16 December 2017 | Brisbane
04 November 2015 | Brisbane, Australia
30 October 2015 | Isle de Pines, Noumea, New Caledonia
08 October 2015 | Tanna, Vanuatu
01 October 2015 | Viti Levu, Mololo, Fiji
21 September 2015 | Namena, Musket Cove Malolo, Vuda Point Viti Levu, Fiji
12 September 2015 | Vanua Levu and Taveuni, Fiji
02 September 2015 | Tonga
13 August 2015 | Suwarrow, Cook Islands
25 July 2015 | Tahaa, Bora Bora and Maupiti French Polynesia
17 June 2015 | Tahiti & Moorea, French Polynesia
16 June 2015 | Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
06 June 2015 | Tahanea, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
01 June 2015 | Raiatea, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
28 May 2015 | Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
12 May 2015 | Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
26 April 2015 | Academy Bay, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Islas Galapagos, Ecuador
13 April 2015 | Panama to Galapagos
07 April 2015 | Balboa, Panama
31 March 2015 | Colon, Panama
A nice days sail to the Turks and Caicos Islands
21 March 2013 | Sapodilla Bay, TCI
After a 5 day wait in Mayaguana we got a break in the easterly trade winds for a nice sail for the 60 miles SE to the Turks and Caicos Islands. We left Mayaguana around 8am when the sun had risen enough for us to navigate our way out the channel amongst the coral heads.
For most of the day we had a nice SW breeze at 12 to 15 knots, so with full main and jib we reached down to the Turks and Caicos at around 8 knots for most of the day. Beautiful sailing.
Along the way Alec and Roan were practicing the navigation skills we had started working on - using course and speed information to maintain an estimated position, and then as we approached taking bearings off the approaching islands to fix our position. It was exciting to see that after 6 hours of sailing out of sight of land, they had our position within a mile, and then as we closed with the coast they refined that position.
For the last hour or so, the wind died right away and we motored across the banks to Sapodilla Bay where we would anchor for the next two nights. Like the Bahamas, the approach to the banks which the islands lie on is spectacular - one minute you are sailing in waters that are 6000 ft deep, the next you have crossed the drop-off and you are 40 ft water and you can see the sandy bottom and coral heads under you clearly!
After two nights at Sapodilla Bay, we moved in to the South Side Marina for the rest of our stay in the Turks and Caicos while we waited out a cold front and did some trips diving and snorkeling.