July 9, 2010
Arue, Tahiti, French Polynesia
A Little Poker Instruciton
It hit me yesterday, after I had cooked up some dishes for our upcoming crossing voyage, that we are leaving in a week! I must be getting better at this whole thing.
We have some fresh foods provisioning to do which you can’t do until right before you leave anyway. We are gassed up and Brad has taken care of some minor repairs and checked almost everything off the maintenance list. He went up the mast and performed a rig check.
Views from the top of CAPAZ’s rig
We are sorting out the details of our crew getting in and out of French Polynesia. I would highly recommend the services of Tahiti Yacht Agents as they have been nothing but helpful and though we probably could have done all our own check in and check out procedures, it was great to have them done correctly the first time. Also, it is nice to know if problems arise, there someone who can get you pointed in the right direction at the very least and probably help solve the problem.
There is still adventure left in our adventure. We are watching the weather and if it looks like it will be clear enough, we will sail south of Tahiti about 30 miles to intersect with the path of the 100% track of Sunday’s total eclipse. After that, we are moving to a Marina that is much closer to the airport where our crew will be arriving. After Wednesday’s Bastille Day celebration, we will point CAPAZ toward Rangiroa. Once there, one of our crew will leave us and return to the States. The remaining five of us will continue on to Hawaii. Brad and his new crew will have a few days to prep and set sail for Victoria, BC. The boys and I will fly to Seattle and then rejoin Brad and CAPAZ upon their arrival in Victoria. From there, we will head north for a couple more months of cruiser, before returning to our home dock at Shilshole.
As we have learned through our cruising adventure: it is best to have a loose plan and make adjustments to it as necessary. It might prove to be a good philosophy for life in general.