The Adventure Continues

20 October 2013 | Fulanga, Southern Lau Group, Fiji
20 October 2013 | Village of Maunaithaki, Fulanga, Lau Group, Fiji
20 October 2013 | Village of Maunaithaki, Fulanga, Lau Group, Fiji
20 October 2013 | Southern Lau Group, Fiji
29 September 2013
10 August 2013 | Savusavu, Vanua Levu
06 July 2013
02 July 2013
01 July 2013
13 November 2012 | Vava'u, Tonga
04 September 2012 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
31 July 2012 | Uturoa, Raiatea
14 June 2012 | Tiputa, Rangiroa, Tuamotus

The Start of Week Two at Sea . . .

19 April 2012 | 13 15.67'N:116 27.32'W, 2355 nautical miles from Hiva Oa!
. . . and "All is well on board!"

Are we there yet? Yesterday we marked a milestone, of sorts - the GPS said we were only 2000 nautical miles from Hiva Oa along the rhumb line (a straight line from start to finish) - meaning we had sailed nearly 650 nautical miles since leaving Banderas Bay. The spirit of celebration was muted somewhat with the realization of just how much further that means we have to go - that translates into about 2300 statute miles, or about the distance from Seattle to New Orleans - at less than 10 mph!

Perhaps we need to find something else to celebrate just now - like, we are making progress (sometimes more, sometimes less) in generally the right direction! Everything depends on the winds, of course, and they have not been what we had hoped for or anticipated - those fabled 15-25 knot NE trade winds have evaded us! For the past couple of days we have been dealing with light to moderate NNE winds that have not allowed us to sail much below about 240M - and the rhumb line is about 218M, so we keep going further west than we should without going as far south as we should. The day before yesterday we gibed over onto the other tack to get further south, but the winds would not allow us to sail deeper than about 150M - which meant we were back tracking to the east! So, after several hours (during which time we made some southerly headway) we gibed back onto a starboard tack to keep going WSW. And now it looks like the weather (wind) is going to deteriorate even further t hrough the weekend, because of a cold front that is moving onto the Pacific coast of the US that will break down the high pressure system that has been providing us with what little NE wind we have had, and that has, up until now, fueled stronger NE winds further out west. And did I mention the NW swell that keeps the boat rocking side to side; every sailor knows that scenario - light winds, the boat rolls, and dumps the wind from the sails!

But what am I complaining about - we are out here living the dream, right? We doubt people who dream of sailing away to the South Pacific actually contemplate the passage-making, but focus instead on visions of lush tropical islands, palm-fringed sandy beaches, and the beautiful island natives (we are trying to keep this gender neutral here for everyone's benefit). However, even with what little off-shore experience we had before starting this voyage we did do much more than just contemplate the passage; we planned and worked for years, really, and then right up until the morning of our departure, getting ourselves, our boat, and our provisions ready for this trip. And much to our satisfaction, most everything we have done to get ready has worked out well; we have what we need to be safe, efficient, and as comfortable as we can be under the circumstances. So we are meeting what we knew would be the "challenge" of the passage, and we look forward to its ultimate reward -the "dream" of exploring and enjoying those lush tropical islands, palm-fringed beaches, and beautiful island people! Are we there yet? "NO!"

A good friend of ours from Port Townsend, Gary Jonientz, who himself has a few thousand ocean miles under the keel of Harlekin, his classic Swan 47, told us that on passage your world focuses on daylight and darkness, daylight and darkness, ad infinitum. After some experimentation early on, we have finally settled into a daylight/darkness routine that works well for us. We have divided the darkness into two 6-hour (more or less) watches. Linda comes "on watch" around 9 pm, I relieve her at 3 am, and she is back on deck around 9 am. This allows each of us to get about 5+ hours of sleep a night. During the day, we are both "on-watch" and we alternate taking naps as necessary, tending to the boat, and tending to the myriad other tasks aboard - such as preparing meals (Linda's job, because she won't let me in the galley), navigating, checking weather data, submitting Yotrep position reports, etc. We also find time for reading, and occasionally writing up a blog post! Some times we just sit, watch the waves roll by, and contemplate - it is tough work trying to become a Type B personality, but I'm making progress!

