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...
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...
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...
Celebrate - Following the Wake of Solo Woman World Circumnavigator, Pat Henry!
I met Pat Henry at a neighbor's home in the Puerto Vallarta area of Mexico where she now lives.Pat is a delight and was awarded e Joshua Slocum Golden Circle for her solo circumnavigation.Also, my husband and I had read her book, "By the GRACE of the SEA" about her Around-the-World sailing trip.We were enthralled and found it quite helpful for ideas about our own planned circumnavigation. Pat made her first land fall in French Polynesia at Nuka Hiva, where we are now anchored having followed in her wake, and we have heard the nighttime drumbeats as if from the pages of Herman Melville's "Typee".As our World ARC Rally boat friends came into the bay we felt as Pat had, "reassured by the sight of familiar boats in foreign harbors". Our hat is off to you, Pat, and we can't wait to compare. read more...
Celebrate - Picture Perfect Polynesian Island Anchorage!
Hanamoenoa Bay has a beautiful beach with a lush tropical island view!It's paradise found!What a great place to relax and have fun after our long passage from the Galapagos.A few Rally boats were here NDS Darwin, Kathea and Hebe but have since left for Nuka Hiva.Chez Nous has arrived and we will "car pool" to the beach.With terrific French bread and some added raspberry jam from our friends, Don & Charlotte Lamp, who saw us off in St. Lucia and joined in Charlie's 60th birthday celebration, "life is very good"! Cathy. read more...