The sailing adventures of Lady Jane

 

and her motley crew of two

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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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Vaitahu revisited

Vaitahu revisited

Boatyard Reunion After a few days tolerating fumes and nakedness, we moved to the bay next door - Vaitahu. We heard that the place is worth a walk ashore and that wi-fi is in plentiful supply if you hand over 500 francs to Jimmy of Chez Jimmy's fame. So, just half an...

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Launch time for Lady Jane

Launch time for Lady Jane

Tuahata bound After a few hectic days of fixing, painting and cleaning, launch day arrived. And on 3rd March we said au revoir to Vincent and Maria and their MMS boatyard. Lady Jane was lifted up onto the tractor's trailer and trundled down the rocky road to the...

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Return to Paradise

Return to Paradise

Getting close to nature After six weeks in the UK catching up with family, friends, doctors, dentists, shops, chandlers and computer fixers (and a few days in LA on the way back), we are about to plop Lady Jane in the water to restart our sailing adventures.    For...

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Easter Island

Easter Island

Hanga Roa Four hours after leaving Tahiti, our Latam aircraft gently descended onto the tarmac at Hanga Roa Airport, Easter Island. And a few minutes after that, we joined the rest of the herd in the small immigration area to have our papers checked. Then, after...

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