We know these pics are way overdue but we haven’t had internet for over two months! Here are pics from Toau and Raroia in the Tuamotus, Anaho Bay on Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas and a couple pics from the passage to Hawaii. Sorry for not having more to post from the passage but we were naked the entire time and can’t post the pics [...]
This evening I am proud of Ellie and her crew. Any damn fool with a pile of flotsam can put up a swath of canvas and drift downwind. It is a beautiful achievement to raise purpose-cut cloth, sheet it in at the perfect angle and gracefully drive a yacht upwind over swells and against the current. That is exactly what Ellie is doing tonight. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Video of the Yellow Dog dive site on Toau Atoll:
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Today was one of the best days of my life and everything I imagined cruising the south pacific could be.
I woke up next to my amazing girlfriend on a non-rocking boat. The wind had backed off and was no longer howling through the rigging. We listened to the morning HF radio net and made some tea. We had an awesome breakfast in the cockpit [...]
Ia Orana from Toau Atoll!
We are swinging on a mooring ball on the NW side of Toau (Toe-ow) atoll in 25-30 knots of wind. We are in Anse Amyot, a picturesque coral cul de sac (false pass). The reef between us and the lagoon is doing a great job blocking the wind waves that are raised inside the lagoon and we are sitting in flat water with [...]