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final landfall

Apr 9, 2008


Location: Papeete, Tahiti
Author: Nathan D.
The lights of Tahiti were visible ahead through the dark early hours of the morning. We struck sails to slow our approach, waiting for daybreak. One of the more memorable sunrises announced our final day sailing at daybreak. Delicate piles of clouds light orange and pink and shades of green blue filled the sky behind us. A double rainbow arched across the sky to our starboard and a lightning storm filled the sky ahead, clearing before us as we entered Papeete. We couldn’t have imagined a more spectacular start to our final day underway. We struck the remaining sails, flaked them with care knowing that it was the last time we would and that they would sit how we left them until the next program. We motored in under bare poles and anchored stern-to a dock that borders a city waterfront. As the day went on lots of kids would jump in the water and swim near us. Everyone had a great day of boat appreciation in the morning and free time to see the city in the afternoon. We enjoyed one of our last dinners together on deck after a rainstorm had cleared, watching the sun set behind the cloudy white peaks of Moorea across the water. andlt;hr width=’100’/andgt;andlt;div align=’center’andgt;andlt;tableandgt;andlt;trandgt;andlt;tdandgt;andlt;