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19/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 100: A String of Pearls

It was another early start as we worked to untangle our anchor chain again, but this time lifting our anchor in order to move Paw Paw to another area in the anchorage thatgave us more swing room and allowed us to put our more chain. This,in preparation for some unpleasant weather forecasted to hit this area sometime tomorrow and last for a few days. With Paw Paw resettled we were off to shore to rent bicycles for a 24km bike ride that took us to the next village and the other major pass into the lagoon.The ride took us from one moto (Islet)to the next over a series of small bridges that link the motos of the atoll together like a string of pearls. A fitting analogy since the Tuamotos and the atolls that comprise this archipelago are famous for the black pearls that are farmed here.On our. read more...


19/04/2016

Lydia - Society Islands

There's not a whole heap to write about Tahiti. We spent two days at the marina in Papeete. The latter is a bustling but not especially interesting town. Everything seems to close down from about 4pm. The area around the market, which is lively during the day with several bars and restaurants, appears to be all locked up by nightfall. We had dinner on our first evening at the "roulottes", mobile restaurants on wheels which establish themselves on a square by the waterfront and offer mainly seafood; and at an indifferent bar/cafe on the second evening. So, having completed the various chores which drew us to Papeete in the first place, we left the marina and motored 13 miles in calm weather across to Cook's Bay in Moorea.It's a deep and spectacular bay, approached along a well-marked pass. read more...


18/04/2016

Hugur - Hugur signing in for Arc USA

Sitting here in Martiniqe prepairing our selfes for the next trip ,the trip back home to Iceland the Arc-tic.We have now been sailing since june 2014 from Croatia to Canaries thenthe ARC + in november 2014 to St Lucia and then the amazing World Arc2015-16 that we just finished a few days ago in St Lucia.Its been hard to say goodbye to those dear friends we have made on ourjourney around the world.But we have made a plan for our first Reunion in June next year inIceland and that is some comfort that we hope to see all of our WARCfriends there .Until then Sailing on Island hopping towards the BVI to meet with ARCUS friends old and new.Svanfriður &Kristófer on Hugur from Reykjavik.(picture taken from Makena underway S.Afrika to S.America last january)Makena-20160123_8513-2. read more...


Hugur - Hugur signing in for Arc USA
Hugur  - Hugur signing in for Arc USA
18/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 99: Reflecting on Two Years as Full-Time Cruisers

Since today was a rather blustery day weather-wise and being a Sunday, we decided to have a lazy day onboard. As things transpired though, it ended up a rather productive day and a day to reflect on two years as full-time cruisers.Since moving on to Paw Paw two years ago and sailing out of Oyster Pond, St Martin, we have sailed 8056NM, 5540NM of which have been since leaving Rodney Bay, St Lucia on 9th January this year with the World ARC. During that time we have had the good fortune of visiting / living in countless countries, had fabulous experiences and met wonderful people. Whatever the future holds, we have fond memories to treasure for a lifetime! Back to the present, we started the day with a delicious cooked breakfast, thanks to all the fresh produce we managed to buy. read more...


18/04/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 40. Fakarava, Southern Anchorage. 16.30.40S 145.27.38W

Saturday 17/4.A huge cruise ship arrived at breakfast time this morning and anchored in the main channel, so most of the WARC yachts that came up from the South left for Toau, the island to the North of Fakarava, and we up anchored just after Nina to head South.An interesting route down almost the centre of the lagoon, mostly very deep but with the odd 2 and 0.4 meter patches, the latter very visible, the former not seen.We arrived to find all the buoys taken, but 2 of the boats let us know that they were leaving shortly, leaving one buoy for Nina and one for us, very convenient.It was not a pleasant afternoon with a big fetch from the North where the wind was coming from and we had a refusal trying to get to one of the restaurants and had excellent chicken breasts on board. read more...


18/04/2016

Exody - Days 443-454: World ARC done- the family disperses!

