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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Back in SoCal

We’re back in San Diego on Bella Marina after an amazing 3 weeks spent in French Polynesia aboard S/V Delos hanging out with Erin, Brian, Brady and many old and new cruiser friends. Stay tuned for more stories and pictures as we sort through about 15 GB of images and videos :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

South Pacific Blues by Octavia from S/V Delos’ blog

This post was originally published by Octavia for S/V Delos. Reposting it for all the Bella Marina fans out there!
Cheers,
Octavia
After spending three amazing weeks cruising the Society Islands in French Polynesia aboard Delos, I am at a loss for words to describe all the beautiful shades of blue of the South Pacific. I think I need at least three languages to name them! Gin water blue, pale blue, azzure, turquiose, teal, bleumarine… Pictures are probably better :)
Petter and I arrived in Baie Oponahu in Moorea after an 8 hour flight from LA to Papeete, Tahiti and a quick ferry ride followed by a cab tour of the Island. In front of us was the most beautiful bay, the stuff of dreams of the South Pacific and Landfalls in Paradise where Delos laid at anchor. Team Bella Marina joins Team Delos! As Brian was rushing over in his dingy to pick us up we wasted no time in getting outfitted for joining up the floatie party behind Delos (read changed into our swimming suits right there on the beach). The rest is kind of fuzzy, as the hostess with the mostess, Erin, was waiting for us with beaucoup de drinkies!
Oponahu Bay Blues:
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It’s raining but it’s OK because there’s a beautiful rainbow blues:
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Mishka blues (because we took over her V-Berth which she sometimes lends to Brady):
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Stingray blues:
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Trying to fit into Jay’s BC blues (it happened):
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Kytesurfing awesomeness blues:
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Tropical Rain blues:
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Brady’s deep blue sea’s fishing blues (the ONE that got away…):
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Soon we were off to Tahiti for a taste of the PARTY (see Brian’s Party On in Tahiti post!)
America Day blues:
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While on Tahiti we rented a car and drove around the island, taking in the volcanic black sand beaches, the surf breaks and the amazing vistas on Belvedere Point at sunset:
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Moorea view from Tahiti:
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We arrived in Huahine after a boisterous overnight passage and dropped anchor in another gorgeous bay. We spent the days snorkeling, exploring the island and its old South Seas vibe, learning how to fly a kyte (thanks Jay!), playing beach cricket and watching the solar eclipse which reached 98% at our location.
Huahine blues:
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98% Solar Eclipse blues:
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Ancient Polynesian marae blues:
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After a short stint in Raiatea and Tahaa, we were off to famous Bora Bora, the jewel of the Society Islands. It’s an absolutely spectacular island surrounded by the most beautiful blue lagoon. We spent our time between the main town anchorage that allowed us to attend all the Heiva activities that kept the locals busy and a gorgeous isolated anchorage that came with its own private motu (a small sandy island fringed with palm trees).
Surf blues:
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Sailing to Bora Bora blues:
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Inspired by the island’s jagged silhouette, Erin and I decided to have a supermodel shoot, complete with 80’s hair.
Vahine’s Secret blues...

Brady couldn’t help it…

Classic Bora Bora blues:
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Anchorage blues:
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Our own private Motu blues:
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Bierre blues:
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Bromance blues:
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Into the blue(s):
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Hinano blues:
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Sunset over a South Pacific Island blues:
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And finally, Blue Steel from Alf:
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Heiva i Bora Bora

Heiva, FĂȘte, Party, Celebration. Bora Bora celebrates July 14 or Bastille Day as part of the Society Island’s month long summer celebrations or Heiva in July that include dancing and athletic competitions, canoe races, and a big colorful parade. It’s interesting to see the islands celebrate a date that is not at all significant locally. Bastille, Paris and the French Revolution are rather remote but at least the locals definitely put a Polynesian spin on the celebration. Any reason to party is a good reason! My favorite was the “Fruit Running” competitions where athletes run with big logs with bunches of bananas, breadfruit, pineapple and flowers secured at each end.

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Running with fruit:

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Bora Bora Yacht Club and the cruisers were well represented in the parade:

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Bora Bora

We have arrived in Bora Bora a couple of days ago, after sailing over from Tahiti via Huahine and Raiatea. All gorgeous anchorages with lots of fun stuff to do: exploring the islands by land, snorkeling, wreck diving, swimming. Bora Bora’s ragged peaks and gorgeous azure lagoon welcomed us after a short downwind sail from Raiatea. The Island is as spectacularly beautiful as it is hyped up to be, and to top it all we arrived at the peak of the Heiva celebrations that last through the month of July: we already attended the finale of the traditional Polynesian dancing competition and we’re gearing up for the Bastille Day celebrations tomorrow. More pictures and stories to follow!

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tahiti

Happy 4th of July! The extended crew of Delos celebrated Independence Day by throwing a proper pool party on the dock in Papeete. We were joined by the crews of Ghost, Bubbles, Capaz, and many others. Lots of fun and beer was had, and the night culminated with the showing of Team America on Delos’ outdoors projector screen, aka a white sheet that hangs from the arch.

The next day we all rented a minivan and drove around the island taking in all the sites and more beer. Thank you Carrefour!

Ready for the party:

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America, Yeah!

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Beer Bongs!

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Yep, that’s an American flag speedo…

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Road trip!

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Lunch on Maui Beach. Baguettes, hohoho.

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View from Bellevedere:

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Point Venus where Captain James Cook took his sightings of Venus:

 

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