Puanani Voyage 2016

19 September 2017 | Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
31 July 2017 | Tapuana Bay, Tahaa, French Polynesia (FP)
28 July 2017 | Baie D'Avea (Avea Bay), Huahine, French Polynesia (FP)
20 July 2017 | Matavai Bay, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
20 July 2017 | Matavai Bay, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
19 July 2017 | Yacht Club Tahiti, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
09 July 2017 | Tahiamanu, Moorea, French Polynesia (FP)
09 July 2017 | Tahiamanu, Moorea, French Polynesia (FP)
04 July 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
03 July 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
30 June 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
27 June 2017 | Opunohu Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia (FP)
25 June 2017 | Matavai Bay, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
22 June 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
19 June 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
18 June 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
16 June 2017 | Enroute Raivavae-Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
15 June 2017 | Enroute Raivavae-Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
14 June 2017 | Enroute Raivavae-Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
08 June 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)

Preparations Underway

19 September 2017 | Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

A quick update to let you know what's happening now and forthcoming.

We've established a crew for the Tahiti-Hawaii leg. Crew members consist of Rob Ka'uhane, Jenny Guzik, Zane Logan and myself. Rob, you'll remember from the NZ to FP leg. Jenny comes highly recommended by Dee Darby (Fiji-NZ leg) and just helped Greg Gillette sail his Beneteau home from Tahiti. Zane, Joe's oldest son has signed on as well. We can't wait to get started.

North Sails is repairing the mainsail I brought back with me from Tahiti. They are also constructing a brand new mainsail to take back with us. Very important to maintain a proper suit of sails or "quiver", if you will, to insure you can accommodate all sailing conditions anticipated during the voyage.

We've also been assembling items that were lost, broken, or in need of repair/replacement. Mainly, safety and first aid related. There are a few more items that we know we won't find in French Polynesia but are considered must haves, like SPAM.

I plan to leave for Papeete on October 7 with the remainder of the crew scheduled to arrive on October 14. This allows me a week to sort through the boat and call back for someone to grab anything that we've overlooked.

More to follow

Windward Leeward

31 July 2017 | Tapuana Bay, Tahaa, French Polynesia (FP)
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

As you can tell by the position report, we moved from Huahine over to Raiatea and Tahaa. Two more of the beautiful Leeward Islands. We spent last night on the windward side of Tahaa in Haamene Bay after sailing up from Raiatea where we had spent the night before. The sailing inside the fringing reef has been spectacular. There has been little to no requirement to use the engine due to the steady SE Trades.

We enjoyed a fantastic lunch at the Hibiscus Hotel. It's a family run restaurant that used to have a turtle sanctuary on site. The turtles are gone now, and have been for the past ten years, according to the proprietor, Leo. Funny, because all the guides we read, and even the latest tourist guide for the islands, all mention the "turtle sanctuary." Leo threatened to put old rusty steel "turtle tags" into our ears with a huge pair of pliers it he heard any more complaints about the lack of turtles.

The four of us had huge platters of Poisson Cru with ice cold Hinano beer or a glass of chilled white wine. Kana and Paige then joined the several children family members and our server for multiple games of "Uno." Blossom and I took a walk to work off some of that massive and delicious lunch.

Last night, in Haamene Bay, the winds increased from a pleasant 12-15 knots to 18-22 knots with gusts into the mid-twenties. Made for a cool but bouncy night at anchor. I never sleep well when at anchor and the wind is up. I keep picturing Puanani dragging and ending up on a lee shore or a shallow reef.

Today we sailed over the top (north side) of Tahaa around to the leeward side to escape the strong winds that continued through the day. First stop was at Ilot Tautau with the intention of getting in some world class snorkeling. Not meant to be though. The wind had churned the water so much that visibility was quite poor. We then picked up on one of Noodle's tracks. He left them all over these islands. This track led us into Tapuana Bay and appeared to be the best option to escape the gusty winds.

As soon as we set anchor, the winds in Tapuana Bay increased until they too were well into the mid-twenties, maybe even one or two 30 + knot puffs. I'm thinking, "Great! Another sleepless night." A short time after sunset the winds began abating and as of this writing the bay is glassed off and Puanani is doing the happy anchor chain dance. Not only is the bay calm and glassy, but the entire channel between the bay and Ilot Tautau is like a lake. Sweet dreams, baby.

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love.

mark blossom makana paige

Tanda Malaika

28 July 2017 | Baie D'Avea (Avea Bay), Huahine, French Polynesia (FP)
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

We're having a fantastic stay in Huahine. Stayed the first night right inside the channel leading to the main town of Fare. We then followed one of Noodle's tracks from his trip here in 2014 to a bay at the south end of Huahine.

This move coincided with receipt of some bad news about a fellow cruising family that ran aground on the reef just outside Avea Bay a few nights before. Turns out that Kana knows the family as they were in Cuba the same time Hokule'a was there in 2016. Kana was on the escort vessel, "Gershon" when he met them and spent some time getting to know the family during the Hokule'a visit there. We had just seen them in Marina Taina a few days before we left for Huahine.

