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20/05/2017

Lexington - 5/20/17 Suwarrow

We are at anchor in Suwarrow, an atoll east of Bora Bora. It is a beautiful morning. We all slept well last night. We were a little fatigued because the rolley seas keep you from good sleep. Sam is fixing omelettes for everyone. Karen and I are reading and emailing in the cockpit. There is a good light breeze that makes it comfortable. We invited Altair over last night for dinner. We shared our Mahi Mahi with them. It was a very nice evening. Sam poached the fish in a coconut vanilla butter mixture which tasted so nice that we saved the sauce to put over leftover rice for a lunch later. We will stay here 72 hours and head for Niue. The next leg might be a little more comfortable because of the direction of the heading.  May fair winds fill your sails with successful dreams and. read more...


20/05/2017

Timshel - Bora Bora to Suwarrow Day 6

Another quiet night.Eagerly anticipating our arrival at Suwarrow, calculated that if we keep up 5 knots or above we can arrive on Saturday.Wind gradually died over the morning so when down to 3 to 4 knots used the engine for a couple of hours.Now sailing nicely on starboard gybe wing and wing. Evening SSB sked found most of boats from first start already arrived and anchored in the lagoon, or else in the process of doing so in the last of the light.Just ourselves (99 nm to go), Laura Dawn (48) and Aurora, possibly also Owl to arrive on Saturday, hopefully just before first boats from 2nd start.. read more...


20/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 19. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Begynner nå å føle meg bedre igjen. Oppstartene med langtidsseiling tar litt tid for meg når vi har ligget en stund i ro. Var tidvis litt kvalm de første par dagene, men så var der ganske god grunn til det også. Dagen i dag har vært strålende, og vi har seilt hele dagen. All lading har gått via aggregat, og vi har sluppet den vemmelige eksoslukten. Det er en deilig følelse å fly av gårde med vinden!Vi har for det meste jobbet med seilføring, matlaging og oppvask i dag. I tillegg har vi hatt noen klesreparasjoner. Kapteinen «moer» fingerleddet han skadet for en ukes tid siden. Hevelsen har begynt å gå ned, men jeg ser han har vondt når han prøver å røre på den. Det er ingenting legene kan gjøre likevel, så han får bare følge rådene han har fått fra de legene som er med oss.Vi regner med å. read more...


20/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 17.-18. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi er på havet, ja. Det startet nesten uten vind fra Bora Bora, men jeg kan love dere at vi har fått vind etterpå – og bølger. Alle mine (våre) forventninger til Stillehavet har foreløpig slått feil. Vi skulle være ferdige med rotete sjø og ditto vind, og alt skulle være bare herlighet og glede. I stedet kom det to sykloner, navngitte, som har blåst i retning New Zealand og/eller Australia. Den ene av dem løste seg opp, mens den andre ble kategorisert som den sterkeste på 12 år. Den gikk i Fiji-området. Nå høster vi bølgene og squallene fra den syklonen. Vi har vært heldige og sluppet regnværet til nå. En av de i følget vårt, fikk regn inn i båten. Det hørtes ikke kjekt ut. Vi har bare en del vind og høye bølger, og jeg blir av og til sjøsyk. Har saltkjekspakke stående på bordet, slik at. read more...


20/05/2017

Lexington - 5/19/17. Suwarrow

We have arrived at about 13:00 today. As soon as we had our anchor down I looked over the side to see sharks swimming around the boat. These were common black tip sharks. I did go for a swim when they were on the other side of the boat. I did not want to dive down on them. We will cook our fish tonight. We will get out the hookah and snorkeling gear. We only get to stay here 72 hours. It is a national park. I have had a swim, shower and lunch and two beers. I will send a couple of photos. May fair winds fill your sails with beautiful islands! Bob  . read more...


19/05/2017

Timshel - Bora Bora to Suwarrow Day 5

A quiet night, but occasional lightning and saw another ship.Got a rain squall in the morning, wind shifted to N but not too much extra than died away leaving us wallowing in the swell - purgatory.Put sails and Hydra away and started the engine - first motoring hours this leg.Batteries needed charging anyway, had felt that Aquair towed charger was not giving us as many amps as it did doing the transatlantic trip, then realized it is not working at all - took it in, but need to check all the connections, not much point having the drag if it is not giving any charging.After 2 hours or so able to set sail again and Hydra steering - what a relief, so rolly under engine and the electronic autopilot is not reliable.In fact soon making great progress, more than 6 knots in the right direction.On. read more...


