Annecam

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
20 May 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
20 May 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
18 May 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
17 May 2016 | South Pacific Ocean

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

Day 1 passage from the Tuamotos To Tahiti

09 June 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
Annecam admin Pip & Tom
¤145 nautical miles on day 1, the total distance for us is 343 miles, if we manage to keep sailing the way we are at the moment we plan to arrive at Tahiti at about midday tomorrow. ¤This passage has been very interesting so far to say the least. We started off with a nice 15 knot breeze from the north east and that didn't alter until a very intense storm broke right on top of us, this one had the lot, thunder, lightning, driving rain and the squalls it produced were extreme, I measured one of the gusts at 38 knots and the direction was all over the place. It even had us Sailing at 180 degrees to the heading we should have been on, it took about a mile to figure out what was happening. ¤Today we are sailing on a close reach, beating into quite large seas, we are still holding 7 knots of boat speed, Annecam shudders from bow to stern when she flies off one wave crashing into the next. ¤Apart from destroying some of our dishes when one of lockers was not shut properly all is well on Annecam.

Blog ¤Day 4 pt 2 Maquesas Islands to the Tuamoto Atolls.

05 June 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
Annecam admin Pip & Tom
119 nautical miles in the last 24 hours, completing the 446 rum line miles before midnight. ¤After struggling we the serious lack of wind over the first few days, we finally got some wind all from a very intense tropical thunder storm that dropped right on top of us and stayed with us for the day. We had it all, the lightning, the very loud thunder, the driving rain and wind that sometimes hit well over 30 knots. Our speed was sometimes hitting over the 12 knot mark. We arrived in the dark so I took the safe option and hove to, just floating around until the sun came up. ¤We are now anchored just on the side of the Teauonae Passage on the Takaroa Atoll, it will be good to catch up on some sleep and with a bit of luck purchase a few litres of diesel. ¤Life is nothing short of fantastic on board Annecam.

Blog ¤Day 4 Maquesas Islands to the Tuamoto Atolls.

04 June 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
Annecam admin Pip & Tom
120 nautical miles in the last 24 hours, 338 rum line miles complete with 101 to go to Takaroa Atoll. ¤The time that it is taking us on this passage will cut down on the time that we will be stopping in the Maquesas. I have a very important appointment on the 11th in Tahiti as that is the day that Annie lands and will be joining me again on Annecam. Wow that is only 7 days and she will be here, let's hope that the wind stays to get us there on time. ¤Yes we do have a nice wind blowing now 13 knots giving us a nice 8 knots of boat speed. ¤Last night I could see the first of several electrical storms, that is one thing that we do not want while we are on a yacht. ¤Life is still awesome on Annecam.

Blog ¤Day 3 Maquesas Islands to the Tuamoto Atolls

03 June 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
Annecam admin Pip & Tom
105 nautical miles in the last 24 hours, 222 rum line miles complete with 224 to go. ¤We finally got past a hundred miles in a day on this passage. Without wind and without the luxury of enough fuel we are totally at the mercy of what mother nature throws at us including the doldrums. For those that have never heard of the doldrums, it's one of many terms used to describe the inter tropical convergence zone or itcz, an area of either famine or feast when it comes to the amount of wind and at the moment we have a famine. ¤Just to break the boredom we spotted two whales swimming on the surface about 200 metres off our port beam, they were too far away to positively identify but at this latitude they most likely would have been humpback. ¤Life is still nice and relaxing 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.
Home Page: http://my.yb.tl/annecam/quicklink/1183/4050
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