Monthly archives for September, 2014

Survivalist Cruising at Castaway Isla...

Survivalist Cruising at Castaway Island and the Planned Departure for Hawaii
After two amazing weeks at Castaway Island a weather window has opened up and in a few days we have decided we’ll sail north. The past two weeks have been fun, relaxing and peaceful.  We haven’t pulled the hook since we dropped it upon arrival here.  We have only seen one local boat and they didn’t seem interested in us so d [...]

Castaway Island

Castaway Island
We’re still swinging on the hook off the same motu we found upon arrival here.  The wind has put some more east in it’s north so Ellie’s rudder is now floating about 3-4 feet above a beautiful healthy coral head that is loaded with delicious fish!  Sure makes catching dinner easy; all we do is drop a line over the side with [...]

Anchored in Another Postcard After Tw...

Anchored in Another Postcard After Two Days at Sea!
A couple weeks ago we were swinging on the hook in Maupiti debating heading NW to the Marshalls, SW to New Zealand or back uphill to Hawaii.  They were all about the same distance away.  If we followed the herd of 300+ Puddle Jumpers and rushed through Tonga, Fiji and on to NZ we were almost guaranteed crowded anchorages and a rough passage t [...]

Paradise….lost? The Toau Sweat ...

Paradise….lost? The Toau Sweat Shop
After a week in Toau we have decided to set sail.  There is a two day weather window opening up and we plan to take advantage of it.  The winds are forecast to average 10 knots out of the NE for a day and then lighten up and become squally.  We still have a full tank of diesel and we are prepared to use it this time! The past week has been bu [...]

Passage Summary – Moorea to Tua...

Passage Summary – Moorea to Tuamotus: Ass Kicking
We just moored in one of our favorite spots in the Tuamotus after the roughest passage we have had on the voyage thus far.  We left Moorea three days ago with the forecast calling for winds in the mid-teens out of the SE.  The plan was to ride the SE winds on the beam and sail the 230nm on a course of NE to make landfall in the Tuamotus on th [...]

Eastbound for the Tuamotus

Eastbound for the Tuamotus
After hiding out in Moorea for almost a week, a weather window has finally opened up and we will be sailing for the Tuamotus this afternoon.  Forecast is calling for 15 knots out of the SE which should allow for a nice beam reach to one of our favorite atolls, about 250 nm away.   We have been making the most of the past few rainy days.  Alys [...]

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