Leela Year Six - Across the Pacific

Well.... to our own surprise here we are

02 August 2020 | Papeā€™ete, French Polynesia
09 July 2020 | Papeete, Tahiti
21 June 2020 | Taha'a, French Polynesia
29 May 2020 | Cook's Bay, Moorea
14 May 2020 | Tahiti, French Polynesia
08 May 2020 | Enroute Gambiers to Tahiti
30 April 2020 | Rikitea, Gambiers, French Polynesia
26 March 2020
24 March 2020 | The Gambiers, French Polynesia
08 March 2020 | Taravai Island, The Gambiers
03 March 2020 | Airport Anchorage, Gambier
21 February 2020 | Kouaku, Gambier Islands
17 February 2020 | Rikitea, Mangareva, Gambier Islands
12 February 2020 | Rikitea, Mangareva Island, The Gambiers
25 January 2020 | Nuku Hiva
22 January 2020 | Ua Huka
14 December 2019 | Tahiti
16 November 2019 | Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva
07 November 2019 | Baie Marquisienne, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
05 November 2019 | Baie Marquisienne, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia

Vertical Blue

20 March 2015 | Dean's Blue Hole
This is a bit out of sequence but I would be remiss not to post something about our dive training on Long Island. We wanted to improve our snorkeling experience so we decided to do a short private course with Vertical Blue, a free-diving school run by William Trubridge, a multiple world record holder and past world champion. Heaven alone knows what he thought of teaching a couple of old geezers who, by his standards, could barely swim much less dive but he was helpful and graceful throughout. In fact he was probably the most 'tuned' person we have ever come across. Mentally and physically he was so on his game it was awesome. During the training he was totally focused on improving our skills and helping us understand the mental game of free diving. Watching him demo activities was a delight. He moved in the water like a dancer. He was so unassuming he could have been the hired help and not someone who has dived to 100m with no equipment, including fins and who can hold his breath for more than seven minutes.
Anyway, we learnt a great deal that will help us dive better and diving in the blue hole was a trip in itself. It is at the end of an otherwise ordinary beach and drops 600' to the bottom of a cavern that is more than 600' wide.
A truly memorable experience. Thank you William.
Vessel Name: Leela
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 38.8
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, NH
Crew: Graham and Janaki
We are a Brit and an Australian now based in the wonderful community of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We have a delightful home there but a couple of years ago we began to feel a bit over-domesticated so we thought we would buy another boat and head south. [...]
Leela, a Bristol 38.8 has turned out to be a wonderful cruising boat for us. Some might find it a little cramped by modern standards but it feels like just the right balance of living space and storage to us. She sails like a dream. She is remarkably well balanced and is comfortable in pretty [...]
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