About The Trip

About The Trip

I'm joining my friends Tony & Margaret, owners of the graceful sailboat "Joalea" to be be part of the crew for the next sailing adventure:  Crossing the Pacific Ocean from Panama starting in April, 2015

I was lucky enough to sail the Caribbean Sea with them for many years, visiting all the beautiful islands from Spanish, US, British Virgin islands to the Lesser Antilles. (Which are a long arc of small islands in the Caribbean Sea extending in a north-south direction from the Virgin Islands to Trinidad and then in an east-west direction from Margarita to Aruba off the northern coast of Venezuela).

"Joalea" just crossed the Panama Canal in late February, 2015 from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Now awaiting her crew to sail further to the French Polynesian Islands,  "The Jewel of World"

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  • SLEEP DEPRIVATION April 27, 2015

    Nobody slept last night. We got squalls after each after, the wind was gusting up to 35kn. the sea was disturbed, waives were coming from every direction. What a terrible ride. I finished my night watch at 0300 went down below to my forward berth to catch up with my sleep, in the constantly pitching boat with the bow up and down. I was spending more time in the air than in my bed. I felt like the sea is tourchering me by waking me up in every minutes.
    The mood was low on the following day so as our energy level and our hygiene. I couldn’t wait to take a shower my face was glowing from the salty mist and my tired body was craving for rejuvenation.

    Without any sign, both of the water pump decided to retire. Great, it hit the shelf life only 3 years old, bravo now what. No showers, or clean up the dishes mind you we have foot pump for the sink.

    The girls managed to make a delicious pork stew in the pressure cooker that made our day. Well…tomorrow is an other day.


  • Heavy Fish Breaking Our Lines April 26, 2015

    We got 3 fishes earlier but yesterday two 160pound line were out and both got ripped off those 2 fish must be 200 pounds at least

  • BIG FISH April 25, 2015

    Big blue sky and calm sea this morning. We were enjoying our morning coffee of “Panama Joe organic coffee” from Panama of course. The breakfast hasn’t hit the table yet, but thinking of dinner ideas.
    It is about time to catch some fish again . Just like on every leg of the crossing we all have a quota on the wish list. On this one Tony predicted 10, Margaret 9, Jessica 8, and I ended up with 7 fish on the catch list. The fly fish doesn’t count on the deck, we got so many of them every morning.

    We let two fishing line out ( rated up 160 pound each) early afternoon. We didn’t have to wait to long to hear the familiar tune of the reel, which always makes the best excitement. The lines were running with such high speed that burned lines into my gloves The break on the reel was on the max and we were down to the last 100 feet of line when suddenly the big “Oh No” sounded. Same happened with the other line in almost at the same time. They were gone! With the fancy lures, lines, everything. What a disaster.
    Tony noted that they were Dorados traveling in pairs but they were Strong and Big that able to snap such a strong line.
    We learned later on that most of the sailer had a same experience.

  • GEORGE DAY April 24, 2015

    In Hungary where I was born and grew up we always celebrate name days, every name has a designated day in the calendar and it is just as important as birthdays over there. With an other word reason to have a “fiesta”.

    Since, Hungary does not have any sea or ocean, that was a far fetch dream for a 14 years of boy about Crossing the South Pacific and here I am now, “living my dream”.
    Hungarian food was an order for dinner tonight and the galley filled up with the smell of Hungary, reminded me of my Mother kitchen.

  • SLEEPING WHALES April 22, 2015

    Great surprise by the morning, the sea got friendlier and by noon the waves had enjoyable rhythm.
    Finally our poor body got a break from the constant pounding.

    Also, we heard from an other sailer friend who had collided with a young whale in the middle of the night. Fortunately nobody got hurt and no damage to either one. The whales are sleeping on the surface of the sea at night time so it is impossible to spot them in the dark.
    It is like hitting corals or running aground. They can make a big damage of the boat or even sink her. Lots of them around here.

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The Sailboat "Joalea"

JoaleaJOALEA is a 2010 Hylas Raised Salon. The highly regarded Hylas 54 designed by German Frers is one of the premier semi-custom quality performance cruising yachts in the world.  
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JOALEA is a 2010 Hylas Raised Salon.

The highly regarded Hylas 54 designed by German Frers is one of the premier semi-custom quality performance cruising yachts in the world.

Hull #59 was the last of the Hylas 54’s built offering a luxurious 3-stateroom interior arrangement featuring contemporary style varnished teak woodwork with custom details, large navigation center and galley, full width master suite aft, two guest cabins forward and spacious salon amidships. The raised main salon provides a bright, airy living area
with settee to port and straight settee to starboard. DSC_0122 DSC_0119 DSC_0097 DSC_0077 DSC_0074 DSC_0696 The exterior very strong Hylas 54′ fiberglass hull is reinforced with Twaron (similar to Kevlar used in bullet proof vests). On deck there is a comfortable cockpit, wide side decks and a raised salon trunk cabin with large fixed windows and multiple deck hatches and stainless opening ports. The transom has wide built-in steps and swim platform with hot and cold shower and drop down swim ladder. Her long list of builder options includes: Fischer Panda 8KW generator and three zone Cruise Air reverse cycle air conditioning, Selden Electrofurl mainmast, Antal electric primary winches and Side power bow thruster. JOALEA is registered in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. How did JOALEA’s name come about with a Portuguese good luck rooster? We were sitting around the dining room table with family members July 1st Canada day and were trying to come up with a good name for our brand new purchase that would be meaningful to the two of us. There were many ideas given of which some names we wouldn’t dare mention. Then we had a very special thought both of our parents had passed away at the same time and are resting in the same special place and we believe they were instrumental in us coming together. Tony’s father’s name JOAO and Margaret’s mother’s name LEONA, thus JOALEA came about.

As the Legend of the Barcelos Cockerel goes…

A pilgrim was leaving Barcelos on his way to Santiago de Compostela when he was accused of stealing silver from the landowner. For his alleged crime, he was sentenced to death by hanging.

He prayed to Our Lady and St James, the patron Saint for Protection, that justice be done. As a final effort to save himself, the prisoner pleaded for a meeting with the judge. The judge was about to tuck into his roast cockerel, when the pilgrim said to the judge that as proof of his innocence, the cockerel would stand up on the plate and crow three times. The judge ignored the pilgrim’s claim and pushed aside his meal. But, as the pilgrim was hanged, the cockerel jumped up and crowed. Realizing his mistake, the judge rushed to the gallows and found that the pilgrim had miraculously survived due to a loose knot. According to the legend, the pilgrim returned many years later to carve the Cruzeiro do Senhor do Galowhich is now housed in the Museu Arqueologico in Barcelos. Of course there are many variations and embellishments to this Portuguese legend, but the Rooster from Barcelos has become one of the national symbols of Portugal and is said to represent faith, justice and good luck.  

"Joalea" Sailing the World