Pacific Crossing 2011-12
The second set of watermaker parts left California on a Tuesday arrived in Samoa Thursday.
Recess in American Samoa
In American Samoa, Western Samoa, and Tonga churches are everywhere
WW II pillboxes still very evident
Our feast at Tisa's
Our plate maker
The feast cooking. Our first above ground roast.
Helping the barkeeper
Shango off to Western Samoa (aka Samoa). Finally a change from constant downwind sailing
Whales at sunset as we leave American Samoa for Samoa.
Car Tour of Samoa
Robert Louis Stevenson's grave outside Apia, Samoa
Our night at the site of the Samoa Survivor filming
Amy and Diana after outfitting our Fale
Our hosts. Happy to have just Shango and Soggy Paws rather than the whole Survivor crew.
Dave and I hamming it up at one of the two Survivor beaches
Our first view of a Tongan island. Tafahi in this case.
Keeping cool in Niuatoputapu
Kids everywhere love to pose
Shango and Chesapeake
The crew at Sia's for a Pot Luck
Sia, our hostess. The unofficial admiral of the Niuatoputapu Yacht Club.
Graham from Dream Away, Dave and I went off to fix the Priest's diesel powered Kava press
Despite our lack of success Father Lawrence was still grateful for the effort
Typical house before the 2009 Tsunami
Housing from the Red Cross and other international relief efforts after the Tsunami
Shango anchored off the village
View of the lagoon and volcano from atop the Niuatoputapu ridge trail
Sherry and Dave scrambling up the ridge
Yours truly taking a breather
Major event on the day we left Niuatoputapu, the weekly supply ship
Goodbye (we thought) to Niuatoputapu and off to our last stop for 2011, Vava'u, Tonga
Chesapeake looking just fine
I was relaxing and enjoying the ride
Several hours later, responding to VHF call for help by Tongan fishing boat, Lesila
Soggy Paws approached to provide tools to help with transmission repair
Dave made a perfect toss on his first attempt
Repairs were not successful. Shango offered to take two of the crew back to Niuatoputapu
2 crew swimming over to Shango
Climbing up our ladder
No good deed goes unpunished.......
30 hours later, arriving in Vava'u with no starter
Dave again practicing his pitching. This time a tow line. Again, perfect shot.
Soggy Paws with Shango under tow entering Neiafu harbor in Vava'u, Tonga.
Starter replaced and off to explore the Vava'u group
Reminds us of Penobscot Bay in Maine
Sad parting. Spirare off to New Zealand
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