 15-25 knot North winds were ahead of us, but the weather was quickly turning sour behind us. The cape is known for frequent blows of 30-45 knots of wind and much nastier 15-20 foot seas. We considered ourselves lucky and boogied on down the line (125º W).

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PacNW to SF Bay Passage – Day 5

Date: September 12th, 2010
Location: Pacific Coastal Waters, OR/CA (125ºW )
Crew: Dad and I
Buddy Boat: s/v Tuatara w/Kevin and Ben
Distance: 120 nm
Data: Sailing 24 hours

Notes: This fifth midnight-to-4am watch, I remember distinctly telling my Dad at our 4am scheduled shift change, “You can come up here if you want, but I’m not leaving, this is way too much fun.” He slept a little longer. The motion of the Bruja in the following seas had captivated me. The boat slipped deep into a rhythmic pattern of movement. That movement which became predictable in it’s timing was only broken by movement which seemed improvisationally dynamic. The vessel and her environment had struck an accord. Being a percussionist, I was moved to record the ensemble of sounds created throughout the boat. After a short nap, Dad and I convened over breakfast and decided we need to slow down again, to stay with Tuatara. We spent the morning, toying/experimenting with drogue ideas and methods. Just before dropping the parachute drogue that came with the boat, we each suffered 5 minutes of gut-wrenching sleep-deprived laughter imagining the Bruja Dulce screeching to a halt upon launch of the parachute drogue. The parachute works. Tuatara catches up. The North wind remains a steady 20-25 knots. The propane line on the cooking stove breaks. We re-solder it with a torch at sea as the sleep-deprivation begins to make me very cranky. Not sure how my Dad puts up with cranky son captain but he does….

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PacNW to SF Bay Passage – Day 4

Date: September 11th, 2010
Location: Pacific Coastal Waters, OR (125ºW )
Crew: Dad and I
Buddy Boat: s/v Tuatara w/Kevin and Ben
Distance: 105 nm
Data: Sailing 24 hours

Notes: Sailed through the night with a small triangle of the genoa out, the whisker pole still attached. The swell had built to 5-6 feet overnight. The motion of the boat was unstable, the rolled-up genoa’s center of effort was very high up and out. We experienced excessive side to side rolling. Many steering methods were tested in search of a remedy- human, electronic autopilot, and windvane. Despite Dad’s calculus on their respective performance, none were successful. All the while, we charged downwind in 15-25 knots. Having lost radio contact with Tuatara all night and morning, we were relieved to regain contact that evening- they we’re 25 miles behind us. We turn into the wind, and heave-to for a couple hours to wait up. The whisker pole malfunctions and becomes unusable. We set the staysail and turn back downwind as the sun sets. The staysail, having a much tighter center of effort, offers a splendid motion on the sea. As such, allows for unbeatable steerage by Charlie- the windvane- and becomes my instant hero. The seas rise higher in the darkness. The Bruja begins her gallop down the faces of waves. It is a dance. My glowing report is enough to motivate Tuatara to set their staysail well after dark.

 
 

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PacNW to SF Bay Passage – Day 3

Date: September 10th, 2010
Location: Pacific Coastal Waters, WA/OR (125ºW )
Crew: Dad and I
Buddy Boat: s/v Tuatara w/Kevin and Ben
Distance: 100 nm
Data: Motoring 3 hours – Sailing 21 hours

Notes: On my third midnight to 4am watch at sea, thinking about Kevin and Ben’s minimalist usage of electronics, I turn all systems off aboard the Bruja and instantly, thoroughly, enjoy the darkness. The wind holds steady, strong at times. I flirt with 6.5 knots speed-over-water on a beam reach in the gusts as I bear down on Tuatara’s supernova-esque running lights through the night- an exhilarating midnight watch. We pass Tuatara, consider meeting up to exchange fresh fish for wine, but never get closer than 2 miles away. After a long lull in the wind, and my first 3+ hour nap, I stumble into the cockpit, and we stumble into a fertile field of North wind. It is a warm day. We begin our run downwind. Out comes the beer, and then good conversation in the sun. The wind increases steadily. By later that evening we have rolled the genoa in considerably and are still making 5-6 knots over water. Tuatara quickly falls behind- to the north.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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PacNW to SF Bay Passage – Day 2

