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Around the world with S/V Zephyr
The adventures of Bill & Tracy as they fulfill their lifes dream of sailing the world. We've dreamed of this for years and now is the time while the health is still good and there is money in the kitty to make it come true.
Here's the east side of the mountain.
Sunny and warm.
08/03/2011, Bora Bora Yacht Club

Here's a picture from the yacht club looking at the mountain.

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Exploring Bora Bora
Sunny and warm.
08/03/2011, Bora Bora Yacht Club

We've moved now that the wind has let up!! We upped the anchor(boy was it dug in!) just after 0900 and took off backtracking our in coming course back toward the west side of Bora Bora. We took it slow to make sure we stayed where we were supposed to be on the track. Since we had come in safely, going back the same way would make sure we got out through the reefs and shallows safely and it did. We followed our course carefully and got to the Bora Bora Yacht Club at just about 1100.

Since we still have abut a week left here, and we need a few supplies, we decided to stop at the yacht club and pick up a mooring buoy. There is another front coming in and we want to make sure we are in a safe place when it arrives in a few days. Weather trends here tend to be one week of good followed by one week of garbage with big winds and rain. Right now, it's nice and sunny with a gentle breeze blowing through the buoys. As we approached the small cove, we called Hokulea, one of our sister ships here at the yacht club(Solstice is here also). Jake looked around the mooring field and told us to come in as there was at least one buoy available. As we entered the buoy field, a boat was just disconnecting from their buoy so we waited a few minutes till they were safely away and grabbed it as is in a safe location. Many of the buoys are quite close to each other and we don't want to bump another boat. As it is, we are quite close to a large charter catamaran. We grabbed the line on the buoy and after adding a second line(just to be safe) we were set. We had heard that there was excellent internet service here and that has proved to be correct so that is an added bonus.

We launched Puff with Dragon and headed ashore to get signed in, learn about what was around the club and get rid of trash. While at sea, we can get rid of some of our trash over board but in a lagoon where we are now, nothing goes over board. Plastic is NEVER dropped over board. It is always taken to the next stop in the voyage. Once signed in at the office(actually at the bar as they have no office) we dropped off our trash and headed into town. We'd thought that the club was closer to town but it's actually quite a ways out so we had a good walk to get to the stores and find a place for lunch. We'd been clued into where we could get a good cheap lunch along the road. It's at one of what we refer to in the US as a "roach couch". These are spread all over every island we have visited and each has a different take of what they offer. All the food that we have had there has been quite good(most times). Some better than others as it is everywhere. We found the suggested "coach" and I had chicken with french fires on French bread. The fries are not on the side, they are in the sandwich. Tracy had a sandwich of Chicken Chow Mien on French bread. Something we have never seen at any other "restaurant". She tried some of my sandwich and said she liked hers better. She didn't get fries on her sandwich though.

We hiked through town looking at what the town has and found the local Tourist Information Center and picked up some maps to get a better lay of the island. Walking back to Zephyr, we stopped at the two grocery stores(we'd passed them on the walk in to town) to get a few items and some drinks. We loaded up our back packs as well as the bags we carry for supplies and headed back. As we did, we cam upon two men having a fight outside a black pearl store along the road. Not sure what that was all about but one looked like the owner of the store and the other didn't. They slapped and punched each other other quite well before a bunch of people stepped in to stop it. As we headed back, we came across some old friends of ours--Lene and Henrik off Dana. We'd met the in Mark's Bay in Nanaimo, British Columbia several years ago and have bumped into each other off and on but hadn't seen them in over a year. They hail from Denmark and have been out cruising(even went around Cape Horn) for years. A fascinating couple(even built their own boat) that can "talk the talk" since they have "walked the walk". A treasure trove of knowledge and a great couple. We'd been in contact with them via email for a while(they had been at Raiatea)but didn't expect them to be at Bora Bora for another week. As we walked back, I passed them right by(not recognizing them) saying "hello". Tracy recognized them immediately. They had just come into the yacht club and they had also set off to explore the island. We stood along the road and chatted and got caught up a bit. As we will both be here for a few more days, I'm sure we will get together again to get better caught up.

We arrived back at the yacht club and headed back to Zephyr to get out shower supplies and headed back in to get cleaned up since the club has hot water showers. While there are signs on the doors that mark one as womens and one as mens, the mens was not an actual shower. Instead it was lined with supplies and equipment. So with only one shower(and it was occupied) we walked out to the dock and came across Avril and Graham from Dream Away(we'd met them on Tahaa) as well as Jake(off Hokulea) and Bill from Solstice. We got caught up on what everyone has been doing before heading back to the showers. Nice a clean, we stopped in at the club and had a beer($6.25 per beer) before returning to Zephyr for the night.


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Bora Bora in the clouds
In the rain yesterday
08/01/2011, Motu Piti Aau, Bora Bora

Here's a shot from the stern of our boat as the clouds dropped on the island of BOra Bora. There were many times that the island was lost to the clouds behind us.

