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To: SmoothSail who wrote (23856)12/30/2018 1:26:18 AM
From: SmoothSail
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This is the story about what happened. Unfortunately, the video is no longer there.

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To: SmoothSail who wrote (23857)12/30/2018 1:06:59 PM
From: Neeka
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Thanks for posting that story. Very scary situation and even more dangerous because of the confined and crowded space where the boats really didn't have any room to avoid one another. I don't think most people realize how powerful the combination of high wind and water can be, or how destructive.

We got into a violent storm coming down the coast from Seattle on our way to Hawaii in November of '68. Dad said there were gusts up to 70 knots and I don't doubt it for one minute. That storm did a lot of damage to our boat. She was a retired 100' schooner hulled Coast Guard ice breaker from AK and as Dad would say she was "built like a brick s**t house." Even still, there was quite a bit of damage done to the wheel house, bullwarks and gunwals. During the storm, the steel rigging had come loose and the main mast had broken in two. It was swinging wildly hitting everything in its path. Dad was out fighting to tie things down while I stayed in the wheel house and worked at keeping the vessel on course. When I think back, and considering I was pretty young, I can't believe how calm I was. I had great faith in my Dad. He was known up and down the west coast as one of the best captains around, and everyone felt safe when he was in charge.

We laid over for a month in Sausalito for repairs and us teenagers on board had a blast visiting the city and hanging out. We did eventually make it to Hawaii and although Dad went on to salvage scrap iron from different islands in the South Pacific from the war, he demanded I return home with my mother as it "was no place for a young girl." He was right! The stories he told (and wrote about in his log) about that leg of the trip were enough to scare anyone.

Dad died of cancer in '95.

This is written on a memorial to him at the harbor in Westport Wa.

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

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To: Neeka who wrote (23858)12/30/2018 1:26:23 PM
From: SmoothSail
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We’re both lucky to have experienced extended blue water sailing. Best days of my life. I’d still be doing it if I had a 35 YO first mate. ;)

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To: SmoothSail who wrote (23851)12/30/2018 1:29:29 PM
From: Alan Smithee
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Beautiful.

Brings to mind the saying, “Red sky in morning, sailor take warning. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.”

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To: Alan Smithee who wrote (23860)12/30/2018 1:38:46 PM
From: SmoothSail
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Quilted sky, rain is nigh.

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To: SmoothSail who wrote (23859)12/30/2018 1:48:50 PM
From: Neeka
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Yes................we have that in common. ;) I'd be down in the SP right now sailing away with hubby and Dad if he were still alive. He told us when he retired that's what he wanted most in life and invited us to come along. Unfortunately cancer got him at the age of 66 or he'd be at sea.

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To: Neeka who wrote (23862)12/30/2018 1:58:33 PM
From: SmoothSail
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One of my favorite tunes with lots of sailing terms. Stills is a seasoned sailor, sailing his boat to the SP. Used to see him in Avalon.


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To: SmoothSail who wrote (23863)12/30/2018 5:17:17 PM
From: Neeka
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Have never seen the Southern Cross. Would love to one of these days.

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To: Neeka who wrote (23864)12/30/2018 5:42:33 PM
From: SmoothSail
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Have never seen the Southern Cross. Would love to one of these days.
About all that’s left on my bucket list. But it would have to be from a boat.

Even though GPS is now available, I would love to navigate using a sextant - just for old times sake.

Back in my blue water days, the best technology we had was LORAN and it wasn’t all that good. Wasn’t available everywhere.

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To: SmoothSail who wrote (23865)12/30/2018 5:46:26 PM
From: Alan Smithee
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I remember using LORAN when I had a timeshare on a 32’ Bayliner.

Kelsey was about 4, I think, so that would make it 26 years ago.

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