Day 12: blogs of other boats crossing

24 hour run: 109 (hello, DOLDRUMS! slowest day yet)
Distance traveled since departing Mexico: 1636
Distance to go to Hiva Oa: about 1300

We've crossed the axis of the ITCZ…for now. It's famous for shifting position. We may be unlucky enough to cross it a few more times, if it moves below and above our position. For the moment, though, although not yet at the equator, we are into the weather and winds of the southern hemisphere. Our days are now getting slightly shorter instead of slightly longer; we're in the latter part of the southern fall instead of the northern spring. Weird, huh?

One of the things I meant to do before we left is update the blogroll with the blogs of new friends. It will have to wait until we get to Internet access (I have most bookmarked online… funny how something so accesible "normally" is entirely inaccessible from, say, THE MIDDLE OF THE PACIFIC!).

Here are a few additional blogs links, specifically from boats we know who are crossing as well… I believe they are all posting updates from sea. In no particular order:

s/v IO:
s/v Mulan: www.sailblogs/mulan
s/v Delos:
m/v Oso Blanco:
s/v Syzygy:
s/v Renova:

Already on the roll (look on the right menu of our blog) but also headed for the Marquesas are our friends on Kamaya and Capaz.

We haven't met these folks yet, but they're on the same journey, and have lovely photos and reflections:

s/v Bint al Khamseen:

The biggest drama among the fleet to date has been on the sailboat Windchild, who also departed from Banderas Bay but a couple of weeks ahead of us (they made landfall safely in Hiva Oa yesterday). When I posted about our SSB the other day, I'm pretty sure it included mention of the Pacific Seafarer's net as a really, really important safety net for vessels at sea. They were the key communications link for garnering assistance Windchild when a crew on their boat was recently injured. He's fine now, but addressing his head injuries involved having medical personnel *parachute from air transport* to the boat, evacuate him to a ship, and then airlift him to a hospital in California. They were at a latitude approximately west of central America at the time of the rescue. The Pacific Seafarer's net was an essential link throughout.

Details about the rescue are available on the Windchild blog:

I know there are more… especially thinking of new friends who have made this crossing before… complete blogroll update to follow in… right. Whenver we have proper internet access, so, who knows!!

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