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13/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 98; Fish School Under Boat, Arrival in Rangiroa, 4.2 Knot Current in the Pass and Generator Problem; April 11, 2014

From midnight until 1:00 AM or so our depth sounder kept showing depths between 34 feet and 64 feet. Since we were in thousands of feet of water, we knew it wasn't the bottom. We finally figured out that it was a large school of fish under the boat, following the boat; hiding in the shadow cast by our boat with the moon. From 12:15 AM until 6:00 AM we sailed without the motor, averaging between 3.0 and 4.5 knots. The reason we were content to sail so slow was that we couldn't go into Rangiroa until after 8:00 AM. We were waiting for slack tide. So why motor and get there early just to wait. Out of the 6 boats with us, we were the only one just sailing. We saw Rangiroa at 5:50 AM. At that same time one of the Rally boats, Flomaida II, indicated that their motor stopped running. At 6:00 AM. read more...


13/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 97; Drift Snorkel Ahe Pass, Swimming with Sharks & Heading to Rangiroa; Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lots of lightning and thunder at 4:00 AM, which lasted for one hour. So said Joel and Stephen. In the aft cabin, I heard nada. Stephen up at 7:30 AM; I'm up at 8:30 AM. Joel up last.Joel and I went in water at 9:30 AM to survey the anchor and chain before trying to weight anchor. A 12 inch remora was swimming under boat, looking to attach itself to our boat. Remora attach themselves to sharks and live off their scraps. We've had remora attach themselves to our boat before, thinking we're a large fish. Took us 30 minutes to get anchor up. Not bad. Nexus had similar experience, but Vivo took 1 to 1 1/2 hours to free their anchor. They were anchored in deeper water, 70 feet, so more difficult, in part because they couldn't see the chain and anchor on the bottom. Joel hopped in the water and. read more...


12/04/2014

Firefly - 50th Birthday celebrations, diving and why we are still in Fakarava

Those studying our progress on yellow brick might have wondered why we do not appear to have moved for the last five days. There are a number of reasons for this; it is a beautiful place with lots of welcoming people, we needed a special place to celebrate Paul's 50th Birthday and we decided to do some Scuba diving. David has dusted off his existing qualification while newcomers Paul and Peter signed up for a 3 day course to obtain the PADI open water qualification - qualifying us to dive to 20 metres. After 3 days of intensive diving (6 dives), with early starts, we have just completed the course and are now certified. We have dived both the North and South passes of the atoll which are acclaimed to be two of the best dive sites anywhere in the world; so what better place to learn?. read more...


11/04/2014

Nexus - Leaving AHE for RANGIROA

After a night of solid rain, and a rousing evening of dark and stormy's and dominoes, we were greeted with a calm and partly cloudy morning. We had quite a job to get our anchor up, with our chain tangled on numerous rock and coral formations in 20M of water in the lagoon, but with some deft maneuvering and a bit of luck we retrieved it all. We motored out to the pass with Vivo and American Spirit, where we spend the early afternoon drift snorkeling through the pass in turns, while we kept our boats drifting nearby. It was fantastic snorkeling, Gin clear water with lively coral and multitudes of colorful reef fish and sharks. We made three passes through as the tide changed, first drifting in at 2kts, then out at 1.5kts on the last drift. We followed the snorkelers towing a dingy on our. read more...


11/04/2014

Sweet Pearl - Marquesas --> Tuamotu - 3.Tag - Gemütliches Segeln

Gemütlich, aber sicher segeln wir Richtung Tuamotu, funken zweimal pro Tag mit Trillium und lassen es uns sonst gut gehen. Das wars; mehr gibts dazu nicht zu sagen:-). Tom. read more...


10/04/2014

Starblazer - 10/04/2014 – Promise kept?

