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Jul
23

Photos of Nengonengo

Jul
21

Lagoon Tide Simulator

I’ve just uploaded a website that contains an interactive lagoon tide simulator. It lets you play with different parameters like swell height or how open/closed the lagoon is and instantly draws a graph with the tides and shows when the current in a pass is in or outgoing. Experimenting with this simulator may help understanding lagoon passes better. Just follow this link.

Jul
18

Almost there

We’re not big fans of sailing, but this time we really can’t complain. No squalls, no calm weather, just steady, fast sailing. Just 20 nm to go!

Jul
17

Fast sailing

We are eating up the miles in very pleasant conditions. Just 195 nm to go!

Jul
17

Leaving the Tuamotus

We spent the last two days on the Southern side of Tahanea, checking out the bird motus there and counting nesting couples as we always do. There seem to be less every year, too many visiting locals (from Faaite) and cruisers drive them away… It’s always hard to leave the Tuamotus and head towards the hustle and bustle of Tahiti, but we have to make… Continue reading »

Jul
14

Sharks and rays

We’ve just had a perfect week here in Tahanea with sunny skies and mellow conditions. We snorkeled the pass a few times and had close encounters with manta rays that were feeding in the current. Back home we were greeted by our gang of blacktip reef sharks, who hang out around boats hoping for scraps. Whenever we caught a fish the shark feeding from the… Continue reading »

Jul
06

Mara’amu

During the southern winter it’s normal to have phases with strong southeasterly winds. Whenever there’s a big fat high moving by eastwards to the south of us, the winds get accelerated in a squash zone above. These so called mara’amu’s howl at least every 2 weeks over French Polynesia, but the one we’re having now is stronger than the all we’ve seen over the past… Continue reading »