Global Voyage

A Story About Sailing Around the World

Ray & Jenny aboard the ketch Suka

3 years, 35,000 miles, Nov 1982 - Jan 1986

Ray & Jenny Jardine

Chapter 1: Voyage to Fatu Hiva page 10 of 109

Once out of the protected harbor and into the rolling swell of the vast Pacific, Suka collected a breeze and sprinted nimbly away; her sails drawing to the freshening breeze, and her bow rising buoyantly to each oncoming wave and pumping deeply into each trough. With alacrity she laid a foamy wake astern.


Sailing past Point Loma, San Diego.

“At long last we were bound for the Marquesas, that archipelago cloaked in enchantment and lying nearly 3,000 nautical miles over the far horizon.”

At long last we were bound for the Marquesas, that archipelago cloaked in enchantment and lying nearly 3,000 nautical miles over the far horizon. And what a test this first passage would be, ultimately proving to be the voyage's longest across open water.

After we had rounded the Coronados Islands and set a course south by south-west, I pulled the set-pin from the self-steering mechanism and trimmed the vane into the apparent wind. Immediately the device took control of the helm. The North American continent began its inexorable dip below the horizon. If all went well, we would not be seeing our homeland for a few years.

My sailing credentials for embarking upon a month's passage across the world's largest ocean?

  • I had chanced a few short jaunts aboard a Hobi Cat.
  • I had motored Suka the 70 miles to and from Catalina Island, and the 12 miles to the Islas Coronados.
  • and I had braved a few sporting afternoons sailing the ketch about San Diego Bay, dodging innumerable other yachts whose skippers were doing much the same.

Never, in actual practice, had I so much as reefed a sail.

And Jenny's inexperience was even more profound.

Yes, we were nautical neophytes, and by the book we utterly lacked the experience required for such an undertaking. No doubt the Coast Guard Auxiliary would have urged us straight back to the marina. Nevertheless, we possessed what I considered the genuine requisite: verve.

After a great deal of concerted effort, we were sailing what I deemed a seaworthy and well-found vessel. I had studied widely on the principles of her handling. We carried a year's supply of provisions, a compendium of spare parts, and a selection of the appropriate reference books. And I was not unaccustomed to improvising. Beyond this, I reasoned that one of the best ways to gain the experience was to go out and gain it!

In retrospect, no doubt blinded by aspiration I may have been heedlessly naive, but who among the venturesome is not a little impetuous? And as Kierkegaard expressed it so well: "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."

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GV 001: Title Page
GV 002: TOC
GV 003: Dedication
GV 004: Preface
GV 005: Prologue
GV 006: Beginnings
GV 007: Work Done
GV 008: Making Ready
GV 009: Departure
> GV 010: Sailing Credentials
GV 011: First Lesson
GV 012: Sextant Navigation
GV 013: Safety Harness
GV 014: Murphy's law
GV 015: Spirit of Adventure
GV 016: Holding On
GV 017: First Big Storm
GV 018: Storm Intensified
GV 019: Rolling Violently
GV 020: Mizzen Sleeping Bag'sl
GV 021: Freeing the Propeller
GV 022: Visits by Birds
GV 023: Crossing the Doldrums
GV 024: Nearing First Landfall
GV 025: Land Ho
GV 026: Fatu Hiva
GV 027: Trek Inland
GV 028: Anchor Watch
GV 029: Passage
GV 030: Hiva Oa
GV 031: Skin Diving Circus
GV 032: Almost Like a Jungle
GV 033: Polaris Missile
GV 034: Taiohaie Bay
GV 035: Cascade Hakaui
GV 036: Taipi Bay
GV 037: Cyclone Lisa
GV 038: Cyclone Nano
GV 039: Passage of Patience
GV 040: Tuamotu Archipelago
GV 041: Tahiti
GV 042: Cyclone Reva
GV 043: Secret Sharer
GV 044: Moorea
GV 045: Cyclone Veena
GV 046: Aftermath
GV 047: Good Weather in Papeete
GV 048: Huahine
GV 049: Raiatea
GV 050: BoraBora
GV 051: Rarotonga
GV 052: Tonga
GV 053: Fresh Air
GV 054: Tongan Feast
GV 055: Excursion to Maninita
GV 056: Mariner's Cave
GV 057: Fiji
GV 058: Ndravuni Island
GV 059: Mara Island
GV 060: Aneityum
GV 061: Noumea
GV 062: St Elmo's fire
GV 063: Breakwater Reef
GV 064: Bundaberg
GV 065: Life on the Burnett River
GV 066: Engine Sabotage
GV 067: Flying
GV 068: Aground in Round Hill Creek
GV 069: Gladstone Confinement
GV 070: Tropical Queensland
GV 071: Trip into Townsville
GV 072: Cairns Sojourn
GV 073: Cramped Cooktown
GV 074: Lizard Island
GV 075: The San Michelle
GV 076: Lost Mummy Cave
GV 077: Land's End
GV 078: Darwin
GV 079: Christmas Is
GV 080: Passage
GV 081: Cocos Keeling
GV 082: Crossing the Indian Ocean
GV 083: Rodriguez
GV 084: Mauritius
GV 085: Reunion Cirque de Mafate
GV 086: Reunion Cirque de Salazie
GV 087: Passage to Africa
GV 088: Kruger National Park
GV 089: Richards Bay
GV 090: Durban
GV 091: Port Elizabeth
GV 092: Cape Town
GV 093: Storm Passage
GV 094: St Helena
GV 095: Passage to Brazil
GV 096: Fortaleza
GV 097: Passage to Caribbean
GV 098: Bonaire
GV 099: Passage to Panama
GV 100: Panama
GV 101: Panama Canal
GV 102: Medidor
GV 103: Costa Rica
GV 104: Passage to Acapulco
GV 105: Acapulco to Cabo
GV 106: Baja
GV 107: Home Port
GV 108: In Retrospect
GV 109: Next Time
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