Date: September 9th, 2010
Location: Pacific Coastal Waters, WA (80nm out)
Crew: Dad and I
Buddy Boat: s/v Tuatara w/Kevin and Ben
Distance: 85 nm
Data: Motoring 7 hours – Sailing 17 hours

Notes: The winds were still variable through the night and morning, but they were lasting longer between lulls. We began to settle into our four hour shifts, speaking with Tuatara and exchanging locations at each shift change (12, 4, & 8 ) when we were all awake. By early afternoon we were 80nm offshore from the Washington coast. Right before sundown, after chasing them most of the day, I spot Tuatara in the binoculars for the first time since leaving Neah Bay. Not alone at sea! Kevin and Ben catch a mystery fish that evening. With a steady West wind turning WNW, I set the whisker pole on the genoa to help us catch Tuatara through the night. Fuel consumption worries began to fade.

 
 
 

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PacNW to SF Bay Passage – Day 1

Date: September 8th, 2010
Location: Pacific Coastal Waters, WA (60nm out)
Crew: Dad and I
Buddy Boat: s/v Tuatara w/Kevin and Ben
Distance: 75 nm
Data: Motoring 15 hours – Sailing 9 hours

Notes: The night consisted of motoring, fog, darkness, and radar blip-dodging. Tuatara became invisible on radar beyond 4nm but was still reachable by VHF radio. From 4am-7am we received our first wind from the West. By the time I woke up from my first sleep in 48 hours, a 2-hour nap, the wind was dead and the motion of the boat was terrible…gruesome even. A need to summon strength arose. We motored for 2 hours, sailed for 4 hours, then motored for 8 more. Struggling against fuel consumption worries, and a lack of appetite, I wake from my second 2-hour nap after dark to feel the boat sailing again under a steady West breeze. I heat some pre-made frozen soup up for Dad and mine’s first meal in 24 hours.

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Leaving Neah Bay

Date: September 7th, 2010
Departed – Arrived: Neah Bay – Pacific Coastal Waters, WA (20nm out)
Crew: Dad and I
Buddy Boat: s/v Tuatara w/Kevin and Ben
Distance: 40 nm
Data: Motoring – 4 hours

Notes: Dad and I put 40 more gallons in the Bruja’s tank- totaling appx 70 gallons. Tuatara and the Bruja rendezvous in Neah Bay. Last weather check shows our window closing rapidly. We decide to leave by sunset. Last minute preparations include hoisting and lashing dinghies on deck, general stowage, baking two pizzas, and sharing 20 relaxed minutes with all four sailors eating pizzas, drinking Black Box Cabernet (within modest prudence), and generally enjoying each other’s company before heading off into the foggy sea in fading light.

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To Neah Bay & The End of Sleep

Date: September 7th, 2010
Departed – Arrived: Port Angeles – Neah Bay, WA
Crew: Dad and I
Buddy Boat: s/v Tuatara w/Kevin and Ben
Distance: 60 nm
Data: Motoring – 10 hours

Notes: After clearing customs, Dad and I anchor near the public pier in Port Angeles on previous advice from s/v Libertatia, who had passed through one week prior. We scuttlebutt to shore, I lock the dinghy to the dock cleat and then immediately realize the keys are back on the Bruja, 200 yards off the pier. At midnight on the start of his 64th birthday, Dad and I are pushing a Safeway shopping cart down the streets of Port Angeles with sundry food items, 2 gallons of red wine in Black Boxes and 15 gallons of diesel fuel in yellow jerricans. Tuatara arrive and anchors in the bay around 2am, and Kevin rows the 200 yards with more jerricans and my keys from the Bruja. Kevin and I are up all night, schlepping diesel fuel and getting our vessels ready to depart at 5am with the tide. We share coffee and trepidations at 4am. We motor up the strait against no wind, the Bruja arriving around 3pm, Tuatara around 4:30.

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Leaving BC

Date: September 6th, 2010
Departed-Arrived: Cadboro Bay – Port Angeles, WA
Crew: Dad and I
Distance: 35 nm
Data: Motoring – 5 hours,  Sailing – 2.5 hours

Notes: Decided to leave Victoria one day early due to a rapidly closing weather window along the coast. Started the trip by shuttling the Scuttlebutt (Zodiac dinghy) full of clean and dry gear off a sandy shore, directly into a strong wind and accompanying waves- an arduous and wet beginning. Call from Kevin on s/v Tuatara saying that he was leaving Orcas and that he’d be accompanying us down the coast for sure. Variable winds and drizzle crossing the Strait to Port Angeles.

