Passe Taihaaru

Passe Taihaaru
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The guide books say this is the hairiest of all passes and sorts ‘the men out from the boys’. It’s skinny and has a current between two and nine knots (always outflowing). Once started there is no going back. We asked Beez and she said “bring it on.” Our first look from a distance. Sails down and ready for action, Beez shouts YeeeeeeeeeeHaaaaaaaaaaa and off we go.
 
 
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OK this is more interesting, the small white posts each side of the pass come into view. I go and stand at the front, to aid Bear, hand signals at the ready.
 
 
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What’s incredibly funny is the accurately laid waypoints put your course over dry land. A1 eyeball then.
 
 
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The pass opens up.
 
 
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Immediately to our right the last wave breaks over the reef. In we go.
 
 
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I feel I could lean out and touch the steep sided reef.
 
 
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Marker post coming up.
 
 
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View to the left.
 
 
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First set of buoys ahead. Keep them to the left, bit of a rinse cycle going on. Bear felt an outward current of about three knots so Beez was in gear and compensating.
 
 
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Last little bit.
 
 
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We are through. Second set of buoys, keep well to the right. Now the water is crystal clear and the coral heads are easy to see. I ask Bear to hold on the spot so I can take pictures of Windarra coming through (own blog).
 
 
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Windarra safely through, we then follow her across the wide open lagoon.
 
 
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Crossing the lagoon.
 
 
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View to the left (with our very own coral garden – seen as a dark patch).
 
 
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Beez at our anchorage on the chart plotter. The island is known as Mopelia, Maupelia, Mopihaa, Maupihoa and Mapetia.
 
 
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Our view to the right.
 
 
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How did we celebrate ??? – a full blown egg event and a game of backgammon of course.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ALL IN ALL A GREAT SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT
                     EXCITING AND FUN