Archive | July, 2010

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Cruising families answer common questions

Check it out- we’re featured on the “Women and Cruising” Blog! The site supports and inspires women cruisers, and they’ve recently started a feature on cruising families. We’re one of twelve different families are answering a set of questions about our experiences cruising with children: what are our biggest challenges in going cruising? What’s a […]

Passagemaking again

24 hour run: about 150 nautical milesdistance to go: about 55015 kt SE winds, 3 m SW swell with a NE cross swellposition linked from Winlink or YOTREPS (links at right) Since making our first landfall in South Pacific islands in April, our passages between island groups have taken place at roughly one month intervals: […]

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Last days in French Polynesia

It all goes too quickly- somehow, we have spent three months in French Polynesia, although it feels like we’ve barely arrived and only scratched the surface of what this diverse, beautiful island nation has to offer. Our arrival in Bora Bora was charmed. We’d heard the moorings were full, but one opened up *right* in […]

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Language Lessons

I wish I didn’t know so much French. The truth is, I know very little, but it’s just enough to get in the way of learning local languages here. Among the core reasons we choose this lifestyle is not a desire to separate, but to connect: to continuously learn and expand our experience in the […]

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small delights and surprising things about French Polynesia

* Voila is a common and useful word * Baguettes, warm from the boulangerie, are a bit of heaven * Island time absolutely exists * French brie is cheaper than “cheeze product” * Hitchhiking is so safe and common, if you’re walking on the road (and there’s usually only one, anyway)- cars may pull over […]

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Huahine Idyll

In general, Huahine has less tourism than French Polynesia’s other Society Islands- it’s nice to walk through a town not oriented toward the tourist trade, slide into the rhythm of life, and find ourselves wishing we had weeks, even months, to linger. The day after we arrived, we heard about performances being held on the […]

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Waiting out weather on Moorea

Thanks to the weather, we spent quite a few more days longer on Moorea than we had planned. We were initially disappointed- our Visa for French Polynesia expires in just a few weeks, so our remaining days here are rapidly dwindling. We had hoped to spend less time in Moorea so that we could allocate […]

A few other boats we know about…

After posting their last entry, I started thinking about the other people we knew selling boats, and realized there are actually a few people! Our friends, the Boren family, got a classic case of four-foot-itis (except their new boat is a TAD BIT MORE than four more feet!) are selling their trusty Pearson 365, Third […]

Want to start cruising? in Tahiti? Now?

We met a lovely family in Mexico; dad Jim and son Brendan sailed the boat from Mexico to the Marquesas this season. They're getting ready to head home, and selling the boat. It's always been a short term cruise for them, but it sounds like the boat could keep going! These are the guys who […]

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Tahiti whirlwind

There is a certain magic in being able to say “we’ve sailed our boat to Tahiti!” It doesn’t take too long for the charm to wear off, though, when the reality of the setting sets in. The largest urban area for over a thousand miles, it has services and resources to help many cruisers. It’s […]

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