Pacific Cup ’08 – Coverage of Morpheus Delivery from Hawaii

As most of you know, while onboard Morpheus I can only send text based updates to the blog. Normally, I’d get home after a trip and update most of the blog postings from that trip with photo’s, video, etc.

Well, this time I managed to convince Mike Wallach that we should compete to see who can update his blog with the most interesting “multi media” content. This was sort of a head fake that Mike played right into.

You see, I knew Mike would do a fantastic job on his blog.

So, now all I need to do is give you the link to his entries and I’ve saved myself all kinds of work!!

For details on our trip home go to ….


Pacific Cup ’08 – A Bridge too Far???

80 miles from GGB
Deja Vu. I think I may have used that title before???
Anyway…good morning from Morpheus. Hopefully, the last good morning of this trip.
Over the past three days, I have held out hope of a mid afternoon arrival under the Golden Gate. That would be followed by a quick right hand turn into the StFYC where we could adjourn to the Grill Room for many arrival cocktails with friends and family and perhaps a short trip into the Marina District for dinner at one of my favorite local Italian restaurants.
Nice plan.
The only problem is that last night the wind shut off. Not like in the high where it shut off and left us with 5-6 knots. No this time we are talking less than 2.5 knots of wind. Plenty of hazy fog, and water like a mirror. The engine has been on, but our speed is not what we’d hoped for and now unfortunately we are looking at (what is becoming typical) an arrival time close to 11pm or more likely midnight.
So, have a drink for us this afternoon, and we’ll see how things develop. Forecasts do not include any winds that will change things for us.
Patrick – You may need to find some pizza and beer for us. I’m sure you can figure out how….

PS. Mike says he spotted a 2ft long shark a while ago, and we just saw an otter more than 80 miles from shore?
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Pacific Cup ’08 – Cocktail Hour…

On a delivery, you always need something each day to look forward to. Each day, the good crew of Morpheus has had that thing that holds us through the day, that inspires us to continue to slog through the ocean, to keep our eyes open for ships, nets in the water, and floating glass balls. That thing is… COCKTAIL HOUR!!!!!!!

Each day about 5:00, Deb starts her chant, “Jim, is it cocktail Hour? Jim is it cocktail hour? Jim, is it cocktail hour?” We wake Scott up, purely for the social aspect of cocktail hour since he doesn’t drink, and we retire to various locations (How many locations are there on a 50 foot boat?) on the deck for an hour of totally random and spontaneous conversation… Today, it was mostly Star Trek and spin offs, specifically about the various female characters on the shows, and their (lack of) costumes. Oh, and of course, fish. We always talk about fish, fishing, lures, lack of heavy fishing line, hooking vrs catching, how close to the boat you need to get a fish before it constitutes a catch… OMG! In the high’s where we are motoring and no bow waves, we usually have cocktail hour on the foredeck, so we can watch for nets and garbage that we need to avoid. When the weather is worse, we all crowd under the dodger. Not that it offers any protection, since Scott got a wave right down the neck, and Deb got a lap full of a really cold wave, right after taking a shower and getting into her last pair of clean, really nice warm fuzzy sweats. *&YUYH&* But I digress…
Since Morpheus has historically been a dry boat on passages, cocktail hour caught the provisioning officer off guard. But, we did scrounge enough beer so that we could each have one Coors Light each day for most of the passage. Mike and Deb relished these beers, savoring the delicious “hiss” upon opening their daily beer. But the beer ran out. Horror. But, the provisioning officer came up with the goods and broke out the left over hard stuff from Hawaii. Since mixers were scarce, we had to improvise and come up with our own boat drinks. Jim’s clever way of making ice in a zip lock was critical to the success of the boat drink experiment. Mike’s “Morpheus Martini” of gin and Ginger Root was pretty much a flop, especially compared to the Rum and Pepsi Jim and Deb were enjoying. Rum, Pepsi and all sodas being gone today, Deb came up with “Pink Vodkas”! Vodka, ice and pink lemonade! Actually, very good. Since we are now out of Vodka, tomorrow we will try “Pink Gins”
Spirits are good upon the good ship Morpheus. See you all late Sunday!
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