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Victoria the 2nd’s Sailing KAP

 
 
Date: August 30th 2010
Departed – Arrived: Cadboro Bay, BC
Crew: Dad, Pam, Chris, and I
Distance: 8 nm
Data: Motoring – 1 hours,  Sailing – 3 hours

Notes: Dad and I sailed the 13-ton Bruja Dulce off the anchor and upwind out of Cadboro Bay through numerous anchored boats and a fleet of more nimble youths racing in more nimble sailboats. Out in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, I fly the Kite Aerial Photography rig from the Bruja for the first time. The simple rig worked marvelously despite the kite’s erratic behavior. Overall, the stay in Victoria was another fine British Columbian adventure.

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Alone To Canada

 
 
Date: August 29th 2010
Departed – Arrived: Massacre Bay – Cadboro Bay
Stops: Sidney, BC Customs Dock
Crew: me
Distance: 45 nm
Data: Motoring – 2 hours,  Sailing – 8 hours

Notes: Fair winds and favorable tidal currents had me flowing west to Sidney at 6-9 knots over ground. Easy. Windy and tight quarters at the customs dock in the Sidney marina plus heavy boat traffic and single-handed docking. Yuck. I was barked off the customs dock by a mega-yacht skipper shouting radical unintelligibility at me from his helm 20 feet above the water. So happy to get back into open water. Tacked for hours into 20-25 knots arriving in Cadboro Bay at sunset to find an idyllic urban anchorage.

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Waldron, Sucia, and Patos

 
 
Dates: August 23rd-26th 2010
Departed – Arrived: Massacre Bay – Deer Harbor, Orcas Island
Stops: Waldron, Sucia, and Patos Islands
Crew: me (Devlin, Emily, Bennett, and Ashley for an afternoon)
Distance: 60 nm
Data: Motoring – 4 hours,  Sailing – 18 hours

Notes: Quick raft-up with the Libertatia in Deer Harbor. Met up with Devlin, Emily, Bennett and Ashley on Waldron for sailing, volleyball, eating and drinking. They gave me all their leftover food! Anchored in fore and aft in Shallow Bay on Sucia so I could stalk the little bay at Toe Point on Patos. On the way back from Patos to Deer Harbor I sailed all afternoon in 20-25 knots with some 30 knot gusts. Submerged the rail and some of the deck underwater at points. It made me giddy, giggly even.

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Another Stay in Massacre Bay

 
 
Dates: August 19th 2010
Departed – Arrived: Deer Harbor, Orcas Island – Massacre Bay
Crew: me
Distance: 4 nm
Data: Motoring – .5 hours,  Sailing – 1 hour

Notes: Snuck up on Kevin by dropping and setting the anchor with my headsail. Spent a few days helping each other work on projects. Finally met Michael, the facilitator of the sweet little incidental community there in the bay. Went to a great Orcas block party, wow. Was introduced to s/v Libertatia and crew. Another three days of wow.

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Back to Deer Harbor

 
 
Dates: August 16th-18th 2010
Departed – Arrived: North shore, Blake Island – Deer Harbor, Orcas Island
Stops: Port Townsend, Friday Harbor
Crew: me
Distance: 80 nm
Data: Motoring – 10 hours,  Sailing – 18 hours

Notes: Motored most of the way from Blake to Port Townsend to test the latest fix to the impeller pump pulley. So far so good. Nice and lumpy sail across the strait with 15 knot winds and 5-6 foot seas. Crazy night in Friday Harbor, fled crowded anchorage at 3am- got a point sailing north in San Juan Channel by starlight to Deer Harbor.

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Blake to Dockton and BackMt Rainier - reefed mainsail east of Vashon Island

 
 
Dates: August 8th-15th 2010
Departed – Arrived: North shore, Blake Island
Stops: Dockton, Vashon-Maury Island
Crew: me
Distance: 40 nm
Data: Motoring – 2 hours,  Sailing – 20 hours

Notes: A last visit to Vashon and Seattle friends and favorite places. The impeller pump pulley finally fell off again on the way back to Blake Island. I tacked all day up the east side of Vashon Island in 20 knots of north wind. The wind died just as I arrived to my spot off the north shore of Blake.

