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A couple shots of key passage moments
The yellow fin tuna we caught:
Time flies when you’re having fun, right? Well, we’re having a blast here in Maui, being kept busy by all the great people we’ve been meeting with true aloha spirit.
It all started last Thursday, when we first arriving in Maui. We were met by Serena’s mum, Ming, on the dock at the Lahaina Harbour. As you can imagine, after 17 days at sea, you begin to crave certain foods, fresh ones in particular. Well, there was one thing everyone was craving, especially on the particularly hot afternoon that we arrived on: smoothies! So when Ming arrived with four large mango smoothies, a cheer went up from the crew! Wow, that might have been the best tasting drink I’ve ever had. Continue reading
The eternal uniform of the sea has always appeared to be blue…
Today is no exception; blue skies dressed to match the likes of its blue twin sister, the sea. Retrieved from the sea are particles and article that too, tend to be blue. This afternoon’s mini Mahi Mahi, though initially gleaming gold, drifted into a state of ultimate blue, before succumbing into the solid grey of death. The sea has so much to give us, like these fish, and this voyage, and this day, as we slide thankfully across her surface. Is plastic and other human-created rubbish the only such gifts we can offer her for her blessings? Continue reading
Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold, Just Righhhhhttttttt…… ahhh
or in sailing terms: Not Enough Wind, Too Much Wind, and Just Righhhhttttt……
About 9 days ago, the winds were light and the ocean almost completely flat, just an almost unperceivable deep slow southern swell would slowly rise and lower the boat as we slowly made our way sedately towards Hawaii. Continue reading
Well as it turns out its not all fair weather sailing and sun downers. Yesterday afternoon, the seas heightened and the wind increased, forcing the team to put a third reef in the main.
It seems we were indeed caught in a squash zone (where hi and low converge)and through the evening the wind and seas played a virtual game of tit for tat, each rising to accept the other one’s challenge by ratcheting up its ferocity. Continue reading
Day 6 was a stunning day, with the ocean giving us an early morning present of two 30 pound yellow fin tuna. We gratefully kept one and gave one back.
With the sun shining the ocean has been an iridescent blue. so clear yet so deep you could lose yourself peering into it along with the light rays that search for its soul but never hit the bottom. as the day drew on and the sun grew higher team oceangybe decided it would be worth while trolling a finely grained sieve to collect any possible evidence of plastic pollution. what we saw was unbelievable. Continue reading
Well, the wind has been down all day and the seas quite calm so, despite being far south of the gyre, we decided to try out our borrowed Algulita Foundation garbage manta trawl. Just to see if we could get the deployment figured out and see if there were any changes that needed to be made in order to get it to work off ol’ Khulula. Continue reading
The crew for the trip to Hawaii is awesome. On board we’ve got South African native Andrew “Moose” Miller. Moose grew up with Ryan and Bryson in South Africa, but has spent much of the past 7 years in the Caribbean. He has a quick wit and stand-up character, although claims his skills in the galley are lacking. We’re going to see if we can teach him a thing or two about cooking while underway. Continue reading
Well, it appears that the time has come to shove off the lovely dock of the San Diego Yacht Club and once again (and for the last time), head west. Hawaii, our destination, is 2300 miles distant. The wind looks perfect for the next few days; ~15 knots from the beam. The passage should be a little over two weeks, and we’re all excited to make land-fall. Continue reading