Category Archives: Kiribati

Internet?!?! Here?!?! Yup – Here are some pics!!

Unbelievably, this tiny village of 50 people, on a small atoll 800 miles away from what we would call “civilization” has reasonable internet service. I am typing these words from the nav table at anchor! You have to love technology sometimes… I bet a thank you is also in order for the Cook Islands Protectorate, New Zealand. Thanks Kiwi’s! 

And without further ado…pictures!!

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The Beautiful Mermaid on the Bow in Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii
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Just a friendly turtle in Honolua Bay…
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The Intrepid Crew Under Way for Fanning Island
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The first day and a half out was glorious
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WAHOO!!!
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The sexy Mermaid filleted it up!
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Then conditions deteriorated. Luckily we have a tough salty woman aboard who has the patience to get the monitor set!
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She also whips up some mean deviled eggs. I washed those bad boys down with a draft amber ale. For a minute we almost forgot how rough and uncomfortable the conditions had gotten…
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Naked sailing…in a squall
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Go away squalls!
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The 40 knot welcoming party that greeted us upon arrival to Fanning. Look at the angle of the mast on the Island Packet (left). The waves were about 4 feet in the anchorage. It was intense.
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The next day we cleared customs and immigration. They were thrilled to have ice and were pleasantly confused by the jalepeno artichoke dip and tortilla chips.

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The town pier in Fanning. Levi from SHOSTROM doing a headstand.
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The main road in Fanning Island… The large building is the town meeting hall
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Dinner….trying to escape
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Ruby was teaching Yoga to the locals. Alyssa second from the left…
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Jenny (sv Levana) brought balloons for the kids, which were a hit!
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Bruno built a small hut for each of his children; this one for Agnes
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The dining table at Bruno’s house. Huge globe over the table. He WAS a sailor you know…
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The home he built. Each stone was taken from the windward side of the reef. He did an amazing job.
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The interior of Bruno’s home (upstairs). He re-purposed his boat in many creative ways.
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Lyss and Ruby toasting their Kava bowls. Tastes like dirt and makes you tired, but apparently the locals are hooked
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Ellie resting at anchor on a calm day in Fanning
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The locals still get around in traditional sailing craft. Although this guy somehow acquired a few plastic hulls. I bet he would win the island regatta…if they ever had one.
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Going out to drift the pass at Fanning
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Fanning as seen from seaward
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Life enhanced by Maui Jim (a future sponsor maybe??)
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Lyss with her new BFF girlfriend, Ruby, from s/v DRINA
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An ecstatic Ruby on our evening booze cruises. Sunken tug boat in the background.
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This sunken tug has been here a while. I never got the full story…
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This is the shot I’ll send Maui Jim with our sponsorship request…
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Kiribati sailing canoe. Can you spot the LED lawn light I gave them? Now they can legally operate in US waters….OK probably not.
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Ruby gifting one of the lights to a friendly local I-Kiribati man
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The man’s humble home. See where he put the light?
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The Kiribati Culligan Man… Drinking from wells such as this one is why so many of them are sick.
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The inside of a typical humble I-Kiribati dwelling. The woman on the right – the man from the earlier picture’s wife – is pregnant and sick. The kids were very shy and cute. The whole family sleeps in here.
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Another family we gifted lights to.
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Under way for Penrhyn. Sunset alert!
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Another shot for our future sponsors: Maui Jim

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Another amazing meal of Wahoo
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Does she look ecstatic to be inside the lagoon at Penrhyn or what?

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The ladies all dressed up outside the church. Alyssa second from the left. The hats are required attire…
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The Reverend and his wife, Mama Tata, invited all the yachties to an after church feast of tuna, lobster, chicken and rice