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A day in the passage life: Part 3 – The Hole

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May 30, 2019

That ideal trade wind sailing didn’t last like we wanted it to. As we tracked further south, we sailed right into a hole with no wind at all, and now that hole has expanded out in front of us all the way to the Gambiers. We only have about…


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A day in the passage life: Part 2 – the trades

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May 23, 2019

We have finally hit the trades! The southeast trade winds
are a band of ideal wind and current that stretches from here all the way to
French Polynesia. This band brings a steady 15-20 knots of wind on our stern
with sunny skies dotted with only the occasional cumulus cloud. It is…


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A day in the passage life: Part 1, Settling in

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May 16, 2019

Sailing across the ocean was an endurance event. Once all of
the preparations were done, all of the food was stored and all of the tanks
were full, we simply had to go sailing. We sailed for 24 hours. And then we
just did it again, over and over. It would be…


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Spoiler alert – we made it

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May 3, 2019

How do you summarize something that demanded every ounce of your perseverance and patience for 36 days? Something that consumed every thought and decision for the months and years before that? Something that you’ve visualized and dreamed about for longer than you can remember? That’s what I’ve been pondering…


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The best laid plans

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March 23, 2019

I had plans yesterday. I should know better. You should never make plans on a boat. I thought my plans were innocent enough, but Neptune disagreed.

My plans involved a short but silly celebration for when we crossed the equator, which we were scheduled to do around 5:30 in the…


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water water, everywhere

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March 20, 2019

As Andrew (Halcyon’s third crew member for the Pacific crossing) was rinsing dishes in the bin of water that sits in the starboard half of the galley sink, he asked me, with only a hint of bemusement, “how many times can we reuse fresh water before it just becomes…


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AIS

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March 17, 2019

Almost every boat in the Pacific Ocean that wants to go to the Atlantic Ocean, and every boat in the Atlantic Ocean that wants to be in the Pacific, passes through these waters. Of course, there are other routes, if you like breaking through ice or battling the roaring…


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Second star on the right and straight on ’till morning

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March 15, 2019

I’m lying in bed, but I’m not falling asleep. I know I should; it’s the last full uninterrupted night of sleep I’m going to get for a good long time. But my brain is buzzing.

Do we have plenty of water? Did I forget to download anything important? Did I…


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2018 Project List update

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March 12, 2019

Another year of boatwork behind us, and it was a big one! We (started to) install a new engine, added more alternative energy, and completed a thousand little projects in between. Below is the highlights reel, which has also been added to the ongoing “Loving Halcyon” projects page.

2018

Purchased…


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A new heart for Halcyon, and a new look for the blog

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February 3, 2019

While we paced around the marina waiting for our new engine, I spent some time giving our website HalcyonWandering some new style. Will you take a look? I’d love to hear what you like or don’t like, and which links I broke in the process…

In the meantime, here’s…

John and Becca Guillote

John is the photographer. He portrays the layers of history, emotion, spirit and culture in each moment through his application of light, perspective, and detail. He also takes pictures.

Becca is the writer. She tells vivid stories of authentic moments, highlighting the beautiful, dangerous, dramatic and hilarious with grammatically correct sentences and her tongue held firmly by her cheek.

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