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Mr John's Little Guide to French Polynesia 2nd Ed

Mr John's Little Guide to French Polynesia 2nd Ed

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Cruising Guide to French Polynesia (South Pacific)
Cruising Guide to French Polynesia (South Pacific)

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Mr John’s
little guide to
French Polynesia (2
(Not really a guide but an update to what has already been written)Photo: “Mr John IV” anchored off Bay of Virgins 1987Photo: “Mr John VI” anchored off Hakahetau, Ua Pou 2008
From the British Yacht ‘Mr John VI’In transit 2008 season (with updates 2009)THIS DOCUMENT IS NO GOOD UNLESS PRINTED!!
Mr John’s little guide to French Polynesia II (with updates) 2
S/Y MigrationS/Y IreneS/Y Hawk S/Y CamelotAnd all those others that have passed comment on places they have been so we may sharethis information with those that need it.GOOGLE for the use of their Sat Shots
3 Marquesas arrival….Clearing in and Weather5 Fatu Hiva6 Hiva Oa7 Nuku Hiva8 B Anaho9 Ua Pou10 Tahuata11 Marquesas to Tuamotu’s ….passage notes12 Amanu14 Hao17 Apataki19 Makemo, Kauehi20 Tahanea, Fakarava, Toau (Amyot)21 Manihi23 Ahi24 Rangiroa26 Tikehau28 Tahiti30 Moorea31 Huahine32 Port Bourayne33 B d’Avea35 Raiatea, Tahaa36 The Coral Garden37 B. Puheru38 Bora Bora40 Easter Island42 Rapa Nui Anchoring Guide44 Iles de Gambiers, Pitcairn Island
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CLEARANCE.You should proceed directly to check in at one of the specified Clearance Ports, theauthorities have got some fast patrol boats and they do go round checking. Yachts getfined on a regular basis so don’t get caught out!For Europeans Clearance is very quick and painless, for all others it gets much moredifficult as there is the expectation that you will pay a bond roughly equivalent to the costof repatriation by air for each crew member. Without going into too much detail it wouldseem that the easiest way forward, for none Europeans, is to get an Agent…. The agentwill then take care of the bond, you don’t have to worry about putting money on the line;they do the paperwork (well, some of it!) AND you can get Duty Free Fuel right away. If you are arriving in the Marquesas with empty tanks this is an added bonus and couldalmost cover your agent’s fees!A starting point at getting an agent is:PYS Polynesia Yacht Services….pys@mail.pf ..www.polynesiayachtservices.com  There are other agents and it may pay to shop around…There is quite a good Wi-Fi system available now in Nuku Hiva and Rangiroa as well asthe main islands further south. Even if you are not paying for it, you can still accessweather information from this site through WINDGURU. This proved to be a very goodsource of information. This system is called Iaoranet and we used it quite alot.(www.iaoranet.easyforum.fr
) You can buy time on line or at offices ashore where theyhave an antennae.
Most boats arrive into French Polynesia in May / June having come down from North orCentral America. First thing you need to know is that June / July / August are mid winterin French Polynesia and it is not always nice tropical sailing; far from it! During thisperiod there are nice days, sometimes weeks but a lot of the time it blows 25 – 30kts with40kt squalls and heavy rain; thus some planning and an ear to the forecasts is advisable.Also bear in mind that the East to West current flows through this area at a knot or so andthis makes ‘easting’ difficult at best; thus windward work of any type would be at bestuncomfortable and in most cases ‘getting back’ to any places you missed may proveimpossible.Most of the bays you will be using are on the north or south of the islands but when usingany east / west facing bays you should consider having the sun over your shoulder to aidvisibility on approach. After periods of bad weather, water clarity can be limited and rainsqualls may limit the amount of bays you can safely enter.Boats are lost here…. Usually by people taking chances in reduced visibility or at nightand placing to much trust in their charts / GPS positions; if in doubt ‘stand off’ until youcan safely navigate.

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