Pictures: Our son, Hale Jefferson Hynes!
At 3:09pm PST on May 25, 2010, Hale Jefferson Hynes came into the world weighing in at 6 lbs and 14 ounces. He was a bit of a surprise considering he wasn't due until June 8th, so needless to say it was far more interesting of a day than we expected.
Hale was my Grandfather's middle name (and mine) and Jefferson is in honor of Elizabeth's late Father. Family names ruled the day.
Mom and baby are doing great! Hale kept quiet for most of the day but managed to peek around by opening his eyes and even eating a little. So far he has had very little to say other than he wants to register as a Democrat (after all it was nice of Obama to be in SF today), he told us we wimped out by not finishing our sailing trip around the world, he hopes the Tiger's win the World Series for Detroit and that he doesn't like Merlot. He has also been tweeting at the following address if you want to follow:
Sounds like he already plans to be as opinionated as his parents and will be one hell of a crew member! What a great way to end our blog...
Seth, Elizabeth and Hale
Video: Above you will find our final video from our Honeymoon ocean adventure. Here you'll see us exploring the cities that we dearly missed, catching up with friends (and doctor appointments!) and finally arriving in Sydney in time for the New Year's Eve fireworks over the harbor. Enjoy...
Video: This is Part 1 of our Australia video. We arrived in Bundaburg with the Port 2 Port Rally and immersed ourselves back into modern civilization. We rented a car, checked out the Australia Zoo and enjoyed a quick dose of civilzation. Before long we started our way south toward Brisbane (our first real city since Panama City) and did a little 4x4ing along the way on Fraiser Island.
One thing is for sure, Australia is a fun place. Loads to do and see. We had a great time there.
Picture Above: After Cyclone Oli destoryed the Bora Bora Yacht Club.
Picture Below: The same dock last July when Honeymoon took on water with the Hudy's on board!
I don't know where I have been, but just today I learned that the Bora Bora Yacht Club was destroyed a couple months ago by Cyclone (Hurricane) Oli. We absolutely loved this place and it is terribly sad that it has been destroyed. The owners were extremely helpful and the restaurant bar was one of the few cruiser meeting places on the entire island.
This is a terrible loss for the cruising community and a small reminder of the power of the ocean. Be safe out there!
Picture: They say a journey starts with a single step. Our first step was buying Jimmy Cornell's book on cruising routes shown above. Read below for a complete reading list...
Today I received the nicest email from a fellow sailor named Hamish. With his permission I have posted his email below and answered his question regarding the best cruising books for the Caribbean and South Pacific, which I have included for those that might also be interested. We wish Hamish and his wife Sally the best of luck for a safe a fantastic journey! We're thankful for his email and blog - we'll be watching every step! Enjoy:
Sent: Wed, March 10, 2010 8:22:05 AM
Subject: RE: Trip
I have been meaning to write for ages, but every time I think of a question, I recall that I have read the answer somewhere in your blog. Katherine introduced us to your blog around August last year and it has been wonderful following your adventures but we do hold you 100% responsible for what we are about to do.
My wife, Sally, ... sent me the link to your blog with the comment "have a look at this, it is amazing, I would do it in a heartbeat." After having a read myself, I said 'Ok then, lets do it' and the rest shall we say is history!
... We will probably follow a very similar route to yours from Panama, but we have to get across the Atlantic first! As I said, your blog has been great and most questions have been covered. I do hope you don't mind me asking a few more and probably even bouncing some ideas off you as we get further into our planning... [Can you recommend any pilot/cruising/passage books for the Pacific and the Caribbean?]
As you will appreciate we have a lot to do, but we have given ourselves a little more time than you guys! Congratulations on a successful trip and hope to chat further in the future.
ps. We have taken your advice and started a blog. You may note that the layout is quite similar, sorry for that, but why reinvent the wheel!
HAMISH, HERE ARE THE BOOKS WE RECOMMEND!
General HOW TOs:
The Most Important Book: Jimmy Cornell on Route Planning
Best book on boat repairs, maintenance by Nigel Calder
Great general book on Cruising by Beth Leonard
Caribbean Cruising Guides
Bruce Van Sant on Cruising Routes and Life in the Caribbean
Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands
Cruising Guide to the Windward Islands
Cruising the British Virgin Islands
Panama Cruising Guide:
The one and only Panama Guide
South Pacific Cruising Guides (or lack there of)
The best South Pacific Guide (anchorages only)
South Pacific tourism info, restaurants, hikes, etc
Australia Cruising Guides
Cruising the Coral Coast (avail in Aus)
Beacon Guide to the Queensland Coast (Avail in Aus)
Cruising New South Wales (Avail in Aus)
MISC Cruising Books / Favorite Reads
Excellent & Small Reef Fish Identification book
My favorite book of the Journey, The River of Doubt!
A great South Pacific Novel, and another one from the same author
Complete Wastes of Money
Complete waste of money, do not buy this book
Although a great concept, this book was out dated, do not buy
Sailors, anything I missed? Please comment!