ProjectPacific: Day 23

Today was the day I bet we would get to Hawaii.  Judging by the fact that we can’t even see it yet, I would say I was a little off.  However, we have less than 300nm left so we are estimating arriving Thursday morning!  Farrell is having trouble sleeping during the day now as he…

ProjectPacific: Day 22

What started out with waves that could have been out of the Perfect Storm is ending with beautiful 15knot winds pushing us along towards the promise of long showers and fresh fruit.  Okay, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, but it is slightly terrifying watching these massive waves come right up to our stern before…

ProjectPacific: Day 21

I don’t believe in bad luck, just bad timing, which is how today went for me.  We’ve been rotating one hour shifts hand steering to keep the most efficient course we can.  On today’s shifts we have had squall after squall after squall, which is quite different than the usual sun we’ve been growing accustomed…

ProjectPacific: Day 20

After 20 days at sea and only seeing a handful of cargo ships, we were surprised to come across another boat yesterday evening and again when a bright light bobbed along the horizon at 5 in the morning.  We have been accustomed to it just being the three of us;  the occasional Albatross (who we…

ProjectPacific: Day 19

A cloud covered the sun and I grip the wheel a little tighter.  The swells that just seconds ago were friendly now look ominous and angry as they charge towards us.  Minutes later I am drenched by a fine rain that is the type that manages to get everything wet.  These squalls have been visiting…

ProjectPacific: Day 18

Ever since rounding Cape Flattery we’ve been on edge.  Every whitecap could be one.  Every crashing wave against our hull could be its’ spray.  When planning this trip, I imagined it a certain way and just like anything my expectations don’t always meet reality.  I wouldn’t have even imagined I would be reading a book…

ProjectPacific: Day 17

Me again, still here in the middle of the ocean.  We are slowly making progress. Now that we are under 1000nm (902nm to be exact) left to go to Hawaii, we can’t help but to get frustrated when our sails flap when the wind dies or when we can’t seem to get our course direction…

ProjectPacific: Day 16

It has been an eventful day full of an endless amount of sail changes, a rain squall and a fix on the main sail.  The winds couldn’t make up their minds minds today, which of course got Farrell frustrated and lead us all getting out best work out yet!  Nothing like yanking on some sheet…

ProjectPacific: Day 15

We were asked yesterday if we are having fun.  The question threw me off.  I should be having fun shouldn’t I?  But my immediate reaction was no.  I mean of course when I’ms sitting on the bow being thrown up and down while singing Celine Dion, that’s fun (don’t judge me!)  But overall, I wouldn’t…

ProjectPacific: Day 14

Two weeks at sea!  I am finally getting better at relaxing without feeling guilty about it.  Our days are filled with napping, snacking and reading.  We are starting to get really good at all of those activities.  The sun has started to come out and we were even in shorts and tank tops today.  I…