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Flight to Blakeflight to Blake Island

 
 
Dates: August 7th 2010
Departed – Arrived: Fauntleroy Cove, Seattle – north shore, Blake Island
Crew: me
Distance: 4 nm
Data: Sailing – 1.5 hours

Notes: Long story.

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Going to Run Some

Errands Real Quick

 
 
Dates: August 4th-6th 2010
Departed – Arrived: Massacre Bay, Orcas Island, WA – Fauntleroy Cove, Seattle
Stops: Mackaye Harbor, Lopez Island – Appletree Cove, Kingston
Crew: me
Distance: 85 nm
Data: Motoring – 3 hours , Sailing – 20 hours

Notes: Safe, happy sailing. “Pizza breeze” didn’t materialize near Kingston so I motored the last 3 miles to make to the parlor before closing. Starter battery showed me it needed to be replaced heading straight for the beach at Alki, barely got the motor started.

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Sunflowers and LocomotivesSunflowers and Kevin's finished driftwood farmstand

 
 
Dates: July 31th 2010
Departed – Arrived: Deer Harbor – Massacre Bay, Orcas Island, WA
Crew: Kevin and I
Distance: 4 nm
Data: Motoring – .5 hours , Sailing – 1 hour

Michael's Landing in Massacre BayNotes: Left Cayou Quay Marina with Kevin and his bicycle on board for the move around the corner to his neighborhood. The three days I spent in Massacre Bay before embarking on my journey south to Seattle were a shattering- the good kind. Aquaintance-ship quickly gave way to friendship and the revelation of common purpose, albeit vague, left me reeling, confident, and inspired. Sail-powered transport, pirates+farmers, incidental communities, the ins-and-outs of all the radical movement taking place within the San Juan Island’s communities- it was almost too much to bear. And in that respect, it was good to leave so soon, to keep moving, to stay removed enough to remain merely “in orbit”, and to help Kevin prepare for his launch from this lovely place.

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Pirates and Farmerspirates and farmers

 
 
Dates: July 28th 2010
Departed – Arrived: Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA
Stops: Massacre Bay
Crew: Maggie, Maisie, and I
Distance: 8 nm
Data: Motoring – 1.5 hours , Sailing – 1 hour

Notes: I had known there to be a potent connection between one pirate and one farmer since November of 2009 when I met Karisa. The serendipitous meeting on Orcas and mixing of two radical and spirited Californian farmers with my hunch about the chemistry between the two occupations yielded an intoxicating dialogue. When, following the hunch further, I sailed Maggie and Maisie one bay to the east to introduce them to my pirate acquaintance, Kevin, and his own pirate ship, “Tuatara”, however, poetic atoms spontaneously split and the energy released confirmed the primordial formula has deep merit.

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All Up On The Jones’ LawnJones' lawn

 
 
Dates: June 25th, 26th, &27th 2010
Departed – Arrived: Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA
Stops: Jones Island, Southern Bay
Crew: me
Distance: 8 nm
Data: Motoring – .5 hours , Sailing – 2.5 hours

Notes: Anchored fore and aft in a tight, tiny, and shallow bay. Made my neighbors nervous when the tidal current pushed me hard over. Sewed and experimented with my second iteration of kite aerial photography rigs. Inspected and patched the mainsail on Jones Island’s incredibly manicured (for a small island) and expansive lawn.

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Waldron and Stuart-Waldron to Stuart

A first weekend alone

 
 
Dates: June 25th, 26th, &27th 2010
Departed – Arrived: Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA
Stops: Cowlitz Bay, Waldron Island- Prevost Harbor, Stuart Island
Crew: me
Distance: 45 nm
Data: Motoring – 1.5 hours , Sailing – 12 hours

Notes: Sailed off the dock, north, to a windy anchorage off Waldron. Spoke with David in the junk-rigged sailboat about sailing alone. Sailed lazily to Stuart Island. Was invited for drinks on a nice Canadian couple’s boat in Prevost Harbor. They regaled me with stories about cruising on the US East coast- including the Hudson River.

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Intro to Waldronsouth from waldron

and a new self sufficiency

 
 
Dates: June 18 & 19 2010
Departed – Arrived: Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA
Stops: Cowlitz Bay, Waldron Island
Crew: 1st 1/2: Devlin, Emily, and I – 2nd 1/2: alone
Distance: 20 nm
Data: Motoring – 1.5 hours , Sailing – 6 hours

Notes: A spontaneous trip to Waldron spurred by Devlin and Emily. I made a “ghetto” fix to the impeller pump pulley and welcomed Dev and Em to the ghetto by motoring them to Waldron not knowing if the fix would hold. It held. Emily’s family have two lovely cabins on Waldron. There is no power or phone service on Waldron. These cabins are the real deal, as is the island. I sailed back by myself and discovered the self-sufficient bliss of single-handed sailing. It was pivotal. Enter: Al Green.

