Sailing with YELO

13 December 2018 | Tahuata, Baie Hanamoenoa
13 December 2018 | Tahuata, Baie Hanamoenoa
06 December 2018 | NUKU HIVA
21 November 2018 | NUKU HIVA
14 November 2018 | Nuku Hiva
03 November 2018 | TAIOHAE , NUKU HIVA
03 November 2018 | TAIOHAE , NUKU HIVA
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26 October 2018 | Nuku Hiva
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17 October 2018 | HAKAHAU ,Ua Pou
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13 December 2018 | Tahuata, Baie Hanamoenoa
Rolf
ah yes and there is more saltwater in the transmission. ...but we are happy to sail around the world . Other people have to slave away and go to work every day. An i moan that my beach has a big wave...it actually has gotten smaller,so tomorrow we can go ashore and get eaten by nonos. Those are tiny insects that bite you at any paradise beach here . They are so small that thy get thru my mosquito screen...at least they dont carry any malaria etc

over night rodeo trip

13 December 2018 | Tahuata, Baie Hanamoenoa
Rolf
Its was a rocky ride. The weather forecast said : winds from the side 10 to 16 knots but it was on the noose 22 to 28 knots. We made it into this lovely bay at 8 am . Unfortunately there is a 2 meter wave breaking at the beach , so no way to get on land in paradise..

WHAT BROKE: small fish got into the toilet and jammed it . Solution : get dirty and take the messy toilet appart and remove stinky dead fish. The ride was so ruff that our mirror cabinet in the bathroom opened up 3 times and spilled pills and creams everywhere Now i got Hamoroid cream in my sunscreen , Viagra in my dental floss and Tiger Balm in the vaseline jar...Oh what fun. Solution : Clean it , fix the doors and try the "new improved" dental floss.

French NKE Multigraph autopilot wind-gismo , set itself into default mode. That means : the display is so bright you cant see anything at night Solution: RTFM (read the fucking (French) manual and re- install EVERY THING.

So were busy for a while and recovering from the slow web in Nuku Hiva . There is no web here , no fone and no TV. I have to try to upload this blog with a broken SSB system. Parts are coming from Switzerland ...in 3 months!!

Apart from that , we are both happy to move again .Sad to leave many new friends behind in Nuku Hiva.

I wonder how long i can take it without news and web.. 3 days max ..i guess what do you think? Knee held up during the bumpy sail...happy.

Life is easy in Nuku Hiva

06 December 2018 | NUKU HIVA
Rolfo
After a few weeks here, you start to get the feel of life in paradise. Nobody cares much about about health, money or the future.Who cares, seems to be god for most situations. Discussions only get heated about religion or what �"France owes us�". The rest is pretty easy. Fruits fall from the trees and nobody eats them. They prefer junk food and soft drinks. It costs a fortune to buy all of this , but again : who cares. Money is coming from somewhere all the time and food grows everywhere if you run out of cash. Its different here then anywhere else in the world. The gentle people share that open and generous attitude with us. I find it contagious as well. Every where we walk, we find people willing to chat . I guess were lucky because we can speak French and their French is easy to understand. Its slow and they don�'t use slang, like the French from France . It takes the people from �"metro pole�" a while to slow down their speech if they live here, some never get it. Its something all Americans and Australians miss here�...the contact with the locals. You're lost with only English unless you hire a bi-lingual tour guide. We just hitch hike and end up with new friends every time..its really easy here.

A tragedy hit this small island last week. A drunk driver lost control of his pick up truck and 3 people died. They all say its a cousin of theirs that died. They are all related.I feel they should get some fresh blood. Alcohol and dope are a major problem here, and the cops don�'t seem to be doing anything about it. Its well known where the watering holes are. They are far from town and EVERBODY has to drive there. But cops don�'t do any road blocks on the weekends. It would help, I guess . But then again its not a repressive society here . Even a few strict police men wouldn't last long in Nuku Hiva�... We were showered today with 10 kilos of fruits and veggies from Niuiti and nice women Daniela met while hiking around the island. Its just amazing how many times the locals brought us huge bags of mango's, papaya, bananas,breadfruit etc etc .