19/05/2017

Lexington - 13°. 23' S. 161°. 51' W May 19, 2017

It is 02:30 and my watch again. The good news is that we have 14-17 knots of nearly dead down wind, we are doing 7+ knots of boat speed and we are only 70+ miles from Suwarrow. This means we are good for a daylight arrival. This also means that I think we are still ahead of a boat with a great big brand new expensive parasail. Parasails are supposed to be the thing to have. This parasail is extra large and made of heavier fabric so it can be flown in greater wind. His boat is also brand new and tricked out. My boat is 20 years old with old sails and an old owner. The only explanation I can come up with is that his parasail is colored with Ohio State colors. That may be holding him back. Now with social media we have the timer set to see how long it takes for him to see this!!! All. read more...


19/05/2017

Lexington - 13°. 34' south. 160°. 49' west.

FINALLY A NICE FISH! We caught and landed a nice mahi-mahi. It hit at about 17:00 and was small enough to land and to be filleted on the boat. We will be on anchor tomorrow night. We will cook it then when it will be easier to use the grill. Do not ask how much the fish cost in lures, line, and gadgets. For sure we can not depend on our fishing skills to provision. Another boat caught a blue fin tuna yesterday, about a 30 pounder. May fair winds fill your sails with mahi-mahi! Bob. read more...


19/05/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia log 14: And we're off.....

Thats it!We've left French Polynesia.Land of friendly people, amazing scenery, fantastic water and wildlife and baguettes..Next stop Suwarrow...We were all very sad to have left Bora Bora on Sunday, we loved exploring the islands and atolls, meeting incredibly friendly people and experiencing new food.Cameron and Cibelle (World Arc Staff) did a great job on advising us where and how to get to all of the places we visited and Wow!, it felt like we found some of the best spots.We seemed to be chasing Obama and Springstein around the islands and if it's good enough for them...!Nice work guys and thank you.We are currently on route and on day 4 of our passage to Suwarrow, the weather has been interesting, everything from 5 knts to 37 knts and broad reach to dead downwind.Reefs have gone in. read more...


18/05/2017

Timshel - Bora Bora to Suwarrow Day 4

A quiet night except we had to gybe as getting too far N, no more shooting stars.Wind up later and sailing nicely wing and wing. Steve noticed a big ship a few miles off - first one we have seen.Later on noticed small batten had broken (again) and worn a hole, Anita standing on boom to remove broken bit, when a pilot whale (approx 20ft) blew close alongside then swam under the boat - certainly gave us a surprise! It came close a few more times andwe could hear it after dark.. read more...


18/05/2017

Lexington - 13°. 51' south. 159°. 35' west

It is 5:30 and I am coming to the end of my watch. It has been a pleasant night with winds in the 10-13 knot range and boat speed 5.5-6.5 knots. The only negative is the roll from side to side caused by southerly swells coming to the boat from the port side. Right now I am steering a little to the north to help a rain shower move in front of the boat and then off to the rear in the south. It is not big but it was easy to help it get out of my way. The only other negative is that with the rolling, it causes the foresails to flap occasionally. I hate hearing the sound because I know it is hard on the sail. When the boat rolls a lot the sail will lose its air and refill with a snap like a whip. It has added to the wear. We are doing well and two hundred six miles from our. read more...


17/05/2017

Timshel - Bora Bora to Suwarrow Day 2 - 3

Slow progress in light winds.We are now in a world of our own again as our nearest companions Zeeland and also Owl and Exit Strategy put on their engines and motored ahead. We never quite ran out of wind so carried on sailing slowly, there is still 1000 miles to go to reach Niue (assuming one can get fuel there?) so don't want to be too profligate with the diesel yet.During the night, both Steve and I saw a bright green/white flash in the sky - meteorite or shooting star?, similar reported by other boats during the morning SSB net.Put up the cruising chute (first time since had to cut it down on Marquesas leg), seemed OK, broad reaching and making some northing (as forecast says weather better N of 14 degS). The sail really needs hand steering, so took it down before dark and set poled. read more...


