Speakeasy, Over The Horizon

The Voyages of Mark & Deanna Roozendaal

24 November 2016 | 26 41.15'S:153 7.72'E, Mooloolaba, Australia
13 November 2016 | 25 54.12'S:153 01.72'E, Tin Can Bay, Australia
12 November 2016 | 25 31.69'S:152 57.91'E, Fraser Island, Australia
31 October 2016 | 24 45.38'S:152 23.72'E, Bundaberg, Australia
30 October 2016 | 23 52'S:153 55'E, On Passage - Noumea, New Caledonia to Bundaberg, Australia
29 October 2016 | 23 28'S:156 47'E, On Passage - Noumea, New Caledonia to Bundaberg, Australia
28 October 2016 | 22 57'S:159 54'E, On Passage - Noumea, New Caledonia to Bundaberg, Australia
27 October 2016 | 22 40'S:163 13'E, On Passage - Noumea to Australia
26 October 2016 | 22 22'S:166 10'E, On Passage - Noumea to Australia
18 October 2016 | 22 16.60'S:166 26.40'E, Noumea, New Caledonia
17 October 2016 | 21 37'S:168 13'E, between Vanuatu and New Caledonia
14 October 2016 | 19 31.57'S:169 26.66'E, Port Resolution, Tanna I, Vanuatu
14 October 2016 | 19 31.57'S:169 26.66'E, Port Resolution, Tanna I, Vanuatu
14 October 2016 | 19 31.90'S:169 26.98'E, Mt. Yasur, Tanna I, Vanuatu
12 October 2016 | 19 31.58'S:169 29.65'E, Port Resolution, Vanuatu
09 October 2016 | 20 14.36'S:169 46.63'E, Aneityum, Vanuatu
03 October 2016 | 20 14.36'S:169 46.63'E, Aneityum, Vanuatu
02 October 2016 | 19 39'S:172 03'E, On Passage from Fiji to Vanuatu
01 October 2016 | 18 43'S:174 16'E, On Passage from Fiji to Vanuatu
27 September 2016 | 17 40.88'S:177 23.16'E, Vuda Marina, Fiji

Visiting the Bay of Penises

29 April 2016 | 8 52.81'S:140 02.95'W, Nuka Hiva, Marquesas Islands
Mark
Yes, that is the correct name. "Baie de Verges" comes from the early wooden sailing ships that visited here and noticed the impressive conical rock formations found here. However, the missionaries slipped in an Ã"i', changing the name to Baie de Vierges, which translates to Bay of Virgins.

But I digressÉ

After leaving Tahuata Island, near Hiva Oa, we set off of the 40 nm sail to the Bay of Virgins/Penises on Fatu Hiva. It was hard on the wind, not an optimal angle for a catamaran, so we were very pleased when after about 6 hours we passed into the lee of Fatu Hiva Island.

This is a very striking place with steep cliffs, completely covered with greenery, that reach right down to the water. The bay itself is narrow, deep, and incredibly gorgeous. No matter how nice, it is a very challenging anchorage with poor holding in deep water. After three attempts we managed to get the hook to set in 75' of water. We were warned to 30-40 knot gusts through the anchorage so we slept with the anchor alarm on and one eye open.

Getting to shore was challenging as well. Even behind their little breakwater, there was quite a strong surge necessitating a good dinghy stern anchor and nimble timing to climb onto the slimy cement sea wall. My dinghy anchor is too wimpy for this surge, so we headed to shore with our friends John & Deb from Moonshadow and their very skookum dinghy anchor!

But, it was all worth it. The small town here is very friendly with every local saying "Bonjour!" as we walked by. Our goal this morning was to reach the 200' waterfall and swimming hole about 90 minutes up the valley. After a few wrong turns we found the right path and started climbing up through the jungle. Everywhere we walked we could see "pae pae's which are foundations of ancient Polynesian houses. Although there are only about 150 people living in the valley now, there were thousands before the European explorers arrived.

We continued climbing through the jungle, passing so many fruit trees that we stopped counting. bananas, pamplemouse, noni, papaya, etc were nearly everywhere. Combined with the wild boar and wild goats, it would be impossible to starve here.

Finally, we could hear the waterfall and quickened our pace to get to the swimming hole at its base. Even in the 32c weather, the water was cool and refreshing - even chilly at first. The waterfall itself is just what you would imagine a tropical waterfall to be. It was about 200' high and had carved itself a round shaft out of the solid rock over millions of years. Instead of pounding water, it was more like a heavy rainfall as it landed in the deep pool at its base. We took turns treading water under the falls as we hoped that a rock or log was not about to come down!

Back in town, we visited the one store in town to pickup some refreshments. I bought a 1.5L bottle of Tahitian Cola for the equivalent of $5 Canadian. Yikes!

Next, we sailed back to Tahuata for a couple of nights, and then enjoyed a partial overnight sail to Nuka Hiva, about 85 nm away, where we are now. This island is famous as the place where Herman Melville jumped shipped off of a whaler in 1842. His book Typee is set here and is a very good read with great descriptive passages about life on Nuka Hiva in the olden days. Now that we are here, tucked in securely at the end of Baie Hakahoa, I can see why he risked it all to stay here! Steep green cliffs, calm seas, and warm breezes - what more could you ask for!

Our mission today is to head to shore, visit the small village, and find the trail to another great waterfall. Another day in paradise.
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Vessel Name: Speakeasy
Vessel Make/Model: 2007 Manta IV 42' Catamaran
Hailing Port: Victoria, BC, Canada
Crew: Mark & Deanna Roozendaal
About:
In 2005 we were lucky enough to be able to take a one year sabbatical where we sailed from Victoria BC to Mexico and Hawaii in our Catalina 42. We had a fantastic time! As soon as we returned home, we started dreaming about our next trip. [...]
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For our newest pictures, please look on the right hand side of our page under FAVOURITES and click on "2015+ Photo Gallery". This will take you to Flickr where we now store all of our photos.
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Yelapa is a small village on the South shore of Banderas Bay, near Puerto Vallarta. Unless you own a hummer, is only accessible by boat which gives it a nice laid back vibe
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Our furthest South point this year.
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Manzanillo is a huge commercial port between Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo. Not that much tourism here which makes it a very authentic Mexican city
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Pictures from Tenacatita and a few other anchorages in the area.
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A few pictures from our Christmas visit to Barra & Melaque
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A quick visit to the small fishing village of Chamela
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Isla Isabella is an island about 20 miles offshore Mexico, between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. it is a nesting ground for a number of sea birds and has been the subject of several documentaries. The birds and lizards on the island have no fear of humans.
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From Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo San Lucas
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Sailing from Turtle Bay to Bahia Santa Maria, Mexico
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We participated in the rally again this year. Here are a few pics from the pre-start party, the start, and the first leg to Turtle Bay, Mexico. Credit to Dave Tolman for most of the pictures.
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We spend the better part of a week first in Catalina Harbor and then in the opposite side of the isthmus in Two Harbors
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Our time in the big city
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A few pics from our brief stop in this richie rich tourist town
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Morro Bay, California
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Big waves at Morro Bay from a low pressure system that rolled through North of us
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Our side trip to the Delta and Sacramento from the San Francisco Bay
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Prior to our departure, we hauled out at Canoe Cove, BC, Canada.
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"Speakeasy" is a 2007 Manta 42 MKIV Catamaran. We purchased her in 2013 from the original owners. Manta's come fairly well equipped from the factory for offshore cruising. We will be adding the rest of the necessary equipment.
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