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REPORT - DAY 14 - HALF WAY!

30 April 2010 | Underway from Mexico to Marquesas
Joe
Day 14 Thurs 29 April

Today we are at the half-way point. 1400 miles covered, 1400 miles to go. 14 days so far, and probably another 14 before we reach the island of Hiva Oa. The reason, I think, that we have averaged only 100 miles a day is that we had calms in the early part, and motored at 4 knots to conserve fuel, and then, more recently, we have had to make our way slowly towards our waypoint tacking downwind; so - more miles sailed than made good.

Approaching 4 degrees N, 130 degrees W. Crossing the doldrums may be slow, with light and variable winds. It all depends on how wide this zone is. Then after that the Southeast Trades should give us better daily runs - 150 miles a day, at least.

An update on Sea Flyer, in case you have been following his troubles: he is sailing now - with double reefed main and half a jib out, at speeds of 3 to 4 knots. I think I told you he has had a second drop of fuel, and has cut one shroud and reattached the turnbuckle and closed the gap with chain. Pacific Seafarers Net has taken him off emergency status.

I started today being net controller for the Puddle Jump net, Thursdays, with my Australian accent being an effort for the Yanks to understand; Americans dominate the scene here. I revel in it!

Ate the last bananas today. A wonder they lasted 2 weeks! Last of the lettuce too. But a wonderful potato salad for lunch and Adrienne cooked a fabulous borsch for dinner.

No-one else in sight, just a big yellow moon, as we sluice along through the night, heading for the Equator.
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Vessel Name: BLUEBOTTLE (ex-Aura)
Vessel Make/Model: Lidgard 49' steel ketch
Hailing Port: Hobart
Crew: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
About:
We have completed our trans-Pacific voyage - from Panama to Hobart via Ecuador, Mexico, French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Bundaberg, and are now pausing before resuming land life. [...]
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When the port authorities here were approached to renew our Panamanian boat registration, they said "You can't call your boat Aura - that's taken" so we decided to call her Bluebottle! If you know the Goons, you know of Bluebottle, that little twit! He was always getting into trouble with his thin [...]
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BLUEBOTTLE (ex-Aura)

Who: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
Port: Hobart