WE LOVE CANADA – BUT WE CAN’T SAIL THERE
...and we understand why!
As much as we’ve hoped border restrictions would lift, allowing us to sail to Canada on our August and September Mahina Ocean 2020 Expeditions, it now looks unlikely that the border will open for boaters this year.
So...we'll just sail south instead of north once we leave the Straits of Juan de Fuca.
Depending on weather conditions, we may sail as far south as La Push, south of Neah Bay, or we may just sail past the Swiftsure Bank before returning to anchor in Sekiu for the night.
September 4-11, September 11-18 and September 18-25. Seven-day sailing expeditions from Bellingham’s Squalicum Harbor out the Straits of Juan de Fuca to the blue Pacific and back for $3000 per person. Includes hands-on diesel engine and electrical systems workshop at SVCC’s Marine Tech Center.
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This week New Zealand has started easing restrictions on local businesses, so the boatyard where Mahina Tiare is in dry storage in Auckland will be starting on the short list of remaining repair/maintenance items.
However, it is unlikely foreign travel will be allowed for several months, so it appears that we will have to delay 2020 expedition legs 1-4. We hope to sail a different Leg 1 from Auckland to Fiji (instead of Auckland to Tahiti), and then continue on our published 2020 expedition schedule, but as you know, everything is up in the air on raising of international travel restrictions at this time.
Several of our 2020 expedition members are content to wait and see, and others have switched their registrations to the same leg in 2021, as our itinerary is nearly identical next year.
We have enquiries for 2021 expeditions coming from around the world daily, and if anything, it appears that the COVID situation has strengthened accelerated many sailors plans of ocean cruising.
FABULOUS NEWS FROM NOAA: EL NINO IS FORECAST TO BE IN A NEUTRAL PHASE THROUGH THIS SUMMER!
Hooray! This means normal incidence of convection, tropical squalls and cyclones in the Pacific and same in the Caribbean and Atlantic.
Let's here it for NOAA's Climate Prediction Center for providing these FREE bi-monthly updates that YOU can sign up for: https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/index.shtml
March 21 & 22: Anacortes, WA Two-Day Hands-On Cruising Workshop. Where else can you find hands-on diesel engine instruction in a tech college facility, sail repair with Sailrite machines, ropework and hand repairs, marine electrical lab sessions combined with our Offshore Seminar? Don’t forget, there’s pizza, beer and live music at Village Pizza, just down the street from the Marine Tech Center.
OUR 30th SEASON OF SAIL-TRAINING IS A WRAP Mahina Tiare is in our favorite boatyard in the world with her full boat cover protecting her!
What a grand year it was, with one incredible new island, Tikopia, plus an entire new island group, the Banks Islands of Vanuatu. So many great learning experiences and so many wonderful people aboard and ashore.
MTis crew visiting Tikopia's school
Removing and folding sails, Auckland
Mahina Tiare's haulout for cyclone season storage ashore in Auckland
WE LOVE SUNNY QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA!
We had such a great time this year with our stop in Brisbane, that we've changed our 2020 schedule to include our first ever visit to and crew change in Bundaberg, just at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. In this shot I’m really enjoying studying charts and the Admiralty Sailing Directions for the entrance to and harbor of Bundaberg.
Any Leg 7 (ending) or Leg 8 (starting) expedition members who are keen divers will certainly want to consider arriving a couple days early to dive the Great Barrier Reef, very accessible from Bundy! Amanda and I are excited about renting a car or campervan and going exploring. There are multiple flights daily to and from Brisbane and Sydney, so connecting to join or depart Mahina Tiare should be a breeze!
Click HERE to see our newly-updated 2020 expedition schedule.
GREAT VIDEO FROM EXPEDITION MEMBER
Leg 4 Expedition Member LeeAnne has shared an incredible YouTube she made of the expedition. Click HERE https://youtu.be/yvUBgh2Vyng
DIVE OPTIONS BEFORE AND AFTER EACH EXPEDITION NOW AVAILABLE!
