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2021
13
May

Richtung Horizont–E-Book Version Available Now!

Now also the e-book version is available on Amazon. You can order it here.

2021
09
May

Travelling in times of Covid

French Polynesia’s borders were closed for a while, now they have opened up, but only for American tourists – funny, as the US handling of the Covid situation did not seem exactly like a success story, maybe the colour of the dollar gives heightened immunity? All other travellers must still apply for a special permission to travel and present important motives. Christian’s passport expires in… Continue reading »

2021
06
May

Richtung Horizont–our book

We’ve just published a little account of our travels on Pitufa (in German) that’s now available on Amazon! Available at Amazon (Paperback and e-book)

2021
30
Apr

Protection is needed now or it’s too late

Yesterday I had some appointments in town and did my runs between different locations by thumb – hitchhiking works really well in French Polynesia, especially when you hold up a sign where you want to go. I got chatting with a very nice Polynesian woman who picked me up, we talked about the Tuamotus, how we cruisers are blamed for pollution, harming nature and then… Continue reading »

2021
27
Apr

Article on Whisker Pole Handling in All-at-Sea Magazine

Birgit Hackl, Christian Feldbauer: Pole Position! The advantages of having two whisker poles, All At Sea Caribbean, May 2021, p. 54–56. Download the whole magazine for free

2021
20
Apr

Keeping up precautions and social distancing

French Polynesia is doing a good job to prevent Covid-19 from spreading. People generally still wear masks in shops and public places and remain cautious. Vaccinations are going on rapidly, in many places everybody 18+ can get an appointment for a shot. However, we have noticed that some cruisers think that as soon as they have their two shots they can drop all precautions, they… Continue reading »

2021
14
Apr

Squally passage

When trying to sail eastwards we usually wait for some disturbance to unsettle the usual prevailing wind (a little trough, a low), because then the wind shifts from the easterly direction to the north. A good opportunity to make easy miles to the east, but quite often not exactly fine-weather sailing. Yesterday we set out with sunny skies, but shortly after we sailed towards squall… Continue reading »

2021
12
Apr

Magical morning

Raiatea in the morning is quite often simply magical: the lagoon is glassy calm, the island is mirrored on the surface of the sea and soft, white clouds sit on the soaring peaks. The landbreeze that gently blows down from those mountains is incredibly fragrant–a mixture of flowers and pine scent. We usually use this cool morning air to do exercises on deck before it… Continue reading »

2021
08
Apr

New photo album: Raivavae

2021
04
Apr

Around Raiatea and Tahaa

We’ve been hanging out around Raiatea and Tahaa (the two islands share one, big lagoon) for two weeks now. The infrastructure around these islands is very convenient: 4G internet, little supermarkets everywhere that get stuff from the supply ships several times a week, but sell also local produce. The nicest way to get locally grown fruit and veg is to walk down the coastal roads:… Continue reading »

2021
24
Mar

Hypocritical people everywhere

We quite often criticise how little untouched wilderness remains here in French Polynesia and the lack of efforts by the government and other organisations to protect the environment. We complain about locals who still hunt turtles and collect sea bird eggs and blame a lack of education and awareness. Yesterday we read on the Austrian News that the fishermen and fisherwomen there have finally managed… Continue reading »

2021
18
Mar

Arriving at night

We always tell newby cruisers that it’s not a good idea to arrive at night, much wiser to time pass entries with good light. But quite often (like yesterday) it becomes clear over the course of the day that we won’t make landfall in daylight–an arrival-bubbly and the thought of a whole night spent in a calm, comfy bed are hard to resist though… If… Continue reading »

2021
17
Mar

Wrong wind forecasts

The day before yesterday we were supposed to have whopping 20 knots for great sailing–and got thunderstorms and fluky winds. Yesterday we were supposed to have about 15 knots and got several hours of 30+ knots instead. Today the grib threatened with no wind and we had 15 knots all morning and still 10-12 now in the afternoon… We can already see the silhouette of… Continue reading »

2021
16
Mar

Annoying weather

We got a mixed bag of thunderstorm, no wind and lots of wind. 194 to go

2021
15
Mar

Fast sailing

The wind set in with a squall last afternoon and we got the gennaker down just in time. Now we’re steadily sailing along in 15 to 20 knots from the SE and a few squalls around. 320 to go!

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