We are , frankly enjoying the calm weather so far. The trades are light and from 030. So this is giving us a sailable wind angle just ahead of the beam albeit with light winds around 10 knots. With one engine ticking over to keep the average up we are making a bout 250nm a day and keeping the fuel burn low. We can not motor the whole way in any event.. The Weather is cooler each day and we expect it to get much cooler in the days to come. We have a front due to pass in the next 36 hours and while ,moderate (we hope) it will bring in the colder Southerly winds but again we should be able to continue to motor sail efficiently to the Southeast. This is actually very unusual as 90% of the time the winds here should be 18-20 kts from 120t with a 2m wind wave.. or directly on the nose. Even the large period Southerly Swell of 3m has died off tonight leaving us rolling along gently. A good moon to light the way. We must enjoy this time.. The crew are all doing well and settled in to the routine Brian and I monitoring every weather report and watch following watch. As mentioned we now only have 3,500nm to go. And posting will be difficult. Not even sure how this one got out… But this excellent Photo by John “ dikus” Shearsonreflects the look tonight of sailing in the moonlight
We left Papeete for Pt Montt in Chile. The weather is good for the 1st part of the trip but the trip is long at 4,500nm. We hope for 17 days but we will need some help from the weather to get there. Pilot boarded at 0900 after immigration had left and with More in the foreground it was time to head on out. Tahiti has as it has for centuries been a great stop over. The people are so friendly. Communications will be spotty as we will have no internet for much of the trip but we will post when we can..
Well we are back in Marina Tania in Papeete Tahiti. Lots of work going on turning the boat back into Cold Water and Cold weather cruising mode. Off with Jet Skis, SeaBobs and the expertise bile and on with Extra fuel storage, Another Engineer bed, boot racks and Survival suits etc.
We also took down the staysail and the Genoa to adjust there size as they have grown a little and we could not get the correct tension on the luff or the right sheet angle for them. however they are back and rolled up in place.
In among all this preparation there are a few holidays for crew to be taken and in the Evenings for the others a little Sailing…
Not all our trips are idyllic, well most are but sometimes you need to pay the Piper. After waiting 4 or 5 days there was a chink in the weather and as life is much better the further East you go..Off We went. seas were big at 4m or 14' every 6-8 seconds.. Winds gusting in the mid 30's and as the sea was short Rosehearty did not fit well. At times we were down to 4-5 its SOG and in fact had the worst total milage covered in 24 hours maybe Ever.. at a paltry 110nm.. But as said the further East you go the better it gets. It has been 3 tough days for the crew, Especially in the Galley.. ! Well done to everyone. Docking tomorrow is due at 0800 for pilot. Everyone will sleep well on Thursday night...
Aitutaki is going to become familiar. We looked at heading back in to tahiti 600nm up wind..
But after a bit it made more sense to go back and re anchor as poor an anchorage as it is behind the Island. We could be here a good few days as a very high pressure squeezes the isobars and we end up with winds in the 30's and gusting higher and the seas are about 18' or 5m Too for now we wait behind this tropical paradise.. You can see the wind in the sky...
And this is all we Found. After drifting through dinner we set the staysail and headed back to Aitutaki to an early Guest drop off.
The charter has gone well and as we enter in to the last day we are seeing the winds increase. We are planning a trip to another , almost never visited and uninhabited fish...Island called Manuae. It is a marine Sanctuary. After a nice sail and with less than favorable direction on went the motors so the guest could spend a little time there. You can not anchor so Rosehearty drifted while all were ashore.
Says it all really.
Right beside the boat....
Another Great photo by Richard Smith.
Landfall was made early and We anchored off Aitutaki. There is only a tiny Shelf here to Anchor on and we have been careful to get it in the right place. We are ready for our new Guests who arrive later today.
It does not take long to re adapt to the rhythm of Watches and life on board. As long as you are not going upwind! We had some strong gusts in the 30's passing in the Acceleration Zone between and South of Tahiti and Moorea. But by end of the day it was down in the 20s with a more regular sea. But in these conditions we do roll. So Today we are about 1/2 way there.
We are off to Aitutaki, part of the Southern Cook Islands. It lies about 600nm WSW of Tahiti.
It was a nice morning to get under way but soon we were out of the lee of the big Island and Back "in it". It will not be too much fun coming back. However More looked beautiful as We passed to its South
Hugo has taken these beautiful sunset photos of us and More in the background. It is not always like this. maybe 1 or 2 times a week. We do get fronts through every few days and the swell, even though we are inside the reef and it is minimal here can be very large outside. However that is next weeks issue..
We are moored on the West side of Tahiti. Just out of town. We have been back a few weeks and in a detailing mode for the last weeks. Been a very busy last few months with lots of guests and friends onboard. We are off Next week to Aitutaki for another guest cruise. Should be spectacular..It is 600nm West of where we are sitting and slightly off the rhumb line to Tonga a further 600nm downwind. However we are not going there, sadly.
She has been the perfect tender for the last charters. not fancy but really does a great job. Here in full Bubble Island mode full of guests and toys..
Sometimes it rips through here. It always gets your attention, both visually and navigationally..
How would you like to Swim here with snorkeling and Jet Ski-ing and that mountain right there?
After a hard day paddle boarding and Sea bobbing..you need to be fit!! how about one of Catherine's Bloody Mary's. Anyone?
We knew it was coming..
Time to move...So at the last minute we decided to hightail it over to Bora Bora. About 24nm . No point sitting here in the rain. The Wind was light but the Swell was building from the South at around 3m. However simple trip and we arrived just before dark and anchored off the Bloody Mary Dock in the SW Corner of the bay.