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Tagged With: offshore passages

tubuai to moorea ~ only 3 days

May 30 – June 1, 2014 After a 19-day passage against the wind, one would think that a 3-day passage with a perfect wind on the beam would be a breeze.  Where the boat was concerned, it was a perfect passage.  As for Justine and I, we didn’t feel so great.  And, in the fishing … Continue reading »

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new zealand to french polynesia ~ against the wind

added note:  While this is another one of my lengthy posts, it is more for our own record and memory of the passage.  But hopefully, many of you will enjoy it regardless.  For those of you who prefer a shortened version, most days are titled with some highlights. May 2 – 20, 2014 Day 1:  … Continue reading »

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passage ponderings ~ an email

May 2014 The following is an email I sent after 19 days at sea and a safe arrival to the Australs. Subject: Passage Ponderings Date: 22 May 2014 02:33:14 -0000 From: KF4IVI Via: HAM.HF.K4XV Date: 2014/05/22 02:33:16 Hi all, Now that we are safely at anchor, I’ll spill my guts about it all.  Sorry if … Continue reading »

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from a child’s eye: passage to new zealand

Tonga to New Zealand by Justine, written at age 14 We were leaving. I stood in the shade of the Pacific blue bimini that covers our large cockpit, my right hand gripping the rough wood of one of the two twin tables for balance as the floor beneath my feet started to move. I was … Continue reading »

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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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passage to new zealand ~ the plan

November 9 – 18, 2013 For months prior to the passage to New Zealand, numerous cruisers fret over what could possibly be their toughest passage to date.  With New Zealand lying between the Tasman Sea and the Southern Pacific Ocean, there are many strong low pressure systems that move across the region.  One must also … Continue reading »

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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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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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