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

Sunday on Bora Bora

22 August 2021 | Bora Bora
William Ennis | Hot, windy, rainy
We've had a nice few days here on our Bora Bora mooring.

I've been chasing a coolant leak and have concluded that I've been the cause by overfilling the coolant tank. I made a note in my engine log and didn't add coolant, although I'll keep my eye on things. Otherwise, the engine has performed beautifully.

While I'm handing out accolades, our Mercury outboard deserves mention. It's been starting easily and also performing nobly. That little 5HP engine has been pushing an unwieldily, 11-foot, inflatable boat with two passengers and gear, so it's impressive that it does so well.

Misbehaving is our wind gauge, which fails to pair via BlueTooth with its other parts, so it's not working. I've whined enough at this point but it's still a bit sore.

As always, Conni has been monitoring the CoVid situation here in French Polynesia. As in the southern US, citizens aren't getting vaccines, and Delta has arrived with a vengeance. The Papeete hospitals are completely full and people are dying, so the prime minister is even considering a mandatory vaccine program. To slow the spread, FP is in another lock-down, unfortunately. Tourists can enter but not leave their hotel grounds although they can swim and such if the resort has such access. Hmmm...sounds like a poor plan to us. Starting on 23 August, bars and restaurants are closed, no travel other than for health, professional, and food gathering is allowed. With Ian coming, we're just SOL for all land-based activities that we had planned. For us, it's not a big deal but there were sights that we wanted him to see by car around Bora Bora that he'll miss.

Last season, Bora Bora's government began to manage all anchorages on the island. They provide a limited number of quality mooring systems and required that cruisers use them and only them: no more dropping hooks willy-nilly. We think that it's a good plan. We were fortunate when we arrived on Friday that we found a good mooring close to the Yacht Club, not that we could eat there now, anyway. The cost is US$30/day with garbage collection thrown in. This year's collection team dropped by this morning, a lovely and fluent young woman and her bearded driver. She was very informative, understood the lock-down's rules, and was very professional. We paid our fees and she took our garbage: pretty nice deal.

The local Chinese grocer is Chin Lee, and his store is our favorite on the island. We packed lots of dry bags and motored to Viatape after the mooring team departed. The trip required a full half hour and we were concerned about getting soaked, but arrived dry.

The reason that this is worth a mention is that we were actually able to buy baguettes! It's been weeks, since we departed Raiatea, since we've had one, so imagine how pleased we were! We also learned that each island can regulate its own alcohol sales, since Raiatea doesn't allow alcohol to be sold from noon on Saturday to midnight on Sunday, while Bora Bora allows alcohol purchase on Sunday before noon. We bought wine, too. Conni purchased food, too, of course, but being able to buy baguette and booze made the trip a total success.

Yes, we WERE dry, but on our return, that quickly ended and we were drenched by the time we arrived at the boat. We had placed any items that were water-susceptible in one of our dry bags, so they were fine, but we both stripped out of wet clothes as soon as we could.

Ian, my brother's oldest kid, arrives in Bora Bora. We have cleared it with the locals and we can legally fetch him when he arrives, and use the dinghy to return him to the boat.

Conni has found a way to connect to the local phone network so I can send this. Sorry for being so non-communicative but Wifi is just unavailable. I can't post any webpages until I get a real Wifi signal, unfortunately, so until then, blog posts only.
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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