Speakeasy, Over The Horizon

The Voyages of Mark & Deanna Roozendaal

24 November 2016 | 26 41.15'S:153 7.72'E, Mooloolaba, Australia
13 November 2016 | 25 54.12'S:153 01.72'E, Tin Can Bay, Australia
12 November 2016 | 25 31.69'S:152 57.91'E, Fraser Island, Australia
31 October 2016 | 24 45.38'S:152 23.72'E, Bundaberg, Australia
30 October 2016 | 23 52'S:153 55'E, On Passage - Noumea, New Caledonia to Bundaberg, Australia
29 October 2016 | 23 28'S:156 47'E, On Passage - Noumea, New Caledonia to Bundaberg, Australia
28 October 2016 | 22 57'S:159 54'E, On Passage - Noumea, New Caledonia to Bundaberg, Australia
27 October 2016 | 22 40'S:163 13'E, On Passage - Noumea to Australia
26 October 2016 | 22 22'S:166 10'E, On Passage - Noumea to Australia
18 October 2016 | 22 16.60'S:166 26.40'E, Noumea, New Caledonia
17 October 2016 | 21 37'S:168 13'E, between Vanuatu and New Caledonia
14 October 2016 | 19 31.57'S:169 26.66'E, Port Resolution, Tanna I, Vanuatu
14 October 2016 | 19 31.57'S:169 26.66'E, Port Resolution, Tanna I, Vanuatu
14 October 2016 | 19 31.90'S:169 26.98'E, Mt. Yasur, Tanna I, Vanuatu
12 October 2016 | 19 31.58'S:169 29.65'E, Port Resolution, Vanuatu
09 October 2016 | 20 14.36'S:169 46.63'E, Aneityum, Vanuatu
03 October 2016 | 20 14.36'S:169 46.63'E, Aneityum, Vanuatu
02 October 2016 | 19 39'S:172 03'E, On Passage from Fiji to Vanuatu
01 October 2016 | 18 43'S:174 16'E, On Passage from Fiji to Vanuatu
27 September 2016 | 17 40.88'S:177 23.16'E, Vuda Marina, Fiji

Background On Our Upcoming Pacific Ocean Crossing

01 March 2016 | La Cruz, Mexico
Mark
In just a few weeks Deanna and I will sail away from Mexico and won't stop sailing until we reach the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. The total distance is over 2800 nautical miles, which is over 5300 km. To put that in perspective, it's 1000km further than driving from Victoria to Toronto! It is one of the longest ocean crossings that cruisers need to face and can be a real endurance test.

A long sailing trip is very, very different than a long car trip. There are no rest areas, no Motel 6's, and no stopping at McDonalds! Instead of travelling at 100kmh, we will instead average 10-15 km/h, or about 6-7 knots.

Taking into account that the winds are not steady, and that we can't always sail directly towards our destination, this trip should take between 17 and 24 days during which time we will be sailing 24 hours a day, non-stop.

While underway, the boat is largely steered by an electric autopilot, but one of us still needs to be up and on watch at all times. We prefer to avoid hitting whales, other boats, and freighters. On our last sail to Hawaii, we only saw on freighter and luckily it was a long way away.

Instead of a nice sleep each night, we break up the 24 hours into watches of 4-6 hours and alternate. For the entire voyage we will never be sleeping at the same time and will be trying to nap during the day to catch up on lost sleep. Our sail to Hawaii took 19 days and we were exhausted when we arrived. After stuffing our faces with tasty, greasy food, we slept for almost 24 hours.



We will leave from LaCruz, Mexico near Puerto Vallarta somewhere between the 15th and the end of March. We need to wait for a well developed high pressure system in the Pacific so that it sends down enough wind to get us away from the coast and south to the north east trade winds.



We'll sail a south west course getting closer and closer to the equator, looking for the best place to cross. This is an important decision since there is a band thunderstorms and squalls near the equator called the ITCZ (inter tropical convergence zone) that is uncomfortable and which can be dangerous. We will be looking for an area where the ITCZ is the thinnest to cross this area.

Once through the ITCZ and across the equator, we should get into the south east trade winds which will carry us to the Marquesas Islands. Crossing the equator will be a big deal as we have never done that in our boat before. Hopefully it happens in daylight for us!



Landfall will either be at Fatu Hiva (in the picture above) or at Hiva Oa, a bit to the North. I'll leave it to you to Google these islands to see for yourself how incredibly beautiful it is. These are the famous tropical islands that have seduced sailors for centuries.

Other than crossing the ITCZ, the weather is expected to be relatively benign with 10-20 knots of wind from behind for most of the trip. Keep in mind that the weather doesn't read the forecasts...

As long as all of our communication systems work well, we plan to update our blog everyday on our progress and add our current position to our map. If you haven't figured out how to find our position on the map on our blog, you will definitely want to do that!

If you fancy yourself an armchair navigator, let us know how long you think it will take for us to reach the Marquesas. I'm betting on 19 days, but just by writing that I probably cursed myself!

That's about it. If you have any questions, post them in the comments or send us an email. Just so you know, the comments that you post on the blog we receive through our satellite email system, even when we are a thousand miles from land. It's great to hear from friends while we are on passage.

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Vessel Name: Speakeasy
Vessel Make/Model: 2007 Manta IV 42' Catamaran
Hailing Port: Victoria, BC, Canada
Crew: Mark & Deanna Roozendaal
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In 2005 we were lucky enough to be able to take a one year sabbatical where we sailed from Victoria BC to Mexico and Hawaii in our Catalina 42. We had a fantastic time! As soon as we returned home, we started dreaming about our next trip. [...]
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For our newest pictures, please look on the right hand side of our page under FAVOURITES and click on "2015+ Photo Gallery". This will take you to Flickr where we now store all of our photos.
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Yelapa is a small village on the South shore of Banderas Bay, near Puerto Vallarta. Unless you own a hummer, is only accessible by boat which gives it a nice laid back vibe
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Our furthest South point this year.
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Manzanillo is a huge commercial port between Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo. Not that much tourism here which makes it a very authentic Mexican city
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Pictures from Tenacatita and a few other anchorages in the area.
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A few pictures from our Christmas visit to Barra & Melaque
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A quick visit to the small fishing village of Chamela
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Isla Isabella is an island about 20 miles offshore Mexico, between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. it is a nesting ground for a number of sea birds and has been the subject of several documentaries. The birds and lizards on the island have no fear of humans.
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From Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo San Lucas
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Sailing from Turtle Bay to Bahia Santa Maria, Mexico
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We participated in the rally again this year. Here are a few pics from the pre-start party, the start, and the first leg to Turtle Bay, Mexico. Credit to Dave Tolman for most of the pictures.
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We spend the better part of a week first in Catalina Harbor and then in the opposite side of the isthmus in Two Harbors
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Our time in the big city
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A few pics from our brief stop in this richie rich tourist town
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Morro Bay, California
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Big waves at Morro Bay from a low pressure system that rolled through North of us
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Our side trip to the Delta and Sacramento from the San Francisco Bay
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Prior to our departure, we hauled out at Canoe Cove, BC, Canada.
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"Speakeasy" is a 2007 Manta 42 MKIV Catamaran. We purchased her in 2013 from the original owners. Manta's come fairly well equipped from the factory for offshore cruising. We will be adding the rest of the necessary equipment.
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