Cailin Lomhara

Some stories of our life wandering the oceans, along with some random thoughts on matters either important or trivial. Through words and pictures it is our way to share our life a bit, perhaps even what we learn along the way.

23 June 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
23 June 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
21 June 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
19 June 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
17 June 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
16 June 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
15 June 2017
13 June 2017
11 June 2017
10 June 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
10 June 2017
07 June 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
05 June 2017 | Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos
31 May 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
17 May 2017 | Wreck Bay, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos
14 May 2017 | Wreck Bay, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos
13 May 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
12 May 2017 | Pacific Ocean
11 May 2017 | Pacific Ocean

We will arrive.......

23 June 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
Larry Green
It is only a matter of a couple of days before someone up the mast shouts LAND HO! Well, that was likely what would have happened back in the days before all the electronic gadgets we have telling us with some precision the date and time we will arrive at this little dot on the globe. The only intellectual capacity one needs is to understand that the precise time is based on the instantaneous reading of speed and course. If speed changes by one tenth of a knot, or the course by a degree, anew, precise time and date will appear. When approaching land, I prefer the old way. The other bit of knowledge, or perhaps common sense is that electronic gadgets, more respectfully called devices, fail. To wit, I have been typing, first on a portable keyboard and now with an on screen keyboard.. I am not sure which is worse, the on screen thing is made to work by using the trackpad to place the cursor over the letter you wish to type,then tap the trackpad and move the cursor to the next letter. Or how about my trusty Iridium phone. For the last several days the on screen message has mostly, but not always been, "Searching for Iridium" How stupid is that message? How about Where's Waldo or Nemo or whoever that character was. The really weird thing about Iridium, besides the fact they tout complete global coverage, is while Iridium is searching for Iridium, frequently I have 3 - 5 bars on the signal strength meter. Actually, while looking for itself I sometimes try to connect, and it goes through the steps, finally initiating a"data call in progress" which generally lasts a few seconds longer than their 20 second billing increment. We shall have a talk. The other thing about device dysfunction is its amazingly easy to pass the buck for the problem. Like its a software issue, our partners will have to fix it. Or it is your antenna, or there must be some spurious electronic noise, you check that first and call back if the problem is not resolved. This is turning into a rant, so I will get back to my original message. We expect to make landfall in about a couple of days. More later........

2500 Down----500 To Go

23 June 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
Larry Green
That would be Nautical Miles. For the most part it has been busy. Doing what? Sail changes, in, out, reef, shake out reef and my all time favorite; lets try.......Then there is the delicate balance of course to steer. The wind has been pretty much from the east,sometimes a bit south of east, sometimes a bit north of east. Hiva Oa lies a bit, about 9 degrees, south of west, of our starting point. The ongoing adjustments of 3-5 degrees one way or another keep the boat sailing at a reasonable speed heading generally in the right direction. For all but one day we have been sailing on port tack. Well, why not light up that big diesel you might think. Not enough fuel, even though we left with a full load of 250 gallons. Here are the considerations. With flat seas and no opposing wind or current that full load of fuel gets us about 1200 nm. That leaves 1800 nm to sail no matter how long it takes. Then the matter of making electricity and water come into play. Under normal circumstances we need to run the generator, while under sail, 4 hours a day to make water and charge the batteries. (solar panels and wind generator provide about half our daily needs) So for a trip that can take 20 to 30 days it makes sense to set aside enough fuel for the generator before you consider how far you might motor. Three gallons a day for as much as 40 days is 120 gallons leaving 130 gallons for motoring. That will give us around 650 nm, or less. Which 650 do you motor? We did motor the first 20 nm or so to get through the islands when leaving Galapagos. We have not motored since, and probably won't until we are anchoring in Hiva Oa. More later......


21 June 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
Larry Green
When I started writing this I had just come off watch, now several hour ago at 0800, according to the ships clock. The Sun was still below the horizon.. A bit strange until you look at the other clock we have been changing as we pass through time zones. At 0800 ships time it was 0430 local time. Or 1400 UTC; Universal Time in Greenwich, England where it all began, and begins daily. In Portland it was 0700, Chicago and Houston 0900 and on the east coast it was 1000. In Copenhagen it was 1600. That is about 12 hours (except the unusual half hour locally) So what? Well if you note the date, June 21, at least I have always associated it with the longest day of the year. From 2nd grade we were taught that was the day when the Sun was at the furthest point north it would get, ergo the most hours of daylight. Of course the day is still only 24 hours, but you get the idea. My point. Here I am at 0800 and it is pitch black when I was expecting it to have been light hours earlier. Thinking about it I first wondered; was this to be the day the Sun did not rise, then started thinking where on the globe I was. This, in turn got me thinking about where on the globe were some of the family members of the people aboard. As noted here to Copenhagen represents half of a full day. Yet we all exist in this moment, nothing requires us to wait for our clocks to catch up before knowing about Copenhagen or Portland or places in between. This moment of clarity and insight brought about the conclusion that time travel is no science fiction fantasy, that my 2nd grade teacher was incorrect, June 21 may be the longest in the northern hemisphere, but it is the shortest south of the equator. More later.........

