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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

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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

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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...


24/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 18.-21. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det ble ikkeno Toau, nei. Kapteinen avgjorde at vi ble der vi var. Vinden lå mellom 25-30 knop inne i atollen, og det pøsregnet innimellom. Da måtte vi finne på ting å gjøre innendørs. Kapteinen satt med symaskinen store deler av dagen. Kaptinnen bakte brød, og en fra crewet skiftet noen pumper inne på toalettet, mens øvrige crew var med i matlaging og oppvask. Etterpå måtte alle mann på dekk for å sette opp presenningen som kapteinen hadde fikset på, - og det i stiv kuling! Han måtte jo finne ut om alt fungerte som det skulle. I løpet av dagen kom Tulla Mhore innom og lurte på om vi trengte noe. Vi bad dem kjøpe grønnsaker og litt frukt dersom det var dukket opp noe på butikken, og samtidig bad vi dem til middag. De kom tilbake med grønnsaker, for frukt var ikke å oppdrive. Det var nok. read more...


Misto - Howard's Birthday at Marina Taina Tahiti
Misto - Howard's Birthday at Marina Taina Tahiti
21/04/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 10: Hussle and Bussle

Tahiti.....Despite being beautiful, its very busy (and we've only explored the marina so far), which is a far cry from what we have been used to in the Marquesas and Tuamotos. We had a very bumpy journey down, reaching 33 knots of wind and over 13 knots of boat speed when we surfed down waves, and arrived shortly before 1600. Unfortunately it was another fishless journey, hooking one fish that quickly decided that it didnt want our rubber squid and let go. What are we doing wrong?! We now look forward to a full nights sleep (bliss) before we head out to see what Tahiti has to offer, but not before a few rums soaked up with some seriously overdue mac n' cheese.17,35,04S 149,37,11W LD: Thursday 21st April 18.26. read more...


20/04/2017

Timshel - Off to Tahiti

After Fakarava (where it blew a lot from the W and was rather bouncy) we headed to Toau.Exited the Fakarava pass in a rain squall and arrived at the pass into Anse Amyot in another this time with 25 knots of wind as well.The Amiels, Shamal and Ashia, had overtaken us and went in first and Marcel was very kind to come over in his dinghy to help us get the buoy.It was rather alarming with the strong wind and the tide rushing past - but no rolling or sailing around the boat was completely steady (just the dinghy filled with water!).Sumore and Laura Dawn soon arrived then Misto the next morning.Unfortunately the weather - lashing rain and 25 knots plus of wind - did not allow us to fully appreciate the beautiful place nor could Cameron's friends Valentin and Gaston open their restaurant for. read more...


20/04/2017

Misto - Days 102-103 Toau

Tropical depression 19 brought endless hours of rain to the Tuomotus along with winds constantly in the 20-35 knot range. During one brief respite Joe, from Altair came to Misto and he and Howard opened up the windlass motor - it looked brand spanking new, not a trace of corrosion or problems were evident.However, we have discovered that the breaker is not appropriately rated for the windlass and the issue could in fact be, the breaker.We won't be able to check that theory out until we get to Tahiti.Having delayed our departure to Toau due to the windlass issues, we had hoped to depart around midnight on April 17, however when the alarm roused us and we climbed out of bed the wind was howling through the rigging and the driving rain was horizontal, so we returned to bed! Waking again at. read more...


20/04/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 9: Windy City

38 knots overnight... making it a windy city here in Taou.It didnt stop us exploring though yesterday and snorkelling (well attempting to anyway), and we found loads of crabs on the little island that was next to us in the anchorage.We took the dinghy over (sideways mostly), and Martin even finally got his haircut on the beach there.Tuna for dinner courtesy of Cameron and Siebeles catch on the way up from Kauehi, as our fish hunting wasn't so fruitful on LD!Shamal, Ashia, Misto and Timshel were also in, so we spent a happy couple of hours catching up with them ashore at the 'Happy hour' that Valentine and Gaston put on at their home/restaurant.Amazing people, fantastic place and we certainly hope to go back someday.An amazing sunrise this morning set us off on our way to Tahiti and it. read more...


