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06/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 117: Doing the Touristy Thing

Today was another day of doing the Touristy thing. After arranging a car and with a picnic lunch prepared by Elaine,Olga and Denis picked us up at the marina for our tour of the island.We started off driving clockwise around Tahiti Nui, the larger portion of the island. Our first stop was the lookout point at Tahara'a,then onto MatavaiBay where Samuel Wallis set foot upon Polynesian shores in 1767, followed by Venus Point, with the only lighthouse on Tahiti, built in 1867 by Robert Louis Stevensons' father. When we got to the Araahoaho Blowhole, which powerfully pushes air out and sprays seawater reminiscent of a geyser, we decided it was the perfect spot for our picnic lunch.With tummies full, we headed to the east coast, passing Bougainville's Anchorage where two French ships under the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 117: Doing the Touristy Thing
Paw Paw - Log Day 117: Doing the Touristy Thing
Paw Paw - Log Day 117: Doing the Touristy Thing
Paw Paw - Log Day 117: Doing the Touristy Thing
06/05/2016

Aliena - Jueves 5 de Mayo 2016

Desde el 24 de Abril hemos estado en Marina de Papeete, haciendo un poco de turismo, visita Oftalmologo y un mucho de reparaciones y puesta a punto del barco, lo normal. Hoy al medio dia hemos dejado Papete y ahora estamos al ancla en Moorea, enfrente a unas 15 nm. Adios a Tahiti Nui y Tahiti Iti, preciosa a pesar de estar entrando su capital en una decadencia que no se hacia donde la llevará, aunque aun le queda algo de glamour. Me queda el mal sabor de boca de haber pasado como una turista mas y no haber podido conectar con la gente local para preguntarles porque ya no quieren ser franceses y porque ya no dicen todos que son biznietos de Gauguin, como hace ocho años. Vamos a ver que pasa en otras islas. A pesar de todo es un lugar bendecido por la Naturaleza.Carmen. read more...


06/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 42. Tuesday, 3 May 2016. Papeete and Moorea. 17.30.22S 149.49.30W

A week has flown by since the last blog, where does the time go?On Wednesday 27 th we packed in as much sight seeing in Tahiti as can be done in one day with a hire car, including a walk up theFautaua Valley, but not as far as the waterfall as time did not allow. We did circumnavigated Tahiti Nui, but not Tahiti Iti and managed most of the coastal features in the guide book.The interior of the Island is steep and densely wooded, with masses of waterfalls and no doubt fabulous birds, but there are few roads of any sort and a guide would be essential.It is a really beautiful place, with the coral reef providinga fringe of calm waters leading to impressive surf. Inland there is the flat coastal strip where most of the population live and the dramatic, steep and craggy interior, intensely. read more...


05/05/2016

Lerina - Tortola - Les préparatifs

Nous sommes arrivés mardi midi et nous sommes mis sur une bouée dans la baie de Road Harbor pour faire les formalités de douane et de police. Je suis allé à terre avec Yves qui a bien patiemment garde l'annexe pendant que j'allais de bureau en bureau, remplissant mille formulaires, recueillant mille tampons et devant sortir 15 USD que je n'avais pas !Il m'a fallu trouver un distributeur de billets (qui fonctionne) et quinze litres de sueur plus tard, je pouvais arborer fièrement ma liasse de papiers et nos passeports dûment tamponnes.Nous nous sommes alors rendu à Nanny Cay, nous avons fait le plein de gasoil et Jean-Luc nous a brillamment inséré le bateau dans sa place (C7). Ce fut difficile car il n'y a guère plus de 15 mètres entre les bateaux et la sortie sera périlleuse aussi. Il. read more...


