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Full boat in Fiji

Waves. Our anchor is hooked in to a narrow strip of sand just inside the outer reef. A four minute ride in the dinghy gets us to Namotu.  Today we tied up to a mooring in the pass and paddled across to the Namotu Left. A storied surf break mainly enjoyed by guests on Namotu […]

Next stop Fiji

So finally we are on our way. We have been planning and preparing for this moment since 5th February. That was when we saw the email from Tahiti customs office giving us the deadline to leave by end March. Well we did it. Escapade is ready for sea, fully crewed and provisioned. As we pass […]

On A Mission

The new crew arrived. I had told them to travel light, space on the boat is very limited. I tried to stay calm as the baggage was dragged out of the little Raiatea airport.  Giant triple boardbags. Surf boards, windsurf board, sails, foil boards, kite boards, hydrofoils, a quantity of wings, plus camera gear, housings, […]

Two Years later…

Mid February 2020 was a moment in history when everything was about to change forever, but we didn’t know it yet. Or at least I didn’t. I had been sailing with Bryan and Auriane, chasing swells and fish round the remote atolls of the Tuamotus, while Dawn was away in Europe. Dawn returned to the […]

Back to the atolls.

January 19th Crew change After a leisurely lap of the Tikehau lagoon, Dawn is leaving me for a few weeks.  We’ve been away from home since October and Dawn needs to be in Guernsey and England to see family and friends. The problem is that it’s cyclone season here, so if a storm threatened while […]

Tahaa to Tikehau

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 […]

Bora Bora

  6th December 2019 Bora Bora.  Is it real? I have read that Bora Bora is the most beautiful island in the world. Her spectacular twin peaks surrounded by a glorious blue lagoon. It’s truly gorgeous to look at as you arrive by sea, sail in through the pass and find a spot to anchor […]

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 […]

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