After the TPR Regatta John and I sailed Spirit down to Moorea where we hung out for a day before sailing onto Tahiti. I had another 6 weeks of work on Ethereal there before we were able to sail to the Tuamotos. We were able to get over to Moorea though a few times and had a ball sailing between the two Islands.
With Tahiti being such a huge Island and quite high there is a large area affected by the wind. As the trades are from the SE this area normally extends to Moorea and can have a huge effect in the wind directing and speed. Sometimes we would depart Moorea with a North wind and within two miles of the coast it would have swung to the SE and then halfway across it would die out leaving a residual swell that you would accustom to 25kts of breeze. And anyone that has been on a trimaran knows that they hate wave action without wind to life the float. So we had a few testing trips across with the float slamming a lot and no wind. As it's a 10nm trip it was just bearable and knowing there was cold beer at the other end made it easier.
One of the really amazing things in this part of the world is the clarity of the water. We would motor through 20mts sometimes and you could see the bottom clearly. Here the boat is in 2ft of water and our dagger board is 9ft so there is another 10ft below it! Just amazing you feel as though your going to hit the bottom when you dive in until you put your mask on or look at the sounder and realise how deep it is.
After the 6 weeks of work on Ethereal we sailed off to the Tuamotos. The sail over was awesome and the time we had there was incredibly. I'm sorry for the slow updates but honestly sitting at the computer and putting this down is the last thing I want to do when there is clear water and blues skies out side. I'll be doing a few updates over the next few days so keep an eye out. Fair winds Spirit!