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02-10-2012

I'm still enjoying New York a lot. I don't think I could ever live in a big city like this, but for a visit it's a pretty amazing place. I've started to get to know my way around a little bit more, especially on the subway. It's a great system and easy to get all around the city on my own. I've been working a lot on Clipper City, sometimes as long as 12 hour shifts. On the weekends, there is a late sail in the evening so sometimes I get home close to 1 in the morning. I'm really enjoying the work and it's great seeing the big city and all the lights out on the water at night. Really cool! The rest of the time when I'm not out on the boat, we've been working on the documentary. It's getting colder really fast here but time is flying by. Next week, I'm visiting Tania Aebi in Vermont. Tania sailed around the world from 1985 to 1987 by a really similar route to what I did. When she started, she was 18 and had almost no sailing experience at all but she just went for it. I read her book Maiden Voyage for the first time when I was eight and got really inspired. She is one of the sailors I really admire and respect, so it will be exciting to finally meet.

Laura


24-09-2012

New York photo's

 


22-09-2012

New York is amazing. We arrived after traveling for 28 hours, so needed a good rest before going out to explore this amazing city. We went to Coney Island and Chinatown the first day. The next day, Jillian and I walked from her neighborhood in Brooklyn all the way across the Brooklyn Bridge. From the middle of the bridge, I spotted this beautiful old schooner and just had to go check it out. So when we got to the Manhattan side, we walked down to South Street Seaport to Pier 17 to have a look. As we were admiring the boat, the people aboard asked us if were looking for work. At first we said no, but after a nice conversation and a second thought, I asked more about it. And after one test run, I got accepted as crew on Clipper 'City'! She's a 160ft schooner that sails charters up and down to the Statue of Liberty. So I've got a job now, which is really awesome because after not sailing for a few weeks, my eyes were already turning to the water and the horizon again. This way I can make some money and be on the water at the same time. It's really hard work, hoisting all the huge sails six times a day without winches, but it's a great workout. We are also very busy with the documentary Jillian is making about my journey. And of course my birthday! Almost forgot to tell about that. Thanks for all the birthday wishes, it's been amazing! I had a great birthday sailing on another beautiful classical schooner called 'Shearwater' on the Hudson River and past the Statue of Liberty. After that we had some friends come over and I made real dutch pancakes, the good ones with cheese and bacon. Then we rented Big, a movie by Penny Marshall about a little kid who wishes to be big, and then it comes true. It still feels unreal to be 17! So yeah, long story short, I'm having a great time in this enormous, busy, and interesting city!

Laura

 


14-09-2012

My time in Whangarei has been really busy so far. The first couple days, media and people kept walking up the dock to Guppy, which didn't bother me at all because they were all so very nice. So yeah, that kept me busy for a while. And a lot of other great things have been happening too. I got my learner driver license which is pretty cool. I passed the written test so I can drive with someone else in the car until I get the full license. It's so exciting! Even after steering Guppy all around the world, it feels really awesome to be able to drive a car :). I also found work on a dive boat in Tutukaka! So I can start saving up money for another future adventure. There's still so much of the world left to see. While I work there, I want to get my commercial captain's license. So I've got plans to keep me busy for a while. I've also been down in Auckland for a TV show. They got me a flight from Whangarei. It was really amazing to fly over this beautiful country, to see green hills and blue water, here and there a house and a river with boats--it was all so beautiful! I couldn't stop staring out the window thinking wow, I live here now! Auckland is as big and busy as I imagined, but quite a nice city as far as I can say from the two hours I was down there, as I spent most of the time in the studio. It's still quite cold here, especially at night. One time it got down to 2 degrees! The people from the marina were so nice to give us a little electric heater and we got some more blankets so it's pretty cozy inside. And spring is coming. At day, when the sun comes out it's really nice and you can walk in just a t-shirt. We have such a great spot here in the marina, and there is even a sea lion who hangs around us all the time which is quite amazing. I am really in love with this beautiful country and all its friendly people.

