Pacific 30. Beam: 8’6″, LOA: 29’6″

Draft: 4’6″, Mast top: 40′. Disp: 10,000 lbs.

Description & Historical past of yacht:

Pacific 30, fibreglass haul and deck development, sloop rig, semi full keel with a skeg hung rudder. The hull and deck had been laid up in Cobble Hill in 1976. My father Peter Gann completed the inside in a barn on Outdated West Saanich Street, Victoria, BC “Peg Leg” was launched on September 2nd, 1977 at Cattle Level. It was towed again to R.V.Y.C. by my grandfather, (Jack Gann)’s boat “Seatime”.

Our story began within the Canadian Arctic in 1989 whereas Haydn George and I had been working as seamen for Beaudrill aboard the M.V. “Terry Fox”. After a cool watch on the deck, Haydn and I discovered ourselves within the heat of the ship’s library thumbing by way of navigation books as we had been aspiring to be ocean navigators. Our dialogue shortly targeted on the subject of celestial navigation, infinite horizons and turquoise heat water. Sextant angles, heat blue-sky infinite horizons mixed with -40 or -50 temperatures fuelled concepts like crusing to the tropical islands of Hawaii (+80). The temperature and wish for infinite horizons to practise our celestial navigation was all we required at 20 years outdated to commit ourselves to crusing my thirty-foot sloop “Peg Leg” to Hawaii.

The choice was made: we would go away on June 24, 1990 @1430. We set about our planning and for the rest of our time within the Arctic we imposed on Capt. Peter Kimberley to show us navigate throughout the Pacific utilizing a plastic Davis Mark II Sextant.

For the subsequent six months, our plan included making use of our good friend’s time and our household’s cash, vehicles, properties (and rum!) to refit “Peg Leg” for our Hawaiian journey.

Day 1 – June 24, 1990 at 1400 hrs

By some means day 1 was out of the blue upon us! It was a phenomenal heat summer season day in Cadboro Bay, Victoria, British Columbia, and we discovered ourselves surrounded by buddies, household and onlookers. Haydn untied our strains and I handed our good good friend Rick Todd the fenders and stated “we won’t be wanted tonight.” Our journey begins with smiles and tears as we stated goodbye and sailed out into the bay. In contrast to all the opposite occasions, this was not simply a day sail. We’d not return to Cadboro Bay till 74 days later.

As we reached Race Rocks our heat summer season afternoon changed into a brisk 35 knot westerly requiring us to cut back sail to a triple-reefed essential and a 100% jib. Haydn and I made a decision to sail into the lee of Bentick Island to organize “Peg” for the night sail to Cape Flattery. Right here we stowed away the wine bottles, playing cards, chili, cookies and flowers from my good buddies Mugs & Peter Townshend and different family members. Sure, the boat was prepared, reefed down, stowage full! Haydn determined to go beneath to replace the log as we charged by way of Race Passage with the ebb tide and westerly. Whereas down within the cabin, Haydn determined to make his first meal. His intention was to organize a can of one thing heat earlier than night sundown. Nice concept, nonetheless, between cooking, and updating the log, he launched himself by way of the companionway to throw up all around the lee material within the cockpit. We had been off to a tough begin. After crusing Four miles by way of Race Passage, Haydn was sick within the bulk for the remainder of the night, leaving me to benefit from the first chilly, moist beat to Flattery alone.

Day 2 – June 25th, 1990 at 1020 hrs

The log reads “we’re leaving Juan de Fuca strait and rounding Cape Flattery to start south heading for Hawaii. The supposed course now’s to sail southwest to get off the continental shelf and offshore to keep away from deep vessel visitors earlier than dusk. The circumstances enable us to sail 190 levels at 4.5 knots the whole day.”

The crew spent the remainder of the day mounting the E.P.I.R.B. within the cockpit, getting ready our hand fishing line and cleansing up the boat after final evening’s robust westerly beat.

All day we dragged our fishing line with out success. Nevertheless, there was a backup plan for our first evening offshore. Realizing very nicely that we’d be drained and overwhelmed from our expertise to this point, my Nan had ready us a contemporary pot of chilli, bread, and my favorite angel meals cake to energise us after an extended day.

It was an particularly heat, calm, night to eat on deck and watch the Washington coast slip away from us. Throughout dinner we every spoke about waking up the next morning and never having the ability to see land. We had been excited and anxious for this lengthy awaited for expertise. Day turned to nighttime upon an infinite horizon and we skilled our first offshore sundown and twilight. The sky flip right into a blanket of good stars, and the ocean lit up with phosphorescence.

