One World's Adventures

03 November 2013 | Whangarei, New Zealand
05 October 2013 | Vava'u, Tonga
05 October 2013 | Niue
26 September 2013 | Palmerston Island
25 September 2013 | Palmerston Island
23 September 2013 | Palmerston Island
21 September 2013 | Aitutaki
17 September 2013 | Cook Islands
11 September 2013 | Tahiti
29 April 2013
25 April 2013
23 April 2013 | Pacific Crossing
14 April 2013
23 March 2013
23 March 2013
06 March 2013 | Panama Canal
04 March 2013 | Gatun Lake
02 February 2013 | Shelter Bay Marina
20 January 2013 | Panamanian Jungle
10 January 2013 | Colon Panama

Final Passage

03 November 2013 | Whangarei, New Zealand
The final passage aboard One World was bittersweet. Marcin, Iris, and new crew member, Lars, departed Nuku'alofa, Tongo for the 6 day passage straight to Whangarei, New Zealand. We all knew, that upon arrival, we would haul the boat and place her up for sale. With the end of our journey near, our minds, emotions, and actions were geared toward saying goodbye. The passage itself was uneventful, with the winds and waves slowly calming down by day 4, leaving us to motor the remainder of the way. Within 36 hours of arrival, I watched as a large crane plucked One World from the river and placed her on solid ground for the first time since leaving Florida in December of 2011. The end has come. Our family adventure aboard One World is complete. Tears came to my eyes as I said goodbye to my crew and the boat. The memories will last a lifetime.

Canned Cornbeef Cook-off

05 October 2013 | Vava'u, Tonga
What would make with a can of corn beef? After delivering a carton of the stuff to Palmerston, and seeing it on every store shelf in Polynesia, the crew of One World was curious to know more about this delicacy.

Armed with 16oz tins, we set off, recipe free, to create meal after meal of succulent goodness. Marcin cooked cornbeef bruschette, followed by cornbeef curry, and a dessert of carmalized cornbeef muffins. I whipped up some classic cornbeef hash, a corn beef stir-fry, and a dessert of shortbread cookie, topped with ice cream and a cornbeef crisp. Iris pulled-off some french magic with a cornbeef crepe, topped with raw egg.

All of our dishes we surprisingly delicious! You should give canned cornbeef try!

Will Your Anchor Hold

05 October 2013 | Niue
Pulling into Niue we were greeted with the site that every sailor fears. A large catamaran was hauled out on the dock, its keels and rudders torn from the bottom of the boat. A few weeks earlier, the catamaran had torn free of a mooring and washed ashore. It made me pause, thinking "It could have been us".

Above the docks, on a cliff over looking the harbor, stands an Ekalesia Church of Niue. It was Sunday and I decided to attend a service with Tere, the pastor we had transported from Palmerston. There was very little of the service I understood, as the sermon was delivered in Niuean. Yet, there was one hymn that caught my attention, Will Your Anchor Hold. The lyrics say it all.

First of five verses:
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

Precious Cargo

26 September 2013 | Palmerston Island
Once, every few months, a cargo ship delivers supplies to the island of Palmerston and returns with holds full of parrot fish. This ship is also the primary means of transporting families and friends to and from the island. The challenge in using this means of transport is that there is not a set schedule. One may wait months before a ship arrives or departs. Here is where the story begins.

It was our second day on the island when our host family asked if we would be willing to take some "cargo" with us to Niue, the next island west with an airport. They shared with me that a member of the community that needed to travel to Australia for meeting and that they had chosen not to take the boat a month ago. I am not usually one for carrying passengers, so I hesitated. Who was this man?

The man is Tere Marsters, the associate pastor of the island's church. He needed the ride in order to attend a church conference in Australia. He had elected not to take the last cargo ship because aboard it, returning to the island, were his wife and daughter who he had not seen in 8 months. He held out hope and prayed that somehow, later in the month he would be able to find a way to Australia. Along came One World.

