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Is this Bluewater Sailing, or What?!
I helped this friend get his boat, named Shanti, a 2007 Catalina 42, from the San Juans to Santa Barbara a year ago September, and then from Puerto Vallarta to the Marquesas last April and May. We had some good times on our voyages. I flew home from Tahiti, he carried on to Tonga, Samoa and bunch of other islands, and then with cyclone season approaching he chose to go back to Hawaii rather to NZ. He left Pago Pago and made it to Hawaii. He's not much of a writer, but what I got from him was pretty compelling so thought I'd share it. He's safely tucked in at Ko Olina marina on Oahu now.
I think this counts as a BFS. He was a complete rooky when we left the San Juans. He pulled into Ko Olina about a week ago. I know some of you would have done it differently, or might want to pick apart something, but, hey, step back and respect what he did. Here's what he sent me:
After 24 days from Pago Pago, Amer. Samoa via Penrhyn, Northern Cooks I arrived in Honolulu yesterday - 3,100nm. To Penrhyn beating on the nose with squalls like nothing I ever seen-up to 40 sustained at times-yes we reduced and got knocked around-it seemed like ITCZ corridor moved south to 9* and not a equator. At Penrhyn, Debbie M_______ my crew got off-couldn't take pounding and heeling. Ok with me, so went alone the last 2,000nm to Hono averaging 166nm daily with jenny last 7 days-got up to 11knots with full main and partially reefed jenny ALL on starboard tack the whole way! Learned a lot going thru the swells-needed more speed at times to keep wave from breaking THRU the cockpit and other times slowing down in confused seastate after being tossed around! Never saw another vessel and at 3*N45'' found equatorial countercurrent at 1-2knots going up as far as 8*N45''all on current out of west. Friend D_____ met me at marina with flower leis and champagne-what a voyage-Missed you guys but hey sometimes you gota go solo. In April I head from Kauai to Sitka, Alaska going down inside passage all next summer returning to Brown Island next Sept. after 2 years-hope we can meet somewhere along the way.