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Tintin - Tuamotos
Tintin - Tuamotos
Tintin - Tuamotos
Tintin - Tuamotos
Tintin - Tuamotos
Tintin - Tuamotos
18/04/2019

Tintin - Tuamotos

We've been touring around the amazing Tuamotos for 10days.Sadly thechildren have to leave to return to the UK, but we had an incredibletime.These islands are straight out of a magazine - crystal clearazure water with palm fringed beaches stretching out to the horizon oneither side.After arriving in the north of Fakarava, we headed to the south passfor the diving....which was extraordinary.We (Rob, Lizzie & Bridget)we dropped at the ocean end of the pass and drifted in with the tide.The coral was built up into wonderful towers but the main 'attraction'was the sharks who congregated there to feed - thankfully not onhumans.As we held on coral to hold us still in the stream, we gazedout into the deeper part of the channel where there must have been over50 sharks - mainly black-finned sharks. read more...


Cassiopée W - Log for April 14th 2019 - The magic of the Marquesas
Cassiopée W - Log for April 14th 2019 - The magic of the Marquesas
16/04/2019

Cassiopée W - Log for April 14th 2019 - The magic of the Marquesas

La magie des MarquisesCe soir nous en sommes à la troisième nuit de notre traversée vers les atolls des Tuamotu. Depuis notre départ, le vent est à 60 degrés et il souffle entre 15-20 kts ce qui rend cette traversée un peu plus inconfortable qu’à l’habitude. Il y a également beaucoup d’imprévus à cause de petites cellules orageuses parsemées un peu partout sur notre route. La magie des Marquises est maintenant loin derrière et elle fait désormais partie de nos souvenirs. Ses montagnes majestueuses de formes inusitées, sa magnifique végétation tropicale et ses parfums de fleurs exotiques sont quelques-uns des souvenirs de ces îles idylliques que nous garderons dans nos cœurs . Les contrastes et l’intensité des couleurs qu’on y a retrouvés étaient à couper le souffle. Ses paysages, sa. read more...


15/04/2019

Endo 2 - Marquesas

Nun waren wir schon auf den Marquesas - einWort nur bekannt aus Reiseberichten anderer. Was für ein Traum. Und die Inseln sind erstaunlich. Sie sind bergig - von wegen Südsee = weißer Strand, Palmen, Meer. Hier ist es grün, braun, hügelig, bergig, Palmen, Wälder, Strand, Fels, Buchten zum Ankern, Buchten zum Baden- einfach traumhaft. Die Leute sind sehr nett und alle haben Zeit. Die Inseln haben nicht so viele Einwohner und es findet sich schnell ein ruhiges Plätzchen. Überall wird gegrüßt und jeder hat ein nettes Wort für einen. Auf den Inseln wird Französisch gesprochen - zu meinem Leidwesen. Doch auch mit Englisch sind wir gut vorangekommen und dann gibt es ja noch Hände,Handys und jede Menge Wörterbücher. Wir haben nur 2 der Inseln besucht - beide waren schön - jede auf ihre Art.. read more...


14/04/2019

Misto - April12-13 2019: Finished at last!

It’s with a huge sense of achievement that Misto is back in Rodney Bay and we have celebrated the official end of the World Arc.The parade of sail from Marigot Bay to Rodney Bay was a little challenging in high blustery winds and the circuit around Castries Harbour had to be abandoned due to the late entry of a cruise ship.But we all arrived safely in Rodney Bay and the celebrations began.Drinks on the dock and a great evening celebration heralded the end of this odyssey.It certainly begs the question “what next?”We are planning a summer sailing with our club in North Carolina, the Neuse Sailing Association, a winter in South Africa, boat maintenance and then joining ARC Europe next May.But as some friends from WARC 2017 said, our plans are written in the sand at low tide.To everyone we. read more...


Misto - 2017-2019 WARC crews celebrating on Misto in Marigot Bay
Misto - 2017-2019 WARC crews celebrating on Misto in Marigot Bay
Misto - 2017-2019 WARC crews celebrating on Misto in Marigot Bay
Misto - 2017-2019 WARC crews celebrating on Misto in Marigot Bay
12/04/2019

Smoke and Roses - Escape To Devil's Island

Leg 17 Total Distance 2034 Nautical MilesFirst Half of Leg Logged 1061 Nautical Miles, 7 Days 6.5 Hours171 Hours and 40 Minutes Sailing, 80 Minutes Motoring March 8 – 15Cabedelo, Brazil to Devil’s Island, French Guiana Leg 17 from Cabedelo, Brazil to Grenada is the last leg of our World ARC Cruise, we will sail for 2034 nautical miles from the South Atlantic, across the equator into the North Atlantic and then the Caribbean Sea with an optional 24 hour stop at Devil’s Island, eight miles off the coast of French Guiana.The French penal colony known as Devil’s Island was established in 1852, it’s a network of tiny seemingly serene islands that have been mostly forgotten about by the rest of the world…unimaginable things happened here. Over a period of nearly 100 years around 70,000. read more...


