Pacific Puddle Jump 2017

Admirals:

Boat NameCurrent PositionLast Report
Begonia46º 8.13' S,166º 37.692' EAt Anchor at Otago's Retreat, Coal Island, Preservation Inlet, Fiordland <BR/>From: Lake Cove, Edwardson Sound, Off Chalky Inlet, Fiordland To: Otago's Retreat, Coal Island, Preservation Inlet, Fiordland <BR/> <BR/>We travelled [19.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting] <BR/> <BR/>Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.5-6m depth just inside sound.] <BR/> <BR/>General Comments: [Preservation Inlet is the last of the Fiord inlets as we head south (and our most southerly point ever to date). There are plenty of albatross around, and ashore Kyle is convinced he can hear Kiwi (on Coal Island). We have arrived to sunshine and an anchorage windy enough to be (so far at least) bug free) but we'll most likely not be going ashore. Maryanne has hurt her back so today Kyle did EVERYTHING. From lifting anchor to setting anchor while Maryanne remained in bed.] <BR/> <BR/>At: 11:10(NZDT) 18-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 18.1C (64.58F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 14.4C (57.92F)
Tumbleweed15º 14.022' N,145º 44.088' E<BR/>Feburary 14, 2019 <BR/><BR/>Day Eleven. An epic day to end an epic passage. After 10 days of full throttle sailing in the NE trades we rounded Tinian island to the south of Saipan in hopes of finding shelter in the lee of the two islands on our way to the harbor. That was not to be and we spent 9 hours tacking our way up the west side of the islands arriving to Saipan harbor just as the sun set in a glorious display. We might have made more tacks and sail changes yesterday than we have done since we left Opua. Saipan harbor is pretty dialed, excellent markings and top notch harbor staff who were in constant contact. They directed us to a fine anchorage with no other vessels nearby where we dropped the hook at 19:30 and set well in muddy bottom. We had pasta with a walnut sauce and dried peas for dinner, with a cabbage salad of course. This was a passage for the books, we've never had such a full throttle set of continuous days, in such big seas. Tumbleweed was great and though we took on some water through various events and small leaks everything else held together surpassingly well, a testament to how strongly built and well designed the Valiants are. Check in was smooth and professional, Douglas walked to the Marina and we are hoping to find a berth there for the next couple of weeks. All is well on Tumbleweed. <BR/><BR/>
Pino25º 52.122' N,142º 9.672' E
Pakia tea19º 5.802' N,110º 55.002' W11.02.2018 6:00 LT; speed 3,5 kts, CoG 205°; wind 8-10 kts N; after a fine day and a dive with Silky Shark and Hammerhead at stunning Isla Sun Benedicto we left at midnight, bound for Isla Socorro - we'll be back! Islas Revillagigedo, Mexico
SV Coastal Drifter17º 43.698' S,140º 39.102' WCoastal Drifter has returned to Hao atoll for provisioning after 41 days in Amanu! Still hoping for favourable winds to the Marquessas.
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
Mysticeti17º 40.824' S,177º 23.19' EUpdate of current location -- Vuda Point Marina
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.
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 ??
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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