Adventures of Orcinius
04/23/2012, 09 48'S:139 02'W, 21th Day out of Galapagos - Lots 'o miles under our belt, 0 to go!

We have arrived in Hiva Oa. First land sighting 23 Apr 12 at 1950 Z Landfall 0100 Z 24 Apr 12

We are safe for now and while we both endured, 21 days at sea is a long time. Especially when there are only two of you to take the shifts at night. I cannot immagine do this single handed. You could never get into rhem sleep and would always be tired after the second day.

We probably would have seen land much earlier this morning but there has been a cloud hanging over the islands since daybreak. Have some pictures but won't get to send until I have internet.

All for now got to go set an anchor, make dinner and go to bed. I hope it is in that order otherwised we are in trouble.

John & Lisa

04/23/2012 | Linda Sails
hooray you made it - now for the hard part, cleaning up the boat and fixing all that you broke in a foreign country no less. Proud of u both.. I knew John could tough it out, but wasn't quite sure about Miss Lisa. Hey just imagine you could be at a job like mine where your critical databases get corrupted by a software update.
04/23/2012 | Dad
Land I bet it never look so good. Get some sleep
04/23/2012 | Veronica
Congrats. Hope you have the boat safely anchored, have eaten, and are sleeping.
04/23/2012 | stephen
Good work, glad you made it safe and sound!
04/24/2012 | jamie
Félicitations mes amis. Dormir du sommeil du juste. Profitez de votre aventure alors que nous déguster il indirectement par le biais de vous. Hoo Hoo!!!!
04/24/2012 | Richard
Congrats! I'm both Happy and sad.
Happy your at ancor,
Sad that the adventure is over and I wont have my daily blog to read! :)
get some good rest! the next adventure awaits!
04/24/2012 | Deb
YEAH!!! Congrats, you did it! I am proud of you little sister! ( and you too big brother!)
04/24/2012 | Donna Mac
You maties sure know how to make the long haul work together and reap the rewards. I hope you are all tucked in for your naps together and getting some land time for your little "red footed"...I am so proud of you. Hugs to you both,
04/25/2012 | Steve
Congrats on making it to land! Sounds like you are having a great adventure. Rest well and enjoy!
04/25/2012 | Linda Sails
Hey Guys, in about 9 days from now the Randers boat Rage with varieties of folks from Oregon will be in Papeete. Don't know if your float plant would connect up for a rendevous.
04/25/2012 | Mary Ann
Hallelujah! Looking forward to photos of the island and both of you intrepid sailors...
04/25/2012 | Walt
Congrats. I knew you'd make it. How's it feel to be on land? Can you still walk straight. I only think of that because I went out on a charter fishing boat today. It's now 6:30P, back at my condo, and I'm still rocking.
OH, 24lb Dorado...
04/26/2012 | Linda Sails
Hey Guys, you cannot give us updates every day while at sea, and then drop us off. it's been 3 days... come on, our pitiful lives need input....
04/26/2012 | Richard
You guys still sleeping?
04/27/2012 | Linda Sails
Okay so now the worrying starts.. are u guys in jail for immigration fraud? suffering from narcolepsy? got told to leave the country because of too much booze on board and rather than let them confiscate it, you choose to leave? still quarrantined? don't have enough money for "visitors bond"?
come on give us a minute of we did get anchored and are okay....
04/27/2012 | John LeDoux
Sorry so late in posting! We didn't realize people cared so much! That is good to know - now I am all warm and fuzzy!!
05/04/2012 | Traci
Sorry so late, just getting around to reading...get to see you made it!! Love you both!
Light at end of Tunnel
04/22/2012, 10 52'S:136 30'W, 20th Day out of Galapagos - Lots 'o miles under our belt, 160 to go!

Well as I write this blog we have just 166 miles to go. Under almost any condition that puts us into Hiva Oa tomorrow afternoon. Unless I can convince Lisa to take a picture of landfall tomorrow and put it on the blog, there may not be one. She seems like a very happy camper today. Must be the knowledge we will be at anchor tomorrow. She just spotted our first bird in about a week and had to go outside and talk to it. Every time the bird flies bye she gets a great big grin on her face. Anchoring will be good.

We flew a single reefed main and no genoa or other sail through the night. When it broke daylight, I yanked out the genoa in a wing on wing configuration and we pushed our speed up to 6.5 knots. Wind has come up a little this afternoon and we are moving along now at between 7.5 and 8.5 kts on a Direct Down Wind ride. The wind is supposed to die off starting tomorrow so we want to make as much progress as possible.

I made an attempt to repair the asymetrical spinnaker we tore the other day. What I saw then was about a 6" horrizontal tear, but when I got it open on the deck this morning, there was another, which I hadn't seen when we took it down, that ran for about 6 feet vertical. Too much for mylar tape so will wait until we get to Pepeete in a few weeks to have it repaired. This afternoons project is to replace the torn chute with the lighter one in the dowsing sock.

