Dream Caper

Follow Steve & Portia on their 42' Catamaran

13 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
01 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
01 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia

Manta Rays, Tiger Cowrie & Good Food

07 June 2011 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
This is Steve swimming with a manta ray approximately 25' below the surface.

June 1-5, 2011

On the east side of Bora Bora, we anchored near the posh resorts of the St. Regis, Intercontinental Thalassos, and the Four Seasons where they charge as high as $5,000 per night for a cabana over the water. We all got great exercise kayaking around the motus and resorts and snorkeling in the warm clear water. One day, we went snorkeling and actually saw 3 manta rays within the lagoon and managed to get some photos with our new Olympus underwater camera. It was an exciting sight as we have been looking for manta rays since arriving in French Polynesia and have not sited any previously. Manta Rays can grow to 18'; these were approximately 8'. We then moved on to the SE end of the lagoon near Matira Beach, where we anchored in 10' of water on two very calm, warm days. We kayaked and snorkeled from the boat, and spent a few hours cleaning the hulls of Dream Caper in these calm conditions. Beatty had fun helping us scrub. While looking for a handle from a broken bucket that had gone overboard earlier in the day, Beatty spied a Tiger Cowrie shell. After several tries, she succeeded in diving 10' down to snatch it up. It was a beauty, 3" long. Steve quickly cleaned the critter out so that Beatty could take her prize home with her. In the nearby coral gardens, we fattened up the small tropical fish with old bread and they showed their appreciation by swarming us wherever we swam. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at La Bounty Restaurant and a Polynesian buffet with a Polynesian dance show at a local resort. With weather warnings of high winds coming, we motored for two hours all the way around the lagoon back to the SW side where we tied up at a mooring at the famous Bloody Mary's Restaurant. Since we were only 50' from its well maintained dock, we decided to have dinner there and it was delicious. The floor of the restaurant is soft sand and they offer to check your sandals/shoes at the door. In the restrooms after pulling a chain, water cascades down a small rock waterfall at the bottom of which one can wash her hands with soap from a clam shell. We enjoyed spending time with Rae who was last on Dream Caper in 2002 in Martinique and Beatty who has occupied Rae's time since then. Having a 9-year old on board kept us all active and it was fun watching her first time experiences on the boat and in the water.

We have been carefully watching the weather and sea conditions this past week in preparation for our passage to Pago Pago, American Samoa with a possible stop at Suwarrow Island, Cook Islands. High seas and high winds are expected through Wednesday so we will hang out here in Bora Bora since we need to re-provision, do laundry, take care of some business on the internet and wait for some engine parts which we have ordered from Papeete. Since this will be a long trip in an area with variable sea conditions and weather, we have decided to use a weather service to confirm that sea and weather conditions will be favorable for our passage before we embark on this journey of 1100 miles. We have our own weather reporting services but just want to make sure our predictions agree with someone a lot more knowledgeable than us in weather and sea forecasting.
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Vessel Name: Dream Caper
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot, Venezia 42 - Catamaran
Hailing Port: San Rafael, California
Crew: Steven Stecher and Portia Igarashi
About:
Portia and Steve sailed out of San Francisco Bay, California in 2003, on their 42 foot catamaran, Dream Caper. They cruised in the Sea of Cortez and down the coast of Mexico for 2 years. [...]
Dream Caper's Photos - Main
We had planned to stay one night at this island before leaving for Australia, but because the weather was not conducive for crossing, we were happy to spend some time at this delightful island.
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Created 19 October 2011
This is the capitol of New Caledonia and a beautiful French city.
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Created 12 October 2011
This was one of the loveliest islands we have visited.
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Created 12 October 2011
We arrived from Vanuatu at this remote island in the Loyalty Islands. The waters of the lagoon were aqua blue almost everywhere with whote powdered sugar sand on the beaches.
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Created 12 October 2011
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Created 24 September 2011
Progressive photos of the process of redoing Dream Caper's Hulls and Keels
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Created 22 September 2011
Dream Caper Haulout, Port Vila Produce Market, and Apartment View
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Created 6 September 2011
This is Dream Caper all cleaned up and pretty.
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Created 6 September 2011
We stopped for one day and 2 nights at this resort which is at the SW end of Viti Levu Island, Fiji before leaving for Vanuatu.
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Created 27 August 2011
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Created 22 August 2011
We cruised from Port Denarau on Venua Levu Island to the Mamanuca Islands and then north to the Yasawa Group Islands.
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Created 17 August 2011
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Created 6 August 2011
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Created 31 July 2011
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Created 25 July 2011
The whale watching tour was fabulous! We swam within 20' for these huge docile creatures. The mother whale with her calf stood still enough for us watch them for several minutes.
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Created 14 July 2011
Underwater shots and funky La Paella Restaurnat
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Created 12 July 2011
Beautiful Tonga! Lovely islands, friendly locals, no big hotels and lots of pigs.
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Created 4 July 2011
It was a rough 2 days.
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Created 4 July 2011
Just a few photos from our 8 day stay in Pago Pago, American Samoa
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Created 28 June 2011
7.5 Days Out to Sea
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Created 22 June 2011
More photos
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Created 22 June 2011
Manta Rays, Fish swarms, kayaking in the lagoon
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Created 7 June 2011
We left Papeete, Tahiti on April 29, 2011, via Moorea, Huahine and Tahaa, arriving Bora Bora on May 11, 2011.
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Created 27 May 2011
Dream Caper was hauled out via an unusual method.
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Created 18 August 2010
We spent 10 days in beautiful Moorea.
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Created 18 August 2010
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Created 18 July 2010
We cruised to a number of anchorages on this beautiful island
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Created 30 May 2010
19.5 day crossing from the Galapagos Islands to the Marquesas, making landfall at Fatu Hiva. We then moved on to Hiva Oa and Tahuata Islands.
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Created 19 May 2010
We returned to California to take care of some business, buy boat parts, visit family and to do some skiing!
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Created 17 March 2010
From our 15-day trip to China in mid-September 2009
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Created 28 February 2010
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Created 22 February 2010

CAPTAIN & FIRST MATE

Who: Steven Stecher and Portia Igarashi
Port: San Rafael, California
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