We are in Nuku Hiva and found an actual internet connection! I will post more pics from our recent island adventures in the next post. I am currently trying to figure out the fastest way to get a new raw water pump shipped here. Talking to people across the globe….stay tuned.
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Here are some stats and pictures from the crossing. We are almost done with all our chores and will set sail from Atuona tomorrow to explore the anchorages on the leeward side of the island. We have been busy clearing in, provisioning, cleaning, doing laundry, changing oil, polishing and toping off the fuel tank and responding to bil [...]
We are anchored in Baie Tahauku. We have a great spot behind
the breakwater right next to the dinghy dock. There were 14 other boats here
when we arrived yesterday so we had to really wedge ourselves in. Luckily a big
catamaran departed right before sunset and we snagged his spot. We slept like
rocks last night; I think I sl [...]
We made landfall this morning and are only 9 miles away from Atuona! Heaving-to last night sucked; we had winds over 20 knots and a huge swell all night. The sunrise was glorious. We can now see the colors on the islands. Still can’t smell anything yet since we are up wind. Feels great to see land again.
We are sailing west towards [...]
We’re painfully close to Hiva Oa! A mere 42 miles NE of the island…
We will heave-to 15 miles offshore and await daylight before sailing into Atuona and dropping the hook. It’s killing us to be this close and have to bob around for another night, but what’s another night after 26 days at sea right?
We are slowly [...]
We have concluded that the Pacific Ocean is freaking huge!
We’ve covered over 2,600 miles since leaving Mexico almost a month ago. We haven’t seen land or other people. Our fresh provisions are dwindling. We’re down to three eggs. The fridge is looking pretty empty. Still haven’t caught another fish. Princess i [...]
I guess we can’t have our cake and eat it too…
The great wind we have been enjoying finally brought the swell with it. The wind piped up to 16-20 knots and the swell has become mas grande. We are averaging 6.7 knots over ground sailing beam-to the wind and seas with a double-reefed mainsail and half-furled jib. It’s a ro [...]
Still tearing along maintaining speeds over 6 knots. We made over 130 nm in the past 24 hours, despite battling with rain and squalls last night, and we still haven’t used the engine since the northern hemisphere!
We are 2,300 miles from Zihuatanejo and 500 miles from Hiva Oa. We might make landfall as early as Saturday if we keep th [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]