Polynesian Postscript

What we thought would be our last day on Bora Bora was not!  The forecast light winds had died completely and a new forecast predicted no wind until at least Wednesday.   There was no point in going out into the oggin and burning precious diesel unnecessarily so we had a lazy day and then started on more boatie jobs – never ending.  As the author of the amusing book ‘The Motion of the Ocean’ so aptly puts it:

Cruising (kroozing) = doing boat repairs in exotic places.

And perhaps carousing after completing a job successfully or drowning sorrows.

Bob tried unsuccessfully over the course of last weekend with the help and support of other kroozers to extract the generator bearing which was overdue a change – we have a replacement on board.  But no number of ‘pullers’ was the right size or fit to do the job.   After much humming and haaing – would the bearing last until Samoa or even NZ – we put a call into the Raiatea Carenage, spoke to Dominique who had a mechanic with the correct tools (‘puller’) for the job and we should ‘come over’.  So we did – a mere 30nm away!  Leaving Bora Bora at 0630, we moored at Apooiti Marina at 1230 after motoring through swell to get there.    The mechanic turned up and turned out to be Dominique’s son, Nicolas.  After two hours the old bearing had been extracted, the new one fitted and the generator runs.  Bob (mainly) has peace of mind that a worn bearing will not damage the generator.

Next morning at 0630 we were on our way to Bora Bora again, managed to sail under genoa for the last part and dropped anchor inside the lagoon at the Hilton Hotel Resort just before the rain and wind really set in and where we thought we’d be sheltered from the elements.  Down below we had a good supper and caroused with a well-deserved bottle of wine.

With Elbe, SuAn and Sailaway having already left for Suwarrow, we have teamed up with Roger and Amy on Shango to make the passage together.  We first met when we were linehandling on Elbe through the Panama Canal and were rafted up with Shango.  Our paths have crossed occasionally since.  As they were moored at the Bora Bora Yacht Club, we joined them to chat through passage plans.  We were delighted to find Wasabi there as well and subsequently enjoyed a superb evening on board Wasabi with Heribert and Hildegard to catch up on news, and will be sorry to say goodbye to them.

‘Polynesia’ was coined by a Frenchman in the 18th century and derives from the Greek ‘poly’ meaning ‘many’ and ‘nesos’ meaning islands.  We have visited so ‘many’ of these ‘nesos’, some of which we had never even heard of.  It is hard to believe that we have been here in French Polynesia for four months and will be sorry to leave.

So it’s a big Thank you -‘Merci’ (or ‘Mauruuru’ in Tahitian)- and hopefully ‘A bientôt’ to these most beautiful and magical islands, their people and their culture that are Polynesia.  We have been so privileged to be here on Pipistrelle to enjoy ‘just another day in Paradise’ but day after day after day.

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