S/V Adventure

Follow the O'Neil family, sailing in their Catalina 42, on their 2-year sabbatical to see the Pacific coast of the US, Mexico, and Central America, Galapagos, the South Pacific, and New Zealand.

08 June 2012 | Home
05 June 2012 | 100 miles to the Farallons!
02 June 2012 | 475 miles off the coast
31 May 2012 | 579 miles to go
30 May 2012 | 694 miles to go
30 May 2012 | 800 miles to go
29 May 2012 | 915 miles off California
28 May 2012 | Past halfway between Hawaii and SF
27 May 2012 | Past halfway between Hawaii and SF
26 May 2012 | Halfway between Hawaii and SF
24 May 2012 | Middle of the Pacific Ocean
23 May 2012 | Middle of the Pacific Ocean
22 May 2012 | Middle of the Pacific Ocean
21 May 2012 | Middle of the Pacific Ocean
20 May 2012 | Pacific Gyre
16 May 2012 | Pacific Gyre
16 May 2012 | Pacific
18 September 2011 | Home
07 September 2011 | Crossing the southern tip of the big island
05 September 2011 | Pacific

Agua Verde 2: Total Darkness

31 October 2007
What did you do for Halloween? Was it scary? Was it really scary? Well, we came in to Agua Verde with no moon; and that was scary enough for us. To say it was dark would be an understatement. I remember a long time go when we went to visit some cave. Just for fun our guide turned off the lights so we could see how dark a cave really is. I remember that I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. It wasn't that dark, or course, but I was pretty sure that I couldn't see the reef in front of the boat. We've only come into an unfamiliar anchorage at night once before and it was - Yes! You guess it - Agua Verde.

Due to a small small navigational error on my part, Adventure was heading straight for Roca Solitaria, a freakin' huge rock that dwarfs most cargo ships. Kathy, fortunately, noticed something slightly awry, "You know our waypoint is set on this big black thing on the radar, don't you?"

I tried to save face, "Uh... That seems strange. That shouldn't be there." Kathy looked at me with contempt. "I think we'll fall off and head back out to sea. Why don't you figure out where we should really be."

"I'm on it!" I jumped down below and fixed the waypoint (I deleted it). I yelled above, "It's all good." The next waypoint was from our Cunningham charts and I felt a bit more comfortable with it.

We worked our way inside of Agua Verde and called Flying Cloud and Idefix. We knew they were there and they quickly answered. "Do you guys want some help coming in?"

Not wanting to seem incompetent, I answered, "No... We're good." Could it be that they already heard about the mistaken waypoint? Hey, the charts are from 1895; it's not my fault!

Scott and Jamie ignored me and we heard the ever loudening whine of their dinghy engine. I ran below and changed my hat (Don't ask me why?). Jamie and Scott donned a flash light and told us where to anchor. They were also nice enough to shine the flash light on the reefs.

We anchored deep, in 40 feet of water, but felt safe. Once set, we were invited to Idefix for Lobster and Shrimp. The girls were excited to spend some time with some other kids. Flying Cloud has a 13 year old boy, Adrian, and Idefix has two boys: Elliott (10) and Salir (12).

We'll hang out here for a few days and then continue to work our way to La Paz.
Vessel Name: Adventure
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina 42
Hailing Port: Marina Bay, Richmond CA
Crew: The O'Neil Family
About: Sean (Captain and Line Man) Kathy (Helmswoman and Cook) Tara - 12 years old at trip start, Casey - 11 years old at trip start (Crew and Students)
Extra: We're on a three-year sabbatical from the daily grind to see the Pacific coast of the US, Mexico, Central America and the South Pacific and stopping at New Zealand.

S/V Adventure

Who: The O'Neil Family
Port: Marina Bay, Richmond CA