Pursuit

"He was a wise man who invented beer"-Plato

Vessel Name: Pursuit
Vessel Make/Model: Liberty 49
Hailing Port: Toronto, Canada
Crew: Gary and Tara
17 October 2012 | South China Sea
14 October 2012 | Kumai, Borneo
27 September 2012 | Bali, Indonesia
27 September 2012 | Bali Marina, Indonesia
03 August 2012 | Marlin Marina, Cairns, Australia
25 July 2012 | Cairns, Australia
26 May 2012 | Scarborough Marina, Queensland, Australia
22 October 2011 | Port Bundaberg Marina, Queensland, Australia
25 September 2011 | Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
21 August 2011 | Noumea, New Caledonia
07 August 2011 | Soso Village, Yasawas, Fiji
26 July 2011 | Yasawas, Fiji
25 June 2011 | Viani Bay, Fiji
06 June 2011 | Sixty miles south east of Fiji
28 May 2011 | South Pacific
12 May 2011 | Slip F27, Opua Marina, New Zealand
06 May 2011 | Slip F27, Opua Marina, New Zealand
26 April 2011 | Slip F27, Opua Marina, New Zealand
25 April 2011 | Slip F27, Opua Marina, New Zealand
12 April 2011 | Slip F27, Opua Marina, New Zealand
Recent Blog Posts
17 October 2012 | South China Sea

Back in the Northern Hemisphere!

Just a quick blog, because it's been a long time since we have been sailing in the northern hemisphere. We crossed the equator today en route to the island of Batam, Indonesia. It has been almost 3 years since we left the northern hemisphere (in the boat) and it felt great to cross back into it. I feel [...]

14 October 2012 | Kumai, Borneo

Person Of The Forest

The island of Bali was our introduction to the "other" side of Indonesia; the side with tourism, action, noise and [TRL: more] pollution. It was also the side of age-old culture. We rented a car and spent a few days driving around the island. We stopped in Ubud and watched the ceremonial Legong dance [...]

27 September 2012 | Bali, Indonesia

Incredible Indonesia!

We had a long sail up the coast of Australia to Thursday Island, where we finally cut the strings with Australia and jumped into another world. The winds were high and coming directly from astern but fortunately the seas were relatively calm due to the protection from the 2600 km long Great Barrier Reef, [...]

27 September 2012 | Bali Marina, Indonesia

Stowaway

We have spent the last two months sailing about 2,500 miles from Cairns, Australia to Bali, Indonesia at a pace far faster than we are generally used to [Gary will blog a bit more about our travels up until now so stay tuned]. We are now happily parked at the Bali International Marina (which sounds [...]

03 August 2012 | Marlin Marina, Cairns, Australia

Cairns…or Cans. Whatever.

Cairns (pronounced "cans") is certainly a great little city. It definitely is the launching point for the Great Barrier Reef and all the biggest, best and busiest reef tours anywhere on the coast. The city is built around tourists. They arrive to the marina early every morning (waking us up [...]

25 July 2012 | Cairns, Australia

Nothing Nice to Say

We have been moving up the northern Australia (Queensland) Coast from Brisbane. We've had terrible weather with mostly rain and lots of wind. Our moms taught us if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. So, there you go.

Panamanian Shakedown!

