Arrived Papeete in Tahiti on 24 July and anchored
at 17.34.83S, 149.37.12W. The "gang" were already there, Mambo, Bondi Tram and
Northern Rose as well as Discovery and a few others that we knew. Glen was out
of hospital having passed his gall stones! He looked really well and greeted us
by taking Jim ashore for "essential" supplies, being Sunday the shops were only
open in the morning. Pat and Glen came aboard for drinks and Glen jumped into
his dingy, and lept out very quickly swearing profusely and bleeding all
over our deck. He'd trodden on some glass. I poked and prodded around in
the cut but it all seemed clear. Plastered him up having managed to stop the
bleeding with our old faithful friend Mr Bump the cold gel pack.
The pull chord on the outboard broke, we repaired
it but had not put the thing back together quite right and managed to mash up
the teeth of the starter! We now have to use the emergency pull chord which
requires dismantling the engine cover each time and me avoiding being whipped as
Jim pulls the chord. Did manage to get a new propeller but no new cassette for
It was nice to have shops again and I did manage to
buy some pearls. Pat bought material for sarongs and I offered to hem them.
Ended up having to hand sew them as Suzie the Singer sewing machine decided not
to play at all, tension seems to be caput!
Left Papeete in the evening with Northern Rose
and Mambo, Mambo had engine problems just as they were leaving and Northern Rose
returned to see if they could help. We carried on but then had autohelm probelms
and ended up helming all the way overnight to Moorea, seas were rough so we
moter sailed most of the way to make helming easier.