These are the voyages of the sailing vessel, Wings.

25 June 2016 | Marina de Papeete
24 June 2016 | Marina de Papeete
22 June 2016 | Opunohu Bay, Moorea
21 June 2016 | Opunohu Bay, Moorea
18 June 2016 | D’Avea Bay, Huahine
15 June 2016 | Fare Bay, Huahine
12 June 2016 | Fa’aroa Bay, Raiatea
11 June 2016 | Hurepiti Bay
11 June 2016 | Tapu'amu Bay
07 June 2016 | Tapu’amu Bay
05 June 2016 | Tapu’amu Bay
04 June 2016 | Tapuamu Bay
02 June 2016 | Ha'amene Bay
01 June 2016 | Raiatea Carenage mooring field
29 May 2016 | Pension Tiare Nui
27 May 2016 | Pension Tiare Nui
26 May 2016 | Pension Tiare Nui
25 May 2016 | Pension Tiare Nui
24 May 2016 | Pension Tiare Nui
22 May 2016 | Pension Tiare Nui

Poised to begin

02 February 2013 | Anchorage, AK
We begin. After many years of preparation, effort, and expense, we are finally beginning the preparation for the Big Crossing. I leave on Sunday afternoon and fly to La Paz, Mexico where I'll work on boat projects for ten days.

I will be carrying a single blue box and my big duffle, both stuffed to their tops with supplies and gear. Amazingly, most of the items are already in La Paz, courtesy of friends' efforts and Econaviera's (our ship's agents in La Paz) efforts to ship items directly to La Paz from various points in the US. The desalinator and roller furler are in La Paz, as are the paint and other items. I called the Chula Vista West Marine and ordered paint. That store very kindly trucked it to a freight expediter which trucked it to La Paz and Econaviera's office. I fetch the items when I arrive. We pay for the service but it sure makes things easy!

Wings is on the hard in Atalanta Boat Yard. My chores will begin with painting the boat's bottom with anti-fouling paint. I'll change all of the zincs and grease all of the sea cocks, at which time we'll launch the boat and I'll take her the 1/4 mile to Marina Palmira. There, I'll install the water maker (desalinator) and complete as many other tasks for which I have time and return on Feb. 15. Conni and I leave on Feb. 28 and return to Mexico. We'll spend a week at Playa Grande, then take a bus to La Paz. A few weeks of prep and stocking will have us ready to go. Our shipmate, Chip, will meet us there, and we'll head across the Sea of Cortez to Puerto Vallarta (on the mainland), from which we'll leave for the South Pacific. We're working on a place to leave the boat.

I'll have some email and web connections so I hope to post photos and progress reports during this time in La Paz.

Wish me luck.
Vessel Name: Wings
Vessel Make/Model: Passport 40
Hailing Port: Anchorage, Alaska
Crew: William Ennis and Conni Livsey
About: We've been married since 1991, and both retired from our respective jobs (teacher and attorney) after long careers. We live in the most exotic of the United States: Alaska. We cruise on Wings for half the year, enjoying our home state the other part of the year.
We've sailed Wings South from Alaska since August, 2010. We joined the BajaHaha from SoCal to Mexico in 2012. We joined the Pacific Puddle Jump in 2013 and crossed the Pacific Ocean. Wings "over-summered" in French Polynesia. We continued our journey through western French Polynesia, Rarotonga [...]
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