05/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 116: A Field Trip Full of Surprises

Yesterday we had a very enjoyable field trip to the city of Papeete. After catching a local bus, we met meet Olga and Denis at our chosen rendezvous and headed for morning coffee. Then it was down to some serious sight-seeing with Olga leading the charge and Denis navigating and directing. We had decided to do the "walking tour" which revealed a number of surprisingly lovely places.The tour commenced at the Notre Dame Cathedral of Papeete,with its stunning stainglass windows and beautiful flower arrangements in preparation for Ascension Thursday mass. From there we followed the route to the Aasemblee de la Polynesie Francaise with its beautiful Jardin de l'Assemblee and crafts fair, passing the Fresque de la Bounty, Maison de la reine Marau, Place Taraho'i and the Buste de Pouvanaa a. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 116: A Field Trip Full of Surprises
Paw Paw - Log Day 116: A Field Trip Full of Surprises
05/05/2016

Starblazer - Nanny Cay - BVI

There should be a blog or two around. Starblazer or WorldCruising Club.  Try ARC USA, they may have moved our posts from World ARC.Finally arrived in North Sound Virgin Gorda and entered and anchored under sail.  As usual the engine was overheating and being kept for emergencies.Now in Nanny Cay which is our ARC USA departure port on the 7th.Spent part of the last week and most of today chasing through the seawater cooling system.Impeller-good, impeller turns-good, heat exchanger blocked by impeller parts?-good, oil cooler blocked by impeller parts?-good, syphon stop blocked-good, pipework-good.  WTH??Give in and replace the water seal in the spare seawater pump.  Fitted spare and works well now with lots of cooling water.  I can only picture that on the other. read more...


05/05/2016

Hejira - R & R (running repairs)

The improved weather revealed the delights of the British Virgin Islands with the blue skies, steady wind and varied scenery between the islands. There was a huge density of yachts but nothing like the Solent on a summer weekend. We almost regretted bringing our arrival into Nanny Cay forward with the improved weather and, when we arrived, we definitely regretted our decision as the allocated berth had not been vacated and we were directed to a (very) short interim pontoon for the night. That said, we did at least fuel, check in with the ARC and pick up the diesel cans so, many thanks to Suzie for organising that.We have now transferred to our allocated berth and filled all our supplementary fuel cans en-route. Our preparations have continued but at a rather sedate pace as it is. read more...


05/05/2016

Hejira - BVI arrival

Dawn found us approaching Round Rock Passage as planned and we passed into Sir Francis Drake Channel between the main British Virgin Islands just as the heavens opened necessitating the donning of full wet weather gear for the first time since European waters. Unable to speak to the Customs on the phone, the marina assured us that it was perfectly acceptable to moor in the marina prior to ‘clearing in’. I didn’t get off on the right foot with customs as I was chastised for dripping on their dry counter and attitudes didn’t really improve after that. The on-line clearing forms that I had completed didn’t work because of a ‘technical glitch’ (again) so it was multiple forms which ended up rather soggy – because of dripping on their counter…….. Anyway, rather than the horrific costs. read more...


04/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 115: An Early Christmas

With Olga and Denis' arrival came an early Christmas - Yacht parts - We now have a working fridge and barbecue again. Next it'll be the installation of the watermaker pressure sensor and the propeller anodes. With that Paw Paw will be "whole" again.While Roy busied himself with those tasks,Elaine sorted through all the left over food that we still have on board from the provisioning we did for our Pacific Ocean crossing, checking expiry dates and updating the inventory.Aside from a few items needed, we're definitely not going to starve even if we never bought another thing between here and New Zealand - Not sure what we were thinking when we bought all this food!After a hard days work we headed ashore for Happy Hour and were joined by Nina andTake Off.We topped of the evening with drinks. read more...


03/05/2016

Lerina - Entre Guadeloupe et Tortola

Nous sommes partis hier vers 12h et sommes a mi-chemin entre Pointe a Pitre et Nanny Cay. Le vent est de 15-20 noeuds du sud-est et nous avancons à 6 noeuds de moyenne dans le 325 vers notre port d'arrivée; GV 1ris + artimon + genois 2 ris. Nous craignons les sautes de vent. Mer hachée. Ciel couvert. Avons vu des eclairs la nuit derniere. Tout va bien a bord.. read more...


03/05/2016

Exody - May 2nd - Countdown to ARC USA

Anchored in Long Bay, Virgin Gorda, we are sheltering from the persistent rain under a grey sky but pleased to have found a beach anchorage to ourselves in the BVI, the destination apparently most heavily populated in the world with charter boats! It is a delightful archipelago that I first visited briefly in 1980 when nearby Tortola was the agreed delivery/handover point for my first sailing yacht purchase. We now have just five days to go until the beginning of ARC USA.This will take us from here to Portsmouth, near Norfolk Virginia via Bermuda. Since completing World ARC on 9th April, just over three weeks ago, we both took time for flying family 'pitstops' to the UK and Trinidad respectively - quite a culture - (and for me a climate) -shock.Back on board Exody at Rodney Bay St Lucia. read more...