12/04/2019

Misto - April 5-11 2019: Tobago Cays, Mustique and St Lucia

We spent a very bumpy day and night at Tobago Cays.It really is a most beautiful spot where you can anchor behind the reef with nothing else between your boat and Africa, but on this occasion it was not comfortable.In the company of Anita and Steve from Timshel we dinghied to the beach, had a picnic lunch and snorkeled in the turtle area.However visibility was not very clear as the waves were disturbing the sand.After a very uncomfortable night we departed early for Mustique, however with the angle of the wind we ended up putting into Canuan for a few hours hoping that the afternoon wind would swing around a little and ease.In the afternoon, with two reefs in, we managed to sail over to Mustique.Mustique is a private island made famous by Princess Margaret in the 1960’s and 70’s. Now it. read more...


Charm - Tuamotos again, 3
Charm - Tuamotos again, 3
11/04/2019

Charm - Tuamotos again, 3

We did not think it would take this long to go 500 miles but, here we are, on our fourth night at sea, unfortunately with very little wind again.We have revamped our plans yet again and scratched the idea of visiting more than one atoll before reaching Fakarava, where our friends have a flight booked for April 14.Unusually, we are trying to slow down ( or difficult in light winds) so we don’t reach the atoll until daybreak.These atolls are really just circles of land surrounding a lagoon (I think where a volcano used to be).We can’t anchor on the outside because it is thousands of feet deep off the edge of the atoll.The lagoons are more like 15-40 feet deep.In order to get inside, we have to pass through a pass in the land.These passes vary in length and twistyness as well as current.It. read more...


Tintin - Takaroa
Tintin - Takaroa
Charm - Tuamotos 2
Charm - Tuamotos 2
Charm - Tuamotos 2
Charm - Tuamotos 2
10/04/2019

Charm - Tuamotos 2

It’s another gorgeous, star-filled night on the Pacific Ocean.We have had light winds since leaving Nuku Hiva so have been doing more motoring than sailing.Today we did some school and some boat exploration.Cobin and Willie went up the mast to the first and second spreaders and Tully, Sam, Susannah, and Willie “dangled” on halyards off the bow.During our afternoon class on ecosystems, we learned that what seemed like a simple question, “What would happen to ecosystems if the sun went away?” was actually more complex.Willie immediately brought up deep sea environments where no creatures rely on the sun to create energy and then Susannah wandered through and asked if she could give a five-minute lesson on the two things needed by all life forms.Yes, it was only five minutes but, wow,. read more...


10/04/2019

Tintin - Takaroa

We're now on passage overnight from Takaroa to Fakarava, passing closeto Apataki.All these islands are atolls, which I would find hard tobelieve could exist if I hadn't seen them.Atolls form whenmountainous volcanic islands like the Marquesas develop coral reefsaround their coasts - like Tahiti.The central volcanic islandsis gradually eroded as coral keeps being added to the reef leading,over countless millenia, to these strange shaped islands.They areanything from about 5 to 50miles around, thin bands of reef and verylow-lying sandy land encircling a lagoon.The strips of land('motus') are invariably narrow, typically 100-200m but can stretch formany miles around the lagoon, often interspered with gaps where thereis just reef - sea between 0 and 3foot deep. Most islands have'passes' -. read more...


Charm - Leaving the Marquesas for the Tuamotos
Charm - Leaving the Marquesas for the Tuamotos
Charm - Leaving the Marquesas for the Tuamotos
Charm - Leaving the Marquesas for the Tuamotos
09/04/2019

Charm - Leaving the Marquesas for the Tuamotos

Hello!Many stories to tell but I will start with just updating you.We have left the Marquesas and are on another passage of about 3 days.This time we are going to the Tuamoto Island group.After leaving the Galapagos, we spent two weeks at sea, landing in Hiva Oa, an island in the Marquesas island group.The Marquesas are part of French Polynesia, which contains (I think), five island groups.We visited the Marquesas, are on our way to the Tuamotos, and will also be in Tahiti, which is part of the Society Islands. In the Marquesas, we visited four islands – Hiva Oa, Tahuata, Nuku Hiva, and Ua Pou.All of them are lush, green places with high rocky pillars jutting straight up out of the sea.After two weeks at sea, and with more sea to cross with even less civilization ahead of us (the. read more...


