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Day 7 landfall

After a fun night of sailing with the spinnaker we made 8 to 9 knots. Cary hand steered for his 4 hour shift. I took over and used the wind vane as the wind died off. We made enough ground to arrive in New Caledonia by lunch.

Thanks,

Jacques


Day 7 Passage to New Caledonia

Like most passages the wind is always blowing out of the direction of which you choose to go. This morning as we were clipping along a series of small and uneventful squalls twisted up the winds and the seas. Now we are sailing slowly at 3 knots again and pointing 49 degrees in the wrong direction hoping the sea and winds reorganize. Anyway the squall did give Cary enough time to take a shower un the squall rain and a little rinse as well. We are also fishing again but that to has been very slow to produce anything too note today. We have about 120 nautical miles to go and hopefully we will make into New Caledonia tomorrow afternoon but who knows.

Current Position: 23deg 52.3min South, 167deg 12.5min East UTC 05:03, COG 319deg, WS 9.5 knots, WD 245deg SW, SH -1meter, Cloudy Skies and mixed up seas with a few squalls off in the distance

Thanks,
Jacques Henry


Day 6 Passage to New Caledonia

Another great day on the ocean and looking to be a good night too. The wind is staying out of the east and we are making anywhere from 7 to 8 knots of speed. We have about 220 nautical miles left to go and hopefully we can make it to port before sunset. I always hate heaving too off the port entrance waiting for the sun to come up when I can see land.
We caught another Mahi Mahi, but after 4 days of fish everything we decided to let this go. I am hoping for a blue or yellow fin tuna to make some sushi. Nothing better than 1 hour old raw tuna made into sushi. Other than baking some bread and making some hokey pokey cookies everything is the same.

Current Position: 25deg 23.9min south, 167deg 56.9min East, COG 319deg, Time UTC: 06:34, Wind Speed 20knots, Wind Direction: 45deg NE, Temp: 78, Wave height 1 to 2 meters, No storms as the barometer indicated yesterday but increased wind speed and sea conditions. Cloudy overcast skies

Thanks,
Jacques Henry


Day 5 Passage to New Caledonia

Today was a beautiful day full of wind, that’s right 15 knots of wind to be on point. It blew at 96 degrees to or beam and has zipped use along at 7 knots boat speed to our far and away destination. We should be making landfall in about 3 days’ time as long as the wind and direction hold fast. On other exciting daily activities that occurred is two headsail changes,3- braided pull strings for the new snatch blocks and tied a 3-way helm knot on the helm. I added some bungee cord to the snatch blocks to keep them from slapping the rail at night in lite breeze, sure helps folks get some sleep around here. I also took a lovely sea bath and was happy to find the ocean water warm and refreshing, just a tad too much salt though. Its so exciting to be sailing at 7 knots tied to the back of the boat half naked dumping bucks of salt water over your head well trying not to fall off, stuff just gets me going. After quick fresh water rinse and I am back on top baby, huba huba. The rest of the day was spent reading and watching the ocean, clouds, and listening to music. Life is good today, be better with a beer but its good to have goals.

Current position: 28deg 13.9min South, 169deg 38.0min East, UTC 06:23, Wind Speed: 12 knots, Wind Direction: 30deg NE, boat speed: 6.4 knots, Air temp: 77deg F, Cloudy with patches of sun. Barometer fell 6 point in the last 8 hours indicating possible rough weather ahead, guess we will find out.

Thanks,

Jacques Henry


Day 4 Lost in TIME Travel!……

I am sailing across an ocean lost in time. The vessel for witch I time travel is Dragonsbane where I am currently at 29deg 44.8min south, 170deg 31.0min east or there about. Nothing around me changes; the ocean is blue, dark, cold, and full of silent monsters. I describe it as being on the dark side of the moon. You know the dark side of moon exist but you never have seen it with your own eyes. Here now, gliding along an infinite blue watery dessert that expanse into more oceans I lose sense of time. Sailing, believing that land exists on the other side of time. Time that I have calculated and summarize to the last minute should unveil land. Until the time clock on wall tics by seconds, minutes, hours, and days I will be surrounded by blue horizons, above, and below. No depth prospection to convince me otherwise that time has not stopped or begun I just keep the faith to go on. Just locked away in time Dragonsbane.

Thank you,
Jacques Henry
Current Position: 29deg 37.5min South, 170deg 27.8min East, UTC 07:43, Wind Speed: 10knotes, Wind Direction: 88deg NE, Wave Height: -1 meter, Air Temp 75deg F, Water Temp 81 deg, Skies cloudy but sunny


Day 3 Passage from New Zealand to New Caledonia

As we sailed into the early morning hours of the day the wind changed direction and is right on our aft tail. At midnight Cary and I put up the spinnaker in attempt to maintain our very slow progress of 4 knots. We were able to keep this up till about mid-morning. We have spent the rest of today slow gliding along at a brisk pass of 2 to 3 knots. The good news is that the further we go north the wind is showing to gain strength 10 to 15 knots.

The fish Cary caught yesterday has been enjoyed for yesterday’s lunch, dinner, and again lunch today. Maybe tonight we can have something other than fish but we still have a lot to eat. Anyway all is good and looking forward to stronger winds, at least we all are getting allot of reading done. The stars once again last night were amazing. Cary and I at midnight saw the whole skyline flash green as something burned up in the atmosphere, just plan awesome to watch. The temperature is still cold for us as we move slowly north and we are all ready for the warm tropic air.

Current Position: 31deg 35.9min South, 171deg 43.3min East, Wind Speed: 4 knots, Wind Direction: south, Swell Height: -1meter, Skies clear and sunny with cool evening clear skies

Thanks,

Jacques


Passage Day 2- New Zealand to New Caledonia

It was a wonderful start to our passage and a bit chilly out here on the ocean. The stars are just as bright as I remember them to be. You could see the Milky Way and cluster of stars far off on the horizon. This morning as I laid in my bunk I was awoke by the sounds of the fishing reel peeling out line. Cary was quick to get the reel and start playing the fish. After about 20 minutes of Cary cranking in the line he landed a 47inch, 18.6lbs Mahi Mahi his biggest ever. Not too bad for Cary’s first fish onboard Dragonsbane and hopefully not the last.

We are running with the wind at our port quarter with our kite up averaging 6 knots. So far in the last few hours the swells have started to build up and have been hitting us on our beam causing us to flop a bit but not to uncomfortable, I will take the speed.

Current Position: 33deg 07.2min South, 172deg 43.3min East. time: UTC03:41, Wind Speed 11 kts, Wind Direction: South West South, Swell Height 1 to 2 meter, Clear skies and sunny

Thank you,

Jacques