03/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 42. Toau and on to Tahiti. 17 32.43S 149 34.23W

We spent 2 lovely days in Toau, snorkelling, walking and enjoying good weather, treating the place very much as our own with the owners away and very few other boats in the anchorage.We did not see Nina again, so no entertaining, just much appreciated R and R. We then toyed with the idea of going to Apataki, but decided we would not have time to enjoy it before having to leave for Papeetefor the next aeroplane rendezvous.Instead, we decided to head for a Tahiti Iti and Port du Phaeton, which has the best anchorage.We should have been paying more attention to the weather!Saturday 23 to Monday 25 April.After a final snorkel and scrub of the improving but still dirty hull and waterline, we up anchored at about 16.30 and set off on a SW course for Port du Phaeton, motor sailing in a Force 2. read more...


03/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 114: "Smoking Something"

If anyone had told Elaine, Roy and Olga 35 years ago, when we first met each other at the Weather Bureau in South Africa or at Olga and Denis' wedding 27 years ago, that we would all be meeting up in Tahiti after Elaine and Roy had sailed across the Pacific Ocean, we would have said they were "smoking something".Today, however,after taking a bus to Le Meriden Resort, that is exactly what happened. We met Olga and Denis at the beautiful resort where they are staying and had a lovely day together.While lounging under the trees overlooking the beach and turquoise waters surrounding Tahiti, we caught up on all the news of our adventures since we last saw them in Grenada.It was only after a tasty lunch at a local passterie and on our bus ride back to our marina later this afternoon that it. read more...


02/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 113: Another Day of Unexpected Pleasures

Today was another day full of unexpected pleasures.Although Olga and Denis arrived late last night and we had originally planned to meet them at their hotel for brunch this morning, we realised a few days ago that it would not be possible as there is no public transportation that runs on a Sunday here and we, therefore, had to postpone our rendezvous until tomorrow. Instead, we ended up enjoying a fabulous Sunday brunch with our friends from Nina at the Pink Coconut,a restaurant right at the Marina Taina where we are moored. While serenaded by a local band,we enjoyed an array of food that was amazing and absolutely delicious, resulting in us all rolling out of the restaurant four hours later and heading to our respective yachts for an afternoon nap.What can we say - All that indulgence. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 113: Another Day of Unexpected Pleasures
Paw Paw - Log Day 113: Another Day of Unexpected Pleasures
Paw Paw - Log Day 113: Another Day of Unexpected Pleasures
Paw Paw - Log Day 113: Another Day of Unexpected Pleasures
01/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 111 & 112: Saying Goodbye

Yesterday and today have been rather quiet days for the first time in a long time.Elaine has been playing her saxophone and making phone calls to family and friends. Roy has been catching up on some repair jobs, specifically,having to lap the cones on the clutch of our starboard engine and replacing the wind generator controller.We did, however,have our peaceful morning interrupted when the apposing current and wind turned Paw Paw very close to the yacht on the mooring ball next to us,forcing our hand to move sooner rather than later.Of course,with only one engine, we couldn't move until the clutch was reassembled. No sooner had we settled on our new mooring ball, when we had to start saying our goodbyes to the yachts that departed today - Zoom, Into the Blue, Wishhanger II and Blue. read more...


01/05/2016

Starblazer - 01/05/2016 - Famous Last Words!

Sorry, this is a lot longer than intended.We did not pass Guadaloupe within 10 or 11 hours as previously guessed!It took us nearly 12 hours to reach the northern tip of Dominica, about 35 miles from our position at 0200.The first hour we averaged 6.9 knots, the second hour a little less, then the wind started to disappear.Our speed dropped until we were drifting at 1.8 knots.I steered while John laboured away in the engine room, coming up for a large glass of cold water at regular intervals.We eventually ran the engine for a few hours to charge the batteries before the overheat alarm went off.Problem still not solved!Our intended track was to turn north between Guadaloupe and Montserrat which would then give us a better angle on the wind for Sint Maarten.Following this route would have. read more...


01/05/2016

Lerina - Équipage complet !!

