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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
On the hard
06-Aug-2012, Chantier Naval, Raiatea

Almost exactly one year ago we posted a blog entry with a very similar picture - that time still at Yankee Marina in Yarmouth, Maine. About 12 months and 10,000 nm later it was time for renewing Namani's anti-fouling bottom paint, give its top sides some care and repair some keel damage we had suffered when running aground in Yarmouth' Royal River, right after launching Namani.

Those three jobs are done now (almost - some touching-up left for tomorrow), and we're scheduled to go back into the water on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile we were happy to see the crews of E Capaoe (remember that mid-Pacific rendez-vous?) and Samba again who are on a mooring outside the yard. Nicky got lucky, escaping boat work today and going on a hike with Merlin, Valerie, Zoe, Sam, Luke and their parents.

Now we look forward to be waterborne again soon... stay tuned.

09 - Pacific Crossing
A nice overnight sail
02-Aug-2012, Approaching Raiatea

We're just approaching Raiatea, our next stop in the Society Islands in French Polynesia, sailing nicely on a beam reach about 5nm from the island's SW corner (11:30 local time / 21:30 utc). We have a haul-out booked here over the weekend to re-paint Namani's bottom and take care of a small repair at the bottom of the keel (damage that resulted from scraping Maine's rocky bottom all the way back in August of 2011).

We enjoyed three beautiful days in Moorea, with very nice snorkeling and a hike up the hills during which we got thoroughly drenched. No problems hitching rides to the hike's starting point on the way there when we were still dry , but no takers for three soggy creatures on the way back ;-)

We were also happy to re-connect with Helena and Kari on Merilelu who had already spent a few days in the anchorage. In addition to allowing us to catch up it also gave us the opportunity to complete Markus' open water diving certificate (started in Toau six weeks ago) and Nana to do a refresher on a certificate she got many moons ago. Nicky did a "Bubblemaker" course during which he did two dives with all the gear and bells and whistles (very exciting an cute - some video footage to follow once we have internet connectivity again). Helena is a certified PADI instructor and she and Kari run an "opportunistic dive school" off their 40+ ft Dehler with all the equipment aboard. Great for us - we got to take diving lessons in some of the best dive spots with friends from the boat next door ;-)

We were happy to leave the anchorage though yesterday afternoon as it was getting crowded with the wind gusting at 30kn - a recipe for a restless night at anchor... we enjoyed a nice overnight sail and hope to catch Merilelu again in Huahine, once we're back in the water. Now we our keep fingers crossed that we really can restrict the haul-out to the weekend. Stay tuned...

09 - Pacific Crossing
At anchor again - at last
29-Jul-2012, Anchored in Opunohu Bay. Moorea, French Polynesia

After returning from yet another trip back to Germany Thursday night (something for another post), we finally slipped our lines today (Saturday) and left Marina Tahina on Tahiti at 11:30h this morning. It was just a short hop over to Moorea (mostly on a nice beam reach) and we dropped the hook here before 17:00h. Sailors and ships rot in harbor they say, and after six weeks at the dock (four of which we spent travelling back and forth to the fatherland) it was a nice way to ease back into cruising and slowly regain our sea legs. No major SNAFUs so far - we still managed to point the boat the right way and to get those big white clothy things up and down.

On our last day in Tahiti we were very happy to reconnect with Topaze. They'll be sailing with family for two weeks and we hope to cross paths again in Raiatea after that. We also saw Mel, Paul and the boys from Samba again whom we'll hopefully meet up here in Moorea in a few days.

Despite being very happy to finally being off sailing again, we're very grateful to Tahiti. We couldn't have done what we needed to do over the past weeks from any other place within a few thousand miles and not without the help from the very friendly staff at Marina Tahina and the other cruisers around there. Did I mention that Namani also got new standing rigging in Tahiti?

Now we're looking forward to re-connecting with Helena and Kari from Merilelu tomorrow - they're anchored across the channel on the other side of the bay.

09 - Pacific Crossing

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