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sailing and diving around the world
I found these pics and videos by accident, in Dropbox, so I decided to post about this trip. Picked up a cool 5500 sea miles on this voyage, and visited some new places, and well as some places that I'd been to before. This time, for this post, I decided to add the info straight from my journal. A lot of it probably isn't too exciting, but here it is.
Jan. 20, 2014
Arrived in Ft. Lauderdale and it was chilly! Surprised me how cold it was, actually. I knew instantly that I might not be prepared for the colder temperatures when we were at sea. Cpt. Harker dropped me off at the boat. Other crew member hasn't arrived yet, so I've got the boat to myself tonight.
Met my shipmate, Vinzenzo. Cool kid. He wants to learn and that's fantastic. He is a New York City kid, so he's got lots of entertaining stories to tell. The plan so far is to leave on Thursday.
Picked up a bunch of jerry cans full of diesel, so can refuel on the go. Went to Publix to provision and 5 carts and $900 later we were done. Stowed all the provision away on board.
Departed Ft. Lauderdale and made one last stop at the fuel docks to fill the vessels tanks- 212 litres, $1000. Passed cruise ships all day long. Vinny took first watch, at 9pm, I relieved him at midnight, and Cpt. relieved me at 3am. Round and round we go :)
Stood the 3-6am watch. Fairly strong winds and rough seas. Rained for about 5 min. Tried to sail with the jib yesterday but couldn't hold a favorable course. Vinny's doing well. Going to make pork fried rice today, at Vinny's request. Shoulder still killing me, don't know why. At this rate, we'll be doing around 200 miles/day. Another 750 miles before we reach Colon, Panama. Going into Shelter Bay Marina. I can't even remember how many times I've been there :) Been running the engine since we left. Purring like a kitten. 9-12 watch is mine.
Took second watch, 9-3. Slowed down to a mere 3 knots the last hour of my shift. Fired up the engine when Cpt. relieved me. Vinny woke me at 9am. Came on deck to another gorgeous day. Finally able to put shorts on. Delighted to see that we've completed the Windward Passage. On course now to slip between the western extremity of Hispagnola and Jamaica. We'll be through the Jamaica channel and well into the Caribbean by nightfall.
Took third watch, 3-6. Baby stay snapped on my watch. Had to go forward to grab it before it smashed right through one of the windows. Pretty crazy. Tied it off to the mast.
Looks like we're about a day away from Panama. We've been consistently doing 8-9 knots, speed over ground, with over 25 knots wind. Seas about 10 feet. Doing the 9-12 watch tonight.
Sunday, Feb, 2
11am, spotted Panama. 4:30 docked at Shelter Bay Marina. Hosed down the vessel with fresh water. Will do a thorough cleaning tomorrow. No wifi til tomorrow.
Told we can expect to transit the Panama Canal today. Need to be on the 'flats' at 3pm. Boat is squared away and ready to go. We've got our 4, 125' lines and we've got tires hung over the sides to protect the boat from the canal walls. Got through the first set of locks and we're now moored in Lake Gatun overnight. Had a beer and smoked a cigar with Vinny and the two line handlers. When transiting the canal, regulation requires that 5 people be on board, 4 to handle lines, one to steer the vessel.
Up at 6am to get coffee and breakfast for the linehandlers, Jalim and Alvarro. Our advisor, Roy, came aboard soon after and we shook our lines off the mooring. Reached Balboa Yacht Club, on the Pacific side, around 5:30pm. The Bridge of the Americas is a familiar site to me now. The yacht club tender picked us up and took us to the yacht club bar. We had a couple of cold ones and everyone emailed, called, skyped, etc. Went back to the boat and Vin and I made fried with yesterdays leftovers. We're going in to Panama City tomorrow to have some fun and then do some more provisioning.
Up early, leaving Panama today. Taking on water and fuel first. Diesel is $3.59/lt, $3.49, if paying cash. We took on 172 gallons, totalling $747. We'll leave as soon as we meet with our agent, Pete Stevens. Set sail at 10am. I took the 9-12 watch.
Up at 5:45am to do the 6-9 watch. Doing 5.5 knots with motor, in 7knots of wind. 800 miles to Puerto Chiapas, just on the other side of the Guatemalan border.
Relieved Cpt. for my 12-3am watch. Relieved Cpt. for my 9-12 watch. Motoring now, still heading 310 degrees. 11am, just off the coast of Costa Rica. 11:45, came across a fishing net that stretched about 200 feet in front of us. Had to alter course for about 15 minutes to get around it.
5th day since leaving Panama, 22cnd day on board. Did the 9-midnight watch last night. Relieved the Cpt. this morning for the 6-9 watch. Woke up at 1:30pm and went up on deck. 11 knots wind, 7.4 knots speed over ground, 304 degrees compass. The absence of the boat's motor's noise and vibration is refreshing.
Stood the 3-6am watch. Relieved by Vin. Went back to bed and slept til noon. Picked up satellite radio again, somewhere off the coast of Northern Guatemala. Looks like we're finally out of the current. We were fighting a 4knot current that was right on our nose for the last 2 days.
