We decided to spend most of our time in Taha’a rather than the island of Raiatea. The red dots are our 3 anchorage spots on Taha’a and we spent 1 night in Raiatea to re-fuel and re-provision before heading to Bora Bora.Taha’a – The Vanilla Island…so they say! We looked forward to visiting a vanilla plantation but were distracted by an planned “ENGAGEMENT” of our friends Elizabeth and Brad on SV Fandango. We are not upset : ) And they still got our vanilla beans (lol)
Our passage from Huahine to Taha’a was AWESOME!!! We had Briley form SV Me Too crew with us for the 5 hour passage. Having the extra hands on deck we were able to sail wing on wing on wing, actually sail through the pass into the inner reef, and sail down the bay and anchor under sail….a huge deal for Trevor and I, thanks to Briley : )
The first bay we had movie night on SV Me Too with a projector and screen…for real! SV Fandango brought over popcorn…this is the way movies should be watched! We visited a sleepy town (we arrived on a saturday during the Heiva festivals so the streets were really dead).
Our second anchorage was literally on a reef- a first for us with only 2 feet of water underneath our keel!
The engagement – The long/short, Brad and Elizabeth have been together 6 years now and throughout our travels with them…we have often heard “shit or get off the pot” comments : ) While we were in the first anchorage in Taha’a, Brad come over and organized that we would have “an electrical issue” and he would come over and make a ring to propose to Elizabeth. Knowing Brad and Elizabeth, they are not the conventional people and Brad, being a geologist, he can’t just give her a diamond…she doesn’t value “bling” herself either…so a black pearl it was to be. He just needed the circle material and that is when things got interesting. Trevor and Brad worked flawlessly together and problem solved all the design issues as time was an issue (dinner on Slow Flight was in 2 hours).
We organized a morning “group snorkel” the next day…..Here are some of the moments…
Raiatea – We only spent 1 night on a mooring ball in Raiatea. We had read horror stories about the Shell station downtown Utuora (guys is an arsehole and his people untie lines and let your boat go) so we searched out the “other” fuel station, Total. We found it north of the marina and was pleasantly surprised there was a dock and a very nice lady to give us duty free diesel. There were 3 mooring balls right in front of the Total station. We called the phone number on the ball guessing they were private so we couldn’t stay here but again…to our surprise, the guy accepted a 6-pack of beer a night to stay on the moorings while the charter boats who live there are out. So off to the store we go after we filled tanks.
Saying “See you later” to Brad and Liz – As mentioned before, Elizabeth was accepted to a masters program and needed to head back to “real life” at some point. They choose to leave SV Fandango in Bora Bora. We wanted to commemorate our friendships. We will dearly miss them….I believe that we all never imagined hanging out with each other for the last 2 months straight… a crazy group of folks….but man did it work well! Heart you guys : )