Ce soir Yves, Jean-Luc et Thierry ont débarqué à Pointe À Pitre ... Les organismes ont du mal a s'adapter à la chaleur. Un bon petit planteur et il semble que tout le monde soit près à dormir.Le renfort prévu sur l'étai n'a pas été installé aujourd'hui mais devrait l'être demain matin juste avant le depart. La partie va être rude : rendre la voiture de loc, faire le plein d'eau, payer la marina, rendre les clefs, gérer l'annexe enfin bref si on est partis a 10 h' ce sera un exploit !! Pascal. read more...


30/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 110: "Counting Our Chickens Before They Hatched"

Based on the order in which yachts crossed the finish line in the Marquesas and discounting those yachts that would receive a DNS (Did Not Start) status,since they had started well ahead ofthe official start time for the Leg, as well as the fact that most of the yachts in our division needed the duty free fuel permit to take on diesel on arrival and would, therefore, be penalised for motoring time, we had estimated that we were definitely in the running for 1st place for Leg 4. The only wildcard was Maeva Maris who had been gaining on us towards the end of the passage.As our excitement mounted, we got the opportunity to reconnect with many of the yachts we hadn't seen since leaving the Marquesas and enjoyed a cup of tea and cake on Nina, before heading off to the prize-giving ceremony. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 110: "Counting Our Chickens Before They Hatched"
Paw Paw - Log Day 110:
Paw Paw - Log Day 110: "Counting Our Chickens Before They Hatched"
Paw Paw - Log Day 110:
30/04/2016

Lerina - Les derniers préparatifs avant le départ pour Tortola

La journée a été consacrée à l'approvisionnement en me concentrant sur les denrées que nous aurons du mal à trouver lors de nos deux prochaines escales (conserves en particulier). Il me reste l'appro en fruits, légumes et produits frais que je ferai demain.La météo s'annonce bonne; il est prévu dimanche 15-20 nœuds de vent de Sud-Est a Est ce qui devrait nous offrir de bonnes conditions de navigation vers Tortola.Depuis une dizaine de jours, la Guadeloupe subit ce qu'on appelle ici une "brume de sable"; le ciel n'est pas vraiment bleu mais gris, tout envahi qu'il est par des poussières fines venues du Sahara !! L'atmosphère n'est pas bonne pour les personnes soufrant d'insuffisance respiratoire ou les asthmatiques. C'est comme à Lyon par fort vent de sud !! La pièce de renfort de l'étai. read more...


28/04/2016

Lerina - Les alizés reviennent à PaP

Aujourd'hui fut une belle journée bien ventée (rafales à plus de 20 nœuds dans la marina). Je respire. De nombreux bateaux sont partis et d'autre sont arrivés, preuve que le vent est revenu. Les manœuvres ont souvent été marquées par le bruit sec des pièces en inox qui s'entrechoquent et les injures venant du bateau qui subit l'assaut !! Du boulot pour les chaudronniers du coin !!LERINA est entouré de 2 plus petits bateaux (POGO 30 a droite et un MALBEC 360 a gauche) qui n'ont pas l'air de vouloir bouger .... Tant mieux !!A deux bateaux à gauche, il y a un class 40 qui a couru la transat en double. Une belle bête qui a fait une sortie hier et qui est rentré au port avec un bout engage dans l'hélice (son ecoute de spi en fait) et qui s'est empêtré les safrans dans les bouées. Chaud donc. read more...


28/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 108 & 109: "To Sail, or Not To Sail? - That is the Question"

While we sit on the trampoline, enjoying our sundowners and the setting sun behind Moorea, we are pleased with our decision, along with a number of other WARC yachts, not to join the rest of the fleet, the last of whom arrived today,in the Papeete Marina. Although it would be lovely to seefolks we haven't seen since leaving the Marquesas, we preferred not to look at the commercial dock or deal with the city traffic noise and pollution.We did, however, take the bus into Papeete yesterday to finalise our clearing in process and visit with some of the yachts that had already ariived, as well explore the city and enjoy lunch. We were disappointed to learn though, that the prize-giving for the longest leg of the circumnavigation was not going to include a dinner, but just a drink and. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 108 & 109: "To Sail, or Not To Sail? - That is the Question"
Paw Paw - Log Days 108 & 109:
27/04/2016

Allegro - 27 ABRIL 2016

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27/04/2016

Lerina - Les alizés reviennent .....

