Monday, March 31, 2014

Passage to Nuka Hiva: Done!

Date: Mar 31, 2014
08° 54.909' S 140° 06.097' W
Previous 24 hour run: 143nm (strangely, same as March 29th!)
Water Temp: 85.1
Log: 13032
Distance to go: 0!

The previous day's run (March 30th), over 24 hours, was 109nm.

The passage length was 20 days and 8 hours. I anchored in Taiohae Bay, Nuka Hiva at 4:10pm.

I'll keep this short, as I am starting to crash. Its funny - while underway I always feel alert and not tired. If I feel tired on passage, I just have a nap or two. I arrived at the anchorage feeling fine, not tired at all. After anchoring I started to work on a few chores to get Luckness into shape for being at anchor. Putting sail covers on, etc. As I went through these tasks I just got more and more tired. There is something about being underway that charges me up. Once the boat stops, I start to feel how I should feel after being on a passage for 20 days, sleeping in 20 minute intervals.

This bay is absolutely beautiful. The hills start almost at the waterfront, and are steep, lush and intensely green. There is a sweet fragrance in the air. This place reminds me a little of Hanalei Bay, on Kauai, Hawaii. Only more so. More intense, more green, more lush. I'll try to post again in a couple of days when I've had a chance to sleep, figure out the wifi situation on shore, and started to explore a little.

All is well! Luckness is in fine shape, I don't think anything broke on the passage and my list for further improvements is very short.

More later.

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  1. Yahoo! Congrats! You made good time. Certainly is a good ad for Pacific Seacrafts! :-) Looking forward to your adventures in the Marquesas.

  2. Have a great sleep Craig -- for more then 20 mins at a time. Sounds like a beautilful spot. xx Gord

  3. What a great passage, Craig! And I don't think it was all down to luck; you really understood the ICTZ well, and benefited from that. Enjoy your time in FP.

    John and Mary
    SV Slappey II

  4. Congrats. Been enjoying your posts and look forward to the updates, particularly since I have a 37 and hope to follow you at some point.

    SV Cuchulain
    PSC 37

  5. Hooray, yippee! Wonderful passage, Craig. You've certainly 'earned' your sleep. It sounds idyllic there, even to the perfume in the air. At harbour! a good place for a while. xo Mum

  6. Congrats Craig! What a fast run. Have a great time.

    Grnat and Denise
    SV Maluhia (PSC37)

  7. Awesome Craig !! Another successful passage for you and Luckness. Looking forward to your excellent photos and stories.


  8. Well done! Congratulations. I have enjoyed your blog very much. Thank you.
    SV Little Fish (PS Dana)

  9. Congratulations! You made great time and sounds like you had near perfect conditions. I enjoyed reading your passage blog. My family of 3 intends to depart British Columbia in Aug, 2016 for the same passage. (Pacific Circle PNW > Mexico >French Polynesia >Hawaii > PNW.
    Fair winds
    Mark Pearson.