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16/04/2017

Timshel - Tuamotus Too

On Tuesday afternoon we moved to the S end of the Kauehi lagoon, along with Skyelark and Taistealai, well we let Skyelark go first figuring that if she made it OK with her deep keel we would be fine.And so it proved, the electronic charts seemed to be pretty accurate, rocks marked were there in the correct place.We could see the anchor touch down and set itself in sand in wonderful clear water, near little Motus (islands) with Palm tress and shallow passes through the reef, and no-one else around. Exactly what you expect from a wonderful Pacific island.We had a Sundowner party with a fire on the beach courtesy of Skyelark.The beach was alive with hermit crabs of various sizes, but so far no coconut crabs (apparently they are 2-3 ft across and nocturnal).We all decided to stay another day. read more...


15/04/2017

Lexington - Fakarava Diving

Sam and I continued with diving today. Sam did a lesson and I did a drift dive at the entrance to the atoll. In the entrance are small canyons that run in and out of the entrance. They time the dive for slack water (no current) and as the dive progresses the current carries you along as the water is going out or in. Fish gather in this area because the current is carrying other fish in or out that are the food for bigger fish. The dive operation is extra nice and not that busy. I have had the same dive master with me on each dive. The other divers are more experienced and need less supervision. My dive master sticks with me to make sure I am doing ok. I tend to breath too much and run low on air too soon. He will then let me use some of his air to keep from cutting the dive short. I did. read more...


15/04/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 7: Celebrations

Its a slow boat this morning... Jacks birthday was truly celebrated yesterday despite an early start to sail over to Kauei: Taromatahara to explore a new atoll. We left Fakarava by the South Pass and after a lot of motoring were able to sail most of the way here.We convoyed with Sumore and Owl who joined us for beer and a dinner feast celebration on board LD.The birthday boy had a banner, presents: including a rather impressive tash comb amongst other gifts from the guys on Owl who also brought balloons, beers (quite a few of those), swims (including an end of the night dunk), cake (with candles), trifle (well our best efforts of anyway), singing, a fab harmonica performance from Siebele and Stephen and some general chatting and having fun.All in all an excellent time had and hopefully a. read more...


15/04/2017

Yoda - The countdown begin's

Well 20 Days until we set off on another adventure!Lord help us….no really, please Lord help us or Neptune or Mother nature, who ever is listening really.Who knew a girl from the most land locked part of Canada would be even contemplating such an adventure, never mind actually doing a transatlantic!?A year and a half ago we set sail from Gibraltar to get across to the Caribbean with a pretty inexperienced crew, minus my husband and I of course and now it’s time to go back. We didn’t opt for the ARC on that journey as we thought we had something to proveby doing it on our own. Now with no crew we just think it makes sense and it will be nice to have a welcome committee to rejoice with when we arrive and some radio contact along the way. A few organised parties helps as well! mmm Rum. read more...


Yoda - The countdown begin's
Yoda - The countdown begin's
14/04/2017

Lexington - 4/12/17 Fakarava Atoll

We are now in Fakarava. The Tuamotu Archipelago is a string of atolls that stretch about 1,000 miles across the Pacific. There is a group of people called Paumotu that are the natives. These islands (atolls) are between the Marquesas Islands and the Society Islands. They are all part of French Polynesia. There are 76 islands but only about 30 are inhabited. Possibly the biggest fact on being inhabited is their size and do they have an entrance. Atolls have an outer barrier reef. If there is no significant break in the reef then you cannot get into the protected inner lagoon. Earlier the economy was based on fishing and copra production. Copra is coconut which has been opened and dried. The area is also known for black pearls which occurred naturally in the area but later a technique of. read more...


13/04/2017

Lexington - 4/12/17. Fakarava

We had a full day in Fakarava. I went to a dive shop early in the morning. I left the boat at about 7:15 to find the dive shop and arrange some diving. They had a dive arranged for 8 a.m. I quickly got things done and took the dinghy back to the boat so everyone else would have transportation while I was diving. The dive boat came by the boat to pick me up.I had originally been certified for open water diving way back in 1986. I had not done any diving for several years. We went on two dives. One was along a reef on the outside of the atoll and the other was in the channel during slack or near slack current. I was somewhat rusty. One of the dive masters was very kind and gave me personal attention. There were 4 other divers but they were all very experienced and had been diving with. read more...


