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15/05/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 36 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Saturday 12th May 2018 - Back to Bora BoraWoke at 0220 as I suddenly had a thought that I hadn't tied the dinghy on properly, then of course you have to get up to check. At last it had stopped raining and the wind had dropped considerably but it had left the dinghy literally half full of water - probably the equivalent of 6 inches of rain in a few hours. We were up again at 0700 and by 0715 we had the anchor up and were heading for the lagoon exit in 10 knots of wind from the NE, a favourable direction for this channel but even so there were quite large waves hitting us when we went through the narrow gap in the surf. The huge breaking surf waves 15m either side of us only go to demonstrate why this exit is impassable in a wind over tide situation. Even today one incoming wave put us. read more...


15/05/2018

Ngahue IV - Departure day -1

Departure day -1. Tomorrow we will leave this beautiful island with her very friendly people. Never met so many friendly inhabitants in a place...whatever they are or their position, an example for many other places!--Transmitted by Laura Braive using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


14/05/2018

Binkertoo - Limerick

Its 11 o'clock and the ARC Europe begins18 yachts have left the marina to joinUs on Binkertoo With our stalwart crewOf Taff, Peter and Ben, we're off on a run. Great Thatch Island we pass after an hourAnd turn to starboard for a further hourPast Jost van DykeThen another hikeTo head due north for Bermuda. Emerging from the shelter of the landWe meet the full force of the wind25 knots on the beamWith 8 foot high seasBouncing, pitching, rolling, we become subdued. We're flying along at an amazing paceWe swop to the jib on the inner stayMuttley to windwardNgahue to leeward It's hard to believe it's not a race. Whizzing north we're clocking up the miles While wishing we were full of smilesMeals cancelledEating abandonedPatching Taff's finger takes a whiles. Meanwhile clearing the soup from. read more...


13/05/2018

Firefly - SSB Net traffic

While we were net controller for the day on passage from the BVIs we asked the fleet to summarise their day in three words. Here are some of the responses ;Blond Moment ; English Afternoon TeaChat Eau Bleu; Where are the Fish ? (well4 words but who’s counting)Firefly ; Avacado just rightKhaleesi; Nine knot sailing,Spindrift; What’s for dinner?Zealand; Knife through butterDevona; Fishing for weed.and our favourite and winner of the prize;My Lady; Gintonic Ultimate SundownerHopefully more contributions on the next legPaul, Mike (just arrived) and Peter. read more...


Selkie - Bermuda
Selkie - Bermuda
13/05/2018

Selkie - Poem from Leg 1 Crossing to Bermuda from BVI

Poem written night of May 10, our last night, taking it slow to reach Bermuda at sunrise. “Moon Trail on the Water”The sea is quiet tonight, talkingonly with small curves. She calls meto walk the Moon trail promising a safety she cannot keep. Her Cheshiresmile teases me, makes fun of mewith an eerie laugh keeping secrets. Below the surface, they stare at me,the mermen, knowing my vulnerability. A curve of a wave threatens to swallow me, take me against my will, then decidesNo, I’ll save her for later. Clouds saunter inand the ocean goes black. More calls I hear, spirits, waiting and wonderingabout me. The stars, unglamorous tonight, peep through holes judging. Sails bang. The ocean whispers. Phosphorus lights in currents hit the hullsqueaking at. read more...


13/05/2018

Selkie - Leg 1: BVI to Bermuda

Written Monday May 7, 2018. Two days in. In the Middle of Nowhere is Everything. Who am I? As a mom and individual with my own desires I ask myself this question all the time. Today, seasickness left the crew and we had what could be called a normal/eye-opening experience. The waves come in huge swells that you are sure to consume you but don’t. Boats! Are incredible. To sail on natural wind across an expanse of such magnitude is mind boggling. Our ARC friends from VA, I’ve heard, are having a much harder time. If we stick East to the rum line, we think we will miss these storms approaching that they are engulfed in. All the weather reports of small 5 knot winds are very wrong. The ocean, our planet, is a water plant. Blue. Inside us and out. It’s volatile and consuming. It is in. read more...


