Ocean Spirit arrives to her permanent home in Lahaina early this morning. The 5880.85 mile journey from St. Croix USVI to final destination in Lahaina Maui, Hawaii was completed in 42 days. Crew will be training in the next week and OS will be scheduled to run her first whalewatching tours in the near future.
Ocean Spirit’s current location:
Captain John Patti reports:
“Delivery is coming along as planned. We’re just within 7 hundred miles of Koolina marina now and have enjoyed mostly fair seas over the pacific leg. The presence of a head current and lack of wind affect the arrival time. We need to increase fuel efficiency between here and Oahu. Arrival time estimate remains in the realm of our expectation, December 11-12.”
After spending Thanksgiving in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Ocean Spirit & crew prepare for their longest stretch of open water to Honolulu, were the vessel will go finishing touches before joining the rest of Pacific Whale Foundation’s fleet in Maui. Crew member Sierra DeRose writes the following about her experience.
“Coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life happened about 5 days ago….Jake woke me up at like 2am to show me dolphins that were darting around the boat like torpedoes lit up in the bio-luminescence! pretty freaking awesome!
Ocean Spirit made it through the Panama Canal successfully, current location is just north of Costa Rica (see map below) this GPS location was received early yesterday morning.
Crew member Christy Kozama shares with us her experience crossing the Panama Canal.
“We are in Playa Papagayo Marina, Costa Rica. We arrived at daybreak as the sun spilled over the verdant cliffs surrounding the marina. We are currently still sitting on the boat, 6 hours later, waiting for a custom’s officer to clear us into the country. We’ll only spend a day here, enough time to fill our tanks and barrels with diesel, our water tanks with water, wash our laundry, and make a quick shopping trip for fresh produce to last us to Cabo.
Ocean Spirit departed from St. Croixn USVI on November 5th and arrived Colon, Panama November 9th.
Eco Team member Sierra Frye-Keele writes: “After 96 hours of motoring (only 1.5 hours were spent with sails up due to light wind), we’ve made it to Panama! Ocean Spirit is a safe and sea worthy vessel, very comfortable for travel. We ate well, slept well, and encountered only one crazy lightning storm.”
“Seas were pretty calm the entire way, little to no wind, and a bit of rain here and there. It’s pouring now in Panama, and we have a few days to wait before our clearance to cross the Canal. We’re in a nice marina (Shelter Bay), with a pool, luke warm jacuzzi and showers, great restaurant, and spotty Internet access. All is well:) ”
We will be keeping track as they continue their journey crossing through the Panama Canal and up along the pacific coast off Mexico and then across a long stretch towards Hawaii.
Ocean Spirit looked elegant and vibrant like a racehorse ready to go, as crew members tend to last minute tests and system checks. Five crew members will set sail on a 5880.85 mile journey, from St. Croix, USVI to Maui, HI. Ocean Spirit, will be the ninth vessel of Pacific Whale Foundation’s eco fleet.
PWF’s Founder Greg Kaufman, joined our Eco Team on sea trials from Salt River Bay, St. Croix. Sails were drawn and she proved to be strong as well as fast, reaching a top speed of 21.9 knots! Final preparations will continue this week for scheduled departure on November 1, weather permitting. Stay tuned as will will report and track Ocean Spirit’s journey along the way.