Off On A Lark!

Sailing Adventures In The South Pacific

Vessel Name: 'Lark'
Vessel Make/Model: Malo 38
Hailing Port: Port Townsend WA
Crew: Brad Nelson and Linda Attaway
Extra: 'Lark' at Lape Island, Vava'u Tonga
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27 March 2018 | Port Townsend WA

Ta-Da!

We're back in Port Townsend after our flights from Auckland to Sydney AU, Sydney to LA, then LA to Seattle. It's a long haul, but we'll look forward to doing it again even if 'Lark' moves on to a new owner.

26 March 2018

And The Winner Is ...

Thanks to everyone who came up with an answer to my absurd question of how many screws were removed from the decks on 'Lark'.

24 March 2018

Being Afloat

After a night in a work berth at the boatyard, we moved back to our mooring today. Nice to feel water under the hull again, and not be climbing that ladder in and out of the boat multiple times a day. We're still putting things back together, peeling off masking, and cleaning up the residual dust and [...]

23 March 2018 | Opua NZ Boatyard

Splash!

We're back in the water.

Snorkeling With The Sting Rays

27 August 2009 | Moorea, French Polynesia, 17 29.56'S:149 51.13'W
Linda
We're anchored at the entry to Oponohu Bay on the North coast of Moorea. There are about 10 boats in the anchorage. We recognize a few from other anchorages along the way. We look out across the surrounding reef and entry pass and can easily see the waves as they break. The navigational markers in this part of the world are different than in the US. When you enter a channel coming from the sea the red is on the left and green on the right. Once you're through the channel the red markers with a square on top mark the shore side of the pass or anchorage. Green with a triangle mark the reef side. It takes a little getting use to and we certainly haven't entered anywhere without good light.

We had a great time in Tahiti and Papeete. I'd keep Papeete on my list of places to visit again. A few days is enough but it's a vibrant little city and we met some wonderful people there. Before coming to French Polynesia, we heard nothing but negative things about customs, immigration and the port authorities. I have to say that all the officials we've met throughout the islands have been friendly, helpful and patient. They do make you post a bond when you arrive for the $ amount it would cost them to put you on a plane and send you home. The bank holds the money until you leave the country. For us that will be on Bora Bora. We've heard that even though we paid in US dollars (that they charged us to convert) that they will return in French Polynesian francs. What a racket!

So, back to Moorea.

We were told in Papeete (and given a cryptic map) of where to go near our anchorage to snorkel with big Sting Rays. Well we found the spot and boy, was that an experience. Unfortunately, people feed them which, of course attracts them to gather. We took advantage of the gathering and snorkeled around and amongst them. Some were probably 4'-5' across. They feel like very thick velvet when they brush against you. Kind of creepy when there are a dozen or more but very cool. In the same area there were also Black Tip Reef Sharks that were fun to see too. From a distance....

After snorkeling we had lunch at les Tipaniers. Lovely little resort on the beach with an open air restaurant overlooking the water. We've been invited to a beach gathering with other cruisers for 'Sundowners' (in other words, bring your own cocktails). Jane must be our good luck charm. This is the first time there's been a gathering (or maybe we just haven't been invited)!!!

Tomorrow we plan to rent a car and make the circle tour of the island.
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