The human side of an adventure and I feed you some line in cm.

As we are wrapping our minds around the technical aspects of sailing, with new courses on “how to”  a really neat book showed up to refresh ourselves and to remind us why we are doing this!

We feel so lucky to have access to some great finds in our small sailing library : “Always a distant anchorage” by Hal Roth is one of those, in this one you will not hear about wind speed, or weather description or a dramatic story as it so often is the case. It will rather be about human contacts, and heartfelt moments during their trip, and at the moment we are so absorbed by all the learning of the sailing part that it was a nice little wink, and a side of the trip that we may have forgotten…

*V* and I have had the chance to travel a lot, we know too well that the memories are made of a conjunction of places, people and everything that goes around it! This is to us the essence of a voyage.


By the same token, although we are happy for them : it was sweet and sour to see our first sailing friends leave this week, they finally cut the last dock line and we wish *M & M* all the very Best in their trip. We hope to catch up with you once you comeback South in a few months.

And yet on a very different topic, I have received an e-mail lately requesting the dimension of all the halyards and running lines on the Lagoon 380. Below you will find all the references, and also in order for us to keep record of it in the future!

The reefing line are 1st 22 m and second 34m all in 12mn. Thanks to Kevin for pointing out that they were not on the table below. Save us a week, when we need to  order new one.

Here we are again with metric to imperial data again! Ah…the joy of owning a French boat! Solution? Easy, make yourself a table with all the conversation needed. You will find them on the internet and will avoid some major issues or expensive mistakes when buying most of the miscellaneous items around or wood.

Another productive day, but for now I want to relax and go back to my book. So let’s travel quickly, shall we? Off to Managaha Island in the Tanapag Lagoon of Saipan in the northern Marianas. I feel an inquisitive look, do you know where that is?

The Northern Mariana Islands, officially the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), is a commonwealth in political union with the United States, occupying a strategic region of the western Pacific Ocean. It consists of 15 islands about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines. The United States Census Bureau reports the total land area of all islands as 179.01 square miles (463.63 km2).

The Northern Mariana Islands has a population of 80,362 (2005 estimate). The official 2000 census count was 69,221. More than 90% of the population lives on the island of Saipan. Of the fourteen other islands, only two — Tinian and Rota — have a significant population. The islands of Agrihan and Alamagan have fewer than ten residents each, and the remaining islands are unpopulated.

The Commonwealth’s center of government is in the village of Capital Hill on Saipan. As the island is governed as a single municipality, most publications name Saipan as the Commonwealth’s capital.

Near the end of World War II, the United States military invaded the Mariana Islands on June 15, 1944, beginning with the Battle of Saipan, which ended on July 9 with the Japanese commander committing seppuku (a traditional Japanese form of ritual suicide). Of the 30,000 Japanese troops that defended Saipan, fewer than 1,000 remained alive at battle’s end. U.S. forces then recaptured Guam beginning July 21 and invaded Tinian (see Battle of Tinian) on July 24, which provided the take off point for the Enola Gay, the plane dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima a year later. Rota was left untouched (and isolated) until the Japanese surrender in August 1945, due to its military insignificance.

The war did not end for everyone with the signing of the armistice. The last group of Japanese soldiers surrendered on Saipan on December 1, 1945. On Guam, Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi hid out in the village of Talofofo until 1972.

Between the end of the invasion and the Japanese surrender, the Saipan and Tinian populations were kept in concentration camps. Japanese nationals were eventually repatriated, and the indigenous Chamorro and Carolinians returned to the land.

After Japan’s defeat, the islands were administered by the United States as part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; thus, defense and foreign affairs are the responsibility of the United States. The people of the Northern Mariana Islands decided in the 1970s not to seek independence, but instead to forge closer links with the United States. Negotiations for territorial status began in 1972. A covenant to establish a commonwealth in political union with the U.S. was approved in 1975. A new government and constitution went into effect in 1978. Similar to other U.S. territories, the islands do not have representation in the U.S. Senate, but are represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by a delegate (beginning January 2009 for the CNMI) who may vote in committee but not on the House floor.