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Birgit

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Name: Birgit
Date registered: September 22, 2010
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Latest posts

  1. “Sailing Towards the Horizon” — August 8, 2022
  2. “Sailing towards the Horizon” is available on Amazon!! — August 8, 2022
  3. Neue Perlenkollektion! — August 4, 2022
  4. New Pearl Creations!! — August 4, 2022
  5. Gäste in Lomati — July 23, 2022

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2022
08
Aug

“Sailing towards the Horizon” is available on Amazon!!

The book about our first years cruising aboard our Pitufa is now available as paperback, ebook and hardcover. Come aboard and read about our beginner’s mistakes, fun adventures, wonderful encounters–experience the ups and downs of the cruiser’s lifestyle with us! 331 gripping, entertaining pages Click here to see more info and to read the first two chapters.

2022
04
Aug

New Pearl Creations!!

I’ve had a creative phase and made new necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings! All my designs are made with black Pearls (often called Tahiti Pearls) from the Gambier Islands. Just write an email/PM, if you are interested! Click here to see more pictures.

2022
23
Jul

Guests in Lomati

Cruising in Fiji you can’t just anchor somewhere and do your own thing, you’re supposed to visit the main village of the island, introduce yourself to the chief, bring a present (sevusevu, a bundle of kava) and then you’re accepted in the village and allowed to roam around ashore and in the coastal waters. In guide books and on the internet we read how-to’s and… Continue reading »

2022
20
Jul

Sailing day

5 a.m., it’s still pitch dark and we’re heading out of the pass of Matuku. It’s blowing hard from the SE (like always here it seems), so it should be a fast ride downwind. 190 nm to Musket Cove!

2022
09
Jul

Fish!

We had indeed a fast ride averaging 6 knots in winds from the ESE between 18 and 23 knots. The islands here in the Lau group are so close together that you sometimes have two or even three in sight at the same time–quite a change after the big distances in French Polynesia. The waters are also much more lively than we’ve seen in other… Continue reading »

2022
07
Jul

Vanua Balavu to Matuku

We have spent two windy weeks in the shelter of the the island maze of Vanua Balavu. Today we head out again, destination Matuku, a little island in the southwestern Lau. 130 nm with winds of 20+ on the beam will be a rough, but fast ride.

2022
02
Jul

Fruitbats

There are huge colonies of fruitbats (also known as flying foxes) here in Vanua Balavu. They spend their days (literally) hanging out in trees, at dawn and dusk we see hundreds of them flying over the boat. So cute!

2022
26
Jun

Just quickly booking a flight…

Yesterday we decided to book flights to Austria. Go online, book–easily and quickly done, right? Not so for cruisers: with our wobbly internet connection it took me all afternoon to open sites, compare and finally book two legs simultaneously on two different airline sites (super stressful to juggle dates while keeping both pages busy without a time-out). Got the last two available seats, all done,… Continue reading »

2022
13
Jun

11 years on Pitufa

This week we have our 11th cruising anniversary. Incredible how time flies… In 2011 the three of us we set out with little experience and big dreams. Lots of those have come true, but there’s many more out there and we keep chasing the horizon

2022
02
Jun

Arrived!!

The passage ended as it began–with fickle winds and lots of sail changes. On our slowest day we only did 78 nautical miles, on the fastest 150 We had quite a few hours with only 6 knots of breeze and an interesting hour with 35 knots gusting up to 43 when a front passed over us. All good now, we arrived yesterday, the friendly officials… Continue reading »

2022
31
May

From the big blue to you

A friend asked, how we can post from underway. We don’t have a sat phone, so we write our blog and send it via SSB and pactor modem to a sailmail station (service for cruisers). This station sends the blog on to our homepage www.pitufa.at and from there it is automatically forwarded to facebook. We are almost in Savusavu, 25 nm to go!

2022
30
May

Almost there

We ran into calm weather yesterday, but now a breeze is coming back. 120 nm to go!

2022
28
May

We crossed the date line

..so no May 28 this year. My Mom’s birthday–she didn’t like them, so it’s very fitting… 250 nm to go!

2022
27
May

Dustom Sails

We bought our sails 12 years ago in Croatia, the mainsail has been up ever since and is still in good shape–amazing quality made in Croatia. On this trip it was flogging against the spreaders in our first week of light winds and a batten chafed through, so it will need some maintenance once we arrive. 380 nm to go!

2022
26
May

Our hydrovane

Our wind pilot Wayne Vaney does a fabulous job steering Pitufa tirelessly through all conditions. As long as there’s a breeze to be felt, he steers. Maybe not quite as accurate as an electric pilot, but without using any electricity–purely mechanical. Therefore he’d continue to keep us on course even if our batteries died or if the electric system got fried by a lightning strike…… Continue reading »

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