Currently it is 0605 on Thursday morning, the sun rose about 20 minutes agoand I am sitting in the cockpit with the laptop on a non-slip mat on thetable.In the UK I think it is 1905, so ‘The Archers’ is on Radio 4.I amhopeful that this might reach you before midnight but I can’t remember howto send the blog by Sat phone so that will have to wait until John gets upin a few hours.Once sent, it is moderated by World Cruising Club to makesure it isn’t offensive in any way before it is posted.So I might havefailed in my promise to write this the same day that you read it, unless youread it on www.yachtstarblazer.co.uk where it gets posted almost immediately.Yesterday was frustrating on several fronts.The wind went light and kept changing direction.We put the engine on atabout 1400 and have. read more...


10/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 96; 40 Knot Squall, Peal Farm and Lots of Rain; Wednesday, April 9. 2014

Rain showers at 3:25 AM. Joel got up to close the boat hatches. The reason he always gets up to do so is that with the hatch over the V-Berth always open at night, he is the first person on the boat to know it is raining because the rain drops on his head. Got up at 5:35 AM. Stephen spotted a nice rainbow rat 7:00 AM rising up over an island and bracketed by one of the Rally sailboats. The SSB station we're currently using is located on the island next door to us - Manihi, 19 miles away. Makes sending and receiving emails really fast. At 8:00 AM a 40 knot squall hit the anchorage. We turned off our wind turbine, as you don't want it rotating in high winds. It wouldn't stop right away. Finally, after a half hour, it stopped because we had turned it off. Even if on, if the winds get too. read more...


10/04/2014

Starblazer - 09/04/2014- Quite a good day

Tuesday had far more positives than negatives! We sailed all day, relatively quickly with the wind just aft of the beam for most of the time. During the night the wind backed and we could only tweak Q (aka Horace the Hydrovane) a little for fear of gybing so we spent several hours sailing in slightly the wrong direction. First thing this morning, when John got up, we changed the sails, dropped the main, put out the poles then pulled out the twin genoas, wing and wing. Now we are sailing in the right direction.The day’s run to noon was an unflattering 134 NM, mainly because of the problems overnight. The wind has also dropped off this morning. We are hoping to make landfall on Fakarava Atoll on Friday.John nearly caught another fish yesterday but it got away! The tuna from Monday evening. read more...


09/04/2014

Celebrate - Papeete, Tahiti in the Society Islands

Tahiti is so beautiful with a lush, mountainous terrain. After outstanding downwind sailing for four days we have arrived at the marina to dock med-moor style next to Rally boats Lluiton and Andromeda. What a perfect place to call "home" for the next three & a half weeks!Cathy. read more...


09/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 95; Cleaned Boat Bottom, Giant Clams, Numerous Boat Anchors Stuck, and Beach Party; Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stayed up late, until 1:30 AM. Slept in until 8:00 AM. Hebe was trying to weigh anchor to go to the pass and 'drift dive.' Difficult time getting anchor on board. Took them 1/2 hour, with 2 snorkelers in the water and one tank diver dressed in SCUBA gear ready to go free the anchor. Finally they used their bow thrusters to position the boat so they could untangle anchor chain from the coral heads. At Manihi Atoll 8 miles away to the west, the sailboat NDS Darwin and one other Rally boat tried to weigh anchor Monday evening, and could not do it. So they waited until the following morning, Tuesday, and it took them 3 - 4 hours to clear their two anchor chains; and they had to do so using a SCUBA diver. Because they were anchored in 20 meters, 66 feet, they were fortunate they had SCUBA. read more...


09/04/2014

Nexus - Safe arrival in Ahe, Tuamotus

Arrived safely this morning in Ahe, Tuamotus. We slow motored last night to ensure we arrived in the morning with Vivo. After checking out the inlet we decided to run it without waiting for slack tide as it seemed pretty straight forward so to speak. We motored through in a 3kt incoming tide and had it kick our tail out a bit in the last section where it turns left before entering the lagoon, but it was a fun ride with no problems. The channel down the interior lagoon to the town was well marked and the natives friendly! We found six other World ARC boats here and got together with many of them on Hebe, and we've arranged for a gathering on the dock this evening. For tomorrow we've set up a tour of a pearl farm where we will snorkel the pearls and tour the process of cultivating them. read more...