17/05/2017

Lexington - 5/17/17. 14°. 33? south. 156°. 56? west

It is 5:00 on my watch. We have had a nice improvement over the past several hours. Yesterday afternoon we were about ready to start the engine but elected to rig the twin head sails and head more north than the rhumb line while expecting the winds to slowly improve and come back to a more easterly direction. The initial more northerly course was because the winds were from the south south east and we need to sail downwind with our twin head sails. As the winds backed to the east we are now able to head directly to our destination downwind using the twin headsails with out changing anything but our course. I am sure there are good reasons why not many people use twin headsails but I do not know enough to know why. We are ahead of a catamaran with a brand new expensive parasail while. read more...


17/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 15.-16. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Mandag var «fridagen» vår. Den ble brukt til å kjøpe stålwire for å erstatte den som røk kvelden før. Vi hadde snurret den rundt «davidene» (jeg aner ikke hvordan det skrives) og trodde vi hadde fått opp begge. Det viste seg at den ene ikke var løst opp, dermed røyk den. Heldigvis for oss, hadde skipshandelen akkurat det vi trengte, og dermed kunne vi bare gå videre bort til AVIS og leie bil for å kjøre rundt øya. Denne gangen fristet det med en liten Renault, el-bil, en sånn som man må «tre på seg». Det var riktig trangt om saligheten, men noe tryggere å sitte og filme og fotografere enn om jeg skulle sitte bakpå en scooter. Noen resultater er postet på facebook, og noen er på bloggen vår, forhåpentligvis. Vi ble ikke mer oppløftet av å se hele øya. Moorea var mye penere!Lunsjen ble på. read more...


17/05/2017

Lexington - 5/16/17. 15º. 06". south. 155º. 52" west

We are sailing along today in light air (6-7 knots) only doing about 3-4 knots. It is hard to keep from turning on the engine to make better speed but I am often reminded that good sailors do well in light winds. On the big leg from Galapagos to Marquesas one boat did not motor at all. We motored for 5 days at low rpms and only about 4-5 knots. They arrived 8 hours after we did. They have a very nice fast boat with three good sailors and they were about to go crazy for the first few days of very light air. They tried any and everything to make progress as if they did not have an engine. I was asked to explain a parasail. It is a type of down wind sail. It is usually colored and balloons out in front of the boat like a spinnaker. It has a halyard to raise it and two lines on each bottom. read more...


Misto - Bora Bora
Misto - Bora Bora
Misto - Bora Bora Yacht Club
Misto - Bora Bora Yacht Club
16/05/2017

Misto - Days 123-129: Bora Bora, cyclone Ella and eagle rays

Bora Bora is the quintessential South Pacific Island.The image is of a sparkling turquoise lagoon, steep green hills and hotels with thatched bungalows built on stilts over the water.We arrived on May 9 after a rolly passage from Raitea as the weather was already being influenced by the tropical depression that was to develop into cyclone Ella.The weather also meant that the mooring field of the Mai Kai marina was very bumpy and so we sought refuge around the corner to the north at the Bora Bora yacht club which was considerably more sheltered.The weather pattern continued to be unsettled so we decided to stay put on our mooring ball for a few days.We rented a car with Andrew from Laura Dawn and circled the island - its only about 31 km!It became clear that the beauty of the island. read more...


16/05/2017

Lexington - 5/16/17. 15 °. 34? south.154°. 54? west. Headed to Suwarrow

So it is 2:00 and I am on watch. The wind is just behind the starboard beam at about 7-8 knots. The seas are flat and we are motoring. I am sure some good sailors would be getting a little sailing in but we get a little inpatient and light winds often flap your sails around and cause wear. The winds are supposed to improve late tonight. I have seen two meteors tonight. I saw one when I just started my watch. Then I caught myself looking around the sky for another while thinking that that was silly…they are not that common….and then another one streaked across the sky on the other side of the boat. We have about 2/3 of a moon. It is nice and light out. We are coming up to the point where boats have to decide what they are doing. All boats have the option to drop out in the middle and. read more...


