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Set sail to Seattle 24 hrs ago. Estimated ETA June 25 ish.
Elated to be 29 miles from Hilo. We are 15 miles of shore and the Big Island is still hiding! ETA 175 miles in the last 24 hours. Dena dug around below the floors for a bottle of bubbly to celebrate with. What a surprise, we have a choice of Dom, Veuve or Moet! Libby is good, we are good, life is good!
Another 165 miles in the last 24 hours. 191 miles to go. Squally today with bright sunshine in between. Looks like a Sunday evening arrival into Hilo. Lost two WindGen blade tips last night to a young Red Footed Booby that eventually landed on our upper spreaders in 20 knots of wind and I guessing was blown off into the wind generator on the mizzen mast :-( All is well on board Libby. Our last sleep at sea fo this passage.
Another delightful sailing day today, Merry Christmas Eve! Making good time and not pushing Libby at all. Saw our 1st commercial ship this morning, Sasebo Green (MMSI 538005622 for you sailing geeks). Spoke at length with a very nice 3rd Mate from the Phillipines. Ship was coming from Mobile, Alabama to Lan Shan, China. ETA January 13th! We wished each other a Merry Christmas from the high seas.
Two great days of sailing in boisterous seas ranging from 2 meters to 4 meters. Last 24 hour run 189 miles. Total miles so far 1587. Miles 700 miles to go. Wind and sea state eased, sailing along nicely with reefed Genoa, Main and Mizzen.
Rain has given way to butt kickin' winds and seas! We have moved into separate apartments for the duration...I have the cockpit and Dena has down below. Neither of us likes each other's apartments in these conditions. We are looking forward to getting there!
All is well aboard Libby! 135 miles in the last 24hrs, less due to rain and squalls and rain and squalls and some rain and squalls.
Rain, rain, rain....squall, squall, squall....The boats clean. Looking to push through this area of variable winds and torrential rain into the Northerly trade winds. This may be a day away. 135 miles in the last 24 hours.
Crossed into the Northern Hemmisphere this morning at 01:30 Dena gave thanks to Neptune for both of us. 161 miles in the last 24 hours. All of a sudden it is really hot!
Another great day sailing. 169 miles in the last 24 hours. (noon to noon) Seas building the closer we get to the EQ. Will cross the Equator sometime tomorrow morning.
Libby is performing well. Close Hauled boat speed 7.5-8 knots in the last 12 hours. Last 24 hour run 165 miles. Fabulous sailing. Hope this holds up through the ITCZ.
Anchored in Nuku HIva, small boat projects underway before we head to Hawaii
Anchored off the Sofitel for Dena's 52nd Birthday! Whale watching, paddle boarding, snorkling, Champagne and Chicken Curry!
Anchored in Moorea
Port Autonome, Papeete for a few weeks
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