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Date: 22 Apr 2010 18:43:59
Title: " A LADY TRIP " Sailing around the World and avoiding Recessions, Depressions, religious scandels, bank scandels, government scandels, and Volca

WEDNESDAY   21st APRIL  2010      Location   " TIKEHAU "  The Tuamotu Islands,  French Polynesia, South Pacific.
 
You know something, When you look at all the crap going on at home and around the world, Its clear that the timing of this trip was
just about perfect, but we cannot claim responsability for that wonderfull foresight, It just happened that way.
 
07.00hrs, Ronja, Chow, and some of the other yachts departed for Tahiti,
We still had some things to do ashore, and when these we complete , we hauled the anchor and set sail out through the Pass
and around the northern end of the Island, and headed to  " Tikehau " an adjoining atoll.to the west..
 
 
Wind ...............................   20 knots ESE
Weather..............................Sunny and cloudy, with very heavy showers  ,
Distance to our next place.....45miles
Sea state  ...........................Moderate
SOG....................................7.5 knots
 
We read the emails on route, ( the skipper still not feeling great, and ears still blocked)
We had a great collection, from    .......... Leah, Sarah, Brendan Stevenson, Margaret How, Ed Wildgoose, Marrion in Germany, Ann in Sweedan,
Michelle in Galway, Arnaud, the french man in cork who looks after our boat IT.
 
We had a lovely sail and arrived at the Pass to " Tikehau " around 16.15 hrs
It took us another 1 hour to sail across the lagoon to the Pearl Beach Hotel, where we dropped anchor jus as it was getting dark.
Scaaaaaary stuff , sailing in the lagoons with none of our electronic charts working , so we have to navigate by sight,
this means you have to have plenty of sunlight to see the colours in the water, which will indicate the dept and the coral outcrops.
 
We have hung the rib up on coral reefs plenty of times in the last week , mostly at night time, and luckily , no damage.
 
18.30hrs  Aileen did the dinner,  which included Hamburgers, sausages, fried potatoes, beans, carrots, and tasted very good.
An early night, all this sunshine has us wrecked. not to mind the diving.
 
Thats it for today.
 
Signed :-     Stephen Hyde   ( Skipper )
 
 

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