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Book Published - Great Siberian Sushi Run 11/14/2009
Greetings! I'm very happy to report that my book about the Great Siberian Sushi Run has been released! The book turned out amazingly well. To see a sneak preview, click this link: http://tinyurl.com/nordhavn It should be on Amazon within the next few weeks, or it can be bought now, at: ... More>
GSSR#42 - The End Of The Road 09/14/2009
At the end of my last blog entry, we were sitting in Katsuura, hiding from an approaching typhoon. Luckily, the typhoon missed us. It turned, heading north along the coast of Japan, harmlessly. We were all eager to reach Osaka, and wanted to get moving, but the typhoon had stirred up the ocean. ... More>
GSSR#41 - We did it!!!! 09/10/2009
We did it!!! The GSSR has arrived in Osaka Japan. I have much to say about the end of the trip, but we’re all tired and in the mood to have a nice dinner, and then catch up on some SLEEP. I’ll send out a final recap sometime in the next few days. Our final distance traveled was 5,938 ... More>
GSSR#40 - A picture I forgot to include 09/08/2009
In my last blog entry (#39) I forgot to include the following picture: It shows Sans Souci anchored at Hamajima, with a full-moon in the background. It was one of my favorite pictures of the trip, and I can't imagine how I let it fall through the cracks. Oops! A couple things to point out from this picture... More>
GSSR#39 - Hiding from a typhoon, again 09/07/2009
Our run from Shimoda to the port of Omaezaki couldn’t have gone smoother. After a couple hours of 20-25 knot winds, the seas calmed completely. It was almost spooky. We were chatting on the radio, while watching the wind gauges, and could see the wind dropping about a knot every minute. Nothing on shore seemed to ... More>
GSSR#38 - Shimoda Japan 09/04/2009
Moving a boat, during typhoon season in Japan, is a challenge. The last major passage of our run from Seattle to Osaka, Japan, is a comparatively short 400 nm run from Yokohama (near Tokyo) to Osaka. Just prior to our departure, we had a near-miss from a typhoon. This was followed, almost immediately, ... More>
GSSR#37 - Well, that wasn't very exciting 08/31/2009
I always say that writing my blog feels at times like a battle between myself and the readers. It's like a Nascar race. If they were to send out a press release saying, "We have new-improved cars, which are absolutely guaranteed never to bump into anything." The drivers might be happy, but the bleachers would be empty... More>
GSSR#36 - Typhoon! 08/30/2009
Greetings all! I've received several emails asking about the typhoon now approaching Japan, so this is a short update. I'll post something longer later today as we get through the typhoon. For the past two weeks, we’ve been sitting still, enjoying life, at the Yokohama Bay Marina ... More>
Trouble finding anchorages on the way to Osaka 08/25/2009
My project for today is to try to find better charts for our run to Osaka. Our plan is to depart Yokohama, headed to Osaka, around August 30th. It’s a 400 mile run, and we want to break it down to a series of day runs. All three of the GSSR boats are now running with just the owners. Overnight runs are certainly ... More>
A discussion about weather and mechanical issues 08/24/2009
I posted a couple of messages on the NordhavnDreamers board on Yahoo, that I thought might be interesting reading for people here. The first discusses all the bad weather that we DIDN’T experience on our way from Seattle to Japan, and the second, is a summary of all the mechanical issues we faced. Neither is particularly ... More>
GSSR#35 - Tokyo and the Yokohama Bayside Marina 08/17/2009
From Hachinohe to Yokohama is a 470 nm run. As we left the port, to work our way south, we didn’t know if we would be running one or two days. The weather outlook was dicey. A typhoon had just left the area, and the seas were still settling down. Another storm system was predicted to move into the area. The one ... More>
GSSR#34 - Shelby gets out of jail, and the GSSR leaves Hokkaido 08/12/2009
Greetings all. On Monday, our dog Shelby was officially imported into Japan! An animal quarantine inspector came to the boat and found her still chained to the barstool where he had left her. I suspect he knew that we’d snuck her off the chain from time to time to go out to the deck for potty-breaks, but ... More>
GSSR#33 - Welcome to Tomakomai Japan! 08/04/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 4,971 nm Nautical Miles to go: 305 nm Tomorrow's goal: 0 nm I am very pleased to report that the GSSR fleet has successfully reached our first, of many stops, in Japan. We are now at port, in Tomakomai, on the island of ... More>
