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Birgit

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

  1. Two poles — May 20, 2022
  2. Zwei Spi-Bäume — May 20, 2022
  3. All sails up — May 19, 2022
  4. Volle Besegelung — May 19, 2022
  5. Blistering between squalls — May 18, 2022

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

Author's posts listings

2022
05
Mar

Challenges

After passing some squalls in the morning we had stable conditions all day long with Pitufa racing along doing 6 to 7 knots in winds of 15 to 20 from the NE. In such conditions the toe-rail is almost in the water and boat is jumping over waves and slamming into valleys–walking becomes a challenge and cooking an adventure, but the miles are ticking down.… Continue reading »

2022
04
Mar

Reefing in and reefing out

We had a fast sailing day yesterday and also steady conditions through the night, going close-hauled in NE winds of 15 knots. Now we are entering a zone with squalls again, not the ones that suck the wind away this time though, but the ones that accelerate it to 25 knots. 360 nm to go

2022
03
Mar

Squally

After a fast sailing day and night we are now caught in an area with lots of squalls, so the wind picks up, shifts, then it rains and the wind dies down until it finally comes back and the same game starts all over again with the next squall… Very annoying. 480 nm to go!

2022
02
Mar

Lightwind sailing

We’ve been sailing in light winds all night, but further up there’s supposed to be more wind. 590 nm to go!

2022
01
Mar

Goodbye Rapa

Rapa’s a somewhat tricky place: difficult to get here, difficult to find a weather window to leave again, strong gusts in between, hardly any internet and the supply boat only calls every month or sometimes every two. We still enjoyed the wonderful mountains, the beautiful coral, snorkelling with the numerous galapagos sharks and the wonderful generosity of the islanders. Tongia maitaki Rapa (thank you in… Continue reading »

2022
28
Feb

Eco presentation at school

Whenever we stay longer in a place I try to visit the schools and do a little presentation about sustainability and environmental issues. At primary schools this means mainly presenting some local wildlife and its “function” for eco-systems to explain why they are worth protecting. E.g. bird droppings are fertilizers for the soil and the lagoon, parrot fish are important as they clean the reef,… Continue reading »

2022
12
Feb

Beautiful Rapa

The main bay of Rapa is protected from the long swell that comes up from the S and SW most of the time, but the other bays around the island are open to it. Last week the swell was down, so we took Pitufa exploring. We were rewarded with stunning mountain views, sheer cliffs and beautiful underwater landscapes. Anchoring turned out to be quite tricky,… Continue reading »

2022
22
Jan

Friendly community

Only about 400 people live on Rapa. There is no airport and the supply ship calls only once a month, so the people rely mainly on their own resources and skills. When something needs to be done or fixed, everyone helps out. This generosity is also extended to visiting strangers. So far sailboats are still welcome here, but I suppose a single negative experience might… Continue reading »

2021
27
Dec

What a ride

We never saw less than 20 knots from day 2 on, mostly 25 and always close-hauled… Now Rapa is ahead, just 30 nm to go! Pitufa was shaken and punched, taking off, slamming into waves, but she’s been doing really well. Only a window of our old sprayhood got punched in–resulting in some casualties in the garden before we could put some plastic and masking… Continue reading »

2021
26
Dec

Still blowing

According to the forecast the wind is supposed to turn SW soon. It’s still blowing hard and the seas are quite rough. 120 nm to go

2021
25
Dec

Stormy night…

It’s blowing and we’re still tacking SW before going on a tack towards Rapa. Still 177 nm to go as the Christmas shearwater flies (not us, unfortunately)

2021
25
Dec

Stormy night…

Yesterday we were sailing under starry skies with the big light-wind gennaker blown up high, today we’re bashing into 20-25 knots from the SE and steep, high waves. 180 nm to go as the storm petrel flies, but Rapa is almost upwind, so we’ll need a few more to go there…

2021
24
Dec

Silent Night?

After a good first sailing day in fairly calm seas, the conditions will change today. A front and strong southeasterlies are ahead of us and Xmas eve is not going to be a silent one for us.

2021
23
Dec

Leaving for Rapa

We met plenty of friendly people again in Raivavae, but the anti-cruiser campagne led by the protestant priest here made us somewhat uncomfortable (rumours, nasty facebook comments, fake news) so we decided to leave for Rapa, even though the weather forecast isn’t ideal. Hopefully it’ll turn out okay… 290 nm to go

2021
22
Dec

“Black pearls” come in all shades of the rainbow…

I’ve had a creative phase again, got the dremel out and played with pretty things. I’m not a jewellery person, but the shiny balls that grow here keep inspiring me…

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