The Sailabout of Mauliola

05 September 2016 | Fakarava
05 September 2016 | Fakarava
01 September 2016 | Fakarava, North Pass.
30 August 2016 | Fakarava, south pass
22 August 2016 | Tahiti
23 October 2015 | Port Denarau
05 October 2015 | Fakarava, south pass
05 October 2015 | Vurolevu Island
26 September 2015 | Matasawalevu Bay
24 September 2015 | Vunisea, Kadavu
06 September 2015 | Fulaga, Fiji
06 September 2015 | Fulaga, Fiji
06 September 2015 | Fulaga, Fiji
04 September 2015 | Susui Island
03 September 2015 | Susui Island,
31 August 2015 | Susui Island
29 August 2015 | Raviravi Bay, Vanua Balavu
29 August 2015 | Bay of Islands, Vanua Balavu
29 August 2015 | Batavu Bay, Vanua Balavu
29 August 2015 | Raviravi Bay, Vanua Balavu

Jerry's Birthday

05 September 2016 | Fakarava
C. Farias/overcast/hot/breezy
Today is Jerry's Birthday. Last year we were in Susui Island, Fiji, a most delightful place where we were treated as guest of honors. This time, we are in another magic place, so different but equally beautiful. Yesterday I baked an apple cake, apples from New Zealand that we purchased in Tahiti, for the birthday breakfast. Of course it was partially eaten last night while it was still warm, with ice cream we bought at the village. The ice cream here comes in various flavors but as Felipe says they all taste the same. Just the color changes. Nevertheless it was a treat. I also made a chocolate mousse using some of the "black gold" that my friend Anna gave ime. The day prior to our leaving Hawaii she gave me a bag full of dark chocolate which I have been generous enough to share. I actually have a new definition for trust, as I left a bar on the counter one night. Leaving the dark stuff out when Felipe and Jerry are around is really more than a leap of trust.
A trip to the village Saturday morning was the most rewarding. The Catholic Church was open. I have been to Fakarava twice and never saw it open. It is beautiful inside. Strands of shell leis hanging from the ceiling and hand painted panels depicting religious scenes and saints adorn the walls. The chandeliers are made of shell work. I was going to mess on Sunday but got busy with work and missed it.
The wind had been blowing way harder than I like, 18 to 25 knots day and night. The anchorage is a bit bouncy but not bad. We are really enjoying our stay here at the village Every trip to the village is rewarded by the smiles and greetings of Ia Orana or bonjour from the lovely Polynesian people. I have tried without success to post a photo but no matter how small I make it, it doesn't download.
Today I am afflicted with the Polynesia paralysis. It is a condition that makes anything but a shady spot, preferably with a couch or bed on it, attractive. I already have scouted the place and I will head that way soon. Jerry thanks all for the birthday wishes. My Aloha to all and until next time.

Jerry's Birthday

05 September 2016 | Fakarava
C. Farias/overcast/hot/breezy
Today is Jerry's Birthday. Last year we were in Susui Island, Fiji, a most delightful place where we were treated as guest of honors. This time, we are in another magic place, so different but equally beautiful. Yesterday I baked an apple cake, apples from New Zealand that we purchased in Tahiti, for the birthday breakfast. Of course it was partially eaten last night while it was still warm, with ice cream we bought at the village. The ice cream here comes in various flavors but as Felipe says they all taste the same. Just the color changes. Nevertheless it was a treat. I also made a chocolate mousse using some of the "black gold" that my friend Anna gave ime. The day prior to our leaving Hawaii she gave me a bag full of dark chocolate which I have been generous enough to share. I actually have a new definition for trust, as I left a bar on the counter one night. Leaving the dark stuff out when Felipe and Jerry are around is really more than a leap of trust.
A trip to the village Saturday morning was the most rewarding. The Catholic Church was open. I have been to Fakarava twice and never saw it open. It is beautiful inside. Strands of shell leis hanging from the ceiling and hand painted panels depicting religious scenes and saints adorn the walls. The chandeliers are made of shell work. I was going to mess on Sunday but got busy with work and missed it.
The wind had been blowing way harder than I like, 18 to 25 knots day and night. The anchorage is a bit bouncy but not bad. We are really enjoying our stay here at the village Every trip to the village is rewarded by the smiles and greetings of Ia Orana or bonjour from the lovely Polynesian people. I have tried without success to post a photo but no matter how small I make it, it doesn't download.
Today I am afflicted with the Polynesia paralysis. It is a condition that makes anything but a shady spot, preferably with a couch or bed on it, attractive. I already have scouted the place and I will head that way soon. Jerry thanks all for the birthday wishes. My Aloha to all and until next time.