Here I am with our departing crew at St Lucia’s Heewanora airport on Monday 11th April, this time I am headed home too for a family pitstop.  Marian is at the smaller Vigie airport boarding for Trinidad.  Here with two UK-bound flights carrying 600 odd folk leaving in two hours, it feels more a British motorway service station on the M1 than a Caribbean airport!  Sharp contrast to the last twenty one months of being boat and fleet bound, in the company of just ourselves or our immediate World ARC family of about forty people.World ARC wound up on Saturday 9th with a parade of sail from Marigot Harbour to cross the start/finish line in Rodney Bay.  We processed in length order so Exody was second in line.  Two behind us was Garlix chafing at the bit under. read more...


17/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 98: Grateful for the Simple Pleasures

With the wind being light and variable overnight we had swung in every direction and a cursory glance at our anchor chain raised suspicion about whether or not we were wrapped around coral heads. However, with the supply ship having arrived in the early hours of the morning, we decided our trip to the grocery stores was higher priority in order to try and get some fresh produce, so we headed to land.It's amazing just how grateful we have become of the small pleasures in life like finding fresh produce in a store.It was like Christmas - apples, potatoes, onions, celery, radishes, aubergines. Add freshly baked bread and croissants and we thought we'd died and gone to heaven!After paying for our rather expensive treasures, it was back to Paw Paw to investigate our chain and anchor more. read more...


17/04/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, 16th April, 2016

Position: 17.04N 61.53W Jolly Harbour, AntiguaDistance run from Rodney Bay, St Lucia: 218 logged milesWe set sail on Tuesday, 12th April for Antigua stopping overnight in Martinique, Dominica, Guadaloupe and then Antigua. We had planned our first stop in Fort de France, Martinique, but seeing it from a good distance completely inundated with rain and at the same time spotting a tiny little sunny anchorage opposite the bay of Fort de France, we decided to drop anchor there and leave first thing in the morning for a 62-mile run to Portsmouth in Dominica. A very light wind helped us on our way, but we could not achieve our minimum speed of 5 knots without the use of the engine. We weighed anchor at 05.30am and were on our way to Portsmouth, Prince Rupert Bay in Dominica, where we arrived at. read more...


17/04/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 39. Fakarava.

Wednesday, 13/4.A catch up morning with crew old and new giving the cockpit floor and deck between the boarding gates and the cockpit a really good clean.It doesn't matter how clean we think our feet are, they seem to leave dirt on the decks. The Skipper's wife is going nuts with trying to keep salt and dirt outside the living areas above and below decks.All fresh water on the boat since leaving Panama has come from the water maker or rain and there is plenty of demand for it, what with drinking, cooking, cleaning, showering, shaving, washing up and laundry.Coming from a country with plenty of water on tap and with electric pumps on board, it is easy to be profligate with it, another thing that gets the Skipper's Wife aerated!After all the boat jobs we explored the village and visited. read more...


16/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 97: A Glorious Start to the Day

After a great night sleep, but our body clocks still tuned to our watch schedule, we were both wide awake at dawn. As Elaine did her yoga on the foredeck,our early rise was rewarded with a glorious sunrise that reflected off the glass-like water.After breakfast we headed for land,if you can call the 1/4 of a mile strip between the Rangiroa lagoon and the Pacific Ocean "land". Regardless,we enjoyed a Polynesian band and dancers as well as a stroll around the village and a walk to the luxurious Hotel Kia Ora, where we enjoyed a morning grande café.Then it was back to Paw Paw for lunch and a snorkel of the reef just off our stern. By then an afternoon nap was in order, followed by sundowners as we watched the sunset.A perfect end to compliment the glorious start to the day.. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 97: A Glorious Start to the Day
Paw Paw - Log Day 97: A Glorious Start to the Day
Paw Paw - Log Day 97: A Glorious Start to the Day
Paw Paw - Log Day 97: A Glorious Start to the Day
15/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 96: We Made It

