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MOONBEAM: Circumnavigation 2013 - 2015

MOONBEAM INFO
Who: Capt Ken and Lil Bardon
Port: Marco Island, FL, USA
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SAILING SCHEDULE 2014

EARLY APRIL: depart New Zealand for Brisbane, Australia

MID APRIL - EARLY JULY cruise North towards Cairns along the Great Barrier Reef

JULY - OCTOBER cruise islands of Indonesia to Bali

MID OCTOBER - NOVEMBER sail from Bali to Thailand with a stop on Singapore

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SAILING 2013

JAN 13 - depart Marco Island for Panama

MAR 11 - Panama - Marquesas

LATE APR - Marquesas - Tahiti

MID MAY - Cruise Pacific Islands

MID JUN/JUL/AUG - Tahiti - Fiji via Cook, Samoa, Tonga Islands

MID AUG - Cruise Fiji Islands

MID SEPT - Fiji - New Zealand

OCT INTO 2014 - Moonbeam in New Zealand
 
WHERE'S MOONBEAM
LIL
06/26/2013, 18 15'S:158 11'W, 95 NM TO AITUTAKI

In case you're wondering whatever happened to the bloggers, we're back...with not much to report. We are (finally) nearing the end of a 450 mile passage. We were so busy doing nothing, we didn't have time to write.

So, what is all this nothing we are doing? There is Scrabble to play, although we seem to have misplaced the 'Official Scrabble Dictionary'. Not to worry. All disputes were resolved amicably, and no one went overboard. There are movies to watch. Thanks, Marc. There is music to listen to. Thanks iTunes. There are books to read. TGFK. (Thank goodness for Kindle.) There were 'last week' bananas which needed to be made into banana muffins. (See photo above). There were potato chip cookies to be made. (Yes, you read that right.) Gotta' keep the seratonin level up. Oh, yes. There were fish to be caught....but not by us...YET!

And, then there was our environment: beautiful sunrises and sunsets, 2 boats in our view in 4 days, far off in the distance, and a desolate atoll with lots of birds flying overhead. Linda thinks they look a lot like the brown noddies and sooty terns usually seen in the Dry Tortugas. But, so far, the best sighting of this passage: Jon was on night watch when he heard a spout and spotten a 30-foot whale, about 10 feet from Moonbam.

Our next port of call: Aitutaki. It will be good to get our landlegs back...and the travel guides promise, along with vivid descriptions of the island, an internet cafe. YAY! We do need to feed our addiction.

06/27/2013 | ALAN
Looking good Lil. Really sorry to have missed the whale. I am glad to see Mike and Linda aboard. Hi to you both. Were the muffins worth the calories?
Love the blog and yes someone watches daily.
Cheers
06/27/2013 | Fred Shinn
Yes, Lil I am keeping track of Moonbeam. Your culinary arts are being put to the test, and the crew is sure lucky. Happy all is going well
06/27/2013 | alan
I love the blogs and look forward to them each day, so keep up the good work. Cookies and Potato Chips are 2 of my favorite foods, so combining them sounds great.
06/27/2013 | Kelly
Folks, Your photos and word pictures are fabulous. Following your adventures is a fine way to escape this crazy hot 101 degrees, 7% humidity, dry as a bone day. More lush water photos! Cheers to all, especially Linda and Michael. Kelly and Kevin
POSITION REPORT
KEN
06/25/2013, 17 06'S:154 55'W, 290 MILES TO THE COOK ISLANDS

Proceeding towards Aikutaki in the Cook Islands. Still calm seas and light winds. Motor sailing at 5.5 Kts.

06/25/2013 | Natalie Weinstein
Wow, this is outstanding. You are so lucky. Be Safe. Nat
06/25/2013 | BUDDIE
I'm AN OLD SAILER THAT IS REALLY ENJOYING YOUR TRIP .......YOU GIVE ME SOMETHING TO LOOK FOWARD TO ON YOUR EVERY POST .....I HOPE YOU WRITE A BOOK WHEN YOU GET BACK BECAUSE IT WILL GET THE ATTENTION OF " PEOPLE WITH IMAGINATION '..........THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME SOMETHING TO LOOK FOWARD TO .........GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU ........BUDDIE
LAST DAY IN FRENCH POLYNESIA
LINDA
06/24/2013, 16 34'S:152 47'W, 400 MILES TO THE COOK ISLANDS

What makes an island develop tourism? Maupiti has very little commercialization. There are several small pensiones for visitors to stay over. No hotels, few restaurnts and only a few shops that primarily sell groceries. Families stay in the same house for generations- relatives are buried in the front yard. The streets are lined with mango, grapefruit, breadfruit, noni and tiare which is the national flower. The island is surrounded by a reef with a narrow, difficult entrance channel. The current can run up to 8 knots. Fortunately it was calm when we entered and we were escorted in by dolphins. The photo was taken when it was dead calm - you can imagine how wild it must be on a windy day. Many boats don't stop here. There's a ferry to Bora Bora a couple of times a week, and Air Tahiti flies to Tahiti several times as week as well.

Families ride bicycles and motor scooters in the street. People are very helpful and friendly. Ken and Lil went for groceries and a family game them a ride to and from.

We didn't do a lot but had a lovely day. We walked to the edge of town on each side. Little blue herons landed on the cliff face of the mountain, tropic birds flew overhead, children played football (soccer) in the street, and big kids (adults) played an organized football game at the community center. This was Moonbeam's last stop in French Polynesia so the goal was to spend the rest of our Pacific Francs. We bought clothes pins, mustanrd, sardines, beer and ice cream pops. No restaurants were open, so we had a barbecue on the board under a full moon.

This morning we took the dingy to the beach, did some walking and wading. We hoped to snorkel but it was all white sand with just a few seas cucumbers. Moonbeam got her bottom cleaned and we left around noon for Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. The sea is tranquil - no wind and not a boat in sight all day. We're back on watch schedule and it will take 2 days to get to our next stop.

06/24/2013 | Mom
Enjoy! Looks like you are having a lovely time. Sarah is leaving today, we have enjoyed keeping up with the blog.
Lots of love
06/24/2013 | NN
We follow your posts every day and we thank you for them. Be safe and count the stars, feel the breeze, ride the waves, and let the sea fill your soul.
06/24/2013 | alan
Have fun, Be safe. May The Schwartz Be With You!!!
06/25/2013 | Roz
Hello to my cousins Edie and Steve! I'm enjoying the blog and the wonderful photos. Enjoy!

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