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03/05/2017

Timshel - Moorea

Finally managed to tear ourselves away from Carrefour and the washing machines at the launderette on Monday, though getting fuel took rather longer than expected - Duty Free Fuel permit on ipad rather than paper did not seem to be acceptable and the guy did not seem to be v pleased to be serving a British boat.Eventually marina manager Phillipe (who is v nice) was summoned and sorted it all out (yes of course we have all the paperwork, look they are on the list - see all the boats with this flag are on the list ... in French to the guy).Anchored for the night at the head of Cooks Bay - fantastic scenery very green water and a perfectly peaceful calm night.Well there is the road but we ignored it.Now at E side of entrance to Baie d'Opunohu - nice swim lots of fish, also fantastic scenery. read more...


Misto - Arriving in beautiful Huahine
Misto - Arriving in beautiful Huahine
Misto - Cultural event on Moorea
Misto - Cultural event on Moorea
02/05/2017

Misto - Days 111-115: Moorea and Huahine

With our repairs as complete as possible we departed Marina Taina for Moorea. On the north of the island Cooks Bay and Opunohu bays are probably the most photographed bays in the South Pacific islands.We anchored behind the reef at the entrance to Opunohu bays.They are certainly both beautiful, although Cooks bay appeared a little more choppy and open to the wind.Our one surprise was the huge cruise liner Emerald Princess that was anchored in the bay when we arrived.Other large cruise liners arrived on successive days. We took our bikes to the dock at Papetoai village and set off to bike around the two bays.This was a rather optimistic objective and we eventually got around Opunohu bay and half way down the west side of Cooks bay before deciding to turn around.The total trip was about 20. read more...


02/05/2017

Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light

Sunday, April 30, 2017Supposed to get up at 5am, but didn’t sleep well and was awake at 4:14.Got up 4:40;Sally was awake too.I trimmed my beard, shaved with Sally’s leg razor, mine being packed away, and showered.Had sea bag already closed up and downstairs by the front door, along with my backpack-carry-on.Jeans, shoes, socks by front door, I was dressed and the taxicab-minivan was there.Two young guys, one quiet, going home at the end of his shift and one more talkative driver. Got to the airport (JFK) without incident, at the Delta International terminal.Checked bag after waiting maybe 15 minutes.The counter people were friendly.Headed for the gates, going through security where some people had to remove shoes, some didn’t.I didn’t.I walked, took a shuttle bus to terminal C, found the. read more...


Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light
Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light
Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light
Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light
Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light
Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light
01/05/2017

Lexington - 4/30/17 Sunday at Moorea

We had a very nice day today. I went for a walk for about 2 miles. I found a little restaurant that had free internet so I sent a bunch of photos that I had not sent before. Sam did another lesson for scuba. Alan just chilled out. He got a little extra sun yesterday. Karen swam around the boat a little and cleaned the water line. I took another fella from Skyelark to use my hookah for about an hour of diving. I found an octopus but I do not have a photo. I do not know why my camera did not work. There will be more opportunities. We finished off the day by meeting up with a few boat crews on the beach for a beer and a gab session and coming back to the boat for pasta. Tomorrow Sam and I will have two dives in the morning. Good night. May fair winds fill your sails with fun days! Bob. read more...


01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba photo: Well camouflaged fish

May fair winds fill your sails with beautiful nature!  Bob. read more...


01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba photo: Fish feeding

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba photo: Bright Yellow Fish

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba photo: shark

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba photo:: Eel in flashlight

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba photo: fish

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba photo: starfish

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Nuka Hiva traditional dance

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Great Meal!

Edwin and Bianca serving up an Italian meal on their boat Zeeland. read more...


01/05/2017

Lexington - Waterfall at Daniels Bay in Nuka Hiva

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Shark!

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Clam embedded in coral.

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Dinner at south end of Fakarava

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba diving

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Tahiti: flowers

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Big cruise ship in Opunohu Bay on Moorea

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Looking into Cook's Bay on Moorea

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Anchorage at Moorea

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Sail boat anchored off beach on Moorea

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Tahiti water falls

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: And another!

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Another beautiful flower

OK all you gardeners! What is this one?!. read more...


01/05/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Up the west coast of Tahiti

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Water Falls

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Pink Beauty

To all the flowers lovers out there? Can you identify this one?. read more...


01/05/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Water Lily

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: It's a Beauty

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Testing my balance on my short board

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: With Al at Water Falls

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Blow Hole

This is a blow hole on the east side of the island. Swells go in an opening, thru a small cave with a small connection to the outside that the air is forced out of.. read more...


01/05/2017

Taistealai - Loving the World ARC now in The society Islands

Here is a link to our blog and lots of photos . https://my.yb.tl/yblogtaistealai  . read more...


29/04/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 12: No more Tetley

Can we ever be happy again!?Backflips off the boat, snorkelling, whipping around in the dinghy, watermelon slices, cup a soups, super noodles, quiz's, afternoon beer and nuts (with the occasional olive) will never be the same! We saw Jack off at the airport last night, the start of his 24 hour journey back to the homeland.We were sat staring at the empty teacup this morning, that usually brews his morning Tetley tea.What can I say: Its been a blast, we will miss him. A huge thank you to Bob on Lexington for hosting a fab farewell party on the (superyacht: no less) dock Wednesday night to give a great send off to all the crew heading home, our quiz buddies: El and Stevie from Owl also going back on the same flight as Jack. Many of the fleet are in Tahiti, so it was great to see everyone. read more...


