Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tahiti and her islands

Outrigger paddlers in Papeete channel. They would draft the wake Add Imageon YOLO and be inches from our transom, paddling to stay up with us, sometimes for miles!

Margaret with a rum drink in a coconut shell at the party for the Pacific Puddle Jumpers, a group of yachts sailing the Coconut Milk Run across the Pacific. We gathered much of the leftover fruit from this party and had fresh fruit for weeks!

Margaret on her arrival. We hadn't seen each other in over 30 years, when we shared a flat in Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand in the early 80's. We haven't changed a bit!

A colorful new sarong, a gift from Margaret in Tahiti. My new favorite attire!

Jason with stingrays in Moorea.

Original artwork and old photos of Paul Gaughin, in the museum named for him. So many of his paintings are on display in the open air--you'd never see these or get so close in the US.

Fish at the stingray site.

Jason and Clark from Two Amigos arm wrestling. Clark never loses.

Karen next to a Polynesian structure made of slabs of coral. There is an inner and outer wall and some petroglyphs and carving here too. It's on the shore of Raiatea and is a big historic site.

Coral and fishes while snorkeling in Raiatea.

More underwater coral in Raiatea.

A local conch below the boat where we anchored behind a tiny island near Raiatea.

Bora Bora. That's Storm Haven, friends of ours on the trawler yacht in the center of the pic.

A pot luck group on YOLO in Bora Bora.

Moorea on approach. Good enough that it looks like someone took a big bite out of it!

View from top of peak in Huahine. YOLO is one of those boats.

Karen with 2 sets of glasses--sunglasses and readers. Sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do to read this chartplotter!

Another fiew of the anchorage at Huahine. YOLO is in the center of the picture.

Karen with sting rays in Moorea. Up close and very personal!

Karen trying to clean big turban shells. I found these just off Papeete by the reef. Amazing that such large shells still exist in such a popular spot.

Karen and Jason at the Pacific Puddle Jump party in our chic matching YOLO t-shirts.

Karen and Margaret (my friend from Sydney who visited us for 10 days in Tahiti and Moorea) with the local priest who gave a traditional blessing to the captains of the Puddle Jump fleet of sailors.

A butterfly fish in Moorea

Jason, Karen and Margaret enjoying cocktails on the foredeck of YOLO at sunset in Moorea. Ain't life great?

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