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long story, short

Posted by on April 22, 2013

April 22, 2013

As we area getting ready to make our leap across the Pacific Ocean, for the time being, here is the short story of our past month.

March 4 – 14: After transiting the Panama Canal, we spent 10 days anchored near La Playita on the outskirts of Panama City. The majority of our time was spent with provisioning trips into Panama City. I even ended up at the hospital in order to get a doctor to write a local prescription for my thyroid medicine!

March 14 – 26: The Las Perlas Islands were a time of relaxation and recuperation, if you can count some wound healing. Our first island was Isla Contadora where we found some wifi access and toured the island. Right nearby is Isla Mogo Mogo where the TV series “Survivor: Las Perlas” was filmed. Now, it is a franchise, and other countries take their turns filming their version of “Survivor”. Turkey was setting up to film while we were there, so there was a lot of hustle and bustle on the island.

Wil's heel a few days after the initial injury

While in Isla Contadora, Wil went for a brief surf session. He returned to the boat with his heel sliced open after wiping out on the rocky reef. We attempted butterfly bandages, but they weren’t going to hold. I was speaking to s/v Saliander on the VHF, telling them I was going to have to give Wil a bunch of whiskey, put a broomstick in his mouth, and stitch him myself. s/v Always Saturday broke in to say, “Please, don’t do that.” As it turned out, Ron (s/v Always Saturday) is an orthopedic surgeon from Cary, NC, and he was on his way to Isla Contadora. He arrived 3 hours later, and with our supplies, and his xylocaine and expertise, Wil was sutured in no time. I wish I’d taken a photo of the sterile field we had onboard! This was a new meaning to “house call”!

Isla Bayoneta was one of our best anchorages yet. It was extremely protected and peaceful. Fish and wild life were plentiful. While we waited on some wind to carry us to the Galapagos, we spent time fishing, working on the boat, getting school done, and prepping for the passage. As time grew closer to departure, we got acquainted with a few more boats heading in the same direction.

Pete & Colin kept coming home with fish!

March 26 – April 2, 2013: We sailed on passage from the Las Perlas to the The Galapagos Islands. We had an awesome weather window, and it was by far one of our best passages. We were in constant radio contact with about 15 other boats making the same passage, so it was a lot of fun. This was also our first time attempting a 6 hour watch schedule, and we absolutely fell in love with it. The result was a longer nighttime sleep, and a more rested feeling throughout the day. Oh, yes! And we can’t forget the fact that we crossed the equator at approximately 2130 hours on Sunday, March 31st. It was an extremely busy day. The Easter Bunny found us, we removed Wil’s stitches, and we crossed the equator. Not a day to be forgotten!

navigational hazard: a row of sleeping sperm whales ~ they were even snoring!

our AIS screen at the equator crossing

celebrating our equator crossing

April 2 – April 22, 2013: The Gal├ípagos Islands have been an experience of a lifetime. We had a 3 port Autografo, so we were permitted to visit San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, and Isabela. Among the wide variety of wild life, we have seen marine iguanas, land iguanas, tortoises, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, various frigate birds, Darwin’s finches, various rays, sea turtles, pelicans, and penguins. On land, we have toured a lagoon-filled volcano crater, lava tubes, and lava fissures.

sea lions absolutely loved our transoms ~ one even tried to leave with us!

April 22, 2013: Tomorrow, we bid farewell to The Galapagos Islands, and we begin our passage across the Pacific. Strangely, we are all calm and looking forward to getting underway. While it’s difficult to get our heads around the fact that our bodies will be in constant motion on the ocean for roughly 21 days, we have pushed those thoughts aside. We have focused on what needs to be done, and we are embracing our ideas of what we’ll find in French Polynesia.

While we will not have internet during our month at sea, I will continue to send SPOT messages to Twitter (@svFullMonty), and post position reports with SPOT and Winlink. Position reports are linked to our website. For Twitter messages, you will have to go to Twitter and look for us @svFullMonty.

See you on the other side!!

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5 Responses to long story, short

  1. James Outland

    Hello Will, Jenny, Justine, and Colin! We have missed you guys during the long passage. Saturday Coffee mornings are always buzzing about the Full Monty. We talk about the your course, speed, and what you guys are experienceing. I bet at times it might be dull but most of the time I can only imagine what it feels like to be so far out from everything. I think how freeing to know that your totally self sufficiant yet how scary too. We participated in the Annapolis Spring Sailboat show this year and it was great. I think the exposure is really good. We have now sold covers to Australia, St. Marteen, Thailand, and Turkey and soon Canada. It sounds grand but just a set here and there. We have signed up for the Annapolis fall sailboat show. I hear its just crazy busy and it took me a week to recover from the spring show. I will need a vacation after the fall show for sure. Anyway, Just wanted to let you know we havent left and keep up with you all the time. I hope your next stop is awesome and you get some rest. Cant wait to hear about it. Best wishes!! James

    • Jenny

      Thanks for not leaving us, James! Overall it was a great passage. This part of the world is so absolutely gorgeous, so I can’t wait to post photos. So happy to hear Outland Hatch Covers will be at the Annapolis Boat Show. That’s so exciting! When you are there, you must look up our good friends from s/v Elcie. They design the boat show t-shirts. They will leave their boat in French Polynesia to go back & work the boat show. We have a short time with internet, so I will do my best to do some catching up! Jenny & crew

  2. James Outland

    Hello guys and gals! Wow! Congratulations! About 500 miles away from landfall I learned there were little messages left on the markers of winlink. Thank goodness for the coffee mornings so that I learned how to see them. It was amazing to follow along with the little tidbits of information and now I see the one were you write “possibly the most beautiful anchorage in the world” Omg I want to see lots of pictures.. Just kidding, I know its difficult to send out all the time. I am so happy for you all. And here I thought I had the best experiences growing up. I think all the time about what you are giving your kids. I know it must have been a long crossing. I have thought about Colin and Justine taking a shift in the navigation and how rewarding and amazing it must have been. Omg! I feel so very fortunate to know all of you and get to follow along. Bravo!!! All my best wishes, James

  3. James Outland

    Ok, one last comment for the night. LOL I gotta say this. I hope Wil is all healed up! (no pun intended) I know it was really serious on many levels and it was a really bad laceration to the heal of his foot but I will be glad when you put up some more post so its not the first thing I see when I sign on. LOL, LMAO I told Steve, “I’m sure glad Im not squeamish cause that looked like it really hurt and its starting to hurt me now. LOL Just kidding! Thats the best thing about this blog is that you tell it like it is and no sugar coating. I just had to poke some fun at ya. It made me think how serious even the littlest of injuries could become when at sea. You guys are amazing!!! Hugs, James

    • Jenny

      Wil’s heel is almost totally healed. Yes, we’ve had fun with the puns! ­čÖé Sorry to leave that as the last photo for so long. I thought it was quite a good one! Out here, even the smallest of injuries can take a turn for the worst, so we do have to be very careful. We were very fortunate to have all the necessary supplies & know the right people. On the Pacific crossing, our minds went crazy with worry as we neared the farthest point from land. We knew we were too far to be reached by air, and the nearest boat was usually a day or 2 away. I was worried sick with every tummy ache! But we made it!!

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