Archive | April, 2010

Day 20: LAND HO!

*** Totem has made landfall, but didn’t get our daily blog updates posted after our radio stopped working. Here is the last of our written-but-not-posted updates sea. *** position: 9*48′ S, 139*01′ W 24 hour run: 178 miles Distance to go to Hiva Oa: it’s right in front of us! This afternoon, vague shapes from […]

Day 19: things have been better

*** Totem has made landfall, but didn’t get our daily blog updates posted after our radio stopped working. Here is another of our written-but-not-posted updates from sea. *** position: 7*28′ S, 136*30′ W 24 hour run: 181 miles Distance to go to Hiva Oa: about 200 I’m thinking back on our daily posts, and they’re […]

Day 18: a semi typical day on board

position: 5*18′ S, 134*22′ W24 hour run: 193 nautical miles (hoooo yeah)Distance traveled since departing Mexico: lotsDistance to go to Hiva Oa: 375 The radio problems throw a lurch into our days. We can hear, but we cannot effectively transmit, and so we cannot request or receive weather reports or update our position. It has […]

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Pictures from the passage

We interrupt the somewhat time-shifted updates from Totem’s passage across the Pacific to bring you… pictures! A few of our favorites are below. To see more, visit our Flickr stream: you can always get to it at http://www.flickr.com/photos/giffordclan by clicking through images down the right hand side, or through most of the photos in the […]

Day 17: radio woes

*** Totem has made landfall, but didn't get our daily blog updates posted after our radio stopped working. here is the first of our last few written-but-not-posted updates from sea. *** position: 3*2.5' S, 130*6.5' W24 hour run: 170 milesTotal miles: 2360Distance to go to Hiva Oa: 590 Jamie has gone to great lengths to […]

Day 16: shellbacks!

*** Totem has made landfall, but didn't get our daily blog updates posted after our radio stopped working. here is the first of our last few written-but-not-posted updates from sea. *** Current position: 01*11' S, 130*16' W24 hour run: 150 nautical miles At approximately 3:30 a.m. on April 17, Totem sailed across the equator and […]

Radio troubles – but Totem arrived safely in the Marquesas

A few hours ago, we made landfall in Hiva Oa. Our 20 day passage was beautiful, occasionally exciting, and extremely memorable! It was only marred by the failure of our radio (we think the tuner is to blame…more troubleshooting is in order) on the morning of the 17th. We'd been having issues with it since […]

Day 15: no “boat fever” here

Position: 00*32' N, 128*33' W24 hour run: 103 nautical milesDistance since La Cruz: 1976Distance to go to Hiva Oa: <1,000! It is honestly hard to believe that for over two weeks, our world has been the 47 feet of Totem. We estimated once that our area below decks was about the equivalent of a 500 […]

Day 14: Bubble Boat

24 hour run: 118Distance traveled since departing Mexico: 1855Distance to go to Hiva Oa: about 1100 miles I decided yesterday that we must be the Bubble Boat. Remember bubble boy- the popular movie about the kid in the hermetically sealed environment? Our boat seems to be inside some kind of sealed environment in the ITCZ. […]

Day 13: the ITCZ times

*** Jamie found inspiration under the stars on watch last night, and offers this for today's blog post *** While traversing the Inter Tropic Convergence Zone (ITCZ), we sought to learn about local happenings. Being underway and with determined purpose to cross the equator soon, acquisition of the local newspaper, ITCZ Times, was a thoroughly […]

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