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

Leaving La Paz

20 November 2007 | La Paz
Sean
"We're leaving tomorrow," I said with authority.

Casey didn't miss a beat. "No Dad! We're not. We're staying right here."

"No, we're leaving."
"No Dad, we're not."
"Yes, we're leaving."
"No, we're not."

I looked hard at Casey. She looked hard at me. I stared; she stared. Ten seconds ticked by. I started to say something: "Yes-"
Casey quickly interrupted loudly, "No DAD! We're NOT!"

Kathy grabbed me by the arm. "We have to leave," she said, "We have errands that need to be done before we leave."

I kept staring at Casey as Kathy pulled me away. As I left the boat I yelled, "We're leaving tomorrow." Casey was on deck with her arms crossed over her chest. She wasn't impressed. Kathy gunned the dinghy as Casey yelled something back.

So, we're leaving now. I know, I know: Casey said we're not, but Kathy says that she's not in charge. Tara, on the other hand, had a secret weapon for staying that I hadn't counted on.

Last night we were awaken by a large "BOOM!" Kathy jumped out of bed and ran to the cockpit. I slowly got up and waited to here if there was any screaming. It turned out that our forward hatch had blown shut. Phew.

We went back to sleep and 10 minutes later Tara launched her plan. I heard something that sounded like water being poured out of a cup onto the floor. I dismissed it in hopes that it would go away. A few seconds later it happened again. Kathy jumped out of bed. I slowly followed her and found Kathy talking to Tara as she vomitted all over the boat. I couldn't help but think that I had been bested by a superior mind.

We decided to stay an extra day and let Tara rest. She seems to be feeling better, so we'll try and leave tomorrow. We'll see. These girls are pretty crafty.
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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