Dream Caper

Follow Steve & Portia on their 42' Catamaran

13 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
01 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
01 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia

Provisioning

02 March 2010 | Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador
After 7 hours of shopping in Manta at two grocery stores, we are now provisioned with durable goods, i.e. canned foods, paper, plastic, flour, pasta, cookies, condiments, etc. for at least 6 months. 50 cans of tuna was one of our main purchases, that and toilet paper. Manta bills itself as theTuna Capital of the World because of its vibrant tuna trade and the canned tuna is very good. Steve tried to discourage the purchase of heavy canned goods because he wants to sail, not wallow, across the ocean. Portia points out that if we can't eat we can't even wallow, plus what fun is it to sail if we are starving? Steve became more cooperative after he noticed 4 large packages of double chocolate Oreos in the basket.

Upon our return, we spent two hours entering our purchases on the master inventory list, finding places for them on Dream Caper and then noting where everything is stored, a tedious but essential process to avoid confusion and a constant treasure hunt later. We then dinghied to the catamaran Leu Cat for dessert which was a deliciously thick chocolate mousse which also substituted for our dinner because we were so focused on getting the goods put away that we did not have time to eat. So starts the sometimes weird eating habits that come with doing watches during crossings.

Upon our return from Manta, we decided to change our departure date to Thursday rather than Wednesday because the other two boats with whom we are exiting have some obligations to meet on Wednesday. We were somewhat relieved to have another day to take care of business on the internet, to provision with fresh fruits, vegetables, shrimp, and eggs, and to get a bit more Chilean boxed wine (2 cases). We will be very happy wallowers!
Vessel Name: Dream Caper
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot, Venezia 42 - Catamaran
Hailing Port: San Rafael, California
Crew: Steven Stecher and Portia Igarashi
About:
Portia and Steve sailed out of San Francisco Bay, California in 2003, on their 42 foot catamaran, Dream Caper. They cruised in the Sea of Cortez and down the coast of Mexico for 2 years. [...]
Dream Caper's Photos - Main
We had planned to stay one night at this island before leaving for Australia, but because the weather was not conducive for crossing, we were happy to spend some time at this delightful island.
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Created 19 October 2011
This is the capitol of New Caledonia and a beautiful French city.
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Created 12 October 2011
This was one of the loveliest islands we have visited.
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Created 12 October 2011
We arrived from Vanuatu at this remote island in the Loyalty Islands. The waters of the lagoon were aqua blue almost everywhere with whote powdered sugar sand on the beaches.
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Created 12 October 2011
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Created 24 September 2011
Progressive photos of the process of redoing Dream Caper's Hulls and Keels
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Created 22 September 2011
Dream Caper Haulout, Port Vila Produce Market, and Apartment View
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Created 6 September 2011
This is Dream Caper all cleaned up and pretty.
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Created 6 September 2011
We stopped for one day and 2 nights at this resort which is at the SW end of Viti Levu Island, Fiji before leaving for Vanuatu.
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Created 27 August 2011
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Created 22 August 2011
We cruised from Port Denarau on Venua Levu Island to the Mamanuca Islands and then north to the Yasawa Group Islands.
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Created 17 August 2011
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Created 6 August 2011
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Created 31 July 2011
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Created 25 July 2011
The whale watching tour was fabulous! We swam within 20' for these huge docile creatures. The mother whale with her calf stood still enough for us watch them for several minutes.
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Created 14 July 2011
Underwater shots and funky La Paella Restaurnat
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Created 12 July 2011
Beautiful Tonga! Lovely islands, friendly locals, no big hotels and lots of pigs.
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Created 4 July 2011
It was a rough 2 days.
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Created 4 July 2011
Just a few photos from our 8 day stay in Pago Pago, American Samoa
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Created 28 June 2011
7.5 Days Out to Sea
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Created 22 June 2011
More photos
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Created 22 June 2011
Manta Rays, Fish swarms, kayaking in the lagoon
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Created 7 June 2011
We left Papeete, Tahiti on April 29, 2011, via Moorea, Huahine and Tahaa, arriving Bora Bora on May 11, 2011.
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Created 27 May 2011
Dream Caper was hauled out via an unusual method.
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Created 18 August 2010
We spent 10 days in beautiful Moorea.
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Created 18 August 2010
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Created 18 July 2010
We cruised to a number of anchorages on this beautiful island
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Created 30 May 2010
19.5 day crossing from the Galapagos Islands to the Marquesas, making landfall at Fatu Hiva. We then moved on to Hiva Oa and Tahuata Islands.
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Created 19 May 2010
We returned to California to take care of some business, buy boat parts, visit family and to do some skiing!
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Created 17 March 2010
From our 15-day trip to China in mid-September 2009
5 Sub-Albums
Created 28 February 2010
11 Sub-Albums
Created 22 February 2010

CAPTAIN & FIRST MATE

Who: Steven Stecher and Portia Igarashi
Port: San Rafael, California
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