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Birgit

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Name: Birgit
Date registered: September 22, 2010

Latest posts

  1. Langer Tag — September 25, 2020
  2. Very long day — September 25, 2020
  3. Biosphären-Reservat? Verarschung… — September 22, 2020
  4. Biosphere reserve? My arse… — September 22, 2020
  5. Waldbrände — September 19, 2020

Most commented posts

  1. Waiting for the right wind — 5 comments
  2. Faultag — 4 comments
  3. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria — 4 comments
  4. Englishman’s Bay — 4 comments
  5. Freundliches Grenada — 4 comments

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2020
25
Jul

ProfiSeal Drip-Less Shaft Seal–Long-Term Test

Pitufa’s previous owner was German, so she came with many gadgets ‘made in Germany’. One of those is our shaft seal: a ProfiSeal (www.profiseal.com), based on the design of drip-less face seals. Instead of a flimsy rubber harmonica (like on the PSS), it features a solid metal housing that is flange-mounted to the stern tube. Inside the housing, a rotary unit (fixed to the shaft)… Continue reading »

2020
25
Jul

Orderly Tahitians

While no flights were allowed into French Polynesia we observed that people went back to their normal behaviour–no masks, kisses for greetings, etc. We were worried that they would not change these customs when the borders were opened again. Fortunately we were wrong: In town almost everybody is wearing masks now (many in colourful Polynesian patterns), people queue with respectful distance in supermarkets and I… Continue reading »

2020
24
Jul

Boatyard chaos

Being on the hard means hard work all day long (and a few times into the night–ever tried to apply black antifouling in the dark?). As we live on Pitufa, we cannot walk away from the building site in the evening. We usually need at least one bit from every single one of our many lockers and by the end of the day there’s no… Continue reading »

2020
06
Jul

Arrival in Tahiti

After a fast sail we were running out of wind on the last miles. Tahiti was ahead all day long–still 10 nm to go at sunset. Fortunately anchoring in the dark is no problem in the bay off Pt Venus, so we’ll sleep in our bed tonight again.

2020
05
Jul

Sailing under a full moon

Despite the so-so forecast this passage has been fabulous. 6 knots average on the first day, 5 from then on and all that under sunny skies without a single squall. The nights are magic as well with a full moon lighting the way. 65 nm to go!

2020
04
Jul

Water in the bilge

Yesterday the water alarm in the bilge went off and we discovered about 40 l of water sloshing around… We quickly got a manual pump out and dried the bilge–not much fun on a rolling boat. Then came the frantic search for the lead–fortunately it was quickly found. The seal on the rudder stock needs redoing. Another little project for Tahiti… 185 nm to go!

2020
03
Jul

Fast trip

Yesterday’s start was a bit bumpy: we sailed through squalls with 30 knots across the lagoon, doubting our decision to head out. The outgoing current rushed us out with 12 knots (4 knots boatspeed, 8 knots current), but then the ocean conditions were not so bad. Now we are rushing along downwind under headsail only, doing 6 to 7 knots. 320 nm to go!

2020
02
Jul

Change of Plans

On July 15 international flights are supposed to resume to French Polynesia and we are a little bit worried that this will lead to another covid alarm and subsequent inter-island travel ban. We therefore have changed plans, will head to Tahiti today and try to get a haul-out, some repairs, some doctor’s appointments, shopping (the yearly routine) done before that may happen. The weather’s not… Continue reading »

2020
29
Jun

Austrian fleet

There’s more Austrian boats than you’d think in the South Pacific, but as it’s such a wide area we don’t run into them very often. At the moment there are two others here in Raroia though and we’ve met up in the Southeastern ‘Austrian corner’. We met Alrisha (www.alrisha.at) in the Gambier last year already, but it’s the first time that we manage to catch… Continue reading »

2020
26
Jun

A perfect day for our 25th

For our 25th anniversary yesterday we had planned to spend a lazy day with Tuamotu entertainment (motu walk and snorkeling). Unfortunately it was grey with pouring rain, so we spent the day in front of our laptops, working as usually. At least we opened a bottle of red and cooked up a gourmet feast. Still a bit disappointing. Today we were rewarded with that perfect… Continue reading »

2020
20
Jun

Dawn on the wrong side

We’re in the trade wind belt, so the wind usually blows from somewhere between Southeast and Northeast. When a Northwesterly comes it’s normally during or at the onset of a depression or trough, but this time it slowly clocked from the Northeast to the Northwest with sunny skies because the trough is rather weak. We’ve used this unusual weather to explore the western side of… Continue reading »

2020
15
Jun

Approaching Raroia

Last night the wind turned into a light breeze–ideal timing or we would have arrived too early. Now we’re sailing down the western side of Raroia towards the pass, it’s a beautiful sunny morning, just a few tiny rainclouds around and we hope to catch one of them as Pitufa’s in dire need of a boatwash. In the shade of the island it’s calm, so… Continue reading »

2020
14
Jun

Fast passage

The fast ride goes on, fortunately it’s the tack heeling towards the galley, so cooking’s still okay… We’ve had the lure out since we left, just the right conditions for an oh-no-not-now fishy, but still no luck. Apart from that the fourlegged and twolegged crew are doing well. 100 nm to go!

2020
13
Jun

Fast sailing

The squally weather continues, not much fun, but at least we’re fast, averaging 6 knots. 235 nm to go!

2020
12
Jun

Unpleasant night

Last night one squall followed the other, keeping the watch busy. We had mostly 20 knots from the NE, gusting 30. Now conditions have settled a bit. 370 nm to go!

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