12/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 11. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Airconditioningen var på i natt. Det var svært stille, og vindfangerne gjorde nok jobben sin, men når der er over 30 grader i sjøen, sier det seg selv at nattetemperaturen ikke synker så veldig.I dag har vi gitt vann til noen sveitsere. De har tømt den ene tanken vår nå, og har begynt på den neste. Vi må nok produsere nytt igjen, for det går mye vann. Tor og Terje har gått inn med dinghyen for å handle. Vi ble om bord for å steke ferdig et grovbrød, og blogge litt videre. Forskjellige omstendigheter gjør at bloggen ikke alltid kommer ut med en gang.Etter lunsj ombord, gikk vi i land og syklet. Terje hadde leid fire sykler uten gir, og vi dro først til et perleutsalg. Deretter gikk turen til en perlefarm om lag 8km sørover. Vi hadde ikke bestilt noe, men ble mottatt likevel. Fikk se. read more...


12/04/2017

Misto - Day 94: Phenomenal diving and snorkelling

Today Howard did a drift dive through the Passe Tamakohua in the south of Fakarava and Ros drift snorkeled in the pass with the dinghy. Howard was joined by Joe from Altair and Bill from Owl and Barbara and Jeff from Altair joined Ros. The water was crystal clear and it was like swimming in an aquarium.The variety of fish was breathtaking - including some sharks (who seem very content to leave everyone alone) and large grouper-like fish, down to tiny jewel-like fish in an endless variety of colors.Along the sides of the pass were walls of fish- we have both never seen anything like it.Ros enjoyed the snorkeling so much she went three times!-----At 4/9/2017 10:46 PM (utc) our position was 16°29.56'S 145°28.07'W. read more...


12/04/2017

Misto - Days 91-93: Fakarava

We entered through the Northern Passe Garue having about 2.7 knots of current with us and motored to the anchorage off Rotoava, the main village.We dropped the hook with a number of WARC boats in front of the beautiful church.We ate at the Rotoava Grill restaurant that night along with the crew of Sumore and Andrew from Laura Dawn.On Saturday April 8 we took our bikes ashore to explore a little.We encouraged the small jewelry store in the village to open, although she is usually closed on Saturday.The owner is also the jeweler and Ros now has a necklace and bracelet with black pearls to commemorate this visit. We found the Fakarava Yacht Services and Stephanie agreed to arrange a tour of a small pearl farm for that afternoon. It was a very interesting visit, and we learned how they seed. read more...


11/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 10. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det var en travel nattevakt. Vi fikk en del regnbyger og vind, og kapteinen kom raskt på banen for håndtering av storseilet. Ingen tør å røre det, for sikringen ryker hvis vi trykker på knappen mens det er press på seilet, derfor får han få ordne med det selv!Idet vi krysset innseilingen til Fakarava, ble vi vel mottatt av en stor flokk delfiner som lekte rundt båten. Loggen vår sier at vi ankret opp i landsbyen rundt kl.08. Vi la oss til mellom Atla og Sandvita, begge svenske båter. Eva og Peter på Atla, gikk straks i lettbåten sin og rodde over til oss. Det var stor gjensynsglede! De hadde med seg en pariserloff til oss. Da Sandvita så det, hoppet likeså godt Lasse (eller Lars, som han heter) i sjøen og svømte bort til oss. Deretter fulgte Karl, og til slutt kom også Anne svømmende.. read more...


11/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 9. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi holdt avtalen, og denne gangen var det mormoren som stilte med bil. Damene fikk sitte inni, og mennene måtte på lasteplanet. Det var en riktig fin, rød pickup.I kirken ble vi.ønsket velkommen, og alle kom og håndhilste på oss, i alle fall føltes det sånn. Dette var i Mormonkirken vi hadde vært og sett på tidligere, før Edel Marie og Tor kom. Vi ble plassert bakerst, og den unge damen satt ved siden av meg og tolket og forklarte hva som foregikk. Kirken var helt enkel og hvit, og helt uten bilder og symboler. Eneste dekorasjoner var blomsteroppsatser og kranser, ingen kors eller bilder. Bak talerstolen satt «presidentskapet» eller «de eldste» i menigheten. Vi hadde uttrykt at vi kun ønsket å være der en time. Hele arrangementet varte i 3 timer. Første del var presentasjon av opplegget,. read more...


