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O'VIVE PACIFIC CROSSING
A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran
Day 10 Galapagos to Marquises
David
06/09/2011, 08 43S 120 37W

1073 miles to go, 186 miles toward destination this 24 hour period. A slow start with the kite up and down between squalls. The wind returned at 1:30pm and we have been going well ever since. If the forecast holds true we should be able to put a few good days together.

Day 9 Galapagos to Marquises
David
06/08/2011, 08 19S 117 31W

1259 miles to go, 154 miles toward destination this 24 hour period. It has been painfully slow. Once the squalls cleared raised the kite at 9am and sailed very slow until 3am when we took it down due to squalls. Took advantage of the calm conditions to replace all the bungee cord on the tramps. Also made a temporary repair to the starboard motor mount as we may be using the motor on this passage more than planned.

Day 8 Galapagos to Marquises
David
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
David
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
David
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.

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