Some stats for the pacific ocean crossing from La Cruz, Mexico to Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
Days to cross: 23 days
Distance sailed: 2,900 miles approx
Best 24 Hr mileage: 170nm
Worst 24 Hr mileage: 95 nm
Equator crossing longitude: 131W
Engine Hours: 65
Diesel used: 43 out of 60 gallons (used for transiting the ITCZ)
Water used: 65 gallons out of 125 carried
Energy: All energy provided by wind generator & solar panels
Fish Caught: 10 (bonitos and mahi mahi)
Breakages: No failures apart from a mainsheet block shackle and small leak in the galley fresh water pump.
Some photos and videos from the passage..
Glenda the fish serial killer getting into it..
Beautiful sunset in the north pacific..
We saw 4 ships in total in the middle of the ocean.. The AIS proximity alarm worked like a charm to warn us.
Sailing in light air with the asymetric as we approached the doldrums…
Cyrille loving the light air sailing..
Dodging squalls..sailing in the doldrums feels like sailing in England 😉
A mega squall surrounds us in the Doldrums (we used radar to track the squalls) It was 5 miles wide and travelling at 20 knots, no way to avoid it but it was only packing 20 knot winds.. It seemed to have a water spout at the head and very heavy rain.. We were glad when we sailed out of in 45 minutes..
No wind in the doldrums, we did some motoring…
All three of us pollywogs swam across the equator tethered to the boat with spinnaker sheets! We jumped into the pacific ocean at position 00*00N 131*01W.
Celebrating with champagne after crossing the equator..
Russ and Kaersten from S/V Liberty who put together an absolutely amazing equator crossing kit which included detailed instructions..
Pollywog #1 Royal Baby Glenda
Pollywog #2 French Fisherman Cyrille
Pollywog #3 Polynesian Babe Chet
King Neptune Chet and Davy Jones Cyrille about to start the trial of pollywog Royal Baby.. Trial proceedings can be found in this post.. Court of Neptune proceedings
Glenda as Davy Jones in the trial of Pollywog Polynesian Babe Chet
Pollywog Chet sucking oil out of the engine with a pipe as punishment for his heinous crimes.. (I overfilled the engine oil slighty, and had to remove some the hard way!)
We each wrote a letter and dropped it off in a bottle at the equator.. let us know if you get it!
On my watch, with Cyrille and Glenda sleeping..We used the saloon settees as sea berths.. I installed lee cloths to keep us in our bunks..
We caught our biggest fish a couple of days before landfall!
Making landfall at Taiohae Bay after 23 days at sea!!!
Stops (with blue sail cover in the center of the photo) anchored in Taiohae Bay..