Bourdons Gallivant

29 July 2012
25 June 2012 | Honolulu
23 June 2012 | Honolulu, Hawaii
21 June 2012 | Honolulu!!!
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21 June 2012 | Off Oahu!!
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15 June 2012 | 25 01.139'N:-145.021843 (1130)
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14 June 2012 | (from Honolulu)
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12 June 2012
We are so incredibly thankful for the bravery and kindness of the crew of the Reliance! They have kept us updated on Bob/Dad/Grandpa's condition, and he is improving steadily. The Reliance will make port late on Wed night /early Thurs morning, and the CG will arrange transport for him to a nearby medical facility. The Reliance skipper sent us the following email today (please note that Bob has been unable to speak for most of the past 48 hours):

Your Dad rested well last night.
Our Steward has been preparing meals for him that he has been able to get down. He is eating and hydrating well. Following his breakfast, we got him into a hot bath. He liked that.
Your Dad is responsive to my conversations with him. He nods and smiles a lot. His frustration at not being able to speak is getting better.
We are monitoring him 24/7 and in contact with the medical professionals.

That was some attempt at bringing him aboard! The plan was to bring him into our lifeboat, but the winds kicked up and the seas were just too rough to pull that off. I have some minor scratches to my lifeboat and it looks like I have what’s left of (the Gallivant's) anemometer and mast head light bulb. Just a couple hours earlier, the winds were light and the seas calm. I was hoping to that it would be dead calm near the water with no wind. Not the case. If anything the wind picked up to about 15 or 20 knots and the seas started building.
This big old ship (892 feet) was just never intended to be a rescue vessel. We are set up for abandon ship is all. No towing for us either. We were originally what is called a LASH ship. In the old days this vessel carried barges and had a huge crane on deck. Since then we have been changed into a containership.
Our next attempt at getting your dad was with our crane using a stokes litter (basket) but that was quickly ruled our because you had too much rigging and no place to land the stokes litter. We were running out of options.
The last attempt was with our accommodation ladder (gangway) where you saw our Chief Engineer and Boatswain make it happen. Once we had your dad on deck, we put him in the stokes litter (stretcher) and hauled him up to our hospital. You know most of the rest from the Captain’s correspondence emails.
Keep the faith and say your prayers. It can only help. Try not to worry. We are doing everything that we can to make him comfortable and safe.
And GOOD NEWS! I just got the word that your Dad is talking right now. I’m getting down there to check on him!!!! Yes!
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
21 Photos
Created 23 June 2012
after searching for a while I found a pair of kayaks. No wind to sail? no problem.
20 Photos
Created 7 May 2012
16 Photos
Created 3 May 2012
Justin, Carissa and some AWESOME sailboat fuel!
31 Photos
Created 15 April 2012
Just Jenni & John out on the water together.
10 Photos
Created 15 April 2012
The Saturday befor Easter was a beautiful day in Olympia.
20 Photos
Created 9 April 2012
Jim Kitchen from Puget Sound Sails built some custom headsails and a stack pack for the main.
13 Photos
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!!
13 Photos
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.....
3 Photos
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.
16 Photos
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