Pacific Puddle Jump 2017

Admirals:

Boat NameCurrent PositionLast Report
Begonia18º 41.382' S,173º 57.42' WAt Ofu Island, Vava'u, Tonga (Anchorage # 28) (South Pacific) <BR/> <BR/>Sail From: Tapana South (Anchorage #12) Vava'u, Tonga To: Ofu Island, Vava'u, Tonga (Anchorage # 28) <BR/> <BR/>We travelled [4.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting <BR/> <BR/>Location Comments: [A short motor around reefs and Islands to this more westerly anchorage] <BR/> <BR/>General Comments: [It is Sunday here, and this means no work (in Tonga) - so aside from relocating we plan just that! Weather is overcast and breezy so it keeps the temperature very comfortable. There seems to be a busy village ashore on Ofu. We're expecting rain over the next few days so we'll plan any exploration around that.] <BR/> <BR/>At: 10:38(TOT) 19-May-2019, Outside Temp: 26.7C (80.06F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
Tumbleweed33º 22.272' N,129º 33.288' EMay 16, 2019 <BR/> <BR/>Another beautiful morning on the water. We had attempted to sail to Hirado yesterday but were chased back by strong winds on the nose and rough seas, we had a narrow time window to make the tide and that was not going to happen. We also picked up sea weed on the prop and removed a massive ball back at Uku. We arrived at Hirado mid afternoon, timing our arrival with slack tide. There are strong currents in the approach to the harbor and at near slack we passed through a strong rip line, at max current it is reported that the current can run to five knots, a port worth planning for. We tied to the guest pontoon with a roof, on the west side of the pontoon there are now extra large fenders, of the type used for ships, and this gives enough room to keep the shrouds from tapping the roof. On the east side a sailboat would need really large fenders or a clever method to keep from rolling hard and tapping the roof, there is a ferry dock next to the guest pontoon and we rolled a lot when we first arrived before we finalized our lines. There is also a guest pontoon further in the harbor that has no roof. Check in was simple, at the visitors center, staff was really friendly. It is free. Hirado is a lovely village and we walked the narrow side streets after arriving. There is a castle on the hill, our view astern. All is well on Tumbleweed. <BR/>
Mysticeti15º 26.388' S,177º 10.932' EDeparted Fiji a few days ago. All is well. Trying to get to Samoa, which is upwind, of course.
SV Coastal Drifter17º 35.13' S,149º 36.948' WCoastal Drifter is in Tahiit, on the dockk at Marina Taina. 8 May 2019
Pakia tea25º 31.002' N,111º 3.9' W22.04.2019; wind 0 kts; at Anchor at Aqua Verde; beautiful spot but busy - 18 boats; migration of boats to the north in full swing; Baja California, Mexico
SV Bella Sirena31º 51.288' N,116º 37.524' W
Pino27º 5.586' N,142º 11.514' EThe winds did lessen, in the morning but we had to do long east to west tacks to beat to our destination. We could see Hahajima to our right, but it took some time before we could glimpse Chichijima. We only did in late afternoon, when the wind died... At this point in time we were both tired, and decided to try and enter Futami Port at night. The moon was round and bright, and we figured the port itself would be well-lit. We were right. We arrived in port at 9pm, and found the dock with ease. We are here, we can rest — WE'RE IN JAPAN!!!!
Me Too32º 37.902' S,152º 18.402' E
All Day33º 39.426' S,151º 18.006' E
SV Slow Flight10º 22.308' S,141º 8.352' E
Aiki9º 48.216' S,139º 1.926' WDay 22: Anchor Down in Hiva Oa https://mailchi.mp/92f81c153517/day-22-anchor-down-in-hiva-oa
Shindig16º 44.052' S,151º 29.238' WShindig has been enjoying Bora Bora for the last two weeks. Enjoyed lots of snorkeling and several kite days in the SE corner of the lagoon. The path to the SE end has some skinny water but with the help of some other cruisers that have been there we found a safe path and did not touch bottom. <BR/> <BR/>Now it is time to wrap up the season and put Shindig to bed in Raiatea. There are a lot of things to do to prepare the boat for the cyclone season and it will all be over by Friday when I fly home to Sonoma County. <BR/> <BR/>I just pulled all the tracks off the plotter and we sailed 4388 miles since March. That is a lot! <BR/>
Pangaea17º 32.418' S,149º 34.242' WWe had a great 2 day sail from Fakarava we are now moored at the city marina in Papeete. Our slip is downtown and close to everything that Papeete has to offer; provisions, boat parts and great food. The first day that we arrived we ate at an amazing Thai restaurant. Pangaea will receive some care and treatment after three months of making repairs with the material we have on board. We will be here one week and then head to Moorea with our friend Annie.
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.
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
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
Ashika32º 43.5' N,117º 11.1' WAnchored in San Diego Bay.



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