Il y a de nouveau du vent pendant la journée et le ciel est couvert. Les nuits restent très calmes et je goûte les bienfaits du ventilateur de la cabine !! Mes equipiers qui débarqueront samedi de métropole vont souffrir !!La révision du moteur a été faite et le mécano a decouvert un problème au niveau de la pompe à eau. Les roulements donnaient des signes de fatigue et au démontage le mécano a constate d'autres problèmes qu'il a pu résoudre heureusement. Comme notre vieux Perkins est un moteur appremment "rare", il a dû usiner une pièce et je me bénis encore d'avoir insister auprès de cet atelier pour faire la révision car autrement le problème n'aurait été ni détecté ni résolu au risque de tomber en panne au milieu de nulle part ..... Le desalinisateur fonctionne bien mais produit une. read more...


27/04/2016

Starblazer - 27/04/2016 - Rapidly becoming very frustrated!

First of all, I need to add three minor points to my previous blog.We were not the last World ARC boat to leave Rodney Bay; Exody expected to leave on Saturday afternoon, heading for Les Saintes off the south coast of Guadaloupe. On the way to Martinique John added a hook and wire leader to a new lure, dropped it in and within 10 minutes had a bite!He landed a beautiful 3.5 kg Mahi Mahi.I already had meat in the fridge which needed eating so we had Ceviche as a starter and the rest of the fillets went in the freezer.On the approach to Ste Anne the wind died so we started the engine.It quickly overheated so engine off, drift in roughly the right direction while John checks the fresh water reservoir.Sure enough, it was empty so once he refilled it we made our way to the anchorage.Tuesday. read more...


26/04/2016

Starblazer - 26/04/2016 - Playing catch-up

We eventually checked out from Rodney Bay, St. Lucia and untied ourselves from the marina at 1640 on Friday.A quick radio call to the marina informed us that the fuel dock closed at 1645 so we motored out into the bay to anchor for the night.By 0745 we were on our way back to the fuel dock, the third boat to tie up but, crucially, the only boat with clearance papers and thus the first in line for the duty free pump.EC€1.50 per litre or about 40p was fantastic!By 0830 we were away, heading for Ste Anne just outside the Cul-de-Sac du Marin on Martinique under Genoa alone.Martinique is really easy to clear in and out, without 'overtime' charges, whenever the marina office is open they charge €5 and you do it yourself on a computer.My only problem was finding the office because they have. read more...


26/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 107: Embracing Tahiti

Still in Watch Schedule mode we were both wide awake at sunrise, so we decided to start our reconnaissance early.First order of the day - Finding a boulangerie - Bingo - Deux grande cafe au lait, deux pain au chocolat, un croissant, un chaisson pomme - Delicious! Then we hit the Carrefour supermarket and we entered heaven! We have never been so excited to see a tomato or a green pepper, not to mention a lettuce or a decent steak. Needless to say, our mixed grill dinner of barbecued "melt in your mouth" New Zealand Angus Beef, New Zealand Lamb Chops,a fresh Green Saladand some GarlicBreadwas eaten in total silence, with the exception of a few blissful "uummms and aaahhs" from time to time. Of course, sad as this may seem, one of the other delights of the French islands is a decent. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 107: Embracing Tahiti
Paw Paw - Log Day 107: Embracing Tahiti
Paw Paw - Log Day 107: Embracing Tahiti
Paw Paw - Log Day 107: Embracing Tahiti
25/04/2016

Lerina - Panne d'alizés ?

Encore une journée très chaude .... Pas de vent ou presque ... J'ai du perdre plusieurs litres la nuit dernière !! Après le déjeuner, je suis allé sur la zone technique pour voir le mécanicien; je me suis ruer sur une glace (au citron bien sur) lors du voyage retour tant la chaleur était accablante.La coque a été nettoyée et les anodes sont En bon état n'ont donc pas été changées. Le desalinisateur a été contrôle: il fonctionne correctement, il me reste a changer les filtres. Il n'y a plus qu'à prendre soin du moteur.On est à moins de deux semaines du départ pour les Bermudes .... read more...


