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Arrival in Cook's Bay
Bruce
07/14/2011, Moorea, French Polynesia

Before leaving La Polynesie, we've decided to make a stop at Cook's Bay, Moorea. This is such a beautiful island that it's a shame to visit it only once.

We arrived at the anchorage just after sunset, navigating by the lighted bouys and range markers. As we entered the bay, the sound of traditional island drums resonated. We felt as if we were James Cook and his ship, arriving for the first time in this magical place.

We'll be here until we're ready to make the 2500 mile passage north to Hawaii.

Here's an 18th century sailing song:

"Come cheer me up, me lads,
'tis to glory we steer,
To add something new to this
wonderful year,
'Tis to honor we call you, as free men,
not slaves,
For who are more free as the sons of the waves?"

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07/14/2011 | Lynn A.Stokes
If you still need a crew member, feel free to drop me a line. Just finished a Oahu to Morro Bay delivery and could use some more sea time to re-new my 100 ticket. Got side-tracked and let it expire! (
Photo Album: Mexico to Paradise
07/14/2011

John has uploaded a fantastic set of photos from our 23 day crossing from Mexico to the Marquesas... better late than never.. click on the link below:

CLICK HERE

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Farewell Dinner at Papeete
07/11/2011, Papeete, Tahiti

We enjoyed a farewell dinner with Pascale's cousin Colette and Didier, at restaurant Casa Bianca at the marina. We ordered a meter long pizza! It was delicious. This brings to a close our visit to Tahiti as we are sailing soon to our next stop, Hawaii.

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Lighthouse at Venus Point
07/11/2011, Tahiti

Pascale's cousin Colette and Didier took us for a drive to see some of the sights in Tahiti. Here is the lighthouse at Venus Point. The point was so named by Captain Cook as he sighted the planet Venus as he arrived at this point.

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Diving on Sunken Wrecks near Papeete, Tahiti
Bruce
07/10/2011

We dove on some spectacular sunken wrecks in the lagoon near Papeete, Tahiti. Included were an airplane and three large boats.

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VIDEO: Sunken Airplane video and still photos
07/10/2011


Here's a movie which includes the video footage of our dive on the sunken wrecks near Papeete and photos of the wrecks and reef fish.

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Au Revoir John
Bruce
07/04/2011, Papeete, Tahiti

We had a wonderful dinner chez Colette, Pascale's cousin in Papeete, and shortly afterward our friend and crew member John got on a plane, violin in hand, to fly home. John has been with us since before our departure from Mexico, back in February, so this was a major event. He's flying home for some commitments he has, to play violin in some performances at the Bohemian Grove. We are sad to see John go, he has been a loyal and hard working crew member and has always been fun to have around.

Meanwhile, we are looking for a new crew member to take John's place, and we think we may have found a good one, though it is still tentative.

Meanwhile, the weather predictions are for a storm system to come through this part of the Pacific over the next few days. But today the winds have calmed down and the anchorage is very flat and comfortable. We're waiting for high winds to arrive tomorrow, however, predicted to be up to 40 knots. To that end we have moved our boat to shallower water (30 feet instead of 60) to provide better holding, and we've let out all 180 feet of chain on our primary anchor, and also deployed a second bow anchor, our aluminum Fortress anchor.

We shall see what the weather will bring, and we are ready for it.

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Swimming with the Sting Rays at Moorea
Bruce
06/29/2011

We took the dinghy to a spot where the sting rays love to feed from handouts given by humans. We handed out pieces of fish which the sting rays gulped up cheerily. They would swim up to us and eat from our hands like puppies.

The sting rays are so soft to the touch, it is incredible. It is like touching a mound of whipped cream.

We were careful to avoid the "sting" end of the sting rays.

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