Sailing Reports | Vanuatu

Sailing to Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Vanuatu is one of the lesser-touristed countries in the South Pacific.  We had originally planned to spend a few weeks there, but instead found ourselves only spending a few days.  Thankfully, though, we decided to spend those few days on Tanna Island, doing one of Vanuatu’s most popular attractions – the Yasur Volcano. Where is…

Sailing Reports

Sailing Fiji to Vanuatu

Or…The Unofficial South Pacific FP Regatta Or…How We Ignored Bad Omens We had been hoping to leave Fiji Thursday to sail to Tanna Ialand, Vanuatu, but we opted to wait for Sandy Cheeks and Cheeky Monkey, both of whom were waiting on boat parts.  CM and SC are both Fountaine Pajot catamarans, just like us,…

Catamarans & Sailing

Our Second Pacific Crossing

After 15 days at sea (actually 15.16…) S/V Julia arrived in Hilo, Hawaii. Departing Oakland for the Pacific Ocean When we departed Oakland and headed out in San Francisco Bay, a thick fog hung over the Golden Gate Bridge. The fog was selective, above us and behind was clear blue sky, but the fog sat…

Catamarans & Sailing | Fountaine Pajot

Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 Review

Starry Horizons, a Fountaine Pajot Helia 44, was launched in October of 2014. Since then, we’ve tackled over 40,000 nautical miles and completed our world circumnavigation. Over the years, we’ve had a lot of thoughts on the performance of our boat and the things we liked and didn’t like. 20,000nm Helia Review Upon our arrival…

Catamarans & Sailing

Passage Report: Opua NZ to Tonga

We spent 2016-2017 cyclone season in New Zealand. When it came time to make the decision about where to go for 2017, we couldn’t resist spending another season in the South Pacific. So, in April (pretty early) we got a window to leave Bay of Islands, New Zealand and sail to Tonga. Sailing Summary This…