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05/05/2014

Firefly - Firefly and the Tahiti Pearl Regatta

The Tahiti Pearl Regatta has been very special for a number of reasons. The location, the party atmosphere and the wide mix of crews racing in the event have all been memorable. In the second race, a start in the pass at Bora Bora and a close reach along the reef made for some very exciting sailing. This was however followed by a less exciting 20 mile slog to windward back to the islands of Tahaa and Raiatea. Without any handicapping in the race, Firefly did not stand a chance against the larger and much faster boats in her division (akin to the 'hare and the tortoise') and after leading initially dropped back to finish 6th.With the opportunity for discarding the worst result, and counting a first place in the first race - Firefly did still had a chance going into the third and final. read more...


05/05/2014

Reberth - Blips on a screen!!!

I am writing this whilst on watch at two o"clock in the morning. Where would I be without my "blips" on the screen. The Chartplotter screen shows me that there are three other vessels relatively near and as I scan the horizon to port and starboard, which I do every ten minutes or so, I can just make out navigation lights, which seem very far away. With the new technology available I am able to tell the closest boat is three nautical miles away. The sky is inky black with thousands of stars twinkling away. Another blip has appeared and I know it is not one of the ARC Fleet. I place the cursor on it and see that it is a cargo ship doing twenty knots, but wait, my mind tells me it will cross our path and i need to know how close. OK, six miles ahead it will cross in front. If it wasn't for. read more...


05/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - View from the back of the fleet on a lazy sunday afternoon....

N22:26:291    W64:52:206 Boat miles    253       GPS Miles   244.9        Miles to go:   595.1 Sky and sea - clear blue, light blue, sky blue, cobalt blue, azure, cerrillean, pale blue, baby blue, eggshell blue, forget-me-not blue, french blue, Navy blue, lupin blue,hydrangea blue, larkspur blue, Airforce blue, Royal blue, midnight blue, aqua, aquamarine, wedgewood blue, sparkling blue, powder blue,inky blue, cornflower blue - its all there to see...... On the horizon - fluffy, whispy, cotton wool, marsh-mallow white and grey cummulous clouds and a sail or two. But wind - nada, nothing, zero, zilch, zip - well maybe a knot or two but nothning that. read more...


05/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek dag 2

Positie:22.55 N 64.51 WCOG: 345 graden Snelheid: 5,7 ktsLOG: 8153 nmDagafstand: 129 nmZeilvoering: GZ + GWind: ZW 160 ktsWeer: onbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 2,0 mLuchtdruk: 1022 mbarWatertemperatuur: 26 gradenZieken: 0BIJZONDERHEDENHet is 14.30 uur, wanneer de wind het definitief laat afweten. Zeilen klappen, een dilemma wordt ingeluid.Nog steeds willen we brandstof sparen voor de doll drums, met onweer en heftige squalls die we wrs. maandagnacht al invaren. Om dan zo snel mogelijkuit die puinhoop te komen, zullen we wellicht tot donderdag moeten motoren! Met de extra diesel die aan dek gesjord is, kunnen we 3,5 dagen moteren. Tel uit je winst!"Ik start de motor", klinkt het ferm. Okee dan, tot nader orde! We bevinden ons nu tussen een zestal anderen en turend in de verte, zie ik. read more...


05/05/2014

Anettine - A good time at sea!

We have a fantastic time at sea so far. We had dolphins visiting us in the afternoon. Not seldom, but one of them showed off just beside the boat and made 3 high jumps while spinning at very high speed.Beautiful!After a night with good speed, sailing with the main and genua 1 most of the night, except for half an hour when we were sailing with 2 reefs in both sails. In the morning we changed to genaker just after breakfast.It stayed up all day and we made good average speed until the wind dropped to less than a knot.We decided to go with the engine a while to save the sails from being damage due to the rolling without wind. Even with motoring, we still think we are reasonable well positioned in the fleet as we noticed several others doing the same. Time will show.BK. read more...


05/05/2014

Anettine - Anettine on her way!

After some weeks in harbor Anettine had started to get a long beard in stern. The captain did like that at all and had decided to take a swim outside the marina to get it off. The beard doesn't impact the speed yet, but it's a shame for Anettine's beauty. We manage to get it off easy, but we also manage to mess up with a rope in the propeller just outside the marina. Luckily we manage to get it off after 3 dives. Anettine was boat 11 to pass the starting line. Not perfect, but it's easier to chase than being chased in the downwind. With everyone concentrating on speed and tactics we manage to leave the islands on second place. It became a fantastic start for Anettine.BK. read more...


