Leela Year Six - Across the Pacific

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

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
13 July 2019 | San Christobal, Galapagos
09 July 2019 | Wreck Bay, San Christobal, Galapagos.
06 July 2019 | 200nm ENE of San Christobal, Galapagos
02 July 2019 | N Pacific Ocean
30 June 2019 | 200nm south of Panama City

Urk.....

04 November 2017 | St Kitts (for ever????)
We were looking good for a Monday launch when some dummy managed to irredeemably strip the thread on the stuffing box. And the peril of hauling the boat on an island with almost no technical resources rapidly became apparent. We are now on hold waiting for a new stuffing box and some specialist tools to effect the repair - at least a week's delay.....

There are a few upsides. We are doing a slow and careful job with the bottom paint, important if we stay onboard next summer and having accommodation close to the boat has allowed Janaki to do a major number on the interior varnish so we will be very pretty when we finally get to be a boat. I have also upgraded the stuffing box for a more manageable model, not a fancy dripless but a more flexible conventional system.

It has also been an eye opener for a possible sortie into the Pacific. We will need to be a lot more self-sufficient - without sinking the boat with too much 'just in case' stuff. It will not be an easy call.

We are going to take full day off tomorrow to catch the ferry over to Nevis to catch up with a few people and actually go for a swim - Bliss!
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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. [...]
Extra:
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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