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3 May 2013 – Pacific Ocean Passage Complete !!!!!!!!!!!!
53 days since leaving Panama and 22 days since leaving Galapagos. The
Pacific Ocean is the most glorious colour blue. Flat bottom puffy clouds surround the rim of the sky. The mountains of Fatu Hiva of the Marquesas Islands are looming in front of us tantalising us
with the lure of mystery and adventure. Hows That!!? We made it. We even caught a few
Some days of rain and ...
... br> The following morning, we took the dinghy ashore and began to ask for Kalino so that we could deliver the goods. As the town of has less than 100 residents, it was just a matter of asking. Being told in both French and Marquesan where to find him and not understanding enough so that we walked through town and on the return, he found us. Not too hard as we were the only two strangers prowling the paths. He took us back to his house and showed us ...
... bays are blanketed with desert arc of white or black sand. This is how Lonely Planet sums up The Marquesas. From our fist 2-weeks back on land, I would actually say that this description is a bit too mundane and understated; this island group is absolutely breathtaking! The people are wonderful and the culture is interesting. There's not much industry here, however, so without a subsidy from the French government, I’m not too sure ...
... managed about 80 miles. When the wind picks up a bit we should do about 140 -150 miles a day. We've done about 1846 miles since leaving Galapagos on the 29th of April, but still have another 1000 miles to go to Hiva Oa in the Marquesas, French Polynesia, so if the wind comes up we can do it in 6 or 7 days, if not 12 or 13 days, so it'll probably be somewhere in between. The small chute (repaired in Galapagos) is the one we use the most as we ...
... br> We did this passage in 20 days, which is a good time.
Same as on the Atlantic, food wise we had everything we wanted and we were blessed with having on board Shirley, the girlfriend of Fabrizio, who is both a good sailor and an amazing cook.
So, as much as everybody took turns to cook for everybody, she was better than anybody else and she treated us. When she cooked, it felt like being at home or at a restaurant.
The winds were ...