Free & BrEasy - Pedro the Polar Bear
At 7am the boatyard (TechniMarine in Pappeete, Tahiti) was full of life. Hammers banging, machines screeching, men shouting and dogs barking. What a difference from our beloved Moorea. At 7.30 am precisely, straps were placed under Free & BrEasy and she was lifted out of the water and driven to a new temporary home in the boatyard by a Travel Lift. As well as checking out the rudder this was also an opportunity for a spring clean. We set about de-barnacle-ising, replacing zinc anodes, repainting the antifoul where it was beginning to bleb, removing the black tyre marks from docking in Papeete harbour, regrinding the fittings on the boom which were showing wear. In fact everything was going smoothly except the reason we were there - the rudder! The problem was that there was no. read more...
Andromeda of Plymouth - Party nights......well what else do we do when cruising?
Although we were some 850 miles away we thought we should join in the party spirit and have little Hawaian do ourselves with the shorts and the flowers and a little champagne courtesy of Marylin and Martin from Rocking Horse.They thought we needed cheering up after the latest round of challenges - thanks, it was lovely and Susan can report that champagne and two pain killers from Peg Leg's and you really don't feel much and sleep like a top. We hope you all had a great time and the party really rocked Andromeda certainly seemed to but maybe that was the bubbles.Lincoln came and looked at the gear box yesterday afternoon in the torrential rain and pronounced it in not bad condition. We have not damaged it too much and we should, hopefully, be able to leave in a few days after a few more. read more...
American Spirit II - Day 126; Crowded Clinic, Follie a Deux HUKA Day, Provisioning, Expenses and Dinner at the Yacht Club; Friday, May 9, 2014
6:30 AM up. Had to make it to the doctor's office by 7:30 AM before it got too crowded. Arrived at 7:25 AM and was already 5th in line. Actually ended up being 6th in line due to one 'line cutter.' Dr. Duval seemed pleased with the infection's regression, and said that it should be 'all better' by next week. I still have multiple abscesses, and when I asked him if he was going to lance any of them, he said no. I persuaded him to give me 2 more prescriptions for the antibiotics I was on, in the event I needed more for the current infection once I left Bora Bora. I'll see him one more time before leaving Bora Bora on Tuesday, May 13 to start the next leg of our journey. Once we leave Bora Bora, we're out of French Polynesia. And away from any sort of medical help until we get to Niue, an. read more...
American Spirit II - Day 125; Cleaned Boat Bottom, VE-Day Holiday, Changed Bandage, & TV and DVD Player Problems; Thursday, May 8, 2014
7:08 AM up. No doctor visit today. VE-Day, Victory in Europe Day. BIG French national holiday. During the 9:00 AM Rally broadcast the British boat Hebe reported that someone had climbed onto their boat around 3:00 AM. After seeing the boat's Captain, the intruder split at a high rate of speed on his skiff or dingy. French Polynesia had been crime free until we got to Bora Bora. Too bad. I'd be curious to know if thefts are occurring in the islands expensive hotels. If they are, and if clientele are being stolen from, then Bora Bora's charm as a vacation destination could be damaged severely. Breakfast consisted of eggs and chopped up chicken franks. Why chicken franks? Try buying beef franks in French Polynesia. I haven't found any yet. No Ball Park Franks here. Too bad. After breakfast. read more...