Month: April 2017

No good news from Nuku Hiva

The rain hasn’t stopped, the sun hasn’t been shining and we may be waiting another month or more before Mayaluga’s engine is functional. Tony and I were hoping to get to Tahiti well ahead of our guests who arrive on the 11th and 12th of June. Some alone time would be really nice. Now it […]

Nuku Hiva

Friday afternoon, April 21st, 2017, and its raining and squally today, very hot with saturated humidity in this somewhat exposed anchorage, Mayaluga rolling through an arc of 30 degrees, just uncomfortable enough to be annoying and exhausting. After arriving late afternoon the day before, we went ashore without clearing customs because the Gendarmerie was closed […]

Land sighted!!

Day 25 on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean, Easter Monday 17th April 2017, and we wish you all Happy Easter – Jesus is risen! Another celebration …. at 1530hrs this afternoon Tony sighted Ua-Huka, an outlying island in the Marquesas group. We are now 65 miles from our destination on this leg, Nuku […]

Graduation from Polywog status

We did it! We crossed the equator several hundred miles back at 0755Hrs on a bright sunny morning earlier this week. When we have an internet connection we will post pictures of King Neptune’s visit via his emmissiary, Prince Niptune. We took photos of the GPS rolling all zeros on the latitude line. Inconsequential maybe, […]

The natives are getting restless

It’s been three weeks today that our little ship set off from La Cruz Marina on our way to the Marqueses Islands et al. Tony, Karin and I all placed a bet on how many days it would take to get to our first destination. Tony wagered 26 days, Karin 24 and me, the eternal […]

Living the dream!

Living the Dream! Very few people have the privilege of experiencing what I am experiencing right now! My favourite watch …. 2am to 6am, I am rested, having slept soundly for 5 hours straight. The seas are benign. Anything less than 10 foot is now judged benign, and right now quite flat except for a […]

Tony’s Mayaluga update 04´14N 129´20W

Our progress towards the equator is slowing down as the winds are tending to be in the lighter range of 10 knots. Of course we are still getting vicious squalls passing through every couple of hours, but they do not last very long. It´s quite tricky dealing with them in the night watches as changes […]

Mayaluga early hours Apr 4th

The last few hours have been the most exciting so far of this passage. How I wish it was all “good” excitement, but unfortunately its weather related which does increase stress levels exponentially on small ocean going sailboats. Earlier yesterday we were tootling along at 6 knots and although the seas were uncomfortable, “I was […]

Day 11 update from Mayaluga

I think the Mayaluga team has really dialled Mayaluga in now for performance in these difficult downwind conditions. Last few hours averaging over 6 knots which is a slightly wet ride with the waves out here about 15 feet at 8 seconds. If the crests were 15 seconds apart it would be far more comfortable. […]

Company dropped in

Day 11. It was warm, mostly sunny with the sea state ranging from boisterous to fairly flat with some following seas. While Mark and I sat in the cockpit, we could hardly believe our eyes. A helicopter. Really…..a helicopter. What looked like a virtually brand new sacorsky flying towards Mayaluga, our here in this vast […]