Sunday, July 4, 2010

Arrived in Papeete

After a quick trip of just under 2 days, we've arrived in Papeete, Tahiti. It was a good passage - we sailed under genoa only, to keep our speed down so we didn't arrive before dawn. We had a few small squalls en route, but for the most part, it was an easy passage. There were large swells on our beam, so it was another rolly passage.

We've anchored a couple of miles south of the city, in front of Marina Taina. There are over 100 boats here - and it is absolutely crazy. Some boats are on moorings, and some are at anchor. So everyone moves differently, as the wind changes. We've heard that there have been plenty of instances where boats spin into each other, and so on. FUN. But, there is a HUGE grocery store nearby, and the marina has showers and water, and there are lots of boats here that we have been able to catch up with and spend time with.

Tonight we're heading out for a night on the town with our friends on Licorne - birthday celebrations!! And gearing up for tomorrow, when we will check in with authorities and plead to be able to stay in the country beyond the typical 90 days. Wish us luck.

And...Mike (my brother) has just decided to come for a visit, we're excited to see him and share this piece of paradise!!

Location: 17°34.84'S and 149°37.12'W


Chris Bennett said...

Hi Guys,

Thanks for keeping up with the blogging despite slow connections and plenty of distractions! Glad to see you are enjoying paradise. Rani and I are still discussing whether to follow you next year, but are gradually settling down here in BC, renovating our 'new' house and putting down a few roots again. Good luck with the visa extension!

Chris Bennett, SV Ladybug II

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday Naomi! I hope your birthday celebrations were amazing.

Lynne, Brian, Matthew & Sydney

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