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2024
06
Jul

Leaving Pitufa

Leaving our floating home alone while flying to Europe to see friends and family means lots of preparations: cleaning, packing, wiping surfaces with vinegar, storing everything under deck, thinking of all the things a boatsitter should do–trying to think of everything stresses me out completely. But the most difficult part of me is getting rid of our garden: after years of pampering and sustainable harvesting… Continue reading »

2024
30
Jun

Collect Tusker beer bottles!

There is no separating and recycling in Vanuatu (yet, it’s just starting with some projects), but the local brewery takes their empty beer bottles back to refill them! So it’s a good idea not to buy imported beer or cans, but to buy Tusker in bottles. It’s quite a nice beer and we love their slogan “Bia blong yumi” (Bislama, is the second official language… Continue reading »

2024
30
Jun

Port Vila

We arrived in the capital of Vanuatu last week and we’re still getting our bearings, checking out hardware stores and supermarkets–typical cruiser-style We have found plenty of shops so far, but there is less range here and it’s more expensive than in Fiji (as people had warned us ahead). Port Vila is a pleasant little town with a waterfront with restaurants and souvenir shops–everything looks… Continue reading »

2024
29
Jun

Anatom – more pics of Vanuatu!

We spent 3 quiet, relaxed weeks on Anatom and Mystery Island

2024
26
Jun

Pitufa Black Pearl Designs

We’ll be travelling to Europe soon, so write an email if you’d like to have a little piece of the South Pacific close to your heart as well

2024
20
Jun

Photo gallery Tanna Island

We’ve been in Vanuatu now for three weeks: here are some impressions of Tanna Island

2024
07
Jun

Spitting Lava!

2024
05
Jun

Cleared in!

Yesterday morning we left Anatom at 5 o’clock in the morning as we expected light winds for the 50 mile sail up to Tanna and we wanted to arrive with daylight. The winds were stronger than expected and it was a fast, close-hauled sail (5 to 7 knots), so we got to the anchorage just after noon. Port Resolution is a bay located on the… Continue reading »

2024
01
Jun

Still not checked in

We’ve been in Vanuatu now for 5 days, but we still haven’t been ashore, as we haven’t been able to officially clear in yet. The cruise ship for which the officals were meant to fly in was canceled, another one was possibly scheduled for yesterday, but didn’t show either. It’s been blowing 25 knots for the past few days, so we were working indoors, I… Continue reading »

2024
29
May

Arrived in Vanuatu

We arrived yesterday at 2 in the morning after a stormy, splashy last sailing night in the cozy protected bay between Anatom and “Mystery Island”. Anatom’s not a port of entry, but you can check in (with pre-authorisation as we had) whenever the officials come here to clear in a cruise ship. Yesterday morning we got an email saying that today’s cruise ship stop was… Continue reading »

2024
28
May

Islands ahead!

It has been another fast sailing day. After ages we have managed to catch a fish again (a smallish barracuda) and we have already processed it and made preserves in the pressure cooker. It’s generally more lively here with little petrels circling the boat and swishing over the waves. We can see Futuna to the north and Anatom ahead, but we still have 45 nm… Continue reading »

2024
27
May

Racing with a little break in between

Usually it’s a nightmare when the wind dies down after a strong blow, as you’re left with high waves and a madly bucking boat. Yesterday the seas calmed down along with the winds, so we used the welcome break to air the boat and do some domestic chores (baking bread, straining a batch of kefir for banana smoothies and Christian even managed to shave without… Continue reading »

2024
26
May

More than half the distance done

The night was still fast sailing, but now going’s getting a bit slow. According to the grib the wind should pick up soon again. Finally some rays of sunshine this morning! No fish yet… 230 nm to go

2024
25
May

Going fast!

It has been a bouncy night with winds of 25 knots+ from the Southeast and confused waves–one of them managed to swamp the cockpit (a very rare occasion on Pitufa). This morning it’s grey again–some sun would be nice. 360 nm to go

2024
24
May

Underway to Vanuatu

Our blog entries from underway will come to you via old-fashioned SSB and will be automatically sent on to pitufa FB (we haven’t given in to the temptation of Starlink yet, I call it Stinklink because of the air pollution all those rockets taking up satellites cause), so there won’t be any pics while we’re at sea. It looks like a rough, fast passage, should… Continue reading »

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