Child's play26-May-2012, Anchored in Hanga Haa, Nuku Hiva, northern Marquesas
Left Ua Pou early this morning (Friday), together with Topze and Merilelu, to sail 30nm to the north for Nuku Hiva. What looked like something between a close and a beam reach on the forecast turned out to be a beat to windward. Nice conditions and a nice sail though. Here in Hanga Haa (one "finger" in the larger "Baie du Contrôleur" on the southeastern end of Nulu Hiva) we found E Capoe and Samba again. So together with Nicky, and Toasca and Gabrielle from Topaze we now have eight kids between 5 and 11 years in the anchorage here and they all convened on Samba this afternoon (thanks Peter and Mel...). An interesting language mix as well. No common language that all of them share, but with some of them being bi-lingual (English/French, German/French, German/English) there's always a workable "translation relay" (not that they really need it anyway...).
Foodshopping...24-May-2012, Anchored in Hakahetau Bay, Ua Pou, northern Marquesas
Nana and Caroline from Topaze went ashore this afternoon to get some fresh fruit and vegetables. As it turns out, the little store in Hakehetau is not the place to go to, but Fatima's house, a bit up into the mountains. Caroline had talked to her the day before on the waterfront and had been told to come to her house this afternoon. Want pamplemouse (the soccer ball sized grapefruit that we've become so addicted to)? No poblem - she just steps off the back porch and picks some from a tree. Fresh bread? She's just baked a few loafs and parts with one each for Namani and Topaze. Papaya and cabbage go in a similar fashion. The pricing is "flexible" - you can trade with some small cosmetics items for her daughter. Alternatively, Nana and her agree on the equivalent of US$10 for as much as Nana can carry...
A new island24-May-2012, Anchored in Hakahetau Bay, Ua Pou, northern Marquesas
Well, we did finally bid farewell to the Manta Rays in our favorite bay on Tahuata in the southern Marquesas and weighed anchor there yesterday at 5 pm local time. We had a beautiful night sail under starry skies (reminiscent of the Galapagos-Marquesas passage) and arrived in Hakahetau Bay on the northwest corner of Ua Pou around 08:30 am local time this morning. Caroline, Chrstophe, Tosca and Gabrielle on Topaze already got here a day earlier and until this afternoon we were the two only boats in the anchorage. Quite a contrast to Hana Moe Noa Bay on Tahuata where - after some idyllic days with only 4-6 boats the count suddenly jumped to 17 over the past two days. When looked back after leaving the bay last night, the assembly of anchor lights actually outshone the few lights from the village at Vaitahu a few miles to the south...
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Namani at Sea Impression