The Eagle Rays of Bora Bora

On our next-to-last day at Bora Bora we ran back over to the southeast end of the lagoon and spent the night. In the morning we went over to the area where our friend Pete said the water had been so clear. There wasn’t much in the way of coral, but as we were snorkeling over a sand channel we saw a school (?, seems like “flock” may be more appropriate) of 24 spotted eagle rays swimming below us. And no one had a camera:( So, we spent an extra night and went back the next morning to see if we could find them again. Never came across the big congregation, but we did find a few.

Isles Sous Le Vent With The Sonne Clan

Finally some photographers back on the boat. All photo credits to the Lafayette Sonnes (Peter, Holly, Annika, and Ashton). This is mostly a photo essay of our visit with the Sonnes. Luckily at least one of them (and usually more) always has a camera in hand. The gang joined us in Raiatea, traveled up to Taha’a, and then over to Bora Bora before catching their plane back on Raiatea.

Those Old-Time Engine Room Woes – Or, Keeping Water Where It Belongs

Why does it seem that all of us “sailors” spend more time working on engines than working on the sailing gear? Between the diesels on the boats and the outboards on the dinghies it seems that most cruising sailors spend a great deal of time working on engines. Maybe we should really be mechanics who sail from time to time rather than being sailors who attempt to be mechanics on occasion. Maybe the Pardeys had it right? First up was the port engine (having two engines just doubles the pleasure).  Going into Tahanea the port engine wouldn’t start. Pushing the “start” button resulted in the control panel quitting, rather than the engine starting. That pointed to an electrical problem more than a mechanical one, but still engine related. Once we got into Tahanea I spent the better part of a couple of days taking apart and cleaning all of the connections in the electrical harness. And lo-and-behold the engine started

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