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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
Land ho!
15-Jun-2012, En route to Tahiti

Tahiti came in sight at dawn this morning. Now (0630) local timethe rising sun starts to paints the mountain peaks (max = 2200m) in a beautiful orange-pink. We hope to pass Point Venus (where Captain Cook observed the Transit of Venus in 1769) between 0900 and 1000 and then reach the harbour by mid-day. All is well aboard, stay tuned...

09 - Pacific Crossing
Au revoir Toau
14-Jun-2012, En route to Tahiti

We had five wonderful days in Anse Amyot on Toau, enjoying the hospitality of Valentine and Gaston, the company of the other boats in the anchorage and the shear beauty of the location - plus a dinner for the 60 people on the Crusing World Adventure Charter fleet who visited one night (something for another post...). We slipped our mooring there at 1230h local time yesterday (13JUN) and are now about half-way to Tahiti, where we hope to arrive around mid-day tomorrow. We then have two days to "park" the boat, before Nicky and Markus will fly back to Germany for visit to Nicky's Opa on 17JUN.

Wind is good (on the beam), seas a bit confused but not too big - all is well aboard, stay tuned...

09 - Pacific Crossing
Moving north
07-Jun-2012, Anchored off Rotoava, Fakarava, Tuamotus

Had a very nice two days at anchor about halfway down the length of Fakarava. The wind has turned southerly yesterday, a direction from which the "inside" of Fakarava offers little protection where we were (a bit choppy but not too uncomfortable). So we noved to the northern end, just off Rotoava (the main little town on the island), in order to catch the outgoing tide through the pass at 0630 tomorrow morning and move on to Toau, the next atoll to the north. We've heard that Toau has great snorkeling and diving (and better protection form the south). Had a bit of an adventure this afternoon, when tried to anchor "outside" Fakarava, off its northern "shore" (in order to get better protection from the southerly chop). The spot looked good on the chart (5-10m) but we couldn't find any suitable sandy spots to drop our anchor between the coral there. Hence, we came back through the pass into the atoll. this time against a 15-20kn southerly wind that blowing against a 1-2kn incoming (i.e. south setting) tide. That made for 15 bumpy and wet minutes, nothing to serious though. As it turns out, the anchorage here of Rotoava is not bad in current conditions and this way we also got a chance to see the little town. As an additional bonus, we can get fresh baguettes before leaving for Toau tomorrow morning (the bakery opens at 6am)..

Btw... we're just reading "Treasured Islands" by Lowell Holmes, an account of Robert Louis Stevenson's ("Treasure Islands") travels in the South Seas. In the late 19th century he sailed on a chartered schooner also from Nuku Hiva to Fakarava. Apparently, they had a local copra farmer among the crew who piloted the ship through the pass into Fakarava - and freaked out the captain in the process (pre-GPS days..). It's a wide pass, but under sail without charts and with the right amount of turbulence in the pass we can sympathize with the captain... that excitement no longer exists (fortunately for us)...

All is well aboard, stay tuned...

09 - Pacific Crossing

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