Since all the WARC yachts had headed to Fatarava, it was a lovely surprise to have Overseas Express hail us on the VHF radio early this morning en route from Ahe to Rangiroa and to chat to Widago who were in Rangiroa along with Kiwi Beanz, Heido 2.0 and Take Off.Having got some input from Widago on their transit of the pass, we inched forward to check out the situation for ourselves. At just after 1000 we entered the pass and made our way into the lagoon in flat seas, with 2.5 Kts of current with us.We couldn't have asked for better conditions and it was nothing compared to the many entries we have made into Oyster Pond, St Martin.What we discovered, as we anchored off the Kia Ora Hotel, was worth every inch of ocean we have travelled to get here. It is absolutely stunning! It epitomises. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 96: We Made It
Paw Paw - Log Day 96: We Made It
14/04/2016

Aliena - Tercer dia de vagancia en el Atolon Kauehi, 14 de abril de 2.016

Hola tripulacion, al habla el capitan.¿Que tal va todo por "tierra firme"?Nosotros estamos en el atolon de Kauehi, un sitio como los de las fotos, con aguas de color turquesa y palmeras. Es una pena que no esteis con nosotros. Nuestro Johan y la tripulacion del Giampi estan haciendo snorkel, aunque esta mañana nos ha pasado un frente con bastante viento y algo de lluvia. Se espera para los proximos dias una borrasca que va a pasar de NW a SE, pero espero que por el S de donde estamoa y pensamos estar, ya veremos.Al generador ya le arreglamos todos los "cables flojos" y ahora no tiene problemas electricos. Pero hace un par de semanas empezó a hacer de humo y olia dentro bastante y tambien vimos que tiraba humo negro por el colector del escape, bueno, realmente por la conexion entre el. read more...


14/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 95: Watch this Space

With less than 12 hours to go before making landfall at Rangiroa, it is fair to say that this passage seems more tiring and a little more stressful than our Pacific Ocean crossing.This may be because it's hot on the heels of a 3000NM voyage or the fact that we only have one opportunity to enter the anchorage area and,therefore, our arrival time is crucial. The Tuamotos archepeligo comprises a number of atolls which are essentially donut-shaped islands with surrounding reefs and a lagoon in the centre. There are passes through which yachts can gain access to the lagoons.These passes, however, have strong currents running through them as the lagoon floods and empties with the tidal changes.As such, one has to time one's arrival in order to transit during slack water, preferably with the. read more...


13/04/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 38. Fakarava.

Tuesday, 12/04.Instructions to watch keeper's overnight was keep going at 7 knots + which meant motor sailing all night with variable wind direction and speed.We managed to get and maintain an arrival time of approx 2.30pm and at 09.00 we were between Aratika and Kauehi, the latter just visible 10nm away.Perfect timing, well done the watch keepers.The crew entertained themselves this morning by making up another fishing line with a homemade lure made from a bottle top and empty crisp packet and a spare hook.It was just like nautical Blue Peter and it kept 4 people entertained for well over an hour. In the past, the Skipper has always made a huge fuss about having a fishing line on board and now he is the proud owner of a yacht trailing two long lines off the stern.It could be worse, they. read more...


13/04/2016

Lydia - Lydia at Rangiroa and on to Tahiti

Well, Nigel has left the ship after 3 months and 6000 miles, our thanks tohim for all his help and entertaining company.We spent a thoroughly agreeable 3 days in Rangiroa, a charming and colourfullittle community which effectively lives along a 6 mile strip of road. Thecircumference of the reef encompasses an area bigger than that of Tahiti,but it'smostly a string of atolls, or motus, separated by unbridged channels, onlytwo of which are navigable. The people are partly French, partly Chinese, mostlyPolynesian, all charming. Almost all the girls and ladies wear a flower intheir hair, over the starboard ear to indicate unattached, port ear toindicate married or commited. We swam and snorkelled in a pool of clear bluewater by the reef known as the aquarium . It's what its name. read more...


