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fishing

passage to new zealand ~ all well onboard

November 9 – 18, 2013 day one: After a few last minute preparations, we jumped into the water for one last family snorkel.  This would be our last day anchored in the tropics, and we wanted to cherish the warmth and beauty that surrounded us. Temperature at Kelefesia Island: 84-86 degrees F Around noon, we hoisted the … Continue reading »

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tonga ~ ha’apai & otu tolu groups

November 1 – 9, 2013                           Good-bye Vava’u:  Clearing out of Tonga can be done in a few ways.  Many people make their way to Tonga’s southern Tongatapu Group where they provision for the passage and then clear from Tonga to New Zealand.  … Continue reading »

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suwarrow ~ a true treasure

September 2 – 16, 2013 Suwarrow, also known as Suvarov, is a nature reserve and small coral atoll belonging to the Cook Islands.  It is located about 440 miles east-northeast of American Samoa, and there is not another island within 200 miles from Suwarrow.  Every year, from April through October, the population of Suwarrow consists … Continue reading »

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toau to tahiti

July 15 – 17, 2013  A weather window for our passage from the Tuamotus to theSociety Islands was a difficult one to pick.  The winds were either going to be too strong or not enough, and there would be squalls.  If we missed our opportunity to depart from Toau, then we would easily have to … Continue reading »

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marquesas to tuamotus

June 21 – 25, 2013 Before every offshore passage, we go up the mast to check all halyards, rigging, and attachment points, as well as look for anything that might be wrong.  A few days before our departure from Ua Pou, I hauled Wil to the top.  We’d been hearing a strange clanking sound develop … Continue reading »

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our best fishing day

May 20, 2013 Departing Fatu Hiva and sailing to Tahuata was not dull by any means.  As we sailed away from Fatu Hiva, we immediately caught two Big Eye Tuna.  We had seen where the small fishing boats were sitting just offshore, and sailing past them paid off. Then, rather than sail directly to Tahuata, … Continue reading »

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long story, short

April 22, 2013 As we area getting ready to make our leap across the Pacific Ocean, for the time being, here is the short story of our past month. March 4 – 14:  After transiting the Panama Canal, we spent 10 days anchored near La Playita on the outskirts of Panama City.  The majority of … Continue reading »

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the bahamas to jamaica

January 14 – 17, 2013 Exiting from the Georgetown area can be a difficult task.  The prevailing winds blow from some form of an easterly direction, and cruisers find themselves stuck down in the nook between the southeast end of Great Exuma Island and the northwest end of Long Island.  The majority of sailors are … Continue reading »

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bounties of the sea . . . and sharks!

January 1 – 3, 2013 After spending another day in Black Point with boat chores (more laundry, boat cleaning, taking down Christmas decorations, etc), we pulled up the anchor by 8 a.m. and sailed offshore for another day of fishing.  Whether we caught fish, or not, was the determining factor for our final destination.  We … Continue reading »

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family time

[Note:  There are many more photos to come, but they will have to wait until our next internet connection] December 25 – 30, 2012 Christmas Day                       After awakening to presents under the tree, and a special Christmas breakfast of homemade cinnamon buns (made by What If), … Continue reading »

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