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Persephone in Bora Bora

July 9, 2013

Hello to everyone from the enchanting island of Bora Bora where we are preparing to leave French Polynesia for Suvarov in the Cook Islands. Our good friends Randi and Wayne left us in Papeete after three fabulous months crossing the Pacific and exploring the Marquises and Tuamotus. We were joined the following week by Mike and Jan who accompanied us to Moorea, Huahine, Tahaa, and Bora Bora.

We rented a car and explored Tahiti with Mike and Jan when they first arrived, finishing off a fantastic day with dinner at the Belvedere Restaurant overlooking Papeete harbor. The following day we registered for the 3-day Puddle Jump festivities sponsored by Latitude 38 magazine. Activities included a race disguised as a “rendezvous” from Papeete to Cooks Bay on Moorea and Persephone finished second among mono-hulls; great job by the crew!

The next two days were hosted at the Bali Hai Hotel on Cooks Bay and included canoe races, relays, dancing and paroe tying lessons, eating, drinking, and even a Ukulele contest. But best of all we reacquainted with cruising buddies and met new friends that we hope to see down the road.
Brian and Mike were joined by John and Adam to form the “4 Lei Men” canoe racing team which eked out a win in their first heat but faded in their second heat. We enjoyed a traditional Polynesian dinner followed by dancing and an awards ceremony. It was a wonderful three day event.

The following morning we visited “sting ray city” where the rays nibbled on our bodies hoping to find food. Then we visited the turtle rehabilitation center followed by lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel. At midnight after a few hours’ sleep we raised anchor and motor-sailed to the island of Huahine. It was Mike and Jan’s first overnighter and they did great.

Heavy weather arrived shortly after our arrival and we had to spend the day onboard while the wind whistled through the rigging. But by evening we were able to go ashore for dinner. The next day was clear so we joined with John and Kathy from Mystic Moon and toured the island. The highlight of the tour was the ancient ruins that have been restored on the north end of the island.

Our sail to Tahaa included wind in the mid-twenties and 8 foot seas. We did a little diving and set sail the following day in 25 kts wind and 9-10 ft seas arriving in Bora Bora in time for dinner at the world famous Bloody Mary’s Restaurant; best meal since leaving the States!

On Monday we took Mike and Jan to the airport shuttle and said our goodbyes. We had a great time and look forward to their next visit.

We woke up this morning and realized that our visas will expire a couple of days earlier than we thought. Plus, there is a rare weather window for sailing to the Cook Islands. We made a snap decision to check out of the country and head for Suvarov in the Cook Islands 685 nm to the northwest. We aren’t sure where we will go next, but it will likely be a while before we have Internet again and can update the blog.

Camilla, Bjorn, and Karoline celebrate Mid-Summer’s Eve on the docks

Camilla, Bjorn, and Karoline celebrate Mid-Summer’s Eve on the docks

Farewell dinner with Randi and Wayne

Farewell dinner with Randi and Wayne

Wayne and Randi depart

Wayne and Randi depart

Waterfall on Tahiti

Waterfall on Tahiti

Celebrating the arrival of Mike & Jan at the Belvedere

Celebrating the arrival of Mike & Jan at the Belvedere

Canoe races in Papeete were right behind Persephone

Canoe races in Papeete were right behind Persephone

First evening of Puddle Jump festivities

First evening of Puddle Jump festivities

The men take dancing lessons

The men take dancing lessons

The “rendezvous” (aka “race”) from Papeete to Moorea

The “rendezvous” (aka “race”) from Papeete to Moorea

Persephone takes 2nd place in the “rendezvous”

Persephone takes 2nd place in the “rendezvous”

Awards ceremony for rendezvous

Awards ceremony for rendezvous

Adam and John join Mike and Brian on the “4 Lei Men” canoe racing team

Adam and John join Mike and Brian on the “4 Lei Men” canoe racing team

Start of a canoe racing heat

Start of a canoe racing heat

The team from “Skimpy” wins the canoe race

The team from “Skimpy” wins the canoe race

Brian learns how to tie a pareo

Brian learns how to tie a pareo

Coconut competition

Coconut competition

Sandie reviews the charts with Stephanie

Sandie reviews the charts with Stephanie

Dancing at Puddle Jump

Dancing at Puddle Jump

Brian and Mike with Miss Moorea

Brian and Mike with Miss Moorea

Ukulele contest on day 2 of Puddle Jump festivities

Ukulele contest on day 2 of Puddle Jump festivities

Brian signals our leaving Cooks Bay

Brian signals our leaving Cooks Bay

Landfall at Huahine

Landfall at Huahine

Stay-at-home day on Huahine

Stay-at-home day on Huahine

Sting ray city

Sting ray city

Sting ray city

Sting ray city

Ancient fish traps on Huahine

Ancient fish traps on Huahine

Our tour guide Poe explains the processing of vanilla beans

Our tour guide Poe explains the processing of vanilla beans

Ancient ruins on Huahine

Ancient ruins on Huahine

Our tour group included John and Kathy from “Mystic Moon”

Our tour group included John and Kathy from “Mystic Moon”

Touring Huahine

Touring Huahine

Making landfall on Bora Bora

Making landfall on Bora Bora

Celebrating our arrival on Bora Bora with dinner at Bloody Marys

Celebrating our arrival on Bora Bora with dinner at Bloody Marys

Relaxing at the Bloody Mary bar

Relaxing at the Bloody Mary bar

Sunset at Bora Bora

Sunset at Bora Bora

Mike and Jan take the shuttle to the airport

Mike and Jan take the shuttle to the airport

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3 Comments
  1. looks like a blast, we look forward to your next post.

  2. Chuck & Crys West permalink

    What a fabulous post! So glad to hear from you and share your adventures! We are so jealous – problem with M/V’s…. Keep us all posted and safe passage! Crys & Chuck M/V Red Red Wine

    • You wouldn’t believe how many M/Vs are out here. They strap on bladders and go slow. But you can’t beat ’em for liveaboards! — Brian

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