Sailing with YELO

25 May 2020 | Mangareva, Gambier Islands
24 May 2020 | Mangareva, Gambier Islands
21 May 2020 | Mangareva, Gambier Islands
21 May 2020 | Taravai, Gambier Islands
18 May 2020 | Taravai, Gambier
11 May 2020 | Gambier
05 May 2020 | Gambier
29 April 2020 | Tepapuri
27 April 2020 | Gambier
26 April 2020 | Gambier
09 April 2020 | Rikitea
01 April 2020 | Rikitea
26 March 2020 | Rikitea
24 March 2020 | Rikitea
18 March 2020 | In Taravai
17 March 2020 | In Taravai
12 March 2020 | In Taravai
08 March 2020 | In Taravai

Chez Eduard in the South of Taravai,

25 May 2020 | Mangareva, Gambier Islands
Rolfo
i haven't seen Eduard for a while. Time to catch up on virus and hopefully other, better news.
To much chop from the North and West, in Anganui after a quiet night. So it was time to leave . We got lucky in the morning, chopped down a small palm tree at the beach to get that delicious heart of palm. It
was a small one that decided to grow way to far out on the beach and it wouldn't have survived much longer. Much of his roots were washed out from the waves. So it was time it got into our salad bowl .
Pleasant ride along the shore, watching the goats run along with us on their daily trip around the island. Carefully avoiding the few houses with those nasty humans that all have bad intentions when it comes
to goats.
Its nice to be in front of Eduards place. Its often windy here and that's good, so we can charge the batteries and make lots of water. Our solar panels are 20 years old and don't give half as much as when they
were new. So we need the wind and our two KISS generators hum along nicely. We even have a little internet here. Life is good .This big motor yacht was leaving for Bora Bora...That's well apreciated, one
less at the crowded anchorage in Rikitea. It stank it up with his 24h air condition and generators running in Rikitea.

Baie Anganui ,Taravai, Gambier

24 May 2020 | Mangareva, Gambier Islands
Rolfo
East winds started to make our Mangareva anchorage uncomfortable. So we set sail and zoomed across to the Weast side of Taravai where the its flat For some strange reason the winds waltzes us around continuously, but its fine. A few goats make their trails and wait
for a nasty encounter with Herves dog. He chases the goats into the water and then they are easily caught by the horns and brought to Herves House as a temporary lawn mover. He tells the sensitive yachty girls that's what he needs them for. But the next BBQ or a pot
of goat curry is definitely their destiny. Before that, they had a good life,roaming thru this lovely island with their family until its curtains. I saw the Nuku Hau, a supply ship coming in thru the pass. 30 yachts are waiting to get carrots apples and Brie, a few high priced
tomatoes and half frozen potatoes and onions. I have seen most green stuff arriving in a sorrow state. Somehow they just throw all in the same container and cool it down way too much. The moment you buy any , you must cook it right away. It doesn't last more than a
week. Its amazing to see the yachties and locals buying grapes from Chile for 17$ / kilo. I sautéed a small pumpkin and had it with my spaghetti for lunch...it was excellent. I stay with the local produce. Tomorrow we go coconut hunting...hi hi hi we have way to many. But
we might get lucky and chop down a small palm tree and eat the palm heart...yummmee . No internet, no telephone, no radio or TV in this bay, its peaceful here

Hiding from the cold Maramu

21 May 2020 | Mangareva, Gambier Islands
Rolfo
10 am all boats left the anchorage in Taravai. The forecast has more South East wind coming and that means cold arctic air is filling in and you have to hide. Most of the time you waltz around Gambier as the wind often turns 360 in a few days. There is no all weather all
wind anchorage here. You can stay in Rikitea, its save but its a lee shore and you get soaking wet in the dinghy.
So we decided to try a new place for us on the South West corner of Mangreva. It seems ok , flat with bullet winds and big ground swell .Buts its manageable. Unfortunately if you go further along this protected coast its full of pearl farms and no way not to get tangled in
those lines..
Funny enough only one boat left Gambier with the confinement lifted completely. Nobody wants to ride a strong Maramu down to the Tuamotus and into the warmer weather. Its about 460 miles to Hao about 1000km. If you travel south that far in Europe you get warm fast.
We look forward to Hao, but rumor has it that they locked the yachties onto their boats during confinement. Food was delivered to them from the Police. If this is true , its another reason to stay away. I don't want to be in an island that treats us white people different than
the locals. They can do their own shopping, but we might be contagious and have to stay on board for 4 weeks . That's insane.
Gambier let us do our own shopping and we could sail around this big archipelago , where ever the wind directed us to. I hope this was not true for Hao, otherwise our next stop will be short. We have to treat every island as a possible place to get stuck again, if this
famous second wave comes. So it better be a place that is nice and where the people treat us like humans.

