Sailing the Pacific

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On our way

28 March 2010

We are finally on our way to the Marquesas in French Polynesia. It will be our longest leg at sea at 3000 miles. It was bitter-sweet leaving the Galapagos as we had such a great time there seeing all the amazing animals, up close, very close, but we also knew it was time to move on and see more great places. We managed to fit in a tour before we left that took us to Isla Lobos, where we snorkelled with sea-lions, spectacular fish and turtles. The sea-lions would swim right up to us, face to face, and then dart away. One hung upside-down, bending right over backwards, just hanging there, observing us. We found one magical spot of glistening silvery-white sand that seemed like a rockpool-nursery where they swam about us. Afterwards we went to Leon Dormido, or Kicker Rock. A magestic 120m rock formation rising out of the deep, composed entirely of volcanic ash, compressed over the ages. There is a split in the rock that we could snorkel through, supposedly filled with hammerhead sharks. Unfortunately we saw none as they were too deep (lurking down there somewhere!) but we did get treated to some galapagos sharks, a school of tuna and a pair of eagle rays that were spotted like leopards.

Finally we made our departure from Wreck Bay after three weeks stay. Not long after we left we got a big bite on our trolling line. Isabelle worked hard to reel it in and it was a beauty. A huge yellow-fin tuna that was big enough to feed us for a week. We were just trying to gaff it though when it broke the line. Chafe i think. So we lost lure And fish. I hope the hook at least rusts out quickly for that tuna. We redeemed ourselves late the next day, not long after we'd cleared Isabella, the last of the Galapagos chain, when we snagged another yellow-fin. This time a little smaller but big enough for three days feed. We've had sashimi the last two nights.

We're enjoying the steady winds, so far, of the trade-wind belt and a nice smooth run westwards, and miles and miles of ocean around us.

Saw some dolphins today that seemed to delight in jumping clear out of the water, making long, graceful arcs.

It's now our third night. Full moon, placid seas, just had sashimi for dinner and the banana cake is just coming out of the oven.
Vessel Name: Dagmar
Vessel Make/Model: CAL 39
Hailing Port: Melbourne, Australia
Crew: James Thomson and Isabelle Chigros-Fraser
Hello and welcome to our new sailing blog! Our dream is to sail across the Pacific Ocean this year starting in Costa Rica and finishing in Australia. [...]
As we have been told by fellow sailors, when you live at the mercy of the elements plans are like "Jello and Sand"- wobbly and unsteady like Jello (jelly for us aussies) and when you write something in the sand often it will be washed away with the tide. It is for this reason that we didn't finish [...]
'Twenty years from now you will be more dissapointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.' -Mark Twain
' I felt my pulse beating with suppressed excitement as I threw the mooring bouy overboard. It seemed as if that simple action had severed my connection with the life on the shore; that I had thereby cut adrift the ties of convention. The unrealities and illusions of cities and crowds, that I was free now, free to go where I chose, to do and to live and to conquer as I liked, to play the game wherin a man's qualities count for more than his appearance. 'Maurice Griffiths, The Magic of the Swatchways.