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189. Tramp of the South Seas (3)

So we motored into Vavau and came to dock at Neiafu.  Only a few yachts there. That was in 1997 of course, but I gather it might not be much different nowadays. The Pacific Ocean is vast and islands are wide apart. You really have to be serious about 'cruising' to get there. Perhaps with the advent of automatic sailing and automatic navigation a lot more sailboats will venture that far. In 1997, however, there were not many people cruising around there. It was the end of June or the beginning of July i.e. the cool season in the southern tropical area of the world and the weather was just fine.

After mooring everyone went out into 'town' and I staid on board. As I was in charge of the galley and the cooking I figured I had to clean up a bit after the last passage. I was in no hurry to visit the place being myself a resident of a Pacific Island at the time in New Caledonia.

Not more than 20 minutes after the rest of the crew had left I get a call on the short wave radio…

186.TRAMP OF THE SOUTH SEAS (2)

I must resume writing the story of my sailing trip across the Pacific in 1997. The previous episode is told in my post 164 when we had arrived in Rarotonga. The leg of the 'rally around the world' we were doing was from Tahiti to Fiji. The stop over in Rarotonga lasted a few days, enough for me to prepare the food for the next passage and to stroll for a couple of hours in the town of Avarua. Should I write my 'impressions' here? What I will say might not be 'politically correct' now that we are in 2010 and so aware of what is acceptable for printing.

For 6 months prior to my sailing adventure, I had been living and working in French Polynesia. I had seen how local Polynesians behaved and carried on. Like the French they were pretty undisciplined and prone to have fun, wether eating or flirting. Now when I strolled in the streets of Avarua in Rarotonga the atmosphere was very different. The lawns were nicely trimmed, people were playing rugby or cricket, schoo…

183. Crew available

Last month I joined an Australian based website called Find a Crew. It is a very practical and efficient website aiming at connecting captains and skippers looking for crew and crew members looking for a boat and captain. Here's my profile:

Crew Member 57066, 66, female
Languages I speak
fluent English, French, acceptable German
My current location is in France
My home location is in France
Destinations I'm interested to crew: any country
Nationality: French
Boat types I'm interested to crew on:
Sailing Vessel
Boat length overal (LOA): 13 meters (43ft)
People aboard:
preferably a boat with at least 3 or more people aboard
Smoking: I'm a non-smoker
Sea time:
I've spent about 2 years at sea so far
Duration:
I'm available to crew preferably between 6 months to 2 years

Dear Shipmates,
Cruising is a way of life I love. I haven't been able to afford my own sailboat so that I have always sailed as a member of the crew on other people's boats.

I sailed for the …