|Connie sewed up this lee cloth to hold me in when it gets rough|
Our friend Scott Tobiason joins us today. With him and his passport we can go to the port captain on Monday and apply for our exit papers (zarpe). The port captain will send our information over to customs and immigration who make sure we are not on the "most wanted" list. Then customs makes an appointment for the next day to come visit the boat to make sure we aren't smuggling anything illegal. Once that is done we get our zarpe and can leave the country.
|Kite sailing through the anchorage at La cruz, Banderas Bay|
Our course is not straight across the 19 degree latitude line but takes the Great Circle Route, climbing to latitude 21 then turning south back to 19 degrees at Hawaii. It is shorter by about 30 miles. Figure that one out!
Once in Hawaii we'll visit the islands, find safe anchorages, and enjoy the sights. After a couple of months when we get closer to the summer season, we'll head north from the islands the once clear of the Pacific high pressure zone, we'll turn east and run towards British Columbia, hopefully making landfall at the north end of Vancouver Island. From there we'll go south at a leisurely pace and end up in Puget Sound to visit friends and see what it is like to have Traveler in our home waters.
At least that's the plan. I hope it all goes down as we envision. This is our first time running off shore. I think we are up for it. I know the boat is.
We don't have extra crew yet for the Hawaii to BC run so if any of our readers are interested in making a 20 to 25 day crossing in July please get in touch with us. I think it will be much easier with a crew of three or four. With two, we go four hours on and four hours off, thus you never get more than four hours sleep at a time. With three we go four on, eight off. That seems to be much better. With four I guess we could go to three hour shifts and everyone would get nine hours between shifts. What luxury that would be!
|Jorden Series drogue we picked up at a swap meet. Drag this behind the boat when the tempest strikes.|
On the way, we will be using the Sailmail and the Winlink system to send and receive email messages via the HAM radio. We'll also use the radio to download weather files so we don't run smack into a tropical storm on the way.
The next postings after this one will be via the radio and thus will be brief and have no pictures. Boring, in fact, it shall be, but exciting for us as we embark on our newest great adventure, crossing the Pacific Ocean.
|Teak side deck removed, glassed, and just now painted.|