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Greetings Everyone,

At present I’m propped up in the cockpit holding a toasted cheese bun in one hand (left over from the French breadsticks in Bora Bora) and juggling the wheel in the other hand as we slew around in the 32 knott gusts and four metre seas. Besides I’m trying to dry off the covers and pillows that got drowned by a nasty wave that flooded in UNDER the clears (side curtains) where a minute gap lets the jib sheet out.

We have just caught a fish — an almost one metre long Spanish Mackerel that Phil managed to land, kill and fillet. If you think that doesn’t sound too bad, try doing it on an urdy-gurdy going at top speed and vibrating off balance. He also had to rearrange the fridge — another Herculean task in the rough conditions we have had for the last four days.

This is a “Hello Muddah, hello Faddah” letter and when we get to Tonga in three days time, the boat peacefully anchored and the sun out, I’ll say, “Kindly disregard this letter ….” (if you don’t understand the reference it’s because you are too young!!)

God bless you all.

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

We have had an idyllic time doing the touristy thing at Bora Bora — swimming with the sharks and stingrays, watching the swaying grass-skirted hips of the beautiful Polynesian dancers and enjoying the crystal clear, turquoise blue water.

We also caught up with three other boats doing Christian outreach — Kenny and Beatrice with YWAM, David and Karen going to Tonga to transport medical teams and Ann and Jeff with a ministry in art and music. We had a pot-luck dinner on David’s catamaran and a lot of fun just being with like-minded friends.

We both feel refreshed and ready for the next leg — 1300 nautical miles to Tonga leaving tomorrow. We are really sorry we can’t send you some of our sunshine and warm weather.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

We found Papeete not at all the picture-postcard scene of blue lagoons and swaying dancers but rather a developed township of shops and continual traffic.  We did find a delightful French-speaking AOG Church, very friendly and with several Gideons in it.  We really enjoyed it.

We moved from there to Moorea, a nearby heart-shaped island with two deep bays indenting the top of it.  We anchored at the head of Opunahu Bay and spent a couple of days there.  We climbed up Belvedere Lookout, a spectacular view back over the two bays.  On the way back we collected two big bags of passionfruit from a wild vine self-sown in the jungle.  A Jewish couple, Simon and Anita, accompanied us on the walk and invited us to their boat for the following evening for their Shabbot (Sabbath) meal.  It was a unique experience looking into the Jewish way of life.  We left them with a koala, a copy of the New Testament and an explanation of why we see Jesus as the Messiah.

We were sorry to leave this superb and tranquil anchorage and our new friends but the weather was right for a boisterous sail to Bora Bora to catch up with our YWAM friends, Kenny and Beatrice whom we met in Panama.

We will spend a few days here before heading for Tonga.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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