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Nuka Hiva and passage to Tuamotus

Posted by Tim Henning on May 25, 2009 at 10:28 PM Comments comments (0)

May 11, 2009 (Ruth). I cannot believe that May 5th was my last blog entry!!!!!! Oh well, here is what has happened thus far. On Friday the 8th we went on the guided tour of Nuku Hiva with Joan and Chuck off Tender Spirit, and Richard off Abrazo. The tour was magnificent. We discovered that there are 50 different types of mangos. We saw lemon grass, sandalwood trees, birch and many others. We went to several high overlooks as well as a little village at the bottom of a deep canyon. We had lunch at a quaint restaurant and watched large fresh water eels swim up the little river to eat our scraps. A couple of them were rather large and scary looking. Saturday morning at 4am, that?s right 4am we are up to go to the outdoor market by 4:30-5:00. We bought pineapple, fresh éclairs, lettuce but most importantly 4 kilos of fresh yellow fin tuna!!! Then went back to the boat, bagged the tuna into several meals and put everything away and headed back to Daniel?s Bay. As we were leaving we invited Kena ( Rodger,Sally and Te`na their son) to a sushi feast!! Well they also had bought a kilo of tuna, so we had the sashimi and sushi event of a life time!!! I started everyone off with a platter of dried bananas and fresh pineapple. Then Te`na and I worked side by side in my beautiful large galley and prepared two platters of sashimi layered on a bead of lettuce drizzled with sesame seed oil, and diced carrots and cucumber. Topped off with fresh wasabi I made myself. Then there were tuna rolls, spicy tuna rolls, California rolls and something with cream cheese in it and Tim seared a couple of tuna stakes with Cajun spices on the grill.. Does your mouth water?? Mine does.. See the following pictures.



The next day we went on a short day hike around the village and was amazed at the beauty, colors and fragrances. However, nothing is for free.. Once we got back to the boat I started some laundry and was then attacked by the local biting nats (called no nos or no see ums). My whole right arm and across my shoulders were covered in bites, so we got the hell out of there and headed for our first Atoll, called Manihi (475 nm trip). As our trip started off we had light winds and soft silky waters and no BUGS. At 4am I was doing laundry and staring at the moon lit sea and loving it. This was on the 11th, then on the 12th the wind came up and all hell broke loose. TO BE CONTINUED!


Note (Tim): Our blogs were delayed since we lost a propeller going into Manihi (Tuamotus) and I blew an ear drum while diving 45 ft to unwrap our anchor chain from a coral head. Not to worry, we moved to an anchorage off a Pearl Beach Resort while we worked to solve the problem of losing a propeller (see next blog)

Dorado tail dance, Hiva Oa and Tahuata (Marquesas Blog#1)

Posted by Tim Henning on April 30, 2009 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Thursday -Wednesday April 23-29


Today is April 29, 2009 (Ruth): I haven't written for awhile because I thought we would have effective internet service by now, but my intel was wrong..  Any-who (as my sister Anita would say) I'm going to start from now and work backwards.  Right now (APR 29) we are motor sailingto the Island of FATU HIVA to the Baie des Vierges ( Bay of Virgins). We spent last night anchored in a little cove off the Island ofTahuata.  Just after we anchored, we took the dingy over to the nextcove and had drinks and snacks with our friends from the sailing vesselLauren Grace (from Florida) with our newly met friends from the sailing vessel Kena (New Zealand).  Just before we anchored for the night, wewere anchored outside the town of Viatahu, where we walked around andgot wet in a down pour, but were dry by the time we finished ourshopping at the little store with the absolute best fresh made bread wehave ever had.  The day before that, we were anchored in the otherlittle white sand beach cove where we cleaned the bottom of the boat inthe morning, went and collected seashells on the beach, came back tothe boat for lunch then went snorkeling.  The day before that is theday we arrived at the Island cove of Tahuata, which was the 26th.  Wehad arrived on the Island of HAVA OA on April 23rd dead ass tired. After we anchored, we were getting ready to go into the town of Atuonawhen all of a sudden our neighbors boat (Pascaldeux) was coming righttoward ours.  I yelled at Tim to yell at the owners who came out andimmediately got big round fenders to keep us from hitting each other. Then, we saw that a mono-hull had passed through and over our anchors,had grabbed Pascaldeux's anchor with their keel and was pulling theminto US!..  OK drama over, so we donned our backpacks and walked the 2 miles into town, to discover that the check in office was closed.  Sowe toured the tiny town, bought some bread and a couple onions, bellpeppers and hitch hiked back to the anchorage.  At the gas station wepurchased a 5 hour internet card, but the connection was so slow thatby the time Tim finished looking at his stuff, I had just enough timeto check email.  All was not lost, I prepared our celebration dinnerwhich was T-bone steaks, with grilled onion and bell peppers, southernmashed potatoes and gravy and WINE!


(Tim) On the way into Atuona, Hiva Oa (which marked the end of our Pacific Crossing), I hooked onto a trophy size Dorado/Mahi-Mahi (4-5 ft long) right at sunrise using a dark green/black feather. The Bull Dorado did six beautiful tail dances and came out of the water 2-3 ft.After the 6th tail dance, which was 10 yds from the boat (with Ruth asa witness), he dove hard and ripped the hook out. Bummer, but what a fun way to finally reach land, then to hook onto a trophy size fish.  

In Autona, we refueled by lugging 8 - 5 gal jugs to the gas station andthen back to Victory Cat via the dinghy, Ruth pulled me up to the top of the mast (60 ft) to retrieve the main sail halyard and check the wind indicator (now working), made temp repairs to the main sailhalyard connection plate, and fixed some sail/line chafing. At anchorage in Tahuata, we cleaned the hull and I rebuilt the port head(toilet) pump seals (grimy job, but works better than new).


Bay of Virgins is absolutely unbelievable. Isolated way off the beatenpath with no airport and unspoiled beauty. Will write about it in thenext blog after we have a chance to explore. Just arrived, anchored andwatched a colorful sunrise off the surrounding peaks, while drinking sun-downers.


Current position (4/29/09 at 6 PM): 10-2S / 138-40W   (at anchor at the Bay of Virgins, Fatu Hiva) Use Goggle Earth to look at pictures andcheck out this incredible anchorage.


Distance traveled since last blog: Day 23: 147 NM (Anchored Autona, Hiva Oa at 1130 AM finishing our Pacific crossing)


Traveled 10 NM to Tahuata Island (26 APR) and then 45 NM to Fatu Hiva (29 APR).


Tim and Ruth Henning

Victory Cat

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