13/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 94: "Cooking Up a Storm"

Well, no sooner had the wind eventually turned to a more favourable direction for us to sail closer to our rhumb line,the squalls came up, so down came the "Chicken Chute"and on went the engines. An hour later it seemed safe enough, so up went the "Chicken Chute". An hour after that, the wind simply died. So, down came the "Chicken Chute"and on went the engines, again. All this during Elaine's off shift which resulted in very little sleep for her.By early morning the wind was howling, squalls were everywhere and we were flying along in 25 Kts of wind on headsail alone. By sunrise - nothing. The engines went back on and have stayed on since. Needless to say, Elaine slept the day away to catch up on lost sleep while Roy cooked up a few storms in the galley for lunch and for dinner.. read more...


12/04/2016

Two Fish - Day 93 - Greatest day ever

We awoke to Two Fish tugging strongly on her anchor chain in a 20 knot breeze, but fears of the Raroia anchorage being uncomfortable were put aside by a weather forecast predicting a lightening breeze throughout the day.We scrambled around the boat packing masks, fins, cameras, hats and sun cream.Our ride for the day was a local who was doing the island's first foray into the tourist trade. He currently works in the copra business and pearl farming but was convinced to try this new venture.We had paid in advance so that he could buy gas for his 19 foot wooden motor boat.The boat is spartan and lacks seats but our guide offered a rope for additional safety.All doubts of the need to hold on were shaken out of my body when we bashed into our first set of bone jarring waves.Gail was wincing. read more...


Two Fish - Day 93 - Greatest day ever
Two Fish - Day 93 - Greatest day ever
Two Fish - Day 93 - Greatest day ever
Two Fish - Day 93 - Greatest day ever
Two Fish - Day 93 - Greatest day ever
Two Fish - Day 93 - Greatest day ever
12/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 93: The One That Got Away

Today we sailed in relatively flat seas as the SE swell, which we have endured since leaving the Galapagos Islands, finally abated.Unfortunately, for the last 36 hours, the wind has been in the wrong direction pushing us more west rather than more south towards our destination.Tonight,however,although the winds are lighter, they have eventually turned NE per the forecast and we are now sailing a more direct route.We did have some excitement aboard earlier this evening when we saw whales off our starboard side.At that same moment Roy's fishing line stated to run out at a furious rate - He had hooked a huge Mahi Mahi. From what we could see, as it skipped over the water, it was at least 4 ft long. Alas though, it pulled the entire line off the rod and got away. Unfortunately, not only did. read more...


12/04/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 37. At sea, 14.03S 144.02W

Monday evening and 150 nm from Fakarava, with the iron topsail on and all the canvas we can carry at this point of sail up, hoping that we can get to the Island in time to enter the pass at sack water at about 15.38 tomorrow.We have spent a few hours researching the tides and reassuringly most of the sources seem to agree that low tide is about 16.00, with sack water just before.This has been a light weather passage with some cracking good sailing in the E or ENE winds, but slow progress with the NE winds.The GRIB files show less wind from now on so we are racing against time with sails up and motor on.So far we have set and unset the pole several times including in the middle of the night, making sure of using every breath of wind, but Alcedo does not have a good wardrobe for light,. read more...


12/04/2016

Two Fish - Experimental Tourists by Gail

When you hear "Kon-Tiki", you might have a vague memory of Thor Heyerdahl andhis misguided attempt to prove that the Polynesian peoples are descendants of trade wind travelers from South merica. DNA tests have since proven him wrong. We encountered Thor in Rapa Nui, where he raised the fallen Moas, and elevated himself to rock star status (pun intended), and in Fatu Hiva, where he instead angered the locals, perhaps with his self-importance, and was eventually driven from the island.His raft, propelled only by wind and oars, and launced from the West Coast of South America, eventually ended up on a lee shore in the Tuamotus. The Kon-Tiki crew were less enthusiastic about their arrival here than we were. Having successfully navigated the narrow pass at a less than optimal time, but with. read more...


