Arrived here Sunday afternoon local time after a 5 day passage from BoraBora. A slow trip as we had planned for 3-4 days. So it was rock and roll for the first two days as we sailed flat off, then motored for 2 days and finished with 12 hours of heavy rain, no visibility and 25 knots starting on the nose and then backing left to give us a tight reach into the port of Avatiu in Rarotonga. So finished with plenty of crash bang sailing as we came off some decent waves. No other yachts on port, a very tidy town but still raining yesterday morning (Monday here, Tuesday in NZ).
Pam & Birgitta negotiating in the market at Papeete.
Pam & Birgitta market shopping
Happy hour Papeete
Motoring outside reef - we anchored behind reef with other yachts at Moorea.
Hilton Resort on Moorea - nice!
Exiting Pass PaiPai, Isle Tahaa
There is a bus route that circumnavigates Rarotonga which will occupy us for a while - it takes all of 50 minutes. One bus goes clockwise and the second anti-clockwise and you just wave them down as required off the street/road. The town is very tidy, roads pretty good (better then Vanuatu) and the vegetation lush. They have not had any rain for 3 months and now 5 days solid.
Savarna at anchor in front of MaiKai marina, BoraBora
Local guys ham it up for the tourists
Pam says hurry up??
Savarna at anchor BoraBora
Last night near BoraBora on isle Toopua
Island near BoraBora
The forecast is looking pretty average to say the least - a massive El Niño effect west of 165 degrees we are told by our weather guru Bruce Buckley of Perth (between here and Tonga) with the prospect of a delayed departure until at least Thursday. The planned brief stops at Niue and the Vavau's are going to be bypassed and Goran and I will two handed sail direct to Auckland while Pam & Birgitta will fly back to Auckland tomorrow.
We took delivery of Savarna ( a hindu word meaning "daughter of the ocean") from the Hanse yard in Griefswald, on the Baltic, in June 2005. The first season we sailed via the south coast of England and wintered over at Denia in Spain. [...]In 2006 we cruised to Malta via the Balearics, Barcelona, Corsica, Sardinia, Rome and the west coast ot Italy, to Sicily and wintered at Malta. The 2007 season saw us back up to Siciliy, across the bottom of Italy, up the east coast of Italy and across to Croatia and then north as far as Venice and south back to Sukosan where we wintered. In 2008 we cruised southwards through Croatia to Corfu and the Ionian via Albania. From there via the Gulf of Corinth and across the Aegean to Marmaris, southwards as far as Finike in Turkey and then back up to Marmaris for the winter. The 2009 season has been the quietest yet cruising in Turkey and the Dodecenese Islands. In 2010 after wintering in Kos we completed the East Med Rally and got down to Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt - a great rally and well worth entering. In 2011 after wintering at Leros we headed northwards up the Turkish coast to Istanbul and then back to Athens via the Sporades and Mykonos. The returned later in 2011 for a cruise around the Peloponnese and up to Prevesa where we wintered on the hard. In 2012 we left Prevesa, cruised the Ionian and thence to Malta, Cagliari, Palma, Formentera and Cartagena. In November 2012 we participated in tha ARC and were 1st on the line and handicap in Division 1 - Canary Uslands to St Lucia in the Caribbean. We spent two seasons in the Eastern Caribbean and in 2015 left Grenada and sailed to Panama via the ABC's and Colombia, then through the Panama Canal and via the Galapagos, Tuamotu's to Tahiti where we are at present.