The Elkins Round-the-World Voyage

July 31, 2000

Pacific Ocean


Dear friends 15.50s 153.37.    We are under way to Suwarrow.  We left Bora Bora at 2:30 pm on 7-29,  We left in a shower and it cleared for the night. We have had squalls today. We got caught with wing and wing in a 25K blow. We rushed to take down the spiniker pole and set sails on a broad reach. We have 10' seas and are motoring now. The seas are lumpy. Should get the trade winds of SE soon. We had E then N then S.  We are a bit tired but will get into the groove. I had to take seasick med again,  we were at BoraBora at calm seas too long I guess.

Doing ok, we are at 15.22s 155.27w.  We are sailing at 10k 10' rolly seas, wing and wing. Brings back memories of the pacific crossing. I guess we are getting in the groove again.

Last night we motored a lot; we were dodging thunder heads with lightning. Probably lost a little forward motion but we also missed the storms ok.   The water flattened out and it was pretty comfortable.

Trying to eat up some of our canned goods. Had ravioli last night and soup for lunch. We are also eating powdered eggs now - not too bad.We have to eat things up before we get to Australia or they dispose of it for you. We have heard that the islands north get a lot of yachty food. I have found I packed too much mashed potatoes, rice, pasta, beans, and crackers - they get stale. Could have had more flour - they are only in 1lb boxes. I started with a 5 gallon bucket of white flour and 3 one gallon containers of whole wheat. We bought Baguettes quite a bit because baking heats up the boat. I also brought too much spices - they mold and also go stale. I guess they stay better vacum packed. I will get one of those sometime. Dan said keep it short so Till Later Dan & Sandy

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Suwarrow.jpg (8029 bytes) At the southern extremity of the northern group of the Cook Islands is Suwarrow , a true atoll. There is no continuous history of Polynesian habitation and therefore no traditional Polynesian name for the island. Its first recorded discovery was by a Russian ship, the"Suvorov"
on  September 17 1814. The crew found the island to be uninhabited. However, Europeans were certainly in residence over the previous several hundred years because Suwarrow is a true treasure island on which chests of coins have been found. Today a caretaker and his family live on the atoll for most of the year, their solitude disturbed only by the occasional visiting yacht.  Suwarrow is now a conservation reserve.