Don & Deb's Big Adventure Continues in Oz

We are now living in Melbourne, Australia after selling our beautiful yacht 'Buena Vista' in New Zealand. Even so...the big adventure will continue one way or another!

09 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Nine to New Zealand
08 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Seven to New Zealand
07 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Seven to New Zealand
06 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Six to New Zealand
05 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Five to New Zealand
04 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Four to New Zealand
03 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Three to New Zealand
02 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Two to New Zealand
01 November 2014 | At Sea - Day One to New Zealand
31 October 2014 | Momi Bay, Fiji
31 October 2014 | Momi Bay, Fiji
24 September 2014 | Yasawa-irara, Yasawas, fiji
23 September 2014 | Yasawa-irara, Yasawas, Fiji
21 September 2014 | Cololevu, Yasawas, Fiji
19 September 2014 | Cololevu, Yasawas, Fiji
18 September 2014 | Namataya Bay, Yasawas, Fiji
16 September 2014 | Malacati Village, Yasawas, Fiji
13 September 2014 | Blue Lagoon, Fiji
08 September 2014 | Blue Lagoon, Fiji
06 September 2014 | Blue Lagoon, Nanuya Levu Island, Fiji

Day 8 to the Marquesas

28 March 2012 | Outbound Cabo, Inbound Marquesas, French Polynesia
Day 8 = 103 nautical miles...1,957 left to go. After the very slow start of this passage we are really happy to see more wind. WIND WIND WIND - THAT'S ALL I EVER TALK ABOUT. Bigger winds, however, bring bigger seas. Bigger seas, especially ones that come from lots of directions at once, tend to roll the boat and make life more difficult. Cooking becomes downright dangerous. Sleeping, not much. We're trying to follow our 'rhumbline' to the Marquesas but in favor of finding a little bit of normality we've strayed pretty far away from it. Tomorrow we'll have to jib back towards the south to get back on track. We're both feeling a bit loopy from the sleep deprivation caused by bumpy seas...we decided to reef our mainsail just before dark last night and it was a challenge that left us both exhausted. It was the right decision though because a few hours later even with a double reefed mainsail and double reefed genoa we were flying along at 7 knots. Then, every 10-15 seconds this bulldozer would hit you from the side...geez...I'm gonna go have a nap. Oh, I almost forgot. At 4:30am Don woke me up and said he spotted a ship coming up behind us. We were able to pick it up on radar and then on the computer AIS program which showed the vessel name, Mount Adams, a cargo ship going to Japan. I called him on the VHF radio and had a chat with the captain who was french. He said he had us on radar and would pass safely behind. About 20 minutes later he passed behind us about three miles away. Easy peezy.
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Vessel Name: Buena Vista
Vessel Make/Model: 46' Formosa Peterson
Hailing Port: Ventura, California
Crew: Don and Debbie Robertson
About: The idea of going cruising started when Deb read the book , "Sell up and Sail" around the time they purchased their first boat, a Catalina 22 and joined Chico Yacht Club in 1994.
Extra:
Last great adventure was traveling around Australia for 12 months in a VW van in 1992, and getting married in New Zealand on the way back to the States. After two years cruising in Mexico, in 2012 we sailed across the South Pacific stopping at many island nations including French Polynesia, the [...]
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Buena Vista's Crew

Who: Don and Debbie Robertson
Port: Ventura, California
I may not have an expensive watch but I've got the time!