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June 18, 2006 11:45 PM

So Long Brian, Hello Bora Bora

Blithe Spirit Moored in TahaaTAHAA, FRENCH POLYNESIA - Things have changed dramatically since finding our luggage. Brian has decided to fly back to Canada in order to pursue some potentially lucrative money-making options for the summer. He's promised to rejoin the trip as soon as possible, I on the other hand am determined to soldier onward despite the costs involved. I'm drooling over the prospect of finding work in Australia or New Zealand in the next few months.

Two days ago, opportunity knocked for me. I may have found my magic ticket the rest of the way across the Pacific aboard a very fast and very interesting ocean racing catamaran (pictured above).

In fact I've already left Tahiti and am anchored in a sheltered bay on a picture perfect island called Tahaa near Bora Bora after sailing overnight from Tahiti. The rumor is that some weather may be hitting on Tuesday and my new skipper thought it best to get out of Tahiti and into a more sheltered anchorage. Once the weather clears we'll probably sail on to Bora Bora then out of French Polynesia and onward toward Tonga or Fiji.

The new boat, Blithe Spirit, is returning to Australia to complete a circumnavigation after performing very well (4th) in a trans-Atlantic race from South Africa to Brazil and successfully warding off pirates in Venezuela. The skipper seems to be a wealth of knowledge and experience. We are 4 people including the Captain, myself and two other Australians; Cam is my age and Richard is 17 but has more sailing experience than you'd expect from someone so young.

*Internet is rumored to cost more than $24 USD in Bora Bora. I'll try to get something up when we arrive though; however brief.

Comments


Martin said:

Holy mackerel! That's a really nice boat! Meanwhile, I just left my parents and moved back into my 16 m2 today. I will start some boring job tomorrow to make some money... Have you ever heard of the 'big black hole'? I think I'm right in there... But I will survive, for as long as I know how to live, I know I'm still alive :)

June 19, 2006 04:10 PM
Tom Selleck said:

Gimme back my moustache!

June 21, 2006 12:27 AM