Monday, June 29, 2009

We made it to Marquesas in French Polynesia!  We anchored on the island of Hiva Oa.  There are 10 islands that make up Marquesas Islands.  French is the language and Francs are the currency. The passage across the Pacific was long.  As I mentioned before, we made it sooner than we anticipated due to the [...]

LAND HOOOO BABY!!!!!!!!! Wednesday, June 24, 2009

We made it!!!!!!!! It is 8am local time on Hiva Oa (we think). We are 4 miles out and motoring to our anchorage. Beautiful Islands all around us. It looks like our passage time is going to be 18 days and 1 hour…..that is just outstanding! I will keep you posted….stay [...]

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 – Almost There!

Hello……only 125nm to go! We can’t see land yet but probably will by morning. We expect to be at our first Marquesas Island (Hiva oa) by noonish tomorrow!!!! We have had some strong winds and seas the last few days so I guess those prayers are working….thank you all! We have [...]

Sunday, June 21, 2009 – by Gary Dawson

The Passage Week 2
We are now only 500 miles from the Marquesas Islands, Latitude 10 S, Longitude 130.3 W. Only 4 days left to go.
We have had a few days this week that storms passed through, 20-30 MPH winds and rain. But as a result the boat was making great time under sail. Fishing [...]

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father’s Day to all of the Father’s in our lives!
492nm to go. All is well here. The seas have calmed down quite a bit and so have the winds (and so have I). We are motoring again but that is just how it goes.
A few days ago Gary had to [...]

Friday, June 19, 2009

Day 14. We continue making our way….We have 850nm miles to go. I never thought I would consider 800 miles close to anything, but I do now! Our friends, Terry, Christine and Sinbad on sailboat Sedna left Galapagos 4.5 days ahead of us. We have been in radio contact with them [...]

Gary’s Weekly Column as seen in the local Michigan Paper…

The Passage
Week 1
We have been at sea for a week now and have another two weeks to go. We are at latitude 8 S and longitude 111 W, 1200 miles from any land. We have had to motor maybe about 20% of the time. Usually at night, when the wind dies down. But we have [...]

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Well only 1,350 nm left to go. For those that like to know where we are on the globe; as of this writing (3:31pm UTC) we are 09 degrees at 25 min. South, 116 degrees at 08 min. West on a course of 256 degrees. Simply put, right, smack in the middle of [...]

A Smidgen of Time by Mike Dawson (6/14/2009)

A Smidgen of Time
(Dedicated to my father, James Dawson)
As you are all aware we share sailing duties at various times through the day and night. Tonight was a special moment on my shift that started from 8pm to 11pm.
The other crew went down for their rest before taking their shifts later that night and morning.
Anyone [...]

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Pacific has proved to be our friend and remains relatively calm for us, as many told us it would be. Here we are 4500nm into our circumnavigation of the globe and the worst seas we have ever been in, by far, were in the U.S…..that darn Gulf Stream.
So we have sailed about [...]