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Cruising Friends in the Pacific

Cruising Friends Jack Pot

Living on a boat makes it pretty easy to meet new people.  Cruisers will swing by on their dinghy to say “welcome” or “hello.”  You meet boaters at the dinghy docks, local bars, restaurants, or where there is internet.  But most of the time, cruisers come and go which makes it difficult to make “connections” with cruisers that are actually cruising in the same direction as you.  Finding cruising friends that you connect with and that are heading in the same direction can be challenging.

ATLANTIC CRUISING FRIENDS

Matt and I were blessed to meet several cruising friend boats in the Atlantic.  We hung around with them through several countries, dives, excursions, hikes, and dinner parties.  We crossed through the Panama Canal and enjoyed Panama’s Pacific archipelagos.  But then, Matt and I turned left toward Costa Rica and many headed south toward Galapagos.  We were not too worried at the time as we only planned on visiting Costa Rica for a few weeks and then catching up with them in French Polynesia.

Although, that was not in the cards for us.  We were struck by lighting and delayed 6 months which changed our cruising schedule drastically. We decided to take the next 6 months to cruise to Galapagos, Chile, Robinson Crusoe, Easter Island, then French Polynesia.

With the new sailing plan, we did not have an opportunity to meet other cruising friends.  We met lots of other boats, but did not make the “connection.”  So, we traveled a lone, making new friends along the way, but none that were really traveling in our direction – until now!

PACIFIC CRUISING FRIENDS

Three other boats will be in French Polynesia for 6-12 months that we hope to enjoy many months of travel together.  Sailing Argo has the fabulous Diesel family (Jason, Lisa, Torsten and Simone).  Argo is a 48’ Leopard that has the most amazing interior space.  It can comfortably hold 20+ people in the cock pit and interior.  They were the only boat that could host 12 people around their table for dinner.  We hiked Mt. Duff and around Taravai with them, swapped lots of stories, fix it tips, recipes, and a few tall tales.

Sailing Argo Family

Sailing Argo Family

Voyages of Agape

Voyages of Agape with Josh, Rachel and crew Wilky. Rachel and Josh are experienced mountain climbers, divers and free divers.  Rachel is a marine biologist and Josh is a professional free diver.  Well, he never used the word “professional” but he can hold his breath over 5 minutes and dive way beyond my comprehension with nothing other than flippers.  Wilky, their crew member is from Chile (and is affectionately called “Chile boy”).  He is a professional pastry chef and is fluent in multiple languages including French.  He has the innate ability to make friends with everyone and everyone loves him. Each are truly amazing people and have incredibly enriched my life.  You can follow them on Instagram or Facebook at @voyagesofagape.  Agape’s crew photo taken on Sugar Shack at Baie Onemea with Rachel’s sister Rianna (far right).

Voyages of Agape

Voyages of Agape

Halcyon Wandering

John, Becca and crew Andrew are on Halcyon Wandering.  They are truly experienced sailors having traversed the arctic and all over the world.  They too are experienced mountain climbers and divers.  Becca is a very talented writer, yoga guru and runs a small accounting business on the side.  John is incredibly smart and witty and gave Matt a run for his money.  The two of them often played off one another and picked each other’s brains.  John is a spectacular spear fisherman and took Matt out several times to show him how to spear fish.  Super kind and generous people.  Can’t forget about Andrew their crew.  He is from Scotland and is a man on the move.  Hiking, walking, swimming, SUP’ing and working out.  He is very adventurous and kind.  You can follow Halcyon on Facebook and Instragram @halcyonwandering.

We are truly blessed to have met both Halcyon and Agape and look forward to many more adventures together.  Halycon’s crew photo taken on Sugar Shack at Baie Onemea.

Halcyon Wandering Crew

Halcyon Wandering Crew

Adventures with our Pacific Cruising Friends

Hanging out on Sugar Shack on a Sunday Funday.

Agape and Halcyon on Sugar Shack

Agape and Halcyon on Sugar Shack

The girls hanging out in Taravai during a Sunday BBQ.

Girls at Taravia

Girls at Taravia

We’ve had some great days!  We had a “Toes and Toddies” party where the girls did pedicures while consuming some tasty prosecco and wine.