Rotoava, Fakarava

01 September 2016 | Fakarava, North Pass.
CF/sunny
Ia Orana. I am the hero today. I want all the accolades and praise. I got internet connection to work on the boat, albeit slow, I got a bunch of veggies, fresh tuna, and 2 pumplemousse (not sure how to spell it). This is my favorite fruit in the French Polynesia. It is like a large sweet, juicy and delicious grapefruit. Lunch was tuna poke, a fresh salad and baguettes, freshly baked at the village.
It was wonderful to go ashore in the village of Rotoava and see that it looks even better, and the people are still the smiling and happy Polynesians we met when we were here 4 years ago. The supply ship came in from Tahiti today and there was a lot of activity on the dock. Everything comes from Tahiti and the only thing that goes out is a bit of copra.
I went to see the young girl that cut Jerry's and my hair when we were here but she has moved to another Island. Her grandmother, who I remember well as our hair cut was done in her yard, under a tree, was sitting by the door as before, and with the same smile. We moved on to the Boulangerie (bakery) which is much larger now, and got fresh baguettes and croissants. There is a new owner now and the bakery has been expanded to a good supermarket. The village is so clean, almost every house has a lovely garden of Tahitan gardenias, bougainvilleas, hibiscus, breadfruit and other flowers. Next time I go to the village I will ask for a breadfruit. I was told that they don't sell them. It has been very warm but the wind has been with us, blowing from 14 to 20. It is a blessing. We have had a few showers, as always does when we put the clothes on the line to dry, and I have had my exercise, running to get them off the line, putting them back on and off again when the rain gets back.
There are lots of fish living under the boat but we can't eat them. There is ciguatera in the atoll, reason why I think there is so much fish life everywhere here. We will be here for a few more days and then go back to the South of the atoll. It is my very favorite place in the French Polynesia. My Aloha to all.

North Pass

30 August 2016 | Fakarava, south pass
C. Farias
Ia Orana. We, Felipe and I, had 2 fabulous dive days in the South Pass. There is so much life in the pass although the coral reef is in distress. We can't get tired of looking at a such a concentration of grey reef sharks. I noticed much less fish, like parrot fish, compared with 4 years ago when we dove and snorkled the same sites. We noticed much more people in the area and even a few more houses. Today we sailed in light winds to the north pass. Our friend Bob is leaving tomorrow and the small airport is here. Jerry also needs to have internet connection and we had none in the south pass. I cooked rattatuille and ciabata bread for dinner while underway. Looking forward to going ashore tomorrow and see if I can get anything fresh. We are getting low in fruit and could use some greens. My Aloha to all and have a good Labor Day weekend.

Tahiti

22 August 2016 | Tahiti
Overcast and very hot
Ia Orana. Here I am again. It has been a long time since Fiji. Mauliola was in Aotearoa for a few months and in May of this year Jerry sailed her to Tahiti. It was a fabulous crossing, which I chose not to do, being a fair weather sailor that I am. I just joined the vessel in Tahiti. Getting her fully provisioned for the next few months was a chore that I am glad is done. I may have bought too much oatmeal and olive oil, unlike cheese and wine these too do not go together very well. I got a little confused with the amounts as the measurements here are in kilos and litters. We didn't get to explore and enjoy Tahiti much because there was a lot to be done and the time is short. We really want to sail to the Tuamotus. I dream of seeing my friendly sharks again and the beautiful turquoise waters of the atolls. If the weather Gods allow we may be leaving tomorrow. We have our nephew Felipe and our very dear friend from Aotearoa, Bob Evans with us. I got to say au revoir and good night. Aloha to all and until next post. CF

