The Sailing Adventures of Jamala

 

and her motley crew of two

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Well, the tan’s gone

Well, the tan’s gone

Doing time Despite 24 days quarantine spent in hotel rooms, the last three months has gone quicker than a line of coke up John Belushi's nostrils. Maria and I are at the tail end of another isolation period, this time in a Basingstoke hotel where we, too, are sticking...

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Goodbye Lady Jane and 2020

Goodbye Lady Jane and 2020

Luggage lugging in paradise The next phase of hard labour started when we arrived in Nuku Hiva: we needed to get the stuff we wanted to keep off the boat, stored away and shipped to the US. For that, we enlisted the help of Kevin at Nuku Hiva Yacht Services. Not only...

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Battered Bruised and Boatyard

Battered Bruised and Boatyard

It's been a bit full-on Here's a summary of what we've been up to In the last two months: We bought a new boat Sold our existing one Sailed 500 nautical miles from the Tuamotus to the Marquesas Hauled Lady Jane out to polish the hull and service the propeller Emptied...

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Hao

Hao

Leaving Fakarava We eventually detached ourselves from our mooring at Pakokota after almost 3 months of paddleboarding, walking, waiting, snorkelling, boat buying and socialising - then headed to Rotoava in the north of Fakarava. Here, we heaved our accumulated...

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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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