05/05/2014

Free & BrEasy - Moorea Magic

We had nearly a week before Free & BrEasy was due to be lifted out in Tahiti to sort out the auto helm / steering problem, but there was just time for a quick visit to the island of Moorea. The island is a short distance north west of Tahiti, and serves as a holiday destination even for Tahitians who already live in paradise.We were blessed with an exhilarating 9 knot plus sail in a brisk wind, and soon were coming through the pass into Opunohu Bay.Moorea is a smaller version of Tahiti without all the cars and people. The inner mountains form spectacular peaks and jagged ridges, but are nearer the coast and two deep anchorages (Opunohu and Cooks Bays) from which the mountains rise up with an unbelievable grandeur. We anchored just behind the reef in azure water and sandy bottom.. read more...


Anettine - Anettine on her way!
Anettine - Anettine on her way!
05/05/2014

Webster - From the sublime to the ridiculous

Sunday 4th May: Position at 1200: 21 03'N 64 03'WLast night continued to produce decent winds into the very earlyhours although did slacken off a little from 4am. To my horror we dropped below 7 knots for the first time since we left! Speed wise it has been quite a trip so far. 0900 local time we had the first SSB radio net which went very well from our point of view as it is good to receive almost perfect reception, not always the case with SSB, but we are all quite close yet. I had Dave asleep in the saloon and Neal asleep in his cabin snoring like Warthogs being castrated, just as I initially made contact with Frans on Aurora the net controller. He must have thought the noise was radio interference but no, it was them Treacle Miners off watch trying to lift the cabin roof. Its. read more...


05/05/2014

Celebrate - Serene Raiatea

We left Moorea at sunset for our overnight to Raiatea with Rally boats Starblazer and Sweet Pearl just ahead of us.Some lightening around us but no rain on the boat.At 8am we easily passed through the two islets at the entry of Passe Iriru across from Mont Maufenua and into Baie Faaroa to anchor at one of the most serene places we have ever been.Also, Rally boats Skyelark and Festina Lente are here.Next, Bora Bora...Cathy. read more...


04/05/2014

Day 119: One Year to Go, Dingy Ride thru the Jungle and 1st Snorkel Trip for David and Paul; Friday, May 2, 2014

'One year to go' means that on May 2, 2015 Joel and I will be home, at the Boca Ciega Yacht Club on that date, a Saturday, at 12 noon. Party time! Put that date on your calendar. David up at 7:00 AM. I got up at 7:10 AM. Breakfast at 8:15 AM. Eggs, bacon and French bread. I tried the orange marmalade jelly. Not good. In the trash. At 9:00 AM Tim and Tracy from Folie a Deux dingied over so we could talk about plans for the day. While we were talking a number of tour boats drove past us heading to the head of the bay and up the river there. We intended to follow and did so at about 10:00 AM. Folie a Deux in their dingy and us in ours. Theirs was a 5 horse power gasoline motor and ours electric. As we motored up the river at 3 knots the width of the river went from 100 yards to 10 yards,. read more...


20/11/2011

Sialia - Day 11

Day 11 We are closing in on Tortola at lightning speed – 8 knots – thanks to consistent 30-35 knot winds since yesterday afternoon.We are within 180 miles right now.So we’ll be there sometime tomorrow.Unfortunately Amy and I are booked on the first flight out Tuesday morning, so we will barely have a chance to visit at all.Sialia will be there for a while so we just have to plan to come back. Today is beautiful and sunny but its still blowing 35 and the seas are 12-18 ft rollers so we are all wearing our harnesses and on watch.Its not unpleasant, the boat handles it quite well.There were several periods last night of sustained 40 knot winds.It makes moving around challenging but otherwise there has been nothing eventful to report. We baked fresh scones last night and. read more...