11/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 8. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi var tidlig oppe, og så at frukt og grøntbåten allerede lå til kai. Fikk i oss frokost og klargjorde oss for landgang. Meningen var å være med på festen og basaren på kaien. Mens Terje gjorde klar dinghyen i halv åtte tida, hadde godsbåten takket for seg. Vi var for seine! Vi kom oss likevel i land, og ruslet bortover mot flyplassen. Da vi hadde gått rundt den svingen, kom en lastebil met et ektepar imot oss. De stoppet og lurte på hvor vi skulle og om de kunne kjøre oss. Vi skal motsatt vei, sa vi. Hopp opp på planet, så kjører vi dere. Alle fire kom seg oppå, og ble transportert nesten dit godsbåten lå. Vi takket for skyss, og kona fikk seg en klompelompeblomst til håret.Det var allerede fryktelig varmt, og vi tok snarvegen gjennom kirkegården. Det var ikke så lett, så ei nabodame. read more...


11/04/2017

Timshel - En route to Tuamotus

The Tuamotus are atolls where the original central island has completely sunk, leaving the fringing coral reef forming the lagoon.We set off from Ua Pou Tuesday lunchtime, got some wind once clear of the island.Some dolphins came to play.Wednesday rather variable winds - had to gybe several times as found ourselves heading in completely the wrong direction as wind changed, slow progress in light winds, becalmed a couple of times.By daylight Thursday got steadier wind, beam to broad reach and good progress.The morning SSB net has started again - thanks to Misto and Laura Dawn for organising, so we have heard from quite a few boats.Most seem to be on their way to Fakarava, as are we - this island was recommended by local guru Cameron.Apart from Aurora Polaris who seem to have arranged to. read more...


11/04/2017

Timshel - Tuamotus

We sighted land from about 25 miles away, maybe further than expected, visibility must have been good.As expected we saw low lying Palm trees and little islands.We had decided to make for Kauehi which was a bit closer than Fakarava, but even so no amount of calculation would get us there in time to go in that day.Once you are through the pass, you still have to cross 9 miles of lagoon to get to the anchorage on the other side and we were just too late to guarantee to get all the way in daylight.So we looked at the pass, then sailed on slowly, very small headsail only, for half the night then back for the other half.We had calculated (by times of moonrise and set and times given for a nearby island) that slack water at the pass would be 09.30.We actually went through a little early the. read more...


11/04/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 6: Swimming with the sharks

That's a lot of sharks.. alright not all big ones, mostly a few feet, but a lot!South Fakarava pass today was incredible.We managed 4 drift dives and about 3 hours in the water before we gave in to hunger and fatigue and headed back to the boat for corned beef sandwiches (feeling very British today).We must have seen over a hundred, probably more, mostly in groups and a few mooching about on their own. We did a shallow drift on the edge of the reef as well as the deep pass drifts, towing the dinghy with us like some sort of strange inflatable pet on its leash, and it was like an aquarium, amazing and full of fish everywhere, as well as bright and abundant corals. I can see why its known for its snorkeling, so grateful to be here and enjoying this amazing place, although thinking a nap. read more...


10/04/2017

Lexington - 4/10/17. Kauehi atoll

We are still anchored in Kauehi atoll just outside the village. We have been relatively lazy just enjoying the environment.Yesterday I got out my new hookah equipment. I bought a unit for the trip. Hookah is a name for surface based diving with some sort of compressor on a boat or floating on an inner tube. Since it was brand new it took a little time to get it set up. I wanted to make sure it seemed to work well. Everything went well in the setup and the little gas powered engine started easily.I am a certified scuba diver so I am not going off too half cocked. We tied the floating compressor to the boat at first. Everything seemed to be working well but I wanted a little more experience so I went over to an ARC boat that had arrived yesterday morning. They had mentioned that they. read more...