Two Fish - Experimental Tourists by Gail
Two Fish - Experimental Tourists by Gail
Two Fish - Experimental Tourists by Gail
Two Fish - Experimental Tourists by Gail
12/04/2016

Aliena - Lunes 11 de Abril de 2016

4 dia navegacion Marquesas a ToamotusSeguimos a paso de tortuga con el fin de llegar el proximo amanecer y poder entrar en el atolon con la marea tranquila. Si hay algun protagonista en la travesia es el calor. El mar a ratos tiene olas grandes pero las sorteamos bien y el viento es flojo, lo que favorece nuestra marcha a 4 nudos para no llegar antes de tiempo a la entrada. Hoy me he dado la tercera ducha salada del viaje, me van a salir escamas||| Pese a las buenas condiciones la travesía se hace pesada, ya me paso la otra vez.Solo faltan 63nm.Carmen-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage in your response.Messages are sent over avery low-speed radio link. The most concise. read more...


12/04/2016

Two Fish - Day 90 - Mountains to the Atolls

Landfall in the Marquesas was, for us, the beginning of our exploration of exotic islands.The Galapagos had choreographed crowds and Las Perlas had Jet Skis, both of which killed any sense of blazing a new trail.The vivid green palette of the Marquesan hillsides, the exceptionally welcoming people and the dramatic hilltops created a memorable two weeks.Unlike earlier explorers, we chose to explore Nuku Hiva in a manual transmission pick-up truck.After no discussion, I was elected driver, despite not having driven a stick in years.We stopped many times for hikes and "discovered" Tikis and other ruins.On the windward side of the island we stopped in a small village with friendly residents, spending their Sunday body surfing.In the local church, we read the hymn book in Marquesan and. read more...


Two Fish - Day 90 - Mountains to the Atolls
Two Fish - Day  90 -  Mountains to the Atolls
Two Fish - Day 90 - Mountains to the Atolls
Two Fish - Day  90 -  Mountains to the Atolls
11/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 92: Heading for Pastures New

This morning we were up early to weigh anchor and set sail for Rangiroa, Tuamotos in the company of Barbara Jean and Belafonte who set sail at roughly the same time, but are heading for Fakarava, Tuamotos.We were the last of the WARC fleet to say goodbye to the beautiful islands of the Marquesas.It didn't take long for us to settle back into our sailing / watch routine and Roy enjoyed chattng on the SSB radio and catching up on the days sailing with the other yachts this evening while Elaine slept soundly.Tonight we sail under the brilliance of a moonless clear night sky heading for pastures new!. read more...


11/04/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 36. Nuku Hiva. 08.52.87S 140.05.80W

Wednesday, 6 April.We motored back to Taiohae after an early lunch and were lucky to find no one else at the fuel barge.There was Plenty of room to sort out the stern to anchoring (Med style) and with a fuel pipe long enough to reach both fillers easily. We had purchased a duty fee permit and so filled the tanks to the brim at duty free prices.Then it was Internet and chatting to the crews of the few WARC boats not yet on their way to the Tuamotu islands, including Nina, Paw Paw and Aliena.Plus, of course, making sure the boat was ready to receive tomorrow's guests.Thursday was shopping for the next three weeks.The supermarkets were good for frozen meat, long life milk, bread and eggs etc and we bought aubergines and pac choi for vegetables from the local market stalls.No potatoes, sweet. read more...


11/04/2016

Aliena - Domingo 10 Abril 2016

3 dia navegacion Marquesas a TuomotusLos atolones son las islas geologicamente mas viejas del Pacifico. Em su dia fueron islas volcanicas, como ahora las Marquesas, a las que les creció un anillo de coral alrededor a la vez que la montanya se hundía para dejar la laguna interior. Es un viaje pesado a pesar de ser la ruta cercana y con buenas condiciones. De momento a vela a buena marcha aunque con rizos a ratos para ajustarnos a la marcha de Giampi, al que no perdemos de vista,y entrar juntos al atolon Kauehi, al que de momento nos faltan 183nm y de no estar en la entrada manyana sobre las 14 horas, cambiara la marea ytendremos que poner proa a Fakarava.Carmen. read more...