12/05/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 35 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Thursday 10th May 2018 - MaupitiWe were up at 0600 to see Jean off, the Pamplemouse Queen. Who will slice up the pamplemouse now of a morning? One thing is for certain, my buttocks are aching this morning after yesterday's exertions!By 0700 we were heading out towards the exit channel and westwards towards Maupiti, the most west of the Society islands and reportedly the prettiest, with its various shades of blue waters and the fact that it is home to a Manta Ray breeding area, and extensive coral gardens. It was still raining, or in-between rain showers and what wind there was was on the nose so we motored the whole 30 miles. The entrance channel to Maupiti is both narrow and shallow but well marked. There were large breaking surf waves on either side as we tentatively made our way. read more...


12/05/2018

Firefly - Arrived in Bermuda

Firefly had a great sail over from the BVIs, it took 5 days and after a ‘little bumpy’ first night we settled into a good beam to broad reach for most of the trip with a little dead down wind under goose wing for the last evening as we approached Bermuda.Sailing with just the two of us got a little tiring at times but we coped and even managed ham omelettes for breakfast on our last morning sail in to St George’s.We were welcomed at the customs dock with a dark and stormy from Mark of WCC so we were soon in non sailing mode.The highlight of our first full day ashore was a trip to Hamilton and watching the World Match Racing Gold Cup at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Great racing and hospitality.Our third crew member Mike arrives tonight as get ourselves and Firefly prepared for departure. read more...


Blue Pearl - Bora Bora in the distance from Blue Pearl.
Blue Pearl - Bora Bora in the distance from Blue Pearl.
Blue Pearl - Blue Pearl at Huahine
Blue Pearl - Blue Pearl at Huahine
11/05/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 34 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Tuesday 8th May - Bora BoraAfter a wet and windy night, we upped anchor at 0715. The chain was laid across two or three coral bommies and we knew the way the chain snatched when we initially dropped anchor it was caught on something solid, and so it was. But our windlass is strong enough to break the anchor out of the coral heads and as each cracked as it gave way which was a shame, but this is a recognized anchorage spot. Mad Monkey the other day burnt his windlass out in the same location - expensive!As I said, it has been raining most of the night but this morning I was greeted by a bright rainbow over the Coral Gardens, and the wind had abated somewhat, in fact it had all but gone and we sailed off to the lagoon exit 2 miles south before heading off north west again towards Bora. read more...


09/05/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 33 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 68 Sunday 6 May 2018 - Taha'aAfter a quick dip we set off across the lagoon north to Taha'a the second island within the confines of the one barrier reef. We were heading for what we had been reported as the most beautiful bay in the French Polynesia's, Faaroa. We stopped en route as there is a spot identified in 'Charlies Charts' as having excellent snorkeling. We were a good way off the reef and it was fairly choppy, so it was quite a swim across, yet the water was clear and warm despite it being overcast. Unfortunately, when I eventuallyarrived there was little to see, only sand bottom so I turned around and swam back again. As the weather was a bit changeable we thought we would motor into the bay just to see what it was like and if it was worthy of us stopping. However, it was. read more...


08/05/2018

Firefly - Over half way to Bermuda

All is going well on board Firefly. After a brisk and bumpy departure fromthe BVIs we are now settled into a calmer sea, and 15 to 20k of wind from theESE. Its just Paul and Peter on board until Bermuda so more tiring than ournormal 3 man team for passages.We are really looking forward to Mike joining usso we can have more snooze time on the next leg.  Paul and Peter. read more...


06/05/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 32 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 65 Thursday 3rd May 2018 -Baie Faaroe, RaiateaWe dropped the mooring at 0800 and allowed Calisto, another ARC yacht whom had just arrived into the anchorage, to pick up our vacated buoy. We set off on a reciprocal course to our entry - it was still tight in places so had me on the bow on 'bommie watch' for an hour or so (and saw a small shark!), all the way back to Fare where we exited the lagoon and into the open ocean bound for Raiatea some 20 nm away to the west.There was no wind though, so we had to motor half way across before there was sufficient to sail, and then from in front of the beam so couldn't try out the repaired spinnaker that had been our intention. Raiatea does look inviting apart from the rain squalls we could see obscuring some of the peaks. We are heading for the. read more...


07/05/2018

Blue Pearl - Society Islands.

