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 20 of 109

Suka Settles into Her Stride

Beneath empyrean, azure skies, the ketch scuttled along at hull speed, while for two days she flew only her shortened mainsail and her jib. Her windward deck lay awash in moiling spume, and her cabin top glistened in flung spray. We were on our way to the Marquesas.


Laundry hung all over the place, and things spread out to dry. This was two days after flying only shortened mainsail.

The tremendous storm had soaked everything belowdecks. Twice we laundered a few clothes in an attempt to render something dry to wear. Our technique was to half-fill a large bucket with sea water, add a dash of soap, and then after churning the mixture and draining the bucket, to add sea water to rinse away the suds. After twisting each item between clenched fists, Jenny rinsed it in a small amount of precious fresh water in an attempt to remove the remaining salt. Then she secured each piece to the lifelines, to dry. But the flung spray soon drenched the flapping garb.


Suka flying her mizzen laundry'sls and sleeping-bag'sl.

“This is a battle,”, I wrote in the journal,

“of a pair of sailors wrestling their scant possessions from the all-pervading wetness.”

“We joked how sprightly Suka would have sailed into San Diego Bay flying her colorful little mizzen laundry'sls and sleeping-bag'sl.”

After repeating the washing we hoisted a few garments aloft with the mizzen halyard, sleeping bag included. And there, out of the spray's gangly reach they eventually dried. We joked how sprightly Suka would have sailed into San Diego Bay flying her colorful little mizzen laundry'sls and her sleeping-bag'sl.

From our experience, when the seas are rough they oftentimes grow more so with the onset of darkness. And because the seas were still scabrous, weighty, and occasionally capped with froth, our night watches were not entirely pleasant. The apparent wind blew fresh over the port beam, and every twenty minutes or so a wave would crash against the hull with what felt like the force of a pick-up truck running a red light and T-boning the boat. By design Suka had no dodger that would have offered some protection for her center cockpit; so when the bursts of brine leapt into the air, they plummeted into the cockpit in veritable cataracts. The watchkeeper's singular defense was therefore to remain beneath a small tarp. During my watches, I staved-off the occasional briny wallop by throwing the covering over my head with the utmost dispatch. And this I did whenever I heard and felt a collision against the hull. I had not been nodding long when a much larger "automotive accident" startled me from my nap. Reactions slowed by drowsiness, a bathtub volume of water smashed me in the face, cast itself inside my rain jacket, and sluiced into the sleeping bag, flooding it like a child's plastic wading pool. The water was stunningly cold.

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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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