07/04/2019

Tintin - Off we go again

We are delighted that plans made nearly year ago have worked and Paddy,Lizzie, James and Bridget have made it to this side of the world tojoin us for a few weeks. Tintin is full and ready to go! The lureof exploring coral atolls has led us to wave the incredibleMarquesas goodbye.Two days ago we set off from Nuku Hiva, to cross 500 miles ofSouth Pacific Ocean to reach the Tuamotu archipelago. These islands arealso part of French Polynesia. They are low lying coral atolls: eachisland looks like a slightly squidged circle on the chart. The inside islagoon, the edge is coral reef, some of it a few metres above the highwater line with beaches, coconut palms and maybe a village. Some arejust a couple of miles across, others up to 50.We are heading for Kauehi, an atoll with one entrance (or. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 81 April 4, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 81 April 4, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 80 April 3, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 80 April 3, 2019
06/04/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 80 April 3, 2019

After a lovely night at the Pearl lodge catching up on WiFi tasks, laundry and sleep, we stopped at our boat for a minute, changed clothes, grabbed the Lucky jacket and took off to town for several hours of fun, fellowship, and food. The local school dance troupe entertained us, we had a skipper’s meeting, discussed the Tahiti Pearl regatta, ate fresh food, drank coconut water, enjoyed more dancing, prize giving and finally a dinner. We went home tired and happy, having passed on the blue jacket to Heike of Endo 2.image1.. read more...


06/04/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 82 April 5, 2019

Another rainy, rolly night in Taiohae bay, Nuka Hiva. We had deployed a stern anchor, which holds our nose into the swell, but does nothing to compensate for the swell ricocheting off the shore at a completely contrary angle. We braved the swell, though after a conversation with the fuel dock saying this morning it would be possible to fill our tank, but not Saturday, when we wanted to go. O.K. We tied the dinghy to our stern anchor, upped the main anchor, motored to the fuel dock, manoeuvred into position, dropped the bow anchor and slowly backed towards the dock. Tossed long stern lines to the very capable fuel worker, who secured us to the frightening eight foot high dock with surf smashing into it and swell making the boat dance between her three tether points. We took up the bow. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 82 April 5, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 82 April 5, 2019
06/04/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 81 April 4, 2019

We took a lovely tour by truck with Richard Dean as our tour guide. He took us all over the island, to many ancient sites, showed us the museum, took us to lunch in Ahahoo bay, stopped at the stores and were back by late afternoon.Nuka Hiva us such a beautiful island!image1.. read more...


Misto - Dinner at Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau
Misto - Dinner at Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau
05/04/2019

Misto - March 28-April 4 2019: Good to be back in the Caribbean

From Port Louis marina we went around the south of Grenada to Grenada Marine services to get some work done on the engines, fuel and generator.We spent three nights there and got most of the hoped for work completed. We decided to give the anchorages on the south of Grenada a miss as they seemed too full of boats and made our way to Sandy Island.This spit of sand and palm trees is just off Hillsborough the main town on Carriocou.It was a windy sail from Grenada to the island of Carriocou with wind “bullets” coming down off the land and gusting up to 26 knots. The wind was kicking up a bit of a fetch but we stayed two nights on a mooring here at Sandy Island before going around the Tyrell Bay.Here we enjoyed a great meal at Lambi Queen, took a taxi tour around the island and tried to. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 79 April 2, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 79 April 2, 2019
03/04/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 79 April 2, 2019

Ah, Nuka Hiva! So many good memories here from the first time we arrived four years ago. We snagged a great spot in the northwest corner of the bay, had lunch, and Glen and Lars went ashore to sort out hotel rooms, supper, laundry, and WiFi. In the afternoon we took the dinghies ashore to the beach below the hotel, checked into our bungalows and made use of the infinity pool overlooking the bay, and the WiFi to get caught up on posts. We had a sumptuous supper on the patio of the hotel and enjoyed catching up with fellow cruisers.image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 78 April 1, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 78 April 1, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 77 March 31, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 77 March 31, 2019
03/04/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 77 March 31, 2019

Morning brought a nice smooth anchorage to get chores done in. Captain hung the code zero sail up to dry, fitted a new plexiglass window in the Bimini, changed the water maker filters and just did routine maintenance on the water maker. In the afternoon he and Danica’s crew went to town and cameback laden with fresh fruits and handicrafts. I stayed behind, on our boat, embroidering the label for the Good Luck jacket so it will be ready to pass on at the prize party in Nuka Hiva. At 1800 we upped our anchors and took off sailing into a magical sunset towards Nuka Hiva.image2.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 76 March 30, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 76 March 30, 2019
03/04/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 76 March 30, 2019

It poured down rain in the night, and we awoke to thick grey clouds and dripping humidity. Fascinating that just yesterday we’d been told we were in the “dry” season! Ha! Not sure I’d want to be here in the wet, if this was dry. We caught a little bright weather window and went ashore with Helke and Glen. Sorting out the taxi was interesting, but in the end, it all worked out. We visited the bank and two grocery markets, picked up our laundry and dinghied back to the big boat. Stuff put away, lunch eaten, and up came the anchors. We motored, making water, in the pouring rain to Tahuata. We passed a lot of bays, and finally ended up in Hanatefau. There were five boats already there, but plenty of room for Danica and us. After dropping the hooks, the guys snorkelled, I kayaked, enjoying. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 75 March 29, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 75 March 29, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 74 March 28, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 74 March 28, 2019
03/04/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 78 April 1, 2019

