Friday, April 18, 2014
It took Irie 50 hours to sail from South Fakarava to Taina Marina in Papeete, Tahiti. Our experiences of that trip can be read in the posts underneath. The first 24 hours went well, then the conditions mellowed and the second night was a relatively slow one, with Tahiti waking up when we rounded the north coast. Once close to the land, where the mountains dominate, the wind disappeared slowly with us stubbornly sailing on at 2 knots, until it totally disappeared and we had to motor the last hour towards the mooring field. The sky was blue and the sea was flat. Tahiti, here we are!
Passing the resort in Tetamanu Village on our way out of Fakarava Lagoon
Fakarava south pass with the wind (15 knots) and the tide (2 knots) coming in - not too challenging!
Yvan Bourgnon passing us on the way to Tahiti in Ma Louloute, doing 14 knots!
Towards sunset on day 2, while flying the spinnaker, we caught a decent size mahi mahi (dorado)
Sailing west - into the sunset
Approaching Venus Point in Tahiti around 6am - the island is waking up
Irie still had to go a long and slow way to the east side of the island
Sunrise in our not too rippled wake
Moorea - 15 miles from Tahiti - at dawn
A whole bunch of fish before we reach the reef and the mooring field: time to throw out the fishing line one more time (in vain)
House boats inside the reef and Moorea in the background