05 April 2012

Landfall

We made it. We sailed our home to the South Pacific.

We are safely at anchor after 26 days and 19 hours. We spent 643 hours under sail and 6.3 hours under motor (3 hours getting out of the Cabo wind shadow, .6 avoiding electrical activity in squalls, 2.3 while becalmed only 50 miles from landfall and .4 into the bay to anchor).

We broke the lower bearing in our furler and fixed it temporarily with rubber hose from our sun shower. We chafed through one bit of old rope we used as a retention line, just in case, on our windvane rudder. We lost the sunbrella stitching on the foot of our jib and we changed headsails on the furler at sea to our genoa. Other than general wear and tear, no other failures.

We used 6.2 engine hours for battery charging and while in light air we hauled our Honda 2000 generator on deck twice and charged the batteries that way. All other energy was provided by our solar panels.

We still have a good range of produce (oranges, lemons, limes, apples, leeks, carrots, onions, sweet potatoes and potatoes) but no fresh meat, only long life meats (e.g., salami and bacon) and canned meat. During the passage, because we had so much light air, we baked pies (both savory - salmon/potato - and sweet - fresh apple and canned blueberry), lasagna, brownies, coffee cake, and one round of fresh bread.

Our bodies are tired, sun touched and sweaty but other than a minor thumb strain for Livia and a bit of a sore back for Carol, we are good to go.

Time to clean up the boat, rest and then start exploring our new backyard.

16 comments:

  1. Awesome! I've been eager to hear this good news. Well done.

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  2. Congrats. When I read your post I did a fist pump. I've been following you for the last three or so months and encouraging you on. Go, go, go... Glad you made it safe.
    -Jim

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  3. Congrats!! Savour your achievement, it *is* a great one!
    Amusez-vous, The Nyon crew

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  4. CONGRATULATIONS !! WAY TO GO ! We are very proud of you and all you have accomplished. Thanks for showing us and others 'the way'... Now get some rest and then have some fun... all the best. Carolyn & Kathy

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  5. Congrats! What a killer accomplishment. I can't imagine how beautiful it must be over there.

    -Erick

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  6. Double congratulations: on making it and on doing it in such an ocean-friendly way. C'est bon! KIrsten S/V Silhouette

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  7. What an accomplishment!!

    I have been keeping up with your journey the whole time, Glad you made it safe and sound.

    It's nice to know how just the two of you did it. When Tate and I go it will just be the two of us...no extra crew to help.

    Can't wait to see photos!!
    Dani

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  8. Wow, almost the entire 26+ day passage under sail! That's awesome, not to mention being under passage that long .. don't know if we'll ever have the balls to sail that far. Looking forward to seeing the South Pacific through your eyes!

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  9. Total rockstars. Congrats guys.

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  10. Congrats!! Have a wonderful time in the Marquesas. Eat a pamplemousse, or 3, for us.

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  11. You two are my heros! Congrats!

    Mike
    http://www.zerotocruising.com

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  12. Thomas and Allison, SV the CatApril 6, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Well done, we know you would hit that island. Thanks for your great blog. You make us laugh and we are learning a lot from your blog.

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  13. Has it been 26 days already? It seems like just yesterday I was reading about your final provisioning and then about deflecting boobies. Congratulations!!!

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  14. Wow! What can we say that hasn't already been said. Congratulations and Well Done! Very proud of both of you and you surely have made an accomplishment. We with you good health and happy times. Cheers and hugs to you both! One question......is the grass greener on the other side????

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  15. Congratulations! Time for fun!

    Wish we were im your shoes. (Easter Sunday here; we're at Silva waiting to/hoping to sail back to Vancouver tomorrow.)
    David (Pelagia)

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  16. You guys are amazing! Wish we were there with you... :)

    xoxo
    Nicole

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