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Down under

In Voyages on 02/04/2011 at 07:21

We liked it there, in Australia. So, as our shipment of spare parts for the boat was delayed getting to the Solomons, we decided to stay a bit longer. That gave us time to see some more of this country, meet some real Aussies and go looking for ‘wild’ koalas.

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Slowing down

In Voyages on 29/01/2011 at 01:46

For the first time in months we’re not trying to outrun the cyclone season. Since leaving Honiara for the Western Province of the Solomons, we’ve reached safe sailing grounds. So we are slowing down here. Taking our time to enjoy the beautiful nature on these islands, to meet the very friendly people, to explore the underwater worlds and to do just not that much. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy new year from the Solomons!

In Crew, Voyages on 11/01/2011 at 03:07

After spending several weeks in Tuvalu (more on our stay there on another day…), we decided to look for some more adventurous travelling. Instead of going to Kiribati, we thought of spending the rest of the cyclone season in the Solomon Islands. However, this would be a 1200 miles long passage with a not-so-reliable engine due to bad fuel from Tahiti and in the middle of the cyclone season. This meant looking at lots of rain, unsteady winds and potentially rough seas. Suffice to say, we were not really looking forward to doing this by ourselves…
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Atafu to Funafuti

In Voyages on 09/12/2010 at 02:33

December 7, position: Funafuti

We’re here. We arrived in Funafuti around 4 this afternoon. As we passed the dateline somewhere along the way, it is now wednesday evening for us. We are very, very sorry for this very very short update, but we are very, very tired and going to our very, very nicely airconditioned bed now. Read the rest of this entry »

Fakaofo in pictures

In Voyages on 08/12/2010 at 02:43

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Atafu 4/12/2010 14.45 hrs

In Voyages on 04/12/2010 at 02:46

Penrhyn to Fakaofo

In Voyages on 28/11/2010 at 22:16

Monday November 22nd Fakaofo 9.23S 171.16W, at anchor

We have arrived! After a tiring second half of the trip we are now on Fakaofo. This afternoon around 14.00 we finally had the anchor down after going around the west side of the island a few times to find good anchorage. We haven’t found “good” anchorage but the anchor is down anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

Visiting Penrhyn

In People, Voyages on 28/11/2010 at 22:12

We have spent the last week on Penrhyn making many, many and many new friends. The people of Penrhyn are amazingly friendly and hospitable. We have spent much of our time making friends with the locals, especially the children, helping out where we could, joining in on all the activities on the island, witnessed enchanting singing in church and we have seen our first Manta ray at 20 meters deep while dolphins were playing above us. Read the rest of this entry »

Bora Bora to Penrhyn

In Voyages on 28/11/2010 at 21:49

Monday November 8th Penrhyn 8.59S 158.03W – At anchor!

We did it! The first real passage with the two of us! This afternoon at 14.00 we dropped the anchor in the lagoon of Penrhyn. The Basjako is at anchor next to us and we’ve been sharing war stories and wine this evening. We already met the officials on board and we are the 20th ship to visit Penrhyn this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Bye Bye Bora Bora

In Voyages on 03/11/2010 at 18:55

Yes, we only spend one day in famous Bora Bora. But we did the quick tour: we cruised the lagoon in our dinghy, snorkeled in the intensely blue water and ate at Bloody Mary’s (and bought the T-shirt to prove it!). The trouble is, we can’t wait to start on our real adventure.

Going North

Today we leave Bora Bora to go to the North. To escape the cyclone season we will be spending the next few months around the equator. The plan is to first visit the northern Cook Islands, then on to Tokelau, Tuvalu and Kiribati. After that we’ll see. According to our Lonely Planet this means we’re going “as far off the beaten track as is humanly possible”. Interesting!

We’ll try to keep this site updated, but the posts will be coming from our satellite phone so there won’t be any pictures for a while.

See you all when we get back on the beaten track!