Annecam

19 July 2016 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
15 July 2016 | Bora Bora, The Society Islands, French Polynesia
10 July 2016 | Lagoon de Punaauia, Tahiti
04 July 2016 | Tahiti
27 June 2016 | Baie De Cook, Moorea Island, French Polynesia.
22 June 2016 | ¤Marina Taina, Tahiti.
09 June 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
04 June 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
03 June 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
03 June 2016 | South Pacific Ocean between the Maquesas Islands and the Tuamoto Atolls.
02 June 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
31 May 2016 | Baie Hanavave, Fatu Hiva, Marquises Islands, French Polynesia.
29 May 2016 | Atuona, Hiva oa
29 May 2016 | Atuona, Hiva oa
28 May 2016 | Atuona, Hiva Oa
24 May 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
24 May 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
24 May 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
21 May 2016 | South Pacific Ocean

Still at the Bora Bora Yacht Club

19 July 2016 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Annie H
After studying the weather for the next few days we made the decision this morning that we'll postpone our departure from Bora Bora until probably Monday at the soonest. It will take us around 5-6 days to reach Niue and had we left this morning as previously planned, we could have found ourselves in some unpleasant conditions two days out from our target. We'll have another look at the weather as we get closer to Monday but until then we'll do some more exploring of this beautiful tropical paradise. What better place to be held up by weather, this is one of the best places we've ever anchored in the world! Our Aussie friends on 'It Started with a Kiss' and 'Columbo' are leaving today and heading straight to Tonga, we're hoping to catch up with them in Fiji in a few weeks.

Bora Bora

15 July 2016 | Bora Bora, The Society Islands, French Polynesia
Cam H
We sailed away from Tahiti for the last time, stopping in almost the same spot we anchored in during the Rendezvous a few weeks ago on the Island of Moorea. Early the next morning we caught up with Riley and Elayna from their yacht La Vagabonde, they came over to Annecam for a chat and a cuppa'. The last time we spent some time with them was in Grenada last year, Annie still remembers she and Elayna having way too many Pina Coladas. It was a good but brief catch up, we gave Riley the Lasagna Annie promised and then set our sails for Bora Bora.
We have been anchored in a beautiful bay alongside the Island of Toopua, inside the lagoon here at Bora Bora. The water clarity is absolutely extrodinary, we can see our anchor chain all the way down to our anchor 10 metres below. The blue light we hang in the water off the stern at night that Annie bought me for my birthday, makes night fishing really interesting with reef shark, mackerel and trevally showing up for a look.
The further west we sail, the more Australian flagged yachts we see. I guess that this is almost the same highway we are traveling on, all heading in a similar direction and roughly ending up around the same place.
Life's pretty cool and warm on Annecam

Leaving Tahiti

10 July 2016 | Lagoon de Punaauia, Tahiti
Cam H
We have spent the last couple of days getting Annecam ready for the next part of our journey, we are now stocked up with provisions, water and fuel, we are just waiting for a good weather window and we will be on our way. I mentioned in the last blog our plan is to sail from Tahiti to Bora Bora. We intend staying there for about a week, including being there for Bastille Day this Thursday the 14th. We will be clearing through Customs and Immigration there to sail to Suwarrow in the Northern Cook Islands, then on to Niue and then Tonga.
We have loved our time here in Tahiti but it is time to move on, Tahiti is a very busy Island compared to the Marquises Islands and the Tuamotus Archipielago, it will be good to get back to the smaller, quieter and friendlier Islands. Not that the people here in Tahiti aren't friendly, we have found that everyone, the locals, the professional people to the bus drivers have always greeted us with a smile, it's just that there is a lot more of everything, traffic, planes and definitely a lot more boats coming and going.
If Annecams administration Pip and Tom read this blog, this will be one of the last posts we will do ourselves until we get some decent wifi, so we will be handing the baton back to you "Pip" via our Iridium Go satellite communications system we have on Annecam.