Noon, we're at the breakwater to Puerto Chiapas. 1pm tied up at Chiapas Marina. Looks like we'll be leaving Mon morning.
Up early to a beautiful morning in Chiapas. Cpt. already up, spraying down the boat. Enrique, staff member at the marina, is taking us to the airport to get cleared through Mexican customs. Still shooting for Monday morning early departure. Going into town to pick up some more provisions, find an internet cafe, and get some cash from Western Union. ATMs around here don't seen to like my Canadian debit card :(
We used 207 gallons of fuel, roughly, since Panama. About 25 gallons/day. 150 gallons from Ft. Lauderdale to Panama. We had 3 days of spectacular sailing, coming down to Panama, the only time we weren't motoring.
Up early to play tennis with Rob, a gentleman from another yacht. Tough playing in my sandals :) Wish I had my proper tennis gear because he was a good player.
11 days since we departed Panama. Been on the boat 28 days. Up early for another game of tennis with Rob. Leaving Chiapas today, heading for Puerto Vallarta. 3:30pm, fueled vessel. Took on 811 litres of fuel in the tanks, and 8, 4-litre jerry cans. $1/gallon. Around $150. Headed out into the 'dreaded' Tehuantepec Bay. The Tehuantepec is the first of several dreaded bodies of water. 4pm, raised the main. Westerly wind at 13knots, 6.5 SOG, heading 302 degrees. Panama to Chiapas-887 miles. Chiapas to Puerto Vallarta-834 miles.
10:35pm, 10kts wind from W/SW, 7.5kts SOG, heading 276 degrees. 5 hours into the Tehuantepec, wind on our nose, gentle swells.
11pm, 6 hrs into the Tehuantepec. 10kkts wind on our nose from W/SW. 7.7kts SOG, heading 276 degrees. Slightly steeper swells, but still fairly calm and smooth. Full moon climbing behind us.
Woke Vin. Westerly wind on our nose at 10kts, 7.5kts SOG, heading 280 degrees. 7 hrs into the Tehuantepec. 55 miles from Chiapas, 30 miles from shore.
7am, relieved Cpt. at 6:15am. Came on deck to an 18 knot wind, from the NW. Wind shifted enough to put us on a starboard tack. Close to halfway across the Gulf. 7.9kts SOG, 2' swells. High altitude clouds gathering. Stronger winds to come?
8:40am, winds at 25kts. Doing 7kts with sails alone. 66 miles from shore.
9am, wind speeds are all over the place, gusting from 22 to 28kts in sudden bursts. N/NW winds, 7.2 SOG, heading 285 degrees. 110 miles from waypoint. Relieved by Vin. 18 hours into the Tehuantepec.
2:30pm, 23 hours into the Tpec. 12 days since departing Panama. 29 days on the boat. Wind speed dropped drastically, now at 18kts. 6.7 SOG, heading 295 degrees. 77 miles from waypoint, 61 miles from shore.
6pm, 27hrs into the Tpec. 9hrs to go. NW wind at 13kts, of the starboard bow. 6.4kts SOG, heading 300 degrees. Headsails furled, and motoring with mainsail. Back to gentle swells.
Stood 12-3am watch. We're across the Tpec! Safe and sound :) Motoring now, only 8kts of wind, out of the W/SW. 5.8kts SOG, heading 299 degrees. Can see the lights of Huatulco, the first major port at the north end of the Tpec. Been to Huatulco many times. Decent place to put in, but not much happening there :)
1am, 12 miles from shore. Altered course to 290 degrees. 10kts wind out the SW. 5.5kts SOG. Calm seas.
2:26am, reached waypoint and altered course west, heading 260 degrees.
Doing 3-6am watch. Not much to report. 1.5kts set against us. Shut the engine down long enough to check oil levels, all ok. Up on deck at noon. 5kt wind coming out of the south. 6.6kts boat speed, 5.9kts SOG, so we are still motoring against a current, heading 265 degrees. Lots of high altitude clouds, with some cumulus building. Could get some heavy weather ahead.
2:15pm, course change and new waypoint, to head NW, 310 degrees. Still motoring, with headsail. Boat speed is 7kts, SOG is 6.4kts. Will pass Acapulco in a few hours, or so. Wind speed 9kts.
Relieved Cpt. at 6am. We're off of Morro de Papanoa. Wind coming out of the north at 7kts. Boat speed 6.4kts, SOG 6kts. Heading 310 degrees.
6 days since departing Chiapas, 33 days on the boat.
Took the 12-3am watch. Few more days to reach Puerto Vallarta. Relieved Cpt. at 9am. Still motoring. About 180 miles from Puerto Vallarta. 4kts wind out of the NE, boat speed 6.3kts, SOG 5kts, heading 287 degrees. Calm seas.
9:15 reached waypoint and altered course to 317 degrees.
Woke Vin at noon. Relieved Cpt. for the the 6-9 watch. Boat speed 6.2kts, SOG 5.7kts, heading 298 degrees.