04/05/2014

Day 118; Sailing to Raiatea, Entered thru Pass1, 2014e Iriru and on a Mooring Buoy in Baia Foaroa; Thursday, May

Woke up at 1:30 AM. David talking to Joel in the cockpit woke me as I had my ceiling hatch open to let in some air. Woke up again at 4:30 AM, went to cockpit, checked chart plotter, then went back to bed. Paul and David were fine. Up for my watch at 6:00 AM; and sighted land, Huahine, at 6:14 AM. On starboard bow, 21 miles out, mountains rising out of the sea. Cloudy. Lousy sunrise. Seas were 6 to 8 feet and sloppy, and the wind was 16 to 20 knots from behind. A lousy direction as the jib kept collapsing and popping. Chilly. A cold front. First one we've had since the 2 gales when leaving Florida last January. Wind howling in the rigging. 5.5 knots boat speed. Rain showers to starboard. Jibed jib from port to starboard at 7:05 AM; and jibed back at 8:03 AM. Decided to head to Raiatea and. read more...


04/05/2014

Day 117; Golf, Joel Work Day & Leaving Moorea; Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Went to bed at 2:18 AM. Had to catch up on logs (3 behind). That happens whenever we're not sailing (anchored somewhere). More 'distractions.'David got up around 6:00 AM; and I got up at 7:10 AM. Hoping to sleep in. Didn't. Overcast and still very windy in our anchorage. Glad we didn't leave for Huahine last night. Breakfast. No one liked the orange marmalade jelly. I haven't tried it yet; but will tomorrow. Eggs, bacon and French bread.At 9:10 AM Tracy from Folie a Deux dropped off 2 rolls of French bread. They cost 53 French francs apiece. Cheap. Reason is that bread is subsidized.At 1015 AM Brian from Folie a Deux gave us a ride to the dock. There we had the receptionist at the Bali Hai Hotel call the Green Pearl Golf Course Polynesia. A Jack Nicklaus designed course. We played 18. read more...


04/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaanlogboek Dag 1

Positie: 20.44 N 64.44 WCOG: 001 gradenSnelheid: 4,9 ktsLOG: 5274 nmDagafstand: 149 nmZeilvoering: GZ + GWind: 10 ktsWeer: onbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 1,5 mLuchtdruk: 1026 mbarWatertemperatuur: 26 gradenZieken: 0BIJZONDERHEDENIn de middenmoot voeren we onder vol tuig over de startlijn! Heerlijkzeilend met een windje tussen de 15 en 20 knopen verlieten we de VirginIslands recht omhoog richting Bermuda.Een squall met veel regen luidde de avond in; alles onder controle liepen wedik 7 knopen en bevonden we ons nog steeds middenin het rallyveld.Plotseling stopt de regen en daarmee meteen ook maar de wind! Wat was heteen koddig gezicht, al die dobberende bootjes. Sommigen startten de motor.Wij besluiten dit niet te doen, de diesel willen we sparen voor de dolldrums (windstille gebieden) later. read more...


04/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - The view from the back....

24 hour run through the water: 135 milesDistance by GPS: 126 miles                              GPS distance to go: 710 miles Yes, here we in our usual place at the back of the fleet in very light winds (I think its all the provisioning that Susan has hidden aboard). We even tried the APC, but to little avail due to the wind direction - not even it being mostly orange mostly any difference. Anyway, we had a good view of the other boats (we did cross the line in the middle of the fleet) as they made their way down the Sir Francis Drake Channel and off we went for the trip to St. Georges, Bermuda.. read more...


04/05/2014

Starship - ED-VENTURE day 00

SUN-FACTOR: Rain and Squalls: we know it is a pity that we leave. But no reason for a whole country to cry. RUN-FACTOR: WOW. 7 kn SOG. Almost racing. Ed is speeding us up.FUN-FACTOR: When leaving the marina, we could not trust our eyes. There was HECKOGECKO motoring to wave us good bye. HECKOGECKO with whom we had crossed Biskaya, explored the canary islands, done the ARC 2013 and spent great times sailing the caribbean island. We had tears in our eyes.. read more...


04/05/2014

Webster - We're off!

Saturday 3rd May: Position 20 12'N 64 45'Wa bit of an inauspicious start to the day, waking at 0600 to pouring rain and only then realising the hatches were still open. Spent half an hour bailing out the boat, not what you want when you have better things to be thinking about on departure day, but that's boating I suppose.Went to check out at Rally Control at 0800 then strolled long to the Marina office to pay. I was met with a bit of a queue which was building; there was only one lady on duty and the whole ARC fleet were trying to pay to leave. Walton on the dock was frantically running between berths to get meter readings and the said lady was giving a very fine example of the duck on the water looking serene but paddling like mad underwater...at least for a while. She then started to. read more...


