Watching Sans Souci Re-enter the US Live!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a link to a webpage that allows for real-time tracking of ships via the internet:

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/

I had completely forgotten about it, until one of the visitors to my blog reminded me, and advised me that Sans Souci is actually appearing on the AIS data. Today, Saturday, it is possible to track Sans Souci’s progress as she works her way from Ensenada to Newport Beach, stopping in San Diego to clear customs.

I spoke with Jeff yesterday, and he described the day as a mess. No real problems, but a lot of different projects that all needed to occur a the same time: Clearing out of Mexico (no easy task), fueling the boat, arranging transport home for some of the crew, swapping the sat tv from mexico tv to US tv, etc. Nothing was difficult, but nothing went smooth. The fuel dock ran out of fuel halfway into fueling, requiring a long delay for a truck to come. The safe wouldn’t open when it came time to pay for fuel. The flights for the crew were canceled for an unknown reason. It was just one of those days…

It has been a year since I made the run from San Diego to Ensenada, so I’ve forgotten how long it takes. My recollection is that it is only about 60 miles. I’m guessing that by about 5pm pst Sans Souci should be at the dock in Newport Beach.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to track Sans Souci in real time, or even write a blog update to report on her successful re-entry to the USA. I’ll be on a boat all day tomorrow helping a friend bring his Nordhavn 55 to Seattle from the San Juan Islands. I’m not sure how long it will take, but I’m guessing 10 hours or so. I’m looking forward to being back on a boat! I helped him move his boat north at the start of the season, and it was a great trip. We’ll have along Steven Argosy, a N62 owner, so the one thing I know for sure is that it will be 10 hours of talking boats!

I’m jealous that all of you get to watch Sans Souci cross the border, and I won’t….

-Ken W

3 Responses

  1. Thanks a lot Ken! I succeeded in wasting my entire morning tracking your boat’s progress. So I’ll make the call. By my estimation, Sans Souci re-entered US waters at 1042 pacific time. Such a beautiful morning, I could have been out sailing! Did I say thanks?

    JohnA

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