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Pacific Crossing – Day 10 ̵...

Pacific Crossing – Day 10 – Princess and the Flying Fish
We are 950 miles SW of Zihua.  It’s a wild sleigh ride down the swells.  We have 15 knots apparent wind on the starboard quarter, full jib flying and we are making 6 knots on a course of 235 true. Wind is crankin’.  I just ripped my shorts because I had a belt loop tied to keep me from sliding off the cockpit cushion, then a huge [...]

Pacific Crossing – Day 9

Pacific Crossing – Day 9
Day 9 850 NM WSW of Zihuatanejo, Mexico We finally jibed downwind!  Early this morning we jibed, put the wind and seas on the stbd quarter and started running.  Of course it became more difficult to make way so we are still trying to find the optimal course to maximize speed while minimizing luffing and chafe.  It’s a rockin’ and [...]

Pacific Crossing Day 8

Pacific Crossing Day 8
George is getting upset! haha Mermaid/Princess has requested that the steep cross swell subside, NOW!  Not sure who I ask for that so I guess I’ll make the request here. We are 730 miles SW of Zihua making 6.0 knots on a course of 250 true.  The winds dropped to 15 knots out of the NE.  The seas are 8-10 feet from the NW with a 5-7 fo [...]

Pacific Crossing Update – Day 7

Pacific Crossing Update – Day 7
Buenos Dias from Ellie, This is our 7th day at sea and we are 610 miles SW of Zihua in the Eastern Pacific.  We are 2,200 miles from our destination of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands. All is well onboard.  We have been sleeping and eating well. Reading a lot and watching some of the movies and TV shows that my Mother, Danielle, and her boyf [...]

Pacific Crossing Update – Day 6

Pacific Crossing Update – Day 6
Buenos Dias, We are currently 460 miles SW of Zihuatanejo on a heading of 260 true traveling at a speed of 6.5 knots.  We finally found some wind and have really caught our stride.  We have been barrelling along on a beam reach maintaining speeds over 6 knots in only 9 knots of wind!  It was the large, steep, confused seas that were preventi [...]

Pacific Crossing Update – Day 5

Pacific Crossing Update – Day 5
Good morning, All is well.  We are still struggling to make way in very light airs.  Currently drifting west at 2.0 knots under headsail alone.  The wind is a variable 3-5 knots from the north.  The swell subsided so the luffing and rocking has become less severe. Yesterday afternoon we spent hours trying to find a sail combination that would [...]

Crossing Update – Day 4

Crossing Update – Day 4
Hola, All is well onboard.  Wind died so we made 100 gallons of water, went for a swim and shower.  The water is crystal clear and very warm. Less than 5 knots so getting rocked around.  Can’t raise much sail because the flogging is too violent and damaging – still a considerable swell running. Looks like it is going to stay light [...]

Pacific Crossing Update – Day 3

Pacific Crossing Update – Day 3
Hola from Ellie and crew.  We are 225 miles SW of Zihua bound for Hiva Oa in the Marquesas.  All is well onboard.  We are slowly getting our sea legs back. We left Ixtapa at 3:00pm local on the 10th.  The first night and next day were very rough.  The seas were short, steep and mixed.  We were close-hauled, beating into 25 knot winds and were [...]

Adios Mexico! Let’s Cross the ...

Adios Mexico!  Let’s Cross the Pacific!
After four exhausting days preparing to leave, we are finally ready to put to sea.  We plan to leave Zihua tomorrow afternoon bound for French Polynesia, a mere 3,000 miles SW and an estimated 30-45 days at sea. Provisioning the boat for such a long passage took three days and multiple trips to Mega and the Central Mercado.  We didn’t t [...]

Almost Ready to Jump!

Almost Ready to Jump!
Hola Amigos y Amigas! We are back in Bahia Zihuatanejo preparing to cross the Pacific Ocean! We spent the last week anchored off Isla Ixtapa. My mother, Danielle, came to visit us and we all shared an amazing time. She was a huge help by checking our Hobie kayak and hauling it through customs as well, while Alyssa lugged three more bags of bo [...]

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