Shiplogs: Crossing the Pacific Ocean magyarul

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More than 3000 miles ahead lies the Marquesas islands. This will be our longest journey so far..


1. day - 13/06/2007 - Wednesday, Starting the Pacific Crossing

In the morning we talked to a Hungarian Radio Station. We will be on air soon (only Hungarian version this time).
We did our last shopping, typed these words, returned to the vessel, raised the anchor and left (we hope).
We said good by to our cruising friends.
Good bye Galapagos! We will be heading to the Marquesas Islands, we hope to arrive after 1 month of pleasure sailing.

Daily position:
16:00 0-45.00S 90-18.00W log= 18668.5
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Bye Galapagos!


2. day - 14/06/2007 - Thursday

Leaving the Academy Bay behind (we left yesterday at 4 pm) we are over on our first night watch. From our neighbouring boats at the anchoring place the German boat (Yagoona) left yesterday morning, then the Dutch boat (Hafskip) at around lunchtime. So they are now before us but we try to contact them on radio or e-mail with the help of the radio waves.
There was not any wind in the previous night so we parked the sails of Rotor among the islands. We usually start to get use to the waves and night watch system on the first days on a long journey like this. The night watch is hard on the first days but after a while the body gets use to the rhythm of the sleeping-waking state. My part is from 10 pm to 2 am and Geza is from 2 am to 6 am in the nights. We sleep also a bit during the day.
After the morning mist has gone we had an 8 knots of wind, which was not more than 5-6 knots for the afternoon. We are sailing by around 3 knots on an average with the help of the currents, which is not too much for now.
At least the sun was shining and we could clean the board and make a Hungarian style chicken soup. We had a half Galapagos chicken in the fridge.
The currents were southeast among the islands and turned to southwest below the Island of Isabella. Southwest is our way so we need only a helping wind to get to the islands of Marquesas.

Daily position:
16:40 1-21.29S 90-59.39W log= 18723.6


3. day - 15/06/2007 - Friday

This is the second night when we cannot see the moon. Therefore the nights hardly could be darker. We cannot even see where the horizon starts. Millions of stars shine back to us from the surface of the sea (still not too much wind). We watched a DVD during the night watch this time because there were not waves.
In the morning we had 7-8 knots of wind so we sailed by 4 knots this time. In the afternoon it started weakening. We are in the equatorial windless zone so it can go like that (on and off winds) for a couple of days. We try to get to the south as soon as possible to reach the edge of the south trade wind. Nevertheless strengthening appears from the weather forecast for the next days.
In the afternoon we could talk to the crews of the other two boats on SSB radio who left on the same day as we did. They are still ahead of us, but all boats are doing very well.
We had all together 147 bananas on our private branch of banana tree. We still have 130 left to eat.

Daily position:
11:00 2-09.19S 91-36.10W log= 18783.9


4. day - 16/06/2007 - Saturday

This was the first day with the ocean feeling. What is this feeling like? You cannot see anything only water around. The stronger wind makes larger, 2-3 meters pleasant and long waves. And you start to count the arriving day that is still far away. We had not got too much time to think and count today though.
In the morning the predicted wind by NOAA arrived. We did above 5-6 knots in 10-15 knots of wind. Hurrah!
In the morning a greedy fish took away our whole fishing equipments: bait, lines and the wooden winch. We still have another spare one so we will keep going with fishing. And actually we did not want to know that big fish.
If I write about big ones I should say we had a big surprise today. You do not have to guess, we met with Moby Dick, the white whale, which was very peaceful this time at least. First I saw the flattened waves under the solar panels on the left side. When my brain signed it was the spur of a whale it was swimming under the boat with 6 knots of speed. It did not touch the boat at all. Then it made a spray and came on the other side of the boat around 7 meters away. We have seen whales before but this
was the first time when it came so close. This creature was amazing huge and light grey instead of the dark skin. We felt it was watching us for a few seconds then sank shyly. It slowed down to its usual whale speed, which is around 3 knots. It spayed some more water behind us then disappeared completely. It could have been a lonely male, which was searching for his female in the wide ocean. (It all happened so quickly that we had not got time to take pictures of it, however we made a small videotape
records about it when it was spaying behind us.)
We could talk to the crew of Hafskip in the afternoon. Both Hafskip and Yagoona are northwest of us not too far.

English translation is missing, sorry....


5. day - 17/06/2007 - Sunday

This was the first day of the ocean feeling. What is this feeling like? You cannot see anything only water around. The stronger wind makes bigger 2-3 meters pleasant and long waves. And you start to count the arriving day that is still far away. We had not got too much time to think and count today though.
In the morning the predicted wind by NOAA arrived. We did above 5-6 knots in 10-15 knots of wind. Hurrah!
In the morning a greedy fish took away our whole fishing equipments: bait, lines and the wooden winch. We still have another spare one so we will keep going with fishing. And actually we did not want to know that big fish.
If I write about big ones I should say we had a big surprise today. You do not have to guess, we met with Moby Dick, the white whale, which was very peaceful this time at least. First I saw the flattened waves under the solar panels on the left side. When my brain signed it was the spur of a whale it was swimming under the boat with 6 knots of speed. It did not touch the boat at all. Then it made a spray and came on the other side of the boat around 7 meters away. We have seen whales before but this
was the first time when it came so close. This creature was amazing huge and light grey instead of the dark skin. We felt it was watching us for a few seconds then sank shyly. It slowed down to its usual whale speed, which is around 3 knots. It spayed some more water behind us then disappeared completely. It could have been a lonely male, which was searching for his female in the wide ocean. (It all happened so quickly that we had not got time to take pictures of it, however we made a small videotape
records about it when it was spaying behind us.)
We could talk to the crew of Hafskip in the afternoon. Both Hafskip and Yagoona are northwest of us not too far.

Daily position:
10:30 3-42.34S 94-25.03W log= 18976.6


6. day - 18/06/2007 - Monday

It is new moon. When the night falls the moon disappears soon. The visibility is still very bad mostly with the cloudy sky in the night. In the night the wind was dropped (we were still doing 3.2-3.5 knots) to gain back its power until morning. We decided to put on more sails in the morning and now we are heading towards west in the good wind. We flew with too genoas wing by wing and left the main sail to stabilise the boat in the bigger waves. We had about 5-6.5 knots of speed.
Our second loss on this way (after the fishing equipment) was the broken steel of the vang, which was connected to the mast. We fixed the vang to another point to the mast with an emergency solution.
The weather is very nice and shiny. It is 27 degrees celsius and only the nights are cooler.
Our bananas on the branch rapidly grow ripe and we cannot keep eating them although I made some new receipt based on it (banana boat ala Rotor etc.).
We talked to Hafskip in the afternoon again. Now they are a bit northeast of us the distance is only 37 miles between Rotor and Hafskip..

 
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