WWSS 25th Anniversary: “Society Islands”, sailing from Papeete to Bora Bora

Once upon a time…

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… Polynesian culture positively appeared… 

 

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Polynesian art and culture: http://www.thetahititraveler.com/general/artsculp.asp

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“The deads move away from the shore, swim beyond all known horizon. They belong to the high seas but it may be that the living can have a foretaste of that plenitude: love also carries one away, far from the shore and all known horizon.”

Christian Bobin (Autoportrait au radiateur)

“Whoever you are… come sail with me, this adventure is especially for you.”

“Shared misfortune is only half the pain, shared joy is doubled.”

EXPERIENCED IN JULY-AUGUST  2010:

Sun

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Pastel de Ricardo Valbuena (private collection)

Wind

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And waves

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Pastel de Ricardo Valbuena (private collection)

But Souls too

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Sanguine by a local artist, Marie Jo Van den Haag, d’aprés une photo de Marti Friedlander, femme arborant un tatouage traditionel Maori. (private collection)

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Sanguine (same artist)

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“To remember the friends, the seas and the state.”

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“For two weeks there were six of us together and apart, each with the sea - in their own way. The sea is so vast, so indifferent. It absorbs my projections and tosses them like bubles on the foaming waves. The unsettling stillness, the smooth mirror blackness reflects to me my little sorrow. How can I take it seriously? Joy or sorrow, it is all the same to the sea. But it is not to me. My experiences belong to me in moments of clarity and love. Thankyou for the gift, a gift for the soul.”     GUINEVERE MUELLER

 

ABC’s of French Polynesia by MARGARET BEYER:

A ttitude answers to intention; B utter betters all; C omparison closes opportunity; D etails decide destiny; E xistence encourages growth; F avorites further the familiar; G ratitude generates joy; H armonious harbors give haven; I ntegrity invokes the divine; J ustification jars the soul; K indness kindles friendship; L ove liberates laugther; M ood mimics mind; N ewness never needs explaining; O mnipotene openly appears; P urpose preceeds outcome; Q uiet questions beckon; R espect resolves difficulties; S pirit seeks solitude; T ravel teaches humility; U nderstanding unlocks change; V igorous vibrations transforms; W avering withers acceptance; X treme experience remembers; Y esterday yearns for tomorrow; Z en of zero zuchini.”

 

” Sailing the South seas.

“I would love to kiss you! The price of kissing is your life. And now my loving is running after my life shouting: what a bargain, let’s buy it!   RUMI 

Love, friendship, sailing, go for it!” KAREN CASADY

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” The South Pacific with its adventures and wonders. The Maramu gave us an interesting introduction, which made us appreciate the Tahitian Islands all the more later on. There is a German saying that could be one of the motos of the WWSS: “Shared misfortune is only half the pain, shared joy is doubled”. Thanks to all of you for sharing and being  there.” GERNOT MUELLER

Note of the editor: The MARAMU is a powerful easterly wind blowing occasionally during the winter period on those latitudes.

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“Quietly enjoying the wonders of the natural world,  a direct access to the radiant invisible world of the soul.”

 

 

Strength, grace and natural kindness, a remarkable blend of qualities in the culture, makes the Polynesian experience unforgettable.

 

“A colorful and happy crew at the Bora-Bora Yacht Club”

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A few more highlights of our sailing voyage:

Taravana Yacht club  http://www.taravana.com/yachtClub.cfm in Tahaa and the Polynesian dance:

 

 

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A botanical tour of Tahaa

La flore de Tahaa avec “Vanilla Tours” de Alain & Cristina Plantier:

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Mariage à la main des fleurs de vanille

Vanilla flowers wed by hand

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En route vers Bora-Bora, de bleu et de feu:

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Two watercolors by a local artist, Robert Martin (Private collection)

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Laundry time

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Snorkeling day in Bora Bora

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Rainbow on the volcano

 

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A remarkable archeological site on Raiatea: the Marae