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Exploring a New Volcanic Island in South Pacific’s Ring of Fire

August 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

We think of the world as mapped. In our post-satellite/GPS world, everything on the earth’s surface (and even a lot that’s under the water) is known. Right? Maybe not. Good Charts and Navigation are Essential Sailing around the world on Golden Glow, crossing oceans on dark, moonless [read more]

Right of Passage to Manhood Celebration in Tanna

August 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Junior helping the other men with the food pile Male Right of Passage ceremonies are celebrated in Tanna Vanuatu once a year. Mothers of young boys ages 5 to 10 decide the year their sons will become men. This year, little Junior, aged 8, was sent into the jungle with a medicine man. He was given a [read more]

Fiji, the Soft Coral Capital of the World

May 30, 2018 // 1 Comment

Great White Wall in Bloom Best photos thanks to Rand Pipp (c) 2018 Fiji has some of the best dive sites on the planet, and we plan to enjoy many in the months we are here. Some, such as the Great White Wall and Rainbow Reef off Taveuni, are world famous. Others, like the undersea beauty we [read more]

Tahitian Vanilla – from Farm to Table

December 3, 2017 // 2 Comments

This post shares what we learned about vanilla farming in French Polynesian and at the bottom has delicious recipes for cooking fish with vanilla sauces. Vanilla – Don’t Settle for less than  The Real Thing Morita’s brother hard at work tending the vanilla vines Vanilla has been [read more]

Fabulous Find! 12volt Chargers for Laptop Computers

December 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Living off the grid on a sailboat, we’re powered mainly by solar and wind, and occasionally our diesel generator, that recharge our house batteries.  Efficiency is key when it comes to recharging our boatload of battery-powered tech devices: cameras, cell phones, tablets, gps devices, [read more]

Sacred South Pacific Flying Foxes

November 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

flying foxes are the size of large squirrels The Best Address if You’re a Fruit Bat If you’re a bat, and specifically a Pacific Flying Fox bat, you want to settle in Tonga. Why? In Tonga, flying foxes are the official property of the King of Tonga, and no one except royalty is allowed [read more]

Best 2-Person Game for Cruising Couples (no, not arm wrestling)

September 2, 2017 // 2 Comments

If you ever hear that Rand has fallen overboard, your first question should be “were you in the middle of an acey-deucey game?” Truth be told, sometimes I do wish Rand would take his incredible dice-rolling luck to Las Vegas rather than roll back-to-back acey-deucies and doubles as he [read more]

Two Families Shipwreck on Coral Reefs in the South Pacific

August 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

When a sailing voyage comes to a sudden, violent end, no matter the cause or circumstances, it’s a terrible tragedy. Two vivacious cruising families who were sailing across the Pacific Ocean met this fate recently. Americans Danny and Belinda Gavotos and their four teenaged children, on Tanda [read more]

Epic Surf Competition at Teahupo’o on Tahiti Iti

August 17, 2017 // 1 Comment

Our inspiring San Diego friends, Ryan and Nicole, from Two Afloat, tipped us off on where to anchor once we’d taken care of business in Papeete. We had just finished dinner together on Golden Glow in a serene, unspoilt atoll in the Tuamotos and were saying we weren’t looking forward to [read more]
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