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I finished my 0100 watch and was soundly sleeping when at 0500 this morning Sharry nudged me awake and said to me “god you smell fishy!”On my pillow was a flying fish! It’s getting warm here so last night we opened our leeward porthole which is only 6”x12”. Somehow this flying fish flew thru the porthole and landed next to me.Do they ever smell!   image1.jpg    ...

8/28 0600 position 32-59N 148-05W. Wind SW@7kts. Seas flat.It was another glorious day yesterday spent piloting Starr from the flying bridge. The wind was still from the NE, directly behind us, basically blowing the same speed we were going so it was like a calm day at the beach. There was a lot of lounging, napping, and reading up there by the off watch crew.Visibility is much better from Starr's flying bridge, ten feet higher...

0600 position 35-24N 145-00W. Wind NE@6. Seas almost flat.Yesterday it felt like we were in the tropics. The wind was from the Northeast, directly behind us, and blowing at the same speed Starr was powering, about nine knots. That made the apparent wind close to calm, and it was glorious on deck.Don dug out the flying bridge cushions from the lockers, and all of the crew spent time up there during the day. Sharry read...

8/26 0600 position 37-44N 141-42W. Wind NE@8kts. Seas 2 feet.Shortly after posting yesterday's blog we got a radar contact. The "Ever Lyric", an 1,100 foot container ship heading from Taiwan to Los Angeles at 21 knots, was on a near collision course with the mighty Starr. Don called them on the radio, "Do you see us?", he asked."Yes, we see you," the female on the other end of the radio call answered in Chinese accented...

8/25 0800 position 39-59N 138-12W. Seas flat. Wind NE@3kts.We are definitely in The High now. The barometer has steadily climbing up from 1014mb a few days ago to 1023mb today. Water temperature is up to 76 degrees, seas are almost Kaneohe Bay smooth, and last night the skies were perfectly clear. The Milky Way was directly overhead during my midnight to 3AM watch pointing the way to Kauai.After seeing no garbage all day long, we...

Don’s post, Sunday, August 25 We have been underway for 5 days with 7 more to go to Hanalei and are 650 NM off the coast of California having run 1000NM since leaving Seattle. As I am writing this, a school of dolphin came to play with us. We have only seen two ships since leaving the coast, both of them today. We are running two radars, one a Furuno FAR 1518, set at 12NM...

This is Noodle’s 24 August blog post:“8/24 0900 position 42-06N 134-29W. Wind N@4kts. Seas 2 ft.Yesterday morning at 11AM we passed our first bit of floating debris. I couldn’t tell what it was, but it looked like plastic. Sharry and I saw another, a piece of styrofoam, this morning as I was typing this. Nothing else sighted. We also haven’t seen any ships in a couple of days. At some point we will be crossing...

This is Noodle’s personal blog post on 8/22. You can follow his blog at noodlesnotes.com.“0900 position 46-03N 126-22W. Wind N at 12, seas confused.Starr’s short stay in Neah Bay worked to perfection. We got the last of our engine maintenance done, the entire crew had a nap, and we had a pre-ocean lunch of vegi pizza prepared by Donna. All this occurred while a front was passing overhead heading east, and by 130PM when we...

  We departed Seattle yesterday afternoon (August 20) and now are ready to head out past Tatoosh Island at the west end of the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Hawaii is our next stop. Starr on hard and deck rot: Starr has been on the hard for the last two months at Delta Marine having 60sf of Fly Bridge deck balsa core replaced by Diamond Painting plus some paint touch up.  The builder failed to properly bed twenty...

Sharry and I have been cruising the South Pacific and more recently Hawaii since 2001.Hawaii has a reputation for challenging cruising since most anchorages are open roadsteads. The Pacific swell is ever-present and stabilization at rest makes many more anchorages available. Last year we cruised 1900nm around the Hawaiian Islands and were at anchor about 90 nights, most of which required flopper stoppers for comfort aboard. We were anchored in Hanalei long enough to have...