It's been a while since you last heard from Blue Pearl but rest assured, we are having a wonderful time in the Society Islands. I had told you last week that we left Tahiti on Monday and today, a week later, we are in Taha after visiting Huahine and Raiatea. Confusing, I know, but just get your maps out and you can figure out where we are. Our next stop has a more familiar name, Bora Bora, which is the last of the Society Islands that we will visit. It is also the last French Polynesian territory that we will be at.We have admired beautiful scenery, enjoyed wonderful meals and great restaurants, snorkeled in beautiful blue water, swamwith sharks (yes, not dolphins this time) while scuba diving and visited prominent local sites. One, the mecca of the Polynesian religion, on the Island of. read more...


07/05/2018

Ngahue IV - Trundling along nicely

The wind has shifted to the southeast, so we are now on a direct course for Bermuda. Only La Capitana is still in AIS range and there is very little other traffic around. We like our comfort on Ngahue IV so we are still well reefed and only trundling along at some 7 knots. That's more than enough for us though, especially with the sea-state that is still quite boisterous. So far only a single flying fish decided to land on board, though he was a pretty big one. Nothing much else to report: we hope to be in Bermuda for Friday.Fair winds until then!. read more...


06/05/2018

Ngahue IV - on our way to Bermuda

Yesterday, like a stern swimming instructor, Mark pushed us all into the deep end of the swimming pool. And thus 18 boats set off from Nanny Cay marina on the approx. 845 mile trip to Bermuda. Once passed Tortola and on a beam reach headed for Bermuda, the fleet quickly dispersed as the "speed boys" like Devona and Blonde Moment shot off to the north, and the slower boats took a little longer to get settled in. On Ngahue IV we had our bit of Shake, Rattle and Roll throughout the night and day, with windgusts up to approx. 29 knots. Today Sunday the wind has abated as has the seastate. We could do with a little more sunshine, but generally things are fine as we head on further northwards. For the first time since arriving in the Caribbean, we needed to put on an extra garment at nightto. read more...


03/05/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 31 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 63 Tuesday 1st May 2018 - Fare to Baie d'Avea, HuahineWent ashore for bread again around 0730 and took myself off for a jog whilst Dave and Wendy did the shopping; they were planning to have a coffee somewhere, but it transpired that it was a bank holiday here and everywhere was shut, other than the SuperU. There was a hive of activity outside the supermarket as there had been a supply ship arrive overnight which re-stocked the shop so there was a queue of locals waiting to stockpile supplies. We set off for a passage down the island inside the barrier reef to the Baie d'Avea, right on the southern tip. It is fairly well marked but there are a few shallow patches to watch out for and it is a bit of a slalom course. The route took us passed some gorgeous scenery: hills, cliffs and. read more...


IceBear - IMG_3596.JPG
IceBear - IMG_3596.JPG
03/05/2018

IceBear - Icebear goes to Teahupo,Surfing Billybong

Mother Nature made a cool way of making surf tunnels. The western side of Tahiti joins a southern swell at Chupo, also called Teahupo. Today was a gentle day and we filmed 2 Australian honeymooners surfing in this beautiful curl that creates a roiling circle after the wave breaks.. read more...


Selkie - A Moment with Thomas. Mara is smitten.
Selkie - A Moment with Thomas. Mara is smitten.
Selkie - My Birthday: from left to right (Tristan, Me, Mara, Rory, Lily)
Selkie - My Birthday: from left to right (Tristan, Me, Mara, Rory, Lily)
03/05/2018

Selkie - 3 days and 1 Year Older

3 days and a year older. There is something exciting and depressing about a birthday. The excitement mounts with the sleepless night before wondering what will happen, and depression sets in when it ends up just being another day. There is too much to do here for the ARC and in preparation for the crossing. We spent the morning doing laundry, buying beverages, and canned goods. Multiple trips in the hot sun. Workers on the boat make us feel unprepared. New problems arising make us feel defeated, so... a regular day, until... Beach Volleyball for the ARC. We didn’t play, but we sat on the stairs and cheered our new ARC friend, Thomas, on while we ate pizza. It looked like rain and I had dinner to cook, so we picked up to leave. The ARC stopped us and sang me happy birthday. There is. read more...


