Log of the Argonaut

25 July 2012 | Orcas Island
19 October 2011 | Orcas Island
04 August 2011 | Orcas Island, U.S. San Juan Islands
14 June 2011 | U.S. Southwest
20 May 2011 | Durango, Co
19 May 2011 | Durango Colorado
21 March 2011 | Washington State
24 February 2011 | Between South and North
13 February 2011 | Aussie
17 January 2011 | Bundaberg, Australia
24 November 2010 | Bundaberg Australia
18 October 2010 | Noumea
06 October 2010 | Port Vila, Vanuatu
09 September 2010 | Between Port Resolution and Port Vila, Vanuatu
03 September 2010 | Tanna Island, Vanuatu
27 July 2010 | Mamanuka Islands, Fiji
21 May 2010 | Malolo Island
05 April 2010 | EnZed
06 March 2010 | Marlborough District
26 February 2010 | EnZed: South Island

Yellow Brick Road

24 November 2010 | Bundaberg Australia
Sancho: Blowing like hell. Wild Kangaroos in the field across the road!
Yellow Brick Road

We left Noumea on a less than ideal weather window following the Yellow Brick Road (Nav program) to OZ. Hope it's not all smoke and mirrors.

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Blasting over the VHF really gets your attention.
"Can anyone hear me? I'm taking on water. All the thru-hulls are closed. I don't know where it's coming from. The pumps aren't keeping up. I think I'm sinking."

Aquila left Noumea at the same time we did and by 2000 hours he issued a mayday. By 2100 hours he was on board the sailboat Azzar, on his way to Brisbane and Neptune was playing with his new tubby-toy. A sad story with a very happy ending for one very lucky guy.

Aquila and Azzar , along with a dozen other boats, left New Caledonia for Australia within hours of one another. We all peruse the same weather info looking for a favorable window and scram when everything looks good. There were quite a few boats within a small area of ocean. Argonaut, Azzar was only a mile and a half behind and directly upwind of his position, making for a quick rescue operation.

Otherwise, our passage from New Caledonia to Oz was uneventful. Seas were lumpy for the first twenty four hours as the wind had been near gale for several days. Things had calmed down by day three and we were comfortable in 20-25 knots with periods of 30 all from 120 degrees, giving us two 165+ mile days. To balance the scale, the last day saw us sailing at 4 knots in 8-12 kts of breeze from dead aft.

Clearing into the country was much less painful than we'd been led to believe and we were good to go within an hour of tying up to the customs dock. Australia has a reputation for being a socialistic, bureaucratic nanny state and that part is true on paper. It's all in the application. With so many boats coming in at once, they were going crazy and patience was rewarded with a smooth experience

For some reason, they're paranoid about termites on entering boats in a country infested with termites! I guess they have a different kind. If Argonaut gets termites, I'll guarantee they'll be Aussie termites. I should be able to charge them for pest control instead of the other way around, don't you think? I know, I know, it doesn't work that way.

I'll get a photo album going as soon as there is something to photograph. The area around Bundaberg is as flat as a pool table. Mangroves and cane fields. Part Florida and part Bakersfield, Ca. Not particularly attractive. I hope it gets better.
Vessel Name: Argonaut
Vessel Make/Model: Cal-40
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Mike & Liz
Mike: I guess I've been sailing for more than 40 years; always with the idea of cruising to far away ports firmly embeded in the back of my mind. Reality, in the form of raising a family and making a living kept me out of the game until one day... [...]
Extra: It has been an amazing journey. I could have stayed home, or gone no farther than Mexico but I knew I'd never see this any other way. If there were only re-runs... The lesson is: If you wait until you're ready, you'll never go. So get off your butt and do it - whatever IT is.
Argonaut's Photos - Wishful thinking (Main)
Looking back at five years voyaging across the Pacific
12 Photos
Created 25 July 2012
Mix of Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival and home re-do project
25 Photos
Created 28 October 2011
Around the house
20 Photos
Created 4 August 2011
Tiki Tour through the Southwest
16 Photos
Created 14 June 2011
Trip on the Railroad
7 Photos
Created 20 May 2011
Seattle to Durango Colorado
12 Photos
Created 19 May 2011
Pacific Nortwest
13 Photos
Created 21 March 2011
On our way home. Australia to Seattle
6 Photos
Created 24 February 2011
Oz from Bundaberg to Sydney
23 Photos
Created 13 February 2011
My Adventures in Oz
8 Photos
Created 19 January 2011
Noumea New Caledonia
22 Photos
Created 18 October 2010
Port Vila to Port Sandwich
29 Photos
Created 6 October 2010
Port Resolution to Port Vila
12 Photos
Created 10 September 2010
Tanna Island, Vanuatu
29 Photos
Created 3 September 2010
Touring: Dunedin to Picton
17 Photos
Created 25 March 2010
South Island road trip
16 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 26 February 2010
8 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 30 January 2010
Continuation of New Zealand travel 2009/2110
40 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 13 January 2010
New Zealand 2009/2010
22 Photos
Created 19 December 2009
City and Raintree Park
19 Photos
Created 14 December 2009
A Yankee Thanksgiving in Kiwi Land
12 Photos
Created 7 December 2009
Tropical flowers
28 Photos
Created 14 November 2009
Boat ride, hike and lunch.
15 Photos
Created 3 November 2009
Foods from across the Pacific. From the Marquesas to Fiji and New Zealand
30 Photos
Created 25 October 2009
Samoa/Tonga/Vanuatu quakes
3 Photos
Created 20 October 2009
Likuri Island
6 Photos
Created 15 October 2009
Musket Cove Regatta Week
22 Photos
Created 11 September 2009
North from Musket Cove
25 Photos
Created 11 August 2009
Musket Cove: Mamanuka Islands, Fiji
13 Photos
Created 7 August 2009
Viti Levu/Mamanukas
16 Photos
Created 16 July 2009
First days in FIji
6 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 17 June 2009
1 Photo | 1 Sub-Album
Created 1 May 2009
Minerva Reef shirts and maintenance projects
12 Photos
Created 29 April 2009
Chacala, Guayabitos, Los Ayala, Lo de Marco, San Pancho, Saulita
36 Photos
Created 21 April 2009
In and around San Blas. Didn't take many pics. Too busy doing damn little.
9 Photos
Created 14 April 2009
Mazatlan to San Blas
27 Photos
Created 10 April 2009
Boatyard Wars
21 Photos
Created 30 March 2009
End of the road trip 2009
21 Photos
Created 25 March 2009
City, museum and gardens
18 Photos
Created 26 February 2009
Pics of our road trip
29 Photos
Created 23 February 2009
Hiking along the geothermal Highway
15 Photos
Created 19 February 2009
Hauraki Gulf. Classic Yacht Regatta and AC boats
17 Photos
Created 17 February 2009
Mexico to the South Pacific
52 Photos
Created 1 February 2009
8 Photos
Created 22 January 2009
15 Photos
Created 6 January 2009
Independent Samoa
12 Photos
Created 6 January 2009
Pacific Festival of the Arts/Pago Pago
12 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 6 January 2009