Join Date: Aug 2013
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Re: First Crossing
My wife and I just completed the crossing from mainland Ecuador to the French Marquesas. It took 28 days and 16 hours if I counted on my fingers correctly. We started on May 7 at a "going away" dinner at the restaurant Puerto Amistad. Puerto Amistad is located in the city of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador. We decided to buddy up with Kiwi cruising yacht called Solace. This was their second time to cross to the Marquesas and completes their first circumnavigation. We stayed within 200 nmi of Solace for the entire crossing. The wind for us was very good. Our best day was 170 nmi, but there was a nice current helping us. We had a bunch of 135 nmi days, and a good many with less mileage over a 24 hour period. There were some squally days and nights, but the wind never exceeded 20 knots. The wind became very weak for the last 600 nmi. We motor sailed at times through the night.
This was quite an experience. We were running downlind for 3 weeks. Poled out the jib for the first time and went wing on wing for about a week...for the first time. The spinnaker pole worked really well, and I thank a Kiwi that reviewed my rigging of the spin pole. Great chap with lots of racing experience.
Just a note that the more remote places have cruisers who look out for each other, help each other, and provide good friendships. It is really a great place to be. Hiva Oa is the only island we have seen so far. It is so beautiful. It reminds me of what Hawaiian islands might have been like in the 1940's and 50's. The Polynesians are predominant here. They have a commanding spirit of their lives and the direction they are going. That "Aloha" spirit sure lives here. You show respect, you get respect and a warm, welcoming spirit.
We have completed about 7,000 nmi since November 2015. About 5,500 nmi since July 2016. Just keep moving and the mile accumulate. Seems like a lot of mile when it is written down. But, does not seem like that much when we look back.
Last edited by gbgreen59; 05-15-2017 at 10:37 PM.