That evening I formally started my first watch on the helm. Earlier than Haydn may name it an evening he needed to break open the siciaflex and repair the starboard window from leaking inside. As for our watch schedule, we deliberate to rotate on and off responsibility all through the nights for so long as we may stand the watch. Generally this resulted in Four hr, generally 6 hrs watches. That evening, Haydn bulked down at about 1930 and took over the helm at 0200 hrs.

Cape Flattery to Trades and a day at sea aboard Peg Leg

For the subsequent 5 days at sea (June 26th – June 30th) Peg Leg made her method out to 130 levels of Longitude averaging between 70 nm to 120 nm a day. Today appear to mix into one another as if you had been in an prolonged Swiftsure. We overlooked land. The ocean and horizon round us turned gray, cool, and sloppy. Life on board was new and thrilling. Every day appeared to open a brand new door into one other room of journey and discovery. By now we had been nonetheless hand steering as we had not learnt handle our autohelm 5000 wheel pilot. She was repeatedly over-steering, leaving us with just one choice handy steer. In the course of the six months main as much as departure, possibly we must always have taken “Peg Leg” off the dock and examined our programs. “Oh nicely, we’ll bear in mind sea trails subsequent time in our life after we resolve to go offshore once more!”

Aside from having to hand-steer, sleep in moist wool pants and undergo from one another’s lack of cleanliness from not showering for the primary ten days, issues went remarkably nicely. Haydn and I shared making meals, watches and our each day routine of preventative upkeep of all programs. Day by day, we ran the Yanmar 18 h.p. engine for an hour at midday to cost the battery financial institution, high up battery fluid ranges, high up the kerosene range and examine the operating rigging for put on.

It grew to become a part of our each day routine to sight deep sea vessels, pods of dolphins or lovely albatross gliding alongside the waves. At evening whereas I laid within the cockpit steering beneath the celebs, I might cross my time tuning into the native west coast discuss radio program and hearken to folks name in and discuss their issues. Wow, did that ever eat a watch.

Day 8 – July 1st, 1990

Our plan was to sail alongside the 130 levels longitude permitting us to interrupt away from the continent whereas at all times pinching as much as the Pacific Excessive on our starboard aspect. After we met the North East winds, this allowed us to sail west to 132 levels West Longitude and roughly 35 levels North Latitude.

Nice Circle and Commerce wind crusing to Maui

Day 12 – July sixth, 1990

The log reads “We’ve lastly learnt that the button on the auto helm that controls the rudder yaw turns to accommodate small to giant wheel rotation. Wow, Peg Leg can sail in a straight line. Auto’s promoted to Quartermaster and from that day she steers Peg Leg by way of the rolling trades proper into Maui.”

Day 13

Goes one thing like this. It is 0130 hrs within the morning after we are awakening by the thumping engine noise of a freighter, I run out on deck and I’ m amazed by this very giant gray black silhouetted sheet of metal that passes us to our port aspect inside 100 m. As she triumphantly powers by the freighter’s watch keeper activates certainly one of his million candle watts bridge lights to help us with our imaginative and prescient. Yep, that was a freighter all proper. Perhaps Auto doesn’t make a terrific helmsmen! Haydn and I proceed to name up the Japanese Quartermaster on watch and ask if he would thoughts advising us if there may be another visitors within the space as there was no have to ask for a spread and bearing for a place replace. That day we noticed two extra deep sea vessels headed for Japan and we couldn’t elevate them on the VHF. Hopefully somebody was within the bridge standing watch just like the freighter we awoke to 10 hours earlier than.

So, we now have Auto working now, have learnt just a little about standing a watch and have reached the commerce winds to begin our nice circle path to Maui 1470 NM bearing 230 levels.

The Commerce wind journey lasted for 11 days of down wind crusing at 230-degrees, wing on wing at 6 & 7 knots of boat pace browsing down 6 to 10 foot turquoise waves.

Day 17 – July 11th at 1740 hrs

The log reads “We’ve simply launched Gary Nickel’s carved log into the ocean on the following place:

Lat 28 levels 41 minutes N

Lengthy 141 levels 49 minutes W

922 NM from Maui

Our good friend Gary offered us a log carving on our departure from the RVYC and requested us to solid it off to sea. The log contained a drawing and engraved description about our journey. The outline included dates, names, contact data if discovered, and a abstract of our journey. The whole log was sealed in lots of coats of epoxy and floated fairly properly. So far the piece has not been returned.

