The Ride of a Lifetime

Posted by Keith on April 7, 2007 at 3:44 pm  

April 7, 2007

26.04.100N // 136.16.823W

Midway between San Diego and Honolulu

Bobby Darin’s voice is blasting through the sound system aboard our Nordhavn 55, The Global Adventure. A soft breeze leaves ripples on the water’s surface while gentle swells lift us up and set us down; all as we proceed on a course of 260 degrees for Hawaii.

Earlier today we stopped the boat for the first time in six days — and went swimming in 2500 feet of the bluest-blue Pacific waters you can imagine!
Water temperature is already 71 – up from 59 degrees when we left San Diego last Sunday.

A few cumulus clouds drift lazily around us, but mainly the sky is clear, blue and beautiful.

Spirits are high among the crew, the ship is performing perfectly, and we are on schedule to reach Hawaii on Thursday or Friday.

We’ve increased the RPM of our Lugger 385 hp diesel to about 1350. We’re now averaging nearly eight knots. Fuel consumption is about 6.6 gallons per hour. Even at this slightly increased speed, we will definitely arrive in Honolulu with plenty of fuel to spare.

We keep adding photos to the website, and Rip and Kate are working on getting our very first on-board video to the website for your enjoyment.

We are just scratching the surface of our communications capabilities, and I look forward to providing more photographic and video content for all our website visitors.

But for right now, on this beautiful Saturday before Easter, I think we’ll all just kick back and enjoy the ride of a lifetime.



3 Comments so far

  1. John on April 7, 2007 8:06 pm

    Shiver me Timbers! I’m both excited and jealous! Easter Egg Hunt swimming at 2500 ft. water depth. Your writing has me smelling the Pacific, feeling the warm winds and experiencing the motions of your Bold Adventure.

    Best Wishes to You All!

  2. Matthew Peirce on April 7, 2007 10:19 pm


    What a treat to “tag” along with you and your crew. I really do enjoy your local condition comments such as water and air temperature. What an incredible experience to swim literally in the middle of the ocean. I’m a native born Zonie with deep roots to San Diego – both of my parents were raised there and my wife grew up in San Diego. I first put my face with a mask on at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla – now a seal preserve (I digress). So, I wish you well and look forward to your comments, reflections and observations on your journey.

    Smooth sailing,


  3. Pamela Newton on April 12, 2007 6:01 pm

    Want to wish you all the luck in the world. Really enjoy your broadcasts and expanded refreshing after the narrow focus of US media. God speed.

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