|Carolyne during passage|
|Bushy and tired|
|Generator with broken pulley yanker|
Finally – some photos - and finally, some internet!!
Hotspur has a large, wide deck. Many responses from those people who come aboard the first time is, “Look at this dance floor!” or “It's a ballroom!” The Tartan TOCK does feel very roomy and I had no problem getting our jib on deck and sewing the UV Sunbrella panel on... as well as restitching (4) seams I opened and then reduced to hopefully get rid of that awful flutter at the head (adjusting the puckerstring didn't work). But it was a 2-day job and my back was killing me from sewing on a flat plane, using my thigh to press the foot pedal, hunched over for hours on end. (Nothing a little Cat-Cow won't cure!)
|Doug off sv Anitra with his pamplemousse|
|Carolyne sitting in the ancient groom's seat where the men awaited |
their tattoos at the ruin site at Hiva Oa
|Jean, our Marquesan tour guide|
|Standing among the ancient ruins|
Our Read's Sailmaker machine works beautifully with the inverter. It doesn't have a walking foot, which is a bummer, but I easily sewed through several layers of Sunbrella. I also had to do some hand work at the clew. Sadly, I thought our UV cover on the headsail was in better shape before we left – and it probably was. The 23 day trip across really took a toll on the material. I just hope it will last another year. I used the last of the blue Sunbrella I had on board to replace that panel.
|A fading petroglyph in Atuona|
|Jim capturing the Smiling Tiki|
|Atuona, Hiva Oa|
During the night a French boat next to us chafed through their stern anchor line. Luckily, they didn't hit us – we were anchored fairly close to one another. I'm sure they woke up wondering why the were rolling about in the incoming swell. Smartly, they have 2 extra stern anchors on board and were able to move and re-anchor. As we left the bay, Bernard was diving in the cloudy water- trying to recover the stern anchor that broke free. Very important in French Polynesia to have back-up anchors!
|During passage after a squall|
|Smiling Tiki up close|
|That would be me - covered head to toe|
|Beautiful Island Girl!|
|Pamplemousse and Banana|
|Island of Ua Pou|
|Sail repairs - covered head to toe|
|Our farewell Mexico photo|