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 9 of 109


“One doesn't discover new lands
without consenting to lose sight of the shore
for a very long time.”

-Andre Gide

The Agony and the Ecstasy

November 2, 1982 - A passage of 29 Days

Departing San Diego

Eager to depart, Jenny and I climbed the companionway ladder only to discover that a thick, moiling fog had reduced visibility to a few dozen feet. So much for an early departure.

Joe had slept aboard, burrowed among the sail bags piled in the forecastle (the quarters furthest forward, and pronounced folk'-sull). He awoke and came to assist with the final chores of disconnecting, coiling and stowing the water hose and electrical cord, which seemed like a quixotic-spacecraft's umbilicals. Also he lashed the dinghy oars and a few assorted planks onto the coach-roof. His moral support encouraged us greatly, even if we could see through his facade of good cheer, overlaying an obvious astonishment at our undertaking. And granted, even though I had been planning this venture for years, I too found it almost incomprehensible that we were now about to go through with this seemingly mad scheme.

“This was the day we had long and eagerly awaited. We could hardly contain our excitement”

By mid morning the sun had dissipated the silver-white mist to reveal a glorious, cerulean sky. From a shoreside pay-phone Jenny and I each telephoned our respective parents, relaying the news that we were about to embark on a 'round-the-world sailing voyage.

At long last we were ready. Returning aboard I started the engine, and after Jenny had loosened bow, stern and spring warps - our remaining manacles to civilization - we powered slowly away from the dock.

Motoring out into the channel, I did not feel fabulous quite yet, but I did feel that the rigors of the endeavor were bound to grind a few more facets into this rough ol' stone. Indeed, there is nothing commonplace about striking forth on a prodigious sailing voyage. This was the day we had long and eagerly awaited, and we could hardly contain our excitement. Our combined strongest emotion, however, was one of relief. Having shed the burden of the interminable preparations, we felt newly alive. So waving long farewells to the lone figure standing incredulous at the tip of Shelter Island, we turned and hoisted sail.

We were away!

Because the ketch was about to embrace the seafaring life for which she had been built, we deemed this the appropriate moment for her official re-christening. Hereafter we would call her Suka: acronym for Seeking UnKnown Adventure. As her crew, Jenny and I were determined to give her our very best, and we felt assured that she would reciprocate. Godspeed to us all.

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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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