Sailing Mexico to Tahiti
Back in Cabo San Lucus now.
Then Sailed for our next ( landmark?) the equator. With good sailing winds from 15 to 20 knots we made good time our best day being 145 miles noon to noon.
Weather is getting much warmer now.
About 3 degrees north we started to lose wind so sailing was a bit slower and many rain squalls. On March 19 at 03:52 AM we crossed the equator and to celebrate the occasion we had Willie Nelson on the stereo to sing us a song. Ain't that class.
South of the equator the winds were light and we powered a lot to try to get away from the no wind area that is common there. Finally getting wind again with only 15 gallons of fuel left. We reached Hiva Oa and touched soil again after 24 days at sea. With our 15 hour stop we were24 days 3 hours so that makes 23 1/2 days sailing time.
Hiva Oa is a beautiful Island (as we found all the Marquises to be) with cocoa nuts, bananas, grapefruit, mangos and of course breadfruit growing everywhere. A lot of sun shine and when we were there a lot of rain as it is the rainy season. But getting soaked in the rain cools you off some and the sun dries you off fast. And such very friendly people.
Ric Peterson met us here and we then sailed for Nuka Hiva and found it to be much the same but a bit more commercial with a hotel on the island. Then on to Ua Pau, This was my favorite stop of all. Just so pretty with the mountains rising from the sea and the bay being small enough that most boats don't stop and the beach was so nice for swimming with 83 degree water. And the same friendly people. If we would ask for directions they wouldn't just tell us where to go they would walk with us and show us or drive us there. But we had to leave for our next stop Manihi atoll in the Tuamotus.
Manihi. This is a small island or atoll with about 400 inhabitants. Again very nice and very friendly people. But not the variety of fruit here. The beaches are the nicest here and diving supposed to be the best in the world ( except for Rangiroa , our next stop).
Then on to Tahiti where I am now at Papeete a very nice little city in a beautiful setting. And shopping and things that go with civilization.
Tex and Ben flew out from here after a few days sight seeing. I then after a couple days of relaxation got to work cleaning Camelot V to be presentable for Muriel who arrived back aboard yesterday. The same day as our friends on Star of The Winds and Moonshadow IV arrived on the harbor.
So we are all busy doing the Tahiti tourist things now.
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