Sunrise: Chasing the dream

Life filled with adventure, both actual and spiritual.

05 February 2017 | Pte Miri Miri, Raiatea, French Polynesia
05 February 2017 | Raiatea Lagoon, French Polynesia
05 February 2017 | South end of Raiatea
01 February 2017 | Baie Vaiaeho, Raiatea, French Polynesia
01 February 2017 | Baie Vaiaeho, Raiatea, French Polynesia
31 January 2017 | West Side of Raiatea
31 January 2017 | West Side of Raiatea, French Polynesia
31 January 2017 | West side of Raiatea
30 January 2017 | Marina Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
30 January 2017 | Marina Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
28 January 2017 | Marina Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
27 January 2017 | Marina Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
25 January 2017 | Marina Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
21 January 2017 | Marina Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
13 January 2017 | Mt Tapioi, Raiatea, French Polynesia
08 January 2017 | Marina Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
08 January 2017 | Marina Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
07 January 2017 | Raiatea central reef, French Polynesia
06 January 2017 | Apooiti Marina, Raiatea, French Polynesia
04 January 2017 | Raiatea Central Reef, French Polynesia

customs in FP

05 February 2017 | Pte Miri Miri, Raiatea, French Polynesia
Bill
Well, we received a call on Saturday that there would be a birthday party on Sunday. Great! The only problem was that we were at the south end of the island and the party was at the north end. And there was no wind.

I am a sailor. We live on a sailboat. We sail, we only motor if we have to... Well, this is one of Isobel's friends... all the cool kids would be there... parents were invited... they do have a nice house right on the water...

So, we motored north completing a circumnavigation of Raiatea...

Everyone wears flip flops in polynesia. And eveyone takes them off when they go inside. At school, the kids take them off before going in the classroom... Stores you can wear them, barefeet are allowed. Offices... you take them off and leave them at the door...

Hey, how 'bout a ride...

05 February 2017 | Raiatea Lagoon, French Polynesia
Bill
I saw these guys as we came up toward a mark just inside the pass. They were surfing the wave in their Va'a... as we motored up to leave the mark to starboard, one of them crossed in front of us and stopped, just out our track... "what the heck"

He gave me a surfers wave, so I held my course, suddenly realizing what he was up to.

We had seen the Va'a do it with other boats...

As we came by they slid into position. We were doing 6 knots and they still had to pull to stay with us. The one on the left had the sweet spot, right in our draft. The other is trying to stay on our stern wave, which is not very big. They grinned at us a couple times, and turned down a drink of water... they were training.

As we passed the Va'a Club in Uturoa, they pulled away from us, waved and sat back for a drink from their water bottles

On watch...

05 February 2017 | South end of Raiatea
Bill
The south end of Raiatea is well marked but poorly charted... so we kept a pretty good eye out as we worked our way around the south end.

Coral looks black, shallow sand looks light blue and sand that we will run aground on has a yellow tinge to it.

Lara stands on the bow pullpit, it is mid day so the Tropical sun it straight overhead giving us really good visability.

Isobel prefers to stay in the shade (which we left up as there is no wind...zero, zippo) and eat Pomplamoose...

Free Diving

01 February 2017 | Baie Vaiaeho, Raiatea, French Polynesia
Bill
One never really knows what clicks... Isobel has been snorkeling since 2012 and she has been very comfortable with making little dives just under the surface, horizontally.

Well, today, she saw a heart shaped piece of (dead) coral on the sandy bottom. She asked me to get it... I suggested that it wasn't too deep, and that she should try. Well, down she went, about 8 feet to snatch it off the bottom! After a few minutes she was going down and spending time checking out fish, etc...

A view from the mast...

01 February 2017 | Baie Vaiaeho, Raiatea, French Polynesia
Bill
We always feel that it is good to go up the mast from time to time. Check the rig, check the blocks, check the cables... and take some photos!

I was re-installing our anemometer, which is something that seems to not work more than it works. We like knowing wind speed. Most of the time it is interesting, and sometimes it helps making a decision. Reef or not, head off or not, pull anchor and move or not.... just another piece of data we like.

We use the same kind of rig that is used by Evans Starzanger and Beth Evans on Hawk. Whenever one of us goes up, we always do a safety, using another halyard around a winch and tailed, in this case by Lara who is on the bow, out of the way should I drop something. Isobel keeps herself out of the way too!

Today I found that our VHF cable has been degraded by the sun and the casing is all cracked. Every cable that I have worked on in the past few years that is exposed to the sun, I have added an additional layer of heatshrink tubing around... the VHF cable was installed in 2009! I guess it doesn't owe me anything... and it is yet another project...

Squalls at sea

31 January 2017 | West Side of Raiatea
Bill, Photo Credit Lara
When it is hot and there isn't much wind on passage you might sail under this to get cooled off and rinsed off. Maybe everyone could take a shower...

And usually, you would avoid it if you could. They are striking when seen from a cozy anchorage though!

bangs

31 January 2017 | West Side of Raiatea, French Polynesia
Bill, Photo Credit Lara
Did you know long it takes to grow out your bangs? Did you know how much patience it takes a parent not to cut them off again!!

She is cute, even with hair in her face!

Finally at sea again

31 January 2017 | West side of Raiatea
Bill, Photo Credit Lara
Well, barely. We slipped out of Miri Miri Pass and sailed for 12 miles south on a very light breeze to two passes down...

Still it was nice to be at sea... and a new view to look at... the west side of Raiatea.

Hanging out

30 January 2017 | Marina Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
bill
Isobel will sometimes bike for a while or sit on a bollard "telling myself stories..."

We have found that she needs this time alone. When there are too many days in a row with other kids or lots of action, she gets cranky... a few hours of "telling myself stories..." and she is back to her normal self...

Family portrait

30 January 2017 | Marina Apooiti, Raiatea, French Polynesia
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
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