04/05/2014

Celebrate - Moorea Lazy Days

Leaving for Moorea we were accompanied by Rally boats Seaduced, Trillium and Circe.All of us headed into Cook's Bay, except for Seaduced.Moorea is beautiful and a perfect place to recharge ourselves with lazy days.The Cook's Bay anchorage is protected and much less crowded than the bay to the west. There is a cute hotel with thatched roofs called Bali Hai and it has a little restaurant with a convenient dingy dock.Also in walking distance, a fuel station for the dingy, grocery store and snacks.The place is very boat friendly and the nearby visitor center arranges excursions and transportation.Other Rally boats also came into the anchorage later:American Spirit, Folie a Deux, II Audacious and Saphir.It's great to see and visit with all of these boats we know.We are all leaving in stages. read more...


03/05/2014

Starblazer - 3/05/2014 – Moving on

We finally left the town quay pontoon in Papeete early on Wednesday afternoon and made our way to Marina Taina to refuel.We were lucky as we managed to tie up on the fuel pontoon at 3.45, they close at 4.00.We spent a night at anchor then left fairly early Thursday morning for Moorea.That was a horrible passage with big seas but, of course, no wind so there was no point pulling up the mainsail to steady us.Cook’s Bay looked fairly busy so we went on to the next pass into Opunohu Bay where we found several other World ARC boats.Unfortunately we had water in the engine bilge AGAIN and the generator had failed to put out any cooling water though it was taking it in!This time it was John’s fault as he had failed to tighten one of the water pipes on the generator.It was an easy problem to. read more...


03/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - We'll be on our way

Well the one thing we didn't anticipate for this morning was the little (!) bit of precipitation that woke us up........looking at the forecast we are not sure if the towels we had out will get dry before we go.......Susan is really glad she did get up and enjoy her noodling in the sunshine yesterday as this morning was decidedly uninviting but hey we are fully stocked and loaded, just need to undress Andromeda, pay our bills, leave the dock and we will be on our way.....Bermuda next stop.. read more...


03/05/2014

Webster - Pre start high jinx

Friday 2nd May: position still in Nanny CayThursday evening turned into a bit of a blast with the farewell dinner taking place. Team Webster turned out in all their glory wearing our out of the packet pristine polo shirts but arrived about two and a half hours early for the start, time which was put to very good use going through the cocktail menu with beer chasers. I for one was feeling no pain in short shift, mainly because of the Painkillers Ken was supplying us with. As it was his last evening before flying home he was in "frenzy" mode and ordering more than we could drink faster than we could drink it. By 7 pm I was swaying a little that's for sure. The Caribbean meal was excellent but seemed to give one a thirst so back to the beach bar we went and batted on leading to seeing just. read more...


02/05/2014

Celebrate - Treasured Memories of Tahiti

Black pearls for our 35th wedding anniversary, an ooh-la-la romantic dinner at the Pink Coconut Restaurant with wonderful French wine, Fois Gras and great food!Fun dinners, cocktails and receptions with other "Rally" boaters and a finale circle bus tour of Tahiti with beautiful botanical gardens, a stunning cascading waterfall, ancient worshiping sites and the Tahiti Museum. Tahiti was not to be missed!Cathy. read more...


02/05/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog Arcarius

Caught on the wind today from Arcarius With the farewell party behind us, it's time to reflect back on the week here in BVI. The big voyage ahead ought to have caused a flurry of activity the morning before the sails are set for the epic journey across the Atlantic. Instead as I looked out from my port hole the scene across the marina was serene and tranquil, interrupted only by the call of the pelicans and the snoring emanating from a near by sailor confirming to the ARC, flag regaled boats on the mooring that the crew of Webster and Arcarius were still to wake and discover the severe head pain that is inevitable after the excesses of a successful farewell party.And the devastating realisation that the Painkillers consumed last night would be of no use this morning. Arcarius looking. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog Arcarius
Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog Arcarius
02/05/2014

Firefly - Firefly leads Tahiti Pearl Regatta after Race 1

Firefly has reached Bora Bora after completing the first race of the Tahiti Pearl Regatta and currently leads the Cruising Division. Leading will be a 'short lived' affair as the Cruising Division is not handicapped and amongst the competition are several 60 foot catamarans, including Gizmo, one of the latest carbon flyers from the designer of the Gunboat. There are also several considerably bigger monohulls all from the World ARC rally, these being Chikalu, an X612, Kathea, a Swan 53 and Andromeda a Grand Soleil 50.The first race started off Raiatea and the first 8 miles of the race took place inside the beautiful lagoon between Tahaa, before the fleet left for the open sea via the Pai Pai Passage. The finish of the 27 mile race was in the Teavanui Passage off Bora Bora - quite a. read more...


