SV Footprint Float Plan


Sailing the South Pacific - Begonia float plan

Where are we now? - You can follow our actual progress via The links in the Follow our Journey section

Depart From

Noumea, Grande Terre (main) Island, New Caledonia (A French collective) (22° 16.6'S 166° 26.12'E)

Heading For

Bundaberg Port Marina, Queensland (QLD), Australia (24.7622°S 152.3872°E)

Expected Route

Planned route - exit New Caledonia reefs via Dumbea pass, and sail SW to Bundaberg entry then along river to marina.

For this passage we are sailing as part of the DownUnder Go West Rally

You can follow our actual progress via The links in the Follow our Journey section

Date/Time Depart

Depart: Wednesday 23 October, 2019 10:00 (Boat Time) Time Zone info

Date/Time Arrival anticipated

Arrive by: Thursday 31st October, 2019, 12:00 Noon (Boat Time) Time Zone info

This date may be updated on passage directly with our emergency contacts.
** We are unable to update this web page while on passage, but emergency contacts will have latest date.

Date/Time Arrival Sound Alarm if no additional contact by

Alarm if no word by: Sunday 2nd November, 2019, 12:00 noon (Boat Time) Time Zone info

This date may be updated on passage directly with our emergency contacts.
** We are unable to update this web page while on passage, but emergency contacts will have latest date.

We will also make contact with our official contacts once we are secure after arrival and can find a suitable means to contact (most likely by phone, email or Skype). So unless the EPIRB is set off, even if you don't hear from us we expect we are fine until this date/time, if you don't hear from us before this date/time - then you can start worrying!

If for some reason the EPIRB is set off, this should be treated as an emergency situation, if accidental we will endevor to make contact and notify ASAP.

For Guidance on what to do if our assigned emergency contacts don't hear from us by the given dates - please see USCG FloatPlan - back page

Search And Rescue (SAR) - Varies by coutry/area - see SAR by country/area

Known Equipment Issues

HAM/SSB functional but weak (we have sat comms fully functional)

Otherwise - all boat equipment working as expected


Time Zones

Universal Time

UTC (equivalent to GMT) makes it easy to compare the time in different places. Many areas have a standard time, and a daylight savings time (DST) to further complicate matters, but we hope the following information helps

Departing Port

New Caledonia is on New Caledonia Time (NCT) NCT = UTC+11

Arriving Port

Queesnland is on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) - UTC +10, they have no daylight savings

Boat Time

Boat time will be on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) - UTC +10

Arizona (AZ) Time

Arizona is in Mountain Standard Time (MST), MST is UTC/GMT -7 (never any daylight savings time in AZ) - so boat will be 17 hours ahead/later than AZ for this passage. UK will be 8 hours ahead/later than Phoenix time. (Note british SUmmer time ends during our passage)

UK Time

UK will be in British Summer Time (BST) at the start of our passage, and back to GMT at the end so I'll simply assume as GMT for this floatplan

UK will be in Grenwich Mean Time (GMT = UTC+0), so boat will be 10 hours behind/earlier than UK time; AZ will be 7 hours behind/earlier than UK time.

Assumption: In the UK the clocks go forward 1 hour (to BST) at 1am on the last Sunday in March, and back 1 hour (to GMT/UTC) at 2am on the last Sunday in October.


Progress Reports

Follow our Journey / Position reporting

We have several methods of tracking the boat progress (each dependent on hardware and technology actually working)

Contacts

You can follow our actual progress via The links in the Follow our Journey section

Where possible we will attempt to check offshore emails daily (via our Iridium Go/Satellite data plan)

Daily we hope to submit email status and position updates to our named contacts (note: WHERE POSSIBLE)

During passage we will ONLY monitor emails sent to our off-shore email account(s). {Note: NAMED contacts can feel free to send SMALL TEXT only emails to our off shore account while we are on passage - but be aware reciept is slow and problematic so please limit any emails to simple text only and remove any unwanted text (e.g. delete any text from any message you may be replying to, remove unnecessary signature text etc..)}

Normally the email account will be checked between 0630-0700 local-boat time, at the same time we send our daily contact email.

We WILL make Email or phone contact with both Emergency Contacts on safe arrival at destination

To make contact with us

There are several options to make contact with us

  • VHF Channel 16 will be on at all times while underway (for nearby vessels).
  • CALL our satellite phone (Beware price to caller! and note we do not have the phone on at all times)
  • TEXT our satellite phone using your internationl texting plan (beware price!) - or better still via a free URL - see satellite phone
  • EMAIL (text only) to our off-shore account - WDG5081 at Sailmail DOT com (note we Only check this account regularly on passage)
  • Short text Messages can also be sent via FollowingSea.Net - Use the message Button - please include your name so we know who sent the message.
  • Any email to Maryanne's normal gmail account will also be visible to us and we can choose to access it early/while offshore if it looks urgent (based on subject line)

Note: We retrieve emails sailmail, and Maryanne's gmail via our IridiumGo/satellite phone data plan, (Our Winlink/HAM account will act as backup); we have two separate working computers available for this purpose, and smart devices

Caution

Daily updates to position report, email downloads, etc, rely on a working computer, SSB/mobile/ satellite phone, power etc... all kinds of problems may prevent such updates so don't be unduly concerned if no reports are received from us, unless we are also past our scheduled arrival date/time.

