LOG: Islands, Thursday August 16

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under sail enroute to Santa Rosa Island

7:45am load fuel after three hour sleep, and motor from SB to Santa Rosa Island under clear skies, no wind, slight wind chop in ocean.

Wind forecast unfavorable with 15-25 and 30 knot gusts in the outer water forecast that includes Rosa. But we endeavor to try in case the backside has protection.

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peaking around East Point

Wave forecast intriguing– SSE Easter island head high swell and SE hurricane waist high swell, merging Friday.

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Cruise motor power up channel ~5.5 knots until 11am — and then wind fills in, under small jib and stay sail flying at 6.5 then up to a blasting 8-9 in some of the best sailing ever, smooth water speed, as we near the island on a broad reach course of 180.

On the way see a huge finback whale surfacing right next to the boat. Wikipedia summary

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Jibing round Skunk at 1:30pm (5.5 hr from SB). Gorgeous sand dunes and purple flowers on hillsides.

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Past East Pt wind dies and we are in Lee Heaven, hot and light breeze.

Motor to little Malibu and the boys gets some rides. Waist high.

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Anchor at Ford point in 30ft of water high tide, E wind 5 knots

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