16/05/2017

Timshel - Bora Bora to Suwarrow Day 1

Back to rally mode after 7 weeks or so cruising French Polynesia, the fleet is reduced to 20 with boats either electing to stay in French Polynesia for a year, going on independently or awaiting repairs (Forget Me Not) (hopefully we will meet up with them all later on), and the 20 divided into two groups of 10 due to restricted space at Suwarrow and Niue, so only 10 started on Sunday afternoon.Who would sail out of the pass under spinnaker?Hanna of course - well Parasailor.Conditions were pretty light once outside, Chuck set his new Parasailor on Exit Strategy and Laura Dawn, who had been committee boat caught up with her Asymmetric.We settled for wing and wing.Time to get back into night watches and passage making mode.By next afternoon there was even less wind, some squalls had brought. read more...


16/05/2017

Timshel - Society Isles

We paid a quick visit to Huahine, taking care to give the outer reef a good offing - we had been warned about the Pogo (a racy type of yacht) that had been picked up by a wave and dumped on the reef - fortunately all the people were OK. Then hurried on to Raiatea as we hoped to get the electrician there to fix our Raymarine autopilot. he thought the hydraulic pump was stuffed - but great news they had one at the chandlery in Tahiti and it could be airfreighted (with help from the agent Laurent).So we went to the neighbouring island of Tahaa (its in the same lagoon) and snorkelled in the coral garden - very impressive lots of very tame fish. Then waited for our part.Unfortunately when it came it was completely the wrong thing, an electric pump for a wheel not hydraulic, they never had the. read more...


15/05/2017

Lexington - 5/15/17 Back at Sea

It is 3:00 and I am on watch. We are back at sea on a 600 mile leg to Suwarrow which is an atoll along our route. From there we will head to Niue which is an island further down the route.  We are sailing along nearly dead down wind with our twin headsails. Some boats have gone a little further north because of the weather report. We are on the direct course with two other boats. We are hoping that the weather will not be bad or that much different over such a short leg. The good news is that we are ahead and behind two catamarans that are flying brand new parasails. Parasails are relatively newly developed down wind sails. They are expensive. They are fast and can be sailed at night because they are not likely to cause trouble. I am sure if the wind were to pick up a lot, like. read more...


15/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 10.-14. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Våknet til gråvær i dag. Temperaturen like god, kanskje enda bedre når sola ikke steiker slik den pleier. Dro av gårde kl 9 med formålet å stoppe på vaniljefarm og siden dra rundt Taha’a for å ankre opp på andre sida av øya.Vi fant oss ei bøye, og etterpå dro vi inn med «Shamal» sin dinghy. Der, utenfor barneskolen, stod ei dame med en gammel pickup for å hente oss. Hun kjørte oss til hjemmet sitt, og vi fikk innføring i dyrking av vanilje. Vaniljeplanten er en orkidé, og den vokser som en slyngplante på andre trestammer, som gir planten den skyggen den trenger. Blomsten på den, må bestøves manuelt, fordi fransk Polynesia har ikke den bien som kan gjøre jobben for dem. Det betyr at de i blomstringstiden må gå hver eneste dag i blomstringstida for å bestøve hver enkelt blomst, som. read more...


14/05/2017

Lexington - 5/13/17. What I got for $510

Well I did my third kite boarding lesson today. It is the last day possible. We leave tomorrow. I was a little late because the chop and wind were bad and it is a long dinghy ride. It is about 3 miles across two areas of bays. The lesson went relatively well. I did a little better but there is a lot of room for improvement. I will send a video if it will go thru. May fair winds fill your sails with ships.....friendships are the best ships!  BobMy instructor Video.MOV. read more...


13/05/2017

Lexington - Bora Bora Tour 5-12-17

We rented a car to tour the island today. It is a beautiful island but there was not as much to see as there appeared to be on the other islands. That sounds a little spoiled. Bora Bora is largely populated by hotels with cottages on stilts over the water as far as you can see. There are lots of locals in traditional housing. You can have a small hut next to a large hotel. We ate a nice lunch on the beach at the south end of the island. See below.We also went by the Bora Bora Yacht Club which looked nice. Several of the boats are staying there. Some of it was very nice but some of their cottages had black plastic over the roofs where they were in disrepair. It was hard to tell if anyone was staying in them.Restaurant sheeting area on the dockView out the front of Bora Bora Yacht. read more...


