These are the voyages of the sailing vessel, Wings.

19 April 2018 | Anchorage, AK
06 July 2017 | Pension Tiare Nui, Raiatea
04 July 2017 | Apooiti Bay
01 July 2017 | Tapuamu and Ha'amene
27 June 2017 | Bora Bora Yacht Club
23 June 2017 | Bora Bora
21 June 2017 | Bora Bora
19 June 2017 | Hurepiti Bay
10 June 2017 | Fare Lagoon, Huahine, French Polynesia
09 June 2017 | Fare Lagoon, Huahine, French Polynesia
08 June 2017 | Fare Lagoon, Huahine, French Polynesia
06 June 2017 | Fare Lagoon, Huahine, French Polynesia
05 June 2017 | Fare Lagoon, Huahine, French Polynesia
05 June 2017 | Fare Lagoon, Huahine, French Polynesia
01 June 2017 | Marina near Uturoa, Raiatea, French Polynesia
30 May 2017 | Tapuamu Bay, Taha'a
26 May 2017 | Mooring at the Hibiscus Hotel, Taha’a, French Polynesia
22 May 2017 | Pension Tiare Nui, Raiatea, French Polynesia
20 May 2017 | Pension Tiare Nui, Raiatea, French Polynesia
18 May 2017 | Pension Tiare Nui, Raiatea, French Polynesia

Travel Troubles

12 May 2017 | Los Angeles International Airport
Tired Bill
No, we made our flights, but the hassle of traveling internationally with boxes full of gear is reaching a point of impossibility. TSA has their list of items that one can’t carry, and each airline has its own set of items, too. There should be overlap, but there’s not.

We made it through San Francisco Airport with no problems, hauling three blue boxes and my Bill Bag. We carefully weighed everything and they were all under the 50 lb limit. To save some money, I’m hauling Conni’s black duffle and she carries my ukulele: that’s another two packs, a large black duffle, and an instrument. It’s a LOT to manage. We do laugh about our entry into Mexico when we were preparing for our big Pacific crossing. We took a Tufesa bus from Phoenix, AZ to San Carlos, MX. We had 11 different items, including an 8-ft digital antenna for the SSB, as well as the entire SSB and antenna tuner. We had to haul it out for inspection as we crossed into Mexico. We also had two 135-Watt solar panels, each 2-ft X 4-ft! What a hassle!

So, Air France. This time, and no other, they needed to check each box for illegal contents. Each box…. Conni went ballistic and I had to set her to the side, but they still got a manager over to oversee the inspection. She gets so angry at what she perceives as a simple power play. They confiscated a bottle of 409 cleaner because it had chlorine in it. I have no idea what else they’ll find when they inspect things before loading them. We need everything that we brought so I hope we lose nothing more.

TSA was up to its international best, yelling at people to move along when it was their S-L-O-W inspections that were the problem. Americans don’t do well with that kind of cattle car mentality and we didn’t enjoy the process. We were both angry after our Air France gauntlet, and TSA’s treatment just about did us in. Jeez.

So, we’re sitting at International gate 153 awaiting our Air France to Papeete. The flight leaves at midnight (2400) and it’s 2240 hours.

Yes, yes it’s all whining, I know, but the powers that be don’t make it easier. I can only imagine what the TSA people are saying about us: “silly tourists, never know what to do. Haven’t they ever flown before?” We wish that our Global Entry included a Global Exit!

I do love an international airport. English is a tiny part of the languages that are spoken. We stood in line with an Aussie, we hear every Asian language spoken, and see a lot of nationalities.

My next note will be after we’ve had a nap at the Pension Tiare Nui tomorrow!
Vessel Name: Wings
Vessel Make/Model: Passport 40
Hailing Port: Anchorage, Alaska
Crew: William Ennis and Conni Livsey
About: We've been married since 1991, and both retired from our respective jobs (teacher and attorney) after long careers. We live in the most exotic of the United States: Alaska. We cruise on Wings for half the year, enjoying our home state the other part of the year.
We've sailed Wings South from Alaska since August, 2010. We joined the BajaHaha from SoCal to Mexico in 2012. We joined the Pacific Puddle Jump in 2013 and crossed the Pacific Ocean. Wings "over-summered" in French Polynesia. We continued our journey through western French Polynesia, Rarotonga [...]
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