Leela Year Six - Across the Pacific

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

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
03 November 2019 | Nuku Hiva
30 October 2019 | Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
20 October 2019 | Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
11 October 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
05 October 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
15 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
13 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
07 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
03 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
27 August 2019 | S Pacific Ocean
23 August 2019 | Nuku Hiva
20 August 2019 | Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
13 August 2019 | On passage S. Pacific
08 August 2019 | On passage S. Pacific
30 July 2019 | Puerto Aroya, Galapagos
24 July 2019 | Galapagos
17 July 2019 | Isla San Christobal, Galapagos

Delightful Saba

04 March 2018 | Wells Bay, Saba
Saba is tricky to visit as there are no harbors and no safe anchorages in anything but calm conditions. We have passed it a number of times without an opportunity to stop so we were thrilled that conditions allowed us to go there. If it had a safe place for Leela I suspect that we would have spent the rest of the season there. It is truly a delight.

There is a permanent population of about 1,400 people in a couple of pristine and cute villages nestled into the side of the volcano (which apparently featured in the opening credits of the original King Kong). There are few tourists with no beaches or beach bars, just hiking and scuba diving. We did not manage to get our act together to go diving but the hiking was fabulous. I have posted some pics in this season's album.

The people are equally delightful and had the same sense of community and helpful resilience we found in Newfoundland. You could easily spend a month there just being - no need to do anything. Definitely worth thinking about for a 'get away from it all' vacation.

Anyway, a big swell was forecast, coming down from the superstorm in the north so we have bolted back to Sint Maarten to get good shelter and decide what to do next. That is a topic for another post.
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Vessel Name: Leela
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 38.8
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, NH
Crew: Graham and Janaki
About:
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. [...]
Extra:
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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