On April 12th, 2016, we finally left the Island of OAHU, which had become our home-away-from-home. I was actually unsure if the time would ever come, so great was our time in the Hawaiian Islands. We will remember the consistent warm weather, cooling trade winds, glorious sunsets & the wonderful ALOHA Spirit. Until we meet again, Thank you Hawaii for the last 16 wonderful months. MAHALO.
Pointing INFINITY South into the Pacific waters, we commenced our transit from OAHU to Christmas Island, KIRIBATI.
This trip is a family reunion with Julie, Andy, Chloë & Kal Nemier, all together again, just like the good ol’ times. After our stay in French Polynesia, Chloë departs for Norway, to start her new life with her boyfriend Henrik. And Kal starts his University education back in British Columbia. When will we all meet up again?
As we exited the Barber’s Point channel, we encountered a plethora of shipping, and a complete failure/shut-down of our primary Nav (Nobeltec) system,,, (we’re perhaps 20 minutes into our trip at this stage) No drama. We fired up the secondary Furuno plotter and restarted the Nobeltec again, (after checking all the connections were tight), and had no further issues with it.
The first day out was so rough that it was ‘every man for himself’. Nourishment-wise, no one felt like eating anything anyway. The second day we rallied together to re-heat some Thai leftovers. The third day was better and we managed to bake a Lasagne. We had our first coffee’s of the trip on Day 3. That felt good, I loved that.
Day 4, the Nespresso coffee machine was re-installed in it’s rightful place. For most of the voyage, the weather did not really improve much, with continual heavy head seas & winds. But our sea sickness medication was working & we soldiered on. Our last 24 hours, as closed in on Christmas Island, were thankfully peaceful with calm winds and seas.
After a shaky start, I’m now realizing that the boat & crew are actually pretty well sorted. And it’s funny how it can take a rough transit to substantiate that. I actually like these longer passages because they enable you to fine tune your vessel. During the transit, the boat’s operation has primacy in my thoughts. It allows me to capture what’s important to make the boat go; (what is really paramount, and what’s just fluff). I have a totally revised TO DO list, now that another 1160 miles has passed under the keel.
As we are approaching Christmas Island, 24 miles out. I’m sitting in the salon in total air conditioned comfort, my iPad mini beside me showing our present position, and it occurs to me that I have everything I could ever want right here. My family is upstairs and we are all enjoying this wonderful experience of visiting the South Pacific together. Next week, we’ll see Bora Bora, Raritea, and Tahiti. I feel so very fortunate to be able to enjoy this ‘once in a lifetime’ experience as a family. Who says God is not great? Right now, I’m sitting in the awe and wonderment of it all.
The day before we headed out, we decided to grab some diesel, basically to stem the generator use. (During the transit and during much of our time at anchor, the generator was running 24/7 for Air Conditioning). Well, that refueling event turned out to be a hairy adventure. No photos, no time for that. The surge was so great at the commercial dock, that we were ‘live-boating’, and actively repositioning the fenders for much of the time. Don’t ever want to see a ‘next time’.
We had one other issue during our stay. The plastic PEX fitting underneath our Hot-Water tank let go. Chloë heard the mid-ship’s bilge pump running, and alerted me to the noise. Naturally this took place at O’Dark thirty, as I pumped out the space and spent 20 mins rummaging around the engine room for spare fittings. Luckily we had one, and we were back to “Fully-Operational” status inside 30 mins.
Our stay in Christmas Island stretched out to 7 days. We chilled-out a few days, BBQ’ued and swam off the bustle. The Island tour & picnic took a day. And of course ‘Island Time’ played a role with our clearance, immigration, banking and diesel delivery. It’s easy to account for the days clicking-on by.
OAHU – KIRIBATI
TOTAL TIME FOR JOURNEY: 168 hrs (7 days)
TOTAL MILAGE FOR JOURNEY: 1153.6 nm
TOTAL FUEL FOR JOURNEY: 979.6 gals / 1.17 nm/gal