Sunrise: Chasing the dream

Life filled with adventure, both actual and spiritual.

20 August 2016 | Coral Gardens near Tahaa
18 August 2016 | On the way to Tahaa, French Polynesia
17 August 2016 | Les Trois Cascades, Raiatea, French Polynesia
12 August 2016 | Uturoa, Raiatea
11 August 2016 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
11 August 2016 | Tahaa West Pass
10 August 2016 | Tahaa Coral Gardens
10 August 2016 | Tahaa pass
10 August 2016 | West of Bora Bora
31 July 2016 | Bora Bora
30 July 2016 | Bora Bora in 2016, near Bloody Mary’s restaurant
26 July 2016 | Coral Garden near the Taha'a Resort
26 July 2016 | Near The Taha'a Resort
20 July 2016 | West side of Taha'a, French Polynesia
16 July 2016 | Tahaa, Frech Polynesia
12 July 2016 | Approach to Utaroa Raiatea French Polynesia
02 July 2016 | Ilot Maharare, Tahaa, French Polynesia
28 June 2016 | Tapioi, Raiatea
28 June 2016 | Raiatea Carenage Services, Raiatea, French Polynesia
22 June 2016 | Tapioi, Raiatea

More snorkling

20 August 2016 | Coral Gardens near Tahaa
Photo Credit Bill
What is this blue fish. He was very interested in us... and I must have taken 100 photos of him...

Setting the Spi with guests on board

18 August 2016 | On the way to Tahaa, French Polynesia
Bill, Photo Credit Lara
We picked up cousin Alicia and she helped us set the Spi to sail downwind to Tahaa.

A climb with the Austrians

17 August 2016 | Les Trois Cascades, Raiatea, French Polynesia
So, We met a kid and his parents anchored off Raiatea. They found this great hike to the Trois Cascades. We had a great hike and made it to all the way to the third cascade...

Fish on....

12 August 2016 | Uturoa, Raiatea
Bill
We caught this nice Tuna within a mile of the pass coming into Tahaa last late afternoon... It will make 4 or more meals. An impressive fight... I was hoping it wasn't a big Marlin...

We came into Uturoa to get some provisions and a quick blog post....

Bora Bora... laundry?

11 August 2016 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bill, Photo Credit Lara
We are not sure if it was OK to do Laundry on Bora Bora. Life sure is different now on Bora than when I was here in 1986.

2400 hotel rooms... wow...!

The problem is that they are so beautiful

11 August 2016 | Tahaa West Pass
Bill, Photo credit Lara
We had set a line because it had been long enough since we had caught a fish that I had forgotten. Isobel asks every time we are underway if we can fish and I come up with some excuse… So, we sailed from Bora Bora and carefully picked a lure based on the latest lore on what works best… a blue one because it was a nice day and it was daytime. And, I thought it was one that dove deeper so we could catch a Tuna. And then we let out the line and went over the drill with Isobel if we should catch something. The sound that the reel would make and that she should call out “Fish On!!” if she heard the reel go off.

We had all but given up hope as the day of light air sailing with the code zero had turned into a motor into the wind as the wind direction was not as forecast (of Course). My mood was foul as I do not like to motor, being known to make fun of boats motoring rather than sailing… Like a trawler we set the auto-pilot and I set my chin.

Within about a mile of the West Tahaa Pass the reel went off and Isobel called “Fish On”… I was shocked into action. I should have had a belt to put the rod in, but because of my reluctance to fish, mine was buried in the sail locker. I tried to lodge the pole against my waist, then against the grab rail on the aft coach roof…

This was my first Tuna of this type and it was a fighter. Mahi Mahi don’t really do much… you just reel them in. This fish dove and ran and tried to run with the line and swim toward the boat to spit out the lure and then dive again… I started to be worried that we had caught too big a fish to land. I pledged to cut it loose if it were too big and Isobel demanded that we land it…

When it came to the surface finally it was like a silver flash… as though we had hooked a stainless steel dish… Then we saw it and, not having a gaff, I was able to use gloved hands to get it on board. We covered it quickly with a towel… removing the lure we realized that it had, during the fight, got the second hook of the lure caught in its gill… and had bled to death. No bashing or other brutal acts needed. Except the filleting….

Anenomes and clown fish... Not like finding Nemo

10 August 2016 | Tahaa Coral Gardens
Bill, photo credit Bill
I thought I would throw it out to readers to let me know if they can find this dark blue clown fish with a bright blue spot.

The other day we saw an entire "coral head" that was covered with anemones...

Comment function on Blog

10 August 2016 | Tahaa pass
Bill
I wasn't able to get a great shot of this Anemone... with the black clown fish with blue spots... they were pretty cool...

Sorry, something must be going on with Sailblogs... We have notified them that people are not allowed to comment... We like the comments too! It lets me know that people actually look at the thing!

Hopefully Tim and crew will get things fixed up

A Conversation about Conservation

10 August 2016 | West of Bora Bora
Bill
It is interesting how much of conversation one can have about a plastic bag. The other day, I made the great error of leaving the recycling in recycling bin in the bag I had carried it from the boat. This error was pointed out when I returned to the boat feeling that I had been a good hunter/ gatherer… bringing home limes, a few fresh green peppers and a quart of fresh milk… all of which we have not been able find recently… and two gallons of gasoline which required visiting two gas stations and waiting until after the lunch break at the second one.

I had thrown out a valuable thing, this bag. It was one of the really nice ones, a little thicker so it would not tear if the cans and bottles were mixed. It had nice handles which were important too as they allowed the bag to be tied easily to the stern rail to keep the wind from blowing it overboard. And it was somewhat new, having been used only a half dozen times, you could tell because it was pretty clean and the plastic was still strong (the sun and heat make plastic get brittle quickly.)

I did redeem myself by finding an old piece of Starboard that I was able to fashion into a piece that would replace the little plastic well the deck shower valve is housed it.

Bora Bora for Lara's birthday

31 July 2016 | Bora Bora
Bill, Photo Credit Bill
Equanimity

The American Heritage Dictionary describes this as:

Calmness, composure. It comes from a latin word meaning “even-tempered.”

I think that cruisers are forced to learn equanimity. From the day you buy your boat a list will start, if not written down, it will be in you head… the list will grow. As you check things off, the list will grow. Some people never leave the dock as they think they will leave when the items on the list have been completed. The list is the project list. You can’t escape it. You can ignore it and it will be there. It can be lost because you didn’t back up the computer and it will still be there. You can get off the boat for a while and it will be there. You can work long days and stay up all night and it will be there. No matter how hard you work it will get longer. One cruiser said he thought the list grew at the same rate when they were off the boat as on the boat… and having left the boat, I tend to agree with him.

The question is can you live with your list and be equanimous? We have good friends who we have always admired because they seems so cool, calm and composed… always. Today we saw them frustrated and upset by a series of problems. It was almost a relief (even though we feel for their troubles) to see that even those who seem most composed can lose it.

My list… yes. Today I did nothing to reduce my project list and added only a couple things to it… Hey, it's Lara's birthday!
Vessel Name: Sunrise
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 38
Hailing Port: Dorset, VT
Crew: Bill, Lara and Isobel Calfee
About: We left Lake Champlain September 18th, 2009. Isobel was 7 months old
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/beherenowii
Sunrise's Photos - Sailcraft repairs
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This was before the repair. Hard to see... if you look closely you can see where the tabbing (lower half of photo) it separated from the hull
After repairs with paint on.
In the aft cabin, the paint has been ground off the areas that were broken inside and out. You can see the light shining through where there is not paint on both sides.
Bottom of the keel with the flap of glass removed down to the Iron ballast
A test hole to see if there was delamination. none was found. there is a cavity between the glass and the ballast... and the glass is solid for at least an inch!
 
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