SV Tanga

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21 November 2015 | Vuda Point Marina, Fiji Islands
03 November 2015 | Savu Savu, Fiji
23 October 2015 | Savu Savu, Fiji
29 June 2015 | Musket Cove, Malolo Lai Lai Island, Fiji
12 June 2015 | Musket Cove Marina, Malolo Lai Lai Island, Fiji
19 September 2014 | Musket Cove, Malolo Lai Lai, Fiji
05 September 2014 | Musket Cove, Malolo Lai Lai Island, Fiji
17 August 2014 | Musket Cove, Malolo Lai Lai Island, Fiji
26 July 2014 | Savusavu, Vanua Levu Island, Fiji
06 July 2014 | Nananu-i-ra Island, Viti Levu, Fiji
04 July 2014 | Nananu-i-ra Island, Viti Levu, Fiji
01 July 2014 | 17 23.614S:177 '47.72E
30 June 2014 | Port Denarau Marina, Fiji
25 June 2014 | Musket Cove, Malolo Lai Lai, Fiji
29 May 2014 | Port Denerau Marina, Fiji
21 May 2014 | Malolo Lai Lai Island, Fiji
19 May 2014 | Musket Cove, Malolo Lai Lai, Fiji
23 April 2014 | Musket Cove, Malolo Lai Lai Island, Fiji
08 April 2014 | Port Denarau Marina, Fiji
05 March 2014 | Vuda Marina, Fiji

Another landfall in another paradise

11 August 2012 | Haamene Bay, Tahaa, Society Islands
After spending only 3 days in Huahine, it was time to get moving on. We have 3 more islands we want to visit before our Polynesian visa expires. On our last night in Huahine, we treated ourselves to happy hour at a lagoon side restaurant/bar. A pitcher of beer is $7.50 and in Polynesian terms, that’s a good price. Happy hour turned into dinner, consisting of a cheeseburger for Tom and Hawaiian sashimi for me. Do you see a pattern in our eating habits? Tom almost always orders some kind of beef, where I fluctuate between beef and fish. Anyway, it was a nice way to send ourselves off from Huahine. On a side note, now that we are talking food, the village of Fare has the best grocery store we have seen since America (outside of the Wal-Mart’s I went to in Cabo and PV). Our mouths dropped when we first walked into the store on day one in Huahine. Needless to say, I did all our provisioning for the next 2 months, which should get us to Tonga and then some. We even saw an entire baby cow (veal), wrapped up and for sale in the grocery store. Also, one funny thing to me, I have been searching for plain yellow mustard since Fakarava. I can only find brown spicy mustard, no yellow mustard here in Polynesia.

The next morning (Friday), we pull up anchor. Our anchoring process usually goes pretty smoothly. Occasionally, it may take us 2 times to set the anchor but we have not had much of an issue. This particular day, I really do not know where my head was because I got it all jacked up. Just a little history about our anchor. When we purchased the anchor back in San Diego, Tom installed this cool swivel shackle that would turn the anchor into the correct position, even if the anchor comes out of the water wrong side up. It has worked like a charm, consistently. Well, on this day with my head not on right, the anchor came up back wards; the swivel shackle did NOT turn the anchor, and me not thinking, just kept on bringing up the anchor, which in turn, ended up jamming the anchor into the bow roller, to the point that the anchor was stuck. Not coming up any more and more importantly, not going down anymore. The anchor is severely jammed. (Had I been using my brain, all I had to do to get the anchor to swivel right was to lower it a few inches and bring it back up again). I immediately walk back to the helm, telling Tom what just happened. I grab the boat hook, in hopes that I can push the anchor free. Nope, that did not work. I walk back to the helm and Tom goes forward to have a look at my great anchoring work. He is furious when he sees what I have done. He man handles the anchor, pushing and pulling for about 15 minutes but it just would not move. We need a dock so that we can work the anchor from in front of the boat. Unfortunately, the cement dock is full with a few sailboats, dinghy’s and a panga. We decided to stick with our plans and motor over to Raiatea, just 20 miles away. We had already done research and knew Raiatea had a couple of fuel docks and a few marinas. We only needed to tie up to a dock for a few minutes, to free the anchor.

We entered the pass into the lagoon of Raiatea. The first fuel dock we spotted, we tied up to. Not even 5 minutes later, Tom had the anchor free and I had it secured correctly on the bow. Whew, that drama is over with!! Now it is time to find a nice place to anchor. Our one and only purpose for coming to Raiatea is to get our propane tanks full, which is supposedly done at the boat yards that are located on the northwest side of Raiatea. As we rounded the north end of the island, and were no longer in the wind shadow, the winds were blowing pretty strong and creating a nice 3 foot wind chop on the water. Urg!! Not being in the mood for a rocking and rolling exposed anchorage, we turned around at headed north to the island of Tahaa. Raiatea and Tahaa lie within the same coral reef and Tahaa is just a mile north of Raiatea. We headed to Haamene Bay, which is on the east side of Tahaa. It is a long deep bay that is very protected from the wind and seas. Our cruising guide considers it a “hurricane hole.” We dropped anchor in about 30 feet of water, around 5:30pm and then enjoyed a big feast of a dinner, beef stew over garlic mashed potatoes. And yes, this anchorage is wonderfully still. There is a breeze but it is a perfect tropical island breeze. Oh, after we had the anchor set and started to relax and get over the drama day we had, we realized that we forgot to close our stern windows that sit about 3 inches above our mattress before we left Huahine (this is part of our preflight). Needless to say, all of our bedding was wet.

Tahaa is where we plan on spending quite a bit of our time, snorkeling in different coral areas around the island. We will be able to navigate around the entire island without going outside of the coral reef. We were planning on hitting Raiatea first, for our propane then heading to Tahaa, but now, we will do the opposite. After Raiatea, we will head over to Bora Bora, our last stop in Polynesia.

While we are touring around Tahaa, we won't have any internet, so again, our posts may be sporadic.

Posted via satellite phone.
Vessel Name: Tanga
Vessel Make/Model: Morgan OutIsland 415
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Tom and Monica
About: Hi and welcome to our website. We are beginning our new journey in life of sailing around the world. Please follow along with us in our new adventures.
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