s/v OCEANS pics. in the South Pacific

Goodbye Southern Cross; Hello the Big Dipper

It has been awhile since our last update, I apologize for that!  To post we need internet!  We rarely get it!  When we do, it is usually too slow to be useful.

9.28 We completed measurements for our new sails. ( Both our main sail and genoa  had delaminated during our Pacific Crossing. )

9.29 Depart Taihaoe Bai, Nuka Hiva on our way to Apataki, Tuamotu, approx. a 600NM passage.  On 9.30 we arrived Tahuata, Hanamoenoa Bay to tuck in to wait for storms to pass to continue our trip forward.  We spent a few days there, including my Birthday, where we got to see a Green Flash.  Green flashes and green rays are optical phenomena that sometimes occur right after sunset or right before sunrise. When the conditions are right, a green spot is visible above the upper rim of the disk of the sun. The green appearance usually lasts for no more than a second or two. Rarely, the green flash can resemble a green ray shooting up from the sunset (or sunrise) point.

Bread making has been successful, thank you, Matthias!

10.7  We arrived Apataki Carnege Boatyard, where s/v Oceans would remain on the hard for 5mos.  Haul out day, 10.17.  10.19 started our journey back to the U.S.   Goodbye Southern Cross, Hello Big Dipper.

We will be back in French Polynesia in early April 2019, to continue our journey to Tonga and Fiji, to join Sea Mercy.  www.seamercy.org


Blog from Captain Rick

Taiohae Baie to Hooumi Bay

We left Taiohae Baie at 3:30pm, 7NM to Hooumi Bay. We tried too sail out of the bay only to be reminded of sailing on Lake George, where 180 degree wind changes were common and often. This boat is wider than that boat was long. Quick fast tacks (turns) with out more crew are not quick. We motored into the wind the whole 7NM. Anchor down at 5:00pm. A peaceful beautiful mountain valley anchorage with one other boat there. No one was on it.

We decided to sail to Anahoe Bay. It’s a rainy, cloudy, dreary kind of day. So off we go! As we leave I am awed by our surroundings, again. We are traveling through a mountainous valley with cliffs, peaks, forested slopes and rock pinnacles on 3 sides of us. To travel through such mountain beauty and do it on a boat is unusual and awesome. As we leave the calm bay and begin to get to the open ocean, Teri, says to me ‘I’m glad it’s not rough out.’ I can’t stop smiling at this comment. I am so happy for her sweet sailing attitude. The waves currently are about 8 feet high on 6-7 second periods. Unfortunately, the sea state deteriorated significantly in the next 20 minutes. As the white caps engulf us, I note we are now in 180 feet deep water. We are mildly surprised to see on our port side 1,000 feet away a rock the size of a large pickup truck, just barely sticking out of the water. No markers, lights, or buoys exist here. It would rip the bottom out of a boat, and be the last day that unfortunate boat ever sailed. As the rock has been past and it appears we have open ocean ahead, the waves continue to grow and more concerning the wave period continues to shrink. (Wave height is the height of the wave, measured on the backside of the wave. Wave period (much more important to us), is the number of seconds from the top of one wave to the next. >7 seconds = Great! 4-5 seconds = Rough and <4 seconds = ride like inside of a washing machine). We are now in 10 foot seas. I decide to check that all is well and secured at the bows. All is secure and the thrill of Oceans launching skyward off the tops of the waves only to then drop 16 feet down between the waves with no slap, boom or harsh impact as her narrow hulls slice into the waves, then back to skyward. I was hooting and howling with joy, while having a very tight hold to the pelican striker. Comfortably and safely seated back at the helm, for 5-6 mins., when a massive wave came over the bow dumping 3-4 feet of water onto the trampoline I was standing on. It blew the rope lacing line that secures the trampoline in place apart in 28 places. The wave periods were down too 3 seconds, everything on the boat was being given a hard workout. Quickly changing course to go more with the waves and reduce more damage potential. Our next planned destination was 4 hours away. We quickly decide it was no longer desirable to go to Anahoe Bay. New heading straight downwind, we found it much more acceptable. It was still rather lumpy. We are sailing back to Taiohae Baie on a downwind run. It was delightful. Teri made a starboard turn at the bay, sailed us all the way to our anchoring location and remained at the helm throughout the anchoring process. She did it perfectly. I am so proud of her. At peace, safely and comfortably anchored it was time for lunch. What a great 1/2 day!!! RR

Touring Nuku Hiva, Marquesas

Nuku Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia

Brief introduction: Taken from Landfalls of Paradise, Earl R Hinz & Jim Howard

” Only 6 of the archipelagos 12 islands are inhabited. Total land area of the group is about 492 square miles compared with the 407 square miles of Tahiti alone.
All are elevated, ranging in height between 1,300 & 4,000 feet, and are covered with a layer of deep and very fertile soil. These islands, mountainous & cut into deep valleys, are not protected by coral barrier reefs.
The group contains no indigenous land animals, but they do contain herds of wild sheep, cattle and pigs, that were left behind by earlier plantation workers. The islands do however, have many birds, the most interesting of which is a species of ground dove found no where else in the Pacific. Fish are also plentiful, and waters of the area contain a variety of enormous sharks.”


Scriptures that were sent to us from Daniel & Amanda Cerqueira during our passage from the Galapagos to the Marquesas. Thank You, we love you guys!

“Then HE touched their eyes and said because of your faith, it will happen.”

2 SAMUEL 22:3
“GOD is my fortress and HE makes my way perfect.”

” See, GOD has come to save me. I will trust in HIM and not be afraid. The LORD GOD is my strength and my song; HE has given me victory.”

Our Christian Playlist

Christian Playlist 25 songs, not 26……

1. No longer slaves to fear -Live- Melissa & Jonathan David Helser.
2. It is well -Live- Bethel Music.
3. Oceans -Where feet may fail- Hillsong United.
4. Touch the sky – Hillsong United.
5. None but JESUS – Hillsong United.
6. Lead me to the cross – Hillsong United.
7. YOUR love never fails – Jesus Culture.
8. Cornerstone – Live – Hillsong Worship.
9. Because HE lives – Amen – Matt Maher.
10. GOD’s Not Dead – Like a lion – Newsboys.
11. There is Power – Lincoln Brewster.
12. Brother – Need to breathe.
13. LORD I’m ready now – Plumb.
14. The Maker – Chris August.
15. I refuse – Josh Wilson.
16. Come to the river – Rhett Walker Band.
17. Give me YOUR eyes -Brandon Heath.
18. Our GOD – Chris Tomlin.
19. I will follow – Chris Tomlin.
20. Beautiful things – Gungor.
21. How HE loves – David Crowder Band.
22. Give me faith – Elevation Worship.
23. Children of GOD – Third Day.
24. While I’m waiting – John Waller.
25. What a Beautiful name – Live – Hillsong Worship.