Imminent landfall

Well, we’re finally within cooee of our first landfall.
Perhaps not cooee exactly, but only 50 or so miles away, and moving along on a rollicking downwind ride in 15 knots with every 2 metre swell lifting the boat and pushing her on a gentle surf. Lovely low maintenance sailing which we all feel we deserve after a nightmare night involving lots of pounding, two nasty squalls, about 10 sail changes, an accidental gybe, and a rope wrap around the wind generator. Limited sleep for all.

Nevertheless, everyone’s excited about our imminent landfall after 9 days at sea. It tends to remind me of the old joke about the gynaecologist, who arrives at a party and just stands there saying “ahhh…faces, faces”. However grotty the land it’s good to see it after days and days of just ocean to look at. The boys especially will be pleased to get ashore – it’s very early days in the trip for them, and we’re all yet to figure out how to make the long passages less boring for them. The size of the boat makes much of the sailing activity full of technical detail, high working loads, and constant awareness of safety margins…stuff that we’re confident we can get the older boys into in time, but not without a build-up. They started standing a watch each of an hour a day – Luca at 7pm and Gabriel 6am – with us of course awake and quietly monitoring in the background. Baby steps.

No fish landed on the trip so far, which is a cruel blow for a family with an already dismal record of catching fish. We hooked a decent Mahimahi about 3 days ago, but it escaped just as I lifted in onto the boat…as the boys would say “Doh!”

We should approach the island of Efate around midnight, but given the uncertainty of charts, markers and lights etc in this part of the world, we’ll choose to stand-off and wait for daylight before going in. Assuming no last minute dramas, our next blog should be from Port Vila sipping pina coladas by the swimming pool of a 5 star hotel, surrounding by nubile hostesss peeling grapes for us on demand…. I jest of course…we’ve both resigned from our jobs for this trip, so a glass of watered-down plonk and a dry cracker on the boat will be our more likely reward!

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michael
    Sep 04, 2011 @ 20:02:47

    Congratulations Guys, it sounds like you all deserve an icecream. I would love to know your opinion between a multi hull and mono hull on a long passage.

    Looking forward to your next post love M M M & B

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  2. Process Chick
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 09:25:24

    What a great way to start the day – Devouring breakfast and your blog in equal pleasure.

    Have a safe landing.

    Reply

    • Michael
      Sep 05, 2011 @ 12:56:49

      Hi my comments don’t seem to be getting past moderation. Can you help with an answer.
      Cheers

      michael

      Reply

  3. Pitts-Brown - Riddell
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 12:10:28

    loving your blogs, I get excited every time I see a new posting. enjoy the ice cream Sx

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  4. Wood Guys
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 12:21:41

    We too are loving your blogs, the kids have had the globe down to try and guess where you might be. Enjoy Vanuatu x

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  5. Michael
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 12:55:10

    How exciting, You are now past the Mono Hull stage and now you can enjoy your big spacious multi hull

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  6. Michael
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 22:26:35

    Happy Birthday Rebecca Star and Thanks Gabriel for the God Fathers Day wishes. Yeah Right!
    Weather getting a little bit better here. Fred, Andrew Fagan passes on his regards and he is sorry that he missed you the night that you set out, as he was sick. I think, sick of being on radio and wishing he was at sea!
    looking forward to your next post. Love M M M & B

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