we joined the Puddlejump rally last year which is a yearly event organized by Latitude 38, our local sailing magazine and hub for all things nautical. one of the reasons we blew through the Tuamotos was to get to Tahiti in time for the festivities. we enjoyed meeting new people and attaching faces to boat names. when we made the crossing from the Galapagos to the Marquesas we had a daily check-in with a group of boats, some of which made it to the festivities. anyway, what follows are photos taken in Moorea the end of June. it was great fun and gave us a sense of real Polynesian culture.
it was a busy harbor we crossed to get from Papeete to Moorea
a big research vessel had just arrived as we motored through the harbor
it looks suspiciously like Jim’s taking a nap, but he’s really making a repair to the boom vang during the 3+ hours we motorsailed over to Moorea
first glimpse of Opunohu Bay
and then the rest of the boats began to arrive – i think about 45 in all
for 2 days we were kept busy learning about Tahitian culture and the arts. i made several leis
this fellow was one of the stone-lifting and banana running instructors
and they’re not small stones
the banana barbells was a popular sprint around the park
many of the older Polynesian men had full-body tattoos
here outriggers are as common as skateboards are in the USA
everyone was making leis and they hung on a long pole
one of the drummers
one of the dancers
and here are a few more dance shots
2 Outbounds in the bay. we had a chance to meet up with Mark and Dorothy during the festivities
the water was so clear i could watch manta rays swimming under the boat.
we leave in a couple hours from Taina Marina here in Tahiti to go back over to Opunohu Bay.