We are getting down to the canned goods without having frozen foods to grab. We still had a chunk of smoked turkey breast that I cubed, added some potatos and corn, seasoned it up and made a Turkey Pot Pie. The pie dough turned out perfect but only by luck. We have a fantastic cook book called the "Cook's Companion". It is a cooking course and kitchen companion by Carole Clements. It has one drawback when it comes to things like pie, pastry and bread recipes. It gives measurement in weight for flower as opposed to volume, like cups. We have no scales on the boat so it is a WAG at what 1 1/2 lbs looks like in cups. I like her recipes but can't convert so had to improvise on the pie dough and got lucky. Likewise when I made the bread the other day, I ended up using the recipe from the bread machine book instead of the 'Cook's Companion'. Oh by the way, if you need to do that for bread, double the yeast, there is something about the confines of a bread machine that all ows it to rise with less yeast.

All for now. John & Lisa

04/22/2012 | Veronica
Wow. What an adventure ya'll have had. It has been great following your stories. Good luck on hopefully your last day at sea. Anchor up and get some well deserved rest. You two are amazing
04/23/2012 | Erin
Way to go John! Your bread looks so good, and I'm sure tasted wonderful, and your pot pie....who'd have thought, and on a boat in the middle of, well, water. Looks delicious!! We miss you xoxo
04/23/2012 | Linda Sails
ah the smell of land is coming... stillness, city noises, people to mess with you and your stuff, rules to follow, money to shell out.. you'll be ready to go again soon.
04/23/2012 | susan
right on goal.
I can just picture Lisa smiling and talking with the bird.
Wish I were knee deep in the water somewhere.

We added a kitchen scale to the boat box already.
04/25/2012 | Linda Sails
John, I hope you videod Lisa talking to the bird
Landfall Preparations Have Begun!
04/21/2012, 11 53'S:134 06'W, 19th Day out of Galapagos - Lots 'o miles under our belt, 315 to go!

I have ABBA cranked up on the stereo and have started doing some heavy duty cleaning inside

so we are spick-and-span for our arrival. And also to keep my mind off of how close but yet

so far that we are. Winds are 18-20 today (perfect!), but with confused seas - so we are

meandering around quite a bit. We can't seem to hold a straight course for Hiva, and hence

we are barely making over 5 knots. Which is putting my goal of a Monday evening landfall in

jeapardy. You'd think by now, after 3000 miles, I would have learned my lesson in patience

and be at one with the ocean. Obviously, I still have one more lesson that the forces of

nature are trying to teach me. Besides, it's not like we have a plane to catch - right?

What's one more day? Well, let me try to explain...

I have been rationing my ginger snaps. I have 4 left in the box. 2 for tonight, and 2 for

tomorrow night. Not sure what I'm going to do if we have to be one more night out. I have been rationing my book (I am reading "The Help" - good book). I have 150 pages to go

so I am nearly finished with it. It's difficult to just stop reading when everything is

coming all together at the end of the book. Not sure I can stretch it to 3 evenings. I have been holding off on washing our sheets so they are fresh for our first night in port.

(Yes - I have washed them in the past couple of weeks - so please don't think they are that

skanky!) But they are getting on the edge again. One more night in those sheets? Ugh. Finally, as much as I wish I could say that I have really grown accustom to our night watch

schedule - I have to admit it is still quite draining for me. Last night was probably one of

my toughest. I was doing all sorts of funky jirations on the fly bridge just trying to keep

myself awake. I'm sure if someone had accidentally come across me in the middle of the night

they would have thought I had lost it completely. Of course the squall that packed 37 knot

winds around 3 o'clock this morning got my attention though! I had a full genoa and 1 reef

in the main when it hit. My fun meter got pegged in the wrong direction. This one even got

John's attention and woke him up - that's saying alot! I am definitely not going to miss the

squally night watches once we are in port.

So that's it in a nut shell. A monday landfall would be wonderful, but if one more night at

sea is in our future - I know we will manage just fine despite all my miss-givings above. I have the most excellent captain on board that is looking out for my well-being and

keeping me safe and sound. Who could ask for more?


04/22/2012 | Stephen
Who are you people that are posting these reports, and what have you done with John and Lisa?
04/22/2012 | susan
I have been rationing my chocolate covered espresso beans you gave me for my birthday-trying to make them last till your birthday. I have to go with out for a few days here and there.
04/23/2012 | Erin
Oh Lisa, you make me laugh!! I am totally picturing you and your gingersnaps and your book! Not to mention your dancing to stay awake :)
Sounds like you are close, way to go you guys!
We love and miss you xoxo
Wind Astern and Flat Batteries
04/20/2012, 12 36'S:131 54'W, 18th Day out of Galapagos - Lots 'o miles under our belt, 450 to go!

