The sailing adventures of Lady Jane

 

and her motley crew of two

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Harsh reality and big shopping

Harsh reality and big shopping

Long time lingering What's this near-obsession with the internet you might ask? Well, for sure, it's a rare luxury to have internet access on the boat. Sometimes it's nice to get information without having to spend hours sweating in the heat paying for over-priced...

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Fawlty Towers and Super Stuff

Fawlty Towers and Super Stuff

Hop to Hirifa Our original plan was to stop at Pakokota Yacht Services for the evening before heading to the south of Fakarava. We knew from our last time here that it’s a great place to break up the trip. But as we approached Pakokota, we could see no room at the inn...

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A***holes, Angels and Activity

A***holes, Angels and Activity

A***holes After a fabulous overnight sail from Tahanea, and no dramas entering the Fakarava's north pass, we headed over to Rotoava and found a spare mooring buoy. We were as thrilled as anyone suffering sleep deprivation could be. Maria hooked the mooring pennant at...

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Swimming in gin in Tahanea

Swimming in gin in Tahanea

Thrown out of Raroia After being unceremoniously dumped out of Raroia like pair of drunks hurled out of a nightclub by an overly-aggressive bouncer, we can confirm that the tide estimator for this pass is wrong. With the tide ebbing at a rate of 5 knots and the pass...

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Kon-Tiki, sea monsters and Mexican refugees in Raroia

Kon-Tiki, sea monsters and Mexican refugees in Raroia

Smooth seas On our last visit to the Tuamotus, we headed for Kauehi, then Fakarava and Toau before leaving for the Societies. This time, we decided to head further south to see more of these beautiful atolls. Our destination: Raroia.   We couldn't have asked for...

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Music with an old friend in Nuku Hiva

Music with an old friend in Nuku Hiva

Big Ray in Taiohae Bay Like Hiva Oa, most boats confined during the Covid-19 lockdown period had cleared off, leaving a relatively expansive area in from which to pick a spot. So, we chose somewhere close to town just outside the no-anchoring zone in Taiohae Bay....

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Beer, pigs, and a strange smell of zoo in Hiva Oa

Beer, pigs, and a strange smell of zoo in Hiva Oa

We moved into a zoo Oops! Due to 'technical difficulties,' this is a bit out of sequence ...   By the time we arrived at Hiva Oa, most of the boats languishing in Tahauku Bay during the lockdown period had cleared out, enabling us to secure a spot towards the back of...

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Last Days In Tahuata

Last Days In Tahuata

Pétanque and a haircut anyone? As a May Day treat, Chez Jimmy's Jimmy sold us some doughnuts, treated us to beer and a game of pétanque. Fortunately, John (half the crew of our long-term coronavirus-isolation neighbours) pre-warned us about Jimmy's boule throwing...

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Lockdown – a month at anchor

Lockdown – a month at anchor

Return to Vaiatahu We dodged a bullet leaving when we did. Because of coronavirus concerns, the Fatu Hiva locals told the crews of all the boats in their anchorages to leave and to go to Hiva Oa; the vessels in Hiva Oa had to stay put, and some boats were told to go...

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Fatu Hiva

Fatu Hiva

Back to the Bay of Virgins I'd heard it's possible to buy a hand-crafted ukulele on Fatu Hiva, so I wanted to go back there. Maria wasn't so keen, but on 14th March the wind came around to an ideal direction - she acquiesced - and off we went. The sailing gods were...

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