10/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 91: Saving the Best for Last

Last night, as the katabatic winds swept down the mountains and over our anchorage,they carried with them the beautiful sounds of Maquesan singing from ashore, allowing us to drift off to sleep as if in a magical place.Today it was another early start in order to collect our hired car to do some sight-seeing. We started our tour heading east to the paepae called Koueve which is Taiihae's best preserved tohua. After the rains from the night before the trail leading to the archaeological site was rather muddy. We managed to keep our footing until the last 10 ft on the homeward stretch which Roy ceremoniously completed on his rear-end, fortunately, without injury. Next we headed towards Anaho, passing through the beautiful and most ferttle valley of Nuku Hiva, evident by the numerous. read more...


10/04/2016

Luna Quest - Sunday, 10th April, 2016

Position: 14.04N 60.57WRodney Bay St Lucia Distance run to Marigot Bay: 60 milesOn April 2nd we set sail at the crack of dawn for Marigot Bay in St Lucia, the last official rendezvous before Rodney Bay in St Lucia, where we started on January 10th, 2015. The idea of getting together in Marigot Bay was to organise a sail parade for April 9th with all our decorative international code flags up via Castries to Rodney Bay. The fleet of 14 boats was led by Luna Quest, the smallest boat, in reverse order of size. The last boat was a 64-ft Amel, owned by Germans, but flying the red ensign.Once in Rodney Bay at around noon, a reception had been organised on the pontoon with live percussion music, where copiousamounts of rhum were freely dispensed with plenty of nibbles. A prize-giving dinner was. read more...


09/04/2016

Lydia - Lydia's Blog 4-8 April 2016

Tuesday 4 April 16Another perfect day with the wind on our beam, gentle seas with a 10 knot ESE breeze wafting us to our destination on a course of 220 degrees. At 8.30 we furled the yankee and staysail and hoisted the big Crusing Shute which immediately increased our speed by over a knot. In mid morning we were called up by a friendly Chinese cargo ship (S.S. Hangjing Express) who passed some 8 miles astern and was just surprised to see a little yacht so far from home.Later we came across a Tuna boat but did not pass close enough to disturb his fishing. At noon our position was Lat 20'S Long 142d 20'W with a day's run of only 126 miles owing to light winds earlier. Before sunset at 17.30 we took down the Cruising shute and unfurled the yankee and staysail ready for night sailing. Once. read more...


10/04/2016

Aliena - Sabado 9 de abril 2016

2 dia navegacion Marquesas a ToamotusSalimos ayer a las 11h. de Bahia Taiahoe y le decimos adios a Nuku Hiva y Marquesas. Soy muy afortunada de haberlas conocido en este momento a punto de ser declaradas Patrimonio de la Unesco y antes de llenarse de hoteles y restaurantes para el "turismo ecologico". Se nos rompe en el camino el generador con lo que no podemos hacer agua. NOs toca ducha de agua salada. Viento y mar buenos y estamos en contacto con Giampi, tratando de ajustar la velocidad para la entrada al atolon Kauehi pasado manyana al medio dia. Hemos recorrido 148nm y nos quedan 356nm.Carmen. read more...


09/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 90: Oh, For the Simple Life

Today was a day for catching up on all our internet activities - Uploading a new article and our latest photographs to our website, sorting out our taxes, updating our banking, ensuring our medical coverage has been renewedas expected, catching up on Facebook,WhatsApp,Messenger, Email, - Oh for the simple life! It is astonishing just how reliant we have become on our electronic world. Sitting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, in one of the more isolated communities of the world, we were surrounded by cruisers and locals alike, all glued to our devices as if our lives depended on them.In reality they do unfortunately.Having a simple thing like a decent wifi connection is such a luxury and a lifesaver in this nautical world we occupy and is always a blessing when we can reconnect with. read more...


08/04/2016

Starblazer - 08/04/2016 - Highs and Lows!

