Pacific Puddle Jump 2017

Admirals:

Boat NameCurrent PositionLast Report
Tumbleweed35º 19.3' S,174º 7.22' EWe had a swift, exhilarating passage from Tonga. 8 days, 1200 miles, the first 6 days at near hull speed. Bay of Islands marina is beautiful, customs and check in went smoothly, really happy to be hear. Looking forward to be being based out of here for a while.
Pino16º 48.72' S,150º 59.44' 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!
Shindig16º 44.05' S,151º 29.24' 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/>
SV Coastal Drifter17º 35.21' S,149º 36.94' WCoastal Drifter is at the dock in Marina Taina, Tahiti! 15-Nov-2017
Aiki35º 15.18' N,121º 22.07' 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 55.01' S,140º 6.29' 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 23.0' 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 32.42' S,149º 34.24' 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 3.52' 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 10.97' N,110º 18.2' W
Me Too35º 18.45' S,174º 7.21' E
SV Bella Sirena8º 59.0' S,140º 50.0' WNuku Hiva, Taiohae Bay, French Polynesia Arrived May 7 on 23rd day of sail from La Paz 🇲🇽
SV Slow Flight37º 11.49' S,175º 51.59' E
All Day27º 11.61' S,153º 6.32' E
Mysticeti35º 19.14' S,174º 7.21' EBay of Islands Marina
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 9.0' S,135º 3.4' W07.12.2017 22:00 LT; wind NE 10 kts; safely arrived and anchored at beautiful Onemea Bay, Gambier Islands, French Polynesia; wind was too easterly, couldn't fetch the west pass, had to tack 7 miles against the wind so entered Lagoon in the dark; no problem, with satellite images, radar and our old track;
Begonia40º 35.21' S,114º 4.09' WDay 33 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile) <BR/> <BR/>Progress: [So far we've made [4369.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1870]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [142.7]nm (through water). We have moved [136.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting] <BR/> <BR/>Sailing Conditions [Overcast, foggy, misty, light winds with a small swell, we continue to push ahead, expecting to be on the edge of strong storm conditions (30, gusting to 45) in a couple of days (luckily we should be getting the winds, but wave heights will be bigger than we've had so far)] <BR/> <BR/>General Comments: [Kyle wishes to report 'this ocean is big', we've already sailed further than NY to London and are not yet 3/4 of the way. Our ETA date seems reasonable, and we are starting to think we are almost there now we have less than 2000 miles to go (we may need to reset our expectations!).] <BR/> <BR/>At: 06:00(AKST) 16-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 19.5C (67.1F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 22.9C (73.22F) <BR/> <BR/>Course: 91(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.8kt, Wind:11Kt(from:N), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:S)



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