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Day 9- troubleshooting the radio

24 hour run: 150 nautical milesDistance traveled since departing Mexico: 1268Distance to go to Hiva Oa: about 1700 We're still having some trouble with our radio. The single-sideband is a key safety tool and our essential communications link. We use it to get our weather updates, handle simple email, check in with daily radio "nets"…even […]

Day 8: water, water, everywhere

24 hour run: 143 nautical milesDistance traveled since departing Mexico: 1118Distance to go to Hiva Oa: about 1832 One thousand miles from anywhere, and surrounded by water. The color is spectacular and defies description. It's a deep sapphire, but manages to feel pale and bright at the same time. It reflects the incredible depth, over […]

Day 7: Oh no! Oh yes…

24 hour run: 147 nautical milesTotal distance traveled since Mexico: 975Distance to go to Hiva Oa: about 1975 Good news and bad news: let's start with the good. On the happy front, as of this afternoon we have covered 1/3 of the distance to Hiva Oa. It's very exciting to think we've come so far […]

Day 6: getting bounced around

24 hour run: 146 nautical milesTotal distance traveled since Mexico: 828Distance to go to Hiva Oa: about 2120 Brief note for the day: running downwind in the dark, in a seaway, can be bouncy and is generally incompatible with typing a blog post on the laptop. ————————————————Posted via radio: we have no internet access

Day 5: light air is heavy on gear

24 hour run: 156 nautical milesTotal distance traveled since Mexico: 682Distance to go to Hiva Oa: about 2270Conditions: light wind, but we're moving Last night was a little lumpy. We had the light wind combined with swells coming from more than one direction. Because the swells weren't consistent, and the breeze was too light to […]

Four days down, how many to go?

24 hour run: 120 nautical milesDistance to go: about 2400Conditions: light wind, but we're moving We've had really lovely conditions so far; light, but lovely. There's been enough wind to keep sailing most of the time, although the engine came on in the wee hours and ran into the morning today. We're keeping the RPMs […]

Day 3- finding our rhythm

24 hour run: 128 nautical milesDistance to go: almost ready to be out of denialConditions: ghosting along at 4-5 knots It's happening. With three full days behind us, we're finally hitting a comfortable rhythm. Jamie and I have gotten over the physical and emotional lows we started with on Thursday. The food and random gear […]

Getting away

First 24 hour distance traveled: 140 nautical milesDistance to go: 2800+ milesConditions: close reaching in mostly 12-15 knots, comfortable 8' swells Getting away can be the hardest part. It's the reason so many people dream of cruising, but never do it. It's just so easy to have a list of things that must be done, […]



We’re currently working our way north from Zihuatenejo to Banderas Bay. This is generally considered the uphill direction, although we were lucky and had light southerlies for much of the first half of the distance. The worst we can say of that trip was that we had foul current and didn’t catch any fish. OK, […]


Making progress south

Although we left Eagle Harbor back on August 21, in many ways it was the departure from Alameda, and the SF Bay, on October 13 that marked the beginning of what Niall long ago christened The Big Trip. The Seattle departure was without the children, since we wanted to spare them the discomfort and probable […]

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