The Tobago Cays were lovely and far less crowded than on our previous visits in January 2010.We saw quite a few turtles but, disappointingly, they were not in the protected zone.Whether they ate all the grass there or whether there is some other reason, we saw no grass in that area.Perhaps anchors are not the major culprit they are thought to be.On Baradel Island itself we spotted a couple of iguanas but not the very big one we saw last time.We went to explore Petit Bateau Island as we could see a structure from the boat.There was a covered area with BBQ paraphernalia, used by the boat boys for beach BBQs.On the northern side of the island, facing the narrow passage between Petit Bateau and Petit Rameau we found a couple of stalls selling BBQ Lobster or fish dinners so placed an order. read more...


08/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 89: Tattoo Time

This morning we left the beautiful Baie de Taioa for the main anchorage on Huku Hiva,Baie de Taiohae and we were pleasantly surprised to see some WARC yachts still around. Once we were settled, it was off to shore to drop off laundry, garbage, our propane gas bottle for refilling, book a car for our explorations on Saturday and make an appointment for our tattoos. After enjoyong a local lunch, it was tattoo time. However, Roy still had no idea what he wanted.Then a moment of brilliance - While drinking one of the local beers, Hinano, it hit him - He decided to have a tattoo of the beer can.Elaine, on the otherhand created a design that encapsulated some of wonderful memories experienced during this sailing adventure thus far - A seahorse she saw on her very first dive in Bonaire and. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 89: Tattoo Time
Paw Paw - Log Day 89: Tattoo Time
Paw Paw - Log Day 89: Tattoo Time
Paw Paw - Log Day 89: Tattoo Time
07/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 88: The "Garden of Eden"

After a very peaceful night sleep without any interruptions, we both woke up feeling refreshed and ready to face our 5 hour hike to the 3rd tallest waterfall in the world, but not before waving off Wishanger II,Nina and Do Over. With our picnic lunch packed we set off in the dinghy for our short trip up the river.En route we stopped by Alcedo of Ryme for a chat, before they too set sail for pastures new. Having secured the dinghy to a tree alongside the river bank,we started the hike through what felt like a walk in the "Garden of Eden". The vegetation, flowers,fruit trees,rivers, mountain streams and finally the waterfall was just spectacular. We enjoyed our picnic lunch beside a small brook on our way back, following which we stopped by the home of the family who had offered us lunch. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 88: The "Garden of Eden"
Paw Paw - Log Day 88: The
07/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 87: Goodbyes and Hellos

After a rather rough night due to a really heavy swell running straight into our anchorage in Baie d' Hakahau,on the island of Ua Poo, coupled with gusty winds,and having saidour goodbyes to Cattiva (Maria and Maurice) the previous night, we were up early and headed for Baie de Taioa on the island of Nuku Hiva. We had a lovely beam reach sail over and arrived just after lunch time.After stopping by Wishanger II (Claudine,Brian,Ben and Sam) and Nina (Lynda, Steve and the friends, Karen and Peter) to say hello,since we hadn't seen them since leaving Hiva Oa, it was back to Paw Paw for an well deserved afternoon nap.We also enjoyed a surprise "dinghy drive-by" visit from Do Over (Paula, Dan, Oriana and Ryan) after their hike to the waterfall, having previously said goodbye to them in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 87: Goodbyes and Hellos
Paw Paw - Log Day 87: Goodbyes and Hellos
07/04/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 35. Nuka Hiva. 08.55.09S 140.05.96W

Thursday, 31 March.A plan was made last night for a party of walkers, older ones that is, to walk to the local waterfall, except for Jane and the Skipper's wife, who elected to do the shorter walk to the Polynesian ruins above the village while also bird watching and visiting the village shop where Jane bought a pair of jellies.A lovely time was had by all including the mosquitoes, who were out in force at the ruins. Good anti mosquito strategies are essential in this part of the world.The afternoon's entertainment was trying to get Carango's outboard motor to work, with help of Ian from Zoom. Followed by swimming with the Manta Rays, which were doing summersaults in the water all around the boats and feeding on the surface plankton.Finding yourself face to face with a huge ray that has. read more...



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