Friday, February 18, 2011

34 Days from Hawaii to Mexico!

I am happy to say that our friends on s/v Nakia finally made landfall in Mexico after 34 days at sea. Here is their report:

"We sailed 3445 nautical miles to make a rumbline distance of 2881 nautical miles. It took 34 days 9 hours for an average speed of 4.17 kts"

They sent in blog posts using Airmail, Sailmail, and Winlink every day, and also checked in on the Pacific Seafarer's Net.

We thought they were crazy heading for Mexico in the middle of winter. But John had studied it pretty well and knew what he was about. He took enough fuel along to motor through the windless high pressure area, and used the High as a 'shield' between them and the lows marching across further north. It worked for them.

Nakia Sitting Next to Us in Fakarava
(Photo by Bill Strassberg of Visions of Johanna)

We will miss them on the air and in the water in French Poly this year. But maybe we're hoping they'll get tired of Mexico and catch up with us next year.

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