A snapshot of a cruising family in the 80s

The rain is beating down, the big, hard type of rain that only the tropics bring. Hawaii is sucking up the moisture from tropical storm kilo south west of the island chain. I have been visiting Brian’s family and have heard so many of their cruising stories from the 80s, back when it was quite rare for people to go cruising especially with kids.

Brian’s mum and dad left in 1985 on their Ericsson 32, and spent six years cruising the South Pacific, back in the days when the only way to know where you were, was waiting for a sat Nav fax to come in, which was unreliable, maybe you got a fix, maybe you didn’t, could be eight hours before you got a position. So they would try and get a sun sight, if there was sun, which there always isn’t, or use dead reckoning.

They left from hawaii to go to the marquasis, which is upwind the whole way, all Bj remembers is the chain crashing in the chain locker for 20 plus days, and the funniest, for me, when the middle hatch was ripped open and gallons of water poured onto his head while sleeping one night….as a nine year old, I wonder what he thought!

His favourite memories are from wind surfing every day, first he would do his home schooling, then zip around all afternoon on his wind surfing board. What a way to open up your child’s mind. Imagine Hunkering down in mangrove swamps in New Caladnia, Fiji and French polynesia waiting for cyclones to pass, the boat sideways, the cat walking on the walls,as the eye of a cyclone goes over you. Spear fishing daily for your dinner, diving for the plates and cutlery off the sea floor after your parents had a fight. Being followed by a gaggeling group of marquasian girls, whose family wanted to set you up for marriage. The French man who fell in love with a goat, and kept it on his boat, but the goat wouldn’t sleep outside, and screeched all night, so the French man let him sleep inside and the goat ate all his charts and sails.

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There is something to be said for small boat voyaging, especially with children. So many people wait until they have their dream boat, or think they need a 50 foot boat to cruise, and end up waiting , then never end up leaving, as there is always something more they want. I meet people who can’t beleive that BJs family went cruising on a 32 ft boat for six years.

Todays crusier has changed so much, in the era of electronics, GPS, satellite phones, trackers etc, which I love, but which also takes some of the adventure out of cruising. As now any one can just buy a boat and go, which is fantastic to get more people out in nature and enjoy this world by water, and hopefully encourage  people to care more for our world, by emerging them selfs and family in nature. To me, it’s the most marvellous way to see the world, nothing compares to arriving at a new destination by sail, with nothing more then the wind, stars and sea.

Back to small boat voyaging, it takes tenacity, as you are not that fast, possible a five knot average, space is limited, which is good to purge yourself of the trappings of life, get back to basics, which to me, is what cruising is all about, to get back to simplicity and living a simple life.

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Blogroll

In the need for some good reading and inspiration?

I have added a blog roll of some blogs/websites that inspire me. Too many to list  and too many people out there that don’t have a blog/website. We are lucky to cross paths with some of these people who touch our life’s and change us for the better. A thank you to these little rays of sunshine that shine on our life, sometimes only briefly but enough to inspire us to be the best we can be.

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Gitano

One of my favourite photos I took of Bj and Gitano, sailing in the pailolo channel. With the sun just right shinning from the top of his mast. Its always a treat to have someone get photos of your boat sailing.

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Summer days

Another month draws to an end, the humidity is through the roof, the heat relentlessly beating down on all of man kind. The whole pacific churning with typhoons,hurricanes and cyclones, the name changes but the results are the same. Destruction in their wake. A very very active El Niño year, brings extra warm water to the pacific, which as you can guess, brings a more active year.

The old saying, ” make the most of every situation “, comes to mind, enjoy the friends and family around you, share your love and laughter, put a smile on a strangers face, do random acts of kindness to the next person you meet. Send your prayers to the western pacific, who are getting hit, again and again by thypoons. Life is short and it could be all gone in a second, embrace it all, the good and bad, keep moving forward.

I wait and watch the weather, looking for a break to head south, as hurricanes and tropical depressions barrel across the eastern pacific, marching like crazy soldiers, dancing to their own rythem in the moist tropical air and warm bath water called the pacific. When there is a break, there is no wind, big chunks of no wind, sometimes 600 nm of no wind……I’m not sure I can handle another light wind trip, it’s truly maddening, sailing as fast as you could walk. And the last thing you want is to be stuck in the firing zone, with no wind to get out of the way of developing cyclones.

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Some photos for you.

And we're off!

And we’re off!

Another night at sea, can't beleive it was 26 days.

Another night at sea, can’t beleive it was 26 days.

Butterfly wings tonight !

Butterfly wings tonight !

Beautiful ocean sunset.

Beautiful ocean sunset.

Pulling in weather from the HF radio, hmmm looks like a lot of no wind!

Pulling in weather from the HF radio, hmmm looks like a lot of no wind!

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Sorry, delorme going crazy.

Hello all,

my Inreach delorme keeps sending messages out, I am very sorry about that.

It seems to have a bug, and I am working with delorme to try and fix it. Very very annoying.

besides that, I hope all my fellow readers are having a lovely day, and are doing something that makes them smile today.

Live, Love, Laugh!

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Land Ho!

After a painfully slow voyage with little wind and tropical disturbances threating to develop along our route, Yemaya and I finally arrived after 26 days at sea, well guess I did not break my own record of 21 days. Brian and Gitano arrived about 19 hours early , so it’s nice to have a welcoming party! It also seems my delorme malfunctioned and sent 32 of the same messages to you all, very sorry about that, it just went crazy, a little like its owner perhaps.

The land fall of Maui is quite spectacular with the sheer cliffs of Molokai on one side and the volcanos of Maui piercing through the clouds, lush green hillsides, after days and days of blue blue and more blue, I sight for sore eyes.

It seems surreal to have both our boats here, after dreaming of doing this for years, I give myself a little pinch every day, and give thanks, that I get to experience such beauty, and meet wonderful people on my journey.

I have a inflatable kayak as my dingy to get to shore, and always some fisherman laughs and has a comment on my little boat, it is quite a little mission to get to shore, as there is a strong current that flows along the coast, from the Alenuihaha channel, I’m guessing, and then there is a little surf break near the harbour entrance, have to be careful of sneaker waves, don’t want to end up on the reef!

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Linda Pasquariello is sharing their location

Land ho! Haleakala Peaking out above the clouds!

Linda Pasquariello is sharing their location at the MapShare web site: https://share.delorme.com/LindaPasquariello

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Linda Pasquariello is sharing their location

Tropical storm ela, Passed a little close for comfort. 540 To go. Tracker up and running again . Brian 70nm ahead.

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Linda Pasquariello is sharing their location

Hove two letting possible cyclone pass between hawaii and us. Brian still in the lead by 20 miles.

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