We came into Comptroller bay in the morning. Danica had arrived ahead of us after our overnight sail from Tahuata. We spent the day in the lee of green cliffs covered with gamboling goats. Frigate birds swooped and fished between the boats, turtles popped their heads up as they swam past, and rays swam upside down in a feeding frenzy. In the afternoon we kayaked ashore, but there was nothing to be seen except pigs and coconut husks, so we went back to the big boat and had Glen and Mary over for supper and card games. After a rollicking night side-wise to the swell we took off for Taiohae bay, arrived in the morning and dropped the hooks.image1.. read more...


01/04/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 77 March 31, 2019

After a peaceful night’s sleep, we had a very productive project day on the boat inthe pretty anchorage of Hanatefau. Captain worked on the water maker, dried out the code zero sail, scrubbed the waterline of the boat, and fitted the new plexiglass in the moon roof. I spent eight hours doing the embroidery for the good luck jacket. It was a perfect day to get this creative project done, as the anchorage, and the cockpit of the boat were swarming with wasps and no nos.I just sat inside the salon with the screens on, the music playing, and a big glass of water to drink in front of a little fan.In the afternoon Lars, Glen, and Mary went into the village, had a nice walkabout, and came back laden with fruits and crafts. I ploughed on through with my own craft, and by 17:00 had all the. read more...


01/04/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 75 March 29, 2019

Atouna has been a great place to make landfall! Yes, we DID deploy a stern anchor(and had offers of help from three different boats to do so), but the motion is not too much (after three weeks banging around at sea, this is heavenly!) Today we spent the morning doing that wonderful activity called “cruising” ...ie...working on your boat in exotic places. What a gorgeous spot to be in. A few projects under our belt,and noon found us on our way to the Pearl Lodge for a delightful afternoon. We swam in the infinity pool, lounged on the deck, fellow shipped with dear friends, ate delicious food, downed refreshing gin tonics, and the highlight of the day, had our agent, Mousier Leron, bring our duty free fuel certificate to us special delivery! This amazing gentleman sat and chatted with us. read more...


Misto - Sandy island from the Hard Wood Bar
Misto - Sandy island from the Hard Wood Bar
30/03/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 74 March 28, 2019

We took a wonderful tour of Hiva Oa with Glen and Mary andPifa as our guide and teacher for the day. Cruising the half finished roads in his excellent Toyota 4x4, as Pifa spun yarns that we could hardly believe, yet loved for the story value. We passed the point where beautiful virgins were sacrificed for the annual rains, missionaries were eaten to absolve drought, the gorgeous bay where Pifa’s grandad still lives, visited his uncle’s farm, left there laden with a bushel of pomplemouse, a bottle of honey and bunches of sweet bananas. His grand dad immigrated from Ireland, hence his name, Pifa O’Conner! What fun...every vehicle we passed on the road contained a cousin, an auntie or an uncle! We ate lunch at Auntie’s place....local goat, pork, yellow fin tuna, rice, fried breadfruit (my. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 73 March 27, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 73 March 27, 2019
29/03/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 73 March 27, 2019

Land Ho! We raised a Hiva Oa at sunrise, accompanied by a welcome committee of dolphins. Came into the bay at Atouna, had Glen and Paul help us set our stern anchor and settled in. We took care of the customary officialdom palaver, had a wonderful lunch with Glen and Mary aboard Danica then we explored the village and visited the Paul Gauguin museum, soaking our souls in the delicious colors. In the evening, we had a wonderful BBQ dinner of goat, fish, French cheesy potatoes , coconut rice, and salad. We were entertained by a fun local band, which as the evening progressed, found us dancing to. What a fun first day in paradise!image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 72 March 26, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 72 March 26, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 71 March 25, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 71 March 25, 2019
27/03/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 72 March 26, 2019

Our last day of the long Pacific passage. We had calculated our angles and speed vs the time we would like to make landfall at Hiva Oa,(after daylight) and crazy enough, after three weeks of chasing the wind, today, when we need to only average five knots of speed per hour, the wind is from the exact perfect direction at 16-17 knots! We sailed all day with a reef tucked in, but that still wasn’t slow enough, so at 18:00 we rolled the Genoa all the way in, tacked up to 50 degrees, pulled the main in to the midline , sheeted fairly tight, put the wheel over about ten degrees to leeward, locked it down, and hove-to. This is an old school sailing skill that we don’t practice enough, but when we do achieve stopping the boat’s forward motion and that fabulous “slick” of pudding water starts. read more...



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