06/04/2014

Nexus - On our way to AHE, Tuamotus

With one last long and admiring look, we left Nuku Hiva yesterday afternoon in company with Vivo, a 60' FP Catamaran, to sail to AHE, a small atoll in the Tuamotus. It is a 495 mile passage which seems like a walk in the park now. We left at 330pm assuming we would average 7.5kt in 15kt trade winds, to arrive at noon high tide to pick our way through the coral heads and tidal flows in the entrance channel with the sun overhead. On leaving the harbor we were promptly greeted by 23-25kt winds on the beam, which had us blasting along at 9-111kts all night with reefs in. So much for our planning! We expect the wind to die off later today, but we're leaving the reefs in to slow down as the prize for getting there early is only to wait for slack tide anyway. We're giving Vivo a chance to close. read more...


09/04/2014

Merlyn of Poole - Tuesday, 8th April -14° 31'S; 148° 46'W'

‘I am very bananas’ (Wendy Cope) Today we have had a debate about watches. I’m for the four-hour watches at night, with two dog watches either side. That one four-hour sleep really does it for me. The skipper prefers four three-hour watches – he finds four hours too long to be up at night. To me it feels as if I’m up and down all night if I only get three hours sleep at a time. On the four-hour system I have been frisking about, full of the joys of spring, whereas the skipper has been sleepy and a little on the grumpy side. Now it’s me who’s yawning all the time, while the skipper is back to his usual bouncy self. How do we resolve this? Perhaps one night of three-hour watches, followed by night of the four-hour pattern?We have been busy with bananas – with varying degrees of success.. read more...


09/04/2014

Starblazer - 08/04/2014 – On the move again

First of all, belated Birthday greetings to nephew Ian and great nephew Jack.We stayed overnight in the main anchorage on Ua Pou then went ashore in the morning to find the shops. There were actually two mini supermarkets but one was so well hidden that we only spotted it on our way back down to the harbour. We had a cracking sail to Nuku Hiva, only about 25 miles away, it did make a change from motoring. Taihae bay is large but also deep but we found a suitable spot and set the anchor. The next morning, at low water, we spotted a reef a short distance away though not a problem until we were hit by a severe squall! The reef seemed too close for comfort so we upanchored and motored off to find another suitable spot. We finally dropped the anchor in 12 metres, deeper than we like but we. read more...


07/04/2014

Nexus - Sailed out of the wind, but still making progress

We've had a great 24hr sail, after holding 3 reefs for the day to help Vivo catch up, we rolled out the sails and had a 10kt evening and night. Great sailing and of course we hooked two large Tuna but lost both of them due combined reeling and boat speed bouncing and flipping them across the top of the water. The larger one was almost half way back to the boat and we got a good look at it, then it did a triple flip and threw the lure....bummer. No fish lips on the hooks so they should be ok! We went to bed wondering if we will have to lap Ahe on arrival until our noon tide time, but mother nature solved that problem this morning by dropping the wind off to 8-10kts directly aft. So we're loping along at 4-5kts on the large gennaker hoping Vivo will be able to catch up motor sailing, then. read more...


09/04/2014

Sweet Pearl - Marquesas --> Tuamotu - 1.Tag - Auf nach Apataki

Nach einem kurzen Abstecher auf der Insel Ua Pou (Marquesas), die eine Wahnsinnslandschaftskulisse uns geboten hat und allgemein sehr sauber, freundlich und willkommend ist, sind wir heute nach Apataki in Tuamotu aufgebrochen. Wir segeln zusammen mit Dennis und Sherry von der amerikanischen Trillium und bleiben mit ihnen immer in UKW-Reichweite. 4-5 Tage rechnen wir bis wir in Apataki, einem sehr schönen und relativ einfach navigierbarem Atoll, ankommen.Ganz liebe Grüsse nach hause.Tom. read more...


