Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tahanea

Shindig and Alcyone made an overnight passage from Makemo to Tahanea.  It is only 50 miles but we couldn't make that distance in the daylight hours.  In order to make Tahanea at dawn we had to average less than 4.5 knots.   Do you know how hard it is to make Shindig go slow?

Once in the lagoon we headed to the South East corner and met up with our buddies on S/V Tumbleweed that we had last seen in the Marquesas and Katie and Mike of S/V Pangaea.

Shindig, Alcyone and Tumbleweed swapping stories and telling lies

Local copra farmers dropped off a bounty of lobster

They wouldn't let us pay them!


Snorkeling on the bommies near the anchorage







Brilliant blue colors of clams 


Kite time!


Pangaea Mike gett'n it done!


Beach party!

Douglas making Fire

Rob extracting precious ice cubes with Kenny


The motley castaways.  Tumbleweed, Shindig, Alcyone, Pangaea

Nancy, Betsy and Katie

Friday, January 5, 2018

Mid-Mo

One of our last stops in Makemo before heading out the West pass was a place Mid-Mo.  So named by me because it is sort of in the middle of Makemo.

This was a picture perfect spot that we enjoyed with Kenny and Betsy from S/V Alcyone.



BTW, a note on traversing the lagoon.  Check out the image below.  See all those little specs.  Those are called bommies.  They are coral outcroppings that come to the surface and they are everywhere.
When moving around in the lagoon, Nancy will be the spotter on the bow and communicate to me if there is a danger ahead.  Many of the bommies are charted but many are not.   We travel only in the day time and when the sun is overhead or behind us.  The bommies are very visible and are easily avoided if you are paying attention.


Makemo lagoon is sprinkled with bommies

Here is what a bommie looks like under water.  It is about 2 to 3 feet below the surface.


Rob and Nancy in a Tropical Paradise

Kenny and Betsy of  S/V Alcyone posing for the paparazzi 

Shindig and Alcyone at Mid-mo


Little baby black tip sharks in the shallows


Lots of strawberry crabs

Debris on the windward side of the atoll.  Sadly common on most atolls we visited.

Unobstructed sunset

Bommies make excellent snorkel spots!


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Makemo - Kite Ops

Well it has been a long time since I have updated the blog..... But don't worry.  I have many excuses!  First of which is that internet is hard to come by when sailing around the Pacific.  Before I knew it, I was behind on posts and it was daunting task to get caught up.  Now it is December of 2017 and Nancy and I have been back on land for several months.  I had planned to make all my updates now that we are in the land of plenty and hot and cold running internet.  Well we hit a snag.  36 hours after returning from the South Pacific our home was burned to the ground in the Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa.  We had 10 minutes notice before evacuating the house at midnight. Blog updates became a low priority item.

We are working through the process of relocating, dealing with insurance and moving forward on a rebuild plan.

I still intend to make updates to the blog and share the adventures we had in the Tuamotus and the Society Islands.  Stay tuned.

In this post I highlight our kiting in Makemo.
This place was Heaven.  We tucked the boat in South East(windward) end of the lagoon.
From this location we found a sand bar to launch from and enjoyed three days of great wind and crystal clear water.











Mike and Katie from S/V Pangaea rigging up on the sandbar


Dinghies ready for action.  Brian from S/V Magic in the background

Rob and Brian




Friday, August 18, 2017

Makemo Village and Drift Diving

The entrance pass near the village is a wonderful place to do a drift dive or snorkel.  One must pick the right tide though...
An incoming tide is best because you won't get sucked out into the ocean; also the water is much clearer on incoming tides.

Here are some photos and a video from one of our first group drift snorkels.  The technique is to take our dinghies out the pass, jump over with lines over the side of the dinghy and then drift back, with the dinghies, back into the anchorage areas.   It was lots of fun, and once the first drift dive was over, everyone enthusiastically said "can we do it again?"

Rob in the foreground and the crew of Wiz in the background

Morgan and Douglas from Tumbleweed joined us in our dinghy for the first  drift dive

Darryl, Cooper and Susan from Sailboat Wiz






Video is compliments of Morgan on Tumbleweed




A view of the pass with standing waves during an ebb tide


Nancy in the Village. She was surprised with the infrastructure,  clean sidewalks, friendly people and three stores


School is out for the afternoon


A bunch of cruiser friends hanging out near the little grocery market.
The back story is there was a rumor of a special veggies delivery that day at 10am.  Unfortunately something was lost in translation.... 
Defunct wind generators on Makemo

Pretty serious installation.  Too bad they couldn't keep it working.

Battery bank

Big nose cone!

Local dog with a good view of all the action from the middle of the street



Makemo was the first place we started thinking of kite-ing.  Here is Rob launching his kite from the municipal pier.  Pretty awesome!

Lovely anchorage



Action shot in the anchorage

Returning to Shindig using the safety line off the transom

Flat water goodness!