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All day long we ghosts under the partially reefed main and the asymmetrical spinnaker. We never did more than 4 knots but at least we were moving.

Sometime during the morning the SE swell arrived foretelling more difficult sailing conditions ahead. The skies in the afternoon were full clouds I had not seen since leaving Victoria. The times, according to Mr. Dylan, are a changin’.

In 4 days or so will be giving up some of the easting we’ve earned here as we will be driving into some stiff headwinds. They will be the last of the SE trade winds and the last of the major obstacles before encountering the westerlies that will sweep us all the way to New Zealand.

I will miss the grandeur of this place. The relative peace and tranquility here. I see now why those early explorers were enthralled here. Why they lingered. Why Fletcher Christian, once Bligh’s friend turned and mutineed. I see why they writ stories about this place.

Yet,I am glad to be on my way. I have far to travel and I am late. The islands and their rich history must wait.

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • Claude
    Posted at 20:39h, 29 March Reply

    In weather like today having a fellow partner would make the difference of the world.

    Heavy weather conditions are great only when you have enough energy to enjoy it. I wish you the time of your life.

  • Tony Yanca
    Posted at 02:58h, 06 April Reply

    Hi Bert, I came across your voyage on looking for more positive and up-beat news in the world today. As we continue to try to isolate ourselves looking to conquer this extremely serious virus, you’re essentially isolated fighting the elements of Ocean Blue. I’m a surfer in Southern California and I’m always intrigued by extremely passionate individuals who take on these adventures, especially when it involves the ocean. I’m currently listening to some Reggae and enjoying a Pale Ale from our local brewery 🙂 Our Family is healthy and I’ll be working from home tomorrow, but will continue to follow your voyage rooting you on the whole way through. I wish you safe passage and pray that you will utilize all that you’ve learned to help you endure the many obstacles that come your way. You will make complete this voyage and I look forward to your future posts. Take care of yourself.


  • John T.Rice
    Posted at 04:06h, 06 April Reply

    Be safe..pulling for you!

  • Susan Conway Gray
    Posted at 05:56h, 06 April Reply

    What an incredible journey you have set up for yourself!
    I find your reflection on the coronavirus to be incredibly insightful.
    Self isolation as a time to reflect on what we want to become, what legacy we choose to leave behind.
    To many that level of self introspection will appear daunting and even impossible.
    To truly examine our minds, behaviors, and motivations while holding them into the light through the prism of our souls is an exercise most would not have the courage to do.
    But I hope some will take up that challenge.
    Good luck to you!

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