02/05/2014

Starship - ED-VENTURE day -01

SUN-FACTOR: It is extremly hot in Nanny Cay.RUN-FACTOR: We are ready to go.FUN-FACTOR: Another pastaparty for the kids. Rebecca, Demi, Kathi, Lukas, Florian and the IGUANA ED enjoy their lunch. Well, it can never be tooooooo hot for pasta. . read more...


02/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Phew has someone turned the thermostat up

Its only just after 8am and Susan has done her noodling and the washing and we are sweltering already this morning, the thermostat has most definitely been put up, probably so we will all be looking forward to a bit of cooler weather as we go north.Great dinner last night, the food was lovely and plenty of it. We shared a table with the folk from Anna Sophia and Puerkawho were great company, many stories were shared over the wine.Lots of itty bitty jobs to do today as we spend our last full day in the Caribbean, we are sure there will be time for another swim later....the off is nearly here.more in due courseSusan and AndrewAndromeda of Plymouthm_SAM_2051. read more...


Andromeda of Plymouth - Phew has someone turned the thermostat up
Andromeda of Plymouth - Phew has someone turned the thermostat up
02/05/2014

Tigerlily - Ready to Launch from Portsmouth, VA

The deadline is here and so are we. Despite months of preparation we have come to a Le Mans style start with last minute preparation and details. To our friends and family thanks for following our bread crumb on the World Cruising Club website. We also have a blog: www.sailblogs.com/member/farthestwave. The Farthest Wave is a lovely song by Kathy Ryan. My daughter Jackie Bowes, sang the song at our wedding just seven months ago. So much has happened since and so many friends, family and fellow sailing enthusiasts have have supported our endeavors. We are truly grateful.IMG_1722.. read more...


Tigerlily - Ready to Launch from Portsmouth, VA
Tigerlily - Ready to Launch from Portsmouth, VA
01/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Provisioning and a last lunch with friends

Off we went to an excellent supermarket for the provisioning trip, we nearly filled a trolley finding some very nice goodies for treats but best of all it was boxed up and delivered to Andromeda, no lugging for us. We then met up with our friends 'Cruisers wot lunch' catching up with Chris and Sharon, Joannie and Graham and Patrice and Patrick. We had a lovely traditional trinni roti lunch. Back in Nanny Cay we picked up our refilled gas bottle and new flares. Put everything away then followed it up with a dip in the beautiful sea, a wonderful shower and are now ready for this evening's farewell dinner, its a hard life really.........20140501_150430. read more...


Andromeda of Plymouth - Provisioning and a last lunch with friends
Andromeda of Plymouth - Provisioning and a last lunch with friends
01/05/2014

Morning Haze - The Passage

Check out this video on YouTube:http://youtu.be/GLAy-ReH3esimage. read more...


Morning Haze - The Passage
Morning Haze - The Passage
01/05/2014

Webster - Here we go again!

Thursday 1st May 2014: position Nanny Cay, Tortola BVIWell, it will take far too long to regale the whole narrative of events leading to now since the end of the ARC in St Lucia way back in December but a brief synopsis begins with Christmas in Rodney Bay with the kids and Kate where we survived the great "trough" as it devastated much of the island on Christmas Eve; the couple of weeks with my sister Janet and BIL Nigel on the boat; the fantastic trip up the islands with just myself and Kate to Antigua via Martinique, Dominica, Les Saintes and Guadaloup ( to which Kate admitted she even enjoyed the sailing parts!); various friends visiting in Antigua sailing back up and around the islands again; then a great two weeks on a 50' cat Avanti with Jon and Karen Terry who we met on ARC. read more...


Webster - Here we go again!
Webster - Here we go again!
10/01/2006

Anna Sophia - Almost ready

Yes we are! After another wonderful evening with the other participants, is it time to shop today. A shuttle will bring us to Road Town. where we all shall depredate the shelves!The last day to solve the technical and other problems has awaken. The right feeling is increasing; Yes we are almost ready..... to go!Jan en Annelies van Ruitenbeekab SY "Anna Sophia". read more...


