What Cruising is about….For Us

For us, cruising is about meeting people and experiencing life in other countries. In Port Bouryne we met Eric, Celine and their two kids. For me things clicked some. They were sailors and Eric worked on Yachts (real Yachts) and they too had their own sv Maritea, luckily for us they spoke English (Eric fluently and Celine needed to work at it – so she said) but that made it much easier for us.  Eric offered us a mooring in

Friends Mooring Port Bouryne

Friends Mooring Port Bouryne

front of their home and I offered to help their kids with English lessons. Don’t laugh. I know I taught science but what is any discipline but learning the language of it.  I volunteered much to the kids consternation but Dameon and Juliet seemed to lead me on for the fun of it. I tried to give the kids and the parents every opportunity to say enough is enough.  Every morning I would go to shore and read a paragraph to each of them and they would read it back to me working on some common errors that all people have who are trying to learn English as a second language. They quickly learned the correct pronunciations and at times we laughed as they tried to teach me some of the French pronunciations. I just couldn’t get the slight gargle in the back of my throat working on demand.  Then I tried some word games (which I discovered didn’t go over very well), I then read a few pages out of a book that Juliet chose and eventually we ended up playing some board games and talking.

Magnum Ice Cream Party

Magnum Ice Cream Party

One day we hitched a ride to town with Celine and Juliet + friend for we needed to pick up some fresh stores; most important I was running low on Oreos 🙂  and then we stopped for a Magnum Party.  Riding across the country side of Huahini reminded me of our days back in college when we loaded up more stuff and more people than the vehicle could carry and made a road trip out of it. But we always seemed to get to where we were going and back again.

We returned with several bags of groceries, 3 x 50 kg bags of cement, 3 adults and 2 kids. Petite W/ was relegated to the back with the kids crunched between all the supplies.  What a hoot!

We had them all out to the boat a couple of times treating them to one of our favorite dishes; Nasi Goring and sharing many sail tales while imbibing just a wee bit (the adults not the kids). The kids; being boat kids played on the electronic gizmos we have and W/ gave up her most important method of dealing with me; a hammer.  Really it’s for breaking the large blocks of ice we make but I fear Celine will now consider it an essential tool in dealing with any errant decisions a captain might well make. Varnishing for example. 🙂

Meeting them has been one of our most memorable experiences here in French Polynesia and we will sincerely miss them. I had a great deal of fun working / hanging with the kids and sharing experiences with Celine and Eric will always be fondly remembered.

We leave with only a few weeks left in French Polynesia.  We have to go. Immigration has put an end date on our stay here and there is no easy reasonable way to extend it. New Visa applications must be completed from outside Polynesia and the only way we could extend our stay is to have some major problem either with our health or with the boat.  Neither of us wishes to extend our stay on those circumstances. So we move, on to Raiatea where I get to look closer at our engine surge issue and where we will be much closer to our departure point; Bora Bora.

Go Slow
Sail Far
Stay Long

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