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22 October 2011 | 9 35'N:76 39'W, Middle of Carabien Sea
Hello from somewhere in the middle of the Carabiean Sea... We left the shelter of the Cholon Islands to press on to Panama a little to early! We had a great sail for about 5 hours then i-yi-yi... the winds and seas decided to unleash it's force on us! Huge waves and high winds kept us up all night with POUNDING on the boat!

Right now, it's sunny and hot with winds around 15 gusting to 25 and seas around 5' with occational 10 footers!! Chad has been battling seasickness yesterday and today.. poor guy! Dad and I are fine just getting worn down. I think we all lost quite a bit of weight.

We have some dead animal on the boat that we just can not find, but OMG is it getting NASTY!

It's EXTREMELY hard for me to cook anything with all the rocking & rolling and pounding!!! The stove isn't gimbled or have pot holders... ugh! So, I have to be extra careful and do the cooking dance while holding the pan. I'm getting cat like reflexes! haha Excpet I head-butted the cabin this morning! OUCH!!! So much for cat like i guess! haha

We are squeeking out 5kts to windward in this 35' Cat... What happened to the downwind trades!?!?!?! I guess it's that HUGE storm just North of Panama that is causing all the havac! :(

Sorry for not sending pics or updates for awhile, it's just been TOO NASTY to risk breaking anthing more electronics! Chad took a direct hit to the face and ipod from a HUGE wave! Seas-1, electronics-0.... my BRAND NESW SATPHONE antenna broke! uigh! My solar panel wire was cut, on and on... stuff getting broken. I'm in my bunk trying not to throw up.. .the smell of that animal or what ever it is, is really getting to me... sorrry gotta run!

cheers from the ready for shelterd crystil clear warm, no lightning, amigos!
Vessel Name: JUNESSA
Vessel Make/Model: 28' Bristol Channel Cutter (BCC)
Hailing Port: Anchorage, Alaska
Crew: Rick Peterson
About: JUNESSA has a few new crew members! My lovely wife, Terri, who is eager to go cruising as a family! Taylor, our teenager, and Jenna our youngest and Pixie the wonder dog.
This is my very first boat!!!! Nothing like starting out with the best Blue Water Cruiser money can buy! The BCC was designed by Lyle Hess and made famous by Lin & Larry Pardey as they documented in books, videos and dvd's their sailing adventures on board their homebuilt BCC 'Taleisin'. My [...]
JUNESSA's Photos - (Main)
Working and Playing on the Big Island of Hawaii ALOHA!
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Created 20 January 2009
Working on bottom and interior.
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Created 9 January 2009
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Created 12 April 2007
Here's a few shots of prepping the boat for the long ride NORTH to Gig Harbor, Wa. It took about 5 hours to prep and load her up.
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Created 8 April 2007
Here's a few shots of my 1985 28 foot Bristol Channel Cutter (BCC) built in Vancouver, BC. She's a full keel fiberglass hull with teak and mahogany wood throughout. She's powered by a Volvo 28hp diesel.
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Created 7 April 2007
I had a great day learning how to sail my BCC. The learning curve was a little steeper than I had anticipated. The day ended pretty crappy... I couldn't get the engine out of gear and I plowed into the back side of a large powerboat in the slip next to me. OUCH!
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Created 7 April 2007
This was the first day on board Junessa. I looked in every corner on board and climbed to the top of the mast! I had Chinese food and Corona Beer then feel asleep to some beautiful candle light and music.
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Created 4 April 2007
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