Namani at Sea

The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani

30 June 2014 | Peaks Island, ME
10 June 2014 | Tarrytown, NY
19 May 2014 | Pangandaran, West Java, Indonesia
09 May 2014 | Sydney
06 May 2014 | Cairns, QLD
04 May 2014 | Cairns, QLD
01 May 2014 | Yorkey's Knob Boat Club
29 April 2014 | Anchored in Pioneer Bay, Palm Islands, QLD
26 April 2014 | Macona Inlet, Hook Island/Whitsundays
17 April 2014 | Rosslyn Bay
14 April 2014 | Pacific Creek, Curtis Island
04 April 2014 | Great Keppel Island, Queensland
02 March 2014 | Scarborough, Queensland
26 February 2014 | Scarborough, Queensland
13 February 2014 | Scarborough, Moreton Bay/Queensland
03 February 2014 | Scarborough, Moreton Bay/Queensland
12 January 2014 | Redcliffe Marina, Scarborough/Moreton Bay
07 January 2014 | Shoal Bay, Port Stephens
03 January 2014 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour

Pacific rendez-vous

20 April 2012 | Under way to the Marquesas, S08-51 W118-46
Five days ago we made contact on the SSB radio with E Capoe, a French sailboat with a French-Austrian family aboard. We realized that we were only about 30nm away from each other and decided to try to meet in mid-Pacific over the coming days. Our average boat speed was between 1/4 and 1/2 a knot faster than theirs. So over the past four days we were playing out a very slow chase, with us trying to catch up and both of us trying to converge on the same lattitude. The latter turned out to be a bit of a challenge as we had both our boats rigged for downwind sailing to the west and hence had limited ability to make much southing (in our case) or northing (in E Capoe's case). We did manage it in the end and this morning, just after sunsrise, we spotted a sail on the horizon ahead of us. It took us until noon to close the final 3nm and pull up along side so we could shout "hellos" to each other across Pacific waters at S08-47 W118-00. What followed were very fun exciting four hours (remember - we haven't seen another boat or soul in 2 1/2 weeks...), during which we sailled past and in front of each other, raised Parasailors and spinnalkers and took lots of pictures. Eventually, we both set a course to the west again and we could still see E Capoe's masthead light behind us on the horizon after sunset tonight. It feels we got a glimpse of the aniticipation that the crews of those old ships of the line must have felt, when they were closing in on another ship over days and weeks. Luckily ours was a friendly rather than a hostile encounter ;-) Now we'll need a few days to recover from all the excitement and we look forward to meeting E Capoe's crew on terra firma in the Marquesas in a few weeks.



All is well aboard, stay tuned...
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Vessel Name: Namani
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour 35
Crew: Nana, Markus and Nick
About: A family of three on a cruise from the US East Coast to Australia
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