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A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran
Day 6 Galapagos to Marquises
06/05/2011, 06 18S 108 37W

1801 miles to go, 202 miles toward destination this 24 hour period. Lots of squalls during the day, winds were 18-25 with gust to 30. Sailed wing and wing in the morning then switched to a broad reach when the wind clocked more to the south. Added one reef at 2pm and a second at 530pm. Set clocks back one hour. Caught one mahi-mahi and then put the rods away, too rough to fish anyway. Overcast sky all night but no squalls. Waves not behind us yet so not the most comfortable ride.

Day 5 Galapagos to Marquises
06/04/2011, 05 38S 105 18W

2003 miles to go, 201 miles toward destination this 24 hour period. Lots of sail changes through the period as we tried to make to most of a not quite strong enough wind from astern. The kite proved best but had to be doused around 4pm due to an impending squall. During the night the winds clocked more to the SE and increased so we were able to make better time on a broad reach. We passed the number one boat in our little SSB group who had left the day before us but it was not just our speed. They found the pin holding their forestay had come halfway out of the toggle, so just hanging on by a thread so to speak. It took them 4 hours to get that pin back into place, not easy even after loosening the back stay to get some slack, the forestay is quite heavy and whipping around in these seas. You check all the rigging including going to the top of the mast before a passage and daily checks while under way but the stress that these boats are under never ceases to impress me. So it was a lucky day for them. Speaking of luck we landed three mahi-mahi. We can also say that we are 1/3 of the way through the 2965 mile trip.

Day 4 Galapagos to Marquises
06/03/2011, 04 52S 102 01W

2204 miles to go, 214 miles toward destination this 24 hour period. Flew the screecher for most of the day then lowered it around 330 pm as the wind was touching on 18-19 knots apparent, getting close to the max for that sail. Boat speeds were from 6 to 11 knots during the period but 9 was the average. Lise Marie continues to impress us with an amazing variety of fantastic food.

06/04/2011 | jenny mulligan
I wont be able to compete with a french chef when I get on board. Keep up the good work Lisa marie, a good meal keeps spirits high.
Day 3 Galapagos to Marquises
06/02/2011, 04 13S 098 30W

2418 miles to go, 201 miles toward destination this 24 hour period. We found the north edge of the SE trades, not strong but enough and from the right direction to give us a nice 24 hour run. From here south they should continue until we have a steady 25 knots. Caught two more tuna first thing in the morning so put the rods away after that as the freezer is full. Another boat joined our net last night "Terranova", Australian of course, they all seem to run a bit late!

06/02/2011 | Doug Foster
Looks like you are trucking now!...I wish you continued good winds
06/04/2011 | jenny mulligan
dave sounds like you are saying the aussies are always late for everything, are we that laid back?
Day 2 Galapagos to Marquises
06/01/2011, 03 01S 095 19W

2619 miles to go, 169 miles toward destination this 24 hour period. Light winds all day and night, slow going, had to motor 4 of the last 24 hours. I set up a little SSB net and I am speaking with a Swedish boat called Katy C who left the day before us and an Australian boat called Free Sprit who left after us the same day every night at 6pm. While I was speaking last night the crew pulled in two nice tuna so we added some sashimi to dinner last night.

06/01/2011 | chris flint
getting good mileage sonsider winds, keep at it, logs way gone now......

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Who: David, Alec, Emilie, Nathalie
Port: Tavernier, Florida USA
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