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Friday, July 20, 2007 - Bora Bora Yacht Club
Don
07/20/2007, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

It is not really a yacht club, but a restaurant with about a dozen mooring buoys out front in the anchorage. They go for $25 per day with unlimited trips to the water hose to fill up jerry cans. Not exactly a bargain. After dropping off my laundry and having a very nice lunch at the restaurant I was told to help myself to the water which seems to be in short supply on Bora Bora. I am quite happy and secure at my present anchoring site for which there is no charge and I am receiving a good wifi signal for the first time in French Polynesia. I have even had a chance to look at this blog to see that it really works. Maybe I will have time to respond to some of the comments generated over the past several months.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - Beach Barbecue in Bora Bora
Don
07/19/2007, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is truly as spectacular as any island I have yet seen anywhere. Sand Dollar is anchored within view of the picturesque and famous Mt. Otemanu which adorns the covers of many tourist brochures distributed by luxury hotels where guests pay $750 per night for an over-the-water bungalow with no better view than mine. The island is decidedly touristy with the usual t-shirt shops, cruise ships, and sightseeing buses, but there are no high rise hotels and it is not crowded and noisy like Papeete. This place is worth a stay for at least a few days and maybe longer.

Members of the Ocean Cruising Club, a mostly European group, held a beach barbecue tonight to which I was invited and was most grateful for. Boats representing England, Norway, Holland, Canada, Australia, and Japan were in attendance and there was one other American boat along with mine. It was a potluck affair with a million dollar view. Some of the cruisers I had already known while most were new acquaintances. All were very friendly with a wealth of information gathered from many years of sailing around the globe.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - Electrical Problems
Don
07/10/2007, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

The battery charging system on Sand Dollar is malfunctioning and the cause is elusive. I have spent several days troubleshooting to no avail. The problem is intermittent, the worst kind. On top of that, the primary laptop computer is acting up making communication difficult. I will spend two more days working on these issues and then will leave for Bora Bora. There are no spare parts available here so there is no reason to hang out. Ordering parts from home would take too long as my visa expires August 2.

All else is well onboard and the weather is perfect.

My Brother Don's Birthday
Jim
07/09/2007

It's my brother Don's birthday today!

My sons Troy, Derek and Sean along with Bobby Lewis and me have shared birthdays with uncle Don during summer adventures. Here's a couple pictures recalling birthdays '05 in Alaska and '03 in Quetico. You might notice he REALLY likes the party hats, so if you're ever with Don on his birthday, don't forget the hats!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DON.

Sunday, July 8, 2007 - Rainy Day in Papeete
Don
07/08/2007, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

It was a good day for boat projects and generally staying under cover because of numerous rain showers which, at times, were very heavy. In fact the water in the harbor has a brown tint on account of runoff from the hills. There is nothing more to report. Maybe tomorrow will be more exciting.

Saturday, July 7, 2007 - Arrival in Papeete
Don
07/07/2007, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Sand Dollar completed the passage from Huahine to Tahiti this morning and dropped anchor amidst about 100 other sailboats in Papeete Harbor. The passage was mostly a motorboat trip but I was able to sail the last 1/3rd, about 35 miles. Now it is R& R until I catch up on lost sleep.

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