Our Tikehau Anchorage has turned to crap and bad weather is coming. So we’re sailing to Rangiroa, Tuamotu. Like normal #BOATLIFE things never go as planned.
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Tikehau is only 45 nautical miles away from Rangiroa but with sailing there’s so much more to a trip than just a distance. We have to leave Tikehau with enough light so we can see the bommies that threaten our route out of this atoll. We are sailing against the wind and prevailing swell so it’s going to be rough…which will slow us down.
We’re sailing to one of the most dangerous passes in the Tuamotu Archipelago. We must arrive at slack tide or we’re gonna die (at least that’s what all the ‘cautionary tales’ on the internet say).
Pile all those fear mongering tales with an exciting start of 5+ knot current pushing us out of Tikehau, then top that with a busted starter causing our engine to fail and we now have an anxiety pie. What should have been a nice, short sail turned into a stress induced motor repair bashing. Hooray Boats!
One things for sure, there’s never a dull moment in this sailing life of ours. In the end we take the sour so we can savor the sweet…and Rangiroa is supposed to be one of the best places in the world for SCUBA Diving Sailors like us.

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