Day 5 Pacific Crossing

Date: Tuesday April 17th, 2018 Time: 1700 UTC Location: 14° 10.1’N 113° 15.4′ W COG: 227° T SOG: 5 knots 24 hour distance traveled: 125nm Distance to the Marquesas: 2123nm
So last night was one of those annoying nights on passage that makes you want to just land somewhere and never go out to sea again. Okay, it wasn’t really that bad, but I may have felt that way at 11pm when I had not slept due to the wild washing machine sea state and I knew that I had to be on watch until 4:30am or so. Once I was on duty for a while I felt much better and was happily wishing I could finish my podcast when Cameron woke and came above decks to relieve me. There is a ton of wind flowing off shore from Mexico called the Tehuantepec s which are causing some extra swell and some brisk winds. Download the WindyTV app if you want to see the live action. We reefed (decreased sail) and just put up with bracing ourselves between the bulkheads and listening to everything in the cupboards flying from one side to the other. These days are just part of the package and as compared to some of our days in the Sea of Cortez and down the coast of California, it didn’t even really rank. Today is a new day and we have just surpassed our record for longest passage yet on Banyan. I just pulled some cookies out of the oven, the girls are creating a full on world with their magnatiles, clay and other implements of imagination on the salon table and Cameron just finished dealing with the very initially exciting but anticlimactic catching of a bulap bag… not the Mahi Mahi we were hoping for. The soundtrack of our passage seems to be the soundtrack of the movie, The Greatest Showman. This album never ceases to elicit dancing and really silly lip sinking when we need a boost. I have put a limit on playing it only once a day so we don’t get totally sick of it…maybe twice. While I can’t see your comments made to our posts, I do see the names of the people who are leaving comments. It makes me feel so good to see your names and know that people are thinking of us on our journey! Thanks for all the wonderful support from friends, family and beyond. Your prayers and kindness caries us far! We’ll reply to comments when we get into the Marquesas. This is SV Banyan, signing off


  1. Sharon Suhr says:

    We love the music from The Greatest Showman, too! I can’t wait to see some of these photos – burlap bags and all!

  2. Jan Jopson says:

    What an exciting journey. I love Greatest Showman too, but agree it can be overdone! Look forward to reading of you catching something tasty…

  3. Pete Michaels says:

    So appreciate you taking the time to do this Anne. Gives us lubbers something at which to marvel. Never an adventure I would feel comfortable undertaking. Safe passage.

  4. Haley Wight says:

    Following you daily, imaging you out there in the great wide open, and sending graceful vibes your way! Go Vawters go!

  5. karen cakebread says:

    Thanks for keeping us posted. Thinking of you guys every day. I think you just described a night of rock-n-roll.
    Looking forward to more updates.

  6. Deborah Darrin says:

    Hang in there! You’ll figure how to stash your cupboards so they’re not so noisily chaotic after a few more of those tumbling seas episodes. Wait till you get to the doldrums of the equator for some respite! Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

  7. Marianne McGriff says:

    Anne and Cameron, Praying for safe passage…we LOVED « The Greatest Showman »…Adelaide asked us who our favorite character was…what about you? The « Bearded Lady » was Carver’s and mine Love and hugs to all, Marianne

  8. Joanie Schumann says:

    Look forward to your to your daily blog Anne. You bring your whole adventure to life.. Like I said a “book” is in your future..
    Safe travels got you all…prayers

  9. Jonnie Dale Lieberman says:

    Following. I’m just the one who met Cameron on the streets of La Cruz and helped getting you your tix to Aruna and Wayland’s Film about their building their boat and sailing x the Atlantic. – – – What a Blessing to be able to hear from you. My friend Jacob who was on Intrepid has made it to the Marquesas. Joli and her Family have made it to the Galapagos and have not heard from Lungta. When you hook up and meet my Lungta friends you will all like one another heaps. Smooth Sailing…

  10. Rachel Wheeler says:

    Love that you’ve been able to post everyday so far. We’re all living vicariously through you all and praying for a safe and sound passage.

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