09/04/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 5: Tuamotos

Wow, what an opposite to the high peaks and ridges of the Marquesas.We arrived in Fakarava in the Tuamotos early on Thursday morning and came through the north pass in about 15 knots of wind and a slight ingoing current.The pass was a bit like Poole Harbour entrance on a choppy day, but we were through in no time and headed to the village to anchor, minding the coral heads that pop up along the way.The island is on coral and is just a few hundred feet wide strip lying in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, rising to the height of a palm tree.The atoll itself is miles long and a concrete road can take you down about 6 miles of it, creating a huge lagoon, and it seems crazy that so many people live here going about everyday life: I wasn't expecting cars, or an airstrip!Walking through from. read more...


Misto - View from our anchorage on Fakarava
Misto - View from our anchorage on Fakarava
Misto - Ancient tikis on Nuku Hiva
Misto - Ancient tikis on Nuku Hiva
Misto - Petroglyphs on Nuku Hiva
Misto - Petroglyphs on Nuku Hiva
Misto - Beautiful Nuku Hiva
Misto - Beautiful Nuku Hiva
08/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 7. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi sov sånn passe godt i natt! Hadde hengt opp wind-scoop på taklukene for ikke å kjøre aircondition hele natta. Jeg påstod at der ikke kom inn luft i det hele tatt, og måtte til slutt legge hodet mitt rett under takluka. Etter det må jeg ha sovnet, men vi var begge våkne flere ganger i løpet av natta, for det var varmt! Gjestene våre klarte seg veldig bra. De klaget i alle fall ikke!Etter frokost ble vi sittende lenge. Plutselig oppdaget Tor noe inne ved stranda. Hva er det som svømmer der? Det er vel noen fugler. Terje tok kikkerten. «Det er hai! GÅ AN!» Ingen trodde noe på det, for det er slik han holder på. Etter hvert måtte vi få låne kikkerten. Jovisst! Ikke bare en, men en hel familie! Og akkurat der vi hadde gått i land med dinghyen!Tor og Edel har vært uti og badet begge to, og. read more...


08/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 6. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi var på flyplassen kl.8.30. Da var det allerede mye folk samlet. Ikke lenge etter, startet brannbilen opp, luftet kanonen sin litt for å se om den virket, kjørte litt rundt, for så å komme tilbake for å parkere igjen. Jeg begynte å gjøre meg klar med kamera, for de hadde nevnt at flyet kunne komme rundt 9. Ingenting skjedde! En mann kom bort til oss og håndhilste. Han lurte på om vi hadde kjøpt billett, men vi svarte at vi skulle hente noen som kom med flyet. Så kom brannmannen og hilste på oss. Han skulle fortelle oss noe, men siden vi ikke snakket fransk, måtte han hente tolk. Tolken viste seg å være «naboen» vår i bukta vi ligger oppankret. Han hadde gravet ut ei lita strand til seg og familien, og det var der vi hadde funnet ut at det var fint å gå inn med dinghyen og dra den på. read more...


07/04/2017

Timshel - En route to Tuamotus

The Tuamotus are atolls where the original central island has completely sunk, leaving the fringing coral reef forming the lagoon.We set off from Ua Pou Tuesday lunchtime, got some wind once clear of the island.Some dolphins came to play.Wednesday rather variable winds - had to gybe several times as found ourselves heading in completely the wrong direction as wind changed, slow progress in light winds, becalmed a couple of times.By daylight Thursday got steadier wind, beam to broad reach and good progress.The morning SSB net has started again - thanks to Misto and Laura Dawn for organising, so we have heard from quite a few boats.Most seem to be on their way to Fakarava, as are we - this island was recommended by local guru Cameron.Apart from Aurora Polaris who seem to have arranged to. read more...


