The Official Magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association

Postcard from Offshore - Swift's Big Passage

Melanie and Morgan Finley

Moody 44
July 17th, 2022

June 4 2022:  Ok everyone, this is a big one. 4000 miles to go!!! As you all know, that means a month at sea, no land, no internet, no breaks.

Its crazy that Morgan circumnavigated the Pacific as a teen. And it’s hard to believe that 17 years ago we sailed together from Panama, bound for the South Pacific. We always said we would do it again, so here we are saying good bye to Panama and heading west to French Polynesia, this time with our girls.  We’ll cross the equator and numerous time zones, and did we mention 4000 miles of ocean??!!  This will be our kids’ longest passage yet!

We have our buddy Andrew joining us for this crazy adventure. We are packed full of food and fuel. We are all nervous and excited at the same time as we sail one of the most remote places on this planet. You can track our progress and we’ll try and post updates. See you on the otherside!

Update: Land Ho! Canada Day arrival in the Marquesas:  4100 miles from Panama City in 27.25 days. Average speed of over 6 knots… Not to shabby for a little 44′ monohull!

Canada Day arrival in Fatu Hiva, French Polynesia; one happy crew!


  1. Daragh Nagle says:

    What an accomplishment and more to follow! It’s been great to follow your voyage and tenacity in all kinds of conditions. Well done all.

  2. Ken Wright says:

    Congrats Morgan and family ! I just knew that if a young fella could handle a laser, well , he would do just fine
    in a little 44′ monohull crossing the Pac. I am sure that Mum &Dad are mighty proud of you !
    Your passage time was very good…..expected for a laser sailor !
    Reminds me of a “pond” passage long ago . 2 up 14 days 2100 nm in a big 30′ mono….
    called SURGER
    Very happy to know that you will have another great story for the grandkids.
    Ken & Lima Wright

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