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 31 to the Marquesas

20 April 2012 | Outbound Cabo, Inbound Marquesas, French Polynesia
Day 31 = 88 nautical miles. 100 miles to go. Last night was a difficult night. We did have good sailing yesterday as we've FINALLY reached the famed south-easterlies. But the bloody convection clouds and rain squalls continue to chase us making for feelings of anxiety instead of calm peaceful sailing. I dread each evening when the sun goes down and those neat looking white puffy clouds seem to transform into something evil. Don's super grumpy because he hasn't had enough sleep. That's mostly because I haven't been able to pull my weight, so to speak, the last few nights. Exhaustion has left me feeling fearful and not as tough as usual when something happens. I burned my hand the other night. I stupidly put a freshly poured cup of tea on the counter instead of in the sink where it's safe until being delivered to my mate at the helm. A swell hit the boat and the tea started to slide across the counter . Without thinking, I reached out to stop it and boiling water scalded my left hand. I put my hand in cold water and then ice water and found our medical kit for burn ointment. Luckily it isn't too bad at all but it did send me into tears (a child's tears). We've been out here a long time and I think it starts to affect your ability to cope, to think, to make good decisions. Luckily, we're almost there now and we'll have plenty of time to recover from this long voyage. By the way, we woke up this morning to a gorgeous day and the sailing conditions are just perfect. It's a day that we should have seen many weeks ago. No sign of nasty clouds today. It's 88 degrees, blue skies, and six months of play in our future in the islands of the South Pacific. We can't see land yet but it's just over the horizon. We're sailing directly to our planned anchorage on the island of Nuka Hiva. We won't get there until tomorrow morning. We'll sail tonight to about 10 miles offshore and heave-to for the rest of the night. We'll enter Anaho Bay in the morning and the next phase of our cruising life will begin.
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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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