Bourdons Gallivant

29 July 2012
25 June 2012 | Honolulu
23 June 2012 | Honolulu, Hawaii
21 June 2012 | Honolulu!!!
21 June 2012
21 June 2012 | Off Oahu!!
20 June 2012
20 June 2012
19 June 2012
18 June 2012
16 June 2012
16 June 2012
15 June 2012
15 June 2012 | 25 01.139'N:-145.021843 (1130)
14 June 2012
14 June 2012 | (from Honolulu)
14 June 2012

catching up on posts

29 July 2012
Capt. John
This was the last post that I didn't do back at the time. Just notes to myself really from the 21st of June. It was our last day at sea for Justin and me. Life has been well, a bit crazy since we made landfall in Honolulu. I will endevor to get everybody caught up on the continued adventure of the Gallivant. But for the moment:

Day 36, June 21, 2012:
It's 0130. I am up on watch. I can see the glow of Kahului on Maui and one other city also. We came in on a course of about 230* and came in right between the 2 buoys! I can see the lights on them. The other amazing thing is that as we grow closer to Molokai the wind is shifting to the north and so are we. (Oscars on the payroll!) doesn't look like I will have to tack after all, just go with the flow. We were concerned that after coming all this way we could crash on the rocky beaches of Molokai. We look to be in pretty good shape even though we have slowed a bit.
I really wanted to see the Sea cliffs of Molokai but might miss them in the darkness. As much as I dearly want to get to Jenni as fast as I can I doubt that another chance to see them in my lifetime will ever come.

Just heard a small plane overhead and saw his strobe lights. We are close to the civilized world once again. Happy but kinda sad too. The new normal was just starting to settle in with me. Not Justin though. He is ready to see "things" again. The sea can be VERY boring and monotonous.

0245: the sea cliffs are off my port bow now about 6 miles out. Hoping daylight comes before we pass them all by. Winds seem to be picking up as we get closer to Molokai. Course now bumping the 255* range correcting nicely on its own to the direction we want to go.

0300. I keep spotting a light off in the distance ahead. Sure do wish the radar worked! Might be another sailboat or fishing vessel. Nothing on the AIS. Saw it again through a bit of clouds, looks to be a rotating beacon. Maybe the tower on Kahi'u Point on Molokai. Need to keep a sharp eye on it. Either way I dont want to come in contact with it what ever it is.

I count 8 seconds on regular intervals seeing the light. Pretty sure it's a rotating beacon on land and not another boat. It is on my right and I know Molokai is on my left. Hmmmmm.

I adjusted Oscar awhile ago to get us closer to the cliffs so we can by chance see them come daylight. The water splashing up through the scuppers in the cockpit is warm on my bare feet. Water temp here 76.3* !

0339: just 4 miles off the rocky shore of Molokai now. The stars are just starting to wane. Come on daylight before we pass the cliffs by! The rotating beacon is dead ahead and getting closer. Very sure now that it is the towers on the chart and not another boat.

0400: the stars are back and bright. Must've just been some clouds earlier. They are beautiful though. They sparkle like the twinkle of Jennis eyes.

New guess on ETA Honolulu. 12 to 13 hours. That would put us there around 4 to 5 pm.

0418: set an alarm and laid on my back for a bit. Just saw a HUGE shooting star. Always a treat.

Thankyou all!

25 June 2012 | Honolulu
Capt. John

Greetings all, and by all I mean all of you that I know and also y'all that we have never met. I have been over whelmed and humbled by all the well wishes for Dad, congrats and such. All of it. Thank you!!! The Horizon Reliance will be back in Honolulu this coming Wednesday. Jenni & I will get to meet and thank our rescuers in person. The "Aloha" that we continue to receive here is wonderful. Except maybe for that one local that thought I was gonna clip him with the car, he gave me the good old fashioned one finger salute.......(out of state drivers)
Before Justin had to get on a plane and get back to the real world we got to go to the Pearl harbor Memorial and see the Arizona. A moving experience I highly recommend if you ever get the chance.
I will give you an update.......when I have a real one to give. The last few days have been a bit of a whirlwind to say the least but the pictures and video uploads will come...promise!
Here's one pic. There was a map. Here I am with one foot at SF and the other on Honolulu. (I figured if I tried to reach Seattle.......I'd rip my pants)

Photos from the Reliance encounter

23 June 2012 | Honolulu, Hawaii
We finally had a few moments to upload some of the photos from the Gallivant's at-sea encounter with the Horizon Reliance. Take a look in the photo gallery for the few photos the boys were able to snap off during the exchange.