07/04/2017

Timshel - The Marquesas

Very green, very steep, scenic islands. At Hiva Oa we did a taxi tour round the island to see various Tiki, fruit collected along the way - Bananas, huge Pamplemousse, Mangoes, and a massive squash.One night at Is Tahuata, then on to Nuku Hiva, Baie de Taiohae for the fleet rendezvous.Very glad we managed to get there, we had the welcome to the village (sung), demonstrations of local costumes, crafts and foods, the briefing from Cameron and Cybele, then the dinner with local food and spectacular dancing.Did guided hike to waterfall from Daniels Bay with Misto, guide Jerry telling us about history and archaeological sites, moved to Baie de Controleur and Taipivai anchorage - as in Melville's novel Typee.Leaving Taiohoe we passed some massive Manta Rays. Then briefly to island of Ua. read more...


07/04/2017

Misto - Days 88-90: First sight of the Tuomotus

The days and nights of the passage have passed more quickly than anticipated - however not quickly enough to make Fakarava on Thursday afternoon. Rather than just slowing down too much we decided to make a detour and sail around Takaroa and so this northern-most atoll was our first sight of the Tuomotus.With a large, visible wreck on its north east end, this atoll was more densely vegetated than I expected. Takaroa has many pearl farms and the cruising guide indicates that cruisers are not particularly welcome, however one of the WARC boats had gone inside. We sailed past enjoying our first view of these low lying coral atolls.Then we sailed south south west between Takaroa and Takapoto towards Aratika and Fakarava.Once out of the lee of the atoll we settled onto a bumpy beam reach,. read more...


07/04/2017

Lexington - 3/7/17. 14°. 12' south. 143°. 43' west. Headed to Kauehi Atoll

"Robert: I will send photo of operating room to reassure you of your sojourne as one of those things most all would love to do. Each of us has a quest; most only dream. I so enjoy your trip – pics are awsome!! Keep up the muses, thoughts and considerations and words from the heart.! You are having a real ‘spiritual’ experience. Enjoy the freedom!!" The above is a note from a neurosurgeon I worked closely with, Bill Brooks. It is a very eloquent wishful statement. From that statement you know that he would want to be here on a boat doing the same thing. The irony of the situation is that his note was written at 2:30 a.m. I am writing this at 4:30 a.m. He probably just got out of the operating room from doing an emergency surgery. I am on my watch, 3:00-6:00, running the generator to. read more...


06/04/2017

Lexington - 4/5/17 Perfect Sunset

We are sailing along. We have had a few periods of light wind enough to turn on the engine but mostly 8-11 knots of wind on the port beam (left side coming perpendicular to our path). For the past hour or so we have had 10-11 knots moving us gently at 5 knots of boat speed with minimal wave action. The sunset was spectacular even though obscured by clouds. The clouds were lit with the fire of the sun. I will send a photo. This is as about as peaceful as you can get. You just have to lean back and relax. Enjoy Mother Nature's beauty. Good night. May fair winds fill your sails with sunset after sunset before your final sun sets! Bob. read more...


06/04/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob : 4/5/17. 11°. 47' south. 142° 18 ' west

So I was asked the question "Is the fee to join the World Arc worth it?" That is a tall question. I actually listened to a talk by Charlie Simon addressing the question. He has a book out called "QUICK START TO CIRCUMNAVIGATION ". He did the World Arc in 2015-2016 I think. My first thought is that all of this is expensive. Just having a boat is expensive. Fixing a boat up to circumnavigate adds a much greater height to the bar. The answer gets back to how much time do you have and how much money do you have. In general if you have enough money and want to do a circumnavigation with the least trouble then using World Cruising has value. They sell their services as concierge sailing. So far the two biggest factors were the Panama Canal and the Galapagos. From what I hear those two. read more...


06/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Nå er flyreisen ordnet, og vi ser fram til å treffe våre gode venner i morgen, torsdag. Det ble litt fram og tilbake, og diverse mennesker som hjalp oss. Blant annet var vi i internettkafeen til mormoner-tabernaklet. Det var imidlertid opplysninger fra kommunekontor/politi, som førte til at vi fikk vite at der skulle komme et fly fra Tahiti til Takaroa i morgen. Det skulle visstnok ha med seg en del skoleelever. Flyet lander først på Takaroa, så går det til Takapoto, og deretter kommer det hit igjen til Takaroa. Dermed får vi Edel og Tor direkte hit, og vi kan ta dinghyen bort på kaien til flyplassen. Flyplassen er i gangavstand herfra, men med så mye bagasje blir det enklere å ta lettbåten.Da alt var ordnet, var vi så lettet at vi kjøpte med oss litt å spise, og deretter syklet vi til. read more...


Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 5. April 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
05/04/2017

Lexington - 4/4/17. Always a hassle

Boats are always a hassle. They are much more complicated than your house. We have fancy batteries called AGM which is a sealed battery with a mat instead of a plate. We had an air conditioner installed in the aft berth to help cool the batteries so they charge better. The air conditioner does not seem to help enough so I took off a panel that opened the berth into the batteries and that has helped. We are trying to equalize the batteries which helps them last longer and perform better. The equalizing is going very slow. I have been at this for about 10 hours. Most of the time you would equalize at a dock with shorepower but we will not be at a dock for several weeks. Now just think about me when you flip the light switch in the morning. Only fools sail. A jet is the best way to cross an. read more...


05/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 4. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Javel! Så var vi her, da! Takaroa, naboøya til Takapoto, hvor gjestene har tenkt å lande på torsdag! Håper inderlig de leser bloggen, for vi klarer ikke å få tak i de. Der er flyplass her også. Vi har syklet forbi den i 17-18 tiden i dag. De har flyvninger lørdag og mandag, men det hjelper lite når vennene våre har satt seg fore å komme til den atollen vi ikke kan komme inn i. Vi sliter skikkelig med nettilgang, for ikke å snakke om 2G mobilnettet som de har her. Det nytter ikke å ringe eller sende meldinger. Terje fikk av gårde en mail vi håper de leser.Problemet vårt er hvordan vi skal klare å få dem fraktet ut av atollen de lander på. Der er ikke skyssbåt/båtforbindelse så langt vi vet ennå. Vår opsjon er å enten ankre opp og fortøye i et skipsvrak, for deretter å gå inn med dinghy –. read more...


05/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 3. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Ikke alle dager er like, og noen er likere enn andre dager. Fra å ha rimelig god seilas, til å befinne seg i den ene squallen etter den andre, og så få vinden fra alle himmelretninger, og ende opp med sørvestlig – sør – sørøstlig vind. Dette var vi ikke forberedt på! Noen hadde sagt at vi kom til å ha tradevind mot Tuamotu. I stedet har vi slitt med motvind og motstrøm den siste dagen, med ditto bevegelser i båten.Jeg hadde bestemt meg for å ha fisk til middag i dag, og var nesten ferdig med den. Jeg halvvegs lå oppå kjøkkenbenken for å få det til. Matlaging i 45 graders vinkel er ikke det enkleste, og da jeg kom opp i cockpiten med resultatet, ble det nevnt at MrLee var jo egentlig den riktige matretten i dag. Vi måtte benytte den høyeste delen av bordet, og potetene måtte deles i to. read more...


05/04/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 4: Sad to leave the Marquesas

Well we are now about halfway to the Tuamotos: a group of atolls in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It feels like we are heading to a secret hideaway!Quite exiting times, but equally sad as we loved the Marquesas Islands.Just an incredible place; from snorkeling off the headland in Hiva Oa, where we saw a huge Manta Ray, trekking through the rain forest to the waterfall in Nuku Hiva, hiking the ridge (and picking Pampelmousse with a local chap from his garden who gave us a lift) in Tahuata,and the incredible welcome that the local people have given us both formally and informally around the islands, its been an amazing experience.The welcome reception in Hiva Oa was awesome, an afternoon of traditional welcome music, song and food, with workshops for making traditional headdress and. read more...


