Hiva Oa

July 26, 2018 and we’ve just set sail  from Nuku Hiva, sailing close-hauled (against the wind as is usual for Vinni and Carsten – sigh) towards the main island of Hiva Oa in the southern part of the Marquesas. Once again we are forced to return to Denmark due to medical reasons and we’ve been…

Nuku Hiva

After six days on Thor Heyerdahl’s Fatu Hiva we decided that we had better clear in and become legal in French Polynesia. There are only two islands here in the Marquesas where it is possible to clear in, Hiva Oa approximately 60nm from Fatu Hiva and Nuku Hiva, 120nm northwest from Fatu Hiva. We have…

Fatu Hiva – The Garden of Eden

    As I wrote in my previous blog, Vinni got the honor of shouting; ”Land Ho!” She certainly deserved the honor. Despite being laid completely low by a truly nasty cold/flu, she stood all her watches and bore the heaviest burden on the passage, as I was completely “hors de combat” with my back…

Vinni – Galapagos to Marquesas

At least we don’t have to worry about the weather. We don’t have a choice about waiting for a good weather window or avoiding a bad one – the Ecuadorian authorities are the ones setting the date for our departure. Do we feel like we are being thrown out? Well – hell yes! At least…

Galapagos

The Galapagos are an island chain consisting of 19 volcanic islands, where 2 are still active. For the most part, the islands are rocky little vegetation although they do get rain. They are famous because Charles Darwin visited them in 1835 while on board the British expedition ship, HMS Beagle. From his observations here, Darwin…

Vinni – Panama to Galapagos

Before sticking our noses out into the Pacific, we’re going to spend some time investigating the beautiful Les Perles (Pearl) islands and expect to spend a week or so here. It is Saturday may 12 and we leave Panama City and sail out into the huge Panama Bay, sighting the first of the Peal islands…