We talk to Pacific Crossing Notes author about cruising the Society Islands of French Polynesia. We talk about the paradise islands of Maupiti, Bora Bora, Tahaa, Raiatea, and Huahine. The Slow Boat crew plans to cruise these Islands in May 2018.
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Exclusive: The Last Voyage of the SV Sea Nymph as Reported to the USCG
by Linus Wilson
Position reports tell the story that the doomed SV Sea Nymph made good less than one nautical mile per hour for a period of 97 days downwind between June 26, 2017, and October 1, 2017. This contradicts the assertion by Jennifer Appel to reporters that her boat could sail four-to-five miles per hour. Ms. Appel submitted these position reports to the US Coast Guard (USCG) on October 27, 2017, in a satellite phone call obtained by Slow Boat Sailing through a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA). There are approximately 2,200 nautical miles between position 18 and 19 on the figure above. According to Ms. Appel, it took her 45-foot sailboat with an upright mast and working rudder 97 days to go that distance. The 31-foot Slow Boatfor example covered 3,500 nautical miles in just 27 days. You can see that trip here.
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