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2019
04
Nov

Arrived in Fakarava

We’ve just arrived in Fakarava with northerly winds, anchored next to the pass in the N and will hop over to the neighbouring atoll Toau tomorrow morning when the wind switches to the east (it’s a tricky pass and in the morning we’ll have wind and current in the same direction). The sail up here was quite boisterous with many squalls and a little front… Continue reading »

2019
04
Nov

Fish!

Its a bit squally, but today we’ve had a fast sailing day and caught a fish! 90 nm to go.

2019
03
Nov

Setting out yet again

When I say ‘we bought a new fridge’ landlubbers think we got a new box and put it into its place. On a boat things work differently: we had to get out the old tubes and evaporator, drill new holes into the stainless fridge compartment, install the compressor, evaporator and install the tubes. After that we bent some plexiglass and screwed it in to keep… Continue reading »

2019
31
Oct

Back in Tahiti for repairs

After two exciting days, but rather sleepless nights off Makatea (rolly anchorage) we set sails for Tikehau, an atoll just due north and a nightsail away. Underway we noticed that the fridge was acting strangely, with the compressor working constantly drawing almost no electricity (a sign for a gas leak). It wasn’t easy to turn around, say good-bye to the idea of turquoise lagoons and… Continue reading »

2019
29
Oct

Tour of Makatea

We’ve been busy exploring Makatea for the last few days. It’s a raised atoll with a plateau over steep, white cliffs towering over a strip of flat land around the island and a fringing reef. The reef falls off steeply, but the friendly locals have installed 4 moorings for sailboats–basically their only tourists apart from a few travellers who arrive with the supply ship from… Continue reading »

2019
27
Oct

Makatea

After a night of lightwind sailing we rushed along nicely again and reached the raised atoll Makatea around noon. All moorings were taken, but a friendly Belgian boat let us tie up alongside.

2019
24
Oct

We can’t get away from Tahiti

After 3 months in Tahiti we are eager to head out towards the Tuamotus: I feel healthy again, we got Pitufa prepared, bought more provisioning than we can store, but somehow we don’t get away from Tahiti. First the drain of the kitchen sink fell off (rusted through) and just when Christian had finished repairing it, he noticed that the fridge was acting strangely–the compressor… Continue reading »

2019
15
Oct

Dengue Sequel

Each time I think I’m getting healthy and stronger again, I’m punched back down. Two weeks after what I thought was a dengue infection we were getting us and the boat ready to start hopping eastwards again. Smack, I was down with high fever, severe backache, headache, nausea–the same symptoms as two weeks ago, just stronger. Yesterday (day 4 with fever) the temperature got so… Continue reading »

2019
03
Oct

Dengue fever

I got strong fever last week accompanied with a head ache and back ache–typical symptoms for dengue. As we’ve had it before I was worried (dengue can be extra dangerous when you get another type your immune system thinks it recognises). I got lucky though, the symptoms remained weak and I was fine after only a week. Researching on the internet I found that there… Continue reading »

2019
29
Sep

Article in the OÖ Nachrichten

An Austrian newspaper published an article about ‘Sailing Yesterday and Today’ (the 500th anniversary of Magellan’s first circumnavigation) and we’re mentioned as modern bluewater sailors. Here’s the link.

2019
20
Sep

Whales!

We’ve been in Moorea now for two weeks, explored the island with a rental car (quite a luxury for us hitch-hikers) and were lucky with the weather. Moorea’s such a spectacular mountainous island with incredible views! Leaving the pass of Opunohu Bay with Pitufa on the way to Cooks Bay we met a humpback whale mom with a baby. We let the boat drift and… Continue reading »

2019
13
Sep

Holidays for my Mom

Our last piece of luggage arrived 6 days after the check-in, battered, but with everything still inside… We sailed over to Moorea on a beautiful beam reach and so far we’ve seen dolphins, turtles, stingrays, but still no whales (even though it’s the season when humpback whales visit this area). We did a nice hike to a waterfall, but most of the time we spend… Continue reading »

2019
03
Sep

More bad luck

I took the boat to a calmer anchorage on Saturday, thought I was doing a nice single-handed manoeuvre, but then the little rollbar behind the windlass that keeps the chain under control while it rushes out broke and all 70 m of chain rattled out high speed. Fortunately I was far away from the reef, but still not happy and feeling quite ill on top.… Continue reading »

2019
31
Aug

Bad luck

After 3 weeks alone here in Taina, Christian and my Mom were scheduled to arrive tomorrow morning. Now I’ve just got an email that their flight from Vienna was cancelled, they were rebooked for the following day… Here it’s grey and rainy after a 2 months of stable, sunny weather and a 3 m swell is forecast to arrive this evening. I’ve fallen victim to… Continue reading »

2019
18
Aug

Swell

Since Christian flew to Austria last week, it’s just us 3 girls here (counting Leeloo and of course Pitufa). Life in Taina has been productive and quiet so far, but last night a 3m southwesterly swell arrived around midnight and made an end to our calm lifestyle. The reef that protects the anchorage isn’t very wide and swell turns the lagoon into a chaotic witches’… Continue reading »

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