Nadi

23 October 2015 | Port Denarau
C. Farias/very hot weather
Bula. We are back to the modern work and its conveniences and inconveniences. Culture shock indeed. We have done quite a lot since we left Kadavu Island, including ripping the reacher sail while under way with winds blowing from 22 to 38 knots. The seas were from behind which made the short passage not too bad. In Nadi we picked up our fried Jamie who stayed with us for a short visit.
We spent a few days in Navadra Island, a small unihabited one, but very beautiful. The waters were so much warmer than everywhere else we been here. I said goodbye to the layers of wet suits and could stay in the water as long as I wanted without getting cold. Hurray. The reef condition is very poor but there was a large amount of fish. The wather forecast changed and a tropical stom came down on us bringing very gusty wnds but not much rain with it. The storm passed mostly to the west of us. However, we went to Waya Island to get some protection from the storm in case it strengthened. Waya is a beautiful island with high peaks which reminded us of the Marquesas. We did our sevusevu, the briefest one, and soon after we met many of te villagers under a covered area. They had trinkets to sell, which to our disappointment were not made by them, except for the post cards made out of tapa cloth. The stuff was all store bought probably all made in China. The reef in the south side of Waya is also in very poor condition. I saw a large number of crown of torns, the starfish that kills the coral. I wish I knew what is causing so much destruciion to the reefs here. Is the starfish doing it all?
We have been super busy getting the boat ready for the crossing to NZ. We really like Fiji and will leave with many wonderful memories and many new friends in our hearts. Jerry and the crew will be sailing Mauliola to Aotearoa and I will be flying home. Sotatale and until next post.

Back to Paradise - Fakarava

05 October 2015 | Fakarava, south pass
C. Farias
Ia Orana. We are back to my very favorite diving place on earth, the south Pass of Fakarava. We sailed from Tahit on Monday afternoon and had a good sail although a bit bumpy, arriving here yesterday afternoon. We were very lucky and arrived at 3PM when the tide was slack, the only good and safe time to enter the pass. It is so beautiful here that is difficult to describe. We were very tired but very excited to anchor in the same location as we did 4 years ago. As soon as we dropped anchor the welcoming committee came to greet us. 4 black tip sharks were the leaders of the group. Today they were close by and every scrap of food that hit the water was consumed promptly. We spent the day cleaning up the boat and went for a superb snorkeling this afternoon. The sad part is to see all the bleaching in the coral that we didn't notice when we were here 4 years ago and there is much less fish. I am sending this via SSB radio. I am sorry Anna but I can't sent photos. I will say good night and Aloha to all. We are all well and happy to be here.

Vurolevu Island

05 October 2015 | Vurolevu Island
C. Farias
We spent a few days in the lovely shores of Vurolevu Island, inside the Astrolabe Reef. Great snorkeling and a few minutes of swimming with Manta rays made our stay memorable. The wind didn't cooperate and we couldn't dive in the famous reef. Tomorrow we leave to the Viti Levu area, one of the two large Fijian Islands. It will be our comeback to the city. We are not too excited about it as we would love to explore a bit more, but our time in Fiji is getting close to an end so we need to start sailing towards our exit port. No internet connection where we are. But plenty of beautiful sunsets and fishes and corals and many wonderful Fijians. Bula and until next time.
Vessel Name: Mauliola
Vessel Make/Model: Morrelli&Melvin Custom 65' Catamaran
Hailing Port: Hawaii
Crew: Jerry King and Conceicao Farias, owners
About: Conceicao is a Brazilian, Hawaiian by heart, wahine (girl). Conceicao e uma Brasileira, Cearence, Hawaiana de coracao. Jerry is from California, an old Hobie cat sailor, the man with a vision and a mission.
Extra: Our plans: to do a sailabout and come out in the other side of the seas. The South Pacific is our first stop.
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