Monthly Archives: October 2016

Samoa

Samoa 18/10-23/10-2016 previously called western Samoa

Time used 4 days 20.5h, Distant 516 NM, SOG 4.9 avg, 7.2 max, TWA 198, TWS in knots 12.6 avg, 25.8 max

13/10-18/12 Sailing to Samoa, also called Kingdom of Samoa

Time used 6 days and 20.5 h, Distance 516 NM, SOG 4.9 avg, 7.2 max, TWA 198, TWS in knots 12.6 avg, 25.8 max

Day 1-13/10

10:30, after checking out of Cook Islands with the nice rangers and happy to be able to give them a pack of rice, we sailed out of the reef, sat jib and stopped motor, change the bed sheets, bake bread, Lars on Poly-magnet (Andrew, Jeff and Rodger) and West Poly-magnet (Amanda and Marc) cruisers net and we are well on our way to Samoa. We had a beautiful evening and night watch with a full moon on a clear sky.

Day 2-14/10

8-10 knots of wind sail 3.3 knots, sat main sail, bake cookies, rainbow snapper from Suwarrow for dinner.

Day 3 -15/10

Maria baked rye bread and run motor for power. In the evening on Maria’s watch, with15 knots and high swells, the autopilot did not work so hand-steering. Lars slept in the cockpit.

Day 4 -16/10

Lars rinsed the hose for the salt water cooling of fridge and freezer. Lamb-shops for dinner. Beautiful orange moon.

Day 5 -17/10

Nice with Pancakes today. The autopilot did not work well during the whole night so hand-steering.

Day 6 -18/10

Six in the morning we sail in to Apia on the north coast of Upolu island, after great difficulty to wake somebody up to give us permission to enter the harbor.

At noon we got visit of the quarantine man in skirt and we could take the yellow flag down. Short time after came two custom men also in skirt and the young man started to go threw every cupboard and drawer under neath. Off cause there were forms to bee field out by Lars. We had to take a taxi to the immigration office in town and we arrived in the last minute before closing. At the tourist office in the traditional park close to the big state administration building were immigration was we got the advice to meat in the park at noon next day and join the tourist information and show for the cruising ship tourists.

Wednesday we took a taxi in to the city at noon. The show for the big Cruising ship was amusing and also good information on Samoan culture like how to make a Tapa from a tree branch (see pictures), traditional dancing and cooking in a whole in the ground with hot stones.

Thursday we had to check out from Samoa because immigration was looked during weekends and we wanted to sail on Sunday. Also provisioning was important to do and we finally find a taxi-driver that could drive us to a big supermarket.

Friday disappear in Samoa time because of the Date Line!

Saturday we hired a Taxi with a driver to go around the island for a whole day. First stop on the tour was at a convent for education of priests. We had a swim in a cave with fresh water and there was a hidden tunnel we dared not use. Upolu island is a very green Island with very beautiful sandy beaches in the south. On the way south we passed a lot of villages with the traditional Fale, that is buildings without walls. A Fale could be small, just for the family or bigger for all village people to use. Beach Fale is very popular for backpackers to rent and quit inexpensive. Lars had to drive the last part of the drive down south because the driver was close to falling a sleep. After a nice meal at the beach he could drive us back to Apia. We past by the grave of the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson’s tomb with the famous epic poem.

Suwarrow- Cook Islands

Suwarrow an atoll in Cook Islands, self-governing islands in association with New Zealand 11/10-13/10 2016

Suvorov after a Russian navy captain that lived on the island many years.

Time used to sail to Suwarrow from Maupiti was 6 days 18.5h, Distant 716.44 NM, SOG 4.4 avg, 7.3 max, TWA 198, TWS in knots 13.4 avg, 24.1 max

5/10 Wedding day, freshly made burger buns to the burger for dinner, not bad.

