Tetaake Aretana (1984-2019) Rest in Peace

Kwai arrived in Hilo 26 September with great sadness. Our longtime friend and crew member Tetaake Aretana took his own life aboard Kwai on 24 September, 2019.  Tetaake had sailed as Deckhand and Bosun on SV Kwai since July 2011 and was a valued and important member of...

Voyage 50 (Blog 10)

So about those dogs…..so many puppies….people….and pigs! Yes on our return trip to Christmas Island we were loaded with passengers…..and 23 puppies and 2 piglets and set sail. I seem to end up being the caretaker of the little creatures much ti...

Voyage 50 (Blog 9)

Sometimes you sit down and contemplate your first blog…well here it goes. Voyage 50 was an epic trip in many ways. So many adventures and challenges and many laughs. I first want to say I learned a new and interesting way to clean and I mean deep clean the...

Voyage 50 (Blog 8)

Almost there After a couple of days at sea I get flashbacks to the holidays my parents used to take me and my brother on. We would sit in the back of the car on our way to the south of France. That would take us about fourteen hours. We could entertain ourselves with...

Voyage 50 (Blog 7) – Christmas Island

Friday 16 August Kwai arrived at the SW end of V50.  Quietly full moon drifting off the pass at Pukapuka, we await dawn to tie up to the reef and get to work. The fair breeze blew us over from Nassau, slipping past Tema Reef, an isolated coral ring with no land mass...

Voyage 50 (Blog 6)

At sea, somewhere between Christmas Island and Penrhyn, or something like that. From the tablet on the table there is an interesting mixture of music playing. Simon and Garfunkel alternate with popular Kiribati hits, Laura Pausini, Peter Fox, Spinvis and Celine Dion....