18/04/2017

Lexington - Fakarava

We are on a mooring ball at the south end of Fakarava atoll. It has been a rainy, windy day. In the late afternoon it was not raining so we invited the adjacent boat over for coffee. They were a couple from Holland. They have done major sailing off and on all over. They bought their current boat in Florida. They are sailing it to Australia where they plan to sell it. They buy a boat for a journey and then sell it when they are through. They were an enjoyable couple to meet. She is a change consultant. She comes in to a company when they are making a major change like a new computer system and she coordinates the change. Interesting job. He described himself as a businessman. I think he invested in rental property. They seemed very knowledgeable about keeping a boat that was older. read more...


18/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 15.., 16. og 17. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det ble litt arbeid med å få opp ankeret om morgenen den 15.april. Hadde avtalt med «Tulla Mhore» at vi skulle seile sammen til Kuaehi rundt kl.8.30. Før det hadde kaptein og kaptinne vært på land og handlet. Butikken åpner kl.6 om morgenen. Til slutt lyktes vi, og da ankeret endelig kom til overflaten, hadde det en diger korall med seg. Tor gjorde seg klar til å hente den opp, men da kapteinen skulle løfte den ytterligere med ankervinsjen, glapp den og datt uti. «Tulla Mhore» strevde også med sitt anker, men klarte til slutt å komme seg løs. Vi satte kursen mot åpningen i korallrevet, og så de mørke skyene som hadde samlet seg. Etter hvert fikk vi regn og vind.Været fulgte oss helt til Kuaehi. Vi seilte mot landsbyen, og valgte å ankre opp utenfor kirken, siden vi hadde tenkt å gå dit. read more...


18/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 13. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Hai, hai, folkens – jeg bare sier det, så er det sagt! I dag har vi snorkletmed hai rundt omkring oss. Heldigvis var det mye annet fint å se også.Koraller i lilla, blått, grønt, rødt, gult, oransje. Fiskene var enda merfargerike. Noen hadde alle regnbuens farger, andre var blå, gule, røde,grønne og med flere fargekombinasjoner. Vi kjøpte/leide snorkelutstyr, gikkut i dinghyen og hoppet uti og svømte med dinghyen på slep. Var uti 1-2timer. Det er jo fantastisk, men jeg skal ikke skryte på meg at jeg ersteintøff. Jeg dunket stadig hodet borti dinghyen, med det resultatet at jegfikk vann inn i maska. Så ble det litt kaving for å få ut vannet før jegkunne dyppe hodet nedi igjen. Under oss svømte dykkerne, og jeg var igrunnen litt glad for at jeg var høyere oppe. Etter hvert ble vi tatt. read more...


18/04/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 8: Our last stop

Well we are underway to our last stop in the Tuamotos. We are en route to Toau for our last couple of days in this amazing place.Its been a whirlwind romp around the atolls and we've called in at Fakarava: village, south and south pass, Kauehi: village and pass, where we spent a very happy and slightly scary at times afternoon snorkeling the pass (the sharks are a little more inquisitive there!) and a fab evening on board Misto for dinner and a few drinks, an overnight stop in Raraka: where a very helpful local kindly showed us the way in through the narrowest and choppiest pass yet (we fully buried the trampoline underwater a couple of times getting out!), then back to Kauehi ready for the early start this morning; which was a little delayed due to our anchor chain being wrapped around. read more...


18/04/2017

Misto - Days 95-101: Kauehi and back to Fakarava

Kauehi is an easy day sail away and for us it was a boisterous close reach across from the south of Fakarava.We spent the first night by the village, Tearavero, a small settlement boasting two stores, a large Church and not really much else.The water near the village was not particularly clear when we were there and so we went to join Timshel, Tastelai and Skylark who were anchored in the south of the Atoll.this met my desire for a deserted dessert island-type anchorage.The small Motus in the south were populated only with palm trees and coconut crabs crushed coral beaches fringed each one.The other vessels left us the following day and we enjoyed a night of true isolation before meeting up with Sumore, Owl and Laura Dawn closer to the pass where we drift snorkelled and had a pot luck. read more...


17/04/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Rain

So the weather system that changed the wind the way we wanted also brought a fairly steady foggy rain. I am sitting under the dodger drinking my morning coffee while the others sleep in. The fella on the next boat is positioning a piece of canvas to try to catch water for his fresh water tanks. Unfortunately a little wind comes with rain. He was having some difficulty because the wind was getting under his canvas and making it convex instead of concave. It was a little fun to watch a totally naked person in the rain trying to control 450 square feet of canvas. We are blessed with a water maker. It is a mixed blessing since that is one more thing to learn about and maintain. We would have been hard up for water at the first of the trip since it rained very little. I suppose if we had. read more...