6/10 Lars sick is it a kidney stone? 02 Lars threw up, 04:30 mainsail down because of 20 knots, squall, setting stay-sail, 7:30 Lars take pills against stomach ache, 8:30 Lars throw up a lot of times.

7/10 8:00 Setting main and jib, 18:30 Lars are taking a lot of painkillers. We think that he have a kidney stone.

8/10 Lars still in a lot of pain.

9/10 6:30 The bilge does not work, empty bilge with an “Aldi pump” to a bucket.

10/10 9:30 Lars still in a lot of pain and take a lot of pain killers.

11/10 For motor and long time with jib alone. We will go slowly for not to arrive to early. We want to go threw the reef entrance in daytime.

We drop anchor close to the two other sailing boats after talking to the ranger on WHF. After clearance on Alexandra we relaxed on board the rest of the day.

12/10 Snorkel at the read boys (could be large Manta Ray there early in the morning) and also snorkel at the white boy with nice corals and fish like the little reef close by Alexandra.

Lars set up a hose from bilge to aft and out. We had also time for a walk around the little island in the atoll and buying fish from the rangers for a six-pack of beer. Also gave a pack of rice, to the rangers, we could spare.

In the evening the young ranger arranged Pot Luck Dinner for us together with a french boat with different nationality on board. Lady Amity came ind late but managed to come bye. It was nice to see them. The son grilled the fish, rainbow runner, perfectly.

We enjoyed a lot the short stay at Suwarrow. The to park ranger, father and sun, Harry and Pae Papai, were very pleasant and easygoing guys. They loved to be on the little island away from stress, noise and traffic on the mainland, that is the island Rarotonga in the south Cook Islands. They stayed on Suwarrow until November and came back in Maj after the hurricane season.

13/10 Sailing to Samoa 10:30 after checking out.

Maupiti

Maupiti 4/10-2016

Time used 6:55 h, Distant 28.5 NM, SOG 4.0 avg, 5.2 max, TWA 99.7, TWS in knots 9 avg, 15.4 max

Sail out of Teavanui, Pass Bora Bora, 8:30. We past by, the beautiful island, Maupiti after 7 hours sailing at 15:30 mostly because of late arrival but also very ruff current in the narrow pass. We continue to Suwarrow. and had another 7 days to go.

Bora Bora

Bora Bora 30/9-4/10

Time used 6 h, Distant 25 NM, SOG 4.1 avg, 6.1 max, TWA 173, TWS in knots 9 avg, 15 max

At seven in the morning we sail out of the beautiful bay Hurepiti with course to Bora Bora. Dolphins are playing when we pass the reef. Jib up but motor still on. Sunshine high swells and up to 15 knots. We sail in to Bora Bora threw Teavanui Pass and sail down south to the coral garden. We take the dingy to the reef and swim around. There are a lot of fish and fresh corals. We drift snorkeling back to Alexandra. After that we took the dingy in to the famous Bloody Mary restaurant and, off cause, I had a very tasty Bloody Mary.

Next day we sailed up north west to the Bora Bora Yacht Club and got a mooring boy there but not for free. Here we could relax and get things done. Lars shift a seal on Westerbeke but unfortunately it did not help the generator to start running. He also secured the crack on David-er by casting carbon fiber on. Also buying a lot of motor oil because we still have a leak of diesel into the motor oil for the Yanmar main motor.

We had a nice 3 km walk to town and after provisioning the last day the supermarket brought us back for free with all our bags filled up. At the police station, central of town, we could easily clear out of French Polynesia. They even helped us with some photo copies to use when buying gas before we left. The last evening in FP we took farewell by having a nice meal of Poisson Cru at the Bora Bora Yacht Club.

We sailed early in the morning and stopped at the TOP gas station to fill up with tax-free diesel. Also fill up with water because without the generator running we can not run the water-maker. It went fine and we were on our way towards Maupiti there we wanted to stop for one night if we came early and the current was not to strong. We said goodbye to Lucas from Kernobi SE and Lady Amety from Australia were also there.