25/04/2016

Lydia - Rain and a gremlin

We didn't see as much of Huahine as we would have liked, but the rain was unrelenting. On Thursay morning we had a swim, did some shopping, had coffee at the"yacht club", and headed off for Raiatea. Not much wind, but dark clouds andlots of rain about. Five miles out, twenty miles from lay-up andmaintenance, the engine alarm burst ino life. That could mean oil pressureor engine temperature. The oil level has never given cause for concern, andwas last checked a few engine hours ago in Moorea. The temperature looked okon the guage. Inlet strainer checked, ok. The water pump felt hot despitethe guage. Impeller? Nothing for it but to return to Huahine, using sail asmuch as possible. Once there, I decided to change the impeller, which is apig of a job on this boat because of difficult. read more...


25/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 106: "Made It" in the "Nic of Time"

After a peaceful night sailing, we arrived in Tahiti at daybreak. Having gained permission from Papeete Port Control to enter the harbour and then transit the airport runway restriction zones (required because of the height of our mast), we made our way to the Taina Marina. We'll spend at least three weeks on one of their mooring balls while we enjoy spending time with Olga and Denis, who arrive a week today, as well as do some sightseeing. We did, however, make it in the "nic of time" as the heavens opened about an hour after we were settled and it hasn't stopped raining since. Unfortunately the beautiful clear turquoise water didn't last long either as mud and debris washed down from the nearby river.The pouring rain was a godsend though as Paw Paw got a great washdown and we took the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 106: "Made It" in the "Nic of Time"
Paw Paw - Log Day 106:
25/04/2016

Aliena - De Toamotus a Islas de la Sociedad (Tahiti)

Domingo 24 de Abril de 2016 Hemos vistos 3 atolones preciosos. El último Toau, donde vive la luna. Esta abandonado con alguna casa fantasma con enseres alrededor que dan idea de que alli han vivido, pero es precioso: el agua totalmente transparente, desde el fondeo dentro de la laguna se escucha el mar fuera, que rompe contra el arrecife y tiene los colores violaceos tipicos del Pacifico. Ayer decidimos cambiar el fondeo e ir afuera, a una de las entradas, Anse Amiot, en realidad una falsa entrada porque no hay suficiente fondo, donde hay una casa habitada por la unica pareja del atolón, pero se habían ido a Fakarava a una boda. Así me quede con las ganas de saber porque estaba abandonado Toau. Como mañana tenemos que estar en Tahití, decidimos seguir y a las 18h., pusimos rumbo a. read more...


25/04/2016

Aliena - Las Toamotus

Los atolones fueron conocidos como el Archipielago Peligroso por los navegantes europeos. Magallanes fue el primero que se atrevió a atravesarlos y entrar en un atolón en 1521, pese a que ya eran conocidos. Eran islas rasas hasta que en el siglo XIX los monjes evangelizadores plantaron cocoteros para el cultivo de la copra. Dada la cantidad de ostras tambien tuvo gran importancia la produccion de madreperla, hasta que aparecieron los botones de plástico. Hoy en dia sobreviven con dificultad de las perlas, pesca ,turismo y supongo que de Francia. Hay mucha especulación sobre el origen de la población y el mestizaje pacifico que ha habido hace mas dificil saber los origenes. La navegación sigue siendo complicada aunque las actuales cartas aereas facilitan mucho las cosas. En realidad son. read more...


24/04/2016

Lerina - A 8 jours du départ pour Tortola

Coco s'en va aujourd'hui pour la métropole et je vais me retrouver seul jusqu'à l'arrivée de mes équipiers. Nous avons passé 3 jours chez Olivier et Sophie sur Basse Terre et nous avons bien récupéré. Hier soir, nous étions avec eux à PaP à l'occasion de l'inauguration d'une exposition sur le thème "Je consomme, je crée" au Mémorial Act. On a fini la soirée au bistrot "La cane à sucre" (très bonne adresse !).Dans la marina, la chaleur et l'humidité, sans un souffle d'air, est parfois difficile à supporter. malgré les ventilateurs. J'envie parfois les bateaux climatisés ...mais je me dis aussi que la vie que j'aime sur un bateau doit être simple et aussi proche que possible de la nature et qu'un peu de rusticité ne nuit donc pas. J'ai vu des bateaux américains dont l'équipage, à la peau. read more...


