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2022
17
May

Underway again!

Finally we have a stable enough looking weather window and we’re sailing towards Fiji! So far the wind is light, so we have only made 100 nm in the last 24 hours. We wouldn’t mind the slow progress, but the sails are banging quite badly in between and we hope for more wind. 1450 nm to go!

2022
10
May

Cook Islands Cruising Info

Good news, the Cook Islands are opening up for cruisers again! As of current travel info May 1st, 2022, sailboats can visit, but the check-in is only possible in the main island Rarotonga so far. Check the official government page for updates and details http://www.mfem.gov.ck/customs/arrival-and-departure-information-for-marine-crafts. And here’s the link to a pdf with the full law text. The form CICS 29: Advance Notice Of Arrival… Continue reading »

2022
08
May

Galapagos sharks

I enjoyed hanging out with those cute and nosy sharkies so much that I decided to get one!

2022
05
May

DIY: How to replace sprayhood windows

Birgit Hackl, Christian Feldbauer: Replacing the windows on the dodger, All At Sea Caribbean, May 2022, p. 46–50. Download the whole magazine for free.

2022
03
May

Lack of nature protection in French Poly

Reading and watching the news you’d think French Polynesia was a nature paradise. Almost each week the president, PEW and other organisations announce new protection zones in the Pacific around Fr Poly , rahui areas around islands (traditional bans) and anchoring bans for the nastiest polluters–us cruisers. Turtles have been protected for a long time, the same goes for sharkies. Unfortunately that’s just theory: protected… Continue reading »

2022
01
May

Making friends and enemies

Each morning we read the news and each morning we get upset about how we humans treat our planet. We can’t change those global issues, we can only try to make a small difference starting with ourselves. We tend to go one step further and address behaviour that we witness in our little world (e.g. anchoring in coral, disturbing bird colonies, treating remote places as… Continue reading »

2022
30
Apr

Waiting

After we had to interrupt our passage because of the broken track on the mast, the repair was rather quickly done, but we had missed our weather window. We need really stable weather for the 1.900 nautical miles to Fiji and it’s rare to find a weather window that actually lasts 2 weeks and goes all the way. Before Covid we could have stopped in… Continue reading »

2022
23
Apr

Read Online: Article in Cruising World “Know your Weather”

Christian Feldbauer, Birgit Hackl: KNOW YOUR WEATHER, Cruising World, April 2022. Read the online version of this article.

2022
16
Apr

Damage underway

During a 30 knot squall the track for the genoa pole got ripped out of the mast–incredible with what extreme forces a sailboat has to deal, the big foresail is over 60 m2… No way we could manage the downwind trip without a genoa pole. We have to interrupt our trip for repairs.

2022
13
Apr

Like an Atlantic crossing

The Pacific is so huge that the distances are mindboggling. The passage to Fiji alone is almost as far as an Atlantic crossing… Despite a forecast for steady winds, we were slowly sailing along with flapping sails and the whole boat clanging and banging–very annoying on a downwind course. During the night the wind fortunately set in and we’re nicely sailing along now. 1800 nm… Continue reading »

2022
12
Apr

Nana (good-bye) French Polynesia!

After wonderful nine years year we are on our way to new adventures–Fiji, we are coming! Watch video here on www.pitufa.at winken_drohne

2022
06
Apr

Pitufino

Pitufino is a nav data Wi-Fi gateway, NMEA multiplexer/converter and pilot controller. It translates between nav devices from different generations and talks straight to your smart phone, tablet and laptop. Turn your mobile into + fully featured nav instruments + an engine dashboard + an auto pilot remote control + an anchor watch. Have it all under control from anywhere on your boat! Learn more… Continue reading »

2022
31
Mar

Read Online: Our Article on Anchoring Around Coral in Cruising World

Christian Feldbauer, Birgit Hackl: SEARCHING FOR SAFE SPOTS–Anchoring around Coral, Cruising World, March 2022. Read the online version of this article.

2022
31
Mar

Update: Checking out of French Polynesia

We just did our check-out from Tahiti and had some hiccups along the way. It seems the different offices that deal with pleasure crafts don’t talk to each other Even though it the Capitainerie sent us an info sheet claiming that we had to send the check-out application to traffic maritime AND we got an email from them replying that we were free to pick… Continue reading »

2022
29
Mar

Watermaker worries

Just as we were patching up the dinghy yesterday, the watermaker suddenly quit. Horror scenario. We carry a spare pump head and installed it today–fortunately the pump is running now again! A more serious issue would have been a big problem before a long passage.

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