Day 18 – July 12th at 0315 hrs

We made contact over the VHF with a motor vessel known as Shirley Eye that was westbound for Oahu and for use as a dive vessel.

Day 21 – July 15th at 1600 hrs

A day jibe leads to a rip to the chute. We handle to decrease the sail and untangle the mess, nonetheless, we really feel the rip is simply too giant for us to repair. So, we sail on into the evening wing on wing with the principle and genoa.

Day 22 – July 16th

We make contact with the SV “Sabrina” on 16 VHF. “Sabrina” is a 34′ Pacific Cup vessel headed to Oahu. Whereas in touch with Sabrina the feminine on board asks us why we aren’t utilizing our chute. We clarify that we ripped it and wish sail restore. So, she will get on the radio and offers us a blast about not hand stitching it. With solely 113 NM to the doorway to Maui we regroup and begin stitching and two hours later the chute is up and “Peg” is consuming up the miles.

Land in sight

Day 23 – July 17th at 1133 hrs

The log reads “Land in sight,” on the 23rd morning!

All by way of my early morning watch I may see a masthead and starboard gentle on my port quarter. And because the morning awoke I started to establish the lovable as “Thomasine II” from R.V.Y.C. Peter Su, a great good friend of ours, introduced my household out to observe us sail off as Haydn and I left for Hawaii on June 24. “Thomasine II” was a part of the Vic Maui race that left on July 1 from Victoria. So, Peter had managed to catch as much as us and we sailed into the channel off Maui collectively that afternoon. We requested “Thomasine II” to radio forward and ask if we may clear customs in Lahaina as a Vic Maui spectator boat. We obtain a radio transmission advising us to proceed to Lahaina and name US customs from the end line. Nevertheless, as we sailed previous Nakalele Level after having a bathe and watching the folks on the shore occasion to the sounds of Hawaiian music, we known as customs once more and so they suggested us to sail again round to Kuhului by way of Pailolo channel. By now the solar had gone down and the wind was as much as 25 knots so we proceeded to anchor off Lahaina till dawn. Boy, that was powerful to sit down at anchor off Lahaina and hearken to all of the partying.

Land fall ultimately!

Day 23 – July 17th, at 2240 hrs

The log reads “Landfall ultimately,” 23 days after leaving R.V.Y.C. That night we’d anchor offshore of Lahaina @ 2140. Peg Leg and crew reached our vacation spot after crusing 2700 NM in 23 days 7 hours & 40 minutes.

After that beautiful sleep at anchor off Lahina at 0600 hrs July 18th, Haydn and I lifted the hook and proceeded round to Kahululi beneath sail and entered into the harbour at 1115 hrs. As we powered into the harbour we handed the French metal SV “Rantoplan.” The couple invited us aboard however we needed to decline and proceed instantly to the customs dock. After tying up the boat I ran as much as the workplace to sign up. After a chilly welcoming the clerk suggested me to return to my vessel as she would ship for the customs officers. 5 minutes later, two very giant Hawaiian males dressed within the causal Hawaii / Miami vice look drove up in a jeep, jumped out and instantly began asking questions. Was I the captain? who’s the opposite man? He is my crew, Haydn! The person in cost and his buddy instructed Haydn to face on the bow of the vessel, whereas I went aboard with the skipper. The official acted very guarded and he wished to see my chart displaying our each day midday place since leaving Victoria. At this level, I attempted to be pleasant and accommodating. I supplied the Customs officer the chance to go beneath first. Oh no, to your security and mine I needed to proceed first. As soon as contained in the boat away from his accomplice and Haydn, he started asking me a lot of questions on medication, alcohol, firearms and our cash scenario. He suggested me that we confronted a $12,000 US greenback superb for not clearing into an official US port of entry. At that second, figuring out we had solely $500.00 {dollars} between us, I defined why we entered at Lahina and spent the evening on the anchor. He was not fascinated by that story and solely jogged my memory how he had issued many fines earlier than! After drilling me with the questions he then suggested that “Peg” could be impounded and couldn’t go away the dock till we attended at a listening to on Thursday morning, at his workplace, at 0900 hrs to debate the superb. As soon as he had that message out of his system he checked out me and stated, “Now go have a beer and luxuriate in!” Wow evening and day! So, Haydn and I did simply that. We walked as much as the city’s financial institution, withdrew some cash, and bought a journey to the opposite aspect of the island to rejoice our journey over some beer and a hamburger. As we walked by way of the doorways on the Lahaina Yacht Membership we met up with Peter Sou “Thomasine II” and had just a few drinks on the pub and phoned household and buddies at residence.

