We didn’t know how much time it would take to complete our first ocean passage from Everett, WA to San Francisco, but we figured it could take up two weeks or a month depending on the wind. Our 30 gallon fuel supply would only take us about 350 miles so we needed to sail most of the 900 miles. Mother Nature would be our close companion.
She was kind in the beginning with a decent wind. But as the days progressed her wind calmed and we sat drifting. The rigging would noisily bang around, it was driving us batty.
Next she started increasing her wind over a few days to 35+ knots. We had to test our sailing ability off the cold west coast. Fortunately we survived and in 9 days made landfall in San Francisco.