Tropical Sailing Adventures

Vessel Name: Maestro
Vessel Make/Model: 72' Custum Irwin Ketch
Hailing Port: Dover, Delaware
About:
"I am a citizen of the most beautiful nation on earth. A nation whose laws are harsh yet simple, a nation that never cheats, which is immense and wihtout borders, where life is lived in the present. [...]
18 February 2016 | Mexico - Puerto Vallarta
08 February 2014
23 October 2013 | Phuket, Thailand
02 October 2013
22 August 2013 | Raiatea, French Polynesia
22 July 2013 | Island of Huahine - least commercial island in French Poly
26 June 2013 | French Polynesia
01 June 2013
25 May 2013
13 May 2013
11 April 2013 | Marquesas
02 April 2013
30 March 2013
21 March 2013
19 March 2013
15 March 2013 | Galapagos
03 March 2013 | Galapagos
24 February 2013 | Galapagos Islands
07 February 2013 | Ecuador
Recent Blog Posts
18 February 2016 | Mexico - Puerto Vallarta

19 months & counting

Trenten Reef Paul turned 19 months yesterday and I can hardly believe how quickly the time has past since his birth in Papeete, Tahiti. We have been on quite an adventure, as always.

08 February 2014

Thailand/Malaysia

Severely behind in my blog update but we've been busy!

23 October 2013 | Phuket, Thailand

Up on dry land

(Above photo flying into Sydney, AUS on our way to Phuket, Thailand)

02 October 2013

Bora Bora

10/2/13

22 August 2013 | Raiatea, French Polynesia

GOOD FORTUNE IN RAIATEA

8/22/13

22 July 2013 | Island of Huahine - least commercial island in French Poly

Huahine

7/18/13

26 June 2013 | French Polynesia

Moorea

We have, (sadly), just dropped Christina and Nicola off at the airport in Tahiti after a week out anchored off the island of Moorea. What a wonderful week full of fun. The ladies hit the spa!, hiking and swimming with Sting Rays and Sharks. The water in Moorea is really clear blue hues. We had a [...]

01 June 2013

Surfs Up Tahiti

http://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/8812-big-wave-madness-continues-in-teahupoo (10 days ago we had another big southern swell)

25 May 2013

Papeete, Tahiti

We are anchored off marina Taina in Papeete, the main city on the island of Tahiti. This is the only 'big city' (250,000) we have seen in several months. It is a mix of European French & casual islander. The large verdant island soars into the sky and is mostly surrounded by a coral barrier reef. [...]

Marquesas & Tuamotos

13 May 2013
NOTE: The rainbow above was taken about 15 minutes after we dropped the hook in Fatu Hiva, Marquesas. This was our first stop after the crossing and was a dramatic welcome to the Marquesas!

We arrived in calm blue waters of Rangiroa last week and have spent a quiet week enjoying the great views and good weather. This is the first true "restful" anchorage with great protection from all directions and flat calm water.

Our 600+ mile passage from the Marquesas was very eventful with 50 Knot winds and 3.5 days of endless squalls. It finally lifted upon our entry into the atolls pass. The Tuamotos are low lying atolls and can be hard to identify from sea, coral reef and dangerous passes in bad weather can be difficult. Rangiroa is on the direct route to Papeete and therefore we decided to check out this spot first. The more time we are spending here, the slower and more enjoyable things are becoming! It has been the best snorkeling we have seen yet. We finally feel like we have reached the South Pacific. French Polynesia has changed our allowance in country from 3 months to 6 months. This couldn't make us more happy because we wanted to spend at least a couple months just in Bora Bora and the Leewards alone. Once we get to Papeete, (Tahiti), and if we like what we see we will extend our visa for the additional 3 months. This is all pending on if we can find adequate storage for Maestro come October/November Cyclone season. Fiji is a good option for storage as well so we will have to make our decision in the next week or so.

The Marquesas Islands were a lot of fun. High peaks meeting the deep ocean. Lots of tropical rain. The culture was a bit dissapointing as the French have seemingly wiped out their customs of the past. I am having a hard time with the hospitality here - assuming it is all over French Polynesia. They are not very welcoming at all? There is a resurgence to bring back the Marquesean tranditions which is creating some hostility. You can feel it everywhere. We are reading Herman Melville's "Typee" which is a true account of how the writer abandoned his whaling ship in 1842 and lived with the "cannibals". This is an amazing insight of how the natives actually lived - of course, not savages at all. The missionary groups and French, in my opinion, have done many crimes to these peaceful people - the world is an unfair place. It was not so long ago, that we would hear stories of sailors being greated by the warm hospitality of the Marquesan people. (15-25 years ago) Gifts of flowers and fruit traded for boat food stores - today you will find that you will pay dearly for fruit! Again, in my opinion, there is very little left of the authentic culture. We went to Sunday Catholic mass which is mixed with native drum and polynesian guitar. The polynesians do like to sing and harmonize very well. It was another interesting expirience to see the transformation these people have endured.

