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Voyagers get an aloha from riotous marine life

By Susan Scott

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 08, 2013

~~<p>Latitude 17N, longitude 109W &raquo; Five days ago two friends, Alex and John, and I set sail on my boat, Honu, from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We are heading for Nuku Hiva, an island in the Marquesas group, about 3,000 miles away. Depending on wind strength and direction, Honu is making between 100 and 150 miles per day. At that rate, normal for a 37-foot sailboat, we will be at sea three to four weeks.</p>
<p>I'd been preparing Honu for this trip for the past month, and as we left the bay I had a daunting thought: Now comes the test of how well I did &mdash; and of whether I can manage this boat. Our safe passage depends on me.</p>
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Latitude 17N, longitude 109W » Five days ago two friends, Alex and John, and I set sail on my boat, Honu, from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We are heading for Nuku Hiva, an island in the Marquesas group, about 3,000 miles away. Depending on wind strength and direction, Honu is making between 100 and 150 miles per day. At that rate, normal for a 37-foot sailboat, we will be at sea three to four weeks.

I'd been preparing Honu for this trip for the past month, and as we left the bay I had a daunting thought: Now comes the test of how well I did — and of whether I can manage this boat. Our safe passage depends on me. Login for more...



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