Tahaa and Raiatea

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Thanks to iaoranet which make this report possible.

After 6 days on Huahine we make the 5 hour crossing to the next island, Tahaa. We sailed along a string of beautiful motus with Salina checking if the depth is sufficient. Finding suitable spots for anchoring close to the island turns out to be difficult. We have been two nights close to different motus but to far from the main island to go there by human force only. But it was very beautyful with Bora Bora as background.

In Tahaa we visited two primary schools, one in Tapuamu, one in Tiva, where Annemarie comes into action.

Louise and her husband, who live in Tiva, offer us there mooring for free and made this school visits possible. They have an excellent restaurant where we enjoyed a great dinner offered by Annemarie and were very kind with us. By canoo we made a short trip up a river into a dense forest. On the way back we meet by chance the biggest producer of ananas and many other fruit of Tahaa – later he shows us his plantations and gives us many of his sweet ananas to taste – a real delight.

On Sunday we go to church, it is always an experience to enjoy and the singing of the locals is just great. The women are mostly dressed in white.
Last Thursday we arrived in Raiatea.
Sabine and Andri went to hospital thanks to Eric Egger’s wife Silvie who organized transportation.
Sabine has an Angina and Andri get burned on his hand. Everything is under control now.
Eric is the school director in Tifa on Tahaa. His grandfather is from Altstetten and his grandmother from Lugano. He came to Raiatea by sailing boat from France about 17 years ago.
Michel took us into town the other day, where we met Joe & Nancy McKeown, friends from Doug and Kris Tomkins from Pumalin in Chile. Joe is a pioneer in bigwall climbing in the Yosemitee in the 60s!
Michel saw that we are sailing with children and the other day he gifted us with some vitamins!

Tomorrow e will sail to Bora Bora and than we will have about 2 weeks to get to West Samoa. May we will stop in the Cook Islands on Suvarow Island if sea conditions are o.k…
The satellite phone will be turned on each Sunday between 6 and 8 a.m. MEZ, so that you are able to call us.

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