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Sailing across the Coral Sea, the beginning of an epic sailing adventure - Learning B

Well this is it!
After 3 seasons of learning, fails, funtimes and amazing adventures up and down the east coast of Australia its finally time to begin my overseas sailing adventure. I set off from Gladstone, Australia and sail across the Coral Sea to Honiara, Solomon Islands. This was my first ever completed offshore passage and it took me 8 days to cover the 1100 mile (2000km) journey. I faced some pretty challenging conditions but my awesome boat Schiehallion powered on through and I arrived without any serious problems. I did battle some up and down emotions though!

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How do you like the solomons
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Absolutely amazing! Could have stayed years I think. The whole reason I brought a sailboat was to be able to go places where its difficult for tourists to get to and the Solomons is that for sure. Happy and friendly people and beautiful islands. Easy anchoring and enough wind but no cyclones. Would highly recommend it.
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Re: Sailing across the Coral Sea, the beginning of an epic sailing adventure - Learni

Nice video! Enjoyed watching it. Reminded me of heading North from NZ a while back....but having capable crew on board made a huge difference I think. Bummer about your crew. Did you have some motion sickness meds on board or was Tom just freaked out? Also sounds like your pilot can't be set for wind angle. Doing that or using a wind vane makes a big difference in changing conditions. Schiehallion seems fairly awesome. Fair winds!

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Nice video! Enjoyed watching it. Reminded me of heading North from NZ a while back....but having capable crew on board made a huge difference I think. Bummer about your crew. Did you have some motion sickness meds on board or was Tom just freaked out? Also sounds like your pilot can't be set for wind angle. Doing that or using a wind vane makes a big difference in changing conditions. Schiehallion seems fairly awesome. Fair winds!
Hi Dadio. Yeah had plenty of seasick meds, 2 different types, but Tom was just overwhelmed I think. I haven't connected the auto-pilot to the wind instruments or plotter, I'm a big believer in keeping things as simple as possible.
Stoked you liked the video, theres been a few come out since then, let me know how you like the rest.
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What charts worked best for the solomoms
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No charts are accurate up there. I used some paper charts(can be brought at the national chat office in Honiara) and Navionics as rough guides. The most help was an app called OvitalMap, its a satellite maps based app and works very well once you've figured it out(Chinese app).

The water is very clear everywhere so its easy to see reefs if you're moving at the right time of day.
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Google earth.

It can be overlayed in OpenCpn.
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Google earth.

It can be overlayed in OpenCpn.
Ive found some apps that offer sat view, but not integrated in charts.
They are neat.

I dont think i have the attention span required for opencpn....simpleton yes
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Re: Sailing across the Coral Sea, the beginning of an epic sailing adventure - Learni

Interesting vid, thanks for sharing. I'm curious about your relationship with Tom. What were you expecting from him at the start, an extra pair of hands, him able to do watches for you, or was he a tourist? Did you view him as an adult or was he a kid you were taking on a trip? Glad you guys both made it safely to your destination and impressive that you were able to single hand it the whole way. It must have been trying dealing with 1 out of 1 crew down for the count. I imagine it also must have been a real bad scene for Tom if he was just curled up in that bunk for 8 days straight, he could not have been in a good place. I imagine if he was seasick and it didn't abate for a week straight that would be pretty rough on a person, but I wasn't sure how much was physiological and how much was mental. A shame it went down that way but good on you for getting all safely to the destination through some tough weather.
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