03/05/2018

Firefly - Getting prepared for the passage to Bermuda

We are now moored up at Nanny Cay BVIs after a great week of sailing Firefly up from Grenada. Paul and Peter flew to Prickly Bay , Grenada on Wednesday 25th April and after loading boat and crew with fuel took off the next day with a good Easterly breeze heading North via Chatham Island (Grenadines) Bequia (Grenadines) and Isle Saints (Guadeloupe) we did a couple of overnight passages to get back into the routine and between them enjoyed some good meals ashore. The next few days will be spent preparing Firefly for her trip home and a farewell celebrations with fellow rally mates.Our yellow brick tracker is now back in action so hope you can follow us.Paul and Peter. read more...


01/05/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 30 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 61 Sunday 29 April 2018 - Baie Moroe, TuahineA really peaceful night with the boat as steady as a rock, but awoke anyway at 0545 and watched the sunrise then went back to sleep for three hours! We are joined in our isolation this morning by an Australian boat from Melbourne who are on their final leg of a circumnavigation; they certainly looked practiced in dropping an anchor in deeper water. However, we didn't share their company for too long as we upped our own anchor after a swim and set off out of this bay bound for the next. Weighing of anchor was a bit of an unknown as we hadn't used the anchor warp on the windlass before but it came up perfectly, thank goodness as it was set too deep to retrieve it if it got stuck! We are off around the north west of the island to the main. read more...


Selkie - Meet Rory
Selkie - Meet Rory
Selkie - Meet Mara
Selkie - Meet Mara
07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


Selkie - Meet Lily
Selkie - Meet Lily
Selkie - Meet Tristan
Selkie - Meet Tristan
Selkie - Meet Nick and Maggie: Captain and Galley Goddess: Da! And Momma!
Selkie - Meet Nick and Maggie: Captain and Galley Goddess: Da! And Momma!
01/05/2018

Selkie - May 1: Introduction and Trip Preparation

Hello. S/V Selkie here. We are a Westerly 49, formally know as Laridae, and Happy Hippie. Our Captain, the Dad, the hard worker, the money maker, is Nick Hirt. My name is Maggie, the wife, the mom, the first mate, the galley goddess, the writer, the homeschool teacher. Our four children consist of: Tristan (11), the gamer, the babysitter, the Hobbit enthusiast; Lily (9), the animal lover, the diver, the baker; Mara (5), the singer, the dancer, the puzzler; and Rory (2), the rhino, the roarer, the one with the good hair. We grew up and learned to sail on the Great Lakes off of Holland, MI and Toledo, OH. Selkie checked into Slip M5, Nanny Cay yesterday! April 30, 2018. The get-to-know-you beach party was fun! Today, we made the boat shipshape and presentable for inspection, which we. read more...


29/04/2018

Mischief - More Mischief in the Making Log 29 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 59 Friday 27th April 2018 - En route HuahineWhen I eventually went to sleep last night, it was almost time to get up again, so it seemed anyway. At least the diggers had stopped scraping the road and the cruise ship had gone, so apart from the usual traffic noise it was relatively quiet. The sails were due to be delivered at 0800 this morning so Dave and I stayed on the boat as we'll need to hoist the Code 0 to roll it before we put it away. So 8 am came and went as did 9am, 10am, 11am and noon - no sign. I had to go ashore to do a couple of emails and returned by 2pm and still no sails. They eventually turned up after several chasers at 3pm and we were due off at 4 so very tight. Regardless, we couldn't leave straight away as Wendy was having her hair done; she had left the boat. read more...


29/04/2018

IceBear - IceBear arrives in Papeete,Tahiti

Well, it has been just about 4 months since we left St. Lucia, then to Santa Marta, Columbia, then to San Blas Islands, then to Shelter Bay, then to Panama Canal, then to La Playita, then Las Perlas, then to Galapagos, then to Marquesas, then to Tuamotus, then to Tahiti! Internet access has been awful but other boats have managed to blog and hold their stories until they get connectivity.Now, in Papeete, we are finally again in a city where yes, just like all busy cities, there is traffic congestion, pick pockets, and expensive everything.But there is also beauty, hoy weather, and delightful food! We are here for a sail drive seal and rigging fixes and to get a lesson on how to sail our new Parasailor from Germany!. read more...


