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Awesome Moorea - Again

28 July 2010 | Moorea Island, French Polynesia
We left Tahiti as planned, yesterday, Monday, after all exit papers and formalities were complete and after taking on water and fuel and provisions, and Bluebottle is now anchored, in the clearest water over sand, with only 3 feet under the keel. The sea's soft surf sound coming from the reef is constant, but here in the lagoon, all is still. The mountain hides the moon tonight but not for long. We had a rough and rolly ride over here, at least the first few hours, motoring with the waves on the beam,and little wind. Coming out through the pass in the reef, we saw the waves curling and crashing either side of us but the red and green buoys marked the deep channel where we could safely go, the engine chugging away faithfully after its oil change and new fuel filters fitted, and the diesel lines bled, tanks all filled. Ready for the sea and the beginning of the trip home. Four thousand four hundred nautical miles to go. Then coming round the north-eastern corner of the island of Moorea the genoa was rolled out and the wind took hold and we surged along at six knots, the waves blue and white,the island close at hand, the brief rain now gone. Moorea is indeed beautiful. Lucky people come here on planes and stay at hotels, but we are even luckier, we who slide in through the pass, quietly, steering our own vessels, impudently riding the thousand foot deep sea, surfing the wind and dropping anchor where we will.
Vessel Name: BLUEBOTTLE (ex-Aura)
Vessel Make/Model: Lidgard 49' steel ketch
Hailing Port: Hobart
Crew: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
We have completed our trans-Pacific voyage - from Panama to Hobart via Ecuador, Mexico, French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Bundaberg, and are now pausing before resuming land life. [...]
When the port authorities here were approached to renew our Panamanian boat registration, they said "You can't call your boat Aura - that's taken" so we decided to call her Bluebottle! If you know the Goons, you know of Bluebottle, that little twit! He was always getting into trouble with his thin [...]
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Who: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
Port: Hobart