Stood the 3-6am watch. I think we'll be in PV this evening. We don't plan on staying more than 1 day. Too bad. PV is fun and worth exploring. Boat speed 6.7kts, SOG 6.6kts. 2 kt wind coming out of the NW. Heading 310 degrees.
5pm, arrived in PV marina. Office was closed but they knew we were coming and assigned us a slip with power and water.
7 days to get to PV from Chiapas. 35 days on the boat. Up early to a beautiful morning and scrubbed the boat down.
1:45, took on fuel- 209 gallons, $726. Back in the slip by 2:30. It is hot today!!! Went to the local grocery store to reprovision- $1500.
7:30am, departed PV.
9:15am, well on our way out of Banderas Bay. Passing Punta de Mita, where I did some decent surfing last year. Wind out of the N/NW @ 9kts. Boat speed 8kts, SOG 7.8kts, heading 287 degrees. Overcast and hazy. Calm seas.
Noon, plotted course for Cabo San Lucas. 8kt wind out of the north. SOG 7.4kts, heading 303 degrees.
1pm, wind almost on our nose, out of the NW at 16.5 kts. SOG 6.9kts, heading 290 degrees. Being pushed by current.
Third day out of PV. Spotted Cabo San Lucas at 5:41pm, from 47 miles out.
Stood 3-6am watch. Made the turn around Cabo to put us on a heading of 330 degrees. Winds on our nose, out of the W/NW, at 15kts. SOG 6.5kts. Listening to some great music on satellite radio- 'Get Down On It,' by Wayman Tisdale, 'Cruise Control,' by Special EFX, 'Detroit,' by Marcus Miller, 'One Wish,' by Hiroshima, and 'Med Groove,' by Paolo Rustichelli.
4 days since PV, 39 days on board.
Woke Vin for his 12-3 watch. Cpt. woke me at 6am. 10kt winds on our nose, from W/NW. SOG 6.3kts, heading 315 degrees. Calm seas, clear skies. Beautiful, warm sunny day. Cherishing the warmth because the further north we get the colder it's becoming. Getting really chilly at night now.
Mon. March, 3
Stood the 9-midnight watch. North wind @ 20kts. SOG 6kts, still mortoring, and running low on fuel. Back on deck at 6am. I could see the pickups in the fuel tank so had to shut the engine off. Sailing now, doing 6kts. Ensenada is pretty close.
12:15am, arrived in Ensenda, took a slip at Coral Marina, where the security guards were waiting to assist us in tying up. Up early to a grey day, washed to boat down.
1pm, departed Ensenada. Next stop will be back in the U.S. Winds out of the NW @ 24kts. SOG 6.2kts, heading 267 degrees.
Stood 12-3am watch. Winds out of the SW @ 8kts. SOG 8.8kts, heading 335 degrees.
Woke up at 8am to stange vibration. Engine idling because we had reached Dana Point Marina but it was full. Now heading to Newport Beach, 8 miles away.
10am, arrived at Long Beach, Newport, California. Tied up at Lido Peninsula Marina at 11:34. Customs officers, Sale and Lee, came aboard to clear us in.
46 days at sea.
8:45am, departed Long Beach. Winds out of the SW @ 7kts. SOG 7.8kts, heading 280 degrees.
5pm, wind right on our nose, confused seas. But we're better off going as we are as opposed to trying to tack. We've got a window for the 'dreaded' Point Conception. We're now approaching the equally feared Point Arguello, 7 miles away. SOG 8.1kts, heading 305 degrees. We can get to San Lois Obispo Bay and hole up there if we need to.
Still passing lots of offshore drilling platforms. Motoring with mainsail, 3.5 miles from shore.
6:40am, we're 3.4 miles from Point Arguello waypoint and we've slowed down to 6.9kts. 5' swells.
7:11am, we've made our turn N/NW, heading 342 degrees. Boat speed 8kts, SOG 6.8kts. 30 miles to Point Soleil, our next waypoint.
3pm, still dodging huge kelp beds. We're off of San Simeon, California. Boat speed 8kts, SOG 6.5kts, heading 301 degrees. Just passing Hurst Castle. 150 miles from San Francisco.
3rd say since Long Beach.
Took 12-3am watch. 5:37, pulled into Monterey to take on fuel. Fuel dock not open til 8am so we tied up and are waiting.
7:30, put in 43 gallons, $200.
7:47am, departed Monterey, back on course for San Francisco.
8:30, 50 miles to Half Moon Bay
5pm, spotted the GG's two towers!! Exhilarating! Winds out of the W/SW @ 5kts. Boat speed 8.5kts, SOG 8.4kts, heading 345 degrees.
7pm, now in direct approach to the bridge. Winds shifted to S/SE. Boat speed 8.7kts, SOG 9.7kts. 4' swells behind us, carrying us in with the tide.
8:46pm, tied up at Pelican Harbor Marina, in Sausalito :) Made it to the end in one piece!