Allan and Rina's Sailing Adventure

The travels of S/V Follow You Follow Me Continue....

13 October 2013 | Redwood City
13 October 2013 | San Francisco Bay
11 October 2013 | San Simeon Anchorage
10 October 2013 | Santa Barbara channel
08 October 2013 | Cat Harbor, Catalina Island
08 October 2013 | Cat Harbor, Catalina Island
05 October 2013 | Avalon, Catalina Island
04 October 2013 | Avalon, Catalina Island
30 September 2013 | Santa Barbara
29 September 2013 | Santa Barbara channel
29 September 2013 | Santa Barbara
27 September 2013 | Morro Bay, CA
26 September 2013 | Morro Bay
26 September 2013 | Morro Bay, CA
25 September 2013 | Morro Bay, CA
25 September 2013 | Morro Bay, CA
25 September 2013 | Morro Bay, CA
23 September 2013 | Half Moon Bay
22 September 2013 | Half Moon Bay
22 September 2013 | Half Moon Bay

Passage to New Zealand - Day 8

16 October 2009 | Minerva Reef
Rina
We are still here in Minerva enjoying our quiet time being that there's still only one other boat here with us in this huge reef. The winds seem to be picking up. It's really weird, sitting out here in the middle of the ocean, especially at high tide, the reef disappears and the wind waves make their way over the reef and into your boat. You really do feel like you are anchored in the middle of the pacific. It can be uncomfortable at times and I (Rina) have a hard time not getting up in the night constantly to check the anchor (habit I guess). Of course, when I do get up, all is fine, it's all water & wind noises with an occasional anchor chain clank. Food & other provisions seem to be lasting fine (as any of you that know me.we won't starve on my boat!). It was interesting shopping for this trip, not knowing if we were stopping here in Minerva, staying for how long here, and if we were passing it up, how much food were the authorities going to take away at our check-in. New Zealand Agricultural/Quarantine has a very long list of foods that you "must" remove from your vessel at time of arrival. It's long, but here's just a few (which you know I had a lot of on board!) - Pasta, Rice, Beans, Seeds/Nuts (snack ones, also whole seeds from your spice cabinet), Flour, Fresh Meats (canned too), Fresh Fish(canned too), Poultry, Eggs, Fresh Vegetables, Fresh Fruits.Frozen or Fresh, it doesn't matter.oh, and my honey. yikes! Just can't wait for a "real" grocery store. Finding decent food items along the way has been trying at times, especially if you are used to cooking even in the simplest way. You have to modify your menus over and over again just to work with what you can buy. The largest store that we shopped at with the best selection was back in Papeete, Tahiti. They had most of what you could or would be looking for. The other islands, back to the Marquesas, Tuamotos, some parts of the Society Islands, Niue, and Kingdom of Tonga were the most diffi cult to re-provision. All of the cooking on the Follow You has been fine, I had a couple of prepackaged mixes go bad, but for the most part, we've done ok. When we do get to Opua, we'll be back on boat maintenance and some down time from our passage. This last part of the passage has the reputation of being a pretty difficult one. Hopefully it won't be as hard as it sounds. We've seen some weather in our cruising days, so I'm sure that we can handle it. It's been working fine with just the two of us without crew. Sometimes I do miss the extra hours of sleep. It's been nice taking a break here in Minerva Reef, but I can't wait to get to our final destination in the South Pacific. We'll visit the Bay of Islands for a few weeks, then back home for the holidays! Hopefully we can catch-up with some of you when we are home. - Rina

Total miles covered: 0 (still awaiting weather window) Miles to go: 842 Winds: 10-15 Avg. Speed: .01 on anchor swing in the wind. Sea Temperature: 73 (we moved to the other shallower side of the reef)
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Vessel Name: Follow You Follow Me
Vessel Make/Model: H466
Hailing Port: Sutter Creek, CA
Crew: Allan & Rina Alexopulos
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