Hi from us on Annecam

04 July 2016 | Tahiti
Annie and Cam H
We are back in almost the same spot in the lagoon in front of the Marina Tahina here in Tahiti after we motor sailed back from the Island of Moorea at the end of the Rendezvous. We are waiting for one item of mail from Australia to arrive before we move on to Bora Bora for Bastille Day on the 14th. From there we intend to clear out through Customs and Immigration, our plan is to make Suwarrow in the northern Cook Islands our next landfall, it should be a 4 night, 5 day passage, that is if the trade winds are good to us. After Suwarrow we plan to head to Niue and that passage will be a similar distance as the one from Bora Bora to Suwarrow.
After 9 days of countless miles of riding on different buses and walking our legs off we finally found the right place to purchase LP gas in the correct European cylinders for cooking on board Annecam. We could not believe how something so simple could turn into such a saga, we now have 10kg of the liquid gold stashed away in our fuel locker, this should be enough for the rest of our journey back to Australia.
We love waiting in beautiful places like this, as usual life is good on Annecam

Slowing down

27 June 2016 | Baie De Cook, Moorea Island, French Polynesia.
Annie & Cam
Here we are, right in the middle of the Tahiti to Moorea Rendezvous along with 70 other yachts, plus a few other vessels that were already here in Baie De Cook on the island of Moorea. The sail over from Tahiti was not a race, it was just meant to be a friendly sail from one anchorage to the next. We were told to follow a small yellow motor boat for the short passage and at about the half way mark the yellow boat steamed away from the fleet, then we were able to give our boats a clear run to the finish line for the photo shoot that was taking place at the entrance to the bay. We worked our way up to and were holding the position of third overall with about three miles to go and crossed the line in fifth position. We finished in an American sandwich, with two Stars and Stripes boats on either side, a good laugh was had by all, it was not a race haha.
The Rendezvous has been fantastic with traditional dancing by several of the Polynesian island groups, a full on outrigger canoe race that was one of the many highlights of the weekend which we took part in, we managed to finish forth in our heat but unfortunately that was not good enough to get into the finals. Every Captain was presented with a lovely engraved pearl shell donated by Latitude 38 for taking part in the event, plus a lei from the beautiful Miss Moorea. There were representatives from Fiji, New Zealand and Australia, all promoting what was on offer from their respective countries. We purchased a 'haul out and splash' at the Vuda Point Marina in Fiji to touch up our anti-foul paint on Annecam before sailing to Australia later this year. I would like to encourage every yacht that is heading this way to join this event to be able to see first hand what we call making landfall in paradise is really like, the Pacific Puddle Jump web page will give you all of the links to what we have experienced.
It finally looks like my leg is on the mend, it still looks very ugly with skin falling off like you wouldn't believe, so with a little luck we might be able to continue our journey back to Australia.

Tahiti

22 June 2016 | ¤Marina Taina, Tahiti.
Annecam admin Pip & Tom
¤Just for you who are still riding along with us, we arrived in Tahiti on the 8th, dropped anchor at 0800 after a very brisk sail on the second day of the passage from Takaroa covering the 185nm in even time. ¤We went ashore and hitched a ride to Papeete from there we were given directions to the Marina Taina, we reserved a mooring for a week and tied up a couple of loose ends to get Annie back on board. ¤Back on board Annecam things started going down hill for me, apparently I had picked up a severe infection in the left leg, I was very ill by the time we had moved Annecam the 10 miles to the marina and thanks to Denise I was being seen to by a very good French Doctor, he informed me how dangerous this infection was, so now I'm taking more pills than I can poke a stick at plus self administered injections. ¤I went back for a progress check and the Doctor prescribed more injections, at least he managed to remove some glass from my other foot, how it got there is another Story ¤Life still goes on, on Annecam
Vessel Name: Annecam
Vessel Make/Model: Bavaria 46
Hailing Port: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Crew: Campbell & Annette Hair
About: Cam has had a long love for the ocean, over 40 years on and off various boats. Annie would love smooth seas and to never to see another winter.
Extra: Rig heavy, reef early, and pray often; for God does not promise us an easy passage, but He does promise a safe anchorage.
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