I cant be more impressed with the sailors we have been meeting? It has been a long time since we have come across any old school sailors and there are a lot of them out here. The kind that inspire you never to complain about anything, ever again! They travel great distances with small boats & seemingly little effort? Many circumnavigators on their way back to the states and quite a few boats heading to sell in Austrailia and New Zealand. But there are also lots of new cruising sailors making the crossing which is great as well. It is wonderful to learn something from everyone we meet.
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Holy moses.... what or WHO just happened?
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Created 18 February 2016
Visiting the orphanage, Angkor Wat and great cruising friends!
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Created 23 June 2014
A resort island - extremely tourist oriented but we had a great boutique hotel for a few days
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Created 8 February 2014
Highly diverse city of 6+ million - we loved it!
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Created 8 February 2014
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Created 8 February 2014
Things we've been doing! Oct '13 - present
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Created 7 February 2014
Phuket Preview
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Created 23 October 2013
Oct 5 - Oct 11 - Quick & wonderful family visit in Tauranga, New Zealand.
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Created 22 October 2013
What dreams are made of
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Created 2 October 2013
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Created 4 August 2013
Island Of Moorea - Annual Puddle Jump Party for the cruisers who have crossed the Pacific
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Created 4 August 2013
Moorea with Christina and Nicola, great cruising friends and perfect weather!
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Created 23 July 2013
Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Tahuata, Nuka Hiva
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Created 13 May 2013
Relaxing in the calm blue waters of the Tuamotos
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Created 13 May 2013
Santa Fe Island, Santa Cruz, Isabella, South Plaza
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Created 15 March 2013
Around Santa Cruz, Galapagos
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Created 3 March 2013
southern Ecuador in a tropical region - traquillity awaits
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Created 7 February 2013
with our Ecuador friends a wonderful day in the sun, great conversation, lobster & laughs!
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Created 7 February 2013
One week vacation for Erin's Bday
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Created 18 December 2012
Two days up and two days back by panga up the Tambopata river to the most remote Research lodge in all of South America
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Created 30 October 2012
Happy 10th Anniversary mi Amor!
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Created 30 October 2012
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One of the worlds largest flying birds, the condor soars on ten-foot (three-meter) wingspans and can weigh up to 33 pounds
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Created 22 September 2012
Three days in this beautiful colonial town.
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Created 22 September 2012
Located 15 minutes from Nazca - quite an interesting site
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Created 22 September 2012
series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru
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Created 22 September 2012
beautiful islands, with many caves and arches, provide a haven for its sea life creatures, which include sea lions, Humboldt penguins, cormorants, boobies and pelicans.
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Created 22 September 2012
Lima
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Created 21 September 2012
Around the beach area where we are staying
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Created 25 August 2012
A Wonderful weekend in the colonial mountain town of Cuenca
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Created 25 August 2012
Amazon Adventure, Quito and the Northern Highlands of Ecuador
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Created 15 June 2012
Guayaquil To Banos To Ruta Del Sol
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A little slice of the vast Darien Jungle
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Day trip from Panama City to visit our beloved historic Portobello on the Caribbean
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An pearl farming village south Las Perlas where we spent new years anchored near by.
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Created 19 February 2012
Bahia Honda To Panama City Dec 5 - 19, 2011
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Created 18 February 2012
Marina Papagayo To Panama - Everything in between!
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Created 30 November 2011
Marina Papagayo - Costa Rica hosted a great dinner for the departing cruisers
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Created 31 October 2011
Tizate Wellness Center and Arenal/Tabacon with friends on s/v Perfect Wave. Trip to the mountain town of Guerra De Dota and back at the beach in Papagayo.
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Annual Summer Trip to the Sierras couldnt be missed!
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Created 10 September 2011
We helped save a turtle stuck in the mud....(i've had those days!)
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Created 10 September 2011
Hiking and Hotsprings
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Created 10 September 2011
Puerto Viejo
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Created 10 September 2011
Santa Elena Area, Volcan Arenal, Punteranus, Manuel Antonio, Nicoya Pennisula
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We hit the road East To West and West to East
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El Salvador - Our first bar crossing ... lots of worry - no event. Gracias.
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We drove to the Rio Dolce and stopped at stopped along the way at the Quirigua ruins
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Various Yacht Pictures
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Hopefully the album speaks for itself - We loved the dramatic color and culture of Guatemala
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Created 16 May 2011
Various beauties we are lucky to cross
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Created 16 May 2011
Stopped in to pick up a new propellor
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