Posts in category Pacific Crossing

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 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 [...]

Pacific Crossing – Day 12 ̵...

Pacific Crossing – Day 12 – The War of the Birds
We are 1,230 nautical miles SW of Zihuatanejo, MX.  The skies are grey and there are dark squall lines to port and to starboard.  The wind is over 20 knots and the seas are rough, choppy and white with crumbling crests.  We are still making over 6 knots running downwind with the wind and seas. We made about 60 gallons of water yesterday and [...]

Pacific Crossing- Day 12 Happy Birthd...

Pacific Crossing- Day 12 Happy Birthday, Dad!
3/21/2014 I just wanted to send a Happy Birthday to my dad Allan. I would have never grown my sea legs without you! My appreciation for cruising and respect for the sea has grown so much since my first passage across the Pacific with my parents. That first long leg at sea was a life-changing experience where I learned to be at peace with what [...]

Pacific Crossing- Day 11 Cooking at S...

Pacific Crossing- Day 11 Cooking at Sea
1080 NM WSW of Zihuatanejo, Mexico It looks like today is going to be another day of excellent downwind sailing with moderate enough seas to hopefully make some water. We’ve been a little hesitant to turn on the water pumps when the boat has been rocking too much because any air bubbles entering the high pressure portion of the water ma [...]

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