Yep the trades definitely filled in yesterday. That is the good of it. The bad is it is blowing directly at Hiva Oa. Well one would think that would be a good thing but then again we aren't a square rigged sailing schooner so we would make better headway if the wind were at least 30 degrees off the direction to Hiva Oa. But we are managing.

We are down to our three sails, the main, genoa and a 3/4 oz asymetrical spinnaker which is good to about 18 knots of wind. We have 18+. Our light weight symetrical broke a D ring on the clew and we don't have a replacement but then the wind is a little heavy for that sail anyway. This morning we put up the heavier asymetrical and after getting it flying right we realized we had a 18 inch tear in the luff about mid way up - so down she came. Trying to sail with the two primary sails with the wind dead astern puts us in a wing on wing with the main on the port tac and genoa out to the port side. With the 18kts of wind we are barely able to make 6 kts. Trying the sails in a standard configuration would put us 40 degrees off the wind making our VMG about half what our SOG is. In other words we would be going as far South as we would be West which would put us just as far away from Hiva Oa tomorrow as we are today. So we are taking wing on wing on a starboard tac and so far we can hold a direct layline to Hiva Oa. One thing I am convinced of after sailing with the trades, even though I haven't seen one on a cat yet, this cat is going to get a spinnaker/wisker pole for those times when you want to fly wing on wing.

Now the next lovely thing that happened yesterday, the problem with the charger/inverter I described a couple days ago, well it got worse. It is overheating (at least the electronics think so) but it is not hot. In other words, it thinks it is hot and then shuts down so we aren't able to recharge our batteries. It has reached the point that within 5 minutes after resetting it goes into error mode and shuts down. I suspect a bad component on the mother board but have no way to prove it. We have another battery charger on board but it is limited to 10 amps per battery bank and can barely keep up with the usage so must keep the generator running. This AM I pulled the Xantrax Freedom 30 charger/inverter out of its mounting spot and pulled the cover off the unit. Temporarily mounted it in the open and directed a fan on the open compartment. Fired up the genset and engaged the charger. Well it works for now but will have to leave the aft stateroom torn up until I find a pe rmanent fix.

Meanwhile during all the excitement, we passed the 500 miles to go point around 8 this morning. That is less than five hundred miles whether you look at it the way the crow flies or look at it from a running and reaching postion. Might still make the port by late Monday or early Tuesday.

Shower time so that is all for now.

John & Lisa

04/21/2012 | Linda Sails
sail tears.. well I know how good both of you are at sewing.. shouldn't take much for you to fix that. bummer with all the challenges. especially the electrical.. just hate that kind of issue. Have you started to cut down on some of the stuff running? I bet you are glad with all the issues it is just the 2 of you on board.
Watching paint dry
04/19/2012, 12 32'S:129 09'W, 17th Day out of Galapagos - Lots 'o miles under our belt, 600 to go!

We have heavier but consistent winds today, averaging around 22 knots. So along with that

comes the heavier seas - which are always lots of fun (as John keeps trying to explain to

me). At least they are mainly following seas with the occassional side kick to keep us on

our toes. We are flying wing-on-wing with the genoa today. Some puffy white clouds in the

area, but no heavy squalls to speak of.

It is laundry day again today. I hope the washing machine lets me have my clothes back when

it is done with them so I can hang them out to dry...

I adjusted our last way point this morning so it more accurately reflects the location of

our destination - which has subsequently added about 30 miles to our "miles to go". When we

were 3000 miles away, it didn't matter that our last waypoint was "just in the vicinity" of

landfall. Now that it's getting closer - it's starting to matter! All my hopes and dreams

are set on reaching that waypoint! I have one heck of a long and uninterrupted nap coming

when we get there! So you might notice that our miles to go doesn't look that impressive

from yesterdays update - my moving the waypoint farther away would be one reason. Our lack

of consistent wind through the night would be the other. But it's good to be counting down

days now instead of weeks. Soon to be counting down the hours! I find myself constantly looking at the chart plotter now - waiting for the miles to

decrease and longitude to increase. It can be agonizing - somewhat like watching paint dry. Can you tell I'm getting anxious to get there!

By the way - the water temperature is 91 degrees! Almost bath water!

Okay - I better go find something else to do with my time before I bore a hole through the

chart plotter screen from staring at it so long.

All for now,


04/20/2012 | Donna Mac
Anticipation....I can hear you singing now.
04/20/2012 | Linda Sails
watching paint dry or as we did in North Carolina, watch the grass grow.. or as Sharon Sites Adams did in her sail from San Diego to Hawaii - use tweezers on your leg hair... ha, ha.

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