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s/v Code Blue – Uturoa on Raiatea, French Poly July 24, 2014

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2014.
Tahiti coconut trees

Tahiti coconut trees

Code Blue Folks, 7-23-14 sent on 24th

We motored to the lower part of Huahine to stay the night. Nice beaches, quiet, no noise except the ocean. We met up with s/v Chara for a while. Then on the 22nd, Tuesday, we motored out from Huahine 7 miles, sailed to Raiatea for 22 miles then motored for 2 miles to the old Sunsail site in Faaroa Bay. Before on this passage in 2005 we had some problems, even though the passage was much rougher this time with winds 15 to 20 kts. None this time. We then took a revisit to the river tour. On the way up we saw a guy taking a break near the river. We went all the way to where rocks are, and the river water comes into the still water. On the way back down the local guy had a coconut ready to drink for us and popped it open with his machete and two papaya. He wanted to cut a banana stalk for us but way too many bananas. Later we met his brother who speaks English as we got further down the river.

From Avea Bay we motored to Uturoa, the main town. We were able to get a spot on the dock in the main town here. We checked the marina earlier, that holds 50 boats, and it was full. Plan to dive the Nordby a sailing ship from 1900 near the harbor here.

Just ran into Gerry of Moshulu, who now has his boat up for sale. He’s headed back to Seattle via LA. They had a rough passage from PV to Marquesas and just not fun. Gail is in New Zealand with a campervan. Really nice boat Spencer 42, gone over with a lot of new stuff and in great condition. Now Russ and Gwen are here from A-Train.

Here is the site for the Tahiti-Moorea Rendezvous with a lot more pictures http://tahiti-moorea-sailing-rdv.com/

Steve and Judy
s/v Code Blue
S 16* 43.629, W 151* 26.642
Uturoa, Raiatea, French Polynesia







1. Marie & Greg - July 24, 2014

Hello from the Rainy PNW! I’m so jealous of you two. We have great memories of staying on Moorea and Bora Bora 25 long years ago. The huts out over the water looked like the place we stayed on Bora Bora. Thanks for sharing the adventure. Marie

2. David - July 24, 2014

Hi Judy and Steve,

Do you have any details on the boat for sail?

3. David and Carol - September 14, 2014

HI Steve and Judy,

Thanks for the follow-up re being interested in the vessel for sail in Tahiti but we have decided to give that a pass.

Raro sounded like fun and I remember being bounced around there pretty good in 1995. We spent week at the dock as I knew the Harbourmaster but had to move a few times for the cargo run. I used to run there with Union Company and we would spend a week or so anchored off and lighter in the cargo- to the old jetty at Avarua at that time (1960’s!). Lovely spot. Can you still see any of the old “Yankee” on the reef? She went aground there just one week before we got there on her first trip for Mike Burke Windjammer cruises out of Florida after the Johnson’s sold her – great shame.

We are in Copenhagen right now and “doing” Demmark, Sweden and Norway, Back in Van early Oct.

I am kitesurfing in Mexico in early Nov (without Carol) and then we are off to Hawaii, me kiting and Carol relaxing, for 3 weeks after that. Xmas at our house this year. NZ for Jan/Feb/Mar.

What is your ETA there.

David and Carol

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