Leela Year Six - Across the Pacific

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

24 September 2020 | Fakarava South Pass
19 August 2020 | Papeete, Tahiti
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

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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