Laura

 


12-09-2012

Photo's

 


10-09-2012

Interview

 


07-09-2012

I have really been enjoying the past few days in Whangarei. I've mainly been busy sorting out things like getting my driver's license and doing media requests. All the people have been so nice to me since I arrived, helping me out with many things, even though most of it I have to do myself anyway of course. Reva's, a restaurant just down in the Town Basin Marina invited us over for pizza the other night and it was lovely. She has had the restaurant for a lot of years now, and my parents used to eat there! I've also met quite a few of my parents' friends who still live down here and even my mom's midwife who helped deliver me to the world. They all remember me very well. Of course, I don't remember them, just from pictures and stories, but it's still really nice because it make me feel even more connected with this lovely part of the world. Bruno has been out skating pretty much all of the time since there's a park right across the river. He has already made some nice friends and found work. So, yeah, we are slowly rolling back into normal life. It's definitely different from traveling and sailing all the time, but taking a bit of a break from big passages for a while and doing some other things feels quite nice too.

Laura

 


04-09-2012

Photo's

 


03-09-2012

Yesterday as I came in there was a boat with cameras aboard filming my entrance into Whangarei and then some media, all really nice people. As soon as we cleared in, I decided to go directly to the marina. I am happy we did that because it's pouring now! All the buoys were lit up along the way so it was quite easy. Immediately, we met some really nice people who took us for dinner, which was very cool of them. Then I just fell asleep right away and didn't wake up until the next morning. How lovely! As soon as we woke up, we went to the supermarket in the pouring rain and bought some fresh cheese and ham and bread for a nice breakfast! Yay! Oh and we got an umbrella too -.-. Then we finally had a nice hot shower and met the people at the Marina who are awesome. And then guess what?! Remember the boat Winddancer, that I met in South Africa and then had contact with in the Atlantic? Well, they left the boat in Curacao and they are here in Whangarei now (they have a house here) and we are going to have dinner with them tonight. Nice, hey?! I already love it here. And well, it finally stopped raining so we're going to go check this place out some more! Guppy smiles at me, so very happy to be here at her new home with her log stopping count, for the moment, at almost 36,000 nm. New Zealand, here we are!

Laura

1 film arrival

2 Film arrival

3 Interview 


02-09-2012

Yesterday was another interesting day, sailing close hauled at 25-30 knots of wind, I heard a loud flapping in the afternoon. The top of Guppy's mainsail ripped off! So well yeah...it was way too rough to change the sail at that moment. But Guppy was under the mizzen and the stormjib still doing more than 6 knots, so it was okay. Today the wind dropped down a little and I was able to change the main this morning. The next depression is closing in on us fast but I hope to be in Whangarei entrance at 17.00 local. I checked the weathernet and they said that it would be really good if I could make it before 19.00 local time. Until then, the wind will be staying under 30 knots and the waves will probable be fine to make it in. I know Gup can do it =D. Everything is going well. We're doing a good 7.5 knots now with a temperature of 14 degrees during the day. So that's taking a bit of getting used to. Oh and we saw albatrosses today. That was kinda cool :).

Laura

 


30-08-2012

It was a pretty rough night. The winds turned around to west south west, blowing at about 25 knots. We are beating against waves and wind so our speed dropped a little :(. We're now doing 5 knots with a reefed main and jib. So, yeah, Guppy is going through some messy seas right now but there are no more rocks at least, so that's good. It doesn't look like the rocks scratched Guppy too badly from what I can see now. I noticed on the weather chart a new front developing north of New Zealand. It won't be possible to totally outrun it but, ah well, I guess we will see. So everything is normal again. I got some cold massive waves over me while reefing down and getting the boom off the genoa :-P. And Guppy crossed the International Date Line again, her second time passing 24 hours into the future in one moment ;). Only three more days to Whangarei. Yay, exciting!

Laura

 


29-08-2012

We had a pretty slow night, only doing 100 miles in the last 24 hours. The depression seems to be slowly falling apart so it looks like we wont be dealing with much of it at all. Last night I heard an enormous sound like it was pouring rain or something, so I ran outside and discovered we were sailing through a huge field of floating rocks, ranging from really small to football-size! So of course for most of the night I was outside staring at this strange phenomenon. I'd never seen floating rocks like this before. They are really light! I fished a few out of the water and stared at them for about an hour in total amazement. Now Guppy is on the move again doing 6 knots in a good 15 to 20 knot north wind that is slowly turning west. There are no floating rocks around anymore but I kept a few onboard to hold on to the memory of this strange experience. The wind is still picking up, the waves keep getting bigger, and it's almost starting to look like the northern hemisphere--cold, grey, and windy. Who says sailing is boring...

