Monthly Archives: October 2011

Arrive Palau

Many stories to tell, but we have arrived Palau and anchored safely at 4:30 pm local Palau time. November 1, 2011 UTC 05:00 Palau Time 2:00 pm 7 20.36 N 134 27.09 E Advertisements

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Routine At Sea

Routine is a subjective concept. In our slow pace across the Philippine Sea to Palau, we are developing a “routine”, albeit a sleepy one. For the past two days, the seas have been choppy causing the boat to rock rock, … Continue reading

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Life Is Looking Up Again

I will have to admit, yesterday was not fun. The roll on the boat was unpleasant, the sea was choppy and “confused”. The crew who had been ill the day before, turned sleepy and lethargic. Everyone could roust themselves awake … Continue reading

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The San Bernadino Strait And Into The Pacific Ocean

In contrast to Romblon Town, San Jacinto on Ticao Island acts like we are blessing them with a royal visitation. The San Jacinto Bay is ringed on one side by a little seaside village and the other by sand beaches, … Continue reading

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Swimming In The Sibuyan Sea

Since we have until 8:59 am, Brian, Jenny, and I go to town for a bit of sightseeing. A light rain falls on a bustling small town, kids dressed in uniforms are driven to school on motorized trikes, and the … Continue reading

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Bankas, Guards, and Guns

We traveled through to dusk and entered Romblon Island and town in the dark. Not a good idea, although not to be avoided in this instance, and an activity we will not try again. In any event, after a bit … Continue reading

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Night Crossing: For The Unitiated Harder Than It Sounds

The crew has survived their first night crossing. Traveling through the Philippine Islands at night was an “invigorating” experience according to some, perhaps my word would be “scary”. We took two hour shifts; Jenny 10-12, Brian 12-2, John 2-4, and … Continue reading

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Enroute From Subic Bay To Romblon Island

A smooth departure from Subic Bay after Blaine, once again, climbed the mast to install the Maretron weather station at 6:00 am. Thank you Blaine! On the way out, we had two interesting encounters with the US Navy. The first … Continue reading

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14 49.302 N 120 17.245 E

Well it’s time for everyone to learn a bit about latitude and longitude, including myself. Once we are away from Internet, I will not have the luxury of wordiness nor will I be able to send photos. What I hope … Continue reading

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Bureaucratic Delay

Yesterday, we spent the morning in Olangapo picking up a few odds and ends but mostly checking out the local scene. The hunt for the Post Office continued in earnest. Again after multiple enquiries and much shaking of heads, we … Continue reading

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Of Customs and Post Offices

Our appointment for the customs and immigration officials to board the boat was set for 9:00am sharp. We conceptualized a spotless boat, orderly papers and tea. Unfortunately the first customs officer arrived a tad early, one hour premature to be … Continue reading

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1400 Gallons of Diesel Fuel

Today we fueled Laysan. Filling the car up at the gas station is a different experience than fueling a 50 foot steel trawler with 1400 gallons of diesel fuel. The procedure required all hands on board, including help from Ray … Continue reading

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“Working Hard”

At the risk of sounding like our former President George Bush, getting ready for a cruise is “hard work”. Jenny and I spent the last three days provisioning the boat, shopping at groceries literally clogged with Filipino shoppers, each of … Continue reading

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Fluids, Food, and Crew

We keep telling everyone we are leaving Monday and they keep looking at us with doubt. But we forge on with the help of many hands. Rollie and Patrick, the boat boys, are in charge of storm windows, fueling the … Continue reading

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Subic Bay, A Contemplation of Time and Distance

After a very long day, we boarded Laysan with our 300 lbs of baggage, and had a couple of beers to recount our airline phase of this voyage.  Flying at 600 mph over an ocean of miles for 10 hours, we … Continue reading

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Two Days to Departure

While we contemplate our enormous pile of gear and wonder whether we have surpassed two hundred pounds of spare parts (the “free” weight limit for the plane), I am reminded of my father’s saying.  “Enjoy the preparation for a trip since that is half … Continue reading

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