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    Tuamotus – Fakarava

    Leaving Raroia on August 15th. we set a course in a westerly tack towards our next destination in the Tuamotus chain of atolls, Kauehi. The passage there took two days  encountering  some uncomfortable seas enroute. We struggled to make it through the Aritikamino pass having to apply full motor power to overcome the current and thankful to reach the calm waters of another beautiful lagoon. We spent three relaxing days here and experienced some final drama after Mare’s anchor became entangled in the coral reef which necessitated a flash light assisted, snorkel mission by Axel to dislodge it as we set forth on the short sail to Fakarava. Fakarava is the…

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    Tuamotus – Raroia

    Following our final departure from the Marquesas islands on July 21st. we once again found ourselves in the familiar surroundings of a deep ocean passage. The journey south of 750kms to our destination Raroia took a little getting used to as I had to relearn the movements of the boat again. Just a day into our trip we had a series of problems with our automatic steering system and reverted to the wind vane system and eventually manually steering.  By day three our luck had changed and configuring the sails for forward of the beam sailing saw us putting 104 nautical miles per day behind us. We needed to arrive…

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    Marquesas – Nuku Hiva.

    Nuku Hiva is the largest of the Marquesas island chain but remains sparsely populated. The coast line is punctuated by a mix of steep cliffs and narrow bays. But it is the sheer diversity of the interior that enthralled me. Along the coast is it a typical Pacific island but venture inland and the contrast could not be starker with Taipivai bay causing us to blink given it’s similarity to our native Norwegian fjords. Whereas further inland one can find the Toovil plateau which is reminiscent of Western European alpine pastures and forests populated by contentedly grazing cattle making for a perfect pastoral scene. However we did not sail directly here…

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    Marquesas – Hiva Oa.

    How do I begin to describe Hiva Oa ? What an introduction to my first experience of Pacific island life. It is the second largest island of the Marquesas archipelago and has a population of circa 2,200 people. It is almost unique in that it’s coastal belt is devoid of coral shelves and as a consequence the coast is exposed to the full vigor of the prevailing sea conditions. Inland infrastructure is very limited so the only way to truly explore the many bays that adorn the coast is by boat. We feel very privileged to be in such an enviable position to have such a facility at our disposal.…

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    Hacked !

    Dear friends, both my Facebook and Hotmail accounts have been hacked by Russian hackers. They also appear to have used my profile to scam other people. I am NOT in Norway, I am not even in Europe at the moment. However I have been told that according to Facebook I appear to be in Scandinavia. The incident has been reported to the Police. Should you be contacted by “me”, please send me an e-mail, via this blog, complete with a screen print of the text, and I will add it to the Police report. I want to ask all of my friends to block me on Facebook. Additionally please do…

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    The Pacific crossing.

    Hello !. Sorry for my not posting anything earlier but access to the internet is scarce out here in the Marquesas Islands and where it does exist bandwidth tends to be quite modest which makes it difficult to upload content to the website. Finally I am able to share the first of my sailing experiences with you. This is a post that I wrote upon our arrival at the island of Hiva-Oa where we chose to make our first landfall after our Pacific crossing. We did it !. Now I can actually say that I have crossed the Pacific ocean in a 28 foot sailboat. It took us 43 days from…

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    Heading towards French Polynesia!

    Tonight we will start our crossing of the Pacific!. We will leave Vista Mar Marina in Panama and head towards French Polynesia. For such a long time I have been looking forward to sitting down and writing my first post here on Facing the Pacific!. I have been based here in Panama for just over a month now and time has really flown. I came here eager to learn something completely new and I was impatiently looking forward to starting to sail immediately so that I could begin to experience this exciting new chapter in my life. Naively I had assumed that I would start learning when we put to…