Laura

 


27-08-2012

At the moment, we are doing a good 7 knots and the clouds have taken their darkness elsewhere, leaving us with a beautiful blue sky and a warm sun :). It's a perfect 18 degree day. And Guppy is getting great winds. Just 790 miles to go! The Kermadec Islands lie about 240 miles in front of us. I am making sure I stay away from them, as I don't want to be too close when the SW depression comes up. So yeah, we are moving along pretty well and I hope I can run out the depression a bit. I checked the weathernet from New Zealand today, and it looks like if we keep it moving, we may be able to escape the worst of it. But the wind is supposed to drop down before the depression, so I guess we will see. At least for now we are moving pretty well. And it's still fantastic out here.

Laura

 


25-08-2012

Yesterday I thought we were going to have good winds and then it dropped back down entirely, so I ran the engine for a few hours. After the variable weather, I finally got some better southeast winds coming this morning. Tranquility is pretty close to us now, since they've been running the engine the whole time. So they've caught up again, although we haven't seen them yet. Earlier I heard Tomboy on the SSB radio net and tried to make contact with them. They're friends I met last year in Bora Bora who are in New Zealand now. I didn't have any luck, so will try again tomorrow. We're now about 200 nm from Tonga and headed straight to Whangarei, so about 1070 miles to go. New Zealand, here we come! Guppy is doing a nice 6 knots again and life is still comfortable.

Laura

 


23-08-2012

Winds have been pretty variable yesterday and today. One moment we'll be doing 5 knots and then other moments just 2 knots. Over the last few hours, it looks like the wind has picked up to stay, and on a close reach we're sailing in the right direction again :p. Tranquility is still a little behind us in the same weather, but they are still motoring. They say a heavy boat like that doesn't want to move with anything less than 15 knots... We had a pretty good night sleep followed by a cold, cloudy morning. Looking at the weather report for the coming days, it appears Guppy will have good southeast winds and I will slowly start to head south. We are now a little over halfway and I am more and more looking forward to steering Guppy into my birthplace of Whangarei.

Laura

 


21-08-2012

We're still making good progress but the wind dropped down last night and Guppy has been doing 3 knots ever since. The temperature is slowly dropping and last night it got all the way down to 17 degrees! We haven't felt that in a long time! And during the day, it will not go above 22 degrees anymore. Brrrr, it's already way too cold and we're not even really heading south yet. Today Bruno made fries from our Tahitian potatoes and they were delicious =D I leave all the cooking to Bruno these days and I do the sailing. It works out perfectly. Tranquility is on their way again after their little pitstop. They're about 120 nm behind us. The weather report shows some headwinds for one or two days. So we probably won't make much progress over the next couple days. For now, the wind keeps dropping down, comes back every once in a while, and then it goes again...

Laura

 


19-08-2012

We have sailed close hauled for a while, but now the wind is turning back south again and we are making pretty good progress. Last night a couple big squalls came over and now everything is back to normal--wet and salty! It's been a good trip so far, we have run the engine less than four hours since Papeete. Tranquility decided to stop for a day in Takutea, one of the Cook Islands, because they were getting tired of motoring. Once they get to New Zealand, they are going back to work and settling there for a while. Their kids, age 10 and 8, are looking forward to normal school and life on land. We are now well over halfway between Papeete and Tonga. And I have promised Guppy that one day we will come back to visit these wonderful Pacific islands. 

Laura 

DEUTSCHE ÜBERSETZUNG 

El Diario de Laura Dekker 


17-08-2012

We don't have much wind but it is a beautiful sunny day with very few waves, which made it possible to cook a nice meal, play some guitar, and watch a movie. It looks like there will be a few more quiet days ahead. I do not really mind going slowly, as long as there's no big swell making the sails flap around. I am now at a latitude of 19 steering a course of about 250 degrees which will bring us until we are just south of Tonga. We have left the good latitudes north of 16 degrees, and the weather will get less stable the further south we go. Tranquility is going even farther south than us and using the engine when their speed falls below 3 knots. If we stay up out of the worst southern latitudes, it will make the trip longer, but not necessarily slower. We are actually making pretty good progress.

