Does it rain in Paradise?

23:06.75S 134:57.98W

SunriseAukena by .

Sunrise over Aukena with rain clouds brewing

Yes it does! The last week has been very wet but only slightly cooler than the previous couple of weeks. We have been swimming every day but that is about all our outdoor activities have been limited to Read more ›




An invasion of Falklands registered yachts

23:09.02S 135:03.30W

Peregrine Morgane Sunset by .

Peregrine and Morgane anchored in Onemea Bay

We now have two cruising yachts from the Falklands in the Gambier Islands. This is probably a first outside of the Falklands and what were the old Falkland Islands Dependencies of South Georgia, the various British sub-Antarctic Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Leiv Poncet arrived aboard his boat “Peregrine” on a solo voyage heading for Alaska. Read more ›




Chilling in the heat of the Gambiers & the Mission!

23:06.798S 134:58.002W

Easter Sunday Mass in Saint Michel's

Easter Sunday Mass in Saint Michel’s

Sunday and we were in church and it wasn’t even a wedding or a funeral! We went to Easter Sunday mass to celebrate with more or less the whole Island. There were about 300 people in church at the beginning of the service. People seemed to trickle out as their favourite part of the service was reached or they got to hot or suddenly remembered the Sunday roast was in the oven or …. Read more ›




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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Searching for the South East trade winds

Isla Robinson Crusoe; in our wake

Isla Robinson Crusoe; in our wake
Friday 26th February 2016
27:32.00S 089:44.5W - 1000 miles east of Easter Island

There is not a lot to report this week, we are at sea heading in the general direction of Easter Island, Rapa Nui or Isla de Pascua; take you pick of the names. We departed Isla Robinson Crusoe on the 20th February.

The distance over the direct or great circle route to Easter Island from Isla Robinson Crusoe is about 1650 miles but we can’t go that way due to the way the wind blows; our route will ultimately cover about 1800 miles. Read more ›




Isla Robinson Crusoe – not quite what we expected

Poblado San Juan Bautista

Poblado San Juan Bautista
Saturday 19 February 2016
33:38.40S 078:49.53W - Bahia Cumberland, Isla Robinson Crusoe, Archipelago Juan Fernandez

We sailed into Bahia Cumberland, Isla Robinson Crusoe as the Sun went down on Tuesday 16th February. We were trying to decide where to anchor in the deep and poorly protected waters of the bay when the Juan Fernandez Radio called us on the vhf. They asked the usual questions and directed us to an area reserved for yachts and suggest that we could pick up one of the buoys there. We decided to take the buoy as the riser looked new and in good condition. Everything was hooked up in the final gloaming of the day. It was beer o’clock.
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In search of Man Friday

Paula tests a flare

Paula tests a flare
Saturday 13 February 2016
37:14.00S 075:30.00W - Pacific Ocean 260NM SE of Isla Juan Fernandez

Off at last. With the engine repaired we did our final provisions shop in Puerto Montt and got everything stowed. Tuesday we paid the marina fees and arranged for the Armada to come and issue our Zarpe (clearance for any voyage in Chile). The Armada came to make an inspection and of course found that our flares were out of date; this is because it is virtually impossible for foreigners to buy flares under Chile’s sales of firearms laws. We explained the situation to the officers, they were aware of the problem, very sympathetic, and made several calls to ever more superior officials. Read more ›




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