s/v Charabia

22 January 2019 | Rozelle Bay
21 January 2019 | Birkenhead Point
20 January 2019 | Birkenhead Point
19 January 2019 | Birkenhead Point
18 January 2019 | Birkenhead Point
17 January 2019 | Manly Cove
16 January 2019 | Manly Cove
15 January 2019 | Morning Bay
14 January 2019 | American Bay, NSW, Australia
13 January 2019 | Pinta Bay
12 January 2019 | Pinta Bay
11 January 2019 | American Bay, NSW, Australia
10 January 2019 | Refuge Bay, NSW, Australia
09 January 2019 | Hungry Bay
08 January 2019 | Manly Cove
07 January 2019 | The Spit Bridge
06 January 2019 | Birkenhead Point
05 January 2019 | Birkenhead Point
04 January 2019 | Birkenhead Point
04 January 2019 | Birkenhead Point

Back on the Rhumb Line - Thursday, May 17, 2018

17 May 2018 | Pacific Ocean on route to French Polynesia
This was by far the most bashing, bumpy night since we started this leg 16 days ago. Waves crashed into our hull, the boat went up and down and back and forth. I tried to sleep in the forward cabin but I was airborne and fled to the aft cabin. I finally figured out if I go crosswise in the cabin, I am not pitched with the big bumpy waves. I actually slept better. We were not making good speed as we were pinching the wind to get back to our rhumb line. We succeeded by lunch time. Mark figured we needed to go past the rhumb line just in case the wind shifts on us. We will be a great position for our landfall at Tiputa, French Polynesia. We are making better speeds of 6-7 knots now which will make the 358 nautical miles go by faster. I saw some incredibly huge waves - between 8-10 feet in height. The boat met the huge waves on the forward port side. After the bow buried into the waves, it rose up and the salt water sloshed down the deck and ran up the salon hatches and windows(we call those window washers). This repeated over and over. As the day progressed the waves are further apart and somewhat smaller. The space in-between helps so that we are not pounding so much. There is still a lot of movement. It was difficult to walk thru the cockpit and down the steps for our shower with the salt water coated on everything. It is slippery and thankfully, we kept our balance. Our movie choices got nixed as I brought the wrong videos, only Special Features. So, the next choice was the second Cocoon movie. It was entertaining. The sun is just about to set and we will be in darkness soon. I see pink tints in the surrounding clouds. Since the clouds are covering the sun, once again, we do not have a clear Pacific sunset yet on this leg. Thanks for all the many satellite messages today. It was great to connect. And even hear a few bits of news. Spent some of the day searching for more food items in our storage bins. We did see lots of bird today. Some come close by and make a chirping type sound. We gave them some of our lunch leftovers. It was a routine day on the water. Can you tell that I have had enough of this ocean leg? I thought the Pacific meant calm and peaceful. We have not seen that yet. We appreciate the winds and the fact that they are now in a favorable position for us to sail. Charabia has done wonderfully well on this trip. Three more nights!
Vessel Name: Charabia
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot / Athena
Hailing Port: Jacksonville, FL
Crew: Mark &Helen
We are both computer folks that were live aboard cruisers back in the 90s. We settled in Jacksonville Florida after escaping the great white north and cruising the Bahamas, T&C, DR and points south down to Trinidad. [...]
Extra: Charabia is a French slang word for nonsense or gibberish. It derives from Arabic "sharab" which means alcohol.When you drink (too much) alcohol, you start talking Charabia. The original owners named her and Mark liked the name so it stuck.
Charabia's Photos - Main
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Nov 2017 trip south from Jacksonville
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Created 23 August 2018
Upgrades and maintenance to Charabia
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Created 27 June 2017
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Created 16 May 2015
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Created 15 May 2015
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Created 7 April 2015
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Created 4 April 2015
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Created 31 March 2015
Get the boat ready to cruise.
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Created 14 March 2015