29/04/2018

Ngahue IV - D-7: First encounter

This morning, while I was preparing breakfast, a singing “Hello” reached my ears from the pontoon… What a surprise: the “Yellow Shirt Team” in disguise! In their casual Sunday outfit. It took a fraction of second before I realised who theywere… They just came along to welcome us and give us our first information sheet. Nice to recognize some friendly ARC faces, even if in the surprise, I didn’t know who was from Las Palmas and who from Saint Lucia…Whatever, nice to be part of an ARC adventureagain! Tomorrow is the official opening of the Rally Office here at Nanny Cay, but there is already a nice flag proudly flying at the Hotel to announce the beginning of the festivities… Looking forward to this new chapter of our lives…Rendez-vous soon on this blog for further news!Have a great. read more...


Ngahue IV - D-7: First encounter
Ngahue IV - D-7: First encounter
29/04/2018

Blue Pearl - Tahiti

Finally a brief note from Blue Pearl again. We have been in the Taina marina in Tahiti since Monday afternoon and are planning to leave here tomorrow. This has been a work week. Boat maintenance, boat cleaning, provisioning etc. and no sight seeing. Just a couple of trips into Papeete, the main city in Tahiti. A bustling Polynesian city with lots of restaurants.We did go to a Polynesian dancing show at the nearby Meridian hotel including a beautiful buffet dinner. We were with our friends from Alora, a Hylas 56, owned by Steve and Linda who were the previous owners of our boat, Blue Pearl. Steve likes to say that he has two boats in the rally. I tried some Polynesian dancing and ended up with a "pain in the back".We also have a crew change. Adrian, our crew member from Switzerland , has. read more...


28/04/2018

Mischief - More Mischief in the Making Log 28 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 57 Wednesday 25th April 2018 - Taina marina to PapeeteIt rained hard during the night and it got really hot below decks with the hatches all closed up. I went on deck to get a breath of air and promptly sat in a puddle in my pants which did little to lighten the mood! During one squall the wind really picked up and was banging a halyard onto the mast so sleep was difficult to come by but the thought of securing it in the torrential rain was too much, so it remained noisy until the wind dropped again.To make up for yesterday the weather has turned out hot again today. Dave went to pay the bill for the marina and found that the garbage disposal charges were almost as much as the mooring itself and similarly the electricity - a really odd charging structure. The mooring chaps came to. read more...


26/04/2018

Mischief - Mischief in the Making Log 27 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 56 Tuesday 24th April 2018- Taina Marina Papeete, TahitiSet off early at 0645 from Cooks Bay towards Taina marina on Tahiti. It had been raining heavily during the night and into the early morning and we had a little lightning to boot. The rain had brought down some really murky water into the bay, which for some reason was really warm, much more so than usual. The anchor and chain were full of gloopy black mud so had to wash off the decks before it dried, not that it would have had much of a chance as the rain squalls are coming thick and fast this morning with no sun in prospect. It seems we have this weather for a couple of days at least according to the local forecast. We arrived at Taina fuel pontoon at 1030 in torrential rain, in fact it was raining so hard we couldn't take the. read more...


25/04/2018

Himmel - Blog #1

Himmel is finishing final preparations for the upcoming voyage to Europe. Our sea trial to practice all emergency procedures completed two weeks ago. Now it’s time to stock the boat with food, water, emergency gear and all of our sails. Can’t wait to leave our home dock on May 1. 2013 Gov Cup A 2135_reduced size. read more...


Himmel - Blog #1
Himmel -  Blog #1
La Capitana - Log Day Zero
La Capitana - Log Day Zero
24/04/2018

Mischief - Mischief in the Making Log 26 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 54 Sunday 22nd April 2018 - Cooks Bay, MooreaI was awoken again early morning by torrential rain hammering on the coach roof. There were cars with different coloured flags flying on the road this early - it is Presidential election day! They are doing the count today, so we should know the result later on which should be interesting regardless who wins, whether it be the Blues, the Reds or the Oranges. Regardless, the rain seems set in for the day and the surrounding hills are all covered in cloud but still stunning in different shades of grey, what you can see of them anyway. We are going to move the boat to the other end of the bay this morning should it stop raining for a while. By mid-morning it had cleared up sufficiently to make a move, indeed the sun came out and now it was. read more...


