November 2016

Wednesday 2nd

FAKARAVA, TUOMOTU ARCHAPELAGO, FRENCH POLYNESIA

We got here yesterday after a 24 hour or so passage from Makemo.  Slack water wasn’t until 1030 so we hove to for a couple of hours before navigating the pass at the south end of the island.

Sunday 6th

FAKARAVA

Wednesday 9th

FAKARAVA

Saturday 19th

At sea

Sunday 27th

toau

At the north end of Toau there is a false pass.  They are known as false passes because although the sea passes in and out of the lagoon you can’t get through in a boat because they are too shallow.  However, the one on Toau affords an excellent anchorage, sheltered from all but northerly winds.  There are two families here one of which maintains half a dozen moorings for visiting yachts.  Here is MEZZALUNA moored in front of one of the two houses here…

Apart from missing out last year when we were travelling overland in South America I think we have celebrated Thanksgiving with Americans every year since 2013. OK, so that’s only twice before but we made it a third time this year with our good friends Jeff and Katie onboard  MEZZALUNA…

Whilst the snorkelling here isn’t as good as other places we’ve been it certainly wasn’t bad.  Katie entertained herself one afternoon playing and photographing this critter…

I think it was about six feet long.  In the meantime Jeff and I tried out his new spear gun.  After many failed attempts I managed to get a Trigger fish…

Whilst here Jeff and I helped install some solar panels on the roof of one of the houses here.  Valerie and Gaston operate the moorings and run a “restaurant” for visiting yachties.  They have an American friend, Ross, who was staying with them and on Saturday morning he, Gaston, Jeff and I set to and installed the new panels.  The power was to allow them to run a decent sized freezer.  By way of thank you they invited us to dinner, along with visitors from another boat and their charter skipper.

Wednesday 30th

Apataki