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Voyage 51 (Blog 8)

10th of December 2019, Charismatic happenings It is 12 o’clock midnight. I’m not on watch anymore, but my bio-rithm wakes me up anyway. I find the stepping-on-crew preparing Cup-’O-Noodles in the galley and think to myself” “Oh well, Rome wasn’t build in one day”....

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Takateke Rest In Peace

Takateke Rest In Peace, The inconceivable has not yet settled into our reality. Within a few weeks, another one of our crew members died on board of the Kwai. The 43 year old Tereitaki Reita (who we know as Takateke from Fanning Island) has suddenly departed last...

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Voyage 51 (Blog 6)

30th November 2019, Nassau and Pukapuka Like a huge swan spreading her wings, we unfurl our sails and start our last leg Southbound. For half of the 270nm leg we are actually able to shut down the engine and hover between wind and waves. Our destination is Nassau...

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Voyage 51 (Blog 5)

22nd of November 2019, Manihiki Island Blessed by three good catches of fish, Cook Arina asked me to prepare sushi for lunch. Soon I found myself rolling sticky rice, fish and veggies in Nori seaweed skin. Next to me, Teitera was preparing the Hawaiian version of the...

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Voyage 51 (Blog 4)

19th November 2019, Penrhyn Island "Ding, ding", the fishing bell goes crazy right after we leave the pass to Penrhyn lagoon. A beautiful four feet long Wahu (Te Para in Kiribati language) has consolidated the wish that has come true. Just five minutes before the...

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Voyage 51 (Blog 3)

14th of November 2019 It's Wednesday morning and the airplane has started it's descend towards the Christmas Island runway. From above, I'm glad to see Kwai on anchor off the jetty. Today is the day for the great crew-swap. Besides me, the engineer, first mate Carson...

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Voyage 51 (Blog 2)

Kwai arrived in Christmas Island from Honolulu on 30th of October, and the next day began discharge of cargoes.  The trip south was fine, though we ran out of wind for the last half and had to motor sail to keep up speed. On All Saints Day, the cremated remains of...

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Voyage 51 (Blog 1)

Kwai sailed from Honolulu on Voyage 51 on Monday 21 October 2019, with a crew of 10.  The day before the cremated ashes of our shipmate, Tetaake Aretana, were brought aboard by Captain Brad and they sail with us now.  Before departure Ross arranged for a Catholic...

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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 the amusement...

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