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Scuttlebutt Rosario, Decatur IslandKen and I in Rosario Straitr

 
 
Dates: June 12 & 13 2010
Departed – Arrived: Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA
Stops: Decatur Island
Crew: Ken and I
Distance: 40 nm
Data: Motoring – 5 hours , Sailing – 4 hours

Notes: Crossing Rosario Strait in a small zodiac: not a great idea. Free fishing weekend yielded no fish. Engine’s raw water impeller pulley fell off while motoring back to Deer Harbor. Ken worked to make a fix while I sailed us back and forth in front of Deer Harbor for an hour. The pulley ultimately fell into the bilge and we sailed to within 200 feet of the dock and motored quickly into the slip without overheating…

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Leaving the Sound, Past Point no PointAlki under the needle

 
 
Dates: April 23-26 2010
Departed – Arrived: Fauntleroy Cove, Seattle – Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA
Crew: Ken and I
Stops: Port Townsend
Distance: 85 nm
Data: Motoring – 2.5 hours , Sailing – 15 hours

Notes: Very enjoyable free ride north. The most efficient point to point trip I’ve ever had in the Puget Sound. Strong, steady winds kept us on our toes nearly the whole way.

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Leaving Dockton, SingularityFauntleroy Cove

 
 
Dates: April 22 2010
Departed – Arrived: Dockton, Vashon/Maury Island – Fauntleroy Cove, Seattle
Crew: Me
Distance: 13 nm
Data: Motoring – 2 hours , Sailing – 1 hour

Notes: Left neighbors, ended a poignant time in my life. First time single handing a one-way journey. Easy and fun.

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Where the Wild Things Arewhere the wild

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Dates: Jan 7th- Jan 10th 2010
Departed – Arrived: Andrews Bay, Seattle – Dockton, Vashon/Maury Island
Crew: Karisa and I
Stops: Blake Island, Port Orchard
Distance: 67 nm
Data: Motoring full – 13 hours

Notes: New headings, wild ideas, lovely time. Explored the green heart of the Puget Sound and the wild inner world of the heart. All systems good save the Dickinson stove- blew out twice due to poor biodiesel burn/weak draft.

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Leaving Leschileaving leschi

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Dates: Jan 3rd 2010
Departed – Arrived: Leschi, Seattle – Andrews Bay, Seattle
Crew: Ken and I
Distance: 12 nm
Data: Motoring full – 3 hours

Notes: A sentimental and unsettling departure from the Bruja’s secure home of 3 years, discovered the tachometer problem is affected by battery draw.

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2009

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A Last Trip to Leschi

 
 
 
Dates: Dec 12th – Dec 13th 2009
Departed – Arrived: Dockton, Vashon/Maury Island – Leschi, Seattle
Intended Stop: Edmunds, WA
Actual Stop: Elliot Bay Marina, Seattle
Crew: Karisa and I – Ian and I
Distance: 42 nm
Data: Motoring: 13 hours – Motor/Sailing: 3.5 hours

Notes: Beautiful day turned challenging as we crossed a front – moderate overheating, seasickness, change of destination, quickly righted and safely docked. Leaving sure safety – a conundrum. Overheating kept at bay below 1500RPMs, motor sailed -gimpy- into the lake. Temperature/alternator “fixed” themselves during last hour of motoring to Leschi.

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Chaarrd, Two Divers, diver

and a Shipwreck

 
 
 
Dates: Nov 29th 2009
Departed – Arrived: Dockton, Vashon/Maury Island
Stops: A shipwreck in Quartermaster Harbor
Crew: Dan, Paul, and I
Distance: 1.5 nm
Data: Motoring: appx 1 hour

Notes: Newly identified as a pirate, and liking it, I run into two wicked-cool vegan-diver-underwater filmmakers looking for shipwrecks. I can hardly contain my enthusiasm and pleaded with them to let me take them diving and cook them lunch. We found our shipwreck, we all got fed, and we got good footage.

