Athanor Expedition

Our exploration of land and sea

09 September 2018 | Raiatea, French Polynesia
21 June 2018 | Mo'orea, French Polynesia
11 June 2018
20 May 2018 | Bora Bora
14 April 2018
24 April 2017 | Seattle, WA
02 October 2016 | Raiatea
02 October 2016
14 September 2016 | Papeete, Tahiti
22 August 2016 | Fakarava
26 July 2016 | Kauehi atoll
11 July 2016 | Raroia atoll - Tuomotos Islands
11 July 2016
02 June 2016 | Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands
06 May 2016 | Tahuata, Marquesas Islands
19 April 2016 | Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands
10 April 2016 | 300 miles to The Marquesas Islands
03 April 2016 | Crossing the ITCZ to The Marquesas Islands
28 March 2016 | Manzanillo, Mexico to The Marquesas Islands

Oh so magical

19 April 2016 | Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands
April 13, 2016. We made landfall in Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands. 3,500 miles traveled from Mexico in 26 days, 1 hour, 21 minutes.

The last few days of our passage felt like 10 days! And, the squall gods decided to give us one final gift the last night of our passage. So, the second we spotted land the tears flowed from my eyes uncontrollably. Our passage was an endurance test – and so much more.

The sun was rising as we approached land and began to wake up the magnificent bright green island. As we pulled into the anchorage a Manta Ray with a 10’ wingspan swam right along side the boat to remind us we were someplace magical. We were greeted by our friends John & Diane on Konami, and Tim from Sababa stopped by to congratulate us. We compared passage notes and confirmed that misery does love company ☺ – we were somewhat relieved to hear that others described this as a very challenging passage.

Not surprisingly, our first couple of days was spent recuperating. As we anchored, one of the boats in the anchorage brought over a bucket filled with two ice-cold beers, a pamplemousse (giant grapefruit), an avocado, and green beans. Our friends John & Diane added more veggies. You might recall the only veggie we’d had for the past week was cabbage, so our curry veggie dinner was a treat!

As if our 26-day passage was not adventure enough, after a brief recuperation period, we rented a 4-wheel drive truck with John & Diane and explored this magnificent island. My only request for the day was that I not be scared – request NOT granted! There is a reason everyone owns a 4-wheel drive! We made our way across the island to a wonderful beach. There we met two people on a tractor. We asked where we could pick fruit – and next thing I know, we’re at their home. We left with papaya, pamplemousse, limes, a huge stock of bananas, and honey – from the hives in their yard.

We have spent our week here exploring the village, listening to local music, and hanging with fellow cruisers. It’s about a 2-mile walk to town. Often we are given a ride by locals who are beautiful, and gracious. Just today, Tonya, pulled off the side of the road to show us wild pumpkin growing and told us how to cook the flowers from the vines.

Tomorrow we will pull up anchor and head a short 2.5 miles to the island of Tahuata. We hear that the anchorages on this island are the most beautiful in all of the Marquesas Islands. We haven’t been able to swim at this anchorage – it’s not clear because a river runs into it, and more importantly, because there are sharks! Just yesterday, a fellow cruiser was in his dingy moving the paddles around and a shark came up and bit the paddle! Yikes. Now I’m really nervous getting out of the dinghy into the boat…do not fall in!

Internet is almost non-existent here, so we’ll do our best to upload photos along the way. Check out the new images in our gallery. They capture what words fail to do.

Be well,

Susan & Rob

Vessel Name: Athanor
Vessel Make/Model: Metalu Jade 48
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Robert Bordner & Susan Mitchell
About: One seasoned sailor & one adventurous novice
Athanor is an aluminum ketch, designed by Sylvestre Langevin, built in France in 1978. She is 48 feet LOA, cutter-rigged, with a fin keel, skeg-hung rudder, and round bilge, displacing 33,000 lbs. The name Athanor is derived from the furnace that alchemists are reputed to have used to change [...]
Athanor's Photos - Main
Most of the images in this album correlate with the blog narrative on our time spent in Bora Bora.
45 Photos
Created 11 June 2018
A few images of our life as we prepared Athanor to set sail again!
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Created 11 June 2018
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Created 2 October 2016
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Created 5 September 2016
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Created 21 August 2016
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Created 17 July 2016
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Created 11 July 2016
Our time on the islands of Ua Pou and Fatu Hiva. The images follow along with the blog post. Enjoy!
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Created 11 July 2016
A month-long exhale.
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Created 31 May 2016
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Created 3 May 2016
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Created 19 April 2016
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Created 16 March 2016
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Created 9 March 2016
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Created 21 February 2016
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Created 2 February 2016
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Created 18 January 2016
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Created 5 January 2016
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Created 1 November 2015
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Created 8 September 2015