Laura

 


16-08-2012

We had good winds yesterday. Last night the wind dropped down, about halfway through the night. Tranquility, the 52-footer, left two days ago also but is taking a more southerly course than what I am doing right now. I will probably continue west for the next couple of days. Bruno is alive again, which is pretty nice because now he can cook and help me again :). I really miss little Kiwi on this passage and already woke up a few times thinking that I heard her or that she was sleeping on top of me.

Laura

 


14-08-2012

The wind dropped down after we had a good sail to start. Hopefully it will be back soon. Bruno is a little sick. I don't know if it's a cold or if he's just seasick. But with the radar and alarms on I still got a really good night of sleep. The 52-footer is still in Moorea, planning to leave tomorrow. They will give me an update as soon as they leave. Well, the first nights are now behind us and I'm curious to know how many lie ahead. :-)

Laura

 


12-08-2012

We left Tahiti at noon today after getting our last fresh food and saying goodbye to some friends we made in the three weeks we have spent in beautiful Tahiti. Jillian left this morning, after her original flight got cancelled because of airline strikes. Now she's on a plane back to the States along with little Kiwi. So now it's off to New Zealand. Right now there's almost no wind and we're passing Moorea at 2 knots with nice weather. I'm going to miss these beautiful islands. I've gotten more attached to them these last two years than I realized. It feels kind of strange now to leave these Pacific islands that I've come to know so well and try to settle in the place where I was born. It's a place I know in my heart but just haven't really seen with the eyes I'm looking with now. After these years sailing all over the world, I'm on my final trip to New Zealand. It's strange but I'm also really looking forward to it. It's so exciting!

Laura

 


11-08-2012

 

 

 

Photo,s:                                                                                                        I've been waiting for good waves to surf but since there weren't any last couple days this was the first test of my new surfboard.


10-08-2012

We are back in Tahiti after a rough ride against the wind coming back from Moorea. It was a fun trip despite the conditions. Jillian had her first time getting seasick but still really enjoyed the adventure on Guppy. And Bruno got a little taste of what the conditions may be like on our upcoming passage to New Zealand. Yes, I've decided I can't wait any longer to see New Zealand and so we are making Guppy ready for the voyage straight from Tahiti to Whangarei, the same place where I was born on my parents' boat 16 years ago. I am so excited to be back after such a long time away. It's not the best season to sail down, but it will be a nice challenge. I think I am looking forward to it a bit more than Bruno, but he is getting used to the idea. He is also excited to see New Zealand but wishes he could take a plane instead ;). One boat we have been good friends with since Panama is also sailing the same passage so it will be fun to stay in contact with them over the SSB radio. It's a 52 foot sloop but we'll still see if Guppy can beat her.. We are sad to have to say goodbye to Kiwi because of the difficulties of bringing a foreign cat to New Zealand. But we are also really happy because Jillian has fallen in love with her and will be taking her back to New York on the plane. She has a really cute cat passport and all the official papers for traveling. We got her a nice little case too and I sewed a stuffed rat inside so she has some entertainment on the flight. So now Kiwi is prepared to travel and so are we. I checked the whole rigging and stitched the sails in a few places that I didn't trust to hold in heavy weather. We got groceries, fuel, and water so now all we have to do is clean up the mess on Guppy. With very little left to do, we are enjoying the last days of tropical waters before sailing out towards the 10 degree weather.

Laura 

 


07-08-2012

photo's


06-08-2012

My friend Jillian surprised me with a visit for a whole week. So we decided to sail to Moorea, which is where we are now. We are really enjoying the quietness here in Moorea. Today Jillian and I hitchhiked around the whole island with 6 different cars. =D One car took us all the way up a mountain where we had a beautiful view of the island. Of course we met some really cool people, including a nice French couple who had us over to their awesome house on the water. We'll probably stay here a few more days and then head back to Tahiti. Moorea is really beautiful. I am happy to have finally gone ashore too. I totally forgot to do that last year. I went swimming with the rays and I had a nice view of the island from Guppy, but going ashore and exploring the island this year was much better. I have not yet had a chance to try out my newly repaired surfboard but the waves aren't so good at the moment, so it looks like I'll have to be patient. Maybe it will be better when I'm back in Tahiti. French Polynesia is really beautiful but expensive, especially the internet. 5 dollars for 30 minutes! So thank god for my SSB radio with sailmail.

