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Wings In The Unknown

We are finally committed to returning to Wings as she sits in French Polynesia.  We have tickets in hand, have both received both of our CoVid vaccinations, and have completed the many purchases that are the norm for cruisers. 
French Polynesia has opened its borders to travelers so long as they are vaccinated and have a confirmation of a negative PCR CoVid test within the 72 hours prior to boarding.  We have received our official recognition from the French Polynesian government confirming that they accept our CoVid vaccinations and have arrangements made for completing testing requirements prior to departing. 

What will we do this season?  #1 is maintenance, as always.  We don't even know what some of our repairs will be, but we'll have days of that, working out of our beloved Pension Tiare Nui.  We're going to replace our AC charger, used to charge our batteries in the off season using the local power grid.  I've got to install our new wireless wind sensor on the masthead, requiring that I use the various halyards (sail-raising and lower ropes) to reach the top.  I assure you that I am not looking forward to that!  Having a reliable wind sensor in our new B&G navigation suite will be quite a new day for us!

Ian, my nephew, will be visiting from Texas for a few days, the only one of that generation to do so.  He's a great guy and we are looking forward to his visit.  We are also planning on a sail to eastward, returning to the Tuamotus, one of the five island groups in French Polynesia.  This group is all atolls:  nothing but the fringing coral reef remains after the original volcano has subsided.  The specific atoll we wish to visit is Apataki, which lies about 220 nautical miles from Tahiti.  The island has about 360 residents, and one of the only shipyards in that part of the South Pacific. 



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