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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
It's Monday...
23-Apr-2012, Under way to the Marquesas, S09-16 W126-20

.. which means we have been at sea for exactly three weeks now. Conditions continue to be good and we're making good progress (by our modest standards). The days pass surprisingly quickly between watches, Nicky's "boat school", navigation and radio scheds, some maintenance - and of course our attempts to hook another fish.

One of Nicky's assignments these past days was to write up our encounter with E Capoe (see post from a few days ago) as a news report. Here it is - hot off the press ;-)

NEWS REPORT: PHOTO SHOOTING IN THE PACIFIC By Nicky (reporting from aboard Namani)

On Thursday, April 19, 2012, the sailboat E Capoe and, more importantly, nice Namani, sailed close up for photo shooting. First, German Namani called up French-Austrian E Capoe on the useful SSB radio, asking if they wanted to do photo shooting with their proud and sturdy fiberglass boat, 35 foot Namani. Two masted E capoe said „Yes" so Namani soon caught up with them. Then Namani sailed nicely with their white genoa and took lots of mid-ocean photos of each other. Then graceful Namani raised their beutiful blue Parasailor and soon took it down after E capoe got decent pictures because their was too much wind. Then heavy E capoe took out their bright spinnaker for pictures but one of the lines that holds the spinnaker came completely loose so soon their spinnaker was dragging in the water so nifty Namani couldn't get many good photos. But they may be planning to have another go because-two days later-they can still see each other.

09 - Pacific Crossing
Under 1000nm...
21-Apr-2012, Under way to the Marquesas, S08-54 W121-50

.. to go to the Marquesas. Early this morning we passed the 1000nm mark and celebrated with freshly baked brownies later in the day. Still could see E Capoe on the horizon this morning - nice to have some company ;-)

All is well aboard, stay tuned...

09 - Pacific Crossing
Pacific rendez-vous
20-Apr-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...

09 - Pacific Crossing

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