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Birgit

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

  1. Hausverstand — September 11, 2021
  2. Common sense — September 11, 2021
  3. “Auf Samtpfoten Richtung Horizont” gibt’s jetzt als E-Book!! — September 8, 2021
  4. “On Velvet Paws Towards the Horizon” is now available as an e-book!! — September 8, 2021
  5. Ein Buch über unsere Schiffskatze! — August 17, 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
19
May

Pee break in times of covid

Today we are driving from Upper Austria to Graz. Drinking lots of water is generally healthy, but not a great idea when you’re on a highway… Finally a service station, by now it’s a full emergency, I grab a mask, run to the entrance –and get stopped by a smiling lady in a dirndl dress. No negative covid test, no entry, she informs us friendly,… Continue reading »

2021
16
May

Richtung Horizont – Reviews on Amazon

Our travel book has started selling on Amazon, now we need some reviews to encourage other buyers… If you’ve read the book and enjoyed it (which I hope ) please leave a friendly review on Amazon!

2021
30
Apr

Protection is needed now or it’s too late

Yesterday I had some appointments in town and did my runs between different locations by thumb – hitchhiking works really well in French Polynesia, especially when you hold up a sign where you want to go. I got chatting with a very nice Polynesian woman who picked me up, we talked about the Tuamotus, how we cruisers are blamed for pollution, harming nature and then… Continue reading »

2021
20
Apr

Keeping up precautions and social distancing

French Polynesia is doing a good job to prevent Covid-19 from spreading. People generally still wear masks in shops and public places and remain cautious. Vaccinations are going on rapidly, in many places everybody 18+ can get an appointment for a shot. However, we have noticed that some cruisers think that as soon as they have their two shots they can drop all precautions, they… Continue reading »

2021
14
Apr

Squally passage

When trying to sail eastwards we usually wait for some disturbance to unsettle the usual prevailing wind (a little trough, a low), because then the wind shifts from the easterly direction to the north. A good opportunity to make easy miles to the east, but quite often not exactly fine-weather sailing. Yesterday we set out with sunny skies, but shortly after we sailed towards squall… Continue reading »

2021
12
Apr

Magical morning

Raiatea in the morning is quite often simply magical: the lagoon is glassy calm, the island is mirrored on the surface of the sea and soft, white clouds sit on the soaring peaks. The landbreeze that gently blows down from those mountains is incredibly fragrant–a mixture of flowers and pine scent. We usually use this cool morning air to do exercises on deck before it… Continue reading »

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 »

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