Leela Year Six - Across the Pacific

Well.... to our own surprise here we are

16 November 2019 | Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva
07 November 2019 | Baie Marquisienne, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
05 November 2019 | Baie Marquisienne, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
03 November 2019 | Nuku Hiva
30 October 2019 | Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
20 October 2019 | Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
11 October 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
05 October 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
15 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
13 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
07 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
03 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
27 August 2019 | S Pacific Ocean
23 August 2019 | Nuku Hiva
20 August 2019 | Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
13 August 2019 | On passage S. Pacific
08 August 2019 | On passage S. Pacific
30 July 2019 | Puerto Aroya, Galapagos
24 July 2019 | Galapagos
17 July 2019 | Isla San Christobal, Galapagos

Vertical Blue

20 March 2015 | Dean's Blue Hole
This is a bit out of sequence but I would be remiss not to post something about our dive training on Long Island. We wanted to improve our snorkeling experience so we decided to do a short private course with Vertical Blue, a free-diving school run by William Trubridge, a multiple world record holder and past world champion. Heaven alone knows what he thought of teaching a couple of old geezers who, by his standards, could barely swim much less dive but he was helpful and graceful throughout. In fact he was probably the most 'tuned' person we have ever come across. Mentally and physically he was so on his game it was awesome. During the training he was totally focused on improving our skills and helping us understand the mental game of free diving. Watching him demo activities was a delight. He moved in the water like a dancer. He was so unassuming he could have been the hired help and not someone who has dived to 100m with no equipment, including fins and who can hold his breath for more than seven minutes.
Anyway, we learnt a great deal that will help us dive better and diving in the blue hole was a trip in itself. It is at the end of an otherwise ordinary beach and drops 600' to the bottom of a cavern that is more than 600' wide.
A truly memorable experience. Thank you William.
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Vessel Name: Leela
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 38.8
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, NH
Crew: Graham and Janaki
About:
We are a Brit and an Australian now based in the wonderful community of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We have a delightful home there but a couple of years ago we began to feel a bit over-domesticated so we thought we would buy another boat and head south. [...]
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Leela, a Bristol 38.8 has turned out to be a wonderful cruising boat for us. Some might find it a little cramped by modern standards but it feels like just the right balance of living space and storage to us. She sails like a dream. She is remarkably well balanced and is comfortable in pretty [...]
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