It’s on – the start of the 71st Rolex Sydney – Hobart 2015 is almost on it’s way. On boxing day (26th. of December) the 107 entry fleet will leave the harbour of Sydney and head down South on the 628nm race course to Hobart in Tasmania.
The forecast got less frightened in the last day, but still we will see up to 35kn and big seas in the first 30 hrs. But on the other side these conditions are quite good for the mighty Lupa.
It has been a while for me that I’ve been to Sydney (14 years) and back then it was just a quick stop over… but let’s start with the delivery
We left Auckland on the 30th of November and set sail for a 1300nm trip to Sydney, Australia. The first couple of days were easy motor sailing conditions but there was always this front in the Tasman sea which we tracked on the forecast. It showed us a 180° wind shift and lots of rain on the forecast. Plus you never know how long the transition will be, so we were prepared for everything.
And guess what in between 10 seconds the wind shifted 180°, it was quiet amazing to see. After that the wind built slowly as well as the sea state, in the end we ended up in big sea and 30+ knots for approx. 26 hrs.
Still nice sailing, though ;o)
In the end of our delivery we had to use the good old diesel again and arrived safe just before midnight of the 6th of December.
Saturday 15.8.2015 11:30am – Time to leave French Polynesia and go more south.
A few weeks ago we arrived in Auckland, New Zealand. It took us 10.5 days to sail the 2200nm from Papeete, Tahiti to Auckland, the City of sails. On the 21.8.2015 at 11am we sailed across the dateline and jumped a day forward, at this time we had 1000nm to go.
South Pacific Sunrise, what a beauty.
The weather and the southern ocean ment it good with us and apart of the last 30 were we got hit by a front with wind up to 30kn straight on the nose. Apart of that we had a really nice passage.
An Albatross followed us for a few minutes.
On the 26.8.2015 21.30 local time Auckland we arrived safely at the customs dock to open up a couple of cold beverages.
Time flies by… after 2,5 month in French-Polynesia we are setting sail and heading down south to the city of sails – Auckland, here we come.
I had such a wondeful time in French-Polynesia and I met so lovely people like Kiki & Eric in Teahupoo who became in my 20 days stay my second family. Their hospitality, help and love is just amazing. Merci beaucoup!
To see the world’s most heaviest wave Teahupo’o working on an XXL swell was just incredible. Thanks to Keala Kenelly for sharing her impressions at the dinner table after she made surfing history on riding the biggest wave a woman has ever been ridden. Also I like to thank Ray Collins, who is truely a master of light for showing me new aspects of photography.
But I will not forget the other places I’ve been like Moorea, Bora Bora and Huahine. Especially Huahine, this island is just stunning and I got some really good kite sessions in. Special thanks to Guillaume Chastagnol and his wife Titaua where I stayed, they also took me to the spots and shared their waves with me.
Every island got their own charme and are defn. a trip worth and there is still so much more to see.
I really hope that I can come back one day. Maururuu. Merci. Thanks!
So far I have not been very lucky with kitesurf sessions and wind in French Polynesia. But the last days I finally got some wind & waves in for my toys.
I really enjoyed the OZONE Reo 9m and my 5’11 Firewire surfboard they are just a sweet combo. And I must say a special thank you to OZONE for building such a durable kite, bar & lines. Together we won the battle against the coconut tree, which was mooving very fast ;o)
The last days in French Polynesia I spent in Bora Bora and Huahine. Bora Bora is not really my cup of tea, but it looks mindblowing from the airplane, though. And I guess all the high class hotels & resorts are really nice for a couple of days of your honeymoon, but how it works out for the locals is just not my taste. The gap between the honeymoon tourists and the poor locals is just to big.
Holiday time in Tahiti. I’m staying at a really nice place on Tahiti iti in the village of Teahupoo. The place is right on the water front and you can hear the thunder of the waves hitting the outer reef. In my time off I sorted my pics and videos and here we are with another gallery.