Sailmail & Moving to Moorea
25 August 2009 | Tahiti - Moorea
Jane - weather is cooler & windy
I went up to the marina office to find out what time we had to leave the dock and caught the nice woman just as she was arriving for work at 8am. She gently brushed my arm saying, "Don't worry, this is not a hotel, it is ok if you leave before dark." (Little reminder that we're not in the U.S.) That took the pressure off, but we still had plenty to do.
Brad took off to find some boat parts and return the car at the airport. Meanwhile Matthew (a French boater, now living aboard in Tahiti with his young family) came over to set up the Sailmail connection. He spent about 2 hours downloading files and making sure it worked. When he was finished he let us know that we wouldn't have known which files to grab on the Pactor modem website so we were very thankful for his computer/Sailmail expertise. Thank you, thank you Matthew! Now we can communicate with family & friends. And even more important - we can get weather forecasts!
We're heading to Moorea today so we need to provision. Off to Carrefour, the big grocery store that is only 2 blocks away. Linda found all sorts of goodies, although they didn't have feta cheese or fresh parmesan cheese (except a small can) and avocados must be out of season. They do have a variety of juice concentrates (in a bottle, not frozen) that are fun to add to water. We rolled the cart back to the marina and started stowing and preparing to leave the dock.
By the time we were ready to cast off the lines, the wind had picked up so it was a bit tricky leaving the dock. We were moored alongside the dock with a boat behind us, a fairway and the dock to the south of us with boats perpendicular to us. We tried to back out between the boat behind us and about 3 boats across the fairway, but the wind decided to spin us around. Fortunately the linehandler held tight and we pivoted on the stern until we had a clear shot going forward through the opening. Boats just don't perform as well in reverse as they do going forward and the howling wind made us more anxious, but Kattywompus made it through unscathed! (Good job, Brad!)
We motored across to Moorea (12 miles) and anchored with a beautiful view of 2723 foot high Mt. Mouaputa. The mountain is famous for having a hole right through the summit. Legend says the hole was formed when the demi-god Pai tossed his magic spear from Tahiti to prevent Rotui (mountain) from being carried off to the island of Raiatea by the god of thieves known as Hiro. (explanation from www.summitpost.org)