We will attempt to contact our Emergency contacts if anything CHANGES about our expected arrival date/time


Emergency Contacts

Search And Rescue (SAR)Varies by coutry/area - see SAR by country/area

For Guidance on what to do if our assigned emergency contacts don't hear from us by the given dates - please see USCG FloatPlan - back page

Contact 1:

Carla Maningas (Mother)

Location

Phoenix, AZ, USA

Phone / Email

Made available to emergency contacts and required authorities (e.g. EPIRB registration information)

Contact 2:

Sarah Kennett (Sister)

Location

England, UK

Phone / Email

Made available to emergency contacts and required authorities (e.g. EPIRB registration information)


Vessel Information

Boat Name

Begonia See pictures

Registered Home Port

Portland, OR (USA)

Documented #

USCG No. 1241087

Year and Make

2001 Fountaine Pajot - Athena 38'

Length

11.6m (38 feet)

Type

Sloop rigged Sailing Catamaran - mast height 19.14m (59' 6")

Width

6.3m (21 feet)

Draft

1m (3 feet) draft

Hull material

Fibreglass

Hull Color

White

Features

Catamaran has Blue sail covers/trim (since Dec 2017 sail cover has 3 white chafe patches added), boat has a trampoline at foredeck, wind generator at stb rear, hard solar panels on rear centre, and additional 3 flexible solar panels on Blue canvas Cockpit Bimini.

Reflective SOLAS tape patches on mast, wind generator post, sides, and underside.

Bright yellow Portland Pudgy dinghy (stored in davits under solar panel, and with gray cover when underway on passage).

Portland Pudgy dingy/life raft See pictures

Vessel - Propulsion


Sails

Main Sail, Roller Jib, and additional (optional) head sails

  • Spinnaker - starcut: Blue, Red, Yellow, with number 59777
  • Spinnaker - horizontal panels: blue, white, green - no numbers

Engine/Outdrive

2x Yanmar 2GM20-93

Vessel - Communication


Radio Call sign

Vessel: WDG5081 - but generally answer to 'Begonia'

DSC MMSI #

367543090

VHF Radio Type

Fixed - Standard Horizon GX2100
Handheld West Marine VHF also

AIS

We have AIS transponder aboard, generally on all the time (except at anchor), and reporting using our MMSI number (367543090) See Tracking Links for most recent picked up report

HAM and SSB - ICOM IC-M700Pro

Call signs - Kyle: AI4QH
Maryanne: AI4QI

No specific channels monitored, used for email, position reports, and weather reports (but avaialble to transmit in an emergency)

HAM/SSB radio (with pactor/computer connections and Winlink/Sailmail accounts)

** Note: As of Summer 2017 - our HAM/SSB is functioning, but with a weaker signal; we hope to resolve this as soon as we can find someone to assist

VHF Channels Monitored

VHF Channel 16, only monitored when underway

EPIRB

See Safety Section Below

Mobile Cell Phones

Note: cell phones aboard, but unless otherwise reported you should assume these have no active SIM card (especially on passages between countries)

Off Shore Daily Email Account

Email account used off shore has been made available to contacts. For details see contacts

{Note: email reciept is slow and problematic so please limit any emails to simple text only from approved contacts and remove any unwanted text (e.g. prior message you may be replying to)}

Iridium Satellite Phone #

We have an Iridium Go aboard which is a satellite communications device. The Phone number is +8816 4146 3383. It is an expensive international rate for you to call us, so we give this number primarily as an emergency (or text/SMS) option. Primarily intended for for our emergency contacts to use.

To access From North America: dial 011 8816 4146 3383. or from UK: 00 8816 4146 3383 ** Check rates **

Phone will receive text messages and will record voice mail if necessary (even if not turned on at time of call or text)

To send a text message without charge using this web site (using the phone number: 881641463383) - You are limited to 120 characters and please include your name so we know who sent it :-)

It is also possible to email our Iridium Go boat account: Begonia AT myiridium DOT net (please keep it short)

We will expect to turn on the Satellite phone daily between the hours of 0630-0700 local / boat time. Text messages and voice messages can be sent any time but only received once we actually connect! For non-urgent messages to be sent to us at sea (by named contacts only), the offshore email account is best to use (jokes, photos, etc can be sent to our 'normal' email account so we don't waste sat phone minutes to receive them - these accounts will be checked once standard internet is available).

