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 15 of 109

Again the following day the breeze merely wafted, and as the journal banters: We tried all the usual sail combinations, but none encouraged the wind to blow with any enthusiasm.


I had read that the plunger and bucket was a good method of doing the laundry. Well, at least I tried it, but never again. It was too much work for little results

Clouds thwarted my noon shot. Then at twilight I stood in the companionway, clutching the sextant and watching the sky without much hope. At the last moment, though, with darkness beginning to obscure the horizon, two stars appeared weakly. I recognized them as Vega and Altair and hurriedly obtained the shots.

By way of explanation, the sextant measures the angle from a celestial object down to the horizon. During daylight hours, the horizon and the sun, and sometimes the moon, are visible. So shots of the sun, and sometimes the moon, can be obtained in the daytime. The planets and stars, however, are not usually visible in broad daylight. Conversely, the horizon is not visible during the night. So the planets and stars can be shot only at dawn and dusk.

“Like underwater comets, the porpoise carve long, serpentine trails of pale green phosphorescence that compliment the long straight train emanating from Suka's stern.”

In somewhat increasing winds, Suka ran throughout the night dead down wind at a much improved four knots. One might imagine the sailing to be silent, but this was not so. Gurgling past the hull, the water reverberated into the cabin and sounded as though we were in a giant barrel about to plunge over Niagara Falls but inadvertently jammed in the rocks. The free-spinning propeller audibly indicated the brig's speed: the faster she sailed the higher pitched was the prop shaft's industrial-like whining. Moreover, the vessel's heavy rolling motion was rattling and clattering our worldly goods, so carefully stowed belowdecks.

From the Journal:

“Sailing into the blackness of night is an eerie feeling," I wrote, "unable to see what might lie directly in our path. This, especially so, considering that two days ago we passed a large drifting log--the sight of which shivered our timbers.

“But the friendly if somewhat diffident porpoise have joined us once again. Like denizens of the dark they visit us, and we hear their lively splashing and cavorting. Like underwater comets they carve long, serpentine trails of pale green phosphorescence that compliment the long straight train emanating from Suka's stern.

“The accomplished sailor would probably find this voyage routine, but for us first-timers it is an experience of genuine awe. Nevertheless, having committed ourselves to the expanse of the open ocean, with no protective harbors to duck into should a storm eventuate, we feel vulnerable. In this we have great anxiety; our ability to bring Suka safely through a gale is, as yet, untested. Unequivocally, though, our strongest sensation stems from the abrupt change in lifestyle. Our minds still cannot grasp the reality of our situation, and that of heading for the Marquesas. Anxieties aside, this is a wonderful journey. The spirit of adventure pervades.”

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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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