22/04/2018

Mischief - Mischief Making Log 25 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 52 Friday 20 April 2018 - Moorea, Passe de VaiareSat for hours blogging whilst the others went ashore for breakfast on a lovely sunny morning here. The guys were back by 1030 and we were about to slip lines when Jean spotted a most unwelcome passenger: a big cockroach had landed on the steering wheel and was scuttling about. Dave immediately jumped at it but it made an escape and shot into the port side cockpit locker which was frantically emptied. It re-appeared on the lid and this time Dave didn't miss, grabbed it and chucked it over the side to a great big sigh of relief all round. This is especially poignant as Air Power, the guys we had a beer with last night had reported that they have a major infestation of the blighters centered on their main bedroom cabin - they have air. read more...


20/04/2018

Blue Pearl - Moorea

So, Moorea is the Island with the most photographed bay in all of French Polynesia!And that's where we are "Baie d'Opunohu". A bay surrounded bymajestic mountain scenery and the location of many famous movies such as "South Pacific and "Bounty". When we woke up this morning , we saw the result of all this beauty and fame,a huge cruise ship obstructing our view to the ocean outside. That's progress for you.We arrived here yesterday after a 36 hour passage from Rangiroa in the Tuomotu's, also in French Polynesia. We didn't have much wind so we motored for about 24 hours, never as nice as sailing. Rangiroa was a delightful spot. We dove, relaxed and visited a pearl farm. If you have an opportunity visit a pearl farm, you'll be amazed at the complexity of the process. I thought you'd just. read more...


16/04/2018

Mischief - A certain amount of Mischief Log 24 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 47 Sunday 15th April 2018 - passage to Papeete, TahitiWoken up early this morning with the tide rushing around the boat, indeed didn't really get much sleep at all to be honest with the boat rolling and rocking about and waves slamming under the back of the boat. Still, the anchor had held as steady as a rock.We watched with interest as a charter catamaran went out of the entrance with full sail up at an hour and a half before slack water with the tide ripping out. Actually, they didn't have too much trouble so we were happy to attempt to retrieve our anchor around 0930 even though the tripping line had sunk again and Dave rightly didn't want to tangle it around the prop so I took in the chain entirely on the windlass with no engine propulsion just in case. The tide was running at 2. read more...


16/04/2018

Blue Pearl - Swimming with Dolphins

I know daughter Nicole will be quite jealous of me because this morning I swam with dolphins on the reef just outside Passe Tiputa which is the access to the Rangiroa atoll, the second largest in the world. We were scuba diving and it didn't take long for the dolphins to show up. They were the big grey variety similar to the ones we see off the east coast, not the small black ones that we have been seeing in the Pacific. In any case a big one to a liking to me and we played around for a while. I was allowed to touch her and we swam along together...! What a treat.Brita took some pictures and a video which I will share when I can.We had arrived at the Passe Tiputa early yesterday morning. Just when the ebb current was at its greatest, we measured it at 6.5 kts. In addition the wind of. read more...


16/04/2018

Mischief - A certain amount of Mischief Log 23 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 45 Friday 13 April 2018 - Avatoru Quay, RangiroaA very slow morning on the good ship Mischief - coffee, a quick swim and a sausage sandwich for breakfast and it was already 1030. We were expecting the 20km canoe race to pass by us at anchor by now but then noticed a flotilla of speed boats heading our way from the other anchorage by the Kia Ora Hotel accompanying a number of three-man canoes in full flow - the race was indeed coming! In seemingly no time at all the leading two boats were upon us with the guys in the yellow hats marginally ahead of the All Blacks but all over each other; if this had been the Oxford and Cambridge the umpire would have been having fits over his megaphone and waving his flag frantically in vain. They passed by our stern by 10 meters going twenty to the. read more...


13/04/2018

Mischief - Yet more Mischief making Log 22 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 43 Wednesday 11 April 2018- Rangiroa Passe de AvatoraA slow morning, late to rise (at 0700!) and a late breakfast of sausage sandwich. We welcomed the Austrian S/Y Christine into the anchorage, a lovely Sweden Yacht 45 who had news of a potential weather front coming through our area in the next day or two meaning we are in the best place for the duration - at anchor in a lagoon! Weather files suggest it will pass west and south of us predominantly and be clear before we leave on Saturday for Tahiti. As there is not too much ashore at this end of the atoll as decided yesterday we upped anchor and wandered slowly down to the second entry point into the lagoon, Passe de Avatora. We had fun erecting Wendy's hammock before going ashore to explore. We walked straight into a. read more...



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