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Birgit

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

  1. Rund um Raiatea und Tahaa — April 4, 2021
  2. Around Raiatea and Tahaa — April 4, 2021
  3. Hypocritical people everywhere — March 24, 2021
  4. Überall Scheinheiligkeit — March 24, 2021
  5. Arriving at night — March 18, 2021

Most commented posts

  1. Waiting for the right wind — 5 comments
  2. Leeloo 2000–2021 — 5 comments
  3. Faultag — 4 comments
  4. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria — 4 comments
  5. Englishman’s Bay — 4 comments

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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!

2021
15
Mar

Goodbye Raivavae

The weather forecast suggested that we should wait another day, but a fresh breeze from the SSE tempted us to leave Raivavae last evening. We set out doing 6 knots in 16-18 knots, yippieh! Two hours later the wind died down to less than 10 knots and we slowed down to 3 knots. Now the gennaker is flying and we’re waiting for the wind to… Continue reading »

2021
13
Mar

Translation FAQ

Somehow I assumed that everybody has better internet than we and would have no prob just letting a google translator do the translation of our info sheet for them As people have been asking, I’ll simply put the translation of the link below into this blog here: Don’t you like sailboats? You’re not alone, many people would like to chase them out of their lagoons.… Continue reading »

2021
11
Mar

Anti-cruiser campaign and our reaction to it

We decided to spend the cyclone season on an quiet, friendly little island to get away from the anti-cruiser hostilities in Tahiti and the Society Islands. Unfortunately it turns out that even here in Raivavae a campaign against cruisers is going on… Ironically enough it’s the environmental organisation (who should be our friends as fellow protectors of nature) and the protestant priest (who would be… Continue reading »

2021
06
Mar

Leeloo 2000–2021

Our little ship’s cat died last week. I still hear her everywhere and see her everywhere. Our day was so full of cat rituals: sunbathing and petting session in the morning, making sure she ate a few bites every few hours, waking her during the day so she’d be tired at night, sitting out in the cockpit during the evenings to ‘air’ the cat, then… Continue reading »

2021
06
Mar

Book recommendation ‘Plunge’

Our good friend Liesbet has published a book about her life as a cruiser, nomad and citizen of the earth. Check out her adventures on https://www.roamingabout.com/about-plunge/

2021
22
Feb

South Pacific Convergence Zone Weather

The Austral islands are notorious for unstable, bad weather and during a La Niña phase (as we have this year) it’s supposed to be even cooler and rainier than usually. We therefore had rather low expectations weatherwise when we sailed to Raivavae at the beginning of December. We mainly wanted to keep our elderly cat ‘cool’ (she suffers in hot temperatures) and quietly work most… Continue reading »

2021
18
Feb

Update on the covid situation and travel restrictions in the South Pacific

After an intial lockdown between March and July 2020, French Polynesia opened its borders and Covid arrived here shortly after. Ironically a local Politician brought the Virus back from France–presumably from some conference about avoiding the spreading of Covid… The Polynesians seemed very orderly and determined to hold the virus at bay, but in the end it got out of control with many cases in… Continue reading »

2021
12
Feb

Pretty, but tricky!

We consider ourselves quite experienced at navigating lagoons and coral-strewn areas by now, we even enjoy close-hauled zig-zag sailing between bommies in the clear waters of the Tuamotus. Raivavae’s shallow and murky lagoon is a bit more of a challenge. Distances are tiny, but a 1.5 nm ‘passage’ here needs a perfect weather window with blue skies and the sun high up in the sky.… Continue reading »

2021
27
Jan

Polynesian languages

Polynesian peoples live all across the Pacific: New Zealand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cooks Islands, French Polynesia as far up as Hawaii–apparently the ‘Lapita’ culture initally started out from an area around Taiwan and slowly discovered the Pacific islands eastwards. Once the discoverers settled down on the far stretched island groups they still had trading connections, but over the centuries they lost contact. Nowadays Polynesians from… Continue reading »

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