08/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 94; Giant Meteor at 4:00 AM, Arrived Ahe in the Tuomotos, Running the Pass, and Anchor Chain Problem; Monday, April 7, 2014

At 12:15 AM Joel and I decided to power up the motor so we could get to Ahe as close to noon as possible. With high tide at 12:01 PM, we needed to get to the pass into Ahe by 1:01 PM. One of our pilot books, Charlie's Charts of Polynesia, stated that slack water occurred 1 hour after low and high tide. So even though we had a good wind to sail with, we needed to make more speed if we wanted to reach our destination in time. If we did not get to Ahe by mid afternoon, we would have to wait until Tuesday morning to enter the pass during the low tide, or skip Ahe altogether and head to Rangiroa 90 miles away. A boat sailing with us, Follie a Deux, decided to do just that. Skip Ahe and sail directly to Rangiroa because they could not make the daylight entry into Ahe. Its important to enter. read more...


08/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 93; 7th Green Flash and Sailed 170 Miles; Sunday, April 6, 2014

Slept pretty good. Stephen awakened me for 6:00 AM watch. Missed great sunrise 6:10 AM. Was down below shaving, making coffee. Might have missed a green flash. At 7:00 AM the wind was 14 knots and our boat speed 6.0 knots over the ground. At 8:00 AM I took out the reefs in the mainsail and jib. Our speed immediately increased 1 1/2 knots. We need to sail at 7.0 knots to get to Ahe Monday in the daylight. Breakfast was at 10:25 AM. During breakfast a freak wave 'slapped' the side of the boat completely soaking Joel and his breakfast plate. I was only half soaked - the right side of my body only. Joel conducted the communication's net at 11:00 AM, with 8 boats responding. Our noon position was: 12 degrees, 22 minutes South; 143 degrees, 55 minutes West; and 183 miles from Ahe. We covered. read more...


08/04/2014

Firefly - Fakarava

Well Sunday lunch did not materialise but instead we had a delicious supper of Steak et Frites followed by home made cheese cake in a small cafe on the shore close by to our anchorage. The girls running the place could not have been more helpful - even charging our cameras. Before arriving in French Polynesia we were warned that prices here could be high but this is not always the case; there are very few places in the world where you could get a 'quality' steak and chips for the equivalent of $10!So we needed some exercise to work off this supper and this morning hired bikes to tour the atoll. We cycled 16 km South until the road ran out then back to the North, again till the road ran out at the airport. When we got back to the boat we had cycled just under 40km. The only flaw in this. read more...


07/04/2014

Merlyn of Poole - Monday, 7th April - 11° 48'S; 145° 22'W

Sea legs, naps and bananas!Yesterday was mixed in terms of wind and speed. The wind dropped in the morning, and we had speeds as low as ten or eleven knots. After whisking along with twenty to twenty-five knots, that felt dead slow. It also pushed our arrival in Tahiti to Thursday, rather than Wednesday, as originally expected. We debated what to do, as this is a situation in which we would normally consider putting up coloured sails: the cruising chute, or the rather daunting parasailor. The skipper is not convinced that we can manage these more high-maintenance numbers between the two of us – watch this space!The grib files have been bafflingly off-beam on this trip. Yesterday, though, the wind seemed pretty much what was on the chart. There was also a suggestion that it would become. read more...


07/04/2014

Celebrate - To Tahiti from the Marquesas

Thanks to American Spirit's Brian & Joel we were able to fuel.It took at least four people to anchor for med-mooring, throw lines to the dock and re-tie the lines on the dock as needed.It was quite a project.Also, we were able to purchase two new batteries and fix our genoa problems.All-in-all the Marquesas were a great stop for us in many ways.Now, on to Tahiti with beautiful sailing and Flomaida and Tulasi sailing nearby.Next, landfall at Tahiti!Cathy. read more...


07/04/2014

Flomaida II - Das unbeschreiblich schöne Marquesas Archipel- 20.3.-3.4.

