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A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran
Day 12 Galapagos to Marquises
06/11/2011, 09 24S 127 41W

652 miles to go, 218 miles toward destination this 24 hour period. A great day of sailing wing on wing with one reef in the main. Lots of surfs up to 18 knots as the wind has been blowing 25 knots for a couple of days now and occasionally a larger wave will come though.. Night time was not as enjoyable as I did not get much sleep worrying about the crew making a mistake and broaching her. Put the second reef in at sunset and then added the third at 9pm. She was still going to fast down some of the waves. But it's a bit like sleeping in a car while someone else is driving, you feel like you're about to go off the edge but the person driving does not feel the same and in fact everything is usually ok. And it was.

Day 11 Galapagos to Marquises
06/10/2011, 09 10S 124 01W

870 miles to go, 203 miles toward destination this 24 hour period. Flew the kite during the day with winds from 15 to 20 knots. Changed to double reefed main and jib at night as the wind built to 25 knots. Good to have the wind back.

06/10/2011 | Malachi
So jealous of your arrival in the Marquises! I'll be wonderful to experience it anew through the eyes of the crew. Enjoy a pamplemousse for us!
Day 10 Galapagos to Marquises
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
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
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.

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