Monthly archives for March, 2014

Pacific Crossing – Day 22 ̵...

Pacific Crossing – Day 22 – Are We There Yet??
The Princess would like to know if we are there yet.  She asks me this multiple times a day… The answer is that we are just over 600 miles from Hiva Oa.  We are tearing along, averaging 6 knots.  We are enjoying the best sailing conditions we have had so far.  We have 15 knots of steady breeze out of the SE, the swell is minimal AND FR [...]

Pacific Crossing – Day 21

Pacific Crossing – Day 21
We’re in the southern hemisphere! We are 21 days out of Zihuatanejo, Mexico bound for Hiva Oa, a mere 775 miles SW.  We have caught the SE trades and are making good way under full sail, clear skies and signature puffy trade wind clouds.  There is a fresh breeze out of the SE driving us forward at 5 knots.  Once again Ellie has caught [...]

Pacific Crossing – Day 20 ̵...

Pacific Crossing – Day 20 – At the Equator!!
We are 4 miles from the equator!  We have caught the SE trade winds and are cruising along nicely at 4 knots under full sail.  The wind is on the port bow, the skies are clear and the engine is OFF! We are excited to be crossing the equator in an hour.  We will stop the boat, heave-to and go for a swim and celebrate.  Spirits are high. We had [...]

Pacific Crossing – Day 19

Pacific Crossing – Day 19
We’re at 1 degree north and only one day away from crossing the equator.  We are on a heading of 200 but our course over ground is 180!  We are fighting a strong equatorial counter-current that runs from west to east along these latitudes.  My book says we should have left this current when we crossed 2 N but it is just getting stronger [...]

Pacific Crossing – Day 18

Pacific Crossing – Day 18
We are slowly clawing our way towards paradise.  We just crossed 3 degrees north and are 175 miles away from the equator.  That’s two days away at 4.0 knots. I’m pretty sure we crossed the heart of the ITCZ last night at 03 20 N.  At about 0200 we went from becalmed to being hit with 15-18 knots out of the SSE.  It blew hard all m [...]

Pacific Crossing – Day 17

Pacific Crossing – Day 17
We have been at sea for 2 1/2 weeks now.  We are 1,800 miles from Zihua and 1,060 miles from Hiva Oa. Still motoring across the doldrums.  Wind is usually less than 4 knots, but right now it clocked around to the SSW ahead of a squall line and it’s currently blowing 10 on the nose, which greatly helps our fuel economy of course 😉 We are [...]

Day 16 – The Floating Sweat Box

Day 16 – The Floating Sweat Box
Welcome to our floating sauna!  Where you can sweat for free, everything is damp, and you’ll never have to worry about dry skin again, because there is no evaporation in 100% humidity.  We are conveniently located at 5 N Equator Way, right under the blaring hot sun.  haha Seriously though, it’s freaking HOT and very HUMID.  Unbear [...]

Pacific Crossing – Day 15

Pacific Crossing – Day 15
We have sailed approximately 1,600 nautical miles since leaving Zihuatanejo and we are 1,250 miles from our destination of Hiva Oa.  We are making 5.5 knots on a course of 210 true with the wind on our port quarter and the seas just abaft the port beam. All is well onboard.  We have been reading, sleeping and relaxing.  Alyssa is almost finis [...]

Day 14 – Halfway Mark!

Day 14 – Halfway Mark!
We are over halfway across the Pacific Ocean!  Currently 1,380 nm from Hiva Oa and 1,500 nm from Zihua. We continue to ride the NE trade winds, which have consistently filled our sails for over a week now.  This morning we jibed onto port tack and are now flying the jib poled out to starboard.  Still making good way, 6.0 knots, on a course o [...]

Day 13 – Squalls

Day 13 – Squalls
We are 1,360 nm from Zihua and 1,490 nm from Hiva Oa.  We are still on a run, making 6 knots on a course of 249 true. Last night was rough.  We were sailing through squalls with driving rain.  The winds were variable and we saw everything from 6 to 26 knots.  The seas were steep and confused which threw Ellie around and really tested her con [...]

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