Dransfields on the high seas

09 November 2010
03 November 2010 | Somewhere off Port Stephens
26 October 2010 | Brisbane River
01 October 2010
20 September 2010 | Bundaberg QLD
07 September 2010 | Noumea, New Caledonia
26 August 2010
11 August 2010 | Musket Cove Fiji
26 July 2010 | Fiji
17 July 2010 | Tonga
15 July 2010 | Vava'u, Tonga
30 June 2010
21 June 2010 | On passage to Tonga
25 May 2010 | Tahiti,
20 May 2010 | The Tuamotu Islands
07 May 2010 | Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia
26 April 2010 | En route to the Marquesas
19 April 2010 | The Pacific Ocean
16 April 2010 | The Pacific Ocean
05 April 2010 | Galapagos

La Belle Tahiti

25 May 2010 | Tahiti,
First Mate Hels
Ever since Captain Cook visited her shores, the island of Tahiti has held great appeal for mariners. To sail into Papeete harbour at sunrise is apparently what every sailor dreams of. The experience did not disappoint! With glassy seas and the sun peaking through scattered cloud the high craggy peaks and grassy slopes of the island looked magnificent. Skipper JD - on the graveyard morning watch - woke his bleary crew for a photo shoot and some celebrating. With only 3000 nm to get back to Oz (out of approx 14,000 for the whole trip) and the prospect of island hopping through exotic sounding places like Bora Bora, Vava'u, Musket Cove to get home, Tahiti represents a huge milestone in our trip.
We are now safely tucked up in a marina in Papeete and we are enjoying the creature comforts of shore power, unlimited water and having a Carrefour supermarket nearby. The past few week of
boat camping and living in the remote Tuamotus now seem a distant memory. Thankfully Skipper JD has started wearing clothes again and importantly, we do not need to be so frugal with our water usage. We found ourselves in the rather bizarre situation of being surrounded by water but being low in our tanks with the drinking variety. So salt water showers were the order of the day! Thanks to cousin Deano who bought us some great saltwater soap/shampoo we have managed to feel surprisingly clean. Luckily due to the kindness of some "big boat' friends we were also able to top up the tanks using water from their military grade watermakers!
So this week the plan, apart from seeing the sites of Tahiti, is to get a few boat jobs done with the fixing of our broken Watermaker being a high priority. With JD's sister and husband flying in from Hong Kong on Thursday, a general spruce up of Nika is also in order. We are very excited (the kids beside themselves) as they will join us to sail throughout the Society Islands (named by Captain Cook in honour of the Royal Geographice Society) from Tahiti up to Bora Bora.
On the pearl front I am pleased to report that we managed to buy a couple of beautiful black Tuamotu pearls. John's sister Kimberley (ex corporate banker turned jewellery designer - check out www.doublehappinessbykimberley.com) has offered to make up a setting which is very exciting!
That's about it for now - love hearing from you via the comments on the blog or via email. Please note we have had some trouble receiving emails so if we have not replied (usually within a week) try again as it may have gone AWOL in transit via the satphone!

Vessel Name: Nika
Vessel Make/Model: Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Hailing Port: Sydney
Crew: Skipper JD, Bosun Boy Jesse, Zodiac Zoe, Captain Tykes, First Mate Hels
About: Hail from Curl Curl on Sydney's beautiful Northern Beaches. Love of adventure, and the good life!
Extra: Saturday 6 November 2010 - we arrive back in Sydney at Middle Harbour Y.C. at 1:00 - the end of the voyage...

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Who: Skipper JD, Bosun Boy Jesse, Zodiac Zoe, Captain Tykes, First Mate Hels
Port: Sydney