February 17th – March 14th 2021
After 25 grueling days sailing up wind we have arrived in French Polynesia. It was a challenging passage with a bit of everything; thunderous squalls, flat calm glossy seas and sustained 40+ knots of wind. We caught two yellowtail tuna, celebrated our first equator crossing and Austin cracked open a fish shaped piñata on his birthday. All the details are in our daily passage updates on the tracking map, including an engine that wouldn’t start.
Arriving in French Polynesia was an amazing feeling! We feel especially lucky because when we arrived, we found out that we were the last sailing vessel to get pre approval for a 90-day visa. As of right now vessels are only being granted 4 days to reprovision and move on.
Last year we were in La Cruz dreaming of French Polynesia and our landfall in the Marquesas. This year our intended path looks a bit different as we will be going backwards (against the wind) from the “typical” Trade-Wind route. Starting in Tahiti (The Society Islands) we will be winding our way East through the Tuamotu Archipelago and will finish in the Marquesas. Our plan is to stay as remote as possible throughout this trip in French Polynesian, much like last winter when we were in the Sea of Cortez Mexico. While we have a few days in the marina we are cleaning, fixing things and resting up before we jump over the Tuamotus. We will continue to update our tracking page but it may be a while before we get Wi-Fi again.