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|One of the longest passages
commonly taken by cruising sailors, the 3,000 mile hop to the Marquesas
is normally an easy one with very few storms, warm weather and a following
That is exactly what Neil and the two old friends from Quebec, Lars Mhor and Heather Tyler experienced.
We motored when the wind was very light, usually with a reefed sail set to faciltate a quick set when wind came.
Our Assymetrical spinaker got a fair bit of work, and added a bit of colour
to the sunsets.
Amazingly, we passed withing 100 metres of a catamaran we overtook about half way across. He was cruising slowly under reduced sail, smack on our course. The only othre vessel we saw (even on AIS) was a fishing boat crossing our path.
We had dolphins for company a lot.
|One pod of hundreds swam diagonally across our bows, with many of htem pausing hteir joiurney for a few minutes to play in our bow wave.
|Lars made a great video of dolphins swimming just ahead of us, by ataching his GoPro to the boathook and holding it under water. This still shot is lifted from it.
|After 21 days, with nice but not
spectacular sunsets every night, this island of Fatu Hiva appeared on the
horizon. In the pre-GPS days, finding it was an achievemement, but
today navigation is easy.
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