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June 12, 2007

The support of the Corinthian Yacht Club during my stay in San Francisco has been a gift.  I just met them, but they have been so nice to me.  They also gave me a safe place to dock my boat while I wait.

We are watching for a break in the weather.  Because of the tide patterns, an early start would be best.  The wind blows along the California shore and then towards Hawaii, which provides a smooth course for me.  After looking at the weather reports for so long, it’s starting to feel like trying to predict the future.  The gut feelings and help of local sailors are more helpful.

Some people have asked why I am not starting farther South, closer to San Diego.  It’s because of weather conditions that could blow my boat off course.  Another sailor, Andrew Halsey, tried to depart from San Diego in 1999 and had to be rescued.

Over the last 12 days, plants grew all over the bottom of my boat.  This could cause problems at sea, so I took my boat out of the water and cleaned it and painted it.  It will be back in the water on Wednesday.

*Entry adapted for grades 5-8 by Andrea Rogers

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