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 19 to the Marquesas

08 April 2012 | Outbound Cabo, Inbound Marquesas, French Polynesia
Day 19 = 91 nautical miles. Tough day for Buena Vista. ITCZ takes a bite. Keeping to our idea of motoring when no wind and sailing when there is, we were sailing along minding our own business and a cute little rain cloud came up behind us. Looked like all the other rain clouds but he walloped us something good. We couldn't roll up the genoa fast enough and then RRRRIIIPPPPPP. A big rip in our beautiful roller furling genoa. WAAAHH, Looks like we're headed for Nuka Hiva, the decision being made that we need the closest place to lick our wounds and try to have the sail repaired. My friend Marni on 'Picara' can do the job easily - it's just that she and Mike are only now taking off from Puerto Vallarta. The bigger issue is that the Marquesas are still over 800 miles away and now we're using the main and the much smaller inner forestay sail and expect lighter winds in our near future. We don't have unlimited fuel either so now (once we get past the equator) we'll have to sail slow when there's no wind and just let the days tick by as they will. Too much drama for me. My friend Arlene would say, "It's just part of the plot." Hey - we should make the equator tomorrow. Yeah.
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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.
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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!