The Big Passage to the Marquesas

We are leaving the Galapagos tomorrow (Saturday 24-April-2010) to head for the French Marquesas which is nearly 3000 nautical miles away. This will be our biggest passage ever and will take more than two weeks. Below is a screenshot from Google Earth showing a very rough map of the route:

Map of our route to the Marquesas from the Galapagos

Currently the forecast for the weather is good news and bad news. The good news is that things are calming down from the blustery winds many sailors have been experiencing during the last 10 days. The bad news is that the winds are forecasted to go even lighter than we would like. So, our journey may take longer than the 15 or 16 days we were hoping for. Of course, forecasts can change, so we will have to keep downloading weather faxes with our shortwave radio as we go along. The other good news is that the weather should be pleasant and maybe the fishing will be good!

Today we went on one last tour (look for a post soon about that), we have been doing last minute provisions, checking our systems, topping off fuels, and last minute Internet checks (yes, we managed to find working Internet on Isabela after all – it’s just hard to get to).

We have our clearance from the Galapagos in hand, and we plan to leave tomorrow by noon. There will still be blog posts and tweets on Twitter (follow us on @gotahina) which we will send via our short-wave radio. But, we won’t be able to check our regular e-mails until we arrive in the Marquesas in 15-20 days (estimated). Please wish us fair winds and a following sea. That’s the favored departure wish for all sailors.

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4 Responses to The Big Passage to the Marquesas

  1. nanag says:

    I am wishing you fair winds and a following sea (whatever that means), I am also wishing you happy days and restful nights! May you be blessed with the best..my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Gabby Abby says:

    Absolutely – many many wishes are with you for fair winds and a following sea on your 3000 mile Puddle Jump. See you on the other side and a {{hug}} to each and every soul aboard Tahina today.

  3. dave says:

    Frank, you may not be able to read this on passage but I recommend Fatu-hiva as a first landfall. Very small chance you will get in trouble for it and a much a more magic landfall. Night arrival is also possible. Hiva-oa is a terrible anchorage, just a place to check in after leaving Fatu-hiva. Lots of junk on the bottom, buoy your anchor! You will also benefit by gaining an extra week on your 90 days. In Fatu-hiva don’t try to get to far up into the bay in the shallow water as the bottom becomes rocky.

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