Passage to Hawaii

We used SatOcean again for weather and routing advice. We used the old sailing route heading SW first and then turning to the West.  Mark took a photo every day as his camera records the position using GPS. Here are the photos.

3rd September


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11th September


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13th September, Hawaii in view.



Departing San Diego

We had a great time in San Diego and also got a lot done on Kapowai. The main engine had a full 5000 hours service and inspection,  a new Permanent Magnetic Gear Reduction (PMGR) starter fitted and the old one re-built as a spare, the hull was cleaned, anodes renewed, the electrical system finally configured in a sensible manner for use in 50Hz countries and a load of other small items done. Plus loads of spares bought. A new Gas cooktop fitted with a wok burner so now the stir fry dishes are going to be done as they should be. With all that done it was time to sail.

Our neighbours in the marina had been helpful, friendly and well wishing so, as always, it was sad to be on our way. Thanks to all of you especially Mario & Jeannie on Gala.

Departing Cabrillo Isle Marina, with one of the best Sandwich shops ever.


Spanish Landing to starboard, this is the original landing site for the 4 Spanish expeditions, two by sea and two by land that met here.


These are pens for marine mammals, not sure if it is a hospital or has another function, can you see the dolphins?


Looking back at the city with a USN Osprey overhead.


Passing the submarine base


Another seal resort


Goodbye San Diego



Hard Rock Cafe – San Diego

These are not a usual haunt of ours but we luckily decided to call in for lunch.

The skylight was something to see.


It was full of memorabilia, every flat surface was covered in items and photos.


The hat was worn by Stevie Nicks for the Rumours tour and the shirt belonged to Rod Stewart. If you are into that sort of thing it would be a mine of info for you.

This drum kit on the wall caught Matthew’s imagination, he being a drummer, and he is going to do the same with one of his kits.

I never saw the plaque on the wall so can’t tell you where they came from, visit yourself and find out.


Gaslamp Quarter

We had two pleasant afternoons in the Gaslamp Quarter. This is the old part of San Diego dating from the 1880s.


Some of the older buildings were of interest especially Wyatt Earp’s gambling den.


Ornate frontages seem to be the choice. The photographer had a pint or two for lunch


A look down the street, eateries and bars made up the bulk of the shop fronts with tourist shops and night clubs in second place.


Both Sam & Christopher have been to California so who was the model for this piece of art? Answers on a post card.



USS Midway

dsc01307Moored downtown San Diego is the museum ship USS Midway. Built during WWII she was commissioned two weeks after the end of WWII but later served in Korea, Vietnam and the first Gulf war.  For a full history follow the link.

On de-commissioning she was donated to the city of San Diego.  I was impressed with the condition she is in, a credit to all who sailed on her and those who look after her now. I was also impressed with the volunteers who guide visitors, deal with problems and give technical talks on carrier operations.


The hangar deck had aircraft plus a lot of simulators / games and static displays of equipment.


Next was the flight deck with a good mix of aircraft. This one was part of a display on landing and trapping showing the hook down. There was also a lecturer giving a talk with photos which was done very well.



The island


Looking down the flight deck from forward


Most of the vessel was open to inspection with only the propulsion spaces excluded. Unfortunately my phone ran out of batteries at this point, although I did get a 10 minute video of the inside of my pocket. Another blog maybe.

The various crew spaces were fascinating.

The Admiral and Captain’s quarters very nice with lounges, meeting rooms, head and their own little kitchen with cook / steward. However you got a little feeling for the loneliness some of these senior people must have endured being somewhat separated from the rest of the crew. The admiral’s area also had war rooms, communications etc

The officer’s area was nice but I was very surprised to find out that they paid for their food.

The Chief Petty Officers also had a nice area which was an excluded space for all other ranks including commissioned officers. If only those bulkheads could talk!

For all other hands, even though the ship only had visitors on board, the feeling was one of congestion. The food areas were nice but they were very clear that getting food was one thing, finding a table and chair a lot more difficult. I don’t think pleasant after dinner conversations were a recruiting tool.

The cost was $18 so good value and a worthwhile time if this interests you. You can stay as long as you want.

Dad did his national service in the Royal Navy and spent time on HMS Perseus, the carrier used to trial the steam catapult. I remember him telling me of sailing round the north Atlantic Ocean firing off boxes to test it. All very secret.

Passage to San Diego

With Kate on her way home we moved down to San Diego to do the preparation for the passage to Hawaii.

A nice day cruise down the coast arriving at sunset. The berth assigned was too tight for us but luckily some of the marina “liveaboards” came to help and they knew of a wider berth that was free so we moved there.

Passing Point Loma on the way in. Obligatory Lighthouse included.

California, being on a different planet, has two suns it seems.



Griffith Observatory

After trips to some expensive shopping centres we had an evening trip the the Griffith Observatory on the hills behind Los Angeles. Hour plus taxi ride from the marina. A quiet place to visit, a couple of guys in bow ties, two cars in the car park.

The place was packed, we had to get out of the taxi and walk a mile as it was quicker. They had telescopes out on the lawn for people to look at the setting sun, stars etc



It was a fantastic visit, the items on display including moon rocks, models and the instruments made it a visit worth repeating.

However you will need to go there yourself to find out but here are some photos of the area, too dark inside for good photographs.

The monument to the Astronomers, I was taken by this honour to some of the greats of the science.

Remebered here are:
– Hipparchus (about 150 B.C.)
– Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543)
– Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
– Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)
– Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
– William Herschel (1738-1822)


Looking west as the upper limb of the sun just sets.


A little known real estate development to the west, look at the cars parked on the approach road.

dsc01256Downtown LA


Two views as the sun sets


Looking down you can see the walkway we took leaving


Gratuitous artistic shot


The hills to the east


The observatory looking up from the track, the big dome is the planetarium and the smaller dome the 12.5″ telescope. The other dome, out of picture, has a coelostat to show the sun’s image on a screen.


One of those places you go to but wish you had done so earlier or had more time.