Unfortunately an Equadorian fishing trawler with 30 crew came to the Marquesas with one worker very sick from Corona. In Nuku Hiva he was air lifted out to Tahiti and then they were all tested . 29 crew members were positive, but not seriously ill. So they ordered them
to move near Tahiti and stay under quarantine some where way offshore.
This is bad news for us sailors. I am sure they throw us all in the same bucket. Hell knows how this captain was fishing offshore with all of his crew having symptoms. We have no info where he sailed from and how long he was offshore. But a big ship can keep this virus
going for long It jumps from one crew member to the next. Just read about both US and that French air craft carrier, were almost every body got sick. Funny how such a small enemy can cripple a war machine....
In Switzerland the politicians and the military were arguing about what new jet fighter they wanted to buy. And how to fight terrorists. The same bureaucrats were in charge of face masks and pandemic warfare in general....they all forgot about it and didn't order new gear
as they were told to do. Funny how all Swiss thought the government did a wonderful job.

This bay is peaceful and we don't fell much of the strong winds blowing over the mountains. Went ashore and found a few lime trees. Its just great how they smell fresh of the tree. You cant get this perfume of a fresh lime from any store. It only lasts a short time.

Our gecko is lively and jumping around every where. He just discovered an new bottle of rice wine Daniela made. A little wine is oozing out from the top and he likes to get loaded on it....temperature dropping down to 22C now...omg

Maramu

21 May 2020 | Taravai, Gambier Islands
Rolfo
The strong SOUTH EAST wind is coming , so we have to hide for a few days. We try a new anchorage on the SW corner of Mangareva , if this doesn't work we hide on the West side of Taravai.

Its time to do emails and more boat jobs. Nobody is leaving Gambier with this weather forecast. When this is over , there is no more wind. So the boats have to wait a few moore days until its nice sailing weather

BBQ in Gambier

18 May 2020 | Taravai, Gambier
Rolf Fischer | 24 and sunny
It was a rather pleasant crowd. Nobody talked more than i did, so my ego as an alpha male and captain know it all was never challenged. The food that the sailors contributed was good and Valerie made an excellent goat curry. Because if that there is one goat less on their land, the grass grows better and its a little quieter. We even had a violin serenade from a British girl, and plenty of volleyball with broken tows and bent fingers. Life is good, we think we are not even confined anymore, but nobody wants to leave. The temperature is perfect, but in 3 days the first maramu, a southern blow will cool us down. I think in a week or so we will be officially allowed to go to any other island. We wait and enjoy the peace.

BBQ in Taravai

11 May 2020 | Gambier
Rolf
not all BBQs in Taravai turn out to be exiting. It has a lot to do with how you feel and how you get along with the other guests. This time not much energy came out of me. I tried to get a conversation going but not
much came back .It must have been my boring talk, that nobody got into a frantic laughter or in a heated discussion about anything. The Corona blues has gotten to us, i guess. Or we see the same sailors over and
over and have not much new stuff to talk about.
3 hours before the BBQ Herve came on Yelo and we laughed and blabbed and almost forgot that we had to do this BBQ.
It seems that we get to know a lot of local people in Gambier that have something to share with us. The contact with the Polynesians is a lot more fun for both of us. Much better than talking about yachts and our huge
problems confined in paradise....yawn
It was another table with 3 languages going at the same time. I dont mind, i speak those , no problem . But then i have to be stoped cause i blab in French and my Austrian neighbour doesnt undesrtand it . So , i have
to stop and continue in something they all get. I often have a hard time with this. i prefer to stay in one language. I am glad they all left, i get bored with yachties fast this year. The next one i see ill tell him or her : MAKE
ME LAUGH!! Or say something interesting. Most of them just like to hear them selfs talk boring shit, and i hate people that talk more than i do hi hi hi
Thought about a German guy we met in Martinique. Every time he was on Yelo we pissed in our pants, he is so funny. No funny ones here at all this year. Oh well...am i funny???? i dunno
Glad to be out of the Corona news. My Facebook is full of conspiracy bullshit or some new guru has an new viewpoint...its too much and it gets me sleepy.
Weather is still fabulous, no wind ,i love it.
Vessel Name: YELO
Vessel Make/Model: CATANA 431
Hailing Port: LANGKAWI
Crew: ROLF & DANIELA
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