Leela Year Six - Across the Pacific

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

21 June 2020 | Taha'a, French Polynesia
29 May 2020 | Cook's Bay, Moorea
14 May 2020 | Tahiti, French Polynesia
08 May 2020 | Enroute Gambiers to Tahiti
30 April 2020 | Rikitea, Gambiers, French Polynesia
26 March 2020
24 March 2020 | The Gambiers, French Polynesia
08 March 2020 | Taravai Island, The Gambiers
03 March 2020 | Airport Anchorage, Gambier
21 February 2020 | Kouaku, Gambier Islands
17 February 2020 | Rikitea, Mangareva, Gambier Islands
12 February 2020 | Rikitea, Mangareva Island, The Gambiers
25 January 2020 | Nuku Hiva
22 January 2020 | Ua Huka
14 December 2019 | Tahiti
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

Living on the edge (of infirmity)

24 March 2015
I very much admire the surprising number of young cruisers, many with children, who have had the gumption to do this early on in their lives but most of us are in the post-retirement demographic which implies a degree of health risk. This nessecitates extra caution in what is a very physical activity. The trouble is that in weeks of cruising you only need to make one foolish mistake and it can be all over. So I got bored yesterday and decided to borrow a small kayak to see if it would fit on the deck (it didn't). Janaki was sleeping and still delicate so I decided I could haul it on deck by myself. This was stupid in any circumstances, the more so less than a year out of back surgery but..... Anyway the result is I cannot bend over and am moving about VERY gingerly. The good news is that the pain is in my back and not down my legs so no slipped disk this time but a lucky escape. Both of us being laid up is not exactly getting us in the right frame of mind to head out into the relatively exposed passages to Puerto Rico. No matter, we have plenty of time and will not head out until we are ready and the conditions are right. This does mean there may not be any travel adventures to post about for a while.
Vessel Name: Leela
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 38.8
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, NH
Crew: Graham and Janaki
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. [...]
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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