SV Footprint Float Plan

Sailing the South Pacific
Itinerary

Date/Time Depart

Tuesday 24th Oct 2017, 12 noon (Time zone:TOT, UTC+13)

Leaving From

Tonga, Port: Nuku'alofa (Tongatapu Island)

Heading For

North Minerva Reef (Tongan) - Coordinates: -23.6 -178.9
Approximately 285nm journey

This is on Route to our New Zealand destination - we will take a break at Minerva to rest and await a suitable weather window for NZ (which will use a separate float plan)

Expected Route

Leaving Tongatapu via the NW shipping channel, then direct line to Destination.

Once underway you can follow our actual progress via Farkwar and Yotreps

Date/Time Arrival anticipated

Friday October 27th 2017, 12 Noon (Time zone:TOT, UTC+13)

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

Sunday October 29th 2017, 5pm (Time zone:TOT, UTC+13).

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 obviously also make contact with our official contacts once we are settled in 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 (and there is no EPRIRB deployment) 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!

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)

Departing Port

Tonga is on Tonga Time (TOT). TOT = UTC+13

Arriving Port

Minerva Reef is also in Tonga Time (TOT). TOT = UTC+13

Boat Time

We will use Tonga Time (TOT). TOT = UTC+13 for the passage; UTC+13

Arizona (AZ) Time

Time zone MST, UTC/GMT -7 (no daylight savings time in AZ) - so boat will be 20 hours ahead/later than AZ for this passage

UK Time

UK will be in British Summer Time (BST) in this period, so UTC+1, so boat will be 12 hours ahead/later than UK; AZ will be 8 hours behind/earlier than UK time.


In the UK the clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March, and back 1 hour at 2am on the last Sunday in October.


Progress Reports

Contacts

Where possible we will attempt to check offshore emails daily (via our HAM/SSB, or the Sat Phone, using our Winlink account with a SailMail account as backup); we have two separate working computers available for this purpose)

Daily we hope to submit email status and position updates to our named contacts (note: WHERE POSSIBLE), we also aim to post our position on Farkwar and Yotreps.

During passage we will ONLY monitor emails sent to our off-shore email account. {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.

In the event that normal passage emails are not functionion, but that the HAM radio is still available we may attempt to make daily contact with one of the following nets (note we do not plan to make regular use of these nets)
- Pan Pacific Net - 8143 kHZ at 1415 UTC daily. Alternate frequencies of 8137, 8155 and 6230
- Pacific Maritime Mobile Net (www.pmmsn.net/) - 21.412Mhz 2100 to 2400 UTC
- Pacific Seafarers Net (PacSea) 14300 Khz USB - 0300 to 0430 UTC

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

This particular passage is a common one, and we have registered with the PACIFIC PUDDLE JUMP - this may provide additional contact options - see website ???

To make Urgent Contact with us

To Send any urgent messages you can use email to the off-shore account provided (preferred) or call/text message to the satellite phone, 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 also be received at these times (regardless of time sent). 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).

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

Contact 1:

Carla Maningas (Mother)

Location

Phoenix, AZ, USA

Phone

Made available to required authorities

Email

shared with contacts

Contact 2:

Sarah Kennett (Sister) / Peter Leeton (Father)

Location

England

Phone

Made available to required authorities

Email

shared with contacts

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


Vessel Information


Vessel Information - ID


Boat Name

Begonia

Registered Home Port

Portland, OR (USA)

Documented #

USCG No. 1241087

Year and Make

2001 Fountaine Pajot - Athena 38'

Length

38 feet or 10.5m

Type

Sloop rigged Sailing Catamaran

Width

21 feet

Draft

3' draft

Hull material

Fibreglass

Hull Color

White

Features

Catamaran has trampoline foredeck, wind generator at stb rear, solar panel on rear centre, and additional solar panels on Blue Cockpit Bimini, Blue sail covers/trim. Reflective SOLAS tape patches on mast, wind generator post, sides, and underside. Bright yellow/orange dinghy in davits (under solar panel).

Vessel - Propulsion


Sails

Main Sail, Roller Jib, and additional (optional) head sails (Spinnaker: Blue, Red, Yellow)

Engine/Outdrive

2x Yanmar 2GM20-93

Vessel - Telecommunication


Equipment

VHF, HAM/SSB radio (with pactor/computer connections and Winlink/Sailmail accounts), EPIRB - Satellite phone (on during fixed hours).
(Note: cell phones also, but these have no active SIM).

Radio Call sign

Vessel: WDG5081
Kyle: AI4QH
Maryanne: AI4QI

DSC MMSI #

367543090

VHF Radio Type

Fixed - Standard Horizon GX2100
Handheld West Marine VHF also

HAM and SSB - ICOM IC-M700Pro

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

VHF Channels Monitored

16

EPIRB

See Safety Section Below

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 #

The Phone number is +8816 2246 7986. It is an expensive international rate for you to call us, so we give this number primarily as an emergency (or text/SMS) option, and is ONLY intended for for our emergency contacts to use.

To access From North America: dial 011 8816 2246 7986. or from UK: 00 8816 2246 7986.

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, you can email to 881622467986@msg.iridium.com or use this web site - Please restrict text messages from official contacts ONLY! You are limited to 120 characters and please include your name so we know who sent it :-)

Note if you send an email - the SUBJECT line IS NOT SENT - Only the message TEXT is sent

Weather Monitoring

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

Vessel - Navigation

Aids to Navigation aboard

  • Paper / independent electronic Charts of expected areas
  • Electronic Charts through Navionics on 2x iphone
  • Compass
  • GPS (3 built in to boat and 3 handhelds)
  • Depth Sounder
  • Sextant, tables & star charts (with timekeeping)
  • Tide and Current tables

Safety and Survival

Visual Distress

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
  • Selection of additional expired flares


Distress Flag

Flashlights / Searchlights

Signal Mirror

Audible Distress

Loud Hailer option on VHF

Horn

Whistles

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

Manual Deploy, ACR global fix, built in GPS - UIN-2DCC5 68F86 FFBFF - Registration Expires April 2018

Manual Deploy, ACR Aqualink View PLB, built in GPS - UIN-2DCE6 80DBC FFBFF - Registration Expires April 2018

Drogue

Gale Rider Drogue

Extreme Weather Gear

Foul Weather gear and sun protection aboard

Radar Reflector

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

Ground Tackle

Anchor is a 65lb S140 Spade Anchor with 240' chain.

22lb Danforth

Sailing Safety Gear

Jacklines, preventers, tethers

Other Safety Gear

Lifetag system connected to chartplotter (with 2 remotes 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

2xBarometers

Persons On Board


Kyle Webb


Date Of Birth

Dec 15 1967

Sex

Male

Can Swim

Yes, weak

Experience With boat

Conducted previous multi-week offshore passages, Experience with this boat: 5000+ hours (22,000+ nm), Additional extensive experience in prior boats also (including ocean passage making)

Experience With Area

First time sailing in this particular area of the Pacific

Special Medical Conditions

Bad 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 offshore passages, Experience with this boat: 5000+ hours (22,000+ nm), Additional extensive experience in prior boats also (including ocean passage making)

Experience With Area

First time sailing in this particular area of the Pacific

Special Medical Conditions

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

Regular Medication

None

Nationality

Joint British & (naturalized) USA Citizen