Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowline sail away from the safe harbor and catch the trade winds in your sails.
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Banderas Bay Regatta RACE 1
Nine years later we are back in Banderas Bay again and racing Meshach in the BBR. Thor has been thinking about this for probably just as long. The idea of racing our home made me feel a little nervous but it was fun to see how well we did against boast that were decades younger than us substantially more modern. I must say that Meshach Rocks! The original design and forward thinking of the builder and a lot of recent TLC (aka 6 week haul out turned 4 years lol) has made some amazing improvements to this boat. It was a fun time racing old and new friends as well. The first day of racing was crewed by Thor Tanya, Tristan (7) Max (7) Ethan from S/V Eyoni and Andy from M/Y Tully. Race results are posted in the link for all Thor's racing friends at home , but the short version is Meshach was over the line early... due to color blindness of the starting mark actually the guys didn't follow the direction... What is it with guys and directions ha ha ha ... but even after a restart we placed 1st in race one..
The wind has backed off and it sounds as if the last few days at sea might just be the most enjoyable. For the first time since leaving Cabo San Lucas all the sails are flying. Both the main sails are flying high and the spinnaker is full. Yesterday they caught a nice Mahi Mahi that they cooked up breaded style and will have the rest today.
With the wind and sea calming down it has given them the energy to do some domestics including showers, sheet changes and for at least Thor a clean shave. He is getting a little bit of badgering from the crew for not conforming to their pirate ways. All is well and the ETA for Oahu is Saturday.
21 20N 150 24W
7-9KTS Boat Speed
WIND ENE 13KTS
420 Miles to Ala Wai
October 2017 brought a lot of change.The past few months have been crazy! Who in there right mind buys a new
boat,(yes we still have Meshach) rents their house, pulls their kids out of school, and takes off
for a year in less than three months? That would be us!! We decided to buy a new boat in June. We didn't really have any intentions of buying a new boat, until we heard from a friend that he was selling our dream boat.
Call it mid-life crisis or just plain craziness, but we bought he boat in June with the goal of setting
sail to the west coast in September. Why so fast? Winter storms start
brewing in October sending not so good weather south from Alaska. So last few months were spent purchase of dream boat, delivery from Oahu, hauling the boat out in Nawiliwili, painting the bottom, and getting her ready for a Pacific crossing. Well that was Thor's list. I kept busy packing the house, renting it out, selling the cars, training two amazing women to run our business, all…
At 5:30 Sunday morning the crew of Meshach completed their 3000 mile journey to Kauai. In just 14 days of travel time and under reffed sails for 90 percent of the time the voyage was by all accounts successful. The guys were in good spirits and ready to be back.
Angela and Annie met Aaron and Kevin at the dock with leis and well I brought kids oops that would have been a nice touch. The crew were excited to see loved ones and be back on solid non moving ground After some photo taking ( thanks Mario and Alyssa) the crew was ready to head off to a fabulous Sunday brunch with Tastes of Hawaii. Music, friends and lots of yummy treats. This was a great way to celebrate the crossing.
Thor and I took advantage of being on a dock which is a rare thing for our boat. Off with the old and on with the new. All the extra stuff required for full time cruising was taken off the boat and the next two days were spent cleaning and prepping the boat for a summer in Hanalei Bay. The boat is now back in…