Sunday, September 15, 2013

#2013-75 Crescent City to Eureka

We're off today in the daylight at 7 am for Eureka.  The ocean is being our friend with low swell and no wind chop.  ETA at Eureka is 3 pm.

10 am update:  A cushy ride so far much like an Inside Passage run.

Reading Rock Light 5 miles off Gold Bluffs, California
12 pm update:  The sun is shining and the wind is now about 5 knots from the S. Seas still quite comfortable.  Looking forward the the America's Cup broadcast today.
Trinidad Head which marks a pretty goof west coast anchorage.
The Bell M. Shamada, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) research vesse, was designed to have
a low acoustic signature and is equipped with a sonar system
and equipment for deploying buoys and sensor-packed
underwater vehicles. The ship is used to study fish, marine
mammals, and marine bird populations.
3 pm:  Arrived in Humboldt Bay and Eureka.  The sun came out for the last few hours reminding us that we'ree really back in Kalifornia.  The Wild Blue is moored just behind Excalibur, another NOAA research vessel which may be showing on AIS.  The Wild Blue AIS signal, a Class B transponder, is not showing on at this location.

The Coast Guard Commanders office in Humboldt Bay.
Tomorrow is our last long motor day.  Just 12 hours around famous Cape Mendocino to the Little River anchorage. Cape Mendo, as the locals call it, is considered by some mariners to be the Cape Horn of the Pacific Coast.  We hope it's just another boring Cape for us, and if the weather holds for just a few mores days, we'll make San Francisco by Wednesday.


  1. Looks like a great trip so far. Are you moving on tomorrow?

    1. Yes. We hope to clear around Cape Mendocino tomorrow if the weather stays nice. The plan is to anchor at Little River.