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18/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical Channel ARC - Day 1

My names Mark and I offered to write our blog as I'm the weekend sailor amongst our crew. There are 5 of us doing this great sailing adventure - my crew mates are Richard (the skipper and boat owner), his wife Linda, Tony and Dave. Tony and Dave have both owned yachts themselves and they are all experienced sailors - unlike me but I can type.We started with an early sailing from Lymington Yacht Haven where Majic-L had been berthed to Gosport for the start of the ARC. Pretty good sail over - took about 4 hours and we managed to find enough wind to sail much of the way. Brilliant sunshine and warm - unbelievable that the weather is forecast so pants for tomorrow!Tony told me about an app called Find Ship which I told my wife about - next I get an excited text that she could see we had left. read more...


18/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 221: Saying Goodbye to Beautiful Samoa

Tonight, after a delicious tuna fest on board and sitting on the trampoline under a beautiful full moon, we can't help but reflect on the wonderful time we've had in Samoa. There aren't too many places that we have visited during our sailing adventures where we feel we are leaving are hearts behind. Tomorrow morning we will say our goodbyes to beautiful Samoa as we set sail for Tonga, taking with us the fondest of memories. Today, after completing all the officialdom of clearing out we made a last stop at the fresh produce and fish markets, enjoyed one last lunch at the Milani Caffé,filled our diesel jerry cans, topped up on dinghy petrol and finally collected Elaine's "poletasi" (Traditional Samoan dress). Since it's a more formal outfit, she's looking forward to wearing it to a nice. read more...


17/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 219 & 220: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

Yesterday we had a great outing - We played golf - The first time since moving onto Paw Paw. In fact the last time we can remember playing was on Keenan's birthday two and half years ago in Chandler. The Royal Samoan, rated as one of the top 100 golf courses in the world, was beautiful, set in the mountains about 15 minutes drive from Apia. Although a longer course than we were expecting, we didn't do too badly at all and it was simply lovely just to get back into the swing of things.Afterwards we enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Gormet Seafoodrestaurant before starting our re-provisioning exercise ahead of our departure for Tonga later this week and had to continue today. Unfortunately one of the joys of sailing is that it's extremely unusual to be able to find everything you need in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 219 & 220: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things
Paw Paw - Log Days 219 & 220: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things
Paw Paw - Log Days 219 & 220: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things
Paw Paw - Log Days 219 & 220: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things
15/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 217 & 218: A Quiet Sunday and Monday

We had a quiet Sunday yesterday and another quiet day today since it was a public holiday and everywhere was closed, with the exception of a few smaller supermarkets. We did, however, keep ourselves busy with various odd jobs like topping up the diesel tanks, fixing the boom bail and strap, fixing the outhaul, doing laundry - Elaine is still loving her washing machine -making water, cleaning the hulls, cleaning under the floorboards and in the bilges, re-routing the TV to the main saloon speakers, fixing some additional bungies and getting some provisioning done in preparation for our time in Tonga, as we understand supplies are fairly limited there. We did find time for some fun activities as well like facetiming Keenan and Brooke. Unfortunately William was far too busy playing in the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 217 & 218: A Quiet Sunday and Monday
Paw Paw - Log Days 217 & 218: A Quiet Sunday and Monday
Paw Paw - Log Days 217 & 218: A Quiet Sunday and Monday
Paw Paw - Log Days 217 & 218: A Quiet Sunday and Monday
Paw Paw - Log Days 217 & 218: A Quiet Sunday and Monday
Paw Paw - Log Days 217 & 218: A Quiet Sunday and Monday
13/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 216: The Chinese Invasion

Today was another lazy day aboard, but we did do a few things though.Roy replaced the bungies on the shrouds, Elaine continue to upload all our photographs of Surwarrow,American Samoa and Samoa to our website gallery and then did something she hasn't done in years.In fact it's been so long that she can't remember when last it was - She baked an apple pie! The odd thing was that when she opened the tinned apples which we managed to find here under a New Zealand brand name,she made the comment that they looked just like the ones she use to use in SouthAfrica.On further inspection we discovered that they were indeed from South African, but packaged for the New Zealand company. What are the odds!The rest of the day was spent lounging around, reading and enjoying the activities of the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 216: The Chinese Invasion
Paw Paw - Log Day 216: The Chinese Invasion
12/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena

Yesterday and today involved early starts to the day. This morning, to return the hire car and yesterday to get ready for our excursion around the southeastern part of Opolu Island and it was certainly a day of unexpected treasures.After getting our picnic lunch together, loading up our snorkeling gear and picking up the car, we enjoyed the drive along the northeastern coastline through some of the prettiest villages we've seen, before heading south through the mountains and the Le Mafa Pass.Our first stop was the viewpoint of the Sopoaga Waterfalls. It was something out of a story book. From the beautiful gardens and picnic table area one had a wonderful view of the gorge with the waterfall as the backdrop, set amongst the lush tropical vegetation. Here we meet the owner of the property. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
10/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 213: The "Three Brothers"

Well,Elaine eventually woke up this morning feeling as stiff as a board, but somewhat human again.After her regular exercises on the foredeck to loosen up, she is happy to report that she has only a hint of discomfort / stiffness in her backand ankle.A major relief after two and a half months since stumpling into a in Papeete, Tahiti.Although at one point yesterday Elaine was beginning to think that the idea of seeing a traditional healer had been another one of Roy's hair-brain ideas, similar to the belly-button piercing incident,she has to admit that, by this afternoon, she was feeling great and it was, in fact, a brilliant suggestion.So,in keeping with the natural healing theme, another trip to the Fresh Produce Market revealed that garlic, tumeric and ginger are considered the "Three. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 213: The "Three Brothers"
Paw Paw - Log Day 213: The
Paw Paw - Log Day 213: The "Three Brothers"
Paw Paw - Log Day 213: The
09/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 212: A Samoan "Fofo"

This morning it was a made scramble to get ashore to see the Police Marching Band again and get inside the Catholic Cathedral while it was unoccupied. In both instances Roy wanted to take some videos with the new camera.From there we decided to pass some time with a morning coffee at Nourish. However, after perusing their menu we decided on hot teas - Freshly ground tumeric and ginger (Elaine) and tumeric and passion fruit (Roy). It didn't take us long to decide that we also wanted to return for lunch. That has been true about every café or restaurant that we have visited to date - we've simply had to return for another meal! The main event of the day though was Elaine's visit to a traditional healer for a Samoan massage, known as the "Fofo". It will, without a doubt,go down on record as. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 212: A Samoan "Fofo"
Paw Paw - Log Day 212: A Samoan
Paw Paw - Log Day 212: A Samoan "Fofo"
Paw Paw - Log Day 212: A Samoan
08/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 211: Excellent Provisioning at Reasonable Prices

Until today we have been shopping at the smaller supermarkets for the few odds and ends that we've needed in the way of groceries, but today we decided to take a short taxi ride to the Fresh Produce Market as well as explore the nearby larger supermarkets.We were amazed at the range of products, including wines from all over the world, as well as the freshly baked goods like cornish pasties, sausage rolls and various other filled pies, not to mention the cream donuts, cakes and range of breads. The Fresh Produce Market was packet with all sorts of locally grown fruit and vegetables, from fresh turmeric and ginger to tangerines and everything else in-between.We opted for some breadfruit and bok choy to accompany our lamb chops for dinner and, of course a South African Shiraz. Breadfruit. read more...