GSSR#32 - Welcome To Siberia 08/02/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 4,778 nm Nautical Miles to go: 498 nm Tomorrow's goal: 200 nm Petropavlovsk, Russia, has been the one stop I worried about the most. I confess to having an irrational fear of Russia. Roberta’s and my last trip to ... More>
GSSR#31 - Attu To Russia 07/27/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 3,913 nm Nautical Miles to go: 1,363 nm Tomorrow's goal: 1,108 nm There were two places in the Aleutian Islands that I most wanted to see. Dutch Harbor, because of the show 'The Deadliest Catch,' and, Attu, because of ... More>
GSSR#30 - Kiska and the Fish That Wouldn't Die 07/23/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 3,175 nm Nautical Miles to go: 2,101 nm Tomorrow's goal: 190 nm Our departure from Adak went smoothly, although, we were a bit worried about the weather. The forecast called for a 20 knot west wind throughout our 24 ... More>
GSSR#29 - Adak - Sometimes we win, Sometimes the weather wins 07/17/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 2,938 nm Nautical Miles to go: 2,338 nm Tomorrow's goal: 240 nm Greetings from Adak! There’s a poem, posted at the airport, that greets incoming visitors: “… A soldier stood at the pearly gate, his face ... More>
GSSR#28 - Atka - Visiting A Plane From The Past 07/14/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 2,938 nm Nautical Miles to go: 2,338 nm Tomorrow's goal: ZERO nm At 6:30am all three crews were on the bow, pulling anchor for our departure from Umnak. Our planning discussions for this leg had been difficult. ... More>
GSSR#27 - Umnak Island, and the Swell From Hell 07/10/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 2,610 nm Nautical Miles to go: 2,666 nm Tomorrow's goal: 260 nm Our departure yesterday was a bit more disorganized than usual. Historically, this group has been almost military in handling our departures. When we say ... More>
GSSR#26 - Back in Dutch Harbor 07/07/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 2,510 nm Nautical Miles to go: 2,766 nm Tomorrow's goal: 100 nm Roberta, Shelby, and I flew back to Dutch Harbor yesterday, and we’re ready for the next phase of our journey: the Aleutian Islands. Nothing bad ... More>
GSSR#25 - The Calm Before The Storm 07/02/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 2,341 nm Nautical Miles to go: 2,935 nm Tomorrow's goal: 175 nm Last week, I shared a newspaper article about two mariners, Rod Whitehead, and Bill Osterback, who were rescued, after spending 52 hours drifting at sea in ... More>
GSSR#24 - Arrival in Dutch Harbor 06/24/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 2,510 nm Nautical Miles to go: 2,766 nm Tomorrow's goal: 0 nm Greetings all! Our final run to Dutch Harbor was mostly calm, but not all. The middle third of the run, about eight hours worth, was on lumpy, ... More>
GSSR#23 - King cove 06/23/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 2,341 nm Nautical Miles to go: 2,935 nm Tomorrow's goal: 174 nm Greetings all! When we left the port at Sand Point, Alaska our goal was to run the 30 hours to Dutch Harbor. Our good luck with weather has ... More>
GSSR#22 - Approaching Dutch Harbor 06/22/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 2,257 nm Nautical Miles to go: 3,019 nm Tomorrow's goal: 275 nm Greetings all! This is a quick update on the GSSR group’s activities since leaving Geographic Harbor. Prior to the ... More>
GSSR#21 - Grizzly Bears at Geographic Harbor 06/18/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 1,981 nm Nautical Miles to go: 3,295 nm Tomorrow's goal: 98 nm Greetings! You may have noticed that the usual thermometer above has been replaced. That was an experiment for this particular blog entry. I don't ... More>
GSSR#20 - Glacier Bay to Kodiak 06/14/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 1,892 nm Nautical Miles to go: 3,384 nm Tomorrow's goal: 88 nm "Are you sure you don't want to change your shoes?" "What's wrong with these?" asked Roberta, looking down at her flip flops. "You'll ... More>
GSSR#19 - Gulf of Alaska 06/09/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 1,741 nm Nautical Miles to go: 3,535 nm Tomorrow's goal: 150 nm! Greetings all! The three GSSR boats are now two thirds of the way across the Gulf of Alaska. To see exactly where we are, at any time, you can always go to my website ... More>
GSSR#18 - Showtime! 06/06/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 1,333 nm Nautical Miles to go: 3,943 nm Tomorrow's goal: 600 nm! Greetings all! This is a very quick update, just to let you know that tomorrow is a big day for the GSSR. All three GSSR boats are now sitting in Hoonah, ready to depart tomorrow ... More>
GSSR#17 – Bear Quest (plus, wolves, otters, puffins, and even a Pelican!) 06/03/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 1,285 nm Nautical Miles to go: 3,991 nm Tomorrow's goal: 0 nm Greetings all! The mileage indicator above is wrong, and I'm not sure what to do about it. It says that we have come 1,285 nautical miles (nm), which is ... More>