Following our Leg 4 crew’s raving about the two dives they did with Jean-Michelle Cousteau’s Fiji Dive Operation, I dusted off my ancient, 1969 dive cert card and enjoyed two excellent dives with Subsurface Fiji at Musket Cove, our favorite anchorage in the world. That got me to thinking...at least half our EM’s are already divers, and the other half realize it is a VERY valuable skill for long-distance cruising, so why not make it easy for all EM’s to know what the dive and Learn-to-Dive options are at the start and end of each expedition. Click HERE for that new list, and email me if you have any questions: email@example.com.
LAST CHANCE TO JOIN US FOR A TRAINING EXPEDITION IN 2019: LEG 6-2019 HAS JUST ONE BERTH AVAILABLE!
2020 berths are starting to fill up as well, so don’t hesitate to send in your application. We'll get right back to you
Leg 1-2019 Expedition Crew Ready for the Roaring Forties!
Click HERE to follow our Expedition Updates sent by satellite, and HERE to view Mahina Tiare's current position on Google Earth.
Leg 1 expedition crew ready for safety briefing, Auckland, New Zealand.
HOORAY!!! MAHINA TIARE IS SAFELY BACK IN THE WATER AND NO GREMLINS!
All of our boatyard experiments were completed before launching: Propspeed on two prop blades and Propglide, the newcomer on the block for propeller coatings, on the other blade. Up forward Brian, manager of BoatSpray recommended they test paint one bow thruster blade with Micron 77 (which they antifouled the bottom with) and the other with Propspeed.
Practical Sailor will be publishing the results of all these tests, plus our first-ever test of Coppercoat, which the NZ rep/distributor coated Mahina Tiare’s rudder with. Normally, after MT’s been sitting in summer storage under her full-boat cover, gremlins have been at work, and we return to find items that were working perfectly fine when we laid MT up, have mysteriously stopped working. Not so (at least not yet!) this year.
Everything is working perfectly, and our lovely, nearly new Volvo D2-75 is purring like a kitten. Here in New Zealand it is ANZAC Day (weekend, more like it) where Kiwis honor the great sacrifice made in WWI, so everything is closed for four days. What a perfect time to drive north to catch up with Amanda’s family in Whangarei, two hours north!
WE'RE OFF TO AUCKLAND!
WHAT A GREAT LAST SHOW OF THE SEASON!
We’ve completed our 2019 boat show season with a very successful seminar series (THANK YOU NIGEL CALDER!!!) at Pacific Boat Show in Richmond. Here we are borrowing an engine from our friends at Beta Marine West/H & M Marine to use in Nigel’s and our seminars. One of the best parts of boat shows is connecting with folks who’ve earlier attended seminars or sailed aboard Mahina Tiare, and hearing THEIR stories of THEIR own cruising adventures! That is what it is all about - giving people the knowledge and tools to set off on their own adventures!
FIRST-EVER MAHINA TWO-DAY HANDS-ON WORKSHOP A ROARING SUCCESS!
With attendees coming from as far as Northern BC, Montana and Southern California, our sold-out workshop in Anacortes, at the Marine Tech Center was so successful that we've arranged to present it annually for the next TEN YEARS! Amanda and I had concerns as to how four hands-on workshops would run simultaneously, twice a day, for a total of 51 people, but it worked flawlessly.
Attendees learned how to bleed a diesel fuel system, replace impellers, heat exchangers and alternators from student interns, Amanda taught Dyneema splicing, needle & palm hand-stitching for sail repair and slides while Pete, Mark & I taught sewing on Sailrite machines with projects including types of sail repair, designing and sewing a hatch cover, and creating two lee cloths.
A huge thanks to Skagit Valley College's Marine Tech Program Chair Mike Beemer, Pete McGonagle from Swiftsure Yachts, Mark Green, SAILRITE and New England Ropes!
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