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Freezing Rain
Resting in Bora Bora
Marie
07/16/2010, Bora Bora

Have had a busy three weeks with our niece Reanna and now are resting up getting ready for the next adventure. Still trying to decide if we will take the northern or southern route to Tonga. In the meantime we will be spending a month here anchored outside the Yacht Club where we enjoy the occasional pot luck and five dollar beer.
Cokes downtown cost $7.00 and diet cokes $3.50 to $5.00. There is a big tax here on sugar.
We had a great laugh at the French Polynesian food pyramid which features two large baguettes at the base. Surprisingly we are adhering to this food pyramid since baguettes are the only good deal in town at $0.50 each. The bag to carry them in cost $0.20 so we reuse our bags.
We are no longer at the end of the pack. We are actually waiting here for three friends, Sula, in Tahiti for repairs, Worrelwind in Tahiti while traveling back to the States for a wedding and Slipaway, last heard from in the Marquesas. We met them years ago in Mexico.
The highlight here is the diving. If you go outside the fringing reef there is a dive that features large sharks at a depth of 70 to 90 feet. Our friends on Trim have made the dive a couple of times now.
That's about it for now, we are still working with a slow internet connection from the Y.C. but will be able to check emails for the next couple of weeks.

08/06/2010 | Karlen
I love reading your blog. I hope you are taking lots of pictures to share sometime.
Freezing Rain Update
Don Irvin
06/28/2010

We have spent the last two weeks moored at the downtown Quay. We have met sailors from around the world and have learned many new and exciting things about where to go and what to see. This has changed our plans once again and after we leave French Polynesia we will head to Samoa then Tonga and on to New Zealand for the Summer season in the Southern Hemisphere. While in New Zealand we will rent/buy a vehicle and tour the country. We will also be doing a lot of boat repairs and maintenance. If we can find a buyer we may sell the boat in New Zealand. If not we will head up to Vanauatu, New Caledonia, and on to Australia where we will tour the country and then sell the boat before returning to the North West. Once home we plan on buying a motor home and touring the U.S. and Canada. The older we get the more we realize that the boating life requires younger harder bodies which we haven't seen in some years. Indeed we often feel our age. Our day begins with an organ recital, my aching back, my sore shoulder, etc. For now we plan on sailing the rest of French Polynesia visiting all the major island between here and Bora Bora where we plan on spending our last month in a marina with shore power and the Air Conditioning on. We both lost considerable weight on the three week crossing but with the daily consumption of baguettes and eating at the local "drive thru" we are in the process of replacing those pounds in short order. We love Papeete, but have been here for two weeks and spent a month's worth of the cruising kitty so it is time to move on. We will be getting our duty free liquor delivered in the morning as well as the duty free fuel and heading on to Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Bora Bora. We had signed up to go to the Latitude 38 Rendezvous to Moorea last week and attended the opening party at the Mayor's Mansion on Friday On Saturday the fleet sailed from here to Moorea for a BBQ and on Sunday a "Home Cooked" meal and local sports activities, outrigger racing, tug of war, husking coconuts, etc. When we checked the weather forecast for Sat. we found that the winds were going to be in the high 20's and low 30's which meant as high as the 40's in the pass with heavy rain. We decided not to go to the anchorage that can hold about 50 boats with swinging room where the plan was to anchor 70 boats. Everyone was up all night until the winds died down at 5 AM. We on the other hand had a pleasant night in Papeete and took the ferry to Moorea where we rented a car and went to the party. When the heavy rain started on Sunday afternoon we packed it in and drove around the island to find our ferry had been canceled. We managed to catch the last car ferry back. My battery is almost dead so we will post this and be back in a week or so. Marie and Don on S/V Freezing Rain