17/04/2017

Lexington - Big Fish

So I hear that Joe and Jack Barton are keeping up with my adventure. Their grandfather, Bob Barton, has a big world map that he helps them see where we are. I have a picture of a big fish I am sending them to put in their pond.  :) Joe and Jack, can you tell what the fish is that was swimming with me? Bob. read more...


17/04/2017

Lexington - South End Fakarava

We got to our anchorage area at the south end shortly after noon. We were able to pick up a mooring ball. I used my hookah and swam around the boat. The first thing I did was to retrieve the boat hook which we dropped overboard while picking up the mooring ball. I had to swim around a little to find it. As it sank it probably drifted to the side. Sam and Karen explored around and found a place to eat. It was a group dinner that they prepared for all their guests. It was very good. We had tuna, cheese, rice, a salad, noodles with a peanut sauce, beef and mixed vegetables and a fruit cup for dessert. They had several guests that were there diving. There were about 30 people in all. Most were from France. It was the typical boating adventure. It rained on us as we dinghied in. We landed our. read more...


17/04/2017

Lexington - Easter Sunday at the southern end of Fakavara

We came to the south end today hoping the the winds would change to the south which is more favorable. We are on a mooring ball so that is a little easier. I fired up my hookah and had a very pleasant dive in about 25 feet of water. There was a lot of dead coral but a good number of fish. A few sharks were swimming around. Sam and Karen are out exploring a little. There are four other boats here. I will send a couple of photos of the beach area. There are some huts on the beach. May fair winds fill your sails from the right direction! Bob. read more...


17/04/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 16°. 16' south. 145°. 32 west.

We are headed to the south end of Fakarava. It is supposed to be a beautiful site. It is the site of the old capital Tetamanu, which is largely abandoned now from what I read. I do know that there is a dive shop and a few places to eat so it is probably more alive than when the book was written. Sailing is largely weather-based. There is a weather system to our southwest that caused north and west winds instead of the usual south east trades. When you are picking an anchorage you generally want the land nearest you blocking the wind and the wind blowing you offshore. Part of this is because winds build with fetch. Fetch is the distance over the water that winds have an effect over. Time is also a factor. We are heading to this area in hopes that the wind will veer (change direction in a. read more...


16/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 14. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Før frokost, kl 7.15 dro vi nordover igjen. Denne gangen la vi oss rett utenfor wifi-en på øya. Nå har vi ikke hatt skikkelig nettverk siden San Cristobal på Galapagos, så kapteinen var ganske frustrert. Vi godtet oss over at vi var alene der, og at de andre ARC-båtene lå lenger inne mot landsbyen. Vi hadde ikke før lagt oss til, før den ene ARC-båten etter den andre elget seg innpå oss. Vi skyndte oss inn på kafeen for å være først til mølla med internettet. De andre slengte seg på, og vi fikk ikke være alene lenge. Vi måtte jo handle litt is og kaffe, og så var alle oppslukt av devicet sitt. Kapteinen fikk dermed ikke gjort det han var kommet for, så vi betalte og gikk videre til neste «internettkafe», som var yachtservice, der vi hadde leid sykler tidligere. Her fikk han endelig. read more...


16/04/2017

Aurora Polaris - 12. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Dagen for avreise sørover. Nå er det snorkling som gjelder, og jeg må bare venne meg til tanken på å snorkle med haier rundt oss. Terje og Tor dro inn for å handle frukt, og kom med en bærepose med appelsiner, pampelmousse (har’ke peiling på stavemåten, men de ligner grapefrukt, har ingen steiner og er søte) epler, smør og tomater. På turen sørover hadde vi fruktsalalat, müsli og yoghurt, og etterpå kaffe. Tor fikk i oppdrag å snurre kaffekverna, og var sånn passe fornøyd med det. Har dere fått en ny kaffeslusk? var kommentaren. Her må man slite for fornøyelsene, var svaret han fikk. «Søren, me glømte kagene» - da kaffen kom på bordet.Omtrent halvvegs gikk vi inntil revet igjen for å bade og snorkle litt. Det er som et eventyr. Hvit korallstrand, palmer og korallrev og turkis vann. Det. read more...


16/04/2017

Timshel - Tuamotus Too

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


15/04/2017

Lexington - Fakarava Diving

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



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