24/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 105: "Land Ahoy" - Tahiti

Words to describe today would include: Quiet, slow, overcast, dull, hot, humid. Words to describe tonight would include: Peaceful, slow, clear, bright, cool, breezy. The highlight, however,was "land ahoy" at around 1700 - Tahiti,with her towering mountain peaks, was visible at roughly 60NM out - Stunning! Of course this created great excitement, not only on Paw Paw,but also on Into the Blue, who hadn't noticed until we hailed them on the VHF to let them know, since they were a few miles behind us. Tonight though, guided by a full moon, we inch very slowly towards land, but at least we don't have the engines running!. read more...


23/04/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 41. Fakarava and Toau. 15.48S 146.09.E

Monday, 19/4.We left the mooring at the southern anchorage at about 08.00 and set about retracing our course down the middle passage.Most of the boats used the "inshore"passage which on our electronic charts is marked as having a 2 m patch, but we discovered later that there is a minimum of 10 m throughout.Passage north was much faster than passage south, with Koza, another 17 m yacht sailing/motor sailing parallel with us but down the "inshore" passage and slightly faster.Koza arrived first and picked up the last buoy, so we anchored further north than before and nearer the buoys that Do Over, Barabara Jean and Belafonte were still on.As we had missed 2 opportunities for eating ashore we arranged, via Fakarava Stephanie, a pick up from the Snack Shack, not a great place if you want. read more...


23/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 104: An Abrupt End to Our Respite

Although we have sailed thousands of miles to get to this part of the world, we have been somewhat disappointed by the fact that,during this WARC "independent sailing time", we have been unable to linger longer in the various anchorages and become better acquainted with the islands and their people.The primary reason for this has been the weather.In the Marquesas Islands most of the anchorages were susceptible to a very uncomfortable swell and torrential rain showers which washed mud and debris down the rivers and into the anchorages. The few that were protected had very few residents and no services. All of which restricted our stay.Unfortunately the weather has, once again, dictated a premature departure and curtailed our stay in Rangiroa. Since we want to make the Tahiti Rendezvous in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 104: An Abrupt End to Our Respite
Paw Paw - Log Day 104: An Abrupt End to Our Respite
22/04/2016

Starblazer - 22/04/2016 - We have an engine!

The World ARC finished with a Parade of Sail from Marigot Bay to Rodney Bay via Castries Harbour on Saturday 9th.All the boats travelled in line, led by the smallest boat then in order of length.Starblazer should have been fourth in line but sadly couldn't take part though we did, thanks to a couple of boats.First of all we had to get to Marigot Bay so were offered a lift on a big motor boat which escorts the fleet every year.23 knots was stunning!Two boats kindly offered us a ride back to Rodney Bay; we opted for Chat Eau Bleu, an Australian owned catamaran with just Pete and Debbie on board.The reception on the pontoon was great, but tinged with sadness.First there was the euphoria of returning to what, for the majority of the fleet, was our departure point but the sadness was knowing. read more...


22/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 103: Worlds Apart, Yet Similar

Faced with the continuation of the unsettled weather, we put our plans to do a dive this morning on hold.Not wanting to miss the opportunity, we decided instead to have lunch at Snack Moetua, given that it's the first time we've seen it open for business again since last Saturday when the cruise ship was here.It was definitely worth the wait and confirmed why it was frequented by so many locals. Elaine had the Shrimp in a Curried Coconut Sauce and Roy had Tuna Carpaccio - Simply Delcious!After lunch we took a water taxi across the pass to the "Old Village"of Tiputa, a rather off the beaten track destination for most cruisers, but very interesting, nonetheless, as it gave us a wonderful perspective on how and where the locals live in their neat and tidy homes, set amongst pretty gardens,. read more...


21/04/2016

Lydia - Damp paradise

Fare is a nice little town. We picked up a visitors' mooring, secure andconvenient for the dinghy dock. There are a couple of restaurants, a goodsupermarket, various shops, fruit stalls, rubbish facilities, goodpay-as-you go wifi.But the weather is terrible! On our first night it blew hard. The wind wasfrom the NE, from which the bay is well sheltered, but with repeated galewarnings from Papeete MRCC predicting a shift to the NW, which would bestraight up the pass through the reef and at best uncomfortable. And therain has been continuous, we haven't seen the sun since Moorea.As I write, on our fourth day, the wind has dropped to nothing and Papeetehave ceased their gale warnings, which is arelief, there is a scend from the NW which is an irritant but not a problem,and the rain. read more...



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