Category Archives: Pacific Ocean Logs

Opening Day on the Bay

When I was living in the Bay Area, I knew where I would be on the last Sunday of April each year-out sailing for Opening Day on the San Francisco Bay.  We happened to be in town for the event … Continue reading

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Memoir of My First Ocean Passage

“You know, this boat would be great to sail in the Pacific Cup” said Andy in his distinctive Swiss accent. It was a rare sunny day in February of ‘96 and we were out on San Francisco Bay on a … Continue reading

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Brisbane to the Whitsunday Islands

Arriving in Australia from Noumea, Scarborough Marina, just north of Brisbane was a very convenient place to check in. In an otherwise nice marina, we ended up parked next to the very ripe smelling local fishing boats that attracted flocks … Continue reading

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My Worst Blunder

While I’ve made a number of blunders in my cruising life, without question the worst would be running aground on Arutua Atoll in the Tuamotus Island group of French Polynesia in April of 1998. I still remember the incident as … Continue reading

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Snug in Noumea

Bonjour! We arrived safely in Noumea this morning at 1030 hrs and are snug in the marina at Port Moselle. After pleasant visits from New Caledonia Quarantine, Customs and Immigration, we spent the day tidying up “Moonshadow.” Its time for … Continue reading

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Lord Howe to Noumea, Day 4

Last night was interesting aboard “Moonshadow.” “Interesting” usually means no sleep for me and last night was no exception. A cold front began passing over us, bringing lots of wacky wind shifts, dramatic changes in wind speed, squalls and the … Continue reading

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Lord Howe to Noumea, Day 3

The wind has finally arrived! Just after midnight last night, the breeze picked up to about eight knots so we were able to give the diesel a rest after more than 30 hours of motorsailing. Of course the wind is … Continue reading

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Lord Howe to Noumea, Day 2

Greetings from the Coral Sea! We finally broke our fishing curse today with the landing of a small mahi-mahi this afternoon. Yea, fish for dinner! There seems to be a direct relationship between pulling some frozen chicken breasts out of … Continue reading

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A Week on Lord Howe Island

A Visit to Lord Howe Island Well off the beaten “Coconut Milk Run” track, I think that Lord Howe Island may well be one of the best-kept secrets in the South Pacific. Located 225 nm Northeast of Sydney and 675 … Continue reading

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Departing Lord Howe for Noumea

We departed Lord Howe Island, bound for Noumea, New Caledonia, at first light this morning. At this writing, our position was 30 degrees 58 minutes South by 159 degrees 37 minutes West, or about 45 miles northeast of Lord Howe, … Continue reading

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