Mave mai- herzlich willkommen im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes!Es gibt sie wirklich noch: kleine, teilweise unberührte Inselchen auf der anderen Seite unserer Welt. Die Schönheit dieser Inseln und die Freundlichkeit, Friedlichkeit und Gelassenheit ihrer Bewohner kann ich kaum in die richtigen Worte fassen. Die Inseln vom Wasser aus zeigen ein Panorama, das uns den Atem stocken lässt. Bilder können das so gar nicht wieder geben. Es sind die grünen Berge mit Tälern und Schatten, die durch die tiefen Einschnitte entstehen, die bei uns einzigartige Eindrücke hinterlassen. Durch die üppige Vegetation gibt es gefühlte tausend verschiedene Grüntöne, die fast unsere Aufnahmefähigkeit überfordern. Die Farb- und Lichtspiele sind grandios! Wir sind ganz still und genießen! Vaièi nui- vielen Dank!Viel. read more...


Flomaida II - Das unbeschreiblich schöne Marquesas Archipel- 20.3.-3.4.
Flomaida II - Das unbeschreiblich schöne Marquesas Archipel- 20.3.-3.4.
07/04/2014

Free & BrEasy - Mont Tekao is in our dreams

A short 24 hour sail north westwards found us in the Bay of Taiohae, the administrative capital of the Marquesas Archipelago. The bay is ringed by steep green towering cliffs, a volcanic crater with a sea entrance blasted through the rock. The bay is large enough for a cruise liner to anchor which it promptly did, making us all giddy with watching the frantic disembark- and then rembarkation before it set off again in the evening. Such a different form of cruising than ours!We managed to refuell without serious damage. We had to anchor "Mediteranean Style" off a large concrete jetty, with stern lines. They decided to close early for lunch and with two and a half hours to wait, our anchor chain dragged in a strong cross wind and we were perilously near to smashing into the jetty. Cast off. read more...


06/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 92; Nuku Hiva Mistake, Sleeping Clothes, Fans, Low Side Pole (Again), and On the Way to Ahe; Saturday, April 5, 2014

Upon leaving Nuku Hiva I realized that due to the snack bar with free and good Wifi, we were distracted and missed an opportunity to explore Nuku Hiva. We spent too much time at the snack bar. Specifically, Daniel's Bay, which is 2 to 3 miles to the west of our anchorage, has a waterfall that you can get to by hiking thru the mountains. We could have gone there for a day in our boat, and then motored back to the anchorage we were in. Live and learn. No way will any of us ever be here to explore that waterfall and mountain hike again. I was awakened at 2:20 AM by the howling and whistling wind and rocking boat. The wind and seas were increasing. When sleeping, you tend to notice changes in boat motion and noise levels. I got up and after talking with Joel, who was on the 12:00 AM - 3:00. read more...


06/04/2014

Firefly - Arrived safely in the Tuaomotos, anchored off Rotoara, Fakarava

Just as the sun rose around 0530 this morning the North East coast of Fakarava came into view. Unlike the Marquesas where you see the islands and mountains over 30 miles off, Its so low lying that we were only 8 miles away. All you see is a line of palm trees floating on the water.As planned we approached from the North to avoid too much swell and entered Passe Garue just after 0700 with the tide flooding. Despite all the conflicting and cautionary advice we had read our crossing into the lagoon was not that dramatic at all - its possible we were lucky and got the timing just right. Fellow World ARC yacht Kathea went through about 30 minutes before us, so we were able to to call them up on VHF and compare notes. We had around 1 knot of current with us. Understandably it got a little. read more...


06/04/2014

Celebrate - A Fragrant Flower Lei , Beautiful Bountiful Fruit Buffet, Dramatic Dancers, Drumming & Dinner!

