"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


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.

Land Ho!

06 June 2011 | Sixty miles south east of Fiji
I woke up this morning, and after ten days at sea, I finally saw land again. The passage has been a bit longer than anticipated, as the winds were a bit light when we first left New Zealand, and again now near the end, but uneventful is what we were hoping for. The passage will have taken eleven days instead of the nine that we had planned on, but it really doesn't matter. I don't have anything pressing that I need to get to, other than maybe a bit of stainless steel polishing with a cold beer in my hand.

After being landlubbers for the last 7 months in New Zealand, we wanted to ease back into the sailing part again, and calmer weather and seas was just what we wanted. Setting sail into gale force winds, with squalls all around, was not what we were looking for right out of the gate, although we did get that soon enough. After about 3 days at sea, the weather started to change. We knew that there was a low- pressure system building, well to the north west of us, somewhere near Norfolk Island, so we were ready for it. It never got too bad though, as we skirted to the east of it's associated front, in anticipation of the southeast course it was suppose to take. A little weather dance, have you. Daily weather faxes and grib files allowed us to track the system nicely, and we slowed down to let the worst of it pass, then speed up a bit to get ahead of the next bit that was following behind. The seas never got to be much more that 4-5 meters and winds not gusting too much higher than 30 knots. We can take, and have taken, a lot more than that, but squalls at sea can still be a drag. They are sudden and powerful and can be very humbling. We are mere ants on the sea. As the fronts were developing, so were the lightning storms associated with them in the distance. We kept a close eye on them to ensure they didn't get too close. They can do incredible damage to a boat at sea. Mother Nature can sure put on an amazing light show. For two nights the incredible flashes or orange and white danced in the night sky around us.

We tended to be beating to wind a lot of the time, and with constant changes in the weather, sail changes seemed to be a consistent thing. Not that we are lazy, well maybe a bit, but letting sail out, then racing to bring some back in, while a squall is starting to rage, over and over again, is never our preference. It is least favourable at night, when the other person is sleeping and has to be awakened quickly to help bring in sail. After a couple nights of that, we start to get a bit tired from lack of sleep. Nerves can start to chafe a bit. So in the end we just left less sail out most of the time. It makes for a slower passage, but it also makes for an easier and far less stressful passage. And I am all about lowering stress.

Once north of about 25 degrees south latitude (about halfway between New Zealand and Fiji), we left the lows, fronts, highs, and general mess of subtropical weather behind us. We finally started getting the steady trade winds that we were waiting for. What a difference. The skies were clear and the winds were steady at 10-15 knots on the beam again. And even better than that, the temperatures were becoming a steady 26 degrees or so. It is great to see the incredible night sky at sea again. There are so many stars. It's amazing!

Lately, we have been joined along the way by a couple of boobies. They have just been flying around the boat. Watching. Sometimes one would show up, sometimes both. Just flying around; never landing on the boat. Maybe they are looking for a meal from a wayward flying fish that found its fate on Pursuit's deck during the night. The dead flying fish always have such a surprised look on their face when I find then all dried up on the deck in the morning. The two boobies reminded me of a blue-footed boobie that showed up once in the middle of our passage from the Galapagos to Easter Island. It must have been exhausted, so far from land. It showed up one day, just at dusk, circling the boat for a while and then landing on the top rail of the bow pulpit. We expected it to fly off shortly, but that evening we could still see it sitting up there, just resting in the red glow of the navigation light. The next morning it was still there. For the next day or so it just stayed there. Sometimes taking off, flying around the boat a little, but then returning to the same spot. Maybe it was refueling during the night on the flying fish that landed on the deck. I don't know, but one morning we woke up and it was gone. Rested and probably well fed. After being in New Zealand for so long, I almost forgot how much I missed these tropical passages. Amazing what a difference ten days at sea and a thousand miles can make.
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.
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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
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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 5 June 2010
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Created 8 May 2010
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Created 8 May 2010
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Created 13 April 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 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