Sorry the blog has not been updated due to lack of internet and lack of Dawn. (She’s back now.) So here’s the notes from January…
Our friend Fi arrived from Auckland to help us celebrate the turning of the new decade.
We spent a few days circumnavigating the island of Taha’a. North wind allowed us to anchor up in the motus at the north of the lagoon.
Another South Seas daydream, nobody there, feels far from civilisation.
But just a mile around the corner is the very civilised Taha’a Hotel, too good to sail past. The sort of place you could stop for a proper lunch. So we did.
Other guests arrived by seaplane, serenaded by this chap with his ukulele.
As Fi flew back to NZ we had a wind forecast that looked good to sail East.
These weeks in the Society Islands have been a fun start to our season, but now we are well provisioned and ready for some more exploring.
I’m keen to get back to the remote atolls of Tuamotus.
The first day at sea only took us as far as the next island. I had forgotten how much these high mountainous islands affect the wind.
Oh well, dinner at the Huahine Yacht Club and an early start tomorrow.
Alarm wakes us at 0500, first light.
Kettle on, anchor up and we slip away, hoisting the main with the sun coming up and a promising breeze.
Our first real ocean passage of the season.
It was all smoothish sailing until 0130 when the first black cloud blocked out the stars, then a series of squalls and a wet ride with 2nd reef pulled down.
We sailed about 240 miles and were happy to arrive in sunny Tikehau, through the sparkling pass and into the flat lagoon. We’re back in the Tuamotus.
Time to brush up on all the skills we acquired here last season. Finding a sandy spot for our anchor amongst the coral heads, spearfishing and coconut scrumping.
Nice to hear from you! Looks more fun than spreadsheets and HR issues!! I’m working on it…!!! Miss you x
Have fun!! Every spot looks just like paradise….
So look forward to your posts! I get excited as soon as I get the notice and then get transported on the next adventure. Thanks for making this possible.
So are you fouling through the jibes or just till the camera takes and awesome photo?
Foiling… (need more coffee)
you guys look so happy ! what can i say. inspiring travel stuff. thanks for sharing. which way are you heading now. Do you have a plan to be somewhere specific for dec2020 ? i got to mention, at last i bought myself a yacht too, its an X-50 by Xyachts. and she is fine ! been using her for some chartering around Greece last few years. I am dreaming now for a freesail towards CapeVerde , i let you know how this goes and if it happens, you are definitely invited.
Hey. So good to hear from you. December 2020 we will probably be hauled out in New Zealand for cyclone season. Keep in touch. Always up for a Cape Verde trip!! D & JP
Such generous, beautiful friends. Another incredible visit. Special times on Escapade. Tahiti really is an amazing place to explore. Sail safe. See you soon xx