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Annecam admin Pip & Tom
05/29/2016, Atuona, Hiva oa

Cam, could you please repeat the question you asked me a week ago?"

"Sure. If you knew what all this entailed, would you do it again?"

"Well cam, two words: hell yes!!!"

Life is great my friends. My first long ocean crossing. Yes, life is great. I saw dolphins, flying fish, a ray, bunch a birds, and something that resembled either a turtle or according to cam, a sunfish. Life is great. We caught some mahi mahi and some tuna fish. Once again, life is great. Our slowest day we covered aproximately 130 nautical miles and our fastest day we covered just over 200 nautical miles. Yup, life is great. I spent half the trip seasick and then once I vomitted one night I spent the rest of the trip constipated. Hahahaha, life is still pretty great. I was disgusted by most foods so eating became a chore, yet I daydreamed of eating delicious foods everyday. Awkward sensation, but damn life is great. For hours my mind would go off on mental tangents thinking about the past, present, and future, as I stared into the horizon slowly watching the day go by. Life is great, and I am greatful for it. I am alive.

Today, as I sit here in the cockpit ocassionally glancing away from this sheet of paper, my eyes behold the majestic beauty which is Hiva Oa and its very numerous shades of green. I contemplate the greatness of life. It brings tears to my eyes and I feel nothing, but gratitude. I feel greatful to exist and for the existance of such beautiful places. I feel grateful that cam's and my destiny were intertwined and that he chose to let me tag along. Thank you.

And while I'm here real busy enjoying life, I wonder what I've done in my life to deserve such an honor as it is to be exactly where I am at. I remember when I was a child, I used to look at the pictures of beautiful landscapes in calendars and say I wanted to go there. Well, here I am folks. I made it. Somehow, I am here. I even had to have Cam pinch my arm to make sure I wasn't dreaming. Turns out I was wide awake and that all this is real. So with all this, here is what I have to say to the world: go for it. If you have a dream, go for it. Create yourself an opportunity and just let yourself go. Nothing else is that important. Take the opportunity and allow yourself to float in your waking dreams. You deserve it, just as we all do. We all owe it to ourselves to feel fulfilled and satisfied with life. What else would be the meaning of life?

There is a ray of light shining through a cloud . I think pacha mama and the cosmic energies are happy with me because it looks like they are smiling. They embrace me with their gentle breeze. Thank you. You inspire every part of my being, you give me courage, and you guide me. You always bring me to where I belong, and you teach me the lessons I must learn to continue remolding myself into the person I want to be. Thank you.

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Denise blog
Annecam admin Pip & Tom
05/29/2016, Atuona, Hiva oa

Cam, could you please repeat the question you asked me a week ago?"

"Sure. If you knew what all this entailed, would you do it again?"

"Well cam, two words: hell yes!!!"

Life is great my friends. My first long ocean crossing. Yes, life is great. I saw dolphins, flying fish, a ray, bunch a birds, and something that resembled either a turtle or according to cam, a sunfish. Life is great. We caught some mahi mahi and some tuna fish. Once again, life is great. Our slowest day we covered aproximately 130 nautical miles and our fastest day we covered just over 200 nautical miles. Yup, life is great. I spent half the trip seasick and then once I vomitted one night I spent the rest of the trip constipated. Hahahaha, life is still pretty great. I was disgusted by most foods so eating became a chore, yet I daydreamed of eating delicious foods everyday. Awkward sensation, but damn life is great. For hours my mind would go off on mental tangents thinking about the past, present, and future, as I stared into the horizon slowly watching the day go by. Life is great, and I am greatful for it. I am alive.

Today, as I sit here in the cockpit ocassionally glancing away from this sheet of paper, my eyes behold the majestic beauty which is Hiva Oa and its very numerous shades of green. I contemplate the greatness of life. It brings tears to my eyes and I feel nothing, but gratitude. I feel greatful to exist and for the existance of such beautiful places. I feel grateful that cam's and my destiny were intertwined and that he chose to let me tag along. Thank you.

And while I'm here real busy enjoying life, I wonder what I've done in my life to deserve such an honor as it is to be exactly where I am at. I remember when I was a child, I used to look at the pictures of beautiful landscapes in calendars and say I wanted to go there. Well, here I am folks. I made it. Somehow, I am here. I even had to have Cam pinch my arm to make sure I wasn't dreaming. Turns out I was wide awake and that all this is real. So with all this, here is what I have to say to the world: go for it. If you have a dream, go for it. Create yourself an opportunity and just let yourself go. Nothing else is that important. Take the opportunity and allow yourself to float in your waking dreams. You deserve it, just as we all do. We all owe it to ourselves to feel fulfilled and satisfied with life. What else would be the meaning of life?

