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A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran
Day 8 Galapagos to Marquises
06/07/2011, 07 57S 114 57W

1413 miles to go, 186 miles toward destination this 24 hour period. We lost the wind. Hopefully it will be back soon. Very nice day yesterday, with good but slow sailing until 2am this morning when the wind quit completely. This morning finds us motoring in light rain showers. We are over halfway now.

Day 7 Galapagos to Marquises
06/06/2011, 07 02S 111 56W

1599 miles to go, 202 miles toward destination this 24 hour period. Very nice day then some squalls late afternoon. Easy night, then lots of squalls with 40 degree wind changes around 5am. To look at our mileage you would think the wind was steady from one direction but it's not. We are constantly making course corrections and changing sail plans to adapt to the changing conditions. Another Australian boat joined our net called Stormlegs, a single hander 22 days out of Panama with 1900 miles to go yet till he reaches the Marquises. Not stopping in the Galapagos makes for a long trip.

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.

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