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Christian

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Name: Christian
Date registered: September 21, 2010

Latest posts

  1. Fotos: erste Impressionen von Fidschi — June 28, 2022
  2. Photos: first impressions of Fiji — June 28, 2022
  3. Makogai — June 23, 2022
  4. Makogai — June 23, 2022
  5. Segelreparaturen — June 10, 2022

Most commented posts

  1. Change of plans — 10 comments
  2. Prevailing Ocean Winds — 6 comments
  3. Anchor windlass overhaul — 5 comments
  4. We are sailing! — 4 comments
  5. Boa Vista — 4 comments

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2021
02
Nov

Convergence zone weather

The South Pacific Convergence Zone is having some fun with us at the moment. Its tail end is pointing towards French Polynesia and it seems the weather people are finding it impossible to predict how it will behave. The American GFS model and the European model predict completely contradicting wind wind directions and what we get in the end is usually not predicted by either… Continue reading »

2021
04
Oct

Our article about atoll passes in the Cruising World Magazine

Cruising World has been one of the world’s leading sailing magazines for 30 years, so it’s a bit of an honour to get published there Our article about atoll passes is in the current October issue: “Tackling the Pacific atoll passes” explains the variety of factors that determine currents and gives advice on how to enter and exit atolls safely.

2021
03
Oct

We’re writing for Boating New Zealand!

We already have a nice list of prestigious sailing magazines where our articles are regularly featured, but we’re happy to announce that from now on you’ll find articles made on Pitufa also Down Under! Boating New Zealand, NZ’s number one selling and largest boating magazine, has our article about the pitfalls of modern navigational aids in the October issue. “Blinded by Tech” warns that proper… Continue reading »

2021
02
Oct

Ship’s Cat Article in All-at-Sea Magazine

Birgit Hackl, Christian Feldbauer: Ten Years Cruising with a Ship’s Cat, All At Sea Caribbean, Oct. 2021, p. 52–54. Download the whole magazine for free.

2021
21
Sep

Whales!

From July until November humpback whales migrate up to warm waters, where the females give birth in the protection of lagoons, undisturbed by large predators (and hopefully humans). During those months you can often see groups of whales near outer reefs, sometimes in passes or even anchorages. Due to the lock-down we haven’t moved much this year, so we’ve only had our first whale encounter… Continue reading »

2021
05
Sep

Article in Yachtrevue Magazine

Birgit Hackl, Christian Feldbauer: Und ewig lockt der Horizont–Zehn Jahre unter Segeln, Yachtrevue, Sep. 2021, see teaser online.

2021
27
Aug

Shark photos

We love sharks Here are some impressions of our encounters and experiences with different species.

2021
21
Aug

Lockdown in Tahiti and the Societies

With 2700 cases/100.000 inhabitants, swamped hospitals and full ICU units the government has finally announced a new lockdown for 2 weeks. It’s a bit vague though: people are still allowed to go to work or shopping (necessary things), the international borders remain open, inter-island travel is limited to people with “important reasons” (which is a broad term as any business reason or family reason counts).… Continue reading »

2021
14
Aug

4 m swell!

We are anchored on a sandy shelf in a protected part of the lagoon of southern Tahiti. In front of us 4 m swell thunders against the outer reef in crazy avalanche-like looking barrels and behind us the deeper lagoon looks like a fast-flowing mountain river with eddies, whirlpools and standing waves… Pitufa gets swirled around by 3 knots of current, but we’re bouncing only… Continue reading »

2021
04
Aug

Yeah, photos!

2021
30
Jul

Starting our sprayhood garden again!

Usually we have a jungle under the sprayhood, but when we left the boat alone, we had to get rid of the plants. Now I’m replanting and soon we’ll harvest arugula, spring onions, mint, basil and cilantro again! The chilis and bellpeppers will need a few more months though

2021
08
Jul

A typical morning on Pitufa

By 8 o’clock the laundry’s on the line… We’ve done some stretching and exercises… …had a morning swim… …with a few stingrays for company! In the meantime the bread is out of the pan and we can have breakfast. A perfect way to start the day! (We’ll spend most of it in front of our laptops, but that’s another story )

2021
04
Jul

Rolly anchorages

When you sleep in passage mode on the floor and the coffee pot needs to be clasped to the stove, you know it’s time to get out of the Marina Taina anchorage… The reef is not wide and high enough to protect the lagoon from high swell, so whenever the swell gets higher than 1.5 m (yesterday it was 2.5…) it gets seriously bouncy in… Continue reading »

2021
28
Jun

Staying, leaving, staying, leaving, staying!

We’ve been in French Polynesia now for 8 years. It’s an amazing cruising area, but this year we felt ready to start a new chapter–a post-ship’s cat chapter with more sailing, more exploring, rougher anchorages, hotter summers (all things we didn’t want our elderly cat to suffer). Due to the Covid pandemic most countries in the Pacific remain closed, but Fiji is open for yachts… Continue reading »

2021
24
Jun

Article on Cooking with Breadfruit in All-at-Sea Magazine

Birgit Hackl, Christian Feldbauer: Exploring Breadfruit, All At Sea Caribbean, June 2021, p. 46–48. Download the whole magazine for free or read the online version of this article.

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