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

Beach Bocce

15 November 2007 | La PAz

We went to El Mogote for a potluck Sundayand it was pretty fun. We drove our dinghy to Flying Cloud, picked up Eileen and drove straight to El Mogote. People were already there and playing in the water. We stopped a couple feet out to put on our wheels. "OVER HERE!!!" Jamie yelled, flailing his arms franticly as we drifted away from the party. "There's Jamie," Eileen said. "Always stating the obvious."

We brought spaghetti with sauce and set it down on the blanket with all the other food. Immediately, Allison from Sunbreak asked if we wanted to play bocce ball. Well, I have never played bocce ball and neither have Tara or my mom. So we asked if they would show us how.

We caught on fast. "I must warn you that I am very good at shotput," Tara said. Allison throws what she calls the pea (a small yellow ball) and it lands somewhere on the ground. I don't know why she calls it a pea, Either because it's yellow or because it's small... The object is to hit the pea or get as close to it as possible with your ball. Tara and I were a team (blue square), my mom and Allison were a team (blue circle), Jamie and Eileen were a team (red square), and Milton and Dana were a team (red circle).

Well anyway, Allison threw the pea on the hill slope; the crowd shushed as she wound up her arm and threw her big, blue ball. It stuck about a foot away from the pea. Lots of oh's and ah's filled the crowd as she proudly walked to my mom who held out her hand for a high-five. Next was mine team's turn, I pushed Tara up to the throwing line. It turns out that shotput isn't the style you need, because she threw the ball and it land right next to the pea. Everyone ohed and ahed for her too, until her ball started rolling back down the hill and it landed past the starting line. "Wow!" Milton kidded "You could have dropped it right in front of the line and it still would have been a head of where you are right now." Jamie went next, it landed in front of Allison's by an inch. From what we've heard, Jamie has had an interesting background of ballroom dancing and now, apparently, bocce ball,. He moved his hand's in a little victorious motion and yelled "YES!!"

We kept playing. I threw the pea one time and it went down hill where I thought no one could hit it. Jamie said, "well that's easy," and he chucked the bocce ball at the pea and missed by an inch (now we know that Jamie has the art of chucking to). Milton tossed the ball towards the pea and it missed by a mile. "Well if it's anything to ya," Jamie said "I would give you a point for gracefulness." After a while Jamie and Eileen won and the day went on with us playing. And when it got dark, we drove back to the boat.
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