Tumultuous Uproar

A cruising boat with a racing problem...

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02 December 2020

Haapo Bay, bon nuit

02 December 2020
Russ Whitford
Haapo Bay, Huahine Iti

The bay couldn't be more still. The typical trade winds have completely shut off the past three days. It is Sunday night. While it is only 8:30 pm, we are several hours past sunset.

The village on the north side of the bay is quite small. There are only a hundred people or so here. The local bar is just a picnic table under a canopy, overlooking the bay. Across the street, you walk into a garage and call, "Iao orana." Someone will bring you a bottle of beer for $3 and open it for you.

We were told this would be a festival weekend. Perhaps a few people gathered for a volleyball game or to listen to some music. None of this was apparent to us. Quite a low key place.....just how we like it.

The bay is surrounded by hills or low mountains. The sea has been quite calm but we can always hear the rumble surf on the outer reef. There is a full moon lighting up the bay and sky. The clouds in the western sky reflect in the still water of the bay like a perfect Rorschach.

But Sunday is not over here. A choir sings slow and rhythmic gospel songs in Polynesian. The harmony is enchanting. Their voices echo off the surrounding mountains.

Huahine is the island of the woman spirit, strength and fertility. Her pregnant form can be seen in the mountains above the village of Fare. She speaks to us, we are pleased to listen.

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Vessel Name: Tumultuous Uproar
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 42s7
Hailing Port: Milwaukee, WI
Crew: Russ Whitford & Lisa Alberte plus Sophie our Jack Russell Terrier
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