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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...


29/03/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 2: Shredded!

That's it.. Holly our spinnaker has given up and completely shredded!She was barely unrolled last night when she developed a critical split straight down the middle panel of the sail, which then essentially tore out the panel.We lost some to sea, but were able to get the rest rolled and dropped safely.The winds were in good range and the split was in the panel where all the repairs had been as well: unfortunately it looks like a weakness in that panel that has caused the decline of our dear Holly.We had put 2 reefs in the main to go with the spinnaker, and just rolled out the headsail to get by with.As it turned out, the wind picked up and we hit squall central, which had she been up would have been not so easy to deal with.Nothing crazy but up to 30 knots of wind with side on swell made. read more...


28/03/2017

Lexington - Lunch at Baie D'Hakahau

This is where we first anchored. We came in at night. One Arc boat was there, North. Another Arc boat came in the next morning. I think the name is Kymothe. They are three biologists from Sweden. They do cancer research. I will send a photo of the little restaurant bar where we had a very nice lunch of tuna, rice and a breadfruit casserole. It was very nice. It you want to try something different, see if you can find breadfruit and cook it like potatoes au gratin: breadfruit, onions, butter, cream and some sort of cheese. I was not smart enough to take a photo of it. Maybe add a little bacon. Our boat is the blue one in the bay. May fair winds fill your sails with an emptied bucket list! Bob  . read more...


28/03/2017

Lexington - 3/27/17. Baie D'Hakahetau , Oa Pou

We are in a very nice bay in the northeast portion of Oa Pou. The bay is called Hakahetau which is located at 9°. 21' south. 140°. 06' west. This is part of the Marquesas. We will meet up with everyone at Nuka Hiva which is north of here about 20 miles. The next place to meet up is Tahiti. We will have a lot of time to cruise island to atoll. An atoll is a very old volcano that has aged and collapsed on itself. This leaves a lagoon in the center and a reef on the outer edges. They are very low with only a few narrow spaces to get into the inside lagoon. I think the movie Blue Lagoon was filmed at an atoll. The atolls are difficult navigation. You are supposed to enter with the sun high in the sky or at least over your shoulder so you can visually look for coral heads. Once in the lagoon. read more...


28/03/2017

Lexington - 3/27/17. Hakahau Bay , Oa Pou island, Marquesas

We pulled into Hakahau Bay on the northeast aspect of the island of Oa Pou which is part of the Marquesas Islands. It is the capital of this island and has a few thousand inhabitants. The Bay has a nice breakwater. A breakwater is a manmade (usually ) spit of land projecting out into the bay to break the swell action that tends to come in a bay from miles and miles away, several hundred depending on where the wind is from and how long it has been blowing. We are going to go into the town and look around. We have heard that there is a nice little restaurant within walking distance. We also might take the usual drive tour around the island. We will probably go to another Bay this afternoon. The photo is of the town area at the end of the bay.  . read more...


27/03/2017

Lexington - 3/26/17. Headed to Next Island. TOO OLD

So today is my birthday. I am 68 years old which is probably a little too old to be doing this sort of thing. Now the big problem is that my wife encourages me. She also sends me birthday gifts. I am worried that she may want to keep me out here longer. She sent fishing lures so I might have a better chance of catching something to eat, scuba booties so I might find something to eat, and shirts and shorts so I do not go totally native. You never know what women are up to. On top of that I have a daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and grandson who may also want me at sea. All kidding aside, I have a lovely family  that takes pretty good care of me and corrects these posts before they go live and I say something politically not correct. I will send a photo of birthday. read more...


26/03/2017

Lexington - 3/26/17. Beautiful Sky

Could not resist sharing the morning sky and clouds! . read more...


26/03/2017

Lexington - 3/25/17. Hiva Oa. Last Night.

We are waiting to go out to dinner tonight at the hotel on the hill side above the anchorage. Tomorrow we will head out for other islands in the Marquesas. We have not decided for sure. We can do a short easy sail to Tahuata. Or a longer sail to Ua Poa about 60 miles away. We need to be in Nuka Hiva on the 29th for the next leg.  From there we will spend about 6 weeks going thru the rest of the islands and end up in Bora Bora. There is a lot more to it but I need to study more before I can do an intelligent post. I will post a photo of our anchorage. You might make out the hotel on the hill side. Bob  . read more...


26/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 24 - Landfall!

We had a busy night, not much sleep - lots of squalls, thunder and lightning - big cracks of fork lightning this time not just the distant flashes.Steve had me put the EPIRB, the Satphone, the ipad and the mobile VHF into the oven (in case of a strike).And of course sluicing rain, and wind, up to 30, 35 knots often from a different direction, so you'd be careering off in whatever direction it took you and gradually you would manage to reef the sails, gain control and organise to get back on course and the boat would be sailing lovely and making good progress, but then the wind would drop away, and then some more until you had to set more sail, just when it had lulled you into a false sense of security, bang the next one hit and you'd be off all over again.Daylight brought sunshine and. read more...