11/05/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob 5/10/17 Bora Bora

The major bit of news is that I did a kite board lesson today. I had to take the dinghy for about 4-5 miles in choppy water. The instructor was very nice. We went right to it. So on the first lesson I flew the kite, learned to change the position, learned to land it, learned emergency release, walked forward, backward and sideways while controlling the kite, controlled the kite with one hand, turned a 360 and let the kite drag me left and right thru the water. I go back Friday for another lesson. You are right. If I was all that smart I would act my age. May fair winds fill your sails with enough to get air without passing air! Bob. read more...


Misto - Practising for cultural events - Raitea
Misto - Practising for cultural events - Raitea
11/05/2017

Misto - Days 120-122: Around Raiatea

We came down from Baie Hurepiti on Tahaa to the town of Uturoa on Raiatea early on May 6 as we have learned the hard way that shops close at lunch time on Saturdays.We passed Skyelark going the opposite way and they suggested using a Dream Charters mooring ball.No sooner had we attached to one than a dream charters boat captain informed us that we could not use them on Saturday's as they were needed by the owners.So we went on into the town dock.In the prevailing fairly benign conditions, there was only a little swell pushing us onto the concrete dock and later in the day we were able to move to a different position where we were facing more into the wind and the swells.This was a great base for exploring the town and made it easy to visit the supermarket.On Sunday morning we attended. read more...


10/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 4.-9. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Oppdateringene kommer i bolker nå. Vi har jo ferie – hele seks uker i fransk Polynesia, og den nærmer seg nå slutten. Klarte å komme oss videre fra Tahiti den 5.mai. Da måtte vi stoppe på Moorea, eller seile direkte til Huahine, som lå om lag 75 nautiske mil fra Moorea. Kaptinnen var ikke så gira på nattseilaser når vi ikke må. Vi la oss på anker i nærheten av Hilton Resorts. Det var litt billigere enn å bo på Hilton med priser på far 500-1300 dollar pr.natt. Der var badestrand, korallrev og massevis av aktiviteter for unge og spreke folk. Vi valgte bade-/snorkleaktiviteter rundt båten. Etterpå dro vi til neste resort, Intercontinental, for der skiltet de med skilpadder og bading med delfiner. Vi hadde lunsj der, og etterpå gikk vi rundt og kikket og fotograferte. Nå er det slik at vi. read more...


10/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 28. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det øyriket vi nå befinner oss i, går under samlebetegnelsen Fransk Polynesia. Den første øygruppa heter Marquesas. Av de øyene har vi besøkt Hiva Oa, Ua Huka og Nuku Hiva. Alle disse øyene har høye fjell, og det er relativt dypt vann rundt. De er svært fruktbare, og leverer frukt til de andre øyene rundt omkring.Neste øygruppe er Tuamotu. Disse øyene består av korallrev, og har rikelig med kokospalmer. Der besøkte vi Takaroa, Fakarava og Kauehi. Det vi har erfart her, er at de lever av kokospalmene og det havet kan gi dem, det være seg fisk, skalldyr eller perleproduksjon.Der vi nå er, kalles Society islands. Disse øyene har både høye fjell og korallrev rundt. Det betyr at de nyter alle fordelene disse to landskapstypene gir, og bærer også bud om høyere befolkningstall og større. read more...


10/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 28. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi fikk tidlig besøk av Marcel, for han og Terje skulle snakke wifi og nettverk om bord i båter. Nesten hele formiddagen gikk til det, og etterpå dro vi til Papeete. Hva mennene gjorde, kan de redegjøre for. Det var båtutstyr og deler til reparasjon det gikk i, mens damene gjorde det de hadde lyst til. Det innebærer ikke bare «unyttige» ting, for vi også kjøpte litt til reparasjon av klær.Det lå et stort turistskip fra Royal Caribbean Cruiseline inne i havna, så der var yrende aktivitet. Alle perlebutikkene hadde 16% avslag på varene sine, og det så ut som om hele markedet hadde flyttet ut på kaien og rundt turistinformasjonen. Det var tromming og musikk og dansende Tahitidamer på hjørnet.Vi gikk til en stoffbutikk og snakket med innehaveren der. Hun fortalte om disse store. read more...


