South Pacific Map
South Pacific Map

Our Puddle Jump was from the Galapagos Islands to the Marquesas Islands

Being Prepared!
Being Prepared!

Life raft certification in Ecuador: this is the only time we want to see the inside of our life raft!!

Isabella Island, Galapagos
Isabella Island, Galapagos

As the silhouette of Volcano Cerro Azul began to fade from view we said goodbye to Terra Firma!  We are headed out to sea!

Sunset near the Galapagos
Sunset near the Galapagos

Our first night at sea

GPS reading from the journey's start
GPS reading from the journey's start

With 2850 miles to go near the beginning of our voyage, we are off course and going slow as we clear Isabella Island

Sailing wing on wing
Sailing wing on wing

With twin headsails poled out, Chuck sits in the companion way behind our two protective aft dodger windows. Two solar panels are lashed to the boom.

Chuck reefing the main sail
Chuck reefing the main sail

As night approaches, the wind often strengthened

Sunset at sea
Sunset at sea

One of the ways we marked time was blowing the conch at sunset in gratitude for the day

Double headsail
Double headsail
Jacaranda interior
Jacaranda interior

The sea berth is on the left; basket of veggies and foil wrapped limes on the floor; Chuck sitting in the companion way

Dolphins on Day 10
Dolphins on Day 10

They swam next to us for a little while before peeling off over the horizon, purposefully going only they knew where.

Blunt headed pilot whale
Blunt headed pilot whale

Looking like the ugly duckling in the midst of a pod of slender dolphins

Hordes of fying fish
Hordes of fying fish

King Neptune's unsolicited gifts on the deck each day

Another sunset at sea
Another sunset at sea
Landfall!!!!
Landfall!!!!

Tahuata Island from the Bordelais Channel

Landfall!
Landfall!

Approaching Hanamoenoa Bay on Tahuata

Sublime Hanamoenoa Bay, Tahuata
Sublime Hanamoenoa Bay, Tahuata
Gooseneck barnacles
Gooseneck barnacles

Pelagic barnacles stick like glue on the hull unless you do the Rope Trick (internet photo)

Scummy hull
Scummy hull

Another boat arrives from the Puddle Jump - you can tell by the algae, growth, and barnacles on the topsides.

The only vegetables left after 3 weeks at sea: potatoes. cabbage, onions, mushy tomatoes and foil wrapped limes.

The art of the wave
The art of the wave

The fine art photography of Ray Collins

The art of the wave
The art of the wave

The fine art photography of Ray Collins

The art of the wave
The art of the wave

The fine art photography of Ray Collins