Pacific Trip 2012
29th Aug 2012
From July until mid August I spent sailing on a friend's 80ft ketch from Bora Bora in French Polynesia, to Vavau in Tonga. We visited Penrhyn and Suwarrow, part of the Cook Islands, American Samoa and Samoa on the way, covering approximately 1500 sea miles. Trade wind sailing the whole way - generally 18 to 25 knots on the quarter- making 200 mile days an easily achievable target for an 80ft ketch. I wish the wind could be as good in New Zealand!
Fiona joined the yacht in Samoa.
The snorkelling was fantastic with Manta Rays in Suwarrow to seeing humpback whales and their calves in Vavau. Diving under the water you could hear the humpbacks 'speak' to each other- an amazing experience.
I even managed a couple of sketch paintings- a portrait of an old guy living on Penrhyn Island and a sketch of Robert Louis Stevenson's house in Samoa.
From Vavau Fiona and I flew to Vanua Levu, Fiji, where we spent 6 days at Savu Savu- another wonderful spot.
The last race for the 'winter series' for the classic yachts is on September 15 and the summer series begins in October. If you are down in New Zealand e-mail me and come racing on the 59ft, 1897, gaff rigged "Thelma".
Trip to Italy 9th Sep 2011
Trip to France in May 2014 2nd Sep 2014
New J Class painting 13th Mar 2016
New "America" 1851, Isle of Wight painting. 14th Aug 2018
Another new "America" 1851, Isle of Wight painting 14th Aug 2018
Trip to Tonga and Fiji, 2019 24th Jun 2020
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