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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...