Christmas Island & Swan 38

Good ten day solo sail Hawaii to Christmas Island. Not much there but very friendly people and some great local dancers – Linda was ecstatic to get her boat back and head for Vava’u, Tonga single-handed (2nd time she’s done the Pacific solo but different boats).

I flew back to Honolulu on the weekly flight on Fiji Airways and allocated my Swan 38 still named “Swan” (picture below πŸ˜‰ !! I promptly sailed her solo from the windward side of Oahu around to a new location on the leeward side of the island…

She’s a veritable missile vs my previous ’34…I can’t imagine or wait to do successive Rolex Sydney Hobart races with her in the years to come!

I ll sail her down under at the end of this year or early next summer dependent on my upcoming yacht delivery schedule and base her in Sydney as I process my duel citizen-ship thus sailing for Australia next time @round__________/)_/)

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BELOW: Swan 38 – “SWAN” πŸ˜‰

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POST CHRISTMAS ISLAND LINDA en-route to Tonga below, I was the on-shore weather router πŸ˜‰

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…AND ARRIVAL TONGA πŸ˜‰

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HI-Christmas Island

So next up is a single-handed delivery of Linda Pasquariello’s S&S 34 “Yemeya” from Hawaii to Christmas Island. Β Its a business transaction to enable re-possesion of her yacht ~ return to Hawaii to retrieve it from Australia where she’s been working is quite difficult politically and visa-wise – use your imagination…

Then its the end of the line regarding S&S 34’s for me – I sold “Gitano” last year and have bought a Sparkman & Stephens Swan 38 – “Swan”!

Ironic that Christmas Island will serve as my rounding mark north of the equator for my next solo round the world record to meet the ‘World Sailing Speed Record Council’s’ rules for minimum distance requirements of 22,700-miles…

The youngest nonstop solo circumnavigator – 16-year-old Jessica Watson used it as her ‘race rounding mark’ as well πŸ˜‰

Tracking for my delivery: Β https://share.delorme.com/BrianCaldwell

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One-Ocean-Diving

Next up a break from the San Diego boat that will enable some non-preflight yacht delivery prep but rather general refitting while I move an S&S 34 from Hawaii to Christmas Island…

On the flight to Honolulu I couldn’t believe it…SOOO cool !!! – to sit next to my neighbor Juan Oliphant from Haleiwa #OneOceanDiving on my flight back to Hawaii yesterday and chat for hours about sharks and marine conservation !!! πŸ˜‰ Invited out on a dive with him and #OceanDRamsey !

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