All good things must come to an end. Thanks for following the blog! It’s been a blast.
Total distance travelled: 7,000 nm in 4 months (13,000 km)
Fastest speed: 11 kt, surfing up to 14 kt
Fuel consumed: 100 L gasoline, 30 lbs propane
Worst day: 26 nm
Best day: 215 nm
Age of sails: 20-30 years
Age of rigging: 40 years
Recommended replacement time of sails and rigging: 10 years
2,317 pictures taken
26 GB of video footage
32,179 blog page views
Farthest email sent over radio: 6,000 km
Midnight to 4am shifts: 60
Fish caught: 1 barracuda, 2 skipjack tuna, 3 mahi-mahi (dorado)
Coconuts eaten: 40
Peanut butter consumed: 10 litres
Indubitably a good time.
Now that we’re back in the land of ubiquitous internet, here are a few videos of Piggy sailing —
The following video isn’t mine, but from the same event:
Hōkūleʻa has been an inspiration for our cruise – they’re a Polynesian catamaran, without an engine, sailing around the world without electronic navigation.
(Hey, Piggy is a Polynesian catamaran that circumnavigated without electronic instruments, but I digress…)
They navigate using Pacific wayfinders, using patterns of wind, waves, animal behaviours, and the stars. No compasses, no sextants, no math. Awesome.
Hokulea and her sister ship, Hikianalia, departed Hawaii just before we departed Canada, and we’ve been chasing them across the Pacific until New Zealand, when we anchored nearby for their official Maori greeting and Haka. We accidentally anchored too close to their mooring in the serious weather (60+ km/hr) and decided to just tough it out, ready to release our anchor if need be.
We had the best seats in the house for an eery, chilling greeting from a Maori (ceremonial) war canoe, one of the biggest in the world, full of chanting warriors braving the fierce winds and cold spray. I can’t imagine what went through the mind of Captain Cook when he faced the same greetings!