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Amanu an unspoilt South Pacific paradise

When you sail off the beaten track you always hope that you’ll find someplace truly special and our search can stop, because we’ve found the perfect unspoilt South Pacific paradise and it’s called Amanu. Amanu was our first stop in the Tuamotos after sailing from...

Testing nuclear weapons in paradise

You would think that your place in Hell would be assured, if you had been busy testing nuclear weapons in paradise. When I say South Pacific, most people think of atolls with small sandy islands covered by palm trees, surrounded by vibrant coral reefs and an abundance...

Trekking in Gambier

Who would have thought that trekking in Gambier could be as much fun as it was? We were certainly surprised at the different options we had. Gambier is a great mix of the Marquesas with its soaring peaks and Tuamotos with its sandy atolls. We did a bit of diving, but...

Fixing the boat in exotic locations

There is a well known saying: Sailing around the World is a sexier way to say that you’ll be fixing you boat in exotic locations. Though Stella Polaris is in great shape, components and parts are subjected to the rigors of long distance sailing, salt water and...

Passagemaking

We are now halfway between Easter Island (Rapa Nui) and Pitcairn and this is as good a time as any to talk about passagemaking. For us passagemaking is whenever we do a sail involving overnights and you move a substantial distance. On this passage we’re sailing around...