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The winds have let up!!
Sunny and less wind!
08/01/2011, Motu Piti Aau, Bora Bora

Yesterday, the winds and rain continued. The winds never really let up. They were constant while the rains came about every 90 minutes with either big showers or light sprinkles. We could see the clouds building far on the easter horizon. A few catamarans(charters) joined us in the anchorage and a few left. One non charter catamaran left as well. Some time after sundown, another non charter catamaran dropped their anchor farther behind us. This is not a place I would want to sail around or even motor around after dark. I'm not sure where they came from but they have more guts than I do.

With the winds and the rains still keeping us aboard and the loaf of bread I had made a couple of days ago running out, I pulled out the flour and made another loaf since there was nothing much else to do other than read a book. With that being said, I just finished First Blood by David Morrell. I've read others of his books and found them quite good. I've heard of First Blood as the book behind the movie Rambo but I've never seen the film either. Well, the book starts out with a preface called "Rambo and Me". A narrative on how he came up with the story and the characters. This was his first book. The bad thing about the preface is that he tells you the end of the book!!! I knew what was going to happen to everyone before I even got to the first chapter! What's with that? I won't spoil it for those of you that have never read the book but may have seen the movie but the two bear little resemblance to each other other than there is a character called Rambo and Sherif Teasle. That's about it. What a drag knowing the ending of a book before you even start it. So if you buy or come across the book published by Grand Central Publishing in 2000 and see the section called "Rambo and Me", DON"T read it. It spoils the book.

With the wind blowing, we haven't had to run the generator much other than the occasional times we needed to run something that requires AC power. Out DuoGen did a fair job keeping us with lots of volts for our usage. The winds have dropped off a bit this morning so I fired up the water maker as we have used a good bit since we dropped anchor and I'll be firing up the generator once the voltage drops to where we need more power. While it is running(along with the water maker) I figure Tracy and I will put Puff back in the water and head around the south end of Motu Piti Aau and do some more snorkeling. This will be the first time in days that it's not blowing and the waters are calmer making a dingy trip somewhere much more enjoyable and less bumpy. Two of the boats(English speaking) that have been in here with us have already taken off now that the wind had died for a while. Getting around the shallows on the north side requires somewhat calmer water to allow you to see the coral below you. I figure we will head for the west side of the island tomorrow to resupply and see the sights of Bora Bora.

We'll let you know how the snorkeling goes.

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The kids at play on their Hobis
Still blowing
07/31/2011, Motu Piti Aau, Bora Bora

Here's a picture of just a few of the Hobies that zip across the bay in front and behind Zephyr all morning and early afternoon. It's fun yelling to the kids as they pass.

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Bread day on Zephyr
Still blowing
07/31/2011, Motu Piti Aau, Bora Bora

Well, it blew and it blew and it still continues to blow so here we sit just waiting for it to slow down. With that being said, yesterday was "let's make bread day" aboard Zephyr. I started early as I thought I'd make a couple of different loaves. Being out on the hook, far away from a town(it's on the other side of the island) we have started to run low on bread so it was the perfect time to fire up the oven, pull out the flour, etc. and have at it. I'd downloaded a recipe off the internet a while ago and had already made one loaf last week. It was OK, but not as good as I had hoped. This time, I tweaked it a bit, adding a bit more sugar as well as a bit more yeast and allowed it to rise a good bit longer than they recommended on the recipe. I keep the loaf in the engine room for rising as it is the warmest place on board and it rose wonderfully. The last time I made it, it didn't look totally done when I pulled it out of the oven. I checked the temp of the oven to make sure it was correct and let it cook just a bit longer and it came out great. It rose so much that it hit the top of the oven as I tried to slide it out.

For my second loaf, I went with the braided cranberry walnut bread I made quite a while ago. I loaded it full of both cranberries and walnuts and added some orange extract to expand the flavor a bit. It has to rise a good bit longer than the white bread I made earlier so it didn't come out of the oven till after 1600. As you can see from the picture above it came out just fine. We fired up the generator so we could make toast this morning and it was wonderful if I say so myself.

Tracy was feeling off her game for a change and she sat and stitched and read and slept through the day. A day of rest is a good thing. With the wind still blowing, it really wasn't a good day to go anywhere so sitting still here was just fine.

We have found that this is the bay where Bora Bora teaches sailing to the kids of the island. Every day(except Sunday) they come out in small single sail monohulls(smallest kids), intermediate Hobis(a bit older kids) and bigger Hobies for the more experienced kids. They flash around the bay going back and forth practicing their tacks and gibes time after time. Many make it up onto one hull as they flashed past Zephyr hooping and hollering as they went having a great time. There are chase boats along side just to make sure no one gets in trouble so they are well supervised. Yesterday, in the high winds, several flipped on their side. Some needed assistance getting them righted but even then, they seemed to be having a good time. Starting young like this will make these kids excellent sailors as they grow up.

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