08/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family

While the islanders enjoy a day of rest and time with family on a Sunday, the crew of Paw Paw, while enjoying a dayon board, managed to fill it with all sorts of activities - making water,doing laundry, changing the fan belts on both engines,baking soda bread and a tres leche cake,sewing some recently collected patches/ novelties on the dog bed, mending yet another flag that was unravelling in the wind and managed to squeeze in some time to read, but no afternoon nap. We did, however, have time with family albeit from a distance by phone, but it was lovely to catch up on all their news regardless. . read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
08/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family

While the islanders enjoy a day of rest and time with family on a Sunday, the crew of Paw Paw, while enjoying a dayon board, managed to fill it with all sorts of activities - making water,doing laundry, changing the fan belts on both engines,baking soda bread and a tres leche cake,sewing some recently collected patches/ novelties on the dog bed, mending yet another flag that was unravelling in the wind and managed to squeeze in some time to read, but no afternoon nap. We did, however, have time with family albeit from a distance by phone, but it was lovely to catch up on all their news regardless. 02ba0a2f-f8d5-45cd-87e1-fc80a4dfcf3a1551753597 fbd00964-acfa-4d6d-9894-d1f066746193-370992485. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
06/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair

I think we can say we're now getting tired of fresh mahi mahi,fresh yellowfin tuna,New Zealand lamb and beef, organic fruit and vegetables and would kill for a hormone infested, pink-slime burger with fries!An unexpected pleasure of staying in Samoa is being exposed to a true international food selection.Roy was up bright and early this morning to head to the fresh fish market, where he purchased some yellowfin tuna. Then, mid-morning hepopped out to the little food mart close to the anchorage and returned with oranges from Australia, vanilla waffer biscuits from India,scotch finger biscuits from Fiji,locally grown organic tomatoes and a green pepper, a loaf of freshly baked bread and coconut donuts, all for under $5USD. It's fair to say the coconut donuts must be an acquired taste. That. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
05/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts

Today we didn't venture too far,but after breakfast we took a taxi to the bus terminus and then headed along the northwest coast of Upolu Island to the village of Malua, where we visited the EFKS Museum at the School of Fine Arts. Rated as a "must see"tourist attraction, we were definitely not disappointed.The wood carvings by the students were spectacular,many depicting various ancient legends, but just as many were the creation of their imaginations.The northeast coast was very different from the south coat.Besides the striking contrast of the amazing colours of the ocean against the dark volcanic rock,it wasn't very rural, but rather peri-urban with fales, schools, small food markets and churches or rather spectacular Cathedrals and Temples all along the route. In fact,we have never. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
04/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic

We stayed onboard this morning to complete a few domestic chores like defrosting the freezer, but then it was off to Palolo Marine Reserve again to enjoy a beach picnic for lunch and spent the rest of the afternoon reading under a tree. Blissful!It wasn't until we took a walk along the beach and enjoyed a swing on one of the tree-swings hanging from the huge trees which provided the welcome shade that we realised the Marine Reserve and the beach fales (houses) were actually occupied by the family that owns the land. The clue was seeing the school children arriving home and doing homework in one of the fales while the mom watched TV in another.A very entrepreneurial family indeed. Besides providing snorkeling gear to snorkel the crater of the inactive underwater volcano, accessed via the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
03/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains

After our first bus trip yesterday we were feeling brave enough to take another longer one todayThis time it was up and over the mountains to the south side of the island and the village of Siumu. Specifically to the Coconuts Resort and Spa, viewed by many as one of the top resorts on the island, but more renowned for the cuisine at their restaurant as well as its beautifully white sandy beach and the black sand beach nearby. Our bus trip there took much longer than the return trip and proceeded to be an outing in itself;primarily because it was shopping day.First we waited for all the passengers to finish their shopping in Apia. Then, after the bus driver ensured his radiator was full of water,a telling sign of things to come,we headed out.However,not even 10 minutes later it was. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
02/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima

Today we decided to venture a little further afield, since we'd spent last week exploring and enjoying Apia. So, after breakfast we took a taxi to the bus terminus and hopped on a local bus.Our destination - The Museum of Villa Vailima - Robert Louis Stevensons' Home. Born in 1850, the Scottish author,Robert Louis Stevensons, famous for books like Treasure Island,Ship Wrecked and Dr Jackal and Mr Hyde, lived out the latter years of his life here on Opolu Island,Samoa until his unexpected death from a brain haemorrhage in December 1894. He also holds a special place in the hearts of the Samoan people as he was instrumental in ensuring the release of all the chiefs from prison and returning the political landscape and governance to its former state and one that still exists today.This. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima