Sunrise: Chasing the dream

Life filled with adventure, both actual and spiritual.

22 September 2016 | Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
22 September 2016 | Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
20 September 2016 | Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
19 September 2016 | Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
18 September 2016 | Whitehall, NY
18 September 2016 | The South end of Lake Champlain, Whitehall, NY
18 September 2016 | Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
06 September 2016 | Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
25 August 2016 | Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
24 August 2016 | "The Coral Gardens" anchorage, Tahaa
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

The colors....

22 September 2016 | Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
Bill, photo Credit Bill
We are still stunned by the colors. This the view across the lagoon, with Tahaa in the background.

Sailing School too!

22 September 2016 | Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
Bill, Photo Credit Bill
One of the great advantages of being in Apooiti Marina is that there is a sailing school right here.

Isobel has been having a blast learning to sail a dinghy and being her own captain.

In this photo she helps another girls struggling to tie a figure eight knot.

The little bay just west of the marina is a perfect sailing area for the kids... sheltered from waves and with lots of boats and moorings to sail to and around.

Marina life

20 September 2016 | Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
Bill, Photo credit Lara
Like everything, there are trade offs between being at anchor and being in a marina. Sunrise is on the outside of the Marina, so we have a nice view off the stern towards Bora Bora and the setting sun.

And, June, across the way teaches a yoga class. The live aboard group is only 5 or 6 boats. Some using the boat as an apartment, some in between trips, some doing repairs, some stopping to work a bit and replenish the cruising kitty.

And now, 7 years later...

19 September 2016 | Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
Bill, Photo credit Lara
Things have changed. Bill had to be back in the US for some projects there. So, the girls stayed at Apooiti and Isobel went to school. Yes, of course, all in french. She is not sure she likes the teach as she is "forced" to learn the french cursive!

The importance of picking a day to leave

18 September 2016 | Whitehall, NY
Bill, Photo credit Lara
When we first started planning to “buy a boat and go off cruising,” someone asked us when. When we said, “Fall of 2009” they chided us and encouraged us to pick a day. “If you do not pick a day, the boat will never be ready to go and you will never go…” So we did.

Now, seven years after we left for a five year trip, we still don’t have the boat ready to go cruising!! There is always one more thing to install or change or tweak.

So, we left with the boat a mess and cardboard boxes stacked up with radios and who knows what in original packaging.

So, that is still my favorite advice to someone thinking of going off on an adventure or implementing a big life change… Give me a date when you will start (or leave). That will have you work harder to be ready and most likely, have you leave before you are completely ready…

Pick a Date!

Seven years ago...

18 September 2016 | The South end of Lake Champlain, Whitehall, NY
Bill
Here we are on Lake Champlain 7 years ago today with our friend Jim Gray who made a special trip to bless the boat and Isobel! We continue to be blessed.

The mast had to be installed on a rack so we could fit under the bridges on the Champlain Canal.

Boy have we learned a lot since then... we can almost understand how to run this boat! And we have a full crew now on board...

Reading fiend

18 September 2016 | Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
Bill, Photo Credit Lara
Well, the girl continues to read up a storm. Each book is logged in her reading log and badges are awarded for various accomplishments... This is her badge showing that she has read 60 books since Alicia started the badge program when she was aboard in August.

Note the Chinese theme.... the Mid Autumn Moon Festival has just passed and they have been studying the Chinese customs around that holiday. French Polynesia has a huge Chinese influence...

Home schooling badges

06 September 2016 | Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
Bill, Photo credit Lara
Lara's cousin Alicia came up with the idea of "Reading Badges." Every ten books she reads out loud to one of us, she gets a badge. I should have been posting the other badges, this photo is kinda fun as Isobel often complains of the sun in her eyes when Lara is trying to compose the imgae... So, although she is very excited to have reached a badge, she is holding her eyes closed...

Congratulations Isobel... and thanks Alicia.

What did you do at school today, honey?

25 August 2016 | Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
Bill, Photo Credit Alicia Reitman
Isobel has been taking on more and more responsibility. Everytime we think of giving up life on the boat because of some complaint we have, we look at Isobel and think of what we could do to replace some of the lessons she is learning.

Check out this video of Isobel picking up a mooring

We use hand signals to communicate between the bow and the helm. The helm always confirms the signal by replying with the same signal (you can see her checking to make sure I saw the "Engine Neutral" signal.

Look at her face in the last image and you can see that she knows she contributed to the household in a meaningful way.

By the way, this was her second mooring pick up. The first one it was just she and I on the boat, Lara wasn't there as a back up and there was no photographer. The only discussion was confirming the hand signals we would use.

Photo Credit: Alicia Reitman, Music: Chris Joss, A mooring pick up well executed: Isobel

Holy Toledo

24 August 2016 | "The Coral Gardens" anchorage, Tahaa
Bill, Photo Credit Alicia Reitman
As usual the photo doesn't quite capture it, but Lara does!

One thing about being on a boat, you have to pay attention all the time.

Over and over we talk about confirming what you see on the chart with what is out there in real life. Confirm the weather report with what is going on out there.

So, the forecast was for a front to come through late in the day, so we planned on moving by noon. I had spend most of the morning with my nose buried in some “important business”, and I was not keeping my eye on the approaching front. This was an error: About 10 am the wind backed around to the south and it started to blow… Like stink, as boaters are known to say… which means “a lot more than I wanted,” 6 hours earlier than we had expected. We were pretty much ship shape, but holy toledo! This is not the anchorage we would have chosen for this blow… And we still had the dinghy in the water with the engine on it. Not good.

So we pulled the anchor as the rain pelted down and headed slowly into the nearby bay, where we were sheltered from the 3’-4’ wind chop. There, we were able to lift the dinghy engine off the dinghy and stow it on the aft rail. The Dinghy was lashed to the fore deck using ratchet straps (I still think of Clint on Karma, who came up with that strategy.) Then we were prepared for the conditions… and a couple hour slog back to Apooiti… again, not something we would have planned on doing.
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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