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Kicked in the Head by the Tail of a H...

Kicked in the Head by the Tail of a Humpback Whale!!!
You read the title correctly, I was almost knocked unconscious by the tail of an enormous wild humpback whale while swimming with a pod yesterday. It was scary, enthralling and disorienting at the same time. I am writing this with a huge bump/egg on the port side of my skull. I seem to be fine and waking up this morning was a success. So now [...]

VIDEO – Sailing the Flat Waters...

VIDEO – Sailing the Flat Waters of Vava’u with the Mermaid at the Helm
By the way – it took three long days to upload this video over the super slow Tonga pig telecom internet connection. Hope you enjoy! Share this:EmailShare on TumblrPrintMorePocket

Hawaii to Fanning – Day 3

Hawaii to Fanning – Day 3
Night passages are difficult. The wind patterns are inconsistent, squalls are formed, and the seas look exceptionally larger because you don’t see them until they are at your stern rail(and very often are larger because of aforementioned squalls). Last night was no exception. Squall after squall hit us, with winds reaching 32kts and dri [...]

Hawaii to Fanning Atoll – Day 2

Hawaii to Fanning Atoll – Day 2
It is Day 2 of our passage and we have sailed another 128nm in the past 24 hours with 680nm to go. The wind and seas have increased (20-28kts, 8-12′ seas) and moved more ENE, allowing us to sail slightly downwind for a more comfortable ride. Lewis put out one of our last Skabenga lures since we were sailing 6.5kts and within 2 hours we [...]

Bon Voyage from Oahu – HD Video...

Bon Voyage from Oahu – HD Video!
We are finally done provisioning Ellie up and will be sailing out of Oahu tomorrow morning (Wednesday). We made a video so everyone can see how beautiful my girls (Alyssa and Ellie of course) are lookin’ before we put to sea. Tomorrow we sail for the Big Island, a 160 mile overnight run. Once there we’ll patiently wait for favorab [...]

Is a week too long? Maybe, but it’s s...

Is a week too long? Maybe, but it’s still Paradise!
Ka Oha from Alyssa! Nuku Hiva is a major port of entry, so there is everything you need. There are groceries, restaurants, wifi cafes with free high speed internet, bakeries, a hardware store, vehicle traffic, and, more recently, it sounds like a techno club stays open overlooking the bay which is full of about 55 other boats. The first few d [...]

Downwind It Is! We crossed the Sea o...

Downwind It Is!  We crossed the Sea of Cortez to the main land!
We crossed the Sea of Cortez! When we left San Jose del Cabo, we were expecting to have an easy six hour sail up the coast of Baja to stay in Los Frailes, the easternmost point on the Baja peninsula. As soon as we rounded the SE corner of Baja, however, we were met with bashing seas and 20kts on the nose! That was going to be a very uncomfort [...]

Santa Barbara Sunrise

Santa Barbara Sunrise
There’s nothing quite like a sunrise after an overnight passage. The seas are remarkably calm and peaceful; it’s difficult to not get a sense of ease at being one with the ocean. It’s 6am on our passage from Morro Bay around Point Arguello and Point Conception, a 20-hour 110 mile voyage known for rough seas as a last farewell to the torrentia [...]

Provisioning delivered?!

Provisioning delivered?!
When we first arrived in Sausalito, we saw an organic foods truck delivering tubs and tubs of groceries to one of the many mega yachts around us, and then I remembered, Safeway delivers! And the added bonus, your first delivery is FREE and they give you complimentary 8-pack of paper towels and a case of water. How convenient:) This was the pe [...]

Angel Island

Angel Island
Hey all – sorry we haven’t written this week!  We’ve been having fun and been keeping busy! I am really going to miss the SF Bay. Although the winds can be torrential through the slot, there is truly something magical about the horizon of the city, the golden gate just peeking out of the dense fog, and the variety of climate [...]

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