On July 2, 2016, we departed Majuro, Marshall Islands, for a long, upwind sail to Samoa. Crow flies, it was an 1800-mile passage that we thought might take two weeks, three at the most with the light winds that were predicted for our first few days at sea. It was 25 days later that we finally sighted the island of Savai’i on the horizon.
The first two weeks we had wind so light it barely filled the sails, coupled with seas so calm we felt like we were just hanging out on the boat while she happened to be moving. We deliberately went looking for the Equatorial Counter-current and a big part of our days were spent evaluating our progress and determining when the current was giving us a 1-1.5 knot boost and when we’d sailed out of its helpful push to the east. Evening squalls were easy going and it wasn’t until we dipped below the equator that the wind filled in from the southeast, eventually building to 20-30 knots and kicking up 8-10 foot seas as a passing low caught up with us. The last five days were the most difficult. Overall we sailed more than 2200 miles, averaging 75 miles per day, making this our slowest, longest, and most interesting voyage.
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Beautiful pictures. This is so amazing to me. You are both so great
Fantastic blog post, Amanda! Your photos and captions really nail what it can be like on a passage.
Nice hard dodger! Where did you find it, I’d like to install one on my boat…
Thanks! My partner Brian built it. Fiberglass top with stainless supports and canvas windows that open for airflow. I love it because it’s sturdy enough to stand on which helps me fold the main and streamlined enough that it doesn’t make the boat look taller and wider than she already is.