Here comes a late “arrival post” from the Bay Dreamers! After 25 days at sea we arrived to a beautiful island in the Marquesas called Hiva Oa!
Our 3100 miles long journey from Galapagos to Marquesas went well without any major dramas. As always when we do a big crossing the days become one and you loose track of time and days very quickly!
To kill time I think we have probably watched over 150 movies, listened to 10 audio books and red at least 5 books all together! Another popular activity during low wind days was physical training and food cooking.
Broke the record
During the 4 days of absolute ZERO wind conditions in the beginning of the trip I managed to break both my free diving record and holding my breath record! New onboard record is: 31.7 meters deep and static breath holding is now 4.20 minutes!
We were expecting to get a lot of fish on this trip, besides a couple of “bites” the first 4 days we got absolutely nothing during our 25 days at sea! Lucky us that Anna and Helena topped up our food supplies to the max before we left!
The sail over this part of the Pacific Ocean was dead easy and we had reasonably to fair winds almost all the way. We were pretty slow as excepted cause of our weight and lack of light wind sails!
Drama onboard the Bay dreamer
We did have one small drama during our voyage. One of our crewmembers were entertaining himself with a “sub-wing” to kill time! A sub-wing is a board like thing that you play around with behind the boat in low speeds. Unfortunately we did not do low speed and he got pulled under the water and it all started to go really bad. We had to cut the line to prevent him from drowning and after 4 minutes and an amazing effort from the rest of the crew he was back on the boat!
The crew has been amazing and considering we have spent all this time together in a very small space its amazing how well everything is working onboard, No fights – no dramas, no picking- just a bunch of really great people!
We are right now on an Island called Nuku Hiva 80 miles north of Hiva Oa! The fact that we are missing one motor makes it complicated as soon as we need to maneuver in or out from a anchor spot. The boat wants to turn to starboard as soon as we put the port engine into gear. To prevent us from just going in a circle we are using our dinghy as the starboard engine! It´s actually working pretty fine but only in calm conditions!
With a little bit of luck it seems that we might be able to repair the broken motor within a couple of days. This would be more that great considering we are soon going to navigate 300 miles south to the notorious Tuamotos atolls.
Well- this was a pretty boring post but we will get back with more shortly!
// Daniel with crew