Sail Meridian

The beginning of our Grand Adventure... or folly... we'll let you know!

20 January 2010 | Brisbane, Australia
14 January 2010 | Brisbane, Australia
24 December 2009 | Brisbane, Australia
12 December 2009 | underway
22 November 2009 | Noumea, New Caledonia
14 November 2009 | Noumea, New Caledonia
07 November 2009 | Ile Uere, New Caledonia
05 November 2009 | Espirito Santo, Vanuatu
21 October 2009 | Aore Island, Vanuatu
19 October 2009 | Peterson Bay, Espirito Santo
09 October 2009 | Espirito Santo
25 September 2009 | Tanna, Vanuatu
11 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Viti Levu, Fiji
13 August 2009 | Navadra, Fiji
24 July 2009 | Malolo Lailai, Fiji
29 June 2009 | Yadua Island, Fiji
26 June 2009 | Yadua Island, Fiji
10 June 2009 | Savusavu, Fiji
27 May 2009
19 May 2009 | Whangamumu, New Zealand

First Overnight Passage!

30 August 2007 | Morro Bay, CA
We left Santa Cruz on Thursday morning just before 11:00 for our first overnight passage- bound for Morro Bay. Looking at the charts we were figuring it would take around 24 hours; a litle more or a little less depending on our boat speed. We timed our leaving to make sure we arrived during daylight hours... always a good idea when coming in to an unfamiliar anchorage.

Before leaving we staged everything to optimize comfort (and minimize the possibility of mal-de-mer!): I prepared some sandwiches, a pasta dinner to re-heat, made some snacks and drinks handy. Also we moved the girls into the aft cabin (where John and I normally sleep) because the motion is a bit more mellow there.

The afternoon was glorious: sunny skies, 6-7 knots under poled-out jib alone, comfortable ride. We tried out the Monitor windvane with success. The afternoon passed pretty much uneventfully and pleasantly.

Around 10:00pm the wind died and the fog descended so we just motored along with the electronic autopilot steering for us- what a great invention!

As we approached the unfamiliar harbor entrance to Morro Bay it was pretty foggy so I stood on the bow peering into the fog to spot the buoys marking the channel and calling them out to John at the helm.

We tied up to the dock at the Morro Bay Yacht Club at about 9:00 and settled in.
Vessel Name: Meridian
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 48CC
Hailing Port: Napa, CA