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Dinner at Robert's
07/22/2011, Moorea, French Polynesia

We enjoyed dinner at the house of Antoine's ukulele instructor, Robert. This was a farewell dinner since we will be leaving Polynesia Sunday, sailing northwards to Hawaii.

Robert prepared the best meal we've had in Polynesia, a delicious smoked chicken, poisson cru, and coconut bread. In addition to the great food, we were showered with gifts and affection. Each of us was given a shell necklace personally by each member of his family, and we came back to the boat that evening with large quantities of smoked chicken, poisson cru, barbeque sauce and pineapple. Robert and his family played Tahitian songs on various instruments: ukulele, guitar, drum and percussion instruments, while Antoine played along on his ukulele.

It will be sad for us to leave Polynesia and the many warm, kind hearted Polynesians we have encountered along the way. We hope to be able to return some day.

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07/23/2011 | Judy Armstrong
Bon Voyage! Looking forward to your posts from the next leg.
Antoine's Ukelele Lesson
07/20/2011, Scott's Bay, Moorea

Antoine plays the hula "Moana" with his instructor, Robert.

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Polynesian Music and Dance in Moorea
07/18/2011, Cook's Bay, Moorea

Traditional Polynesian music and dance at Cook's Bay, Moorea.

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Short Dinghy Ride from Shore to Boat in Moorea
07/18/2011, Cook's Bay, Moorea

Video of short dinghy ride from shore to boat, to get a more 3 dimensional perspective of the scenery at this beautiful anchorage here in Cook's Bay.

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Flying the Spinnaker into Moorea
07/16/2011, Moorea, French Polynesia

Here's a superb photo of CALOU sailing across the finish line in the Tahiti - Moorea Regatta last month. (Photo kindly supplied by Andy Turpin of Latitude 38)

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Ukelele in Paradise
07/16/2011, Cook's Bay, Moorea

We purchased a locally ukelele here in Moorea, and Antoine has taken a keen interest in playing it. He's taken some lessons from a local teacher here, and can't put it down. He's getting pretty good at it already, learning the basic chords and rhythms.

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Arrival in Cook's Bay
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

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:


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