Greetings from the Figure 8 Voyage Blog.
First post from sea of 2023.
After three years biding her time in a San Francisco Bay marina, MOLI took her departure from the Golden Gate Bridge at 4pm PST on August 31st, 2023. Destination: Homer, Alaska via a westerly rounding of the North Pacific High. Aboard: two crew, Randall, as one might expect, and Harmon, an addition to the cast usual to this blog and more on which later. Also for later, the full scope of the voyage.
Overnight we sailed close reaching into 30 knots WNW, water flying everywhere, Mo riding like an angry steer, main stuck in the air for a time because Randall forgot that the reefing procedure entails more steps than simply hauling the sail down.
Now as I write in the late morning of September 1, we are entering what feels like the beginning of the trades. The air is heavy, moist, soft, cool; the sky is attempting cottony cumulus; round, blue hillocks have replaced the boulder garden of the day before and over which swings our first bird, a black footed albatross.
Last night a selection of firsts began: our first good dinner, compliments of Harmon, roasted potatoes, kale, sausage, garlic and ginger. I would not carry fresh foods–too much bother for one man–but as we are two, Harmon insists, and it appears he can assemble those foods into a wonder.
And last night, my first good sleep as we split the dark hours into four hour watches, first good sleep in the weeks of Sisyphean effort to bring order out of a chaos of boat work.
And now our first squall, so back on deck go I…
Follow our progress: https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/SV-Moli/.