The islands of Raiatea and Tahaa are next to each other and they share a single reef. We met my longtime sailing buddy Doug at the Raiatea airport and spent 2 weeks exploring the two islands. Here are some pictures.
We started our adventure last January in the Koehler boatyard in the San Diego where we repainted Akela's bottom and rebuilt all of the rigging. Since then, Akela has survived storms, giant waves, and even running into a hidden coral reef in Raroia with very few problems. The damage from the reef appeared to be … Continue reading The boatyard in Paradise
We filled our fuel tanks (60 gallons in the belly tank and two 20 gallon drums on deck) and sailed Northwest out of Tahiti in the early afternoon Friday under light winds. Once we got 10 miles offshore, the winds filled in and we moved nicely at 6 knots under full sail towards the island … Continue reading Huahine
(posted by Laura) After wonderful family time in Bora Bora, we had to say goodbye to Charlie. He came back to Tucson to stay with our other fuzzy family members so I could spend some more time with Jim in Tahiti for the big 30 year anniversary. (I changed my return flight to get two … Continue reading More time in Tahiti
Max and I had left Laura and Charlie at the dock in San Diego on February 11 with the promise that we would meet up in Bora Bora. For 4 months, Max and I have been living the dream as vagabonds cruising the idyllic South Pacific, but we were also longing for our family. I … Continue reading Burges take Bora Bora
It has been fun and rewarding to sail a small boat across the ocean and to visit remote islands that few people have even heard of. I enjoy a childlike anticipation as we plan for the next adventure and giddy excitement as we arrive someplace new. And I have cherished the special joy of sharing … Continue reading Chillin’ in Tahiti