Black Pearl

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A Bounce of Boobies

Half-way to French Polynesia and the birds are still with us. Persistent, to be 1500 nm away from land.  Boobies of all kinds bounce around the boat.  Red Footed, Blue Footed, Brown, Masked-- all of them expressing sexual dimorphism, as well as unique…

Week Two: Adjusting to Crew

The Black Pearl has sailed one thousand nautical miles (the length of the Baja peninsula) in eight days.  Super rolly seas here, but not nearly the swell our buddy cat “Magic” is experiencing 300 nm to our northwest (they jumped from La Paz 3 days…

Day 12 of 24

A Good Day (12 of 24) Exhaustion settles over like a damp blanket.  With four souls on-board, we rotate three-hour watches between sunset and sunrise.  Dan likes Dusk Watch, Gordon never complains--even about Shitty Watch, I prefer Deep Watch, and…

Pacific Puddle Jump: Week One

There are a plethora of hidey holes on a boat, and I’m shocked to find room for all those rolls of TP and bags of cereal.  I also find cockroaches scurrying away from the light as I open the hidey holes.  Disgusting.  I’ve been waking up from cockroach…

62 Pounds of Pollo

Blanca printed my provisioning and inventory lists in exchange for a bag of salad from Costco.  An excellent trade—I can’t recall 28 days of meal plans for 4 people without ink on paper.  Scoffing at the $40 cab fare, I trudge under the sun toward…

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