26/03/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 1: Exploring

Bonjour! Can't believe we have been here 3 days already.Its been a whirlwind of boat jobs, cleaning and re-stocking produce.The walk to town from the anchorage in Hiva Oa at about 40 minutes each way got the blood pumping in our legs again, although our muscles are objecting slightly to the exercise after 21 days of laps around 46 foot of catamaran!Great to explore town a little though and meet some local folk (all of whom have been incredibly friendly and forgiving of our french speaking attempts). Now we are off exploring the islands.We left Hiva Oa yesterday afternoon after some local lunch of tuna ceviche and baked bananas in coconut and hoisted the sails headed to Tahuata Island, just below Hiva Oa, about 15 miles. We anchored in a beautiful bay and had our first (blissful and very. read more...


25/03/2017

Lexington - 3/24/17. Hiva Oa , Marquesas Islands

We are anchored at Tahauka Bay on the island of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas. The adjacent town is Atuona. This is where we cleared into the Marquesas. We have done a little exploring. Today I joined some others who had arranged a taxi tour of the island. The other boat that had arranged the tour was Aurora with Ken and Eileen Swan, the owners. Ken is a retired chemical engineer who worked for drug companies with the chemical engineering that goes into drug manufacturing. He met Eileen while working in Ireland. He was staying at an Inn that Eileen's family ran. Today we drove from one end of the island to the other. A lot of the roadway was rough and we were in a fourwheel drive pickup truck in order to make the steep hills and switchbacks. The island is volcanic with fantastic cliffs and. read more...


25/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 24.. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Nå måtte jeg virkelig finne fram datamaskinen for å holde meg våken! Vi hadde nettopp inntatt en lapskaus av rester for å tømme kjøleskapet, og vi er på vei mot Ua Huka, ei naboøy til Nuku Hiva. På Nuku Hiva skal vi være om kvelden den 29. mars for å ta midlertidig avskjed med flåten vår. Deretter skal vi ha fri seiling i seks uker i Fransk Polynesia. Det betyr at vi nesten fra nå av bestemmer fart, tid og sted, og vi behøver ikke lenger rapportere om hvor vi er.Vi har altså satt kursen mot ei lita øy som heter Ua Huku. Mellom Hiva Oa og Tahuata, hadde vi delfinflokken helt for oss selv. De var rundt båten vår ganske lenge. Rundt på «baksiden» av Hiva Oa var det vindstille, og vi ble litt skuffet, for da måtte vi kanskje gå på motor helt til Ua Huka. Heldigvis tok vinden seg opp etter. read more...


24/03/2017

Lexington - 3/24/17. 9°. 48.4985 south. 130° 01.965' west. Hiva Oa at anchor

We got in last night in the dark of the night. We had good charts and the navigation lights were right on. With Mark, Sam and I all being very diligent we made each landmark as we slowly guided our way into the anchorage. The main navigation light was what is called a sector light. It is a light that shines out from the shore. It has lenses that only allow the light to go in sectors (imagine section of a pie). It also has lenses that color the light so that if you are coming in at the right angle then your path toward the light is clear and correct. We then found an area to anchor in. There were other boats that we had to avoid and it is a relatively small narrow anchorage. We put the anchor down, checked our position, put on anchor alarms (signal if you are moving too much), watched to. read more...


24/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 21.-22.. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi fortsatte å følge North helt inn til Hiva Oa. Jeg hadde før uttalt at Marquesas har jeg ingen forventninger til, så alt kan bare gå i positiv retning. Jeg visste det var høye, vulkanske øyer, fuktig og med mye vegetasjon og alt som følger med. I tillegg visste jeg at de har en del fluer som biter, og mygg selvfølgelig. At det var Hiva Oa som var det siste stedet det var kannibalisme, bekymret ikke så veldig. Vi oppdaget øygruppen ganske tidlig, siden de rager betydelig over vannflaten. Ettersom vi nærmet oss, registrerte vi også tegn på liv. Fugletettheten var det første vi så, og etter hvert la vi merke til aktiviteten i havflaten. Jeg oppdaget noen fine måkefugler med spisst, lyseblått nebb. Noen andre, brune suler forsøkte å lande på båten vår. Terje klarte å fotografere en av. read more...


24/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 23

So far.Big and confused sea meant slow progress over night.Daylight showed rain squalls approaching, but mostly haven't given too much wind and we need to make as much progress as we can.Spoke to Exit Strategy, she and Zeeland and Rainbow will finish today, which leaves just us, and Forget Me Not and Atla at sea, possibly TBC. Thought we would take advantage of a calm bit to siphon diesel from one of the jerry cans into the tank - then whoosh wind is up and boat charging along - it must have heard!. read more...



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