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At Anchor in Moorea
Bruce
06/25/2011

Photo of Calou at anchor in the lovely lagoon at Moorea.

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Race to Moorea
Bruce
06/25/2011

Today we participated in the "Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendezvous", hosted by Latitude 38. The winds were extremely light close to shore, so most of the boats ended up dropping out of the race and motoring, but we sailed 6 miles offshore until we caught 22 knots of wind, and it was a glorious spinnaker run from there to the finish line. We didn't cross the line first, but we were one of just 9 boats that made it all the way under sail.

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Visiting with Colette
Bruce
06/23/2011, Papeete, Tahiti

We met today with Pascale's cousin Colette and her husband Didier, who live here in Papeete. Pascale last saw Colette when she was 10 years old, so it was quite a reunion. We enjoyed cocktails on board Calou and then headed to downtown Papeete, where Dider treated us to dinner at one of the many "roulottes", which are vans equipped as restaurant kitchens, and you sit at outdoor tables. The food was fabulous and inexpensive as well. Afterwards we went to Hotel Intercontinental to enjoy an excellent Polynesian dance show.

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06/24/2011 | Claude
Ah! Eh bien ca c'est une bonne chose de se renconter
Avec Colette on se demandait où vous étiez effectivement depuis une semaine
Profitez bien de votre séjour ... en France
Bises
Outrigger Canoe Racers
Bruce
06/23/2011, Papeete, Tahiti

Outrigger canoe racing is a popular sport in Polynesia, and these canoes raced right by our boat in the afternoon.

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Arrival in Papeete
Bruce
06/23/2011, Papeete, Tahiti

We arrived day before yesterday at Papeete at daybreak, and dropped anchor in the channel between the island of Tahiti and the barrier reef that surrounds it. The water is calm and flat making for a comfortable spot on the hook.

The first thing we did after arrival was walk about a mile to the nearby "Carrefour" superstore, a very big store that sells everything, very much like a Wal Mart in the U.S., only the products are mostly French. The variety and quality of foods here is every bit as good as the finest supermarkets in Paris. We bought some foie gras and a dry Alsatian Gewurztraminer to go with it. The French "charcuterie", or meat products like sausages and pate, are the best in the world, so it's a real treat to find all those things here. The prices are sky high, however, since everything here is brought in by ship or plane.

In the afternoon we were very tired, having been sailing all night, so we slept until sundown, then got together friends in Phambili, Evergreen, Moondance, and Aeiola, for dinner at a nice Italian restaurant near the marina.

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Passage to Tahiti: Night 2
Bruce
06/21/2011, South Pacific Ocean

This evening is our second night on our passage to Tahiti; we are expected to arrive at Papeete right around sunrise at 6 a.m. We are slowing the boat down a little deliberately so that we arrive in daylight.

The sea conditions are very rolly, big swells keep us always on our toes. Despite that, I made 3 pizzas for dinner which we all enjoyed. It was a challenge keeping all the tools and ingredients from flying all over the galley.

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Passage to Papeete
Bruce
06/19/2011, Pacific Ocean

Today we raised anchor and sailed out of Fakarava Atoll at slack tide, heading south to Papeete, Tahiti. It's a short hop for us, 248 miles, which we should be able to do with one or two overnights depending on our speed.

Right now we are sailing at 6.5 knots, with about 18 knots of wind coming from our rear quarter.

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Skull Island
Bruce
06/18/2011, Fakarava Atoll

The boys discovered a skull and bones on a tiny islet here in the atoll. This is on a tiny island no more than 100 feet from one end to the other. The boys have dubbed it "Skull Island". We don't know why the skeleton is there, but it looks like it has been there a very long time.

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