Pacific Puddle Jump 2017


Boat NameCurrent PositionLast Report
Tumbleweed16º 37.698' S,143º 34.368' WMakemo, Tuamotus, French Polynesia. After a 5 day passage from Nuku Hiva we dropped anchor at Makemo, off the small village by the NE pass. Sailing was a mix of very light days with confused days, with a few days of perfect conditions - beam reach with 15 knots, us at hull speed in comfort. I'm a convert to trade wind sailing. Makemo is beautiful, the waters clear - we can see to the bottom in 45 feet. Timing of the pass was a bit off from the "Guesstimator" spread sheet we were using, fortunately the crew of "Magic" radio'd us with the updated conditions and we had a good trip through.
Pino8º 54.528' S,140º 4.44' WDidn't update our route at all, sorry about that. We arrived safely in Nuku Hiva after spending 28 days at sea.
Shindig16º 39.348' S,143º 23.748' WShindig has moved East inside the Makemo Motu. We are expecting strong winds from the East/Southeast for the next few days and this is a good hiding spot. <BR/>We will not be that protected from the wind but the reef and small spit of land will provide good protection from the big wind waves that will come. <BR/> <BR/>This anchorage is in top 5 in my book. Crystal clear water, 25 feet deep with scattered bommies on the bottom. The shore is lined with palms. It is like Gilligan's Island! <BR/> <BR/>Kiteboarding operations begin today! <BR/> <BR/>
SV Coastal Drifter8º 55.2' S,140º 6.3' WArrived in Marquess Islands 6 May. Anchored at Taiohae Baie, Nuku Hiva.
Aiki35º 15.18' N,121º 22.068' WThe boat and crew are doing fine headed back to California at the moment. The self steering windvane installation suffered another failure and we have to fix it again before we can attempt a long passage. When Guy installed the wind vane steering he used a different kind of pad eye for securing the steering blocks then he normally does. These offered a shorter profile, unfortunately they were not up to the task two of the three have broken and the third one shows signs of breaking too. We will be arriving in Morro Bay between 2:00 and 3:00. Everyone is fine, although moral is a bit low as you might expect. More later as we resolve the windvane and some other issues that have cropped up since we have been out here. Guy, Melissa, And Bruce
Magic8º 55.008' S,140º 6.294' WWe love Nuku Hiva and are enjoying being on land, as well as snorkeling and scuba diving with large groups of curious reef mantas. The manta rays alone are definitely worth crossing an ocean!
WIZ20º 45.0' N,105º 22.998' W<BR/>Wiz is planning a 4/3/17 departure from Banderas Bay Mx. to French Poly
Ashika32º 43.5' N,117º 11.1' WAnchored in San Diego Bay.
Pangaea16º 37.692' S,143º 34.32' WWe arrived in Makemo, Tuomotus on the 22nd. The 500 km passage from Nuku Hiva had its ups and downs. The first two days we had 20 to 30 knots of wind and large seas on the beam, probably the roughest weather that we have seen. The next two days were the best sailing we have seen. Twelve to 16 knots on the beam with calm flat seas. We love it here. The temperature is perfect and the water is so clear we can see the anchor 40 feet below. We hope to do some kite boarding.
Coco De Mer16º 3.522' S,98º 47.34' W885 miles to Rapa Nui<BR/>222 COG<BR/>7.5 SOG<BR/>Waves 6 feet disorganized<BR/>Wind 20kts at 100*<BR/>We have had a pretty nice run today. The waves came down in size some by mid day and we were feeling comfortable to open up our speed a bit which felt good. A few wraps came off the furler and the Genoa opened up a bit more and Coco took off. In the afternoon we had some of the biggest waves we have seen at around 12 feet (Yahav called them 3 meter whatever that means), a few wraps back on the furler to be safe. It's always interesting (a nice word for scary) to look off the side of the boat and see a big wall of water next to you. Ted remarked, "wow this boat really rides the waves well" as we easily climbed the crest and coasted back down the other side. Don later mentioned that it is cool how our autopilot knows how to surf waves (which it does not know). The big ones are not the ones that really cause us the trouble because they are typically organized and we ride right up em. It's the smaller sporadic ones that make the boat ride jerky and unpleasant. Hold on while I wipe the salt water off my phone here. When these little trouble makers are arranged in just the wrong way they throw spray on us sitting at the helm. We have all figured out that one seat outside by the table is the safe spot where the occasional sprays don't attack. However when Ted was chopping veggies for his pasta in that sacred spot, a small splash just the size of his body snuck up from behind the boat and soaked him down perfectly, everyone else was spared. Overall the crew is feeling confident in our vessel which is good for morale.<BR/><BR/>What we find most interesting is the change in air temperature. We are now all in pants and jackets during night watch as the air is remarkably cool. It's a nice break from the Heat of Galapagos and I'm even considering putting a sweatshirt on shortly! Rapa Nui is supposed to be in the high 80's so not sure why we have the chill that we do. Even during the day we are in light jackets outside and that means the inside is getting used more as it's not so hot.<BR/><BR/>Anyhow, we are guessing we have about 5 days to go. Depends a lot on the wave state, smaller waves and we can go faster, bigger and we need to be more cautious. All the moms out there can rest easy though because we are choosing being cautious rather than speed!<BR/><BR/>We had a bite on a lure today and he took a ton of line but then he was gone, didn't lose the lure and no sign of him... no boats seen. Few small squalls, mostly had 22kts of wind average (18-25 variable all day), highest we saw was 30kts for about 2 min.<BR/>
Bulbo Matto24º 10.968' N,110º 18.198' W
Me Too14º 32.148' S,146º 21.348' W
SV Bella Sirena8º 58.998' S,140º 49.998' WNuku Hiva, Taiohae Bay, French Polynesia Arrived May 7 on 23rd day of sail from La Paz 🇲🇽
SV Slow Flight14º 32.13' S,146º 21.348' W
All Day16º 2.472' S,142º 28.32' W
Mysticeti9º 54.414' S,139º 6.372' WTahuata. Very poor internal.
Scuba Ninja20º 44.91' N,105º 22.44' WLa Cruz de Huanacoxle, Nayarit, Mexico
Alo Alo5º 32.7' S,150º 4.8' EWe are now out of the water at a local wharf. New bottom paint and chasing rust.
Pakia tea23º 7.032' S,134º 57.96' W13.05.2017 18:00 LT: Wind: NE, 5 kts; safely at anchor at Port Rikitea, Mangareva, Gambier, French Polynesia; wohooooo, we made it :-) It's incredibly quiet - looking forward to a good night's sleep ... <BR/>