We chartered a sailboat in French Polynesia!

Aug 7, 2019Travel

Ah the time has come. We’ve been waiting for this vacation all year. Actually since last year, and we were originally planning to go to Tonga. But that fortunately/unfortunately didn’t work out as their bareboat charters were all booked out, so Ian’s parents suggested Tahiti / French Polynesia, and well… here we are!

The morning we got our sailboat, or should I say yacht?! This thing is so flippin’ fancy! 

So thankful for Rick and Polly for making this dream a reality!

We got a bunch of groceries the night before, and loaded all our food and bags onto the boat.

Here’s Ian smiling like a kid at a toystore.

My favorite section to organize when we were loading our food and stuff into the catamaran. Polly found that it was the same wine that was served at the fancy restaurant we ate at in Tahiti (L’O à la Bouche). Don’t we look so classy? 

We had the option of going out ourselves, or waiting until one of the charter crew was available to take us out of the marina. The sailboats in the marina were packed like sardines with literally inches on either side and only small bumpers to keep them from scratching each other. But lucky for us, this cutie knows a thing or two about boat driving (he casually will park a 33′ boat and trailer with about 6 inches on either side), and he took us out of the marina like no big deal. 

I love this set of photos. 

Hahahaha, you’ll see why…

Ian and Rick are so extremely stoked once they got the cat moving and the sails hoisted. 

 

Ian and Rick were so extremely stoked once they got the cat moving and the sails hoisted. 

 

In Rick’s voice: “Now we’re sailing baby!”
And then…

 

Hmmm… something’s not right.

 

The sails kept getting caught on the lazy jack (which we weren’t familiar with).
Hahaha but the look on their faces is so good.

Ian, Rick, and Polly.

I love this family!

This catamaran was made for cruising. You can tell from the wide open spaces inside and outside the boat, the four beds, and this fancy davit. 

Our first day, we sailed from Raiatea to Taha’a. 

More photo journals to come!

2 Comments

  1. Rick Moffitt

    Hey Relli, I love the photos and have just a small correction to your narrative. It’s not a “lazy susan” but they’re called “lazy jacks.”

    Reply
    • nerelle

      Hahah oops! Thanks for the correction Captain Rick!!

      Reply

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