Laura

 


03-08-2012

We're still anchored in front of Marina Taina. The last few days I haven't been surfing as much but I did fix a broken surfboard, which now I can keep ;) Tomorrow I'm going to finish it off and I hope to try it out really soon. The last two days have been really windy and rainy. I'm now sitting in the Pink Coconut restaurant in long pants, shoes, and a sweater.. Brrr, cold over here :P. Well, at least it's good weather to work on my surfboard and do the usual things like washing and cleaning. So we're still in paradise, hanging out with friends, and having fun most of the time. Laura

 


31-07-2012

Photo's in the anchorage -- see dutch weblog

 


29-07-2012

Still enjoying Tahiti, and I really love the surfing. Tonight there's a party on a boat I met last year. It's the grey catamaran I partied with in Moorea! I ran into them again here and we've been having a really good time since. It's so nice seeing friends again after such a long time.

Laura

 


28-07-2012

Photo's from the circus artist on there boat in Marina Taina last friday.


27-07-2012

We have moved over to Marina Taina on the west side of Tahiti. Guppy is now anchored on almost the same spot as last year. It's nice here, with lots of boats from many different countries. Tahiti is really beautiful but also super expensive. We were supposed to go surfing last Tuesday, but then there were strikes in the city so it was just one big traffic jam. I mostly go surfing without Bruno. He came out the first time, but that was also the last. I surf with a local guy, his son, and his son's friend who are both younger but also better then me xD. But...I'm slowly getting there. I am planning to stay here for longer since it's such a nice place and so I get to know the island and the people better.

Laura 

 


24-07-2012

Right now I'm in Papeete and ran into friends from Wet Lady as I was walking around the city. I'm really enjoying myself on this beautiful island. Yesterday I went surfing with the same local friend as before, and tomorrow I will surf again. So everything is great here. The days are hot, but at night it's really nice. It sometimes feels really unbelievable to me that Guppy and I have now traveled more than 33.000 nautical miles together since the start of my voyage. And she still looks as great as ever.That feels pretty amazing.

Laura

 


22-07-2012

Everything is really nice here in Tahiti. The welcome given by the Yacht Club of Arue and the Tourism Board was amazing, with a lot of flowers, locals dancing, and delicious food. They gave me a nice place in the marina, where Guppy is docked at the moment. Wet Lady arrived one hour behind us and is in another marina not far away. We've come across some other yachts we hadn't seen in a long time, so that was great fun. We also met some local people, including one guy who is originally Dutch but has lived here for more than ten years and is married to a Tahitian woman. We went surfing with one of the locals and I'm going surfing again today. It's so awesome. Yesterday we went over to Marina Taina to see a French family doing their circus act, which is their way of making money to travel further with their yacht. It was really great and we all enjoyed watching it. After the circus in the marina, we went to the tennis club where the Dutch guy is a teacher and played tennis for a few hours. It's really nice to do active things again. So everything is good and we are enjoying this beautiful island.

Laura

 


19-07-2012

Photo,s

 


18-07-2012

We arrived in Tahiti this afternoon. We had a nice trip down with really good winds. I even took out the reef from the main in the middle of the night. We're now in a marina in Arue that I didn't even know existed when I was here last year. It's really nice and they've offered us to stay for free. Tomorrow they want to give me a Tahitian welcome. So everything is really nice over here so far.

Laura

 


17-07-2012

After all the bad weather cleared, we finally departed Rangiroa this morning, back through the Tiputa pass where we came in. It's great to finally be headed for Tahiti and we are enjoying life without the rain. Wet Lady is sailing just a few miles behind us. There's still quite a strong wind and we're making very good progress.

Laura

 


16-07-2012

Guppy is still rocking behind her anchor, although it looks like the worst of the weather has passed. I'm thinking about leaving tomorrow morning. Last night the wind was blowing like crazy and there was a ton of rain, but now it's calming down a bit for a couple days. After the last front comes over we'll probably sail out together with Wet Lady. They are planning to head to Tahiti as well. Hopefully by next Saturday the nice weather I'm used to in this part of the world will return to us.