There is a ray of light shining through a cloud . I think pacha mama and the cosmic energies are happy with me because it looks like they are smiling. They embrace me with their gentle breeze. Thank you. You inspire every part of my being, you give me courage, and you guide me. You always bring me to where I belong, and you teach me the lessons I must learn to continue remolding myself into the person I want to be. Thank you.

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05/29/2016 | Edwin
First again Thank you Mr. Cambell for the lift you gave my daughter. And my Jelly Girl i am so happy for you , keep living the dream.
Hiva Oa Land Tour
Annecam admin Pip & Tom
05/28/2016, Atuona, Hiva Oa

Today us along with Caroline, Gus and Bill who just happen to be fellow Australian cruisers hired a car and did a land tour of some of Hiva Oa. Awesome was a word that was used many times over today,. Driving through the pristine forests, the amazing terrain and through the extremely well manicured villages along some of the most rugged, remote coastline that you could imagine, it was a very real eye opener for all. ¤What we have seen and experienced of this Island, we all agree that we have made landfall in paradise. ¤The people here are very beautiful and they have hearts of gold, they are always prepared to help with anything that they can. ¤We look forward to seeing the rest of French Polynesia. ¤Life is good on Annecam.

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Day 20. Almost there
Annecam admin Pip & Tom
05/24/2016, South Pacific Ocean

167 nautical miles in the last 24 hours. 3,446 completed so far with just over 55 to go. ¤After 20 days at sea we are about to make the call that every sailor loves to hear "land Ho" as any minute from now Cap Matafenua on the very East end on the. Island of Hiva Oa should reveal itself through the hazy tropical air. Yes its now only a few hours and we should be anchored in Baie Tahauku and catching up on some much needed sleep, it's been quite a few hours since my head hit the pillow. ¤The passage itself had been quite uneventful, really just a matter of putting in the time, we did however sail over 500 extra miles compared to the rum line but as we do not have down wind sails it's a result of just sailing to the conditions on each day. ¤The trade winds left us again last night so I decided to give our cast iron top sail a run for a few hours, two reasons, one to keep us moving in the general direction and the other to charge our batteries as they have been getting a bit low with all of the power required for the auto pilot. Yes Wilbur our auto pilot as Annie likes to call him, does the majority of the helming, we just set the heading and apart from the odd adjustment from us Wilbur does the rest. ¤Life is pretty good right now on Annecam.

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Day 20. Almost there
Annecam admin Pip & Tom
05/24/2016, South Pacific Ocean

167 nautical miles in the last 24 hours. 3,446 completed so far with just over 55 to go. ¤After 20 days at sea we are about to make the call that every sailor loves to hear "land Ho" as any minute from now Cap Matafenua on the very East end on the. Island of Hiva Oa should reveal itself through the hazy tropical air. Yes its now only a few hours and we should be anchored in Baie Tahauku and catching up on some much needed sleep, it's been quite a few hours since my head hit the pillow. ¤The passage itself had been quite uneventful, really just a matter of putting in the time, we did however sail over 500 extra miles compared to the rum line but as we do not have down wind sails it's a result of just sailing to the conditions on each day. ¤The trade winds left us again last night so I decided to give our cast iron top sail a run for a few hours, two reasons, one to keep us moving in the general direction and the other to charge our batteries as they have been getting a bit low with all of the power required for the auto pilot. Yes Wilbur our auto pilot as Annie likes to call him, does the majority of the helming, we just set the heading and apart from the odd adjustment from us Wilbur does the rest. ¤Life is pretty good right now on Annecam.

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Day 19 chill the champagne
Annecam admin Pip & Tom
05/24/2016, South Pacific Ocean

172 nautical miles in the last 24 hours, 3,279 completed so far and 200 to go. ¤Almost celebration time as the destination draws near, by this time tomorrow we should be well within sight of Hiva Oa, we can't wait to make landfall in paradise. Our boat speed or I should say the lack of it makes the most likely time that we will be anchored is late afternoon, so we will be going through Customs and Immigration on Tuesday morning. ¤Once we get the formalities out of the way it will be time to start exploring,. ¤Sailing straight down the rum line verses sailing to the wind. ¤If we sailed straight down the rum line it would have been a2,933nm passage but as we don't have any pure down wind sails like a spinnaker or cruising chute we have no choice but to sail to the wind, we might be sailing fast and knocking over some very good distances, we make the passage a lot further than the rum line. So far we have sailed 3,279nm and still have at least 219nm to Go.

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