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Tahitian sailing: Navigational Tips
We have this year rented a catamaran from Dream Yacht Charters in Raiatea, about 200 km northwest of the Tahiti Islands in France. In order to get there, you have to take the plane to Papetee on Tahiti and then take a pooljumper for approx. 45 min to Raiatea.
Diving at one of the wrecks directly in front of the Hawaiki Nui harbour in 60ft waters. When we had completed the dives, the resort was in full operation with a very vivid and tradional Tahiti dance show. Dream Yacht Charters' Jerome showed up that morning and gave us an outstanding map of the sailing area so we could collect our yachts the next morning.
The sailing in the area was very different from the typically Carribean sailing. Every of the islands is encircled by an external ring riff, so sailing is either within the Laguna or in the open between them. On the picture above you can certainly enjoy sailing in the clear waters of the lake.
You only have to cross the signposted sections of the lake. The sailing in the lakes is a real challange - it is not necessarily a tough one, but certainly a consciousness challange, as the following picture, which we took in the evening, shows. On this picture below you can see extremely flat waters right next to the dark, deeply darker waters.
This is a very characteristic picture - a well signposted coral cliff / flat area next to an indescribable nice Turkish colour with a strong intense navy shade of azure. Turnquoise stands for flat waters, navy blues for deeper waters. While the front of the vessel can be in 6 foot waters, the stern can be in 50 foot. This photograph below was a 20 foot to 3 foot depthjunction. However, navigational markings are quite plentiful and so the sailing session starts here.
When circumnavigating the Polynesian islands, the rules to be followed in France are always to keep the triangle markings on the sea side of the ship and the quadratic markings in reds on the side of the isle. If you are sailing so that the isle is on the right, for example, hold down your left hand and your left hand side with your left hand mark.
On the portside, it' s left turn left and right turn south. There is an exclusion when you are approaching an input or output canal. The canals are indicated by either orange or orange markings and are no different from the island's canals. In the Pacific (except Japan) the IALA-A system of markings is used and so when you enter a canal, you must keep reds on your harbor and greens on to starboard.
Do not mistake the input/output channels' markings in either colour for the islands' waterways' red and/or grey markings. In the USA, intercoastic reading and verdant-colored marks have a capital circle on the label to distinguish them from the verdant-colored and verdant-colored digitizers. There are usually a number of markings in transition when you enter a direction on the map.
The entry to the Bora Bora Laguna is 112 degrees, so simply place the markings on land and track the compass. They also helped us with our navigational skills. One sees the flat sea on the other side of the marking. It was a flat error and we had to turn back.
Sailing around the lakes, we soon found out that a more than eager look-out was needed to see the markings and look for watercolours. Said he would prefer if we relied on us to keep our head away from a monitor and look at the sea and the navigational markings.
We' ve been riding a G. P.S.P.D. all weekend. We also used a companion to determine the location of Bora Bora's return to Raiatea. A further hint of flat waters is a little more basic, but the work is still that the natives have gone out and put poles into the coral canal.
In good lighting circumstances the flat waters are quite evident at the top, but less so because the lights change and so the poles below were a good help. Luckily, the whole navigational practice wasn't so hard, but we certainly tried to convey above: you must really know the markings, we strongly encouraged you to go to Tahiti to experience an unbelievable sailing experience, we had a lot of fun and also the children we took along.
Snorkelling between two motos (islands), where the currents run at about 1 knots at a deep of about 5ft. With the Mai Kai Marina and the Yacht Club in Bora Bora. We got plenty of fresh drink and some very good Mai Thai beverages and delicious cuisine. You are on the island of Bora Bora on the lefthand side, just after entering the Bora Bora Lagoon.
In 1769, Captain James Cook experienced the passage of Venus through the sundown. The irony is that this happened again the previous year. If you are interested in a sailing holiday in Tahiti or beyond, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us - we can help you plan your journey, give you good travel tips and places not to be missed.