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passages

maupiti to suwarrow ~ an unconscious captain!

August 27 – September 2, 2013 Passage from Maupiti to Suwarrow is about 660 nautical miles, and based on a 5-knot average speed, it takes about 5 – 6 days to sail between the two islands.  Since we needed calm conditions to exit Maupiti’s Passe Onoiau, and to watch the whales, we began this passage … Continue reading »

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port phaeton to punaauia ~ first instincts

July 26, 2013 Once the wind had settled down to less than 20 knots, we departed from the protection of Port Phaeton and did a short day sail to Commune de Punaauia, near Papeete.  We bid a temporary farewell to s/v Sueño and s/v Flour Girl who were going to stay behind an extra day, … 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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pacific crossing mishaps

April 23 – May 13, 2013 Day 2:  The clew to the mainsail tore apart from its attachment to the boom.  Fortunately, Wil happened to notice the separation in the webbing before the foot of the main came totally loose.  We put a reef in the main, and continued to sail while we made repairs.  … Continue reading »

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daily routine on the pacific

April 23 – May 13, 2013 Everyday for 21 days, with very little variation, we maintained a fairly constant routine. Each morning, as Wil was finishing his graveyard watch, he would have a walkabout on deck.  This was the perfect time to see what daylight would expose.  This was his way of finding out if … Continue reading »

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into the unknown ~ day 1

April 23, 2013 It was on a Tuesday morning near 0900 hours when we hauled the anchor from Isabela Island in the Galapagos. Anxiety and excitement turned in our stomachs. We would be sailing into the biggest unknown of our lives. There was a good wind that had arrived to help us bid farewell to the … Continue reading »

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Protected: when all you see is ocean & sky

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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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panama canal transit ~ day 2

March 4, 2013 0530 hours came early.  In order to make sure breakfast was ready by the time our next adviser arrived, I needed at least a good hour.  The rest of the crew rose about a half hour later.  Thank goodness the adviser was just a tad late, so all was ready to go … Continue reading »

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