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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  • ORGANIC FRUITS April 11, 2015
    What a great way to start the day than having a bowl of cereal with fresh papaya, mango and  melons from the farmers market in Panama. The real taste of fruit never seen refrigerators, pesticides or any other chemicals.
    We could not wish better sailing condition than in the last 24 hours calm sea with long swells 10-12 knots of SWS wind with all the three sails out.
    We have to be careful with the sun even though We’re using sps 45. The sun blisters are starting appearing on part of my foot or I might just missed it with the sunscreen.
    We found a squid on the deck, probably Booby the sea bird dropped it off for us a thank for a night ride as she took off. I hope she comes back again
    Right after our delicious sushi dinner and a bottle of nice Argentinian red wine the wind suddenly died down. I have a feeling this is it… we’re entering into the “horse latitude” zone.
  • BOOBY THE SEABIRD April 10, 2015
    The fat orange sun from the big blue sky is  radiating the scorching heat to the calm Pacific Ocean, it reminds me of the  Adriatic Sea with it’s ink blue colour and calmness.
    Never a better time to fly the spinnaker than this wonderful morning. Even we’ve postponed the breakfast because of we couldn’t wait to see the big Portuguese rooster on the middle of white giant spinnaker. As soon as we finished with the  hoist the boat has started racing towards the next waypoint. It is always a treat sailing under spinnaker, especially today when an unexpected visitor appeared from nowhere and started flirting with the rooster. What a love affair. We figured, it will last only for few minutes but this lovely sea bird Booby made herself comfortable on the bow pulpit close to the rooster on spinnaker.
    What a character, we tried everything to hush her away but she just did not care.
    Late afternoon the wind direction changed and we were on reach still averaging 7 knots with 10 knots of wind all night long with Booby on the bow pulpit.
  • BIG YELLOW FIN TUNA April 9, 2015
    We caught a good size of tuna early morning and an another one but the last one was lucky enough to get lose and quickly escaped.
    The day has started with a nice 15 kn wind we were running “wing on wing” but the wind tapered down soon and suddenly we felt the scorching heat and it has lasted all day.  We changed the sail setting and the route but not to much luck. However we were still moving with 5-6 kn. Better than motoring.  The sun was burning us so badly evan the factor 45 suncream didn’t provide enough protection. It was time for long sleeve T-shirt and long pants. The ocean changed her colour. She turned deep blue reminded me of Caribbean Sea.
    Down below the temperature was rising rapidly and turn into a steam room . Big thumbs up for the girls they made us a nice tuna dinner with fresh salad and steamed tarrot rote.
  • On the Equator April 9, 2015

    We Just Crossed the Equator we are on the Southern Hemisphere. Cheers!!!!!

    Early in the morning we received an email from our friend Darryl  who is a single handed sailer, left Panama 2 days earlier than us and sailed the same course. Both of us hired Bob the weather router from New Zealand.
    Darryl was about 48 hours ahead of us when his alternator quit and having some engine problems so he have to go back to Panama to repair it and in the mean time he informed us that there is no wind over there. Poor guy no wind no engine, he just have to wait for the weather.
    We decide to alter our course to find some breeze. We downloaded the grid file from our SSB and based on that we took a bearing of …. Which turned out a great idea.
    We had a pleasant sailing averaging 8.5Kn with wind of 15Kn on SE…on the calm sea.
    Even though we have great supply of “happy hour” on board we agreed on we can have only one with the new name called “Sundowner”.
    As soon we finished our lasagna dinner and the jibe, we run out of wind as well.
    The Pacific is flat tonight and it feels like we are motoring on the lake toward our waypoint.

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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