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Notes from a Large Ocean III

18 June 2009 | 17 17.93'S:149 19.97'W
Jane
Day 8 and we are now 27 miles off Tahiti, looking at it but unable to go in through the reef!! Really frustrating! There is, again, no wind to speak of. If we put the engine on and went as fast as we could, we only get about 6 knots an hour and that would put us going thought the Passe de Pape'ete after 4 pm. The books and fellow cruisers all say that by 4.30 pm, it's really difficult to see (sunset is at 1730 hours) and too dangerous to try and negotiate through the lagoon to the anchorage. So here we are chugging along doing about 2-3 knots an hour for the next 17 hours till 0600 hours tomorrow. I have to admit I have had an hour of sulking but am rallying now and planning a bit of comfort food (tinned chicken and mushroom pie with garlic mash) for dinner followed by a night in singing along to Mamma Mia. Don 't you wish you were here??!

Tahiti is, in fact, only one of the Society Islands which include Mo'orea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Ra'iatea and Taha'a. Apparently, it's pretty touristy and not as beautiful as the others so we'll just get a few provisions and a few bits for the boat and then we'll go off and explore a bit before our friends, Bob and Roz, join us from Australia on 2 July. This weekend the Tahiti tourist board has the Tahiti-Mo'orea Sailing Rendez-vous planned. Starts Friday evening with cocktails and the 'skipper blessing' (?) then on Saturday we all sail to Mo'orea for a barbecue on the beach and Tahitian dancing. Sunday is a 'full day of Polynesian entertainment' traditional canoe race, sports, Tahitian lunch and more dancing. As we now know lots of the cruisiers, it should be a cracking weekend. Photos will be available soon!
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Vessel Name: Banjo
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour 32
Hailing Port: Sydney
Crew: Andy Doughty/Jane Jarratt
About:
We are Brits but moved to Australia in 2007 and became True Blue Australians in 2014! We bought our first boat, Drimia, in St Maarten in the Caribbean back in 2009 and sailed her back to Australia over nearly a year. [...]
Extra: 17/02/15 In September 2014, illness made us give up our trip and go back to the UK for treatment. Andy has myeloma and had to have chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. He is now in remission.
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Who: Andy Doughty/Jane Jarratt
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