Laura

 


13-07-2012

So we are still in Rangiroa. After a couple sunny days and a nice time snorkeling in waters as clear as glass, we are now waiting for a little front to pass with 30 knots of wind and a lot of rain before heading out. The lovely pass that we went through has changed a lot. There are now 10-foot waves running through, breaking everywhere. A lot of boats have been coming in over the past two days and no one is thinking of leaving until the weather calms down. It looks like that will happen Monday. I love the stormy weather since Guppy's anchor is holding well and we are pretty protected. I had a nice long walk along the beach today, looking at the breaking waves and enjoying the rain coming down like crazy. It's a nice change from all the sunny hot days. =D

Laura

 


10-07-2012

The wind died down a little yesterday which was perfect, because it meant that we went through the pass of Rangiroa this morning, which wasn't bad at all. We came at a perfect time, with no swell or huge current against us. It was awesome. Now we're anchored near the little airport close by our friends on Wet Lady, a 46-foot ketch. They left one day before us so we were really surprised to not see them in the lagoon when we arrived. But then they came in just three hours later. Meanwhile, Bruno and I went ashore and checked out the little village. The little houses look quite nice and easy to build, which I like a lot. Rangiroa itself is huge. I can't even see the other side of the atoll from here. But it seems like a nice peaceful place where we will probably stay for a bit before heading towards Tahiti.

Laura 

 


08-07-2012

Today we finally got "normal" weather: sun, clear skies, and good winds. It looks like we are going to arrive in Rangiroa sometime during the night, so I think I will have to slow Guppy down a little before we get there. Rangiroa is the biggest atoll. It's about 40 nm long and has two passes. I'm thinking of sailing straight to Tahiti if we arrive in Rangiroa really early in the evening, because I don't like the idea of waiting a whole night between the atolls, and we are both looking forward to getting to Tahiti. The idea also crossed my mind to sail straight to New Zealand after Bora Bora but Bruno panicked a little when I told him, haha.

Laura

 


06-07-2012

Guppy is making good progress but the weather is not very nice. It has been rainy and drizzling since just after we left, and with it have come a lot of squalls. This makes the sailing difficult and life aboard Guppy very uncomfortable. But the good thing is, we are able to have a nice freshwater shower every day. So that's nice. :P Although, it is really cold. Last time I had this continuous drizzly and foggy weather was last year in the Indian Ocean. So it reminds me a lot of that... and I still don't like it. I hope the weather will clear up before we reach the Tuamotus, because I don't like the idea of being so close to these dangerous atolls with only 250 meters visibility. Everything else is fine. It's nice to be on the move again and I'm looking forward to Rangiroa.

Laura

 

 


05-07-2012

We had a good time with our sailing friends and enjoyed celebrating the birthday. We are full with delicious fresh fruit, and so is Guppy, as we stocked up before we left. We are at sea again, left this morning heading towards the atoll Rangiroa. There is a really nice breeze and Guppy is doing about 6 knots under full sail, so that's perfect. I will put photos on the website as soon as I have internet, which will probably be in Tahiti.

Laura

 


02-07-2012

We've moved over to another bay, still on the same island, but two bays further. There is a little town and the people are very laid back and cool. There are fruit trees everywhere and you can eat mangos, grapefruits, bananas, and many other fresh fruits, as much as you like, straight from the trees. The locals are really friendly. They play a lot of music, so we've spent a lot of time jamming with them--playing guitar, ukulele, singing, and drumming on everything. We have just found a perfect little bay and a perfect little French Polynesian village. Tomorrow we're going to move over to another bay with a beautiful white sand beach to celebrate the birthday of a friend on a boat we met in Panama. Oh, and one more exciting thing: I caught a fish today and prepared it so we had our own catch for dinner! And I didn't even get sick killing it, yay!

Laura

 


30-06-2012

We decided to leave Hiva Oa and go a few miles further to Tahuatu, as life was getting pretty uncomfortable with the big swell coming into the bay. Some good friends from Panama came in just as we were leaving the bay. They'll be over here in a few days, so that should be cool. In the meantime, we've met a lot of other people and had a really nice dinner and evening on a much bigger boat called Wet Lady. The bay where we are now, Baie Hanamoenoa, is so beautiful. There's no village, just a beautiful white beach with palm trees and high cliffs on both sides. Best of all, the water is really clear and nice to swim in, unlike Hiva Oa. So I can clean the bottom of Guppy again. Tonight we're having a barbecue on the beach with all the other yachties. I think we will stay a couple of days and then head over to Rangiroa. Pictures will have to wait because there is no internet over here, but I will try to keep everybody up to date about our adventures in paradise.

