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"Red Sky at Night Sailors delight. Red Sky in the Morn Sailors be warned !"
Marquesas
Leanne
18/04/12, 9 48'S:139 02'W, Hiva Oa

Hi We dropped anchor around 1pm yesterday at Hiva Oa. A beautiful lush green anchorage, picturesque mountains. We are sharing the anchorage with about 8-9 boats from Oz, Canada, France & New Zealand. Our agent has been very helpful, all clearing in done this morning and the boys filled jerry cans for fuel and dinghied back to boat. We also thoroughly enjoyed French Baggets for breakfast and pastries, so excited the stores carry alot of junk food we are familiar with....chicken twisties! So all the weight we lost on passage will be put back on in a day or so. Dinner tonight at a local restaurant with the guys from SV Shweetie. Love to all Lea John Matt & Hannah xo

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Pacific Puddle Jump
Leanne
17/04/12, 9 49.95'S:138 49.61'W, Day 21/22- 16/17 April 2012

LAND HO! 17 April 2012 We made it, Hiva Oa Marquesas Island on our Starboard Side, our final waypoint approaching in 1.78nm. Then 10-15 miles to the anchorage and the champagne will be popping! All right! We are all smiling broadly, SV Shweetie right beside us. So excited we are here.Wow 3 weeks to the day we left Isla Isabela Galapagos. Oh Johnny caught approx 5 1/2 foot/ 2m sailfish for his birthday, Matty cooked in white wine and garlic sauce with rice for dinner, delicious. Cheers Love to all Lea, John Matteo & Hannah xo

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Pacific Puddle Jump
Leanne
16/04/12, 9 37.59'S:136 38.55'W, Day 20 - 15 April 2012

Hi, Our course is 253 degrees and all is well at sea, calm,calm,calm. Beautiful day but minimal wind! Geneoa flown most of the day until not enough wind to fill it. Motor sailing with 128.1nm to go @ 12.15pm on 16 April which is Captain Jacks birthday, we were hoping to touch land to celebrate, but now we will do it onboard. Hannah has baked her special mum's recipe cake and Matthew gave his Dad a picture he drew, he also had a present from Tommy & Whitney Perfect Wave Crew left before we sailed off in different directions, his favourite packet of M&M's and a picture of the three of them dressed like pirates- pretty cool! I am making a Meat Pie for Dinner and mashed potatoes his favourite. Iles Marquises is clear as a picture on the GPS and tomorrow all going well we should be heading into the anchorage. Cheers for now Lea John Matteo & Hannah xo

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Pacific Puddle Jump
Leanne
15/04/12, 9 20.21'S:134 26.72'W, Day 19 - 14 April 2012

Hi, Seas are calm, wind is very minimal, sailed for few hours again doing 4kts, wind dropped engine back on. Clear starry night and no traffic, no current, SV Shweetie off our starboard side. Hoisted Genoa this morning, always a fantastic site to see, beautiful sail. We are still motoring at low rev's with Genoa to get 4.5-5 kts SOG. Fuel getting low, maddening we are so close and no wind. Our COG is 253 degrees and at 9.57 am we have approx 259.9nm to go. Still no fish caught for dinner, the ocean has dried up. cheers Lea John Matteo and Hannah xo

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Pacific Puddle Jump
Leanne
14/04/12, 9 6.71'S:132 29.43'W, Day 18 - 13 April 2012

Hey there! At 9.34am we are getting down to the final approx 376.8 nm left to this journey. The wind has decided to leave us the past 24 hours, 7-11 kts sailing wing/wing, the most annoying point of sail this journey,our headsail UV strip is ripped due to the whipping as the wind falls and refills the sail. SV Shweetie was 10 miles behind yesterday and decided to motor and close the gap, they are now 1 mile ahead of us. We have started the engine this morning with low rev's to maintain 5 kts SOG. Hannah and I both enjoyed Yoga on the aft this morning. Our COG is 250 degrees and seas are calming, sun is shining, still having 1 -2 m swells with an occasional 3m to wake us all up. Cheers Lea John Matt & Hannah xo

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Pacific Puddle Jump
Leanne
13/04/12, 8 51.64'S:130 6.94'W, Day 17 - 12 April 2012

Hi all, Life onboard Red Sky is all good, rolling beam to beam, Headsail reefed & Main running flat. The winds have been very consistent 14-18 with gusts of 23 kts. As at 9.23am our course is 252 degrees boat speed 5.3 kts sog 6.4kts distance travelled 2230nm - approx 517.5nm to travel. SV Shweetie 3-4 miles behind us and SV Stolen Kiss approx 300nm behind. love to all Lea John Matt & Hannah xo

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Pacific Puddle Jump
Leanne
12/04/12, 8 23.64'S:127 19.77'W, Day 16 - 11 April 2012

Hi, We are travelling along well, we snapped a spinnaker halyard holding the pole, we swopped with another and on our way again. The swells increased through the day, picking boat up and corkscrewing. We sailed wing/wing until early hours of the morning then Main and Headsail out to starboard with SE Winds 14/18kts COG 240 degrees. At 8.25am we have travelled 2093.90 nm, our gps is showing we have 686.50 nm to go. Life onboard is good, everyone is counting down the days til we arrive, nice to know the end is in sight. We have all had days when we just want to call a taxi and get off this crazy ride. Matt said he started at day 5, Hannah has been writing in the log "ARE WE THERE YET" since day 14, day 15 was my limit, John day 16.Of course lack of sleep usually has something to do with these moods. We all remind ourselves how lucky we have been with the conditions, a pleasure trip with the exceptions of some annoying swells & boat noises causing slight discomfort. Without all the fresh produce at hand for Dinner creations, Matteo is happy to have someone else create with new ideas. Bye for now Lea John Matt & Hannah xo

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12/04/12 | dianna
hi all. sorry lea been so caught up with johns post op, boy men are bad at getting better.. looks like all good with you.. making good tracks.. hope you all hada good easter... love & miss you xxxxxx
15/04/12 | LePan
Hi John, Lea and Matt,

Have just tuned into your blog for the first time in a year and we are all completely blown away reading about your adventures so far. Hope you are getting fair winds and flat seas. All the best.

Love Anthony, Kelli, Britt, Hannah, Dayna and Will.
16/04/12 | ross
are you there yet ??
17/04/12 | Bev Amor
Hi guys, finally got back to you, all sounds a bit hairy to me!!! Are you nearly there? Keep safe. L&M you xx
17/04/12 | dianna
happy birthday johnny.. hope you had a great day.... love xxxxx

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