Bora Bora Bora Bora

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Bora BoraMarlin arrived in Bora Bora last Friday afternoon. We spent two extra days in Moorea waiting for the wind to die down. When we went out on Tuesday we were doing 8 knots with a reefed main and the waves were tossing us around. It was so blustery, in fact, that I lost my hat, never to be seen again. We had a boat meeting 10 minutes outside the reef and decided to go back. It’s a little over a day’s sail to Bora Bora and we figured we were on vacation. Why not wait for more pleasant conditions?

In every anchorage we go to we meet a bunch of other boats who are doing the same thing and usually organize potluck between a couple of them. A lot of them also have websites, so now I will give them a shout out. Coromandel Quest Tom knew from Panama. They greeted us with breakfast our first morning in Tahiti. Zephyr we also met in Tahiti and later on in Bora Bora. The skipper is South African and he traded his Polish crew member for a Canadian in Tahiti. The Polish guy had actually emailed Tom in January to see if he could crew on Marlin but was too impatient to wait till March. In Moorea we met O’Flo, which was a catamaran with 11 people on board. I think there were 5 originally but they had friends come out to visit while they were in French Polynesia. Lastly there is Ragaine II. They fly under the Lithuanian flag and we’ve been hanging out with them in Bora Bora.

The photo above is from the top, not the tippy-top, but still the top of Bora Bora. It was a steep hike/climb. All the way I was holding on to something: a tree, a root, a rock, a rope. I’m still sore two days afterwards. But it was worth it. Someone told me that only 35 people go up there a year. They way down was just as hard, sliding on my ass most of the way. That’s Tavish in the photo next to me; he’s the new crew member for Zephyr. It was his 3rd time up there this trip and he had done it a year before.

Today Tom, Jan and I rode bikes around the island. Not sure when we’ll be leaving here but our next stop will be Samoa.


  1. dad Says:

    What about tahitian women? Meet any?

  2. ali Says:

    boring boring….when’s the next update?

  3. Owen Says:

    What the hell happened to the rest of you!?!

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