Toes and Toddy Party

Toes and Toddy Party

A playday with Peggy Sue on Sugar Shack.  We managed to get all 4 girls on her back without falling in the water. However, all hell broke lose when John decided he wanted to join the girls.  Unfortunately, Peggy Sue was beheaded and will have to be retired.

Peggy Sue, Rest in Peace

Peggy Sue, Rest in Peace

We had a fabulous bonfire / cookout one night where we cooked fish we caught earlier in the day.

Bonfire Dinner Party

Bonfire Dinner Party

Cruising friends come and go as the nature of living on a boat.   But, when you have an opportunity to cruise with like-minded people for an extended period of time it really makes my heart sing.

Passage Hao to Tahiti #04

Closer and closer we go.

Another uneventful day, well there were some fun things. In the morning the wind picked up, we sailed for several hours at decent speeds. Knocking off the miles and hopes of arriving on Sunday during the day light hours danced about the mind. Knowing deep down that there wasn’t much chance of the wind behaving for the next 48 hrs to make that a reality.

Finally a keeper fish came on board. A decent sized tuna, 4 meal or so, took a liking to the bright skirted lure. Bright was the color in the Caribbean but so far the lures that were getting the attention were dark in color. Course the dark ones were favorites of the big guys that take the lures with them.

Christine made banana muffins from bananas she had frozen before we left Gambiers, turned out yummy as usual.

Noticed a bunch of birds circling in front of the boat after I woke up from a nap. Went to the bow to check em out and since the wind was down you could see clearly in the water, the bigger fish chasing smaller fish and then the birds taking advantage and snatching the smaller fish. Went on for hours, they seemed to always be a couple boat lengths away and never behind the boat where the lures were waiting. Wonder if the fish saw us coming and checked out our lures and since we were only going 5 knots, thought that there must be something ‘fishy’ about these lures and just left them untouched.

Lightning was all in the sky early this morning, beautiful but nervous at the same time. Started out just on the port side of the boat, but eventually we could see lightning all around. Most was staying in the sky, but a few were making tracks to the water. Glad they were far far away. Even tho it was ‘red in the morning’ the day was good with only a few drips of rain.

All good, looking forward to finding a place to anchor or a mooring, just looks like it going to be 2 more nights, tonight and tomorrow till we are on the hook in Tahiti.

130 of 498 miles left to go.
[realtime]

At 6/2/2019 @ 6:37 AM UTC
Our position: 17°37.29’S, 147°20.74’W
Traveling 4.8 heading 275T

Google says we are here
www.google.com/maps/place/-17.62150,-147.34567

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Passage Hao to Tahiti #03

Another marvelous day, another sunset, another low wind day and we crossed the 1/2 way mark to Tahiti. Its been slow going just putting along. The wind didn’t fill in, but we ran raised the big spinnaker anyway and let it ride for about 5 hrs with the flukey winds. This spinnaker flies from the top of the mast and can still touch the water in front of the boat if it doesn’t stay flying. With the swell and light winds it was collapsing occasionally. On one of those collapses I was looking out window and saw it snag the cleat on the bow. It does that occasionally, and we have swim noodle that is wedged under the cleat to keep it from snagging. Somehow it got in there and the sound of rip-stop nylon ripping as ran to the bow to release the spinnaker. Free’d it and brought the kite down.

Now its got a 3 foot rip at the bottom. Break out the sewing machine and that is what seemed like the project of the day. Christine brought out the spare spinnaker material and the sail tape. We taped it up good and it looks like it’ll hold so holding off on sewing a patch on it. The sail tape needed 1 hour to fully cure. And the wind was still marginal for flying it, decided to just use the jib instead, and put the spinnaker away till we see a solid breeze that will keep the sail full over the waves.

Started messing with the music collection, de-duped and renamed and categorized a whopping 1%, so that means at least 3 months of doing 1% per day. Oh my!

The wind filled in after dinner. Would really like to try the spinnaker now, but its plenty dark since the moon doesn’t wake up till almost daybreak.

All good on board. Staying hydrated as its real hot when there is no breeze, and getting some sleep here and there. Cheers

245 of 498 miles left to go.
[realtime]

At 6/1/2019 @ 3:32 PM UTC
Our position: 17°39.92’S, 145°55.66’W
Traveling 4.9 heading 276T

Google says we are here
www.google.com/maps/place/-17.66533,-145.92767

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