Logs of S/V Bravo Charlie III



We left Rangiroa on Friday morning and got into Tahiti about noon Saturday. It was a great sail, although when the wind lightened, we motor-sailed for several hours to get into Papeete early enough to rent a car. The pass at Rangiroa was something else. We left when it was supposed to be slack water, but since it had been pretty windy for several days prior, the pass was actually ebbing (water/current running out of the pass). Since the wind was going into the pass, this made for large, standing waves on the outside end of the pass, of ~10 feet. An amazing amount of green water, and I got soaked driving the boat, even though we had a hard dodger. At least it is a short pass, so we only had about 5 minutes that were pretty tense. Our friends, Emile and Zenya, were with us, and took the adventure well! We had a couple of great dives with a local dive shop. Emile got his CMAS dive certification while he was here. 'Lucky' Emile had several extraordinary dives, with turtles, dolphin, lots of sharks including a large hammerhead and a very large silver tip, etc., etc. Eric and Paula spent about a week and a half with us in Rangiroa. We had a super great time with them. They played tennis almost every day for about 2+ hours! We also snorkeled, swam, windsurfed, suba'd, rode bikes, walked around the atoll and, of course, had some great meals, including wine. It easy to get lazy out here, but the kids kept us busy and active. We miss having them with us.

My brother meets us here in ~1.5 weeks, sailing to Moorea with us. We have a few boat tasks to do, re-provisioning, catching up with friends on other boats, and we'll be doing some more diving. The last few days have been pretty windless, which is great for sleeping and diving, but the days get pretty hot. We usually turn on the air-conditioning for a few hours and do some reading, drawing, etc.

The pics here show:

Greg and I are standing in front of a pizza parlor...no it wasn't the same as FJLTs!

Emile and Zenya enjoying one of several great meals,

Greg with friends Marcus and Chris, from Pez Vela, in front of one of the churches in Rangiroa.

Emile brought back a CD full of pics which he'll be putting up on our web site soon (we're writing a few lines about each pic). Hope everyone is enjoying the summer. We're already talking about getting together with people in Tahoe for some skiing! Oh yes....Emile thought it was appropriate that I get a promotion (since Greg is Captain). I'm now the CFO...Chief Fish Officer....but, no we didn't catch anything on the way over here. We did get a bite...we reeled in our line, with the Rapalla still attached, with large teeth marks cut into it and one of the hooks completely broken off ;-( I might take the dinghy out tomorrow...we're close to the pass and the outside is pretty calm.


We've been in Papeete a little over a week now. Its the big city, at least for 17 deg South, 150 deg West...the crossroads of the South Pacific. The answer to every question among the cruisers for the last few months regarding provisioning, repairs, restuarants, banks, mail, etc...has always been "When we get to Papeete....". Papeete is reminiscent of cities like Nice in the south of France....small twisty streets, lots of motor scooters, lots of nice small shops and...unfortunately a bunch of noise and smog. We've been doing a bunch of boat chores...changing oil, greasing winches, replacing a broken window in the dodger, replacing the broken block in the clew of the mainsail, etc...Also doing serious provisioning since we are anchored right off of the largest supermarket for around 2000 miles. We've also done two scuba dives, one outside of the pass off of the village of Punaauia and the other on a seaplane and shipwrek inside the lagoon, right nice to the airport. Our friends Chris and Marcus are very happy to have their scuba compressor fixed. Its been broken since Fakarava and we've been filling their tanks for them. They took it to the place where all of the pearl farms get work done on their compressors and lo and behold it was fixed the next day. The only tricky part was a 4 mile dingy ride with a 100 lb piece of very non waterproof equipment.

Other touristy things that we have done include renting a car and driving all of the way around Tahiti and visiting the botanical gardens and Polynesian history museum. Quite a good museum with a bunch of stuff from the era of Captain Cook as well as an exposition of photos from a couple that went cruising for their honeymoon in the South Pacific at the turn of the century with a complete glass negative photo lab aboard...sort of a Matthew Brady of the South Pacific. Attached our some photos of our own. We are anchored at Maeva Beach just west of Papeete. We have a good view of the next island, Moorea. The sunset picture looks like the volcano is erupting even though its been extinct for a long time.


We sailed to Moorea from Tahiti yesterday. It was raining the first part of the day, but then the weather improved nicely. My brother Don arrived Sat. night, for a week's visit. Sunday we circumnavigated Tahiti in a car. There are some really beautiful spots on the island. We went to the French Polynesia History Museum, a small but extremely interesting museum. We stopped for lunch at the Gaughan Museum restaurant. They had several large fish pens in front of the restaurant; guess the fish on the menu is pretty fresh. We continued around the island, stopping at one of the biggest waterfalls on the island. Allot of beautiful sites! Monday we spent the afternoon in Papeete; always an interesting day, very reminiscent of a small French city. We stopped at a local brewery; great beer. Tuesday we went had a really nice snorkeling trip. We went inside the reef so it would be a little calmer; lots of nice coral and nice small fish. We did the last little bit of grocery shopping, getting fresh fruits and vegetables for the rest of the week. Shopping, even grocery shopping, is something we really enjoy when we're in foreign places. Wednesday we headed out of Tahiti, anchored in Moorea about 2 pm. I dove on the anchor to make sure we were set well, then continued with a short dive around the coral by our boat, while Don snorkeled. There is supposed to be a huge school of rays close to here. I saw a small one, about 6 feet tip to tip. We went to the local Beachcomber hotel, where we had a bbq and watched a traditional dance performance. Today we'll probably go to the local village, then more snorkeling. We're trying to talk Don into getting scuba certified. This area has some great diving; lots of big fish and coral to see, not to mention the more beautiful small fish.