10/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 26. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Nå har servicemannen gjort seg ferdig med motor og generator. Da han gikk, var det tid for fiksing på bimini og innsying av kapteinens bukser. Det er han selv som står for arbeidet, så all ære til ham!Det går stadig folk forbi båten, og noen sier mer enn god dag. I dag var det to unge menn som var veldig interessert i båten vår. Til slutt ble de invitert inn, og fikk omvisning om bord. Det viste seg at den ene av dem var mannskap og vedlikeholdsmann på en Najad 57 som lå et stykke bortenfor vår. Eierne var nå hjemme i Israel, men skulle komme tilbake til sommeren og seile her i Fransk Polynesia.Denne kvelden dro vi til Belvedere, fjellrestauranten igjen, og vi hadde med oss Rita og Marcel fra båten Shamal. Det var like artig som sist, bare at denne gangen ventet de oss, og der var ikke. read more...


09/05/2017

Lexington - On to Bora Bora

We went to Bora Bora today. It was a short distance as the crow flies but we had to go south before heading northwest to be able to get out of the reef. These islands have shallow reefs around their outer edge. The reefs keep the water near the island coast calmer. There are only a few spots where the reef opens up into a deep entrance. You just can not go anywhere. I will send photos of the waves at the reefs as we left Tahaa. The second thing that slowed us down awhile was that I hooked a significant fish. I tried to wear it out for over an hour. We were sailing along at 3-4 knots and it was right along with us. It took a lot of line at first. I set the drag a little tighter. I did not want to try to horse it in. When the pole would have a little less bend, I would reel in a. read more...


08/05/2017

Lexington - 5/7/17. I Hate Boats.

So we had our refrigerator worked on in Tahiti. After that it did not work and displayed an error message. We have been planning on when we are going to get to Bora Bora based on how to get someone to work on it. We were getting conflicting information on where would be best. We knew the error message was that it was overcharged. Finally out of frustration and thinking I could do no harm, I took off the cap to the high pressure side and let a little gas out. In about half an hour we could tell it was working well and the error light had gone off. It was an easy fix but it took me a long time to build up the nerve to do it. Boating is a learning game with a steep learning curve!!! Boating is humbling! Boating is for crazy people! No wonder I fit in so well. May fair winds fill your. read more...


08/05/2017

Lexington - 5/7/17 Tahaa

We went to Tahaa, an island north of Raiatea. There was a site noted for good snorkeling at Muto Tautau where there is a big hotel with cottages over the water. The area to snorkel is protected from boats and reserved for people to snorkel. It is shallow and full of coral and fish. We had a lovely afternoon. I will send some photos. May fair winds fill your sails with tropical fish!  Bob   Coral and fish More coral Next are fish Next is a church since it is SundayMy next boat. read more...


08/05/2017

Lexington - Derby Day in Raiatea

We are at an anchorage at the north end of Raiatea. We have had a very relaxing day of making a few miles, taking the dinghy up a river, diving along an entrance and taking an afternoon nap. We are now enjoying happy hour with Alan singing and playing his guitar. We have a near full moon already up. What else do I need to say. I will attach two photos.  The first is a photo showing Raiatea, Tahaa and Bora Bora in the distance. The next is Alan singing. We will probably head to Bora Bora tomorrow.. read more...


08/05/2017

Lexington - Moving On

I am sure I am crazy as a run over dog. I am making myself slow down and relax and I am also thinking we do not have enough time to see as much as we should. That is a common thought among all cruisers. It is interesting that cruisers think bareboaters are crazy because they only stay one night at each place and move on. At the same time, long term cruisers think World Arc people are going too fast. And at the same time, it is a long time for me to be away from home, wife, grandkids, friends and farm and garden. Again, I can only say I am crazy as a run over dog. We need to be in the marina at Bora Bora for the activities on 5/10/17. We will do two days in Raiatea and two days in Bora Bora outside the marina and then go to the marina. I will keep you up-to-date. It will be good to catch. read more...


08/05/2017

Lexington - Huahine Tour, more photos

  This is a continuation of our driving tour around Huahine.On a beach along the way.Alan wondering how he got here and how to get home!Marae sitePhotos of the signage that you might be able to read Best wishes! May fair winds fill your sails with good memories! Bob. read more...


