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The South Seas Season

Roosters in the mango tree. 17th November 2019 Another house, another tropical garden. We have flown south from Hawaii to Tahiti, switched hemispheres, from Maui winter to Polynesian summer. Now we are back in Raiatea where Escapade has been well cared for at Chantier Naval Des Iles. While we prepare to re-launch, we are living […]

Island Hopping

8th October 2019 At this time of year, my favourite island is blessed with big ocean swells and non-stop windy days. Yes, it was hard to leave Guernsey in October. As summer turned to autumn we had enjoyed weeks of great conditions, the equinox, lots of energy in the air and in the water.  The […]

The Blind Pass

We sailed north from Fakarava to Toau again, but this time to the ‘Anse Amyot’ on the north side of the atoll. It’s looks like a wide open pass into the lagoon, but there’s no way through the shallow reef across the inside, so it’s really just a dead end between two motus. A ‘faux […]

Crew Change

22nd March 2019 A quick crew change.  Escapade has never had so many visitors! We waved farewell to Rob and Ailar and went back to the airport to meet our last guest of the season, Fiona arriving from Auckland for a week. A week’s not long in the Tuamotus, time flies down here. Just when […]

Five Go Fishing In Fakarava

The Surprise It’s been four years since our friend Monty last came sailing on Escapade, island hopping in the Caribbean. Now he’s flying in from France to Fakarava to join us for a few weeks in the atolls. The boat is moored in front of Matthieu and Agnès’s place, they give us a lift to […]

Somewhere in the Tuamotus

Surfing Adrien showed me the set-up.  I follow him out through the pass, swirling currents jostling the dinghies.  Then out of the tide and round the back of the reef, beyond the surf, we anchor the dinghies in 3m of clear still water.  I paddle nervously in towards the break and take it all in. […]

Cyril & Kirstin

Cyril and Kirstin are suffering from that old problem, lack of boat. Over the last few years they have been getting interested in sailing; flotilla holidays, charters, Day-Skipper courses, now they are in that happy phase of considering what sort of boat to buy, and where they might sail with her.  Reading about boats, going […]

Makemo

19th January It was only 185 miles from Ahe to Makemo, but upwind for a day and night, dodging squalls and taking every lift we could find in the variable breeze. We were happy to reel in a fat yellowfin tuna, who supplied us with a few tasty meals. That night we saw ‘moonbows’ in […]

Ahe

Sorry this has taken so long.  We have been out in the atolls.  Fantastic nature around us, reefs, fish, birds, and a complete lack of internet.  Now we’re back online for the first time in weeks so here’s the first of the updates…   26th December 2018 Land ahoy!  We sight the tops of the […]

Tahiti to Tikehau

  Tahiti 2nd December 2018 Back to the boat.  I always feel we have neglected the boat when we’re away, although she was well looked after, with Jemima boat-sitting part of the time we were gone.  This is the first time we have left Escapade afloat, on a mooring.  I nervously check all the systems, […]

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