AIRMAIL YOTREPS
IDENT: N6ABC
TIME: 2016/05/21 23:25
LATITUDE: 12-34.31S
LONGITUDE: 139-46.79W
COURSE: 183T
SPEED: 6.0
MARINE: YES
WIND_SPEED: 11
WIND_DIR: 053T
SWELL_DIR: ENE
SWELL_HT: 1.0M
SWELL_PER: 8
CLOUDS: 20%
VISIBILITY: 20
BARO: 1012.6
AIR_TEMP: 33.9C
COMMENT: Beach House -En Route – Hiva Oa to Rairoa – Tuamotu Islands – Day 1 – 165 nm (254 nm to go)

The first day was overall quite nice and remains so. We’ve been able to sail much further EAST than we thought possible which is a really good thing.
The winds that were supposed to shift from the ENE – East to the ESE and SE will arrive sometime late this evening instead of tomorrow late afternoon as the weather files have been saying for the past three days! Hopefully, they’ll yet again change their minds as this is the most fickle set of GRIB files I think I’ve ever seen since a hurricane formed in the Indian Ocean.

Due to the expected wind shift, we’re staying very far east and trying to get south as fast as possible. Tonight, we’ll roll up the big reacher before dark and set the genoa which is very easy to put away.

We’re currently sailing a course of around 175-185 true which is effectively due south. When the winds shift, we’ll have to change course to around 220-230 deg true and we want to keep that new wind as much on our beam or behind us as possible.

Friends on “Jacaranda” and “Blowin’ Bubbles” are a day behind us and hopefully our wind will not get up to them before it changes back to the East. We just don’t get to know yet.

A lovely smooth day with the odd squall going by, but nothing of note…so far!…:-) We do expect more squalls this evening. Hopefully they will be like last night and much ado about nothing. The full moon really helps to see them coming as well.

We should be at the entrance to Rairoa Atoll’s pass on Monday morning. It seems the current should be down around 8-10 a.m. for us, so good timing..we hope.
More on the passes tomorrow.
KIT,
Scott and Nikki

AIRMAIL YOTREPS
IDENT: N6ABC
TIME: 2016/05/20 23:20
LATITUDE: 09-58.36S
LONGITUDE: 139-08.84W
COURSE: 198T
SPEED: 7.0
MARINE: NO
WIND_SPEED: 13
WIND_DIR: E
CLOUDS: 20%
VISIBILITY: 20
BARO: 1010.6
AIR_TEMP: 33.9C
COMMENT: Beach House -En Route – Hiva Oa to Rairoa – Tuamotu Islands

After checking in, we did some shopping, maintenance and Nikki did a day tour of the beautiful island of Hiva Oa. We had a few evening gatherings with friends on Swiftsure and Blowin’ Bubbles and a lovely dinner with Chuck and Linda of “Jacaranda”, who I’d not seen in 7 years. After fueling up (Thank You Lanny and Ginger on “Swiftsure”), we were headed for the island of Tahuata. It’s only 8 miles from Hiva Oa and while en route, we looked at the weather window to the Tuamotus (400 miles to our South South West). We realized, we were just in the beginning of a really nice window for a boat that could make the trip without question in a boat that can do our speed. Another concern is that with all the engine and steering issues to resolve, we will lose a month in Tahiti and as such, we do need to keep moving along the carefree highway…:-)

As we sailed by, we (radioed) waved goodbye to all our friends in Hanamananoe Bay on Tahuata and set sail. We’re now en route for the two and 1/2 day passage to Rairoa.

Some of the other boats behind might take 4 days and this window would be too short for them. They end up with some pretty strong ESE to SE winds hitting them and it wouldn’t be any fun.

We are headed to the island of Rairoa where the “Kon Tiki” raft of Thor Heyerdahl unceremoniously went aground on the atoll. This of course proved it was possible for pre-Columbian people from South America to have migrated to the islands of the Pacific. His ideas remain quite controversial to this day.

So far, we’ve lovely flat seas and a beam reach with 10-15 knots, making around 6.5-7 knots. This should put us off the entrance to
Rairoa on Monday morning.

We’ll keep you posted.
Feel free to drop us a note.
Scott and Nikki

AIRMAIL YOTREPS
IDENT: N6ABC
TIME: 2016/05/17 00:56
LATITUDE: 09-48.20S
LONGITUDE: 139-01.86W
MARINE: NO
WIND_SPEED: 5
WIND_DIR: S
CLOUDS: 75%
VISIBILITY: 15
BARO: 1009
AIR_TEMP: 31.1C
COMMENT: Beach House – ANCHORED – Hiva Oa – Marquesas Islands – Check in tomorrow

After two lovely nights and a nice day at Fatu Hiva, we’ve sailed in tandem with “Blowin’ Bubbles” to the island of Hiva Oa. Hiva Oa is the main harbor that usually checks in the transpacific “Puddle Jumpers” and here we are in the height of the season. There are 34 boats anchored in here! I’ve been here twice before and never saw more than 4!

The sail was a beauty in light trade winds and after we get checked in tomorrow, we’ll do a bit of food shopping, take the hike the gravesite of famous French Artsit, Paul Gaugain (sp?), fuel up and hopefully be gone tomorrow afternoon or the next day at latest to Tahuata which is only 10 miles away. The anchorage is another beauty and if I recall, has white sand beaches? If so, it’s one of the few anchorages in these islands that does have sandy beaches. These are geologically very young islands and the the spires and mountains are truly dramatic. It IS the attraction here – just looking at the place. Photos will follow when we get to real internet.

Also, dear old friends Chuck and Linda from s/v “Jacaranda” are here. I last saw them with Cindy in the Revillegedos Islands (Socoro’s of Mexico) in 2009.
These are the friends we went Manta Riding and swimming with at San Benedicto Island. Interestingly, there are small manta rays swimming all over this anchorage. The same species we saw in Mexico, only quite small with 3-4 foot wing spans. Ironically, today would have been my and Cindy’s 24th anniversary.
Cindy loved the Manta Rays….

KIT,
Scott and Nikki