Fantastic festivities!Each one of our Rally group was welcomed with a lovely flower lei.The bountiful fruit buffet tables were beautifully decorated and had star fruit, freshly cut coconut nuggets, tasty desert breads, papaya, pineapple and melon.It was delicious!Next, rum punches were served in a semi-outdoor tiki style banquet room and as we sat at the attractive tables set with flowers and pretty tropical cloths we were welcomed by the Mayor of Nuka Hiva.Then came the exotic Polynesian dancers and drumming.What a show! Thank you to our own, Alex, of Rally Control for helping with a very special afternoon and evening.Next, to Tahiti from the Marquesas...Cathy. read more...


06/04/2014

Malisi - Malisi in the BVI

Malisi’s first participation in the BVI Spring Regatta saw a successful and good mix of racing days out on the water. A first place in the multihull division, a squall filled day racing against a Formula 40 catamaran, and a rudder failure preventing us to finish one of the races but quickly fixed. All this in a yachtsman sailing paradise with “Warm Water and Hot Racing” as advertised.dap2706. read more...


Malisi - Malisi in the BVI
Malisi  - Malisi in the BVI
05/04/2014

Merlyn of Poole - Friday, 4th April - 09° 18'S; 140° 29'W

We’re now on our way to Tahiti, after two busy days of preparation. Thursday began with a visit to the fuel dock. These places are never easy, and there is always a risk of being blown onto a – usually – concrete quay. We knew that this one would be exceptionally challenging, because of the swell in the bay. The procedure involved anchoring in about eighteen metres, and then reversing up to the fuel dock, so that the stern lines could be attached. We needed people on the dock to take the lines, and Ivan was duly dropped onshore by dinghy. Lorenzo stayed below in the dinghy, to help with passing lines, etc. We also had Jonathan, from ‘Chez Nous’ available in his dinghy, just in case anything went wrong. I was in charge of the anchor and, from time to time, the helm. The trickiest part of. read more...


05/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 91; Mike's B-Day; Leaving Nuku Hiva, One More Shark, Mainsail and Racing to Ahe; Friday, April 4, 2014

Mike Mogavero, who flew home on Thursday, had a B-Day today. If we'd have known that Wednesday night, we would have announced his birthday during the native dance like other Rally crews did. The rain shower came later this morning, at 5:25 AM. As the 2 previous days, had to get up to and close the boat hatches. Got up at 8:00 AM. From 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM we were at the snack shop using their internet. I picked up a few final provisioning items: a bunch of green bananas, that we'll hang on the transom; mango's, and a papyra. I also hiked to a hardware store at least 2 miles away to buy some caulking for our head window gasket. Once back on the boat, we deflated the dingy and stored it below and weighed anchor at 4:20 PM. We were heading to Ahe in the Tuomotos Archipelago. On our way out of. read more...


05/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 90; Mike Flies Home After 5 1/2 Weeks, and Cats and Chickens Chow Down Together; Thursday, April 3, 2014

Rain squall 2:25 AM. Closed hatches. Up at 6:45 AM. At 7:23 AM Joel and I left to have breakfast with Mike at his hotel. We told the waitress, who spoke no English, that we wanted to order breakfast. Breakfast came, and it consisted of grapefruit slices, French bread with butter and jelly, and coffee. A European breakfast, says Mike. Mike departed in a taxi with another person at 9:40 AM. Mike joined our trip because he wanted to cross an ocean, wanted to make a long voyage. Well, Mike, you did: 2,890 miles from the Galapagos Islands to Hiva Oa, and then a bunch more miles (174?) from Hiva Oa to Fatu Hiva, to Hiva Oa again, and finally to Nuku Hiva. Thank you Mike! You will be missed.We spent from 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM at the Wifi center/snack bar. While there we had lunch, really non-lean. read more...


05/04/2014

Firefly - The Dangerous Archipelago

Firefly is 'trucking' along at about 8 knots towards the Tuamotos, the 20 knot wind is just abaft of the beam and there is a swell so its quite bumpy. These low lying atolls we are heading for are also known as the Dangerous Archipelago due to the large number of shipwrecks, which even in the GPS era continue to occur. We are therefore spending a great deal of time reading all of the information we have gathered and we keep re checking and honing our plans. However, the pilot books and charting information is not that consistent so its more difficult to plan than we had anticipated. Fortunately the wind is forecast to stay favorable for the next few days which will help. Fakarava will be our first stop and we are intending to be off the pass on the NW side of the atoll on Sunday morning. read more...


