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Bourdons Gallivant
Thankyou all!
Capt. John
06/25/2012, Honolulu

Greetings all, and by all I mean all of you that I know and also y'all that we have never met. I have been over whelmed and humbled by all the well wishes for Dad, congrats and such. All of it. Thank you!!! The Horizon Reliance will be back in Honolulu this coming Wednesday. Jenni & I will get to meet and thank our rescuers in person. The "Aloha" that we continue to receive here is wonderful. Except maybe for that one local that thought I was gonna clip him with the car, he gave me the good old fashioned one finger salute.......(out of state drivers)
Before Justin had to get on a plane and get back to the real world we got to go to the Pearl harbor Memorial and see the Arizona. A moving experience I highly recommend if you ever get the chance.
I will give you an update.......when I have a real one to give. The last few days have been a bit of a whirlwind to say the least but the pictures and video uploads will come...promise!
Here's one pic. There was a map. Here I am with one foot at SF and the other on Honolulu. (I figured if I tried to reach Seattle.......I'd rip my pants)

06/25/2012 | Lauren
So thankful you arrived good to see you on land there in Hawaii for a bit! Congratulations on this leg of your adventure! Thanks for sharing pictures and all your posts...Love ALL you Bourdons!
Photos from the Reliance encounter
06/23/2012, Honolulu, Hawaii

We finally had a few moments to upload some of the photos from the Gallivant's at-sea encounter with the Horizon Reliance. Take a look in the photo gallery for the few photos the boys were able to snap off during the exchange.

The lifeboat "left behind" several little pieces on the Gallivant (we'll be meeting up with the Reliance when she makes port in Honolulu this coming Wednesday to swap pieces and parts the respective boats "left" with the other!) and we'll post Justin's account of the dangerous transfer a bit later, too...

Capt John, Justin and the camera crew
06/21/2012, Honolulu!!!

After 20 days of ocean from leaving San Fran, The Gallivant made Honolulu! The Hawaii News Now crew was waiting at Kewalo Basin Marina to talk with John and Justin about their adventures and liason with the Reliance.

06/22/2012 | fellow seafarer
Congratulations J & J, you made it!!!!! Hope you are enjoying those burgers on dry land!!!!
06/22/2012 | pete
By golly you made it safe and sound! Quite a feat and no worse for the wear.... Gallivant looks great in the back ground as well. Congrat's boyz!
Welcoming Committee!

[%youtube*]About 5 hrs out of Honolulu, John and Justin were greeted by a welcoming committee of dolphins! They flanked the Gallivant then played up front, disappearing and reappearing to the delight of the boys! John says he has some video of Justin leaning over the bow sprit inches from the visitors:)

Here's the video of the dolphins!! (I posted the link to the "Links" on our blog, but it's not easy to find, so you can just copy and paste this url into your browser to see this amazing video! )

06/21/2012 | Cherie Nakai
YAY! SO exciting! :)
Leg 2 - the last day!
06/21/2012, Off Oahu!!

John sent me a TEXT MESSAGE this morning at 6am Hawaii time -- close enough to get cell reception! WOOO HOOO! This very trying leg of his sailing adventure to Hawaii and back is nearly complete -- he and Justin were so excited when, after 19 days at sea, they could see land! Passing Maui last night, they were able to see the lights of Kahului, and most likely Pukulani where I've been staying with friends.

John snapped this pic of Justin at sunrise just as they first spotted Molokai. The cliffs were enormous, he said, and the waves crashing against them would splash up the cliff face over 30' high.

He anticipates them making Kewalo Basin sometime around 4pm Hawaii time (7pm for all you West coasters), and I can't wait to hug the both of them...and then hand over those cheeseburgers they've been dreaming about!

06/22/2012 | Daniel Slocum
Well done guys! Very proud of you.
06/25/2012 | Gloria
Great picture of Justin and the sunrise!!
So glad you are on solid ground again,
at least for a while.
Continued prayers for Bobs recovery. Enjoy your stay in beautiful Hawaii! Mama B.
Leg 2 - day 19 (1600)
Capt John

I woke up this morning to a happy reading on the chart plotter. 196 miles to go! Breaking the 200 mile mark was a real mental boost thing. STRIKING DISTANCE! With now a "second wind" as it were I am feeling festive and alive again. Gone from "I just need to endure and survive this" to "YA BABY! WOOHOO....BRING IT ON!"
The Gallivant has been running under a reefed main sail for Oscar's (and therefore) our benefit. The jib, too, depending on the conditions. But now with renewed spirits and enthusiasm, Gallivant is now in all of her glory, sails full and flying.
Our full sized US flag is standing straight out, proud and intact, a bit tattered on the ends she matches the boat and crew to a degree with plenty of life lest in her. We will make Honolulu tomorrow afternoon/evening. I have been in contact with Charles Barclay there at the Kewalo Basin, and he has a place for us to tie up, dance a jig on dry land, get an overdue hug and kiss from Jenni then find that cheeseburger!

The crew of the Horizon Reliance has been more than just a Godsend at sea. They are mates indeed. I have continued to get emails from them asking about Dad and how he is doing, and how are we fairing along as well. The last one asking if I had ever entered Honolulu harbor before, telling me what to stay away from and the like.
Talk about looking out for your fellow mariner (however small)! They have seen many a sailboat dashed on the reefs off Waikiki where it can be 10' deep a half mile off the shore, and a few other key spots where sailors in the past have tried to cut a corner or two. I can understand why they did, too after such a voyage and wanting to get in as soon as possible.
I did do a lot of research for this voyage. It was nothing to be taken lightly. Wind patterns, Times of the year that they change, the "Pacific High" stay out of the middle of that unless you have a buttload of fuel on board. currents etc....etc and on and on. In so doing read article after article of these sailboats coming all this way just to lose it all within sight of the goal. NO,,,,no corner cutting for Gallivant. Big cheeseburgers and milkshakes can just wait. I still need to sail her back to Olympia after all.

06/21/2012 | Cherie Nakai
YAY! SOOOO Excited for you both! I texted Jenni a bunch of places with great food! :) Hope you guys enjoy the experience!

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