08/05/2017

Lexington - 5/4/17 Touring Huahine

We rented a car today for a self directed tour of Huahine. It is a lush island that is very neat and clean. We went to a vanilla farm on the trip. I did not realize that vanilla plants were orchids. The farm mulched them heavily with coconut hush to provide moisture and cooling from the evaporation. Some were growing under shade cloth or in the natural shade. They are slow to produce. I think it was said that it takes 3 years to start to produce. May fair winds fill your sails with adventurous friends!  BobGang with Francois the vanilla producer. Francois is the one in the brown hat.Vanilla beans that are green and still on the plant Vanilla plants mulched with coconut husk Demonstration of pearl seeding at a pearl farm. They implant a bit of the mother of pearl producing. read more...


08/05/2017

Lexington - 5/3/17. Huahine

We are on a mooring ball at Baie d’Avea on the island of Huahine Iti. It is a very nice place with a mix of very few boats, peace and quiet, a hotel restaurant and another restaurant. Today we just chilled out and swam a little. We did do a walk of about 3-4 miles. I used my hookah. The visibility was not the best and there was not that much to see. I will send photos of a sea monster, a sea anemone with a clown fish. read more...


Misto - Ancient fish traps on Huahine
Misto - Ancient fish traps on Huahine
Misto - Pari Pari rum distillery on Taaha
Misto - Pari Pari rum distillery on Taaha
Misto - Howard with the sacred blue-eyed eels on Huahine
Misto - Howard with the sacred blue-eyed eels on Huahine
07/05/2017

Misto - Days 116-119: Huahine and Taaha

After a couple of nights in Baie d'Avea in the South of Huahine we reluctantly decided to head north.We stopped in Baie Haapu on a mooring ball for lunch.This is a beautiful, secluded bay with a small village and we went ashore and walked around a little.Water is available if you need it and we were assured by a lady at the town hall that the general store had beer if we wanted it.We then continued north to a mooring ball just outside Port Bourayne.This is a rather strange name for a fabulous loch-like bay surrounded by steep, verdant hills.We were met by a local man in his canoe and he gave us directions to a look out point.But we decided to start with a tour of Port Bourayne by dinghy and we went as far as the bridge that separates the north and south portions of Huahine, before. read more...


Misto - Turquoise hues on Huahine
Misto - Turquoise hues on Huahine
Misto - Vanilla plantation on Taaha
Misto - Vanilla plantation on Taaha
07/05/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 13: Moorea onwards.....

What a fab place.. We had been watching sunset over Moorea for days and it looked spectacular then, close up it was even better.We were anchored in the northern part of Passe Vaiere, beautiful clear water, with a huge reef to the side that was super colourful and fish a plenty, beautiful amazing place, we could have stayed for weeks.After a quick stop back to Tahiti to provision, it was off to Huahine.Another fantastic spot, moored right off the beach near the village, more clear water and great swimming.We happily whipped round the island two on a scooter: Andrew opted for the more comfortable car option (yes we did wear helmets, no we didnt fall off!).I have to say its a favourite place that we (again) could have spent much longer in.I can see why people stop for a year or more in. read more...


04/05/2017

Lexington - Nuka Hiva photos that I didn’t get to send earlier

Here are some photos of Nuka Hiva that I didn't get to send earlier due to lack of internet service. Enjoy!Up on hilltop overlooking the bay where we were anchored  Me blocking a beautiful view on Nuka Hiva    Ceremonial site on Nuka HivaKaren, Jack and Sam on Nuka Hiva tour at an overlook at one of the highest points.  Waterfalls on Nuka Hiva  Well in stone to hold tattoo ink May fair winds fill your sails with a bucket list of your desires! Bob. read more...


03/05/2017

Lexington - Reality Check

So we saw a disturbing sight as we came into Huahine yesterday. As we were going up the west side of the island heading to the entrance we saw a boat that did not appear to be moving. As it turned out, it was aground on the reef. There were other boats around that were probably there to help. There were people on the reef standing in the water. There were people on the boat. It was saddening to see. We just hope it was salvaged. We came by the area later and did not think the boat was there. Seeing this just makes you more careful about your navigation. I always try to make sure everyone is comfortable and checks my piloting. Multiple eyes are always better. May fair winds fill your sails with wind that carries you away from reefs! Bob. read more...


03/05/2017

Lexington - Dive Photos

Moray eel bottom center. Only see about 1/5 of himPretty yellow fishBlack tipped sharkMay fair winds fill your sails with real sharks, not lawyers–they are easier to get along with!  Bob. read more...



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