The fleet

As of our 11th day, there are 8 boats who have left for the Marquesas that we know about because they are checking into the Pacific Seafarer and/or Puddle Jump radio nets.

In order of departure, they are: Estrellita, Pandeon, Sockdolager, Zulu, MOMO, Cheers, Music and Wondertime. This means that the boats closest to us geographically are a 24 foot boat (Sockdolager) and a 68 foot boat (Pandeon). Quite a range! Pandeon left after us but will likely arrive in Hiva Oa prior. If we don't beat Sockdolager after having a 6 day head start, we are required by the secret but very strict Wauquiez owner rules to turn in our Pretorien badges, skip go and not collect $200.

If you aren't already reading their blog, for an alternate perspective you should check out Karen and Jim's reports from sea on Sockdolager:
http://karenandjimsexcellentadventure.blogspot.com

We met Karen and Jim while we were anchored at Treasure Island in San Francisco. Carol and I enjoy playing guessing games about boats coming into the harbors we occupy and one thing that we noticed while at Treasure Island was that almost no boats in California flew the American flag. If a US boat in CA was flying their flag, they were most likely from WA/OR or a CA boat that had returned from voyaging further a field. When we saw Sockdolager come in with a US flag flying on the stern, I rowed over to say "hi" and in true cruiser tradition we were enjoying sundowners together later that evening. We did not see them again until La Paz where, toward the end, we were next to each other in a marina, both furiously enveloped in our own preparation bubbles, taking turns going up and down our respective masts and scurrying around for specific foods, gear and spares. Hopefully our next meeting will be more relaxed, and more tropical.

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