New Requirements for Traveling to Tahiti

The Islands of Tahiti will open to all travelers beginning July 15, 2020. Tahiti is the first island nation to reopen to foreign travel in the South Pacific. Tourism is a large part of Tahiti’s economy, and the shut down has created significant hardships, the...

No Tipping in the South Pacific? Really?

That is correct! There is not a custom with the Polynesian and Melanesian people of the South Pacific? Why? When any person first arrives into say the Cook Islands, you will hear almost immediately “Is this your first time into the islands?” While the...

Winds at 110 Knots Sustained…Will the Anchor Hold?

I want you to know first and foremost that during these crazy times, you are not alone. The virus does not see color, wealth, or even location. It can impact everyone. So we all need to take care of ourselves and our families. Sometimes I feel like i am holding on for...

Lots of water…no wind, for a sailboat that is a problem!

I was thinking the other day about my home confinement, which led me to think about my sailing trip around the world. There are so many situations from my sailing days that give me an understanding of what to do while staying home amid COVID-19. The first one i...

Ia Ora Na! From My Family to Yours

Ia Ora Na! (Welcome!) Tahitian, has such a lovely sound when spoken. In fact, all of the languages of the South Pacific have musical sounds when spoken. I wanted to send you a note that while we are at home, the world still turns and all of its diversity exits, vistas...