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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  • Stormy Morning and A Shark April 21, 2015

    My last watch was over at 0300 and I had a hard time to fall asleep after, because of the choppy conditions. I woke up for a stormy morning, Tony and Margaret were fighting with the unexpected squall, all the sails were quickly reefed and at that point the South Pacific had started showing her real teeth, the seen turned black & white reminded me of an the old pirate move.
    Strange line of white caps were forming in a distance, we were wondering what could create such unusual line. As we sailed through on it, we felt the strong current were running bellow us against the waves and created this “washing machine affect”.
    Later on the current was running its full speed of 3.5kns and sea had started to build up. It lasted for all day and the following night. Needless to say it took a toll on us, it felt like riding on bull in the rodeo show for 24 hrs. without being thrown off.
    It did not hold us back to start our light lunch prosciutto with a well matured Brie cheese, home made fugue jam from Margaret’s Dad and crispy Portuguese bread what we made before we left the Galápagos Islands. It is against my religion having a beer instead of a nice glass of red wine with that kind of lunch, but considering the rough conditions the Panama Lager tasted just as good as a nice Bordeaux.
    Jessica spotted a shark around the boat, it created some excitement beside the stormy condition. The disturbed sea was tossing us around and the number of bruises become a common conversational subject. Non of us slept that night.


  • Leaving Galápagos Islands April 20, 2015

    We left Galápagos Islands at 1630 heading to Hiva Oa Marquesis Isl. 3000NM & 25days ahead of us. Raining heavily calm sea no wind

  • Leaving Galápagos April 20, 2015

    At 1600 our agent Bolivar showed up with the “Zarpa” “clearance document ” followed by heavy rain. Since we were anxious to go set sail, raised the anchor and at 1630 and we were heading out of the harbour. The sea was calm but it was raining like never rained before. As soon as we left the island behind us the wind picked up, so as the sea, big rollers and squalls appeared on the horizon.

    We have 3120 nautical miles ahead of us to see land again and that should be Fatu Hiva a beautiful volcanically island in the Marquesas Archipelagos.


  • Good morning from San Cristobal Galapagos Islands April 13, 2015

    We made it in 5 1/2 days from Panama to Galapagos Islands. We sailed all the way except in the last 24 hr motored through the doldrums.

  • DOLDRUMS April 12, 2015
    My feeling from last night was right.
    We were motoring all night long and the condition hasn’t  change to much, even got worse.
    Not a drop of wind. The surface of the ocean transferred into a giant slowly moving mirror with the long rolling swells and 2 knots of current bellow, traveling Northwest.
    The fishing lines are out hoping to catch a Mahi-Mahi for our first night dinner in the Galápagos Islands.
    So far we caught only one yellow fin tuna in the last 5 days not a good average.
    We’re motoring into the dark and slowly approaching the Equator we’re all in a happy mood.
    Jessica using her “star tracker” to find the constellations and entertaining us with the history of old timers navigation by the stars.
    As we crossed the Equator at 2200 Tony cracked a bottle of champagne while we took some picture of the navigation screen showing 00 000′.000
    What a moment one second in the Northern Hemisphere next one in the Southern Hemisphere. Cheers to it.

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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