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Blog & Photos - June 2012

2nd June - We had a good 2 day sail from the Tuomotus to Tahiti – the wind just dying as we approached Port Phaeton – an anchorage in the middle of the island between big Tahiti and little Tahiti . Victory were taking a lot longer as they had broken the spinnaker pole so couldn't sail downwind. They arrived the following day – drifting around outside the reef. So it was ‘Superted to the rescue' and we went out to give them a tow in. Tahiti is quite mountainous but has a fringing reef so there are passes through the reef which can look quite daunting with the surf breaking on each side. Once inside, the anchorages are quite calm. We spent a few days here – one day repairing the awning which had ripped whilst we were ashore and a squall had come through.

6th June – Had a great sail to Papeete – the wind gaining in strength as we approached the pass in through the reef! We struggled to find a spot in the very crowded anchorage – hadn't seen that many boats since Antigua! Just got settled before the wind and rain really got going. Met up with Jo and Trevor on Malarkey and Jeff on Stravaig. The huge Carrefour is a ‘trolley ride' away from Taina marina and the anchorage – great to be able to get nice fresh fruit and veg and lots of other goodies we hadn't seen since Panama . A few visits required to re-stock for the next 5 months to New Zealand! Vicki and Roger on El Vagabond turned up a few days later (after spending the last 2 years in Chili) so it was more celebrations! The first job on the list was to replace the damaged rigging - after spending the first 2 days trying to get it out of cutoms (we had ordered it from New Zealand), we successfully completed the job.

22nd – 24th June – We took part in the Tahit-Moorea regatta – a 3 day event of Tahitian dancing, beach games and outrigger canoe races. It started with dancing, fire-eaters and cocktails on Friday afternoon and then dinner at a local 'roulette' (takeaway type thing on the town quay.)  The ‘rally' (not race!) across to Moorea on Saturday was good fun with quite a windy start and some bouncy and windy conditions for the rest of the race (oops I mean rally) – 27 boats took part but we were pipped for line honours by a huge catamaran. Great 20 mile sail though – and it was nice to be sailing for the fun of it rather than being on passage! More cocktails and partying on the beach on Saturday evening and a great beach day on Sunday where, in between games, Jean made herself a tie-dye pareo (sarong).

Unfortunately on the Sunday night a 40+ knot squall came through and several of the boats including us, dragged - and with so many boats in the small anchorage there were several collisions, also including us! Fortunately no-one was injured and we didn't sustain too much damage – but more stuff on the work list when we get to New Zealand!

Spent the following week exploring Moorea – snorkelling with very friendly rays and black tip sharks and doing a couple of walks around Cooks bay and Oponohu Bay and up to the Belvedere which overlooks Mount Rotui which separates the 2 bays. Very pretty island which we are planning on re-visiting when Matthew and Jo come out.

30th June – Said goodbye to Victory and Malarkey and headed back to Tahiti to do more boat jobs and shopping and get ready for our visitors at the end of July.

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