01/05/2014

Morning Haze - Morning Haze - The Passage

http://youtu.be/HW-GZQAGQrsHayes Family. read more...


01/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Beach Volley ball

Enthusiasm ruled the sands as Arc rally folk met for a game of beach volley ball, not quite olympic standard, but great fun was had by all followed by very welcome sundowners. There may be a few aching muscles in the morning20140430_173726. read more...


Andromeda of Plymouth - Beach Volley ball
Andromeda of Plymouth - Beach Volley ball
Reberth - Safety Day!! - Joel safety check
Reberth - Safety Day!! - Joel safety check
Reberth - Safety Day!! - Liferaft
Reberth - Safety Day!! - Liferaft
Reberth - Safety Day!! - Handheld Flare demo
Reberth - Safety Day!! - Handheld Flare demo
Reberth - Safety Day - smoke flare
Reberth - Safety Day - smoke flare
30/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Flares, Liferafts and Friends

Today was the flares demonstration and the orange ones got our vote,and they were pointed out to us by several other participants. The difference in the red hand-held ones was really surprising - SOLAS every time we think as well. To cool off there was a life raft demonstration in the pool, we remember our sea survival course so well so didn't volunteer first. But then they wanted a sixth person in the water so Susan stepped up to the plate, or rather jumped into the pool, wearing one of those lovely life jackets with no crotch strap, at least she held on to it really tightly this time. The crocodile swim was fun and then she was hauled into the liferaft, phew that was a bit easier than with full oilies and sea boots on. Getting out of the snug life raft compartment was a relief.. read more...


Andromeda of Plymouth - Flares, Liferafts and Friends
Andromeda of Plymouth - Flares, Liferafts and Friends
30/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 116; Tour of Moorea, Albert and His 3 Wives and our Departure Delayed a Day due to High & Building Winds; Tuesday, April 27, 2014

Up at 6:30 AM. David and Paul got up 15 minutes later. Eggs, grapefruit, French bread and coffee for breakfast. At 10:15 AM we started a tour of the island with Folie a Deux in an 8 person taxi/mini van driven by Albert, who advised as we started the tour that he had 3 wives and numerous children and grand children. Not sure if polygamy is legal in French Polynesia, but Albert certainly believes its OK. His oldest wife is 67 and the other two are 42 and 39. He's 75 and by his own account is the biggest tour operator on the island. Our first stop was at a pineapple distillery, where we were able to sample some of their 'wares. One of the liqueurs on sale was pineapple rum in the most attractive bottle I have ever seen. I almost bought it just for the bottle; but at $57 took a pass.Next we. read more...


30/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 115; Sailed from Tahiti to Moorea in Bumpy Seas; Monday, April 28, 2014

Paul and David were up at 6:00 AM; followed by me at 6:30 AM. At 7:40 AM our agent, Laurent, came by the boat to deliver an invoice for his services and the cost for the repairs to our anchor roller. His fee is 10% of such repairs and an hourly rate of %50.00 per hour. He's very good at what he does and worth every penny. We departed the marina at 9:30 AM and sailed under jib only, and a reefed jib at that, the 10 miles to Moorea. Along the way we encountered winds up to 28 knots and seas of 3 to 5 feet. 'Bad' weather is coming. Too bad. We averaged between 6 and 7.3 knots. One of the galley cabinets wasn't properly locked so its contents went flying out and all over the floor. Paul's Kindle also went flying, but because he had just bought a rubber cover, it wasn't destroyed. We arrived. read more...


30/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 114: The Car Tour thru the Clouds and 20 Waterfalls; Sunday, April 27, 2014

Paul and David were early (6:30 AM) risers. Breakfast at 8:00 AM was special in that besides eggs, we had bacon for the first time on our trip. Along with French bread, of course. Around 9:00 AM we departed for our 4 wheeled drive around the island, looking for the road that would take us to the top of Tahiti's highest mountain, at 7,340 feet. The highest mountain in French Polynesia. We looked for this road first alongside the west side of Tahiti, but after a half dozen forays down dead end roads, we opted to drive to the east side of the island to find the road. We found it; and it even had a sign pointing to the direction we needed to go in. This road started out paved, then paved with a lot of pot holes, then dirt and gravel, and finally rutted with 12 inches of grass growing between. read more...