I thought I would shift gears from my quilting today to tell you about a trip I have been planning for… an offshore sailing trip in the South Pacific.
Last year, I wrote about Joe’s sailing adventure between Fiji and Vanautu here. I stayed behind to care for darling Ethan, and once Joe returned home, he encouraged me to apply for an expedition leg in 2013. I was accepted for Leg 2 in 2013, which starts less than 2 weeks away! I will join the sailboat in Papeete, Tahihi in French Polynesia and will leave the boat in Rarotonga in The Cook Islands.
This expedition will allow me to have an offshore, bluewater sailing experience, while learning about topics such as navigation, safety at sea, standing watch, weather, sail trim, etc. While I have been on numerous yacht trips over the years- crewing on numerous luxury yacht delivery going from Maine to FL, or FL to Michigan, this time I will be on a sailboat AND will literally be in the middle of the Pacific far from land. In sailing speak, this is called “bluewater” or “offshore” sailing.
Yes, I will be wearing a tether and harness like shown in the photo above. My jacket will be bright pink, as I like being different, yet still girly. :-) I will also have a chance to snorkel in exotic locations in French Polynesia- many not accessible to tourists. My plan is to bring along my GoPro camera with dive housing so I may post some beautiful videos/pictures of what I see. Anyone willing to take bets whether I will capture any images of sharks?
While I am in French Polynesia and The Cook Islands, my goal is to seek out local fabrics and if possible, buy a small tifaifai (French Polynesia quilt) or tivaevae (Cook Island quilt). I have been reading up on the style differences between these methods of quilting art.
Here is an image of a tifaifai:
Here are examples of Rarotongan tivaevae from the blog by John Charles Davies:
Can you tell I am getting very excited??? Regards, Carla