Friday, April 29, 2011

Day 19 - Stats and Thank You

Thank you for putting up with our daily blogs. In your busy lives, it may have felt to be too much. We did it for two reasons. First, we have a Sail Plan which indicates our route, ETA, emergency contacts, and what those contacts should do if they don't hear from us for more than 2 days. Just to be on the safe side, we tried to be in contact in under two day increments. Second, it helped us feel connected and supported along the way. Plus, what else was there to do but contemplate life and spew it to the world? We'll likely slow it down a bit as we begin our explorations, but then pick it up to daily posts once again whenever we do our various open ocean passages.

As per Michael's Day 19 blog post, here are our Day 19 Stats:

Distance: 142 miles; Total trip: 2895 miles; Average daily distance traveled: 152 miles (Note that the daily stats were taken off our GPS since the instrument reading our speed through the water (its name eludes me) has stopped working).
Average Speed: 5.9 knots; Average overall speed: 6.3 knots
Sea Conditions: Seas still somewhat choppy but the 5-8 foot swells have become further apart, making it somewhat more comfortable. Winds today were mainly from the E at 16-20 knots.
Incident Report: Nothing much to report except that WE SEE LAND ON OUR RADAR SCREEN!
Fish caught: Looks like our total will remain at one.
Total Kitchen Garbage Bags Generated: Three - We'll have one large green garbage bag to deposit on land after 20 days at sea. We'll have to try that one at home.
Produce Inventory: Here's what we're left with: About 16 onions, 8 potatoes, 6 carrots, 4 jicama, 10 jalapeno, 4 radishes, 4 stalks of celery, half a cabbage, a couple of inches of ginger root, 2 dozen limes, 2 oranges, 2 pears, 14 apples, one sprig of basil, 3 garlic heads, 3 dozen eggs - and yes, one avocado.
Meals/Snacks: I baked fresh rye bread for breakfast, with cheese, as well as some cereal. Lunch was curried lentil soup with the second loaf of rye bread, carrot sticks, and leftovers of turkey slices and spaghetti bolognese (sounds disgusting all together, I know). Dinner was a treat for our last night at sea: Steak (!) although we needed to sautee it in a pan rather than BBQ it. Sides were rosemary potatoes and coleslaw with carrots. Perhaps we'll have a meal ON LAND tomorrow?

We are able to make out land, even the in the dark, with the naken eye. We are oh-so-close. We'll be sure to provide you with our final Stats for the Pacific Puddle Jump within a day or two of our arrival. After some much needed sleep and some steps upon some terra firma.

At 4/29/2011 13:21 (utc) our position was 08°54.49'S 139°55.19'W


  1. I think I can speak for everyone reading this and say quite safely that no one was "putting up" with your blogs. I loved reading about what your were eating, doing, etc...and eagerly looked forward to each one. It was so exciting to watch your progession on the tracker. I feel relieved that you will be on land soon.

    I remember having breakfast with you in Toronto a year and a half ago before you set off on this great adventure. I asked you about travelling across the Pacific. Your reply was that you'd never do that. Do you even remember that?? Never say never!

    Let us know what it feels like when your feet touch earth and you're no longer moving.


  2. Congrats! I really hope you don't get land sick! I probably would've been to chicken to go on the journey you took. Especially with the potential of all the food sinking the boat! Ha ha ha.

  3. We were just as anxious as you and definitely relieved each time we heard from you.