PACIFIC CROSSING UPDATE: DAY 29
Greetings from Hiva Oa on day 29! After 680 hours and 2,982 miles of sailing, it feels as good as you would think. We finally spotted land around noon this afternoon, and as we watched it get closer, we fought the heaviest winds and highest swells we had yet experienced. It got to the point where all three of us had to sit on the high side of the boat at all times to keep the starboard toe rail out of the water. Even though that meant no rummy today, it did mean that we made good enough time to drop anchor on the north side of the island before the sun set, and that, my friends, is a game where everyone wins.
We haven't yet been ashore, but being able to dive off the side of the boat and cook dinner without fiercely gripping the counter with one hand is reward enough, and I can't imagine three people on the entire planet who are more excited to get a full night's sleep.
I am struggling to keep my eyeballs open as I write this update, but rest assured that the crew of Sea Casa is safe, healthy, and scruffy as ever. Tomorrow we'll sail around to Atuona on the south side of Hiva Oa, officially check into French Polynesia, clean our clothes/bodies, and then get to work on Connor's long list of boat projects. His list seems to be never-ending, but tonight I'll give him a break; this is an enormous accomplishment for him and I couldn't be prouder of how he handled the entire trip as captain and brother (Stuart, I am also very proud of you as crew and new friend).
The unexpected joy of sailing back into cell phone coverage was quickly dampened when my phone completely froze and died minutes after dropping anchor. It looks like if you'd like to get ahold of me, I will be limited to email for the foreseeable future, so please do not expect a speedy response. We're going to take some time to get our bearings and explore the Marquesas, but expect us to post back to the blog in the coming weeks. Thanks for following along, and adios for now!
Quick update from me tonight, though I'm sure I'll write something about the whole experience later. Chase summed up the details well (4.41 kts average, 680 hours total, 2982 miles traveled). I'm happy that everything went according to plan in terms of timing, how the boat handled, etc. I couldn't be more proud of Chase and Stuart. I ask a ton of them, and I know that I can be pretty strict when it comes to things on the boat; I can't thank them enough for being wonderful crew and keeping positive attitudes the whole trip. We really had a blast, and I don't know how we could have had a better crossing (besides the usual small things breaking, which was expected). Part of the reason I am doing a trip like this is to disconnect, so please forgive my brief posts and lack of prompt response to emails. As soon as the anchor dropped, we were in the water swimming (AKA I was surveying the keel, prop, rudder, etc.). Chase made a wonderful dinner, and afterwards, Stuart and I went on a night snorkel and just enjoyed being here. Don't want to spend any more time writing as we're about to enjoy a cocktail hour up in the cockpit before enjoying a WELL-DESERVED quiet night of sleep. Cheers ya'll, and hell yeah.