Weather Monitoring

We subscribe to Predict Wind, and intend to download area grib files daily when possible (via email through SSB or cell/sat.phone) and monitor VHF channels, and SSB groups for weather reports

Vessel - Navigation

Aids to Navigation aboard

  • Paper Guidebooks / independent electronic Charts of expected areas
  • Electronic Charts through Navionics on main chartplotter and on 2x iphone
  • Area charts, and selected Satellite images, through OpenCPN on 2 laptops
  • Compass
  • GPS (3 built into boat systems and 3 handhelds)
  • Depth Sounder
  • Sextant, tables & star charts (with timekeeping)
  • Tide and Current tables


Safety and Survival

Dinghy/Life boat

Bright yellow Portland Pudgy dinghy (stored in davits under solar panel, and with gray cover when on passage). Rigged in Life boat mode prior to passage.

Prior to passage dinghy is stocked with EPIRB, food, water, first aid, and other survivial equipment and gear.

When dinghy in life raft mode is actually deployed it has a bright orange inflatable cover

If sailing kit rigged, it has a bright orange sail (no numbers).

Portland Pudgy dingy/life raft See pictures

Visual Distress

  • Flares
    • 2 x COMET brand 40second Red Parachute Flare - Expire 2020-11
    • 2 x COMET brand 60second Orange Smoke Flare/Torch - Expire 2020-11
    • 4 x COMET brand 60second Red Handheld Smoke Flare - Expire 2020-10
    • Selection of additional expired flares
      • 1xDye Marker
      • 6 x Red Parachute Flare - Expire 2016-10
      • 6 x Red Handheld Flare - Expire 2016-11
      • 2 x White Handheld Flare - Expire 2015-08
      • 2 x Orange Smoke Signal Cannisers - Expire 2016-11
      • Mixed Orion Flare Kit in Dinghy/Life Raft
  • Distress Flag
  • Flashlights / Searchlights
  • Signal Mirror

Audible Distress

  • Loud Hailer option on VHF
  • Horn
  • Whistles
  • Lifetag linked to Chartplotter MOB alarm

LifeBoat/Dinghy Combined

9' Portland Pudgy - bright yellow hard dinghy with orange sail, has orange canopy with inflation cylinders, para anchor, all round light with solar panel to charge battery. Also has compass and will be stowed with oars, sailing kit and ditch bag and 2 day supply of food/water. Reflective SOLAS tape patches

EPIRB / PLB

Manual Deploy, ACR RLB-35 Global fix, built in GPS - UIN-2DCC5 68F86 FFBFF - Registration Expires Feb 2020, Battery Guaranteed thru Nov-2017 - but self test is good (tested before sail)

Manual Deploy, ACR PLB-350C Aqualink View PLB, built in GPS - UIN-2DCE6 80DBC FFBFF - Registration Expires Feb 2020, Battery Guaranteed thru Nov-2016 - but self test is good (tested before sail)

Drogue

Gale Rider Drogue

Extreme Weather Gear

Foul Weather gear and sun protection, shade and shelter aboard

Radar Reflector

Tri-Lens radar reflector mounted on mast. (Standard Size)

Ground Tackle

Primary Anchor - 65lb S140 Spade Anchor

Secondary Anchor - 22lb Danforth

240' chain (in two sections) and additional line at the ready.

Sailing Safety Gear

Jacklines, preventers, tethers

Other Safety Gear

  • Lifetag system connected to chartplotter (with 2 remotes for crew)
  • Water activated strobe lights for crew
  • 2x PFDs (type II)
  • 2x PFDs with auto inflate (type V) with harness
  • 5x Throwable cushions (type IV)
  • 2x Throw lines
  • MOB Pole
  • Lifesling
  • Barometer


Persons On Board

Kyle Webb


Date Of Birth

Dec 15 1967

Sex

Male

Can Swim

Yes

Experience With boat

Conducted previous multi-week ocean passages, Experience with this boat: 10,000+ hours (49,000+ nm), Additional extensive in prior boats also (including ocean passage making)

Experience With Area

First time sailing in this particular area

Special Medical Conditions

Experiences vomiting/hallucinatory side effects with the anti-nausea medication Droperidol (Dropletan, Dridol or Inapsine); Droperidol is a butyrophenone

Regular Medication

None

Nationality

US Citizen

Maryanne Webb


Date Of Birth

Sep 13 1966

Sex

Female

Can Swim

Yes

Experience With boat

Conducted previous multi-week ocean passages, Experience with this boat: 10,000+ hours (49,000+ nm), Additional extensive experience in prior boats also (including ocean passage making)

Experience With Area

First time sailing in this particular area

Special Medical Conditions

Severe skin contact allergies: Sticking plasters (Band-Aids) / latex / Pine Oil / etc.. - requires steroids to stop reaction

Regular Medication

None

Nationality

British Citizen &
(naturalized) USA Citizen