round we go!!

Vessel Name: Bubbles
Vessel Make/Model: Fast Passage 39
Hailing Port: Seymour IN
17 September 2012 | Nanny Cay, Tortola, BVIs
22 July 2012
10 June 2012 | St. Martin
04 June 2012 | St. Martin
31 May 2012 | Saba Rock
19 May 2012 | english harbour, antigua
07 May 2012 | Bridgetown, Barbados
27 April 2012 | Georgetown, Guyana
22 April 2012 | Paramaribo, Suriname
19 April 2012 | French Guyana
13 April 2012 | Atlantic Ocean somewhere off of South America
08 April 2012 | Amazon River, Macapa, Brazil
01 April 2012 | Amazon River, Brazil
30 March 2012 | Tapajos River, Brazil
28 March 2012 | Amazon River, Brazil
21 March 2012 | Xingu River, Brazil
20 March 2012 | Amazonia, Brazil
18 March 2012 | Para River, Brazil
18 March 2012 | Belem, Brazil
13 March 2012 | Capim River, Brazil
Recent Blog Posts
17 September 2012 | Nanny Cay, Tortola, BVIs

The final blog, Bubbles sold yesterday

First lets go back to that week in May in the British Virgin Islands… we had over 20 sparkling crew on board Bubbles (all wearing the coral crew shirts) approaching the round-the-world finish line at Nanny Cay. With only a few hundred feet to go the propeller fell off. Not being able to raise sail [...]

22 July 2012

the last leg sail

We had good wind on the morning we set sail to complete the 90 mile last leg (from St. Martin to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands) of Bubble’s circumnavigation. With a full boat, I was on deck explaining some navigational markers to some of the more virgin crew when Trevor at the helm yelled [...]

10 June 2012 | St. Martin

Magic Aboard Bubbles

That night in St. Martin the party aboard Bubbles can only be described as magical. With Christmas lights strung up both in the rigging to light the deck, and in the interior to light below, a special glow illuminated the boat that had carried us around the world. Paddy King lead a conga line of Bubbles [...]

04 June 2012 | St. Martin

The Round the World Pre Party Begins!!

The seven of us woke well before sunup to the Indiana Jones theme song cranked over the Bubbles sound system. Sails were up by sunrise with Paddy King at the helm and brother Joe standing by as we watched the morning light illuminate mountainous Saba's cliffs rising from the sea. With 20 knots of wind [...]

31 May 2012 | Saba Rock

the Sea Hawk 4 takes flight

The day sail to Barbuda was sunny with good wind and buzzing excitement from both new crew and old. Arriving in the poorly charted waters we ran aground, but jumping into a shallow sea full of starfish isn't a bad place to get stuck. Ashore the six of us strolled on an endless beach of pink sand with [...]

19 May 2012 | english harbour, antigua

Adding more Bubbles

Bubbles and crew ran completely broke of funds after Carine flew back to Amsterdam. Having neither cash nor credit via any type of card, Diego and I resorted to trading. For a couple dive tanks we got the jib sail repaired, for a regulator we got fresh produce out of a local garden. We were able [...]

catch of the day

21 July 2010 | still out at sea
Jimmy Boy
It's been a few days since we've had an internet connection. On Bubbles we use a radio frequency connection that has some sensitive parts. Sometimes even having the motor running will keep it from connecting. Anyhow, this will be some catch up from the last 2 days.

We've traveled around 430 miles since leaving Bora Bora. The winds have died down significantly over the last 24 hours. Yesterday we decided to take the last reef out of the main and let her fly full sail. While doing so we realized the back corner of the sail (the part that connects to the end of the boom) we swinging loose. Apparently the small clip that keeps the pin in place had broke and the pin was just barely hanging on. Alex jumped out to grab it as I tried to keep the boom steady to the starboard side. A big danger on a sailboat is what they call an accidental jibe. This happens when the winds catch the front side of the main and swing the boom across quickly. If anyone is standing in the way, they certainly get knocked down. It was a nerve-racking fix, but we did a good job of minimizing risk. More recently, the winds died down even more (almost dead now). As they did it made sailing wing-on-wing difficult (or annoying depending on how you put it) so we jibed to starboard and adjusted our course. It definitely cut down on the banging (which overtime will eventually break something).

Yesterday afternoon we decided we really wanted to catch a fish. We set up the new pole that Joe brought and rigged her with a new lure I got in San Diego. I should mention, the guy I bought it from said "this will catch ya dinner" when I was at the shop. I also had some fish oil in the form of pills (supposed to be good for high blood pressure). We decided to bust one open and squeeze it out on the handline. We also sprayed some WD40 on the other line to do some sort of rough comparison test. For the rest of the evening I was keeping an eye on the lures. Miraculously there are birds out here (hundreds of miles from land). Whenever they fly by we watch them, and they watch us. The one even started looking at our lure, and I said "He's eyein' it!" Around 6 in the afternoon, as the sun was started to set, we got a bite! The new reel started screeching and I hoped up to pull on it. Joe came to the back to make sure whatever it was didn't try to pull the pole from us and I reeled it in. Sure enough, we caught ourselves a 25" tuna! As we got her onboard we gave her some rum (right into the gills). Usually this causes the fish to die quietly within a matter of seconds. Well, this tuna started flapping like one of those windup toys. Literally, it vibrated at a steady pace for about 20 seconds. We thanked her for biting out lure and Alex went to work cutting the meat off. I think I mentioned wasabi, soy, and ginger in a previous post. Well, I wasn't kidding - for dinner, we had sushi!

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