GSSR#16 - Tracy Arm to Glacier Bay 05/29/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 1,085 nm Nautical Miles to go: 4,191 nm Tomorrow's goal: 20 nm Greetings all! This past week has been extremely busy. The three GSSR boats traveled as a group, from Tracy Arm to Juneau Alaska, without incident. We ... More>
GSSR#15 - Tracy Arm 05/21/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 959 nm Nautical Miles to go: 4,317 nm Tomorrow's goal: 57 nm to Juneau Greetings all! I'll start today's blog with a brief snippet from a conversation yesterday.... “You could have been killed!” exclaimed Roberta. “Yeah! Isn’t it ... More>
GSSR#14 - Wild Times in Petersburg 05/17/2009
Greetings all! Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 913 nm Nautical Miles to go: 4,363 nm Tomorrow's goal: At Anchor Greetings all! To reach the town of Petersburg, Alaska from Wrangell, Alaska, it is necessary to transit the 'Wrangell ... More>
GSSR#13 - Ketchikan to Wrangell 05/14/2009
Greetings all! Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 825 nm Nautical Miles to go: 4,461 nm Tomorrow's goal: Wrangell Narrows! Greetings all! I'm happy to report that all three GSSR boats (Grey Pearl, Seabird, Sans Souci) made it ... More>
GSSR#12 - Ketchi-me-if-you-Kan 05/10/2009
Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 729 nm Nautical Miles to go: 4,547 nm Tomorrow's goal: 0 nm - we're enjoying Ketchikan! Greetings all! This is a very quick update, just to let everyone know that Sans Souci has arrived safely at the ... More>
GSSR#11 - Pruth Bay to Prince Rupert 05/06/2009
Greetings all! Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 529 nm Nautical Miles to go: 4,747 nm Tomorrow's goal: 66 nm I have been without internet the past few days! I have many different ways of getting internet, and none have been working. My ... More>
GSSR#10 - Port Hardy to Pruth Bay 05/01/2009
Greetings all! Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 404 nm Nautical Miles to go: 4,872 nm Tomorrow's goal: 50 nm Waggoners Guide begins their discussion on Cape Caution with this advice: "... Queen Charlotte Sound and Cape Caution comprise the ... More>
GSSR#9 - Nanaimo to Port Hardy 04/29/2009
Greetings all! Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 334 nm Nautical Miles to go: 4,942 nm Tomorrow's goal: 65 nm Due to high winds, we decided to spend an extra day at Nanaimo. A very wise decision! Instead, we decided to spend the afternoon hanging out ... More>
GSSR#8 - Roche Harbor to Nanaimo 04/25/2009
Greetings all! Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 136 nm Nautical Miles to go: 5,140 nm Today's goal: 35 nm - ??? Greetings all! As I type this, we're sitting in the marina at Nanaimo, with the wind blowing consistently at 15-20 knots. Over the past 15 minutes, it has ... More>
GSSR#7 - Roche Harbor to Nanaimo 04/24/2009
Greetings all! Total Distance: 5,276 nm Run so far: 87 nm Nautical Miles to go: 5,189 nm Today's goal: 45 nm Roberta and I have been in Seattle the past three days, but are back now on Sans Souci, at Roche Harbor, in the San Juan Islands. We're within a few miles of the... More>
GSSR#6 - Running from Seattle to Roche Harbor 04/19/2009
Greetings all! The Great Siberian Sushi Run (GSSR) is now underway! On Friday April 17, 2009, at 7am, Sans Souci, the first of the three GSSR boats departed Seattle enroute to Japan. The other two boats will follow over the next ten days. The boats are expected to cruise near each other, but not meet up until ... More>
GSSR#5 - It's a tiny distance but a really big milestone 04/17/2009
Greetings all! Tomorrow morning (April 17th), my boat, Sans Souci, will leave the dock in Seattle, bound for Japan. We’re the first of the three GSSR boats to get moving. The other two boats will not be far behind. Our start is staggered for a few reasons, one of which is that we’ve been competing for mechanics ... More>
A hole in the bottom of the boat 04/14/2009
Another busy day. Today was spent loading supplies onto the boat. This was made a bit more interesting because the boat is sitting in a sling at the haul-out facility (Delta). We had the entire back of our SUV filled with supplies, all of which had to be carried up a 20' ladder into the boat. Not fun. I worked for a ... More>
An Exhausting Day 04/14/2009
Sorry not to respond to all the comments on yesterday's blog entry. I'll try tomorrow morning, but tonight, I'm too tired. I was up early and on the boat. We were trying to get the Simon system configured. I had to get the flow meters going as well as the new electrical system sensors. One would think it would be easy, ... More>




 
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