Bay Dreamer with crew has now sailed over a 1000 miles since our last report. Before we arrived to Western Samoa where we are at this very moment we have been visiting Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Palmerston Island that all belongs to the small pacific country: Cook Islands.
The actually sailing has been great with good winds ever sense we left French Polynesia, our new light wind sail is out almost all the time and Bay Dreamer is serving us well even in low winds. The only thing that has not been working great is our fridge, the thermostat broke and we used up a lot of electricity when we had to run the fridge on full power all the time. We managed to fix it here in Samoa and the fridge should be running as normal again!
Jimmy is dead!
We have been fishing a lot lately and we have managed to get a couple of good catches, both with spearguns and with our normal fishing rods. Don’t get me wrong- we have been loosing ALOT of fish as well as many many fishing lures on this trip. The guys has been upgrading our equipment today with heavy duty lines and steel wires so hopefully we will get more fish on our next leg!
Our one and only Will has not only hurt himself 200 times,he is also by far the “onboard- spearfishing-guru”. He managed to get a Giant Trevelli named Jimmy with his spear during our stay in Aitutaki- old Jimmy was a big guy and he probably had a wight around 45 kilos?!?!
All places we have visited during this trip has been great in their own way. Great snorkelling, good tracking, nice people, beautiful views and so on, BUT Palmerston Island is without any doubt our favourite so far- A MEMORY FOR LIFE!
This little atoll is super isolated and is situated more than 200 nm miles from closest land without an airport. The atoll is super beautiful and the people over here are probably the nicest people I have ever met. It felt like we have checked into a 4 star all inclusive resort in some kind of “paradise-land”.
Bill and his family became our hosts and man- they took so good care of us… If I had a “writing-talent” I could probably write a whole book about Bill, his family and their way of life. (other people have already done that)
A total of 64 people are living on the island and they all seemed to be almost to nice!!! If you ever have the chance to visit Palmerston Island- TAKE IT!
Besides hanging out with a lot of friendly and cool people in paradise you will also have the chance to see and listen to wales (we did), a lot of sharks, huge turtles, Murray’s, beautiful corals and a lot of different marine life.
Thank you Bill, Metua, Grammy, Julianna, Ned, Caroline and Tamatoa for EVERYTHING!! I truly hope that we will meet again!!
If you are planning to sail to Palmerston Island and meet all of these amazing people you should send an email to Bill so he has a chance to prepare for your arrival. He has arranged with a serious mooring outside the atoll that he will let you use during your stay with them. You will reach Bill and his family on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samoa – Apia
The distance to Samoa from Palmerston Island is only 600 nm but it took us 5 whole days to get there with the help of a with a weak wind blowing from our stern. First impression of Western Samoa is great!! The place is beautiful and the people are very welcoming. We all went out for a car-ride around the eastern island called Upolu 2 days ago and I think we all can agree on that this place has a lot to offer.
Tomorrow morning we will leave Apia (the main town of Upolu) and sail in an westerly direction towards the next island; Savaií.