Sailing in my Sarong Around the World

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The Adventures of Linda and Captain Underpants!

Who: Linda and Bill Anderson. To buy our books 'Sailing in my Sarong' or 'Salvage in my Sarong' for $39.95 +postage, see Paypal/visa button below (or email us: valiam1@hotmail.com)
Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia

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Linda's books "Sailing in my Sarong" or "Salvage in my Sarong" are A$39.95 each + A$10 postage in Australia for up to 4 books. Other countries please email Linda : valiam1@hotmail.com
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Salvage in my Sarong

Pearl Farm and local village Rangiroa

19 August 2009 | French Polynesia
This man is drilling a hole through the pearl I bought. (photo by Don - Chautaqua)

Rangiroa
Tuamotus
French Polynesia
Wednesday 19th August 2009

Rangiroa is really proving to be a restful haven. The weather has moderated so the anchorage is still and the water is so clear we watch with fascination the fish and manta rays that swim around the anchorage. Our American friends Don and Priscilla on Chautaqua arrived on Monday after some nasty weather. A wave caught them sideways and they are still cleaning up the turmoil of their belongings and food being flung around the cabin. However after a good rest yesterday they were keen to explore the local area with us. Besides we still hadn't been to see the gendarme. As the French navy had come past earlier taking photos of the yachts and asking if we needed any assistance we thought we had better let the local authorities know we are officially here.

The four of us walked along the road as we had previously been informed that the Gendarmerie was just north of the Kia Ora resort. After some time and some distance we were getting rather hot and sweaty. We then began flagging down vehicles to find out where it was. Eventually the mini bus from the Gauguin Pearl farm stopped. So in we hopped into the lovely air-conditioned bus and received a free lift to the Gendarmerie. It was not 'just north' but 6km away near the village of Avoturo! The French gendarme was very pleasant and friendly and after photocopying our passports and filling in a form he kindly phoned a taxi to take us the rest of the way into the village. After a 10 minute taxi ride we were charged 1600 pacific francs (about A$16!!).

Avoturo is charming. The locals live in small beach side simple dwellings with everything open, bright curtains blowing in the wind to reveal the turquoise blue water behind them. What a view to live with every day! We found the bank, ATM machine and a small supermarket. Amongst the local houses are half a dozen small restaurants and tourist shops. After Priscilla and I bought some bright cotton fabric for A$5 m we found Phillipa's Pizza restaurant overlooking the water. Whilst eating our pizzas we were wondering how we were going to get back to the boats without an expensive taxi ride. We then came up with the idea of visiting Gauguin's Pearl Farm which advertised free transport. Priscilla asked our charming restaurant host if would phone them for us. After lunch our transport arrived to take us to the Pearl Farm.

It was a most interesting visit. Our guide was Italian and spoke English for us as he explained how the black pearls are created. Technicians were performing 'operations' as we watched fascinated as the fake pearl made of shell and a scraping of DNA was carefully inserted into the mother shell. We also witnessed the pearls being extracted by another skilled technician and graded into different containers.

Of course I wanted to buy one of these beautiful pearls! A conveniently located boutique is on the premises showcasing the most expensive pearls costing 1000's of euros to the humble flawed one I bought with leather necklace for 20 euros. After our free ride back to our dinghies we thought that the bicycles would be a great idea for around here. There are a couple of little art shops along the road as well as the viewing area of the Tiputu pass where the dolphins dance during the outgoing tide. A small inexpensive café is nearby overlooking the water and the fish serving burgers and local fare. After a few more days of resting we'll be ready to sail to Bora Bora around 200 miles away. We are able to buy wifi airtime here and use the computers on the boat. Unfortunately they are starting to object to the salt air and buttons are jamming on and only one USB port works on this computer now. We hope they last till we get back to Australia!!

I'm just going to go for a swim now from the boat to look at the fish swimming around the coral close by. There are a few small sharks but they are harmless....
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Vessel Name: Valiam
Vessel Make/Model: Valiam: Lidgard 45 (Single chine plywood) designed by Gary Lidgard. Built by Bill Anderson and Steve Thornalley. Lati: 31ft 1967 Kim Holman built in Barcelona. Original name Latigazo
Hailing Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
Crew: Linda and Bill Anderson. To buy our books 'Sailing in my Sarong' or 'Salvage in my Sarong' for $39.95 +postage, see Paypal/visa button below (or email us: valiam1@hotmail.com)
About:
Bill and Linda fufilled a 30 year dream to sail around the world. First they built a boat in a paddock in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Qld, Australia in 1994 with the help of friend Steve. [...]
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CIRCUMNAVIGATION ON VALIAM: We left Mooloolaba on the 7th November 2007, sailed to Townsville, leaving Australian waters on 26th November 2007 for PNG, Palau, Philippines, Borneo, Malaysia,Singapore, Cocos Keeling islands. We crossed the Indian Ocean to Rodrigues, Mauritius,Reunion and South [...]
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The Adventures of Linda and Captain Underpants!

Who: Linda and Bill Anderson. To buy our books 'Sailing in my Sarong' or 'Salvage in my Sarong' for $39.95 +postage, see Paypal/visa button below (or email us: valiam1@hotmail.com)
Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia

Current Position - click on positions for log entr

Linda's books "Sailing in my Sarong" or "Salvage in my Sarong" are A$39.95 each + A$10 postage in Australia for up to 4 books. Other countries please email Linda : valiam1@hotmail.com
Number of copies of each book you would like
Salvage in my Sarong
"You just sit on the boat, pull a few strings and you get there." Bill Anderson aka Captain Underpants