Staging of a men’s outrigger canoe race in Papeete Tahiti

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Fishing on passage is something my brother and I both really enjoy. Catching big fish is not only fun but provides us with a steady source of very healthy free protein that tastes better than anything you could buy. On … Continue reading


Shore leave for a month and a half

I flew home yesterday, to Las Vegas, after a  3 1/2 month delivery of a Hallberg Rassy 45 from Grenada to Tahiti. I’ll be catching up on things and relaxing for a month and a half until I fly to New Zealand on September 9th to deliver a Hallberg Rassy 40 from Auckland to Seattle. My brother and I will be doing this delivery together and the plan is for a non stop 7200nm passage from Auckland to Seattle so that we can be home in time to spend the holidays with friends and family.

Technical problems shut down my website for a month during the last delivery and kept me from posting regular blog updates while on passage, but now that I’m home I think all of the problems are worked out ( with the exception of getting some of the photos reposted) and I’ll be posting photos and videos from our last delivery. Really good internet access is one of those things you don’t appreciate when you live in the states but when you’re out of the country for a while you realize how good you have it.

i think I finally have it worked out now so that on the next delivery from Auckland to Seattle I’ll be able to post daily updates while at sea.

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Ramblings at sea, on passage to the Marquesas

Just after sunup  I picked up 13 dead squid and 4 flying fish from the deck, a record number of squid so far for this delivery.  Every night flying fish and squid commit “suicide by boat” en mass and every morning I have to walk around just after sun up tossing them back before they become glued to the deck.

According to old sailors lore, the squid and flying fish are jumping toward the white sail, thinking it’s the moon, and if you shine you’re flashlight on the sail at night you’ll catch more. Why they’re jumping toward the moon I have no idea.  Why I’d want more squid or flying fish jumping aboard is also beyond me, they’re too small to be of any use, unless you’re really desperate.

Last night I also had a squid fly through the forward dodger window, which was open about 4″, and down through the companionway into the salon.  Of course I discovered this squid, with my right foot, when I came from taking a shower and was headed up into the cockpit to dry off, in total darkness.  The squid left me with a nice ink stain on the rug and a fishy smelling foot.
I’ve also been hit in the head before by both flying fish and squid, startling and smelly.


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