Laura


28-06-2012

After a year away, seeing the island of Hiva Oa appear on the horizon was magical for me. It felt just like I had never left. And it stayed that way. Only the boats in the anchorage have changed. An Australian boat we met in Panama and saw again in the Galapagos arrived just after us. We hadn't seen them at all while under way. It hasn't rained as much as last year. I do miss the rain a bit because it made the island ever more beautiful and the air cooler. We went to town to buy some fresh food. It was a nice walk and we ran into some people I knew from last year. It was really cool catching up with them. Now I hope to get a good night's sleep despite the huge swell from the south coming into the bay. Guppy is lying at stern and bow anchor but she's still rolling. Tomorrow we will explore the island a bit more and I'd like to visit Calvaire Cemetery, the final resting place of Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel. Last year I didn't get a chance because I left way too soon.

Laura

 


26-06-2012

We arrived in Hiva Oa after I don't know how many days at sea, since I didn't count them. We went to the little town and I already ran into some people from last year. It is really cool to see them again. It just feels like I've never been away from this really beautiful island with its high green mountains.

Laura

 


25-06-2012

The wind has totally dropped down over the last day so we're running the engine, as expected. We still have 130 miles to go. And just like every time before, it feels kind of weird to be so close to land again after a long time at sea. The funniest part is that neither of us actually have any idea how long we've been at sea because we don't remember when we left. It must be something like 22 days now. That's already 4 more days than last year on the same trip. The squalls stayed away last night so I slept really well in the quiet conditions. Right now there are some dark clouds and showers hanging around us but we still haven't gotten any rain...too bad. Now there is a little wind from behind, so maybe we'll be sailing for the final miles.

Laura

 


23-06-2012

Last night, a lot of squalls came over us. The rain poured all night, at times with as much as 30 knots of wind coming from every direction. As a result, Guppy did not make a lot of progress since we spent most of the time sailing in the wrong direction. During the day, we had a little wind and the swell was not too high, so we decided to just enjoy the quietness by sailing at 2 knots. Now the wind is completely gone. I really hope the squalls stay away tonight so I can get some sleep while Mr. Yanmar gives us some miles.

Laura

 


21-06-2012

Last night we had 25 knots of wind and really confused cross seas which made life uncomfortable and sleeping very hard. But it's already a whole lot better now and we're coming closer fast. Guppy is doing a good 7 knots and we have only 470 miles left to go on this 3000 nm voyage. And well, everything else is still great out here. I am really enjoying how Guppy is cutting through the waves with this speed.

Laura

 


19-06-2012

There's about 15 to 20 knots of wind now, occasional rain with more wind and it's exactly from behind. The waves got a little higher so it's more like real sailing again. And also Guppy is making more progress again--yeah! Still 780 miles to go to the Marquesas. Days have been different out here with crew and having left a part of my life behind. I feel like I'm more and more at peace with myself and looking forward to the future now. The timeless days at sea, where I could just sit and look into the ocean for a whole day disappearing into my own mind, are gone. And sometimes I don't know if that's good or not, guess I sometimes miss it. Being alone at peace with nature, having thousands of miles to go just alone with Guppy. I'm so happy. I love Guppy more with each day. She has been so great. I start realizing what she and I did and what it actually means, that it's not just something you do every day. Guppy and I did something very special. Well, I'm gonna go back to real life now. I have to pull myself out of thinking too much about how great Guppy and the ocean are before I decide to just keep sailing around forever. Haha.

Laura

 


17-06-2012

We are slowly getting there. There's already a little bit more wind and it has shifted to east, so it's from behind now. The wind forecast sounds a little better for the next days, easterly 15 knots. Last night I slept outside again just to enjoy the quiet peaceful nights out here as long as possible, with no waves coming over and the warm sun waking me up every morning. I also saw the dolphins again, but at night so I heard them better than I could see them. They never seem to come during daylight. Almost every day we see big schools of fish swimming and jumping right next to Guppy so that's also cool :P 

Laura

 


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