Friday, July 1, 2011

Tahiti Moorea Rendezvous - Day 1

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Rendezvous, organized by the Tahiti Tourism Council and Andy Turpin of Latitude 38, kicked off with a briefing and cocktail party on Friday night. The briefing included a bunch of useful information (in English) about facilities and anchorages in the Society Islands. In addition to French Polynesia information, the Tahiti Tourism bunch have partnered with the New Zealand Opua bunch, and there were representatives from several businesses in Opua, NZ handing out packets of information about NZ and answering questions.

They also had a few spots where Tahitians were doing native craft demonstrations (making lei's and etc). After a blessing of the fleet by a Tahitian in an impressive traditional costume, they served up a nice rum punch. The final step was to lead the PPJ crowd down to the Quay-side, to the Roulotte area, and where there was to be native dancing after dinner. Someone in our group wanted 'steak frites' (steak and fries), so we chose a roulotte with some good-smelling steak and fries. We all had a great time.

We had been stressing about transportation back after 6pm when the buses quit running, and had even toyed with coming around from TYC in the dinghies. Because of weather fears (rain/wind) and navigating the channels at night in the dinghies, we decided to take the bus in and taxi back. We easily found a mini-bus taxi on the water side of the roulottes that agreed to take all 5 of us (us, guest Jim, and Mike & Sue on Infini) back to TYC for the standard fare of 2,500 CFP (about $30). A little steep, but safer than the dinghy option.
Sherry & Dave
In French Polynesia til August, then west toward Tonga

At 6/26/2011 12:56 AM (utc) our position was 17°29.30'S 149°51.05'W

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