These are the voyages of the sailing vessel, Wings.

30 September 2021 | Home in Anchorage
16 September 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
12 September 2021 | Pension Tiare anui
10 September 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
09 September 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
05 September 2021 | Raiatea
03 September 2021 | Raiatea
01 September 2021 | Apu Bay, Taha'a
31 August 2021 | Apu Bay
28 August 2021 | Bora Bora
22 August 2021 | Bora Bora
21 August 2021 | Bora Bora
20 August 2021 | Now, Bora Bora
15 August 2021 | Faaroa Bay, Raiatea
14 August 2021 | Fare, Huahine
10 August 2021 | Avea Bay
01 August 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
30 July 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
27 July 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
25 July 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui

Back in the USA

31 December 1969 | Oakland, CA
Wistful Bill
We worked very hard to complete our decommissioning tasks and by Thursday evening, we were, with a minor few, done. We had taken the middle section of our boat cover to Madam Faux for her to measure and reproduce in a better fabric. We had the boat cover made in Mexico so we've gotten our wear out of it. The ferocious UV here has destroyed both the cover and a lot of other gear. We have been leaving our sail battens in the open the past few years, and the surface has disintegrated, releasing glass fibers that require gloves for handling. Madam Faux fabricated a bag, to our design, that provides UV protection them. She also made a Sunbrella cover for our GPS mushrooms. If it's plastic, it must be protected from sun. Madam Faux, Regine Faux, is the owner and sailmaker at Marina Apooiti.

I removed the entire propane system, from tanks to some, for replacement. 33 years of use in the marine environment means that a leak was inevitable so we preemptively will replace all of the parts.when she was up the mast, Conni removed the Raymarine wind transducer and I'll return it for repair. The port stanchion and mount that failed we also packed or repair. I also have the failed raw water pump that almost ended the trip early.

Friday was Bastille Day, the most important French holiday, although our guess is that the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, is little understood by the Polynesians. Still, we had decided to buy beer for the RCS crew and served it on Thursday afternoon rather than Friday, with the boss’s approval, of course. We sat in the shade and talked trash with the guys for a few hours and consumed the dozen large Hinanos. Thanking them for the many kindnesses through the years was important to us.

Thursday evening, we made time for dinner with a couple of cruisers whose boat is at RCS near Wings. The boat is aluminum and had been sealed tightly with no care, for two years. Much below decks was ruined by mold and corrosion, so Kathy, the female of the pair had just rejoined her husband, Allen, for the arduous work. Both are college professors, she in Russian History and he in Physics. They're delightful people, both liberals as we are. They've sailed together for many years, having built a “Spray” copy as their first boat. (Spray was Joshua Slocum’s hand-built boat in which he became the first solo sailor around the world.). Allen is French so is at home talking with the locals. At any rate, we had a great time on our last evening.

Our completion tasks were few on Friday morning and we were done early. In search for a meal at lunch, we stumbled across the local celebration for Bastille Day, Polynesian style. What a treat! We had our last meal of steak frites and enjoyed the local take on the French holiday. We will miss the locals’ use of vegetation and flowers in their lives. From the flowered head hake lei to the wonderfully creative adornments of automobiles and buildings, they hide the artificial with the natural.

Since our bungalow hadn't been rented for the next day, we were able to stay in the cool room until time to depart for the airport. We even showered again, a gift to our seat mates on the long flights homeward.

Flights from Raiatea to Papeete then to Los Angles and on to San Francisco were long, boring, and sleepless, so when we finally reached Oakland and Conni’s dad’s house, we were exhausted and hit the hay quickly.

Vessel Name: Wings
Vessel Make/Model: Passport 40
Hailing Port: Anchorage, Alaska
Crew: William Ennis and Constance 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 Southward 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, [...]
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