It is finally vacation and family time…

For the next two weeks, we will be floating around the waters of the Pacific North West. When or where we will be is about as precise as a 2 months weather forecast… A few days ago we had a brain storming and shared our ideas to see what and how we could achieve them. In the end, the wind will be the guide to our destination, and we will try to time the right weather to make this holiday a good family memory. Indeed, our main objective is to gain some experience, and enjoy our family time with a minimum external distraction. We will try to keep the blog updated and share our experience with the internet access we can get. With that said, let’s hope we will be fortunate to see the dolphins swim at the bow, or watch more orcas and why not encounter the Ocean swell!

At this point, our food provisioning is partially done, and we acquired some “quality stuff” in my book! Although I have the feeling *V* might not take me again to the grocery store for at least another year or so… On the other hand, it is vacation time and I had clear direction from the kids: “Dad we are not eating tomato and arugula for two weeks with tofu spread…”( Of course they are exaggerating!) Nonetheless, I did my best and this time around, I even resisted “Chef Boyardee “and oversweet pudding. Needless to add that I was under a tight supervision due to a sailing trip shopping spree about two years ago!

Note for the kids: No worries we still need a few things at the local store, we can get the nasty stuff then. Our cover story will be that we still need that propane hose. Except if Mummy edits this post early. Note from Mummy the editor: She did read it but thought it was actually funny! You guys are indeed very entertaining…

On the planning side: The Grib files have been reviewed and the first two days are with light wind, so we may be drifting overnight somewhere and play with our sails.

Sunday morning came early and I went “on hose shopping”! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything so it will have to wait and we will see on route. On the other side I purchased the last bits “we” needed: a few beers, a little bottle of wine, some treats and of course all the vegetables that were on the list!

This is when a difference of view was discovered between myself *L* and my dear wife *V*. Apparently, I have been deprived during my youth which leads me to over purchase in fear of lacking! The fridge is rather full, the freezer is full and one locker has been re-organized to take the non perishables. In my book this is good planning, in *V*’s book it is excessive provisioning on chips and junks. We will see who was right, and what the “kids” are eating…

On the sailing front, we left at 11am with the tide and to our surprise the wind was 8 knots from beam to broad reach. We were still able to sail nicely even once we switched around 3 pm (Classic: As soon as I type this, the wind dies).

Result of the day: We did 18.8 Nm on 1 hour of engine time while taking in consideration that we motored from the first anchorage to the second for 20 minutes. We are now moored in a beautiful anchorage with minimal neighbors. Not a bad first day of vacation, tomorrow look like some wind in coming your way, the intensity varies depending on the forecast medium.

And now before we go to bed early let’s share Island 169TH The Pitcairn Islands, officially named the Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, form a group of four volcanic islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. The islands are a British Overseas Territory (formerly a British colony), the last remaining in the Pacific. The four islands – named Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie, and Oeno – are spread over several hundred miles of ocean and have a total area of about 18 square miles (47 km2). Only Pitcairn, the second largest and measuring about 2 miles (3.2 km) across, is inhabited.

The islands are best known as home of the descendants of the Bounty mutineers and the Tahitians (or Polynesians) who accompanied them, an event retold in numerous books and films. This history is still apparent in the surnames of many of the islanders. With only about 50 inhabitants (from four families as of 2010: Christian, Warren, Young, and Brown), Pitcairn is the least populous jurisdiction in the world (although it is not a sovereign nation). The United Nations Committee on Decolonisation includes the Pitcairn Islands on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

Pitcairn Island became a British colony in 1838 and was among the first territories to extend voting rights to women. By the mid-1850s the Pitcairn community was outgrowing the island and its leaders appealed to the British government for assistance. They were offered Norfolk Island and on 3 May 1856, the entire community of 193 people set sail for Norfolk on board the Morayshire, arriving on 8 June after a miserable five-week trip. But after eighteen months on Norfolk, seventeen of the Pitcairners returned to their home island; five years later another twenty-seven did the same.

In 1902 Henderson, Oeno and Ducie islands were annexed by Britain, Henderson on 1 July, Oeno on 10 July and Ducie on 19 December. In 1938 the three islands along with Pitcairn were formally incorporated into a single administrative unit called the “Pitcairn Group of Islands”.

Since a population peak of 233 in 1937, the island has been suffering from emigration, primarily to New Zealand, leaving some fifty people living on Pitcairn (December 2009: 45 islanders on Electoral Roll)

In 2004 charges were laid against seven men living on Pitcairn and six living abroad with sex-related offences dating back a number of years. On 25 October 2004, six men were convicted, including Steve Christian, the island’s mayor at the time. After the six men lost their final appeal, the British government set up a prison on the island at Bob’s Valley (Pitkern: Walley). The men began serving their sentences in late 2006. By 2010 all had served their sentences or been granted home detention status (Pitcairn News, 2010).

In 2010 the island received a new and updated constitution.