We are only 40 miles from North Cape and we have 6 hours until sunset. We are averaging 8-9 knots. We have sailed 192 miles in the past 22 hours, a new Quixotic record. We are surfing down breaking waves making like a bat-out-of-hell for Opua. The waves are breaking onto our swim steps and the wave heights keep climbing… We are running [...]
Calm seas! Light winds from aft and motors on. We have made 172 miles in the past 24 hours. We are currently 475 miles SSW of Lautoka, Fiji and 610 miles from our destination of Opua, NZ. We have sailed 530 miles since leaving Fiji 72 hours ago.
All is well onboard. We are mostly rested and have our sea legs back. I have the fishing lines out [...]
We have made 155 nautical miles over the past 24 hours on a course of roughly SW. All is well aboard. We are tired but slowly catching up on sleep. I was not able to sleep at all last night due to the conditions and very heavy slamming and pounding. Just as I would drift off to sleep another big wave would undoubtedly find its way under the b [...]
We’re here. We’re elated to be in Vava’u. We’re freezing and wearing sweaters at 18 degrees south. We’ve cleared in. Ellie is on a mooring. Vava’u is breathtakingly beautiful. We just had fish and chips. We’re both ready to catch up on some sleep and then plan our itinerary for visiting the many dozen [...]
Mowri from Fanning!
We have weathered the storm and are now enjoying clear sunny skies with puffy tradewind clouds highlighted with turquoise reflected off the lagoon. It’s beautiful here.
We have officially found a Polynesian atoll that has yet to be overtaken by the western world. The locals still get around in dugout canoes and some [...]
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 [...]
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all you Salty Sailors and Landlubbers out there!
This past year and a half has been life changing and unforgettable. We have made dreams come true; visited some of the most spectacular places on earth; met incredible humans both afloat and on land that will be our friends for life; and our beliefs, val [...]
There is a three page article about our Pacific crossing in the June issue of Latitude 38. Our friends on Skabenga are featured in an article before ours. Definitely worth reading about how Bruce almost became impaled on the end of the swordfish bill like a kabob! Grab us a couple extra hard copies!
The articles start on page 116
We are slowly clawing our way towards paradise. We just crossed 3 degrees north and are 175 miles away from the equator. That’s two days away at 4.0 knots.
I’m pretty sure we crossed the heart of the ITCZ last night at 03 20 N. At about 0200 we went from becalmed to being hit with 15-18 knots out of the SSE. It blew hard all m [...]
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 [...]