Author Archives: michaelsweet50

About michaelsweet50

Another happy sailor...........

Tonga

Vava’u, Tonga 18th September to 8th October The sail over to Tonga from Suwarrow (Cook Islands) was a mixed bag: – two days sailing in South Pacific Convergence Zone (yes, it’s a bit of a mouthful) which means seriously gusty … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Suwarrow, Cook Islands

Bora Bora, Maupiti, Suwarrow 3rd to 17th September Thank goodness, before heading for the Cook Islands, I stopped at the little Society island of Maupiti, my final anchorage in French Polynesia. Before that, Bora Bora, with its lavish, high-class and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Society Islands

    Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora 19th August to 2nd September Now in the Leeward Society Islands (Iles Sous-le-Vent top left in the photo above) – blog already has posts for Tahiti and Moorea (the Windward Society Islands). It … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Moorea

Moorea 1st to 18th August Henrietta hasn’t sailed far in the past few weeks but she now has new standing rigging (i.e. wires to hold up the mast). Mathieu, the young French rigger (passing resemblance to a lithe Johnny Depp … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Tahiti

Tahiti 16th to 31st July “….just a short trip to any French territory in the Pacific is enough to convince even the most casual observer that the French are among the most self-serving, manipulative, trivial-minded, obnoxious, cynical and corrupting nations … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Tuamotus

Tuamotu Islands 24th June to 15th July Summary: – About 750 miles of light/medium breezes and the odd squall. Quick visit to another Gambier Island, Aukena, before heading west-north-westish to and through the Tuamotu archipelago via stops at atolls of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Gambier Islands

Gambier Islands 7th to 23rd June More photos another time This is a lovely spot to hang around. Days slip quickly and easily by, and already over a fortnight has passed. There are lots of things to tell you about. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Pacific Ocean

  Pacific Ocean Introducing the Pacific 1st May to 7th June This, my first time sailing in the Pacific was memorable:- longest and slowest solo passage, most calms, fewest people, sense of well-being restored etc.. I’ve written too much in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Panama Canal

  Canal Transit 29th to 30th April It’s been a stimulating fascinating fun rewarding and pretty tiring couple of days. There are lots of well-written descriptions of the Panama Canal, the history, the engineering, its importance in economic and political … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

San Blas Islands to Colon

San Blas to Portobelo to Shelter Bay 25th to 28th April Left San Blas Islands very early one morning and sailed and motored slowly the forty odd miles to Portobelo. Christopher Columbus got to Portobelo ages ago. Apparently he discovered … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment