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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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02/04/2017

Lexington - Hokule'a arrival

In the spirit of reviving their culture, a group at the University of Hawaii built a boat to be sailed like their Polynesian ancestors. The name of the original boat was HOKULE'A. It was launched around 1977. It has been sailed around the world. There are other similar boats doing the same thing. The boat landed in our bay where we were anchored. It has been to Nuka Hiva before. This is the original boat. There was a big greeting celebration with dancers, singers, native language speakers, schoolchildren and plenty of photographers. We understood a limited amount but got the picture. It was very interesting to absorb. You will have to look up more. I am sure I have not done it justice. I will try to do some photos. May fair winds fill your sails with cultural roots! Bob Crew of boat. read more...


02/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 1. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Nå er våren for alvor i gang der hjemme, og vi svetter oss gjennom dag etter dag. De har meldt væromslag her, så nå er snart regntida over, og det begynner vel å bli varmt. Vi synes jo vi har hatt det varmt lenge, svært lenge – helt siden Atlanterhavet! Vi har «tøffet av gårde» hele dagen. Svært lite vind i dag, og nå etter solnedgang ble det så stille at motoren måtte på. Vi har det ikke travelt, men det er fint å kunne lade opp litt, slik at kjøl og frys virker.Dagen har vært brukt til klesvask, hekling, matlaging osv. En hvil måtte til midt på dagen, for da var det så varmt at ingen av oss orket å gjøre noe. Vi kviknet til igjen utpå ettermiddagen, og da ble fisken filetert og vi kokte fiskekraft av resten. Etterpå ble det laget yoghurt. Det var det!#end. read more...


01/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 31. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det er ikke alltid like lett å forstå de som blir på ett sted i månedsvis når de har full anledning til å flytte på seg. Vi er nok skrudd slik sammen at vi må videre, og når dagen er der, er vi alltid klar for avreise. Slik var det også i dag! Vi hadde innstilt oss på at vi skulle inn og proviantere, deretter skulle vi dra mot Tuamotu. Vi hadde handleliste, og da vi hadde fått strøket det som stod på den, hadde vi bare noen grønnsaker igjen. De kjøpte vi på frukt og grønnsakmarkedet, leverte leiebilen og stakk innom fiskerne for å kjøpe en rosa fisk (kanskje en snapper). De har i alle fall hvitt kjøtt. Jeg ønsker meg litt variasjon i kosten!Tilbake i båten igjen, skyndte jeg meg å få isen i frysen, i tillegg til alt det som skulle avkjøles. Etterpå følte jeg meg dårlig, og drakk litt. read more...


01/04/2017

Lexington - 3/30/17. Nuka Hiva

We did a little work today, got a phone SIM card, bought some groceries, and cleaned the boat bottom. We went over to Chuck and Ann Johnson's boat for happy hour tonight. They have a very luxurious catamaran. We have helped each other throughout the trip. To get fuel here you have to drop your anchor out from a pier. You then back into the pier without hitting it and tie off; they pass a large fuel hose to you on a line. It is not that hard but the Johnsons only have two people on their boat so Sam and I went as extra hands. I will add some more photos: Catholic ChurchFlowers at the restaurant on our tour Jack, Karen and Sam at overlookRainbow tonight in the anchorage Crafts made out of bones and tusk . read more...


31/03/2017

Lexington - 3/30/17. Nuki Hiva tour

We went on a tour of Nuka Hiva today. Karen, Sam, Jack and I went on a driving tour across the island today. Jack is a 22 year old from Kent, Great Britain. We needed a fourth to do the tour so Jack was my guest so we could go. (His Mom reads my post; so if you are reading this, we are taking good care of your son. You have done a good job raising a real gentleman.) We went to Taipivai. This is the bay where Herman Melville stayed for a while. As always it was a beautiful bay. In the valley is Paeke, a beautiful archeological site with numerous stone tikis. The site was used as a meeting place for groups of people in the 1500's. They would meet for all kinds of purposes, including religious and political. We then went to Hatiheu, at the north of the island. This was the favorite bay of. read more...


31/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 30. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Først må svigermor og svigerfar gratulere sin første svigersønn, Stig André Torkelsen, med dagen! Vi prøvde å få tak i ham via telefon, men lyktes ikke å komme gjennom. Grunnen kan være at nå er her aldeles fullt med båter i bukta, og alle slåss om nettet. Nå får han det på trykk i bloggen i stedet!Vi leide bil i dag, og hadde med oss et skotsk ektepar. Kjørte rundt på øya, først i østre kant. Her er klimaet svært tropisk og grønt, med mye regn. Vi er nå i slutten av regntida, og luftfuktigheten er 100% og over. I dag har det ikke vært så verst. Det har vært overskyet vær, og ei regnbyge, og temperaturen har vært til å holde ut. Vi hadde formiddagskaffe med krydderkake (kapteinens spesial) og grapefrukt og sjokolade i ei nydelig lita bukt tilrettelagt for strandhugg. Damene dekorerte seg. read more...


31/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 29. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

… og pricegiving for Leg 4. Vi kommer nok ikke i betraktning for noen pris. Til det hadde vi altfor mange motortimer. Men vi skal delta i landsbyens festiviteter til ære for oss, kikke litt på håndverket deres, eventuelt kjøpe noe. Så skal vi på Skipper’s briefing, og deretter blir det prisutdeling og middag + underholdning av dansegruppe, omtrent sånn som på Hiva Oa.Nå, i etterkant, kan jeg bare stadfeste at omtrent slik ble det. Vi ble mottatt med perlekjeder laget av frø i svart, hvitt og rødt, og vi fikk grønne blader lagt om skuldrene. I tillegg hadde de laget mat til oss, oppskåret frukt, chips av brødfrukt, kaker laget av kokos, og ei frukt vi ikke kjente til. Det smakte virkelig godt. I tillegg hadde de grillet/stekt brødfrukt som de laget en deig av og la i kokosmelk etterpå.. read more...


31/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 29. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

I morgen tidlig, ……….. ble i båten til kl.14.00. Fruen måtte finne ut hvordan hun nå kunne fotografere, uten iPhone. Den ene etter den andre i reisefølget vårt dukket opp. Vi har flyttet litt på oss, så nå ligger vi omtrent midt i bukta, i håp om at der er mindre dønninger her.Vi dro inn til Taiohae for å se oss litt om. Det var et lite sted som minnet litt om Tau i størrelse. Matbutikken hadde ikke så bra utvalg som de har på Tau, det må jo poengteres. Jeg trengte litt mer plaster for alle småskadene jeg får om bord, men det var tydelig at de ikke klattet med slike småting. Her var det store, sterile kompresser og tape.På turistinformasjonen bestilte vi leiebil til den 30.mars, og så dro vi opp på hotellet sammen med våre tyske og sveitsiske venner. Det pøsregnet på den tida, så det var. read more...


Misto - Traditional dancing in Nuku Hiva
Misto - Traditional dancing in Nuku Hiva
Misto - Traditional dancing in Nuku Hiva
Misto - Traditional dancing in Nuku Hiva
31/03/2017

Misto - Day 83 Nuku Hiva, Taiohae and second place on Leg

After arriving the previous night in the rain, March 29 dawned bright and sunny and stayed that way!The program started at 2 pm and we were greeted with palm lais, necklaces of local seeds, singing and dancing.There was a tasting session of local food and a demonstration of how breadfruit is cooked in the fire, peeled, pounded to a consistency of thick mashed potato and then steeped in coconut milk - it was very tasty.There were demonstrations by local artisans of various crafts.Later in the afternoon we had an excellent briefing on the Tuamotos by Cameron and Cibele and then dinner and prize giving with entertainment.The local dinner dishes included local wild pig and goat which had been cooked for most of the day in palm leaves, many different presentations of banana and tuna in. read more...


Misto - Welcome in Taiohae
Misto - Welcome in Taiohae
Misto - Lunch at Hapatoni
Misto - Lunch at Hapatoni
Misto - Up the mast in the Pacific
Misto - Up the mast in the Pacific
30/03/2017

Misto - Days 77-82: The Amazing Marquesas

I'm not really sure where to start with this blog as the Marquesas have far surpassed expectations. The dramatic landscape with sheer, green vegetated cliffs falling into the ocean, the eerie archaeological sites and the amazing, friendly people have made this a true gem.From Hiva Oa we motored to Tahuata where we spent a night in each of three bays: Hanamoenoa (that I mentioned in the last blog), Vaitah and Hapatoni. In Vaitah we attended church on Sunday morning where the melodious Polynesian singing was most moving. In Hapatoni we anchored beneath towing cliffs and dinghied to the dock across the bay. Our dinghy motor played up and later we discovered that one of the spark plugs was causing the problem. The village folks greeted us with the same enthusiasm we had encountered elsewhere. read more...


30/03/2017

Hanna - Geschafft - Marquesas

Sa. 25.MärzDie Ziellinie liegt schon lange hinter uns und wir liegen mit Ausblick auf einen Palmenwald in einer schönen Bucht (Hanatefau Bay) auf der Insel Tahuata süd/südwest von Hiva Oa. Doch der Reihe nach… Am Montag, 20. März,  50nm vor dem Ziel haben wir tatsächlich noch einen sehr ordentlichen Tunfisch an Bord gezogen (ca. 1m!). Angeln kann auch anstrengend sein, aber nach ca. einer ½ h war das Prachtstück an Bord und nachdem die nicht unerhebliche „Schweinerei“ in Form von Fischblut beseitigt war landeten einige Kilo Tunfischsteak im Freezer und einige mundgerechte Happen für das Finish- Sashimi im Standby. Dann, Montag Abend 23:51h nach 3387sm und 19,5 Tagen auf See lag die Ziellinie hinter uns. Das Einlaufen in die recht gefüllte Bucht bei Dunkelheit haben wir gegen ein. read more...


29/03/2017

Lexington - Healthy Breakfast

I am sure I am not the most healthy diet person but at least I did well this morning. On our tour around Hiva Oa we (our guide) picked some pamplemousse which is a white grapefruit and some mangoes. Yesterday I had grapefruit for breakfast and this morning I had two mangoes. The mangoes were a little messy but I ate them in the cockpit over a drain. Any mess can be washed down the drain. May fair winds fill your sails with a healthy diet! Bob  . read more...


29/03/2017

Lexington - Nuka Hiva-Tiaohea Bay

We are anchored in Tiaohea Bay on the island of Nuka Hiva. This is the meeting up area before we take off for a period of free sailing in the rest of the South Pacific islands. There are about 2,500 inhabitants on the whole island and 1,500 in the town of Tiaohea. The bay is surrounded by hills and the town is along the coast line and the lower hills. I am sure there is a road out but it is not readily apparent. I will write a little more after exploring. Photos are of the bay. . read more...


29/03/2017

Misto - Days 72-77: The fish that got away, Hiva Oa and onward

I suddenly realized yesterday (March 24) that I had not posted a blog for days and certainly not since we arrived in Hiva Oa.The last few days of the passage were uneventful in most respects except for the fish!We caught a really good size Mahi which jumped the hook as we were trying to gaff it at the steps.It was very disappointing.Then, just after we had put a complete new reel of line on the rod we caught something small.Howard was reeling it in when a huge bill fish leapt out of the water and gobbled up whatever was on the line, lure and all and made off with our complete new line, which snapped once it had all been pulled off the reel.The size of this fish was enormous - probably 6-8' long.The winds were somewhat variable and we completed the trip with the main and gnenaker up,. read more...


29/03/2017

Lexington - Nuka Hiva

We are now in Nuka Hiva. This is another island in the Marquesas. It is in the northern portion. We will have a dinner tomorrow which is the World Arc prize giving dinner for the leg to the Marquesas. We are going out to dinner with Chuck and Anne from Exit Strategy. They just arrived in the anchorage. They are very nice. We have done several things with them. They have a great catamaran. They are from Florida. May fair winds fill your sails. Bob  . read more...


29/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 25. 26. og 27. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Når det blir slike hopp i bloggen vår, er det fordi lite har skjedd, ellerså er det fordi vi har hatt det så travelt at vi ikke har hatt hverken tideller anledning å forfatte noe. Denne gangen var det det siste.Vi gikk i land etter frokost, og Daniel kom inn samtidig med oss og hjalposs å dra opp dinghyen. Vi må ha den langt opp på land på grunn avtidevannet. Han tilbød seg å introdusere oss til befolkningen og vise ossstedet til fots, så vi gikk sammen. Vi utforsket ikke Hane, som vi ligger i,men gikk rett til den østre landsbyen. Tok mange fine bilder undervegs.I landsbyen vi kom til, gikk vi inn i butikken. Der fikk vi kontakt med noensom kunne være vår sjåfør og guide fra kl.14 og utover dagen. Vi ble førstguidet til en håndverksbutikk, og beundret alt det fine håndarbeidet delager. read more...