Arriving an hour late for the customs listening to!

After just a few beers and a late evening partying on the opposite aspect of the island we didn’t make it again to our boat that evening. So, when morning got here we discovered ourselves stranded on the improper aspect of the island with no type of transportation to get to the assembly with customs. We determined to search out Peter, who was resting peacefully that morning in a phenomenal resort in Lahaina. After getting him away from bed, we requested him if he may take us to the Kuhului for our listening to. Peter agreed, smiled, and introduced his digital camera to movie the expertise for others again residence in Victoria to witness.

Image this: we arrived very late, hung over and accompanied by Peter our photographer! The entrance desk officers weren’t impressed. We walked right into a room, with the ceiling fan going round, the intense lights and this huge man that sat behind a his desk sporting, you guessed it, the Hawaiian shirt! “You’re late! Have a sit,” and never a second after we sat, he started giving us a lecture on how one is to clear right into a US port of entry. By the top of the session we may have recited the part from the customs e book. He once more raised the purpose concerning the $12,000 US superb and advised us how he had fined others for that quantity lately. Lastly the officer began questioning our cruising plans for our time in Hawaii. It was very clear that we had not completed our homework and he was very prepared to put out our phrases and circumstances whereas cruising by way of the Hawaiian Islands. In the long run we bought our cruising allow and it value us $200.00 US {dollars} for the lecture and cruising allow.

OK, Haydn, lets go offshore once more! We’ve been on land for 24hrs.

Day 25 – Thursday July 19th

The log reads “1217 hrs Peg Leg leaves Kuhului Harbour Maui for Honolulu, Oahu. We loved a 50 nm attain alongside the North shore of Molokai Island previous the distinguished Kalaupapa peninsula and Kahiu level.

This village, now a nationwide historic park, is on Makanalua Peninsula on Molokai Island’s north coast. A low tongue of lava separated from the remainder of the coast, the distant space is the place a band of lepers had been compelled ashore in 1866.

Hugging the practically perpendicular cliffs, the path is over three miles (5km) lengthy and descends 1,600 toes (488m) to the peninsula. Alongside its course are 26 switchbacks that corkscrew out and in of canyons and ravines.

In 1873, Father Damien, a Belgian priest, came over and stayed the remainder of his life ministering to the victims of Hansen’s illness, often known as leprosy. He caught the illness and died of it in 1889, changing into the “‘Martyr of Molokai Island”.

Day 26 – Friday July 20th at 0200 hrs

14 hours after leaving Kuhului the log reads “Peg” Secured Hawaii Yacht Membership; time for a rum and our first operating water bathe in 26 days!” Early Friday morning Haydn and I made preparations to spend 7 days on the Waikiki Yacht Membership and seven days on the Hawaii Yacht Membership.

Three within the afternoon we headed as much as the airport to satisfy Kim, Michelle, and Ryan after their journey from Victoria. We spend the subsequent seven days sharing tales, swimming, and exploring the island.

Haydn had deliberate to proceed crusing south by selecting up a crew place on board a yacht and I had deliberate to have Michelle be a part of me in Hawaii and sail again with me to Victoria. Nevertheless, with information of Kim’s arrival and the mix of her presence in Hawaii, Haydn’s plans turned North. Sure, Haydn and Kim had been now in search of a journey North again to Victoria. As this was a Vic Maui 12 months, they’d no downside confirming a journey on board SV “Crissa.”

So on July 27th 1990, after spending Eight days on land in Hawaii, Kim and Haydn are off once more for Victoria by way of the island of Kauai aboard Crissa. That day we watched Kim and Haydn sail off into the gap and my brother Ryan fly off into the sky.

Michelle and I spent the subsequent week stress-free, purchasing for provides, and dealing on Peg Leg in preparation for our journey to Kauai. We met the commodore of the Hawaii Yacht Membership and defined to him how we had towed a fishing line 2700 NM with no chunk. Being an influence boater with a colored previous for the game of Marlin fishing, our commodore good friend handed on just a few concepts and he started to make us two strains as we mentioned the finer facets of fishing over a few rums.

Properly after spending 7 full days of assembly new buddies, consuming collectively on totally different boats and sharing tales whereas watching the nightly sunsets from the spot the place they made the film “South Pacific,” the time had come for us to say goodbye and start our voyage residence to Caddy Bay, Victoria, BC!” For extra bluewater offshore crusing tales go to

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