04/04/2017

Misto - Days 84-87: Nuku Hiva

Friday March 31 was Carl's last day aboard Misto as he was staying at the Moana Nui Pension ashore for the last night.We had all planned to take a tour and hike to the Hakaui Waterfall and Valley but unfortunately Ros had picked up a gastro bug and was not well enough to go.Howard and Carl embarked on what was a beautiful but strenuous hike as much of the walk was on boulders, with a wonderful guide who shared his deep knowledge and love of the area.That evening we said goodbye to Carl.It had been great to have him aboard for the Pacific crossing and we were really pleased that he was able to enjoy the striking beauty of the Marquesas with us.Many thanks Carl, and also a big thank you for the beautiful parero that you kindly gave Ros - she will really enjoy wearing it.Saturday was spent. read more...


04/04/2017

Lexington - Another Long Run for Short Slide

Sam, Karen and I went for a long walk to a waterfall today at the end of Daniel's Bay. Other people had done it so we knew a little of what we were in for. The whole venture took us about 5 hours. We took the dinghy for a short ride to a beach around the corner from where we were anchored. The first of the walk was easy along a path or trail with a few Iittle huts along the path. Then we came upon Paul. He was the owner of the land where the water falls was located. Before there was never a charge but now he was charging 10$ per person. With that he gave us several pamplemousse (grapefruit), bananas, mangoes and limes. The walk was thru jungle along a muddy rocky path that was probably thousands of years old. There were old stone foundations and some tikis along the way. We finally got. read more...


04/04/2017

Lexington - Daniel's Bay, Nuki Hiva, Polynesia

We are in Daniels Bay which is just a little west of the first bay. There is a water falls that we may hike to depending on our vigor. It is about a 3 hour total adventure. We had Edwin and Brianna over for happy hour. Their boat is Zeeland. They are from Italy. They are a sail couple. It is interesting that she seems to be as avid in doing the World Arc as he is. To be more exact at one point he was a little discouraged and she was the one to push on and encourage him that it would get better. We had a lovely evening comparing notes and experiences. As we always find, they were charming people and very unassuming considering their experiences. They sail in the Mediterranean but bought their boat in the Adriatic. They sailed around Italy to bring it to their home port and begin. read more...


04/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 2. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

… og vi er over halvvegs til Takapoto i Tuamotu-øyene, hvor vi skal plukke opp Edel Marie og Tor Tveit Aanestad på torsdag. De lander på Tahiti, og flyr derfra til øya vi nå har kursen mot. Vi rusler i bedagelig tempo. Dagen i dag har vært vidunderlig! Vi har hatt overskyet vær, og stort sett gode seilforhold. Squallene har ligget ved siden av oss, eller bak, og skubbet oss av gårde. Vi har sluppet unna den voldsomme svettingen, og nå seiler jeg igjen i måneskinn, med rundt 5 knops fart og deilig temperatur. Vi har fylt opp begge vanntankene og føler oss veldig ajour. Generatoren har ikke vist varsellamper i dag.På denne turen er vi blitt kjent med to nye frukter. Soursop, og en jeg ikke kjenner navnet på. Den ser ut som et lite, grønt eple, som blir gult når det modnes. Det skal. read more...


03/04/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 3: The waterfall

We've had a very long day. We go up early, and left the boat at 8.30, and headed ashore with stephen, elezabet and cameron from sumore. We then trekked for about 2 hours up the valley along and ancient trail, to and enormous waterfall, the 5th biggest in the world. To get there we had to wade across the river a few times, which was good as it cooled us down alot. When we finally made it to the waterfall There was a small pool, with Some large boulders at the back. Once we swam across the pool and went under/around/over the boulders we found a larger pool, into which the water fell. There has been a lot of rain recently so there was a lot of water fall, 4 times as much as cameron had ever seen there. This didnt stop us and we still managed to swim nearly under it, in the cool water. Once. read more...


02/04/2017

Lexington - HOKULE'A , continuing the tradition

So here we are in Nuka Hiva as the HOKULE'A came into the bay. It has sailed around the world in traditional Polynesian style. We are sailing around the world with high technology and a significant ground support team from World Cruising. I could not resist making a comparison and to make photos. So here is my attempt to say we are trying to continue the tradition and be a part of the sailing community that respects the Polynesian heritage. The photo shows the HOKULE'A in the background and me in the foreground with our World Arc flag and our Lexington flag. . read more...


02/04/2017

Lexington - More Photos of Celebration

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