Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Passage Making: Marquesas to Tuamotus

Following on the heels of my last post, I'm surprising even myself to say that I wholly enjoy passage making. We are into Day 2 of a 4-day passage from 'Ua Pou in the Marquesas Islands to Makemo Atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago. There is something about the simplicity of life while crossing the open ocean that I am, somehow, able to embrace. Perhaps it's that there are so many things we cannot do given the movement of the boat, or it's the fact that there's nowhere to go, but spending time with my family this way is one of my favorites. We can focus on homeschooling without the need to run here or there, and we can all read together after dinner sipping warm licorice tea.

It does take a couple of days to get into the routine. I still have a headache from crazy sleep schedules, and my stomach will continue to feel a bit nauseated until my sea legs get under me. But the time is peaceful, and the sound of the wind and the rolling waves is comforting. I am finally getting a chance to really learn to sail and Michael is a patient teacher.

There are four 'buddy' boats out here. Ceilydh, Brittania and Piko all left 'Ua Pou within an hour of us, and after spending several weeks together in the Marquesas, we're all heading to the same atoll. Although we are all still, more or less, within VHF radio range of each other, we check in over the Single Sideband radio at 10 a.m. to see how the night went and to get everyone's location. We discuss weather reports and what's for dinner. And we help solve each other's problems: one boat found a cockroach and found water had leaked into their rudder post, another had water come in one of their portholes and onto their bed and we wanted advice on how to furl in our asymmetrical sail more efficiently. There is also a South Pacific Cruisers' Net at 5 p.m. that we all check into.

Our menu is not nearly as exciting as it was during our 19.5 day crossing from Mexico, but we're still doing well, eating lots of salads and fresh fruit while we still can. There is not a whole lot of that in the Tuamotus, we understand. Tonight on my night watch I am baking rye bread and muffins to surprise the kids in the morning.

Once again somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean

At 5/31/2011 11:05 (utc) our position was 12°26.46'S 141°47.38'W

1 comment:

  1. Hi dear friends....just checking in on you and saying hello. Just came over 2 weeks ago from Mazatlan and spent our time coming up the outer islands and just came into Pto. Escondido for food and fun (Zada's best friend is here)...so life is good and since it's not too hot yet, we are feeling really lucky! My knee continues to improve despite it's aches, but most of that is from the hard work I'm trying to do on strengthening it. Not easy for a gal my age, but I'm determined not to be a slug-ass and have my "run-like-the-wind" daughter held up too much longer by my slow movements....so that's it from us. Good hearing your voice, Barb, on the updates and love the fact that while on watch you do lovely momma things like bake for your kids so they have something wonderful and delicious to devour upon their awakening...that's the best. They'll forever remember that and to me, this is what makes sailing about with kiddies, so wonderful, all the time to make life long memories. Kisses and hugs and love....xoxoxo N