Saturday, 16 December 2017

The Great Gadji Regatta

Russel had the great idea when we were at Gadji to set up a regatta as we had two sailing dinghies and several windsurfers between Fluenta, Tika and Excaliber.  As the handicapping system would be far too difficult to figure out the times were taken by vehicle (i.e. times accomplished by Trickle, by Tika Taka, etc) and the crews switched up regularly which boat or board they were using.  Fluenta or Tika was the committee boat for the start and racers were guided by the horn at 2 minutes, 30 seconds and at the start.

Racers massing at the start between Fluenta and Excaliber

And they are off.

Victoria heading upwind

Johnathan and Jaiya heading towards the windward mark

Johnathan in Trickle

Johnatahan and Jaiya in Tika Taka.

The fleet

Heading downwind to the finish

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Baie de Gadji - In Photos

We meant to stay in Gadji for a few days but ended up staying for two weeks.  We joked on arrival that if it was too shallow we would have to wait for spring tides to leave.  We arrived and left on springs not because of the tides but because we were having such a great time with our friends  ...
What ?
Just another average day paddling a SUP towing a giant rubber duck.

A full but rather tired looking rubber ducky.

Really from a drone this time ... A photo from Q's drone.  Thank you James.

Anchored near our friends in Tika.

Love that water colour.

Fluenta's standard party trick - the spinnaker pole swing.

Tika livens it up with fender swinging.  Greer takes photos in case it ends badly.
And on Excalibur, multiple fender swings.  Amazing that there was minimal tears.
Why can't I swing too !
And of course Benjamin does not want to be left out !
Victoria teaches Sudoku to the girls from the other boats.
And the kids go camping for a few days.

Liz heading off to yoga with Greer.

Yoga with Fluenta in the background

Maintenance: varnishing Trickle's rudder and tiller

Maintenance: varnishing Trickle's rudder and tiller

and repairs to Trickle's rudder

and repairs to knees.  An interesting battle with infections.

Art day on Tika.

New friends on SY Moanna.

and helped out by old friends.  We were lamenting the fact that we cannot get printer cartridges for our Mexican printer and James and Chantal from SV Q gave us their old printer !  Our first print job was a hard copy of the awesome drone picture for the cover of our guest book.  Thank you James and Chantal.

Sunset and Tika Taka.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Shallow in Baie de Gadji

The cruising guide for Baie de Gadji states it is recommended only for catamarans and centerboard monohulls.  We did the math though and talked to others who had gone in ahead of us and figured out we would have enough water if went in on the latter part of the rising tide.  Note that in cases like this it is good to go in while the tide is still rising.  A boat entered after we did but at high tide - if they went aground they would have had to wait for two weeks to see as high of tide as it was that day as we were at springs.

We never saw less than 2.0 feet under the keel on the way in but at the first spot we anchored we realised we would gently go aground at the low tide that night.  Victoria and I did a little survey with the handheld GPS and depthsounder and found a spot where we would have at least 1.5 feet under the keel at the lowest tide forecast over the next few days (also close enough to Tika that the kids could shout back and forth).

A pretty spot worth the extra effort to get into.  Tika as viewed from the mast top of Fluenta (our old school drone - i.e. being winched up the mast).

Victoria swimming under the keel at low tide.  Note one of the many remora that lived under hull while we were there.

Tika and Fluenta kids swimming under the keel

Fluenta on my shoulder.
"Fluenta on my shoulder" selfie.  Note I am sitting on the bottom.

Anchor well set.

Monday, 11 December 2017

More playing in and on the water in New Caledonia

Or course, we also spent a fair bit of time in and on the water playing without the kiting gear: snorkeling, swimming, dingy surfing, sailing, yoga and fishing ...

Benjamin is getting more comfortable in the water
Benjamin is getting more comfortable in the water
Ilot Amedee selfie

Victoria checking out the reef

And Johnathan saying hello to one of the many turtles

For his birthday, Johnathan wanted to go dingy surfing.  This time we made it more interesting by using the one of the kite boards.

Dingy surfing kids

And Trickle saw lots of use.  Here Victoria is sailing back from where the kids were camping

and time for yoga.

and the sea continues to provide food.