Its difficult to leave here.There is always something to do and somebody to visit. The last few days we officially became residents and opened a bank account at the post office. Its very complicated here to get some of this super slow internet. In order to get a monthly subscription you must show that you are a resident. This paper you gate at La Mairie, the town hall . Its easy and free. Then you sign up for the web. For this you need the French RIB code. Ah voila I said I have one all ready from French Guyana. No good, you need a French Polynesia RIB. So you try to open an post account. You must sign you're signature in three places. I failed. The postmaster turned me down. My scribbling s are never the same. This hasn't been a problem in the many bank accounts I opened over the years. But here it meant : Walk back down to the Town hall and get Daniela to sign up. She has a better signature. The locals s get rejected as well, they tell me. Vive La France�...so many things are great. BUT ITS COMPLICATED. To get a sim card with web takes 30 minutes in Madagascar or Colombia and its very fast. Here its so slow, that I cant open my banking pages and we have been working to get this SIM card for TWO DAYS !! No wonder France doesn't get anywhere. They make EVERYTHING so complicated for nothing.

BUT : One Baguette is still only 53 US cents �...Yellow fin tuna�... fresh on the dock for only 5$/kilo..fruits and veggies have been free for the last 2 months�...�...but a one liter carton of headache- wine is 12$ TWELVE DOLLARS !! We still have booze from Panama�...life is good. My knee is getting better with daily exercises to build up some lost muscles. We should get going south for the 900 miles to Gambier but the NORTH EAST wind is not here yet.

Rolfos old bones

21 November 2018 | NUKU HIVA
Rolfo
health issues bogged me down for a few days . First i had to get a "beauty mark" cut out of my nose. It bugged me and it grew. Its quiet an adventure to pay a visit to the hospital . With all the very obese clients and staff here, you feel like a toothpick among elephants. Surgery with a nurse and surgeon all those green sheets and the big needle to make my nose not so nosy anymore came to a meager 170 $ !!!When i saw the cashier lady i did what i usually do in any vegetable market ...: i started to wine and moan ." I have no insurance and i have to pay it all my self poor me poor sailor hoo hoo hoo." Can you PLEASE press that big percent button on you're calculator. The fat lady at the cash register felt sorry for me and did what no hospital had ever done : SHE GAVE ME FIFTY PERCENT OFF!! Vive La France. It included 10 x rays for my knee as well etc etc .

The people are spoiled here. France gives them everything for free and still they moan . " They owe it to us , one Lady said . They did the atomic bomb here...Ok...the bomb, i said .Do you have any residue here , any radioactivity?? They dont know , but France has to pay. So they can drive those huge gas guzzlers.Nobody has small cars ,only big SUV or 4X4 king cabs . Many are way over 200 kilos . They can hardly walk and need special cloths that cover it all. Their knees are fucked by the time they leave school.

Some are fit and train for the canoe races or dance. They are fine and strong , but the majority just eat all day and gulp down soft drinks. Coca Cola sells their drinks with the highest sugar content worldwide...they love it at 5 Euros a liter...who cares. But the people are great and up in the country side ,even more friendly then here in the "big" town".

Instead of surgery i went to see the local healer. She gave me a very deep and painful massage on both legs . Sold me a magic potion that should heal EVERYTHING ...i am still waiting for the miracle. Arthritis and cartilage soft like crab meat...I also have old cartilage pieces floating inside my knee...i hurts when i walk more then an hour. Surgeon says he could suck it out with arthroscopic surgery without any promise that i would get better. So i wait till next year and limp along with my magic potion. Today Marie took us to her house and drove us around the island....nice island, nice people. I met another healer that had a magic potion...ill try her later maybe even physiotherapy...anything that i can walk again with Daniela for a half a day or so...

Nuku Hiva

14 November 2018 | Nuku Hiva
Rolfo 32C
no blog for a while and people start to wonder if we are still kicking. We are and busy fixing things as usual and Rolfo had to get surgery to get his nose amputated,and x rays taken to see whats left of his knees. Not much was the result and there is not much i can do either before i get new pieces in metal.All is well here in paradise.

TAIOHAE

03 November 2018 | TAIOHAE , NUKU HIVA
Rolf
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Vessel Name: YELO
Vessel Make/Model: CATANA 431
Hailing Port: LANGKAWI
Crew: ROLF & DANIELA
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