S/V Mabel Rose

Join us for a trip from New York to Tasmania, and back, we hope. Departing Saturday.

Lay Day in Vaitahu

We had been planning to visit Vaitahu for a while - mostly because cruisers rave that the restaurant Chez Jimmies has cold beer, great wifi, and good food. The original plan was to be here for our anniversary night out. The village was also reputed to have a...

Welcoming Beach

We are anchored in a calm anchorage surrounded by sailboats from around the world with only the slighted motion of the boat making one of the smallest flags squeak. It is quiet enough you can hear the fish attracted by the light in the cockpit thrash their...

Beach Day

For all our wandering in a tropical paradise, we have not really spent much time just hanging out at the beach and playing in the water. So today we sailed just three miles from Baie Vaitahu to Baie Hanamoenoa, a cruisers favorite for its clear waters, white...

Quick Crossing to Tahuata

We woke up in the gusty winds around dawn, without any alarm. I made a tropical fruit salad of pamplemousse, bananas, and pineapple before we set about hauling the anchors up.

Weighing anchors went smoothly enough, with a motor assist, despite...

The Wind Blows Here

At lunch the ketchup refused to stay on the table during the gusts. A sailor friendly restaurant Chez Jimmy with WIFI fuel and grocery deliveries drew us here. After the relative isolation of Fatu Hiva, we thought a day of good internet would be good. Chez...

Feeling the Geology of Fatu Hiva

We pulled the two anchors up just after dawn as the morning wind pulsed down the valley in 20-30 gusts. Grey clouds gathered over the mountain peaks getting ready to bring showers. The winds were much quieter than when we anchored and we had developed a plan...