28/04/2017

Lexington - 4/28/17. Island Tour

Yesterday was Allan's first full day. We planned to rent a car and take ourselves on a tour of the island of Tahiti. I must compliment the island on very nicely done natural attractions. There is one road that goes all around the whole island. We had our trusty tourists map and went from mile marker to mile marker stopping at a lot of the marked attractions. Of course a lot of the attractions were waterfalls and botanicals At the south end of the island there is a beach where international surfing contests are held. Unfortunately the surf was down the day we went. It was still interesting to see the site and talk to a few people. There is a reef out from land that causes the big surf. As a swell approaches shallow water the size of the wave builds proportionally to the change in the. read more...


28/04/2017

Lexington - Tahiti

You have not heard from me for a few days. Our satellite phone is out of order. It is an interesting problem that took a good bit to figure out but it came down to the service was cut off because the credit card was refused. We have been using it for 5 months without any difficulty. Unfortunately we can not easily correct the problem because we have the service thru an individual that sold us the package and he has been very slow to respond to our problem. We will keep pestering him. For now we are buying internet wifi and using it while we are in the marina at Tahiti. We will try to get it straightened out before we leave here. Sam and I went scuba diving today. He did his lesson and I did a regular dive. I will go back tomorrow for a dive at a place named White Valley. It is supposed. read more...


28/04/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 11: Teahupoo

We rode the wave at Teahupoo!! Well kind of: we were on Coco's small taxi boat that took us to the edge of the wave, riding over the swell literally at the end of the reef and the wave.We managed to hit the only body-board competition this year being held and were so close we had competitors in the water next to the boat waiting to go out and coming in.Awesome,(and totally terrifying for the first couple of waves!). But Coco was an expert in getting us into position for a front row view of the action.Dougal and Val adopted us for the day on their drive around the island and we called in at the 3 cascades (incredible waterfall) and the blowhole in the north.The blowhole was great fun: so loud and so fierce, but only maybe a foot wide.The blast of air coming up, accompanied by a huge roar. read more...


27/04/2017

Misto - Days 107-110 At Marina Taina

The swell has created a rather uncomfortable situation at the marina but as we had no windlass we did not have an option of moving.Also we needed to be here for all the technicians coming to do various jobs.The generator has been repaired to the extent that we can without new parts - the exhaust hose was replaced and the raw water pump shaft cleaned but we need a new exhaust elbow as well as some other parts.Stephen from Sumore has kindly offered to bring them back from the U.K. - now we just need to get them ordered which is challenging with an 11 hour time difference between here and the U.K.The windlass now appears to be working - new bushes, a 100 amp breaker and wired into the house batteries - the latter two items per spec but not how Nautitech had done it!On Monday when we still. read more...


27/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 22.-25. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Dagen derpå ble fruene sittende i båten etter frokost. Da ble det litt blogging og kryssordløsing mens mennene fikset leiebil. De kom tilbake til lunsj, og etterpå pakket vi og dro til stranda. Et riktig fint uteområde var det, med parkeringsplass, park, kafeteria, toaletter, dusj og omkledningsrom. Vi fikk både badet og snorklet, og etterpå dro vi videre sørvestover. Stoppet ved noen fine grotter med fossefall og all slags nydelig vegetasjon.Vi tok for oss hele vestkysten, og nesten helt ned til neste lille halvøy. Var innom ei fin, svart sandstrand, og der var ungdommene samlet med uteaktiviteter både i vann og på land. Lette etter en restaurant, og fant en slags hamburger/pizzarestaurant som så grei ut. Der kjøpte vi en stor pizza. Fortsatte litt videre mot halvøya, men snudde ved et. read more...


24/04/2017

Timshel - Tahiti

Ah Tahiti - Pontoon, electricity, water, supermarket, shops, chandleries, cars, dual carriageway, bright lights, French baguettes - all good.Internet - not so good - and expensive (also phone calls home), can't have everything I guess.Arrived first thing Friday morning having drifted for several hours to wait for daylight, Just behind Lexington and Altair and closely followed by Aurora Polaris, Scallywag and Skyelark, marina were going crazy trying to berth everyone.In fact we were led to the end of a pontoon of small Sport fishers (stern to) and berthed alongside.Highly convenient, out of any swell and chop - guess there are some advantages in being relatively small.And one of the Fishers gave us some deliciousyellow fin tuna that they had just caught (and were dismembering on the. read more...


Misto - Lunch at La Plage de Maui
Misto - Lunch at La Plage de Maui
Misto - Pointe Venus light house - the only one in Tahiti
Misto - Pointe Venus light house - the only one in Tahiti
24/04/2017

Misto - Days 104-106: Tahiti and Howard’s Birthday

After a lumpy and rolly journey with rather variable wind that meant motor-sailing through the night to ensure that we would arrive in daylight, we arrived at Marina Taina at 15h30 on April 20.  Our first sight of Tahiti was of jagged mountain peaks thrusting into the clouds with squalls in the valleys and verdant greenery covering all the lower slopes that fell into the sea.  Really very dramatic!  Rounding the West side of the island you are in wind shadow and the wind dropped dramatically so that we had to motor.  We were moored on the outer concrete pontoon at Marina Taina which entails med mooring but then the marina staff dive and attach additional bow lines to blocks of concrete set in the sea bed.  Although it gets a little bumpy at times from passing. read more...