In November, Jim accepted 2 new crewmates on Akela : Nico and me, Marine, two dive instructors from Fakarava, dreaming to come back to the Marquesas Islands for the festival on Ua Pou in December. The first step was Tetamanu, in the south of Fakarava to dive with the gang on two other sailing boats, … Continue reading On the road to the Marquesas Festival
Chapter 1. Never Be on Two Boats "Oh, no... I'm gonna sink into the sea along with my backpack containing passports, smartphone, laptop, and more!" The epic adventure with Akela is about to start with me screaming as I have a serious dinghy (small boat connecting Akela and shore) problem, which just lost its balance due … Continue reading Akela in Fakarava with Jim and Kim’s Family
Fakarava pictures, video, and story by Brian and Susie Schoepf I was a little hesitant to spend 10 days on a boat with my brother, sister-in-law and husband. What do I pack? What will we eat? What will we do? Will I be seasick? The list of questions goes on and on but were all … Continue reading Schoepfs in Fakarava!
The sun is setting, and we haven't caught dinner. Tony's the days cook wants a consensus on a dinner plan. We are just off Katiu atoll on our way to Fakarava atoll. Katiu is where to big boss had his wedding party Regis told us about. Earlier as we sailed close by the atoll, we … Continue reading Fakarava South Pass
There are two sailboats outside the Raroia passage waiting for the strong current to subside. We study the size and movement of the passage waves and determine now is the best time to leave the lagoon go through to the open ocean. Jim tells me to radio the two boats to tell them that we … Continue reading Makemo
After 4 days of living in a compartment pitching randomly in every direction, knowing what Jim meant by he had bruises on top of bruises, learning how to carefully think out ahead of time how to move 4 feet in the cabin without getting hurt. Now the sailboat rests in a tranquil paradise of this … Continue reading Rarioa