Day 6 – Queen Charlotte Sound to Bramham Island

We made some decent miles through the night and the morning greeted us with good wind (16-18knts) and moderate chop.

Screen Recording 2015-10-04 at 10.15 PM

As the sun rose higher, the seas built up to 6-8 feet again. Around 11am Nico noticed some flex in the forward starboard hull. He went forward to check it out. He came out white faced and said. “There’s a hole in the deck. Time to go in.” We made a beeline, yet again, to the closest decent looking duck out spot.

After over an hour working to find an anchorage that was doable with our limited ground tackle, we finally were anchored and had a chance to really inspect the damage to the hull.

After spending a good chunk of the day working on the boat we moved anchored to a slightly less precarious spot. Josh took one for the team and sacrificed his body to keep us off a particularly poorly placed rock. In doing so he also fell in the water and soaked yet another dry set of gear… This helped us make the decision to take a 2 hour nap, dry out clothes, and pound some food before heading back out.

As the sun was setting we set off into the night, and back into the swell. Over the next 8 hours we made only two tacks, going 12 miles out into the ocean, before turning north and aiming for Culvert Island. We were feeling pretty apprehensive as every crash through a wave felt like it might be breaking our new bodged fix in half. However, we made some good ground, and everyone got a few hours of rest throughout the night.

Day 7 – 9 coming soon

 

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Nico Colomb

Born and raised in Northern California, living in Oakland, working at Berkeley Marine Center. Has worked in sailing as an instructor, charter captain, delivery captain, and boat builder. Most recent big race was the 2014 Pac Cup.

Last week he murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. He's so mean, he makes medicine sick.

Matt Sornson

Born in Michigan, living in Oakland, working in tech, sailing in San Francisco Bay. 1st in class 2013 Everglades Challenge on a Hobie 16.

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, some come from behind. But i've bought a big boat. I'm ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me.

Josh Lehman

Hailing from Oakland, Josh championed the UC Santa Cruz open water rowing team, where he took 1st place in the 5th National Open Water
Rowing Championships (Aero class).

wrassled with an alligator, tussled with a whale, done handcuffed lightning to throw thunder in jail.