Preping the boat
09 July 2008 | Tahiti
We had planned to head off to Moorea today. The boat was a long way from being ready for sea however. The city dock is not a place to try to keep you boat clean. We ended up taking the entire day to prep the boat.
Pablo, Nobu and I re-stitched the trampoline shock cord, which made the feel of the tramps much more enjoyable. We washed down the decks stowed everything below and finished up some business on the Internet.
The port captain requests you check with them prior to heading to Moorea, and we had to pay our bill anyway. By noon the wind was up and that pretty much settled it. We would stay one more night and leave at first light. I considered putting our port prop on here but the water quality is just too nasty. With a new monohull to starboard (and a nice Moody 64 at that) and our friends on O'Vive to port, I was not comfortable trying to make an exit with one prop and 15 knots of breeze pushing the bow around.
Hideko and I decided to hit the Heiva again while everyone else relaxed. The second night was troop performances and choral music. The troop performances include drums and sometimes other instruments with Polynesian dance in a story telling format with various groups of men and women and mixed dancers. There were solo dancers and singers and often choral bits. Hideko enjoyed these performance the most out of everything we saw over the two nights.
The choral singing performances were interesting as well but a bit repetitive and long. I would love to listen to the music while working or doing something else but it is a little slow for me as a point of focus at the end of the day. Curiously the performers are all seated with the exception of the director. The women also place their chins in their left hands forefingers on their cheeks. I'm sure there is some cultural significance to all of this but I will have to do some more research before I know what it is.