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


08 June 2012 | Home
We made it! We arrived at our dock around 7:00 pm Wednesday. We're all very happy to be home. Special thanks to Scott and Ron for all their help. We all got along wonderfully and are still friends. Our wives all met us at the dock and I can't think of many times that I've been that happy. Thanks to all for your prayers and encouragement throughout the passage.

So close!

05 June 2012 | 100 miles to the Farallons!
Not much blogging over the last few days. We had a tough time with some pretty serious weather. Probably 16-18 foot seas, gale force winds. A broaching wave knocked Scott over, hitting his rear on the winch. So, he now has a permanent tattoo "Lewmar" (the manufacturer of the winch) right on his bottom. That's what he gets for cavorting with wenches. Should give him a friendly reminder of the trip.

Just sitting here eating the last double chocolate rice crispy treat. I can't believe those guys fell for the "lost it" line. They were delicious.

No movie night for the past TWO nights due to weather, but it looks like we get to pick one more night. You'd think this would be easy, but, as usual, there is a fight for whose movie night it is tonight. I picked three nights ago. It should be my movie night. Just cuz those guys didn't bother to watch a movie while 18 foot waves are crashing over the side of the boat is no excuse, right? Sean declared "no movie night" on his night and that he "passed" on his movie night. Scott didn't say anything, so he claims that he didn't give up his movie night. I think Sean set the precedent, no?

Anyway, we watched "Back to the Future" on my last movie night. I wanted to watch "Back to the Future 2" just so we get the continuity. When I asked Sean, he said he wanted to watch that too! And so did Scott! So the whole argument about whose movie night it is seems to be purely academic... maybe it's just sporting or something. Their last chance to think they might be in control. But, the readers of the blog all know the truth!

Barring anything bizarre happening, we will be at the marina tomorrow night. We might be fighting a current into the gate which may delay us a bit more, but it is likely to be at night. We will get phone and data services tomorrow sometime, not sure exactly when.

The Rice Krispie Scandal Of 2012

02 June 2012 | 475 miles off the coast
The last couple of days has proven that the story in "Lord Of The Flies" is more reality than fiction, in how societies form anytime a few people are stuck together in similar circumstances, and how power corrupts as "leaders" emerge and assert their power over everyone else. Here aboard S/V Adventure, it's dessert, and not a conch shell that dictates who has supreme power.

If you've been following the blog you know all about the Hostess Cupcakes that Sean kept from from Ron and I, and how he used these cupcakes, much like the boy with the conch shell, to reward and punish his intrepid crew. Anyone who's familiar with "Mutiny On The Bounty" knows that this is a dangerous bit of power to wield. Take note, power seekers and empire builders, for the threat of mutiny is always at hand!

After the cupcakes were gone, we turned to a big box of Rice Krispie Treats for our movie time dessert. There are 54 individually wrapped treats in this box in 3 different varieties, 18 of each variety. One can do the math and see that with three of us aboard, this works out evenly, so there's should be no problem. "should" being the keyword. You see, Sean has been responsible with doling out our dessert treats, and he assured us that he was randomly doing so - however Ron and I noticed that we seemed to not be getting any of the "double chocolate" variety. A bit suspicious, no?

Sean went into an explanation of random number theory, distributions of probability, entropy systems, and so on - but Ron and I weren't buying any of it. Explain all you want, but why was Sean getting all the "double chocolate" treats, while Ron and I received none?

Certain that something must be amiss, Ron dumped out the entire box of treats on the salon table and counted each treat by variety. This was enough to verify that no amount of theorizing could explain the fact that there simply weren't the right number of "double chocolate" treats to corroborate Sean's story.

There seemed to be only one solution - we had to hide the "double chocolate" treats so Sean could not find them. There's just one problem with this plan - Ron has forgotten where he hid them! So now, NOBODY gets any "double chocolate" treats!!

Tonite we are going to have cookies instead. We've had enough of this Rice Krispie Treat business, but there's only 7 cookies left. You do the math, this isn't going to be pretty. The scandal continues...
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.
Adventure's Photos - Galapagos
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At the vegetable market fo.r last minute provisioning
Tara relaxes after diving for the first time.
The National Geographic boat.
We rented a taxi by the hour so that we could get fuel, water, and lots of food.
Sean took this picture and is very proud of it.
Kathy and Tara get diving instructions.
Tara wouldn
Casey snorkeling outside of Floreana
Sea Lion playing in the water
Iguana trying to escape
Lava Tube
Descending into the Lava Tube
Our guide Dario
Tortoise in the lake
Our tour boat at Bartalome island.  Master and Commander was filmed here.  There are only finches, crickets, lizards, and snakes on the island.  NO STICK BUG!
Sean and Casey...
You have to wear your life jacket if the Coast Guard is around.  The taxi drivers are put in jail for 3 days if you
Kathy at the fish market.
Stopped by the man!  It turned out okay - no fines.
On our trip to Isla Bartolome.
At the trail to the children
Las Grietas
Bartolome Island
Bartolome Island
Las Grietas.  Sean and Tara did cliff diving here.
On the way to Las Grietas we stop at "Paradise".???
Charles Darwin Station, where we could roam with the 150-year old tortoises in their enclosure.
On the beach with Mr. Iguana.
This tortoise is ALIVE!  He tried to attack, but we were quicker.  Okay, not really.
Entrance to Charles Darwin Station.
Puerto Ayora anchorage

S/V Adventure

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