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Slipping Away – A Short Stay in LeschiMt Rainier under sail

 
 
 
Dates: Sep 15th – Sep 22th 2009
Departed – Arrived: Dockton, Vashon/Maury Island
Stops: Leschi, Seattle
Crew: Melissa and I
Distance: 50 nm
Data: Motoring: appx 6 hours – Sailing 5 hours

Notes: Went back to Leschi thinking I was going home – realized my home had moved, the Bruja takes the reins – on the way back to Dockton hit top hull speed of 7.58 knots sailing a beam reach as she neared her new “home”.

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Broken Routine, Broken Groupbroken group cave

 
 
 
Dates: July 31st – August 15th 2009
Departed – Arrived: Leschi, Seattle – Dockton, Vashon/Maury Island
Stops: Port Townsend, Port Angeles, Neah Bay, Ucluelett BC, Broken Group Islands, Bamfield BC, Clallam Bay, Port Orchard
Crew: Dad, Melissa and I – Dad, Gonzalo and I
Distance: Appx 350 nm
Data: Motoring: appx 55 hours – Sailing 20 hours

Notes: Laid off just before this vacation, 103º from Seattle to 45º in the Strait and pounding seas, thick fog and the shipping lanes, hello swell, on the ball valve, iPhone dinghy travels, old native island village sites, Chilean Style – fishing and tacking, spotting squalls and submarines, hello Dockton.

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Whidbey Gigtight parking

 
 
 
Dates: June 20th – June 21th 2009
Departed/Arrived: Leschi, Seattle
Stop: Langley, Whidbey Island
Crew: Melissa and I
Distance: Appx 40 nm
Data: Motoring: 8 hours – Sailing 1 Hour

Notes: Surgical docking in a new marina – 3 feet of water under the keel at low tide, not my gig, sneaky drinky and a marimba dancing fool.

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Southpark Hauloutsouthpark

 
 
 
Dates: Jan 24th – Mar 29th 2009
Departed/Arrived: Leschi, Seattle
Stops: Blake Island, South Park Boatyard
Crew: Melissa and I – Gonzalo, Ken and I
Distance: 60 nm
Data: Motoring: 14 hours

Notes: Repairs, hard time, Chilean-Style. A two month sentence for bad navigation- winter hull repair, found and evacuated moisture near rudder mounts, buffed, painted – aided greatly by Gonzalo, added a second depth sounder, another Blake Island episode nearly scratches fresh bottom paint.

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2008

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Scuttlebutt and Whidbey Islandanchored off whidbey

 
 
 
Dates: Sep 26th – Sep 29th 2008
Departed/Arrived: Leschi, Seattle
Stops: Everett, Whidbey Island
Crew: Melissa, Mary, Stan and I
Distance: Appx 75 nm
Data: Motoring: 12 hours – Sailing: 2 hours

Notes: Friendly, growlered, sewing-reading weekend.

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Rex Block-Sun Block, Island-Top, Sailing

Rock Bottom

 
 
 
Dates: Sep 3rd – Sep 16th 2008
Departed/Arrived: Leschi, Seattle
Stops: Port Ludlow, Lopez Is., Sucia Is., Bellingham, Orcas Is., Sydney BC, Saltspring Is., South Pender Is.
Crew: Dad, Ken, Melissa, Sam,
Distance: appx 300 nm
Data: Motoring: appx 35 hours – Sailing: appx 40 hours

Notes: “Fixed” the autopilot compass, excellent hiking, two-weeks of warm offshore flow sailing from anchorage to anchorage, peak experience after peak experience, followed by a deep gouge, and tough questions.

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Tall Ships, Marimbas, and thetall ship and oil tank

Belt Loop to Summer

 
Dates: July 3th – July 6th 2008
Departed/Arrived: Leschi, Seattle
Stops: Blake Island, Dockton, Tacoma
Crew: Ken and I
Distance: appx 50 nm
Data: Motoring: 12 hours – Sailing: 2 hours

Notes: Long 4th of July on a single heeled breakfast, Dockton carburation, Tacoma tall ship surprise, anchoring on a cliff, marimba sirens make great friends, the long way is the safe way – a portal to a marimba gig.

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Almost to Andrews BayNear Andrews Bay

 
Dates: April 11th – April 12th 2008
Departed/Arrived: Leschi, Seattle
Intended Stops: Andrews Bay, Seward Park, Seattle
Actual Stops: 200ft east of Seward Park
Crew: Ken and I
Distance: appx 20 nm
Data: Motoring: 2 hours – Sailing: 8 hours

Notes: Innocent over-nighter on Lake Washington turns into surprise over-heater, emergency anchorage – a tectonic drag, record breaking heat – record breaking lack of speed-over-water, tacking under I-90.