28 November 2009 | Bocas del Toro
Gary aka: The Mark
We have started heading back towards the Panama Canal for our January transit. We are also heading home for Christmas. Panama is still rainy and sadly, still corrupt. I was reading in the local newspaper that Panama is considered highly corrupt among...well, everyone in the whole damn country. We came into Bocas on Sunday and all the official offices for the Port Captain and Immigration etc. were closed. We went into town on Tuesday and told the Port Captain we were here. There is a new Port Captain in Bocas del Toro, as many officials in Panama are newly appointed, due to the recent elections in Panama. Through the string of pay-offs and who knows what else, most positions get new corrupt officials with the new President. As I was scolded by the Port Captain for coming ashore to check in (something that every country along the way is fine with), she explained to me in her "power tripping" attitude that there are new rules in Bocas del Toro and that even though "we are far apart" on entry procedure, she would, "help me get closer to what was required." Tara and I were then instructed to turn around and go immediately back to Pursuit and await the officials that would come out to the boat. What she did not explain was that we needed to wait for a boat full of her fellow corrupt idiots, including their girlfriends, to come aboard and ask for Cokes (I only had 2 cold ones, the rest of them, 7 in total, got warm pop. Enjoy that jerks), and then proceed to shake us down for an extra hundred dollars for what they explained was overtime because we came on Sunday. We said that is is a weekday now and they coughed and said that is was Sunday. I told them that we had entered Panama many times and that this was wrong. They told me that "things are different in Bocas now". I guess they are! I demanded receipts from all of them and got the run around. Only a few gave them to me. The rest said they did not have receipt books and I could get them later. After they all took their cut of the bribe pie, they all left with smiles. I then had to go back to the Port Captain to get a cruising permit and pay her an extra $20, again a hand written receipt, then to the bank to buy "stamps" for our passports. The Immigration officer told me to but $15 worth of stamps and then come to the airport to see him. I am a pretty patient guy. One has to be when cruising in these countries. Talk about island time, but when he told me that I needed $30 worth of stamps now, for two passports, after playing "multiple tellers" at the bank, I lost it. I try to be respectful in other countries and especially with corrupt officials. I do not want my boat confiscated. Who knows what they can do, but I gave buddy a blast. I told him that I was tired of their corruption, that this type of bullshit was going to bite them in the ass, and I was not taking it anymore. He backed down and told me I did not have to get more stamps and return. He said just buy them later and put them in the passport ourselves. Yah, sure buddy. We'll get right on it. I again demanded a receipt while blasting his ass, and like the others, received a handwritten scribble on some unofficial piece of paper. We will be so happy to get out of this country. The people are so lazy and dim-witted that it is not even funny anymore. In the beginning, the vacant stares and empty minds were kind of entertaining, but how many times can you watch the Panamanian version of the "Jackass" movie unfold before your eyes before it gets really old. We still have to organize another transit of the canal, along with having another useless adviser on board again. Deep breath...not long now and we are out of Panama, putting nothing but miles between us and it. Too bad, it is beautiful here.
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Pursuit's Photos - Main
Preparing Pursuit for storage and the trip home.
16 Photos
Created 24 March 2013
Cruising into Singapore and Malaysia
11 Photos
Created 24 March 2013
Cruising some of the 17,000 islands of Indonesia
116 Photos
Created 27 September 2012
Photos from Down Under
53 Photos
Created 3 August 2012
Some pics from our drive across the US on route to LA for the flight back to Australia
73 Photos
Created 27 April 2012
Various photos from our wedding in Niagara Falls, Canada
41 Photos
Created 27 April 2012
Where The Adventure Began!
118 Photos
Created 4 November 2011
New Caledonia cruising and road trip
47 Photos
Created 23 October 2011
Sailing through the islands of Vanuatu
103 Photos
Created 25 September 2011
Pictures from around the islands of Fiji
103 Photos
Created 16 July 2011
Things that have been done in New Zealand.
64 Photos
Created 12 April 2011
Cruising down the Pacific coast of Central America
50 Photos
Created 22 February 2011
Road trip west across Canada on the Trans-Canada Highway.
52 Photos
Created 22 February 2011
Road trip east to NFLD on the Trans-Canada Highway.
88 Photos
Created 22 February 2011
Road trip through the New Zealand South Island
107 Photos
Created 26 January 2011
Road trip through the New Zealand North Island
49 Photos
Created 19 January 2011
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Created 20 October 2010
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Created 5 October 2010
80 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 10 August 2010
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Created 13 April 2010
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Created 8 February 2010
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Created 27 January 2010
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Created 10 November 2009
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Created 4 November 2009
Various pictures of Pursuit
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Created 12 October 2009
Lots of work!
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Created 4 October 2009
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Created 12 September 2009
Cruising around the San Blas Islands
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Created 12 September 2009
May 11th, 2009. Panama Canal transit
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Created 12 September 2009