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27 June 2015   Moorea, Society Islands, French Polynesia

After leaving Tahiti, we first visited the island of Moorea, only 17nm West. After being dockside for a month and then making such a short passage - every squeak and buzz has a tendency to sound different and somewhat alarming. We clearly needed to get back into the routine. 

We forgot to put the bar in place to hold the forward shower door (our pantry) and it opened when the first wave hit the side. Consequently, a cardboard litre of milk crashed to the floor and emptied its contents, much to Diane’s chagrin. 

A few hours later, we anchored in tranquil Cooks Bay, where the towering mountains reduced the hours of sunlight even less than the 11 hours we’ve been getting (winter in the southern hemisphere) to only about 9.5 hours. The first morning the temperature was a chilly 23C in the aft cabin where we sleep. It was incredibly quiet being on anchor in this deep, well protected bay, after being in the hustle and bustle of Papeete for a month. There was no swell, little to no traffic and very little wind, but, we had free wifi and a half decent grocery store!

I didn’t take either of these photos, but fetched them from Google. They are excellent aerial views of Moorea, the island we’re currently visiting. Absolutely stunning views!

Last week when we were in Tahiti, we took part in the Pacific Puddle Jumper’s Rally, and were entertained by Polynesian dancers. Unfortunately, the dancers photos didn’t turn out, but instead we have photos of Wade and Diane, followed by Chris and Chris on SV Scintilla (from Seattle Washington). We’ve been hanging around with C-squared quite a bit lately.

Diane and Chris found a store selling these polynesian skirts at bargain prices and couldn’t resist them.


Next on the list of islands to visit is Huahine, about 93nm West, an easy overnight passage. We expect to sail there in the coming week.






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SV Joana is listed for sale at this site (in case you're wondering why, we're not planning to give up the cruising lifestyle or our home, but most things are for sale and since we've met many cruisers who have listed their boat, we figured we'd do it too).

Countries Visited:         (Departed Canada: May 2009)

Antigua: May 2011
Bermuda: June - August 2009
Bonaire: February - April 2014
Bahamas: December 2009 - March 2010, December 2010 - February 2011
Barbados: March 2012
British Virgin Islands: May 2011
Colombia: Oct 2014 - 
Cuba: March - May 2010
Curaçao: May 2014 - September 2014
Dominica: May 2011, April 2013
Dominican Republic: March - April 2011
French Polynesia (Marquesas, Tuamotos, Tahiti and the Society Islands): April-July 2015
Galapagos: March 2015
Grenada: June-November 2011
Guadeloupe: March 2013
Martinique: March 2012, March 2013
Panama: December 2014 (San Blas Islands), January 2015
Puerto Rico: April 2011
St Lucia: May-June 2011, December 2011 - February 2012, December 2012 - February 2013
St Martin /Netherlands Antilles: May 2011
St Vincent and the Grenadines: June 2011, February 2012, December 2012, April-May 2013
Tobago: March-May 2012
Trinidad: May - December 2012, June - November 2013
USA: August - November 2009, June - November 2010
US Virgin Islands: May 2011
Venezuela: November 2013 - February 2014


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