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2007

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Victoria the 1stVictoria BC

-Post-

 
Dates: September 20th – 27th 2007
Departed/Arrived: Leschi, Seattle
Crew: Dad, Pam, Chris, Jenna, and I – in various combinations
Stops: Port Townsend, Port Angeles, Victoria, Kingston
Distance: +/- 250 nm
Data: Motoring: 45 hours – Sailing: 10 hours

Notes: Starboard shroud slipped off when sailing into a 15-17 knot wind in the Strait of Juan de Fuca letting the mast bend briefly, but frighteningly far. Snuggled with a Grey Whale just outside of Victoria. First trip “abroad” aboard.

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Blake Island Saga – HappypoxyHappypoxy

 
Dates: August 23th – August 26th 2007
Departed/Arrived: Leschi, Seattle
Intended Stops: Blake Island, Olympia, WA
Actual Stops:  Blake Island, Kingston
Crew: Ken and I
Distance: appx 50 nm
Data: Motoring: 7 hours – Sailing: 4 hours

Notes: Further “fixes” still miss the mark – a slow forced sail by the Seattle night lights, 1am at Blake – temperature gauge needle finally makes it’s point, I want to use my lifeline, weighing anchor – by a buoy, the least probable cause – am I listening?, Kingston happypoxied-brass olive oil barbeque diesel thermometer takes our temperature – takes us home.

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Canal Boatyard HauloutBruja @ Canal

 
 

 
Dates: July 3rd – July 27th 2007
Departed/Arrived: Leschi, Seattle
Stops: Canal Boatyard, Ballard, Seattle
Crew: Me
Distance: 7 nm
Data: Motoring: 4 hours

Notes: Motored solo – distressed greatly by the pricking needle of the temperature gauge, hauled-out: bottom paint, rudder repair repair and suck, demolition of old sea cocks- install of new ones, attempts to fix the “overheating” problem miss the mark.

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Blaine to LeschiDad OK

 

Dates: March 14th – March 21st 2007
Departed – Arrived: Blaine, WA – Leschi, Seattle, WA
Stops: Sucia Island, Lopez Island, Port Townsend, Port Ludlow
Crew: Dad, Dana, and I
Distance: appx 150 nm
Data: Motoring: 25 hours – Sailing: 5 hours

Notes: Electrical “trouble” shooting, Charlie the windvane named steadiest “hand” on the tiller, Point Wilson makes it’s appearance as the great exacerbator, waylayed near the Blue Moose Cafe, wind-tide driven chop- an intro, the first whispers from the temperature gauge.

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Sea TrialSea Trial

 

 
Dates: Jan 27th 2007
Departed – Arrived: Blaine, WA – Blaine, WA
Crew: Diamond, Bill, Dana, and I
Distance: 14 nm
Data: Motoring: 1.5 hours – Sailing: 1.5 hours

Notes: Crossed over the 49th parallel and flew the home flag for Canadian Bill, the seller. Tried most of the equipment. Bill helps me practice docking the vessel and passes on some wisdom, some books, and a bunch of keys. First impressions, alone.

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January 2007 – I find the Bruja Dulce for sale in Blaine, WA

 
1982-2007 – Letter from a previous owner:
 
 
 
A Short History of the Bruja Dulce
I purchased the boat in 1982 in Los Angeles and lived aboard for several years at Long Beach Marina. From there I spent some time in Seattle at Harbor Island Marina and moved to Point Roberts where I lived on board for about 15 years. The boat has cruised the Channel Islands in California, Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, the Gulf Islands and the B.C. Coast. We spent many years outfitting the boat for our planned cruise to Mexico. In 1998, my wife, son and I departed Neah Bay and made an 8 day offshore passage to Santa Barbara, California. We then took the boat to Chula Vista, California where the boat wintered over at the marina there. The following December, my wife, her brother and I cruised down the Baja coast to Cabo San Lucas where we spent New Years of 2000. We spent about 4 years cruising the west coast of Mexico and the Sea of Cortez. We eventually brought the boat back to Blaine, Washington.

1976-1982 – Not sure what the story is here….

 
 
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  1. nice Post



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