Thanks for checking in! We'll post again soon.
Vessel Name: Bright Angel
Vessel Make/Model: 1990 Mason 44 Hull # 141
Hailing Port: Olympia, WA
Crew: Linda & Bob Hargreaves
Linda and Bob are long-time residents of Washington State - Linda was born and raised in Aberdeen and has lived in Washington all her life; Bob was born in San Diego, and moved to Washington when he was five years old. [...]
After leaving Olympia in August 2010 and sailing down the West Coast to San Diego, Bob & Linda joined the 2010 Baja Ha-Ha fleet and sailed to Mexico, where they spent a year and a half sailing in the Sea of Cortez and along Pacific Mexico. In April 2012 they joined the Pacific Puddle Jump and [...]
Bright Angel's Photos - Main
Every once in a while something will catch my eye that also tickles my funny bone. It could be a twisted sense of humor that makes me laugh, or maybe some cultural rift - who knows!? With apologies to any whom these might offend (and certainly no offense is intended) let me share a few of my chuckles (or in some cases sheer amazement) with you. LOL!
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Created 21 October 2013
The remote island of Fulanga (also spelled Vulaga) in the southern Lau Group of Fiji is truly "Paradise Found!" We stayed in Fulanga for 35 wonderful, awe inspiring and relaxing days - and even then, we were reluctant to leave! Fulanga was resplendent with beautiful beaches, magical islands and the friendliest and most outgoing people you can imagine! With no apologies for the bulk of this album and its sub-albums, suffice to say that these are only a fraction of our digital memories of this magical place, and even less of the mental images that we will long cherish! Enjoy!
9 Photos | 14 Sub-Albums
Created 18 October 2013
One Saturday while we were in Savusavu, we took a bus trip with several of our cruising friends to Labasa (pronounced "Lambasa") for the day. Saturday is a big market day in any Fijian town or village, and Labasa is no exception - so there was plenty of hubbub and lots to see at the market. There was also a parade down mainstreet, and plenty of other unusual sights and sounds to stimulate our senses. Here are some of the highlights of that fun day!
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Created 29 September 2013
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Created 7 July 2013
We visited Auckland several times, and took some interesting side trips on the way back to Whangarei. Here, and in the sub-albums below, are some the highlights.
12 Photos | 8 Sub-Albums
Created 4 July 2013
We were not able to be home for Christmas in 2012, but we did get to have Christmas dinner with cruising friends Bev and Robbie (SV Mersoleil, from Seattle) and other boaters at the Riverside Drive Marina. Even though we were at Whangarei Marina in Town Basin, we got an invite to attend from Bev & Robbie, and were made to feel very welcome. It wasn't "Home for the Holidays" but it was a very nice time, nonetheless!
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Created 3 July 2013
Going on walks or day hikes was a favorite pastime of ours in Whangarei, and there were always interesting places to go - around the Town Basin, in the hills and forests behind the town, and to the ocean beaches past Whangarei Heads. Please come along and join us on some of our favorite walks.
7 Photos | 7 Sub-Albums
Created 2 July 2013
We are not prone to visiting tourist attractions (or "tourist traps" as we sometimes call them), but we succumbed to a few "temptations" while in New Zealand - notably Sheep World (just north of Auckland), going up the Sky Tower in Auckland, and riding the Wynyard Loop trolley, also in Auckland. We hope you enjoy these photos of our visits to these "attractions;" for more information, see our blog post on "Tourist Attractions."
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Created 1 July 2013
Linda wrote an "illustrated" Christmas Letter that she sent to family and friends from New Zealand in Dec 2012. That letter is now posted as a blog entry, and these photos are the accompanying "illustrations."
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Created 30 June 2013
On December 8, 2012, we departed Opua and headed south to Whangarei. We planned to "park" the boat in Whangarei throughout the New Zealand summer while we focused on "land cruising" (sight seeing), a trip back to the States (in Jan & Feb), and boat projects (including a haulout in April for bottom paint and other jobs). The trip to Whangarei included two overnight stops - the first in Whangamumu Bay, and the second in Urquharts Bay, just inside Bream Head and at the start of the up river trip to the Town Basin in Whangarei. We tied to the dock at Whangarei Marina at 1630 hrs on December 10 - Linda's Birthday, with some help from our friends Bev & Robbie (SV Mersoleil), who then also helped us celebrate the day at Reva's Restaurant, just across the river from our slip. With the dock lines secured in Whangarei, our 2012 odyssey across the Pacific from Banderas Bay, Mexico - nearly 7000 nm all total - had finally come to a successful end, and we we ready to rest!
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Created 29 June 2013
Our first stop, where we cleared into New Zealand, was Opua. Before moving south to Whangarei we visited some of the local sights.
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Created 25 June 2013
Some things in New Zealand take some getting used to - like the lingo, the accent, the place names (at least those in Maori), and some of the unusual things in the grocery stores, about town, and out in the country. Here's a sampling.
21 Photos
Created 24 June 2013
Daniel's Bay (Hakatea Bay) - site of the TV series "Survivor Marquesas" - was our first stop on Nuku Hiva, an overnight passage from Hiva Oa. A higtlight of our stay in Daniel's Bay was the hike up to see Vaipo Falls, with a 2,000 foot drop supposedly the third highest waterfall in the world.
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Created 6 August 2012
After leaving Hiva Oa, Hanamoenoa Bay on the neighboring island of Tahuata was the next anchorage we visited. It was a beautiful bay full of surprises - some good, some not so good!
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Created 6 August 2012
Hiva Oa was our first "Landfall in Paradise" after leaving Mexico, and our introduction to life in the islands of French Polynesia.
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Created 6 August 2012
Our 28 day crossing from Banderas Bay, Mexico, to Hiva Oa, Marquesas, was the culmination of many months (if not years) of planning and preparation. Shown here are some of final projects in Mexico, as well as some highlights from the crossing itself.
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Created 5 August 2012
Just about everywhere you walk in French Polynesia is like being in a botanical garden - the flowers, trees, fruit - it's one of the special treats of being here!
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Created 4 August 2012