Not sure how long it has been

19 June 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
Larry Green
This was not the post I had in mind for today. My primary resource for communications has been Iridium, which seems unable to find it's satellites, and unable to hold a connection when it does. This has been going on since Friday, l think. This post is going out over SSB radio, through my Sailmail email. Though SSB is good for thousands of miles, atmospheric conditions effect the ability to communicate long distances. We are now within about 1500 nm of a station and can talk. As Iridium also handles automatic position reports that probably does not work either. This post should put a mark on the blog map. Anyway, we have sailed 2022.6 nm since leaving Galapagos. We are feeling a bit sad over the forthcoming end to this passage in a scant 975 nm. Seems like a day sail. This Iridium failure has me really steamed for a lot of reasons I don't have the patience to write about using my jury rigged laptop. I am assuming the post about my spilling a cup of coffee on the computer keyboard made it. It is a bit early to predict our arrival on Hiva Oa, I will keep you posted, more later........

Titanic...the movie

17 June 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
Larry Green
As mentioned previously there was a celebration(?)last night on the occasion of our passing the half way mark on this leg of our adventure. The festivities included launching a letter in a bottle and a movie. First, the letter. It was very tastefully done on special cream colored stationary. Basically it said who we were, where we were, what we were doing, how to reach any one of us, and $20 bucks to cover the cost of said reaching out. It was tied in a neat scroll like roll with black ribbon and inserted in a Cruzan Rum Bottle. The bottle has meaning. Cruzan Rum comes from St. Croix, currently part of the US Virgin Islands. As faithful readers know our shipmate is Danish, some may not know that St Croix was previously a Danish possession. We apparently neither stole or conquered the island so there are no hard feelings, giving rise to the origins of the bottle having meaning and probably some symbolism. I am the only male aboard, I go along. The first part of the festivities were scheduled for sunset, however that is 2000 by my watch and getting precariously close to my bedtime. My watch schedule is 1600-2000 and 0400 to 0800. So a bit earlier we did the photo shoot and since it was cloudy and we could not see the sunset anyway we did the deed and now wait anxiously to see who finds it! Meanwhile, the second phase included watching Titanic. I will admit it was a good movie. I also had never seen it based on the premise that what could be great about a movie where the ending is pretty clear. Two aspects were most interesting, one being the early part of the movie where they are doing underwater salvage work. That was pretty cool. The other was watching the ship plow into the iceberg. Now, before you think I am cold and heartless considering all the human suffering I need to say I am not referring to that aspect. What was interesting is we were on a sailboat pretty much in the middle of the Pacific, it was pitch black outside (the clouds obscured the moon and stars)and we are tearing along at about 8 kts. Though we could be reasonably certain there were no icebergs, what else could be lurking in the dark. We were making such good speed because it was fairly windy, so as we rolled along at an exaggerated speed and the boat made its normal noises and groans and clanks and clunks, the Titanic broke in half and sank. More later.....

Another Day in Paradise

16 June 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
Larry Green
Well, at about 1745 we will have been at sea for 10 days, and earlier today we passed the 1490nm half way point to Hiva Oa. Last night was a bit rolly and Charlene did not sleep well at all, so my understanding is he Grande Celebration may be postponed. It may be helpful to describe what attempting sleep is like when it is rolly. First, it is much better than crashing into waves, and quieter too. However, your body has become accustomed to moving and bracing just to stand up; quite naturally it does the same when lying down. So you are nodding off and the boat rolls a bit to port, your body tries to keep from rolling with it and often your arms and legs move to keep you in the position you assumed. The other really weird sensation, at least from my perspective is that it is like riding a high speed commuter bus. In that twilight zone between asleep and not, the sensation is the boat accelerates, most likely going down a wave, then seemingly stops, waits a moment and takes off again. It is either like a bus or more likely the train between terminals in Atlanta. More later....
Vessel Name: Cailin Lomhara
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 52
Hailing Port: Anna Maria Island, FL
Crew: Charlene Green & Larry Green
Both are life long sailors with a shared dream to sail the world. Charlene sailed her previous boat, CatNip, a 35 foot Island Packet catamaran throughout the Bahamas single handed a couple of years ago. Charlene holds a U.S. [...]
It has been some time and many miles at sea since this "something extra" was updated. When first written we had not yet spent nearly 3 years in the Caribbean, which we now have, we were not in Panama waiting to transit the canal prior to a Pacific crossing, which we now are, we were not ready to [...]
Cailin Lomhara's Photos - Main
Pictures from the passage to this part of the South Pacific along with pictures we will add of what we see while we are here.
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Created 15 May 2017
At 0430 Friday our Pilot/Advisor came aboard and 30 minutes later we were underway headed for a single day transit. Some of the photos are taken inside the lock(s) others of the scenery along the way.
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Created 30 April 2017
Our passage to Columbia. Lots of wind, mostly from abaft the beam.
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Created 13 January 2017
A beautiful, pretty much uninhabited spot to welcome the new year with it's possibilities
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Created 1 January 2017
When all your worldly possessions are aboard your boat/home it rides a little lower than designed. We finally raised the waterline in Curacao
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Created 28 December 2016
One of the most unusual islands in it's beauty and charming people. Most of these photos were taken when we were touring the island with Hubert Winston as our guide. There are no marinas and only two viable anchorages, one in Portsmouth, the other to the north in Roseau. We were there through Christmas 2015.
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Created 11 January 2016
Some of us, family, friends and folks we have met
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Created 3 September 2014
The cats, Buzzi and her cat Bobbi
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Created 3 September 2014
Views of places and people we have met along the path.
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Created 3 September 2014
Photos of Cailin Lomhara
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Created 29 June 2013