Pacific Puddle Jump 2017


Boat NameCurrent PositionLast Report
Tumbleweed13º 14.874' S,163º 6.498' WSuwarrow, Cook Islands<BR/><BR/>July 22, 2017 <BR/><BR/>After six boisterous days of sailing from Bora Bora we are anchor down in Suwarrow. It is beautiful and ever so remote. One other sailboat and two park rangers, many sharks - black tips and rumors of a Tiger shark, I'll skip swimming. Fully developed seas offshore gave way to a nicely protected and calm pass through the atoll, Navionics chart was very accurate. We've already had our check in to the country and tomorrow will explore the main island.
Pino16º 48.72' S,150º 59.442' WBeen anchored in Avea bay for 2 weeks now, it's wonderful here. The swimming is great, anchorage is quiet. Also, we can get wifi on the boat!
Shindig14º 57.96' S,147º 38.418' WShindig completed the 70 mile passage from Apataki to Rangiroa today. It is an overnight sail that includes careful timing of the departure pass at Apataki and arrival pass at Rangiroa. The passage was a 10. 12 to 15 knots of wind on the aft quarter and a full moon! The night started by literally sailing into the sunset to the West. We put up the spinnaker and flew it all night until the 2 miles outside the pass at Rangiroa. We arrived a little before sunrise so we waited for first light and are now anchor down near the Kia Ora resort. <BR/> <BR/>This report has been resent as there was a format error on the date and farkwar threw it away. This post was from July 10th <BR/>
SV Coastal Drifter16º 37.662' S,143º 34.23' WCoastal Drifter is in Makemo atoll in the Tuamotus.
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.
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.
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 Too16º 29.448' S,151º 48.402' 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 Flight17º 25.56' S,149º 53.34' W
All Day16º 42.774' S,151º 2.352' W
Mysticeti16º 30.768' S,151º 46.17' WIn Bora Bora for ten days.
Scuba Ninja13º 30.066' N,89º 29.25' WWe arrived in El Salvador after a 2 day sail across Guatemala. Both nights we had lightning, thunderstorms and strong winds. (Up to 40kts the last night!) We were met by the pilot boat that would guide us in over the "bar". Basically, there is a sandbar (at low tide it's called a beach) at the entrance of the marina/anchorage and can be entered only at high tide when the surf is deep enough to cover the beach and allow boats to clear ground. We literally caught a set of waves, gunned the motor at full speed and surfed the Scuba Ninja over the beach into the estuary where we will take some time to do some boat projects, explore the country and recharge ourselves a bit.
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 tea16º 53.502' S,144º 51.402' W18.06.2017 13:00 LT; Wind NE, 6 kts; on selfmade mooring, Tahanea Lagoon, "C-Reef"; out through Makemo W-pass yesterday at high tide and in through Tahanea middle pass today at rising tide, 1kn inflowing current - both under sail, no problem; found another paradise :-) <BR/>