June 20, 2008 Friday
The WiFi connection did not work for almost 2 days so Bill used our SSB to send at email to the company main office in
Tahiti. They immediately responded and explained that
there had been an electrical problem at the local dive shop in Rangiroa where
their server was located and that they needed a cable to connect and reset the
modem. Bill, being the handy guy that he
is, loaded up a laptop and various cables and went ashore to fix the
problem. Two hours later everything was
working again – plus we received an additional 600 minutes of internet time as
a “thank you.” This is great because we
will be in Papeete, Tahiti
next week at a marina and will appreciate the internet access. Good to know that it was not a waste of money
buying the 20 hours air time here after all.
We can use it in Tahiti.
Why didn’t someone tell us that Hillary was no longer in the Presidential race? When we finally accessed the internet this morning we caught up on some of the news that we have missed since last having WiFi aboard back on April 12th. Looks like we have missed a lot of news in that time period. Sometimes it is nice to be so oblivious to the things we can do nothing about.
Winds are very light and predicted to remain same for several days. We have a reservation at a marina in
Papeete, Tahiti to arrive
on Monday so we can get our genoa repaired and also meet with a Furuno GPS guy. We also definitely want to participate in the
Rendevouz on June 27-28 that is being sponsored by the tourism department for French Polynesia.
More about that later. Anyway,
since the winds are so light we will need to depart Rangiroa late Saturday in
order to sail the roughly 200 miles and arrive on Monday morning. This should be another calm and slow
passage. Regret that we do not have more
time to stay in Rangiroa. We tried to
arrange a tour of a pearl farm for tomorrow before we leave, but they are closed
on weekends. This should be the last
place we will visit that does black pearl farming so it looks like we have
missed the opportunity for a tour. But
we can watch a video about it at the Rendevouz.
June 23, 2008 Monday
17.34.746S; 149.37.258W Distance sailed 206.6 NM
Tides are so important when entering or exiting the passes in
Polynesia. We departed
Rangiroa through the around 4:30 p.m.
Saturday. It was supposed to be outgoing
tide but there was 2.8 knot head current against us as we negotiated the exit
through the pass. Waters were swirling
all around us in the narrow pass but it was uneventful. The exit was much easier than the entrance
because I could follow the track we had saved on the chartplotter from when we
entered. We very much enjoyed Rangiroa
and wish we could have stayed here at least a month. Tiputa
Slack tide for our destination of
would occur at 10:00 to 10:30 on Monday morning.
This meant that we needed to average only 5.5 knots SOG for the
passage. Winds were light for most of
the trip so it wasn’t too difficult to go that slow. When we were about 75 miles from destination
the wind changed direction and was directly on our nose. A cold front was moving up from the
south. You have to remember that we are
in the Southern Hemisphere and that it is now the Austral winter. So we took in all sails and motored the rest
of the way. Papeete
After passing the airport we radioed the marina and they informed us that it was too windy to attempt to dock right now. So we found a spot to anchor and will wait until the wind dies before going into the marina. We wanted to remove our genoa and get it delivered to the sail loft for repair this afternoon; but there is absolutely no way we can remove the sail in 25 knot winds. There are a
of sailboats here and the anchorage is quite crowded. Our boat actually swings into the channel a
little bit but we are staying anchored in this spot until someone tells us to
move out of the channel. Not like there
are a lot of options when it is this crowded.
There are some spectacular waves breaking over the reef in this high
wind. We were supposed to bring our
paperwork to the agent to clear us into the Society Islands but it is so rough
that we are not about to try to lower the dinghy off the mizzen deck and get
the outboard lowered down to it. The
water is way too rough for that to be a safe project. The authorities will just have to wait until
the wind dies down.
At least we have WiFi out here in the anchorage so we can be entertained and catch up on news.