Maui – a whale zoo

  We get a weather window on January 22nd that will allow us to sail from Hilo to Maui.  We’ve waited a long time for this – we need to feel some sunshine. We haven’t seen the sun for almost three weeks now – since New Year’s it has rained the proverbial cats and dogs…

Hawaii – The Big Island

  First off, we need to understand some things about Hawaii – actually, there are two of them.  There is Hawaii, the state, consisting of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, Kahoolawe and Hawaii (The Big Island) and some small islands. Hawaii, the southernmost island is called Hawaii, but in order to know what everyone is talking…

Marquesas to Hawaii – not our dream sail

  At 08:00 Friday November 15, 2019 we haul the anchor and sail out of the bay at Nuku Hiva and set a course for Hawaii.  We could have sailed for Hawaii directly from Bora Bora, but that would have meant it would have been an “uphill” sail all the way to Hawaii.  Not many…

20,000nm – Vinni’s reflections

  Our log read 6,676nm the day we sailed from Copenhagen and now it reads 26,676.  We crossed the 20,000 nautical milepost on our five-day passage from the Tuamutos to Nuku Hiva.  This passage was directly against the trade winds, currents and swells so we chose a weather window that promised little wind the first…

Tahiti – Island of sagas and songs

We’re now on Tahiti, but before I write about Tahiti we need to finish our tale about the Tuamutos, specifically Toau. Toau is a large atoll with a population of four. Valentine (born here) and her husband Gaston, her sister and her husband are the entire population. There is a little pass through the reef…