The lifeboat "left behind" several little pieces on the Gallivant (we'll be meeting up with the Reliance when she makes port in Honolulu this coming Wednesday to swap pieces and parts the respective boats "left" with the other!) and we'll post Justin's account of the dangerous transfer a bit later, too...

Capt John, Justin and the camera crew

21 June 2012 | Honolulu!!!
After 20 days of ocean from leaving San Fran, The Gallivant made Honolulu! The Hawaii News Now crew was waiting at Kewalo Basin Marina to talk with John and Justin about their adventures and liason with the Reliance.

Welcoming Committee!

21 June 2012
About 5 hrs out of Honolulu, John and Justin were greeted by a welcoming committee of dolphins! They flanked the Gallivant then played up front, disappearing and reappearing to the delight of the boys! John says he has some video of Justin leaning over the bow sprit inches from the visitors:)

Here's the video of the dolphins!! (I posted the link to the "Links" on our blog, but it's not easy to find, so you can just copy and paste this url into your browser to see this amazing video! )

Leg 2 - the last day!

21 June 2012 | Off Oahu!!
John sent me a TEXT MESSAGE this morning at 6am Hawaii time -- close enough to get cell reception! WOOO HOOO! This very trying leg of his sailing adventure to Hawaii and back is nearly complete -- he and Justin were so excited when, after 19 days at sea, they could see land! Passing Maui last night, they were able to see the lights of Kahului, and most likely Pukulani where I've been staying with friends.

John snapped this pic of Justin at sunrise just as they first spotted Molokai. The cliffs were enormous, he said, and the waves crashing against them would splash up the cliff face over 30' high.

He anticipates them making Kewalo Basin sometime around 4pm Hawaii time (7pm for all you West coasters), and I can't wait to hug the both of them...and then hand over those cheeseburgers they've been dreaming about!
Vessel Name: Gallivant
Vessel Make/Model: Alajuela 33
Hailing Port: Olympia, WA
Crew: John & Jenni Bourdon
About: Crew list for the Hawaii crossing: John (the Captain) Bourdon -- Bob (Dad) Bourdon -- Justin (son) Bourdon -- Case (aka: little brother) Webb (and Jenni will join the crew from Maui to Oahu)
Gallivant's Photos - Main
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On our dingy ride to McMicken Island.
Voila! It is done. We took out the old radar and installed a new Lowance Chart plotter/radar/depth sounder/fish finder/weather radio/just about anything else......
a bit of a custom mount.
oh oh.....not good.
Bob at the helm as I head up to rais the sails.
Split screen. radar on the left, chart and our position on the right.
NOW we
Lets heel her over shall we?
is that all she will do?
Now we
WOO HOO!! We wanted to see just what GALLIVANT could do and push her just a little bit. Mission accomplished! Remember that boat hook? We went over another time even farther than this with water actually coming over the combing and into the cockpit. "BOAT HOOK OVERBOARD"!
The next morning on a bouy at Eagle Island. The Olympic Mountains for a view.
the sun coming up over the stern
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Created 23 June 2012
after searching for a while I found a pair of kayaks. No wind to sail? no problem.
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Created 7 May 2012
16 Photos
Created 3 May 2012
Justin, Carissa and some AWESOME sailboat fuel!
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Created 15 April 2012
Just Jenni & John out on the water together.
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Created 15 April 2012
The Saturday befor Easter was a beautiful day in Olympia.
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Created 9 April 2012
Jim Kitchen from Puget Sound Sails built some custom headsails and a stack pack for the main.
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Created 20 March 2012
We had a Saturday that corresponded with a little storm so Dad, Casey and I made the most of it and went for a sail. Only saw 3 other boats on the water and NO OTHER SAILBOATS SAILING?! We didn't need to wory about running into anyone!!
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Created 20 February 2012
It wasn't the prettiest of days to go for a boat ride, but we wanted to test the new fuel system.....
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Created 13 February 2012
We lost the fuel pump because it sucked up a bunch of water (and it was old) Now its better than ever!
8 Photos
Created 30 January 2012
We had a taste of winter around Olympia!
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Created 19 January 2012
A new year that will be full of new adventures. A lousy day for a sail (no wind) but a very pleasant day for a boat ride.
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Created 4 January 2012
Dad and I left on the Wednesday befor Thanksgiving (with Jennis blessing) to shake down the GALLIVAN, see just how she sails, what works, and find out what needs work.
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Created 30 November 2011
OK, so I bought this sailboat....
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Created 16 November 2011
Daughter Jackie, Jenni and me out on a beautiful day
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Created 16 November 2011
Our first sailboat. 26' Clipper Marine.
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Created 16 November 2011

Who: John & Jenni Bourdon
Port: Olympia, WA