After discussing it with the crew that evening, we decided that we would extend an offer to Tere to join us for the the 3 day passage to Niue. Upon returning to the island the next day, we were greeted with hugs and kisses. It seemed the whole island knew we agreed to transport Tere.

As time came for us to depart, the whole community gathered on the beach, under the branches of swaying palms, for a short prayer service. One of the elder women on the island opened the service with a bible reading. She then entered into prayer, asking God to bless the boat, the owner, the captain, and the crew. She prayed for Tere's safe passage and return. And finally, that God may comfort his family in his absence. As the service came to a close, the congregation, broke into song, a long traditional chant with the women and men bellowing in harmony until peacefully fading off.

After the service, with emotions running strong, the elders of the community surrounded us with an embrace of affirmation and gratitude. With appreciation overflowing, they escorted us and our precious cargo to the beach for a final farewell and casting off.


25 September 2013 | Palmerston Island
A small aluminum boat bobbed in the middle of the ocean. The crew, Bill and Matua Marsters waited patiently in the prearranged spot. As we sailed One World through the heavy seas and around the leeward edge of Palmerston, we spotted them Excited to finally meet, we waved as they escorted us to our anchoring spot. They greeted us with a cooler full of chilled coconuts and two bags full of fresh parrot fish. It was a Sunday afternoon and in honor of the Sabbath , none of the government officials were available to check us in. Required to remain aboard One World until check-in, our official family welcome would need to wait until tomorrow.

As Monday dawned, we knew not what to expect. We spotted two small boats making their way from the island, through the narrow reef cut, and out to One World. The first boat contained 4 officials and a driver. The second boat was Bill, Matua, and their eldest son. Given the total population of the island is 60, we had quite a large welcoming committee.

The island of Palmerston is tiny, 1 square kilometer. It is divided between three families, all decendants of William Marsters and his three wives. It has a thriving school, medical clinic, bank, and even Wifi! The glue of the Island is the Cook Island Christian Church.

Each day, we were hosted for lunch by Bill and Matua, grandma Hinano, and grandma Sarah. We would arrive around 10AM, drink tea, chat, and take a walk around the island. About noon, we would gather around the picnic table spread full with fish, beef stews, chips rice, and ice cream. We would share stories of our sailing adventures and the would brief us on island history. In the afternoon, we would relax with them in the shade, weaving baskets and sharing more stories.

The hospitality was never ending. The only thing asked of us to give was our time and attention. There is something magical about Palmerston, something that keeps you tied in and leaves you wanting. I believe it has a lot to do with family, a piece that we were able to share in on our short visit.

What would you need?

23 September 2013 | Palmerston Island
What would you need to survive on remote atoll in the South Pacific? I was soon to find out. Before leaving Tahiti, I sent an e-mail to Palmerston Atoll, a remote island in the Cook group, with about 60 inhabitants, asking if they needed any supplies. To my surprise, within a few hours, I had my response.

1 carton of Cornbeef
20 kg of Sugar
1 carton Horizon menthol with zig-zag rolling paper
1 carton of Eggs
36 rolls of toilet paper

I scratched my head, really? As I stop to think about it, if I had to eat fish all day, canned cornbeef might taste good. Sugar? Yes, makes sense. Smokes? Maybe, one vice per day, enjoying every last breath. Eggs? Ok. Toilet Paper? Absolutely!

Over a two week period, I collected as much as I could. Finding these items is not as easy as just walking into Walmart. Every store carries different things. Some stores only sold by the can, not carton. It became an adventure, searching, asking for help, and being sent all over the island only to find that they didn't have it.

In the end, we left for Palmerston with a full cargo. Upon arrival we were greet with great excitement and a kind question, "Do you have my smokes?"
Vessel Name: One World
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 500
Hailing Port: Green Bay, WI USA
Crew: The Garner Family
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