Monthly Archives: March 2016

Landfall; Rikitea, Mangareva, Gambier Islands

23:06.79S 134:58.01W

A pearl farm in Rikitea, Mangareva, Gambier Islands

A pearl farm in Rikitea, Mangareva, Gambier Islands

We have finally arrived somewhere that has a proper anchorage, somewhere where we can anchor in still waters, and somewhere that we can set foot on dirt. We had been 32 days at sea (including one night in that very uncomfortable anchorage at Easter Island). Read more ›




Chau Chau Wolfgang, chau South America, aloha Polynesia

25:38.00S 126:39.00W – 200 Miles East of Pitcairn Island.

Our battered Chilean courtesy flag, now retired

Our battered Chilean courtesy flag, now retired

A week of trade wind sailing at last. We have had only one slow day during the last week and even then we made 100 Miles otherwise we have been averaging somewhere around 120 Miles a day. Today we have under 200 Miles to run to Pitcairn although we haven’t decided whether to stop there or not yet.
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Easter Island – A non-visit, reinforced trades and tuna

26:52.70S 111:29.00W – 1000 nm East of Pitcairn

Easter Island in benign conditions

Easter Island in benign conditions

Excuse the typos we are bouncing a bit! We have a few events to report on this week; a close cruise past Isla Sala y Gomez, a tuna feast and a non-visit to Easter Island.
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No Trade Winds, No Fish, Plenty of time.

Morgane's position - evening 03 March 2016

Morgane’s position – evening 03 March 2016

Friday 04 March 2016
26:50.50S 101:34.00W - 400 miles East of Easter Island

You may have guessed from the title of this post that we have not found the fabled Trade Winds yet. The past week has seen mostly light and fluky winds with a couple of good days sailing thrown in just to stop us going too crazy. We had one very busy sailing day working our way through the north east sector of the depression shown in the satellite image above. That was a good sailing day but as day turned into evening the sea got very ugly and confused and we had to bear away and jog slowly downwind for the rest of that night
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