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moorea ~ captain mom & the wind

September 5 – 8, 2014 Ha’apiti After a week in the anchorage near Marina Taina, provisioning and spending our final days with s/v Liward, the kids and I finally hoisted the anchor and sailed to Moorea.  A strong northeast wind was forecast for the area, so we chose to return to village Ha’apiti on Moorea’s southwest shore.  It was a … Continue reading »

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new zealand to french polynesia ~ against the wind

added note:  While this is another one of my lengthy posts, it is more for our own record and memory of the passage.  But hopefully, many of you will enjoy it regardless.  For those of you who prefer a shortened version, most days are titled with some highlights. May 2 – 20, 2014 Day 1:  … Continue reading »

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passage ponderings ~ an email

May 2014 The following is an email I sent after 19 days at sea and a safe arrival to the Australs. Subject: Passage Ponderings Date: 22 May 2014 02:33:14 -0000 From: KF4IVI Via: HAM.HF.K4XV Date: 2014/05/22 02:33:16 Hi all, Now that we are safely at anchor, I’ll spill my guts about it all.  Sorry if … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ final days in Kiwiland

March 14 – May 1, 2014 Time to get a move on.  The number of days delinquent in posting to the blog is rapidly growing.  Regardless of how tardy I am, I thoroughly enjoy re-living our travels with every post. Our final days in New Zealand were a blur of activity.  We had just splashed … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ tropical cyclone june

January 19 – 23, 2014   Didn’t we go to New Zealand to avoid the cyclones? Tropical Cyclone June was bearing down on New Zealand, and we needed to find safe harbor before her arrival.  Once a brief category 2 storm, it was possible that we would only receive her remnants, but for our own … Continue reading »

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passage to new zealand ~ all well onboard

November 9 – 18, 2013 day one: After a few last minute preparations, we jumped into the water for one last family snorkel.  This would be our last day anchored in the tropics, and we wanted to cherish the warmth and beauty that surrounded us. Temperature at Kelefesia Island: 84-86 degrees F Around noon, we hoisted the … Continue reading »

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passage to new zealand ~ the plan

November 9 – 18, 2013 For months prior to the passage to New Zealand, numerous cruisers fret over what could possibly be their toughest passage to date.  With New Zealand lying between the Tasman Sea and the Southern Pacific Ocean, there are many strong low pressure systems that move across the region.  One must also … Continue reading »

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tonga ~ a weather situation

October 8 – 11, 2013 During a stormy night in Tonga, there are a handful of us who learned or were reminded of some extremely valuable lessons when it comes to boat and crew safety with respect to Mother Nature.  Luckily, our group of boats and crew were unharmed, but sadly, a local fisherman lost his life … Continue reading »

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bora bora ~ wind & more wind

August 11 – 13, 2013 The wind howled and the wind howled.  The Maramu winds seemed like they would never ease.  While these strong southeast winds prevailed, we stayed tucked behind the northwestern tip of Toopua located to the western side of Bora Bora. Every time we’d make attempts for some snorkeling or a shore … Continue reading »

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