IceBear - Blog Entry-Suwarrow
In the middle of the South Pacific lies a small atoll discovered by a Russian named Suvarov.The atoll is also called by that name and, after a 600 mile sail from Bora Bora we are here. But not without a significant emergency aboard Mad Monkey. At 1600 hours, a Pan Pan was radioed from Mad Monkey."We have lost our rudder and fear the ingress of water and are prepared to launch our life raft."Thank God that was the worst case scenario and their rudder actually came loose from its upper bearings and actually "dropped" down through the rudder post a number of inches and would have gone had it not been for Markand his crew jury rigging a loop of DYNEEMA through the top of the rudder and attaching it the spinnaker halyard and laterally to the traveller.World Arc boats immediately turned to aid. read more...
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...
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...
IceBear - Phil the Flying Fish
Oh Two Hundred, as I drag my arse on watch feeling tired and sorry for my self, I meet Phil in the cockpit - dead! Well, things could be worse for me. Phil and I share the common fate of burial at sea - no, Phil will not suffer the indignity of becoming bait, of having a steel hook thrust thru the brain. Not this fish, not Phil. He will lay in state on my make shift grill alter until my watch is over, and then re-committed to the deep - Davy Jones Locker. His name makes a nice alliteration and his story is one of humility.IMG_2118. IMG_2121.. read more...
IceBear - Buttoned Down
On our trip from Cutler, Maine to St Lucia, we stopped in Hurricane (Maria) devastated Dominica. A fisherman in an open yellow boat named “Lawrence of Arabia” came out to greet us and takes us to a mooring ($25EC - $10US). A fully clothed soaking wet man paddled out to IceBear on a paddle board selling trinkets and requesting water and a dry shirt in a waterproof bag. Carol purchased a necklace $40EC, and provided water. He is surely now the sole resident of Portsmouth with a Brooks Brothers oxford button down shirt - hope he wore it to celebrate New Year’s Eve!. read more...