The French Polynesian Coast Guard had to helicopter lift the family of six off their catamaran, flying them safely to shore as the cruisers anchored inside the bay, who attempted to reach them by dinghy, could not get close enough due to the shallow, razor sharp coral reef and large waves breaking around the vessel. All six were safely extracted and flown to Fare, the main town in Huahine. From there they boarded a friend's boat and sailed back to Avea Bay to begin assessing the damage and to attempt to salvage their beloved Tanda Malaika, home to the family for the past 2 and something years.

It was determined that Tanda Malaika could not undergo salvage due to extensive damage to her hulls and the incredible amount of money it would take to float her off the reef and tow the vessel safely to Raiatea. The family decided that they would scuttle their boat after removing anything and everything of potential value. This is where Kana, his girlfriend Paige, Blossom and I come into the picture.

For the next two full and one half days, we worked with the family and a host of other assisting cruisers to remove all hardware, hatches, electronics, two diesel engines and another diesel generator, a water maker, running and standing rigging (less the two cap stays and a halyard being used as a forestay) from Tanda Malaika. It took dinghy trip after dinghy trip to move all that and the family's personal belongings, tools, dive gear, and food from the boat. It looked pretty thoroughly stripped by the time we stopped. Everyone was exhausted.

I was mostly impressed with the tenacity and fortitude of the couple's 4 teenaged children. Jude, sister Maicah (Sp), and the twins, Aiden (Sp) and Emma worked harder than anyone to see the effort through to completion. Despite the incredible emotional trauma of losing their home, they persisted and did their Mom, Belinda and her husband Danny proud. I was completely blown away by the way they cared for and supported one another and their parents through the ordeal, which, by a long-shot, is not over yet.

We said farewell to them, knowing that our paths will likely cross again. We plan to sail to Raiatea tomorrow and the family plans to take an apartment there until all the details and disposition of Tanda Malaika is finalized.

You can read more and even assist the family with some financial help if you look up the "GoFundMe" site for RescueTheTribe. I heard that noonsite.com has a story posted as well.

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love.

mark blossom makana paige

Market

20 July 2017 | Matavai Bay, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
Blossom Logan
On 18 Jul; we headed to the Market to see what they had. The Market is located in a big open building with two levels of clothes, food, fresh produce, jewelry, hand crafted items, fresh fish, fresh flowers, etc. We had so much fun trying to go through the whole thing. Kana picked up an ukulele and started jamming, it sounded great -- sold. We spent at least five hours there and only covered half of the Market.

Tahiti Yacht Club and Food Truck

20 July 2017 | Matavai Bay, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
Blossom Logan
On 17 Jul we left Taina Marina and headed to Tahiti YC to weather the projected rain and wind before making our way to Huahine. We plan to settle here for two days. They have hot showers and wifi. The YC is pretty laid back and located on the outskirts of Papeete. We caught a taxi and headed to the downtown district to have dinner at the food truck stop located at the wharf. All the different smells coming from all the trucks made us feel more hungry. We walked to all the trucks to see what they had to offer. They had pizza, crepes, Chinese, fish and chips, steak, good ole American hamburgers, and many others. Paige mentioned that the Chinese food was awesome and plenty; she was right. It was great to see kids run around and enjoying themselves as well.

Yacht Club Tahiti

19 July 2017 | Yacht Club Tahiti, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
Blossom Logan
Aloha All,

We picked up Kana and his girlfriend, Paige, on the 15th at Marina Taina and allowed for a day of rest and provisioning as we completed plans to sail to the Leeward Islands (Isles Sous Le Vent) of the Society Archipelago, Decided to delay a day or two more as strong SE winds are forecasted. Perfect angle for sailing to our intended destination but bad conditions for the more tender of our crew members.

We are now moored at Yacht Club de Tahiti (YCT) where the facilities are pretty good for a club of 250 members. There are a fair number of wet slips for power and sailing vessels. An adjacent mooring field that can handle another dozen or so yachts. There is also dry storage for a good number of power craft. There is obviously a great fleet of Optimists and Hobie 16 enthusiasts as indicated by large numbers of these craft stored on the property.

Puanani is occupying a mooring vacated by the local yacht, Souimanga. Souimanga is out sailing for the season. The sailing catamaran, "Mi Corazon" anchored right in front of us this afternoon. We met Mi Corazon's owner/skipper, Hans Peter, in Raivavae the first day we arrived in French Polynesia. Hans Peter is currently endeavoring to solo circumnavigate Mi Corazon via all the great capes. Quite an adventurous undertaking. He's got his girlfriend, Suzanne, visiting while he is here in French Polynesia. Right now Hans Peter is trying to repair one of his rudders that kissed a coral head (Bombie) in a narrow channel just off YCT. After that he plans to continue to Huahine in the Isles Sous le Vent.

I'm really looking forward to exploring beyond Tahiti and Moorea. So many of you have described the beautiful islands that make up the Leeward Group. I hope the winds and seas abate slightly so we can get underway soon. Puanani and I need that "blue water" fix again.

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love

mark blossom kana paige
Vessel Name: Puanani
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 393
Hailing Port: Kaneohe, Hawaii
Puanani's Photos - Main
Selected photos and videos from our voyage to and through the South Pacific commencing 2016 04 30 to 2017 mm dd (TBD).
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