Picture Above: After Cyclone Oli destoryed the Bora Bora Yacht Club.
Picture Below: The same dock last July when Honeymoon took on water with the Hudy's on board!
I don't know where I have been, but just today I learned that the Bora Bora Yacht Club was destroyed a couple months ago by Cyclone (Hurricane) Oli. We absolutely loved this place and it is terribly sad that it has been destroyed. The owners were extremely helpful and the restaurant bar was one of the few cruiser meeting places on the entire island.
This is a terrible loss for the cruising community and a small reminder of the power of the ocean. Be safe out there!
Picture: They say a journey starts with a single step. Our first step was buying Jimmy Cornell's book on cruising routes shown above. Read below for a complete reading list...
Today I received the nicest email from a fellow sailor named Hamish. With his permission I have posted his email below and answered his question regarding the best cruising books for the Caribbean and South Pacific, which I have included for those that might also be interested. We wish Hamish and his wife Sally the best of luck for a safe a fantastic journey! We're thankful for his email and blog - we'll be watching every step! Enjoy:
Sent: Wed, March 10, 2010 8:22:05 AM
Subject: RE: Trip
I have been meaning to write for ages, but every time I think of a question, I recall that I have read the answer somewhere in your blog. Katherine introduced us to your blog around August last year and it has been wonderful following your adventures but we do hold you 100% responsible for what we are about to do.
My wife, Sally, ... sent me the link to your blog with the comment "have a look at this, it is amazing, I would do it in a heartbeat." After having a read myself, I said 'Ok then, lets do it' and the rest shall we say is history!
... We will probably follow a very similar route to yours from Panama, but we have to get across the Atlantic first! As I said, your blog has been great and most questions have been covered. I do hope you don't mind me asking a few more and probably even bouncing some ideas off you as we get further into our planning... [Can you recommend any pilot/cruising/passage books for the Pacific and the Caribbean?]
As you will appreciate we have a lot to do, but we have given ourselves a little more time than you guys! Congratulations on a successful trip and hope to chat further in the future.
ps. We have taken your advice and started a blog. You may note that the layout is quite similar, sorry for that, but why reinvent the wheel!
HAMISH, HERE ARE THE BOOKS WE RECOMMEND!
General HOW TOs:
The Most Important Book: Jimmy Cornell on Route Planning
Best book on boat repairs, maintenance by Nigel Calder
Great general book on Cruising by Beth Leonard
Caribbean Cruising Guides
Bruce Van Sant on Cruising Routes and Life in the Caribbean
Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands
Cruising Guide to the Windward Islands
Cruising the British Virgin Islands
Panama Cruising Guide:
The one and only Panama Guide
South Pacific Cruising Guides (or lack there of)
The best South Pacific Guide (anchorages only)
South Pacific tourism info, restaurants, hikes, etc
Australia Cruising Guides
Cruising the Coral Coast (avail in Aus)
Beacon Guide to the Queensland Coast (Avail in Aus)
Cruising New South Wales (Avail in Aus)
MISC Cruising Books / Favorite Reads
Excellent & Small Reef Fish Identification book
My favorite book of the Journey, The River of Doubt!
A great South Pacific Novel, and another one from the same author
Complete Wastes of Money
Complete waste of money, do not buy this book
Although a great concept, this book was out dated, do not buy
Sailors, anything I missed? Please comment!
Part 3 of our battle with a Yellow Fin Tuna
Part 4 of our battle with a Yellow Fin Tuna
Video: by Tim Williams
As we approached the final 30 minutes of our three week voyage across the pacific, we hooked a massive yellow fin tuna. Although desperate to get in the harbor and anchor, we stayed off-shore for almost an hour fighting this fish. We had no idea what it was and if it was even worth keeping, but when it finally broke the surface we knew we had to have it. And the wait was worth it, as we promptly cut the tuna into a full sushi platter upon arrival. Land could wait, for now...