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Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 24th 2011

Location: 29 24.12N 115 13 70W Motoring at 8.1 knots Winds: 4.0 Knots True After a great sail yesterday, the wind decided to depart at sunset and we have been motoring since. Hopefully they will pick up later today. I think it takes everyone a few days to wind down.. whether it is on vacation, or a break from their normal hectic schedule. I know it was like a breath of fresh air to have no cell phone, no internet, no way to deal with paperwork or see news. There is no traffic, no shopping, no sounds of traffic, sirens, fighter jets or other air traffic (San Diego is Very noisy). It has felt good. But it wasn't until three peach whale blows lit in the sunrise this morning, like sheer drapery floating over the silver ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 23rd 2011

March 23rd, 2010 31 35.135N 116 45.458W Location: Heading South from Ensenada Speed 7.9 knots Sail: Motor sailing with Main Crew: just finished grilled sandwich lunch.. and happy Comments: Torches and pitchforks were on the ready. Plans for demonstrations, revolts and media blitzing were made in the Jacuzzi. Then we woke to glassy seas and a clear sunny wind-less day. We knew #2 could find no excuse to keep us captive any longer. #2 didn't. #2, who we found out is the dude that takes care of the light houses, did the job needed while #1 was in Mexico City on vacation, and he opened the port. At 9am, our papers were delivered and Marina bill scrubbed clean by management as an apology for any wrongs they may have committed concerning the rock 20 feet to ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 22nd 2011

5pm Tuesday March 22nd. Winds 20 knots Seas: 3-5 feet Crew: Extremely frustrated. After dealing with the harbor master on our "rock" issue (Which was filmed by Jonny with our large camera... good stuff), we had divers check the damage along with Brett as our additional scraped-keel assessor.. They all found a nice scrape but no big damage. After Brett removed himself from the lovely olive green harbor water, he tried to hose off on the dock only to douse himself with water that smelled like "@#$@!!" The gagging & spitting Brett climbed aboard, to rush to our clean shower at the aft deck. He scrubbed down with Dr. Bronners peppermint soap like a hazmat trained safety team would.. (even the inside of his mouth) and poured hydrogen peroxide in his ears to kill any creepies ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 21st 2011

Monday, March 21st, 2011 9:50pm I sit soggy at the computer after a healing jacuzzi session at the Hotel Coral Marina. This Jacuzzi might possibly be magic. Not the magic that transforms your hair-do or bank account... but the magic that happens when you need to bubble off the last few months of hectic boat work, flights, family visits, BBQ's, parties, and late night pow wows with desert spirits... and of course.. Vegas. This trip to the US was exactly that. A Trip. We had the most amazing time catching up with old friends, family and making new friends. We hit the ground running and did not stop. To know you have limited time to see people, see new sights, re-visit favorite locations, and stock up on anything American you want, because you have no idea ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » South China Se March 17th 2011

Tonight they made an announcement that the entire shipboard community should come to the Union at 7 to hear where we are going instead of Japan. We are now going to Taiwan! The Philippines and South Korea were the other options, but because of radiation and political/religious unrest, SAS thought the safest place to go would be Taiwan. We were all sort of bummed because I think we were all looking forward to Japan. But I keep telling myself that this is a natural disaster and there is nothing I can do about it. I’m happy that they are just letting us go somewhere else in Asia that is safe. So I will be going there after Shanghai for four days. The only real negative problem with going to Taiwan is that we all need visas. ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » South China Se March 14th 2011

MARCH 14th--- Today I decided to get a pedicure at the health center….just go to India and you’ll know why this is necessary! The woman who did my nails was Ukrainian. It was the most painful experience of my life. I mean they look and feel good, but I was tearing at one point. She told me I had an infection on one of my toes from something in India….ewww……yay India, you have permanently ruined my feet! What a surprise! I mean I only walked barefoot in all these temples where people pee on the ground…gross! Good news is that I will have all my 5 toes when I return home hahah! As for the health update from India. I’m happy to say that everyone made it out of India alive! There are a few cases ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 7th 2011

Our trip started in New York. We took flight to Phoenix and then to Honolulu. I worried how it can be for me. The flight is about 10 hours, too long for me. But all turned very good. We were met in airport in Honolulu and transferred to hotel. The name of our tour gay was Ivan, very pleasant Chinese young man. He took care for all out businesses. He organized all our tours and the price was really very reasonable. ... read more
Hunolulu at night

Oceans and Seas » Pacific January 31st 2011

Monday Jan 31st, 2011 South Eastern Pacific Basin Latitude 17 degrees 48 minutes south- Longitude 84 degrees 19 minutes west We have not seen land for two days now and the seas are beginning to build up. Storm clouds are on the horizon and the wind is freshening from the southeast. We continue on a southwesterly course headed for the most remote island in the world, Isla de Pascua, also known as Easter Island because it was first discovered by Europeans on Easter Sunday in 1722. What that first visitor found were huge Moai, stone statues carved by the island’s first inhabitants. They stand about 13 feet high and there are some 890 of them scattered around the island. I have always wanted to visit this island and look forward to our arrival there. But first ... read more
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Oceans and Seas » Pacific January 28th 2011

Beautiful, beautiful Bora Bora!!! What a stunning place this is, although very isolated, and typically French Polynesian mega expensive!! Hey ho, not going to spend much time on the internet, but thought you may like pics of "heaven on earth' and the real hone of South Pacific and Bloody Mary's!! More soon Love Elaine x... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific January 23rd 2011

Well it is the last full day on board the ship :-( Cases pretty well packed and ready to go give or take a few odds and ends. Temperature getting a bit cooler now but still nice and sunny at about 14 degrees. Had a good evening last night with a meal in the Rhodes which combined a special menu with selected wines. An associate winemaker was in attendance who gave a talk between each course which provided interesting information some of which was even absorbed by riff raff like us! A lucky group of just 40 managed to get seats for this event, and not sure what we did to deserve it but we were rather embarrassingly seated with the wine expert himself. Fortunately he was very down to earth type of guy who took ... read more

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