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[s][t] Freezing Rain UpdatePapeete, Tahiti[a] Don Irvin[b]  We have spent the last two weeks moored at the downtown Quay. We have met sailors from around the world and have learned many new and exciting things about where to go and what to see. This has changed our plans once again and after we leave French Polynesia we will head to Samoa then Tonga and on to New Zealand for the Summer season in the Southern Hemisphere. While in New Zealand we will rent/buy a vehicle and tour the country. We will also be doing a lot of boat repairs and maintenance. If we can find a buyer we may sell the boat in New Zealand. If not we will head up to Vanauatu, New Caledonia, and on to Australia where we will tour the country and then sell the boat before returning to the North West. Once home we plan on buying a motor home and touring the U.S. and Canada. The older we get the more we realize that the boating life requires younger harder bodies which we haven't seen in some years. Indeed we often feel our age. Our day begins with an organ recital, my aching back, my sore shoulder, etc.  For now we plan on sailing the rest of French Polynesia visiting all the major island between here and Bora Bora where we plan on spending our last month in a marina with shore power and the Air Conditioning on.  We both lost considerable weight on the three week crossing but with the daily consumption of baguettes and eating at the local "drive thru" we are in the process of replacing those pounds in short order.  We love Papeete, but have been here for two weeks and spent a month's worth of the cruising kitty so it is time to move on. We will be getting our duty free liquor delivered in the morning as well as the duty free fuel and heading on to Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Bora Bora.  We had signed up to go to the Latitude 38 Rendezvous to Moorea last week and attended the opening party at the Mayor's Mansion on Friday  On Saturday the fleet sailed from here to Moorea for a BBQ and on Sunday a "Home Cooked" meal and local sports activities, outrigger racing, tug of war, husking coconuts, etc. When we checked the weather forecast for Sat. we found that the winds were going to be in the high 20's and low 30's which meant as high as the 40's in the pass with heavy rain. We decided not to go to the anchorage that can hold about 50 boats with swinging room where the plan was to anchor 70 boats. Everyone was up all night until the winds died down at 5 AM. We on the other hand had a pleasant night in Papeete and took the ferry to Moorea where we rented a car and went to the party. When the heavy rain started on Sunday afternoon we packed it in and drove around the island to find our ferry had been canceled. We managed to catch the last car ferry back.  My battery is almost dead so we will post this and be back in a week or so. Marie and Don on S/V Freezing Rain

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07/05/2010 | Eileen Chew
Love reading about your adventures. Living my dreams through your adventures. God speed.
Passage to Papeete
Don
06/12/2010, 170 miles from Tahiti

Had the best time in Rangiroa, diving with shark, dolphin, and mega fish...left this morning for Papeete, expect to arrive in the middle of the night 6/13 or early 6/14, winds light, still sailing, will probably have to lay off the harbor until daylight...Airport is on strike...Jay stressed as they have already canceled his flight...head plugged up bad...Irv and I spent most of yesterday roto-rooting out the calcium deposits...all the zincs needed changing as well, really deteriorated in this warm water or possibly from having to use the genset a lot...a huge black sailboat came in yesterday "Kokomo", among the toys they have are 2 small day sail boats, 2 runabouts and a large inflatable...so big they have a bridge deck where a bunch of them had dinner...also crew wears matching uniforms...opulence...they even have blue lights all night under the boat and 5 sets of spreaders all lit up at night...Jay got a pic

06/16/2010 | Kirsten Robinett
Wonderful stories. So happy to hear you are safe. Thank you for all you posting. Sent you an announcement Adam is getting married July 10!!! miss you both and love you dearly xoxo Kirsten :)
6/10
Don
06/05/2010, Rangiroa, Tuamotos

had a spectacular dive along a reef wall with thousands of fish including 4 dolphins...then the next day we were to drift through a pass, unfortunately the current swept us back out to sea where we ended up seeing a 12 foot hammerhead shark as well as many schools of fish...still trying to decide if we'll snorkel or try the pass dive again...planning on leaving Sat morning and should be in Papeete, Tahiti by the afternoon of the 13th...this has been a very restful anchorage...yummy hamburgers and Hinano beer at the local greasy spoon

06/11/2010 | sheila morin olson
I hope that you both doing well
It sounds like you both enjoying see all sealife wright soon love you both
Lazy Lagoon Life 6/7
Don
06/05/2010, Rangiroa, Tuamotos

Explored the northern village of Avatoru this morning, Looking into diving the passes with a professional guide, folks fly in here from all over the world to dive the passes. May visit a black pearl farm if time permits. Had lunch at a local restaurant complete with several wild dogs wandering about and lots of black flies sharing our food. Half a liter of Hinano beer (which is yummy) costs less than a Coke. Anything with sugar in it has a huge tax. No wonder the French are so thin. Baguettes are 64 cents. Everyone walks out of the store with several.

Yikes
Don
06/05/2010, Rangiroa, Tuamotos

The pass to enter the lagoon was terrifying, opposing current of 4 knots against 15 knots of wind which caused 8 foot standing waves and slowed the boat down to 2.8 knots...Irv loved it...he's nuts...snorkeled today and saw literally hundreds of fish as soon as you enter the water... I had an old baguette which they attacked brushing up against me in their hast to get a piece and even nipping at my hands, well that settled it and I let go...poured this morning and gave the boat a good washdown...love it here

06/06/2010 | Tom & Dawn (sv Warm Rain)
Hi Guys,
Last time we saw you was in Port McNeill. The Tuamotos were the highlight of our Pacific Passage. Warm Rain is now in Opua, NZ, will we see you there in November?

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