04/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Andromeda of Plymouth is on her way

Andromeda of Plymouth and her crew Andrew and Susan, are currently in St. Maarten/Sint Martin and are about to leave for the Virgin Islands. Our trip this year started in Trinidad where we were laying over for the hurricane season for the 3rd year running. We leftChaguaramas inmid February after some unexpected repairs (a new fuel tank was needed) but since then have covered 500 miles so far. Our ports of call were, Prickly Bay -Grenada, Tyrell Bay- Carriacou, Admiralty Bay- Bequia. Rodney Bay-St. Lucia, Grande Anse, Fort de France and St. Pierre- Martinique, Prince Rupert Bay-Dominica, TerreD'Haut, Les Saintes and Deshaies- Guadaloupe, Jolly Harbour - Antigua and Simpson Bay- St. Maarten/St. Martin. More details at http://blog.mailasail.com/andromeda903799.We are looking forward to. read more...


Flomaida II - 6Uhr30 in Nuku Hiva- da brauchen wir nicht zu angeln
Flomaida II - 6Uhr30 in Nuku Hiva- da brauchen wir nicht zu angeln
Flomaida II - Wer ist schneller????
Flomaida II - Wer ist schneller????
Flomaida II - Good Bye Galapagos - Danke Gaby für die schöne Fotomontage!
Flomaida II - Good Bye Galapagos  - Danke Gaby für die schöne Fotomontage!
Flomaida II - Einfach zu schön, um wahr zu sein!
Flomaida II - Einfach zu schön, um wahr zu sein!
Flomaida II - Ist er nicht schön?????
Flomaida II - Ist er nicht schön?????
Flomaida II - Wer begleitet uns denn da?
Flomaida II - Wer begleitet uns denn da?
Flomaida II - Unglaublich schön.........
Flomaida II - Unglaublich schön.........
Flomaida II - Unglaubliche Farbspiele auf den Marquesas
Flomaida II - Unglaubliche Farbspiele auf den Marquesas
Flomaida II - Eines der letzten Paradiese......
Flomaida II - Eines der letzten Paradiese......
Flomaida II - Die Bilder können die Schönheit der Marquesas leider nur bedingt wiedergeben
Flomaida II - Die Bilder können die Schönheit der Marquesas leider nur bedingt wiedergeben
Flomaida II - Licht und Schatten auf Nuku Hiva
Flomaida II - Licht und Schatten auf Nuku Hiva
Flomaida II - So schön.........
Flomaida II - So schön.........
Flomaida II - Ein Hai auf Suche ...........
Flomaida II - Ein Hai auf Suche ...........
04/04/2014

Firefly - On passage to the Tuamotus

Our final day on Nuku Hiva was spent doing jobs, provisioning and attending a feast and celebration put on by the locals for the World ARC rally. We were adorned in flower garlands and head gear from palm fronds. A number of dances were performed, some very elegant and graceful others more dramatic and warrior like, in fact very moving. We again tasted the local delicacies; this is definitely not a low calorie rally.We have now said goodbye to mountains and waterfalls for a while and are heading South West to the flatter coral atolls and palm tree lined islands of the Archipelago des Tuamotos. These are still part of French Polynesia and probably even more remote than the Marquesas. Our passage is just under 500 miles and with a good Easterly breeze behind us of 20 knots should get there. read more...


Flomaida II - Der erste Abend wieder auf See
Flomaida II - Der erste Abend wieder auf See
Flomaida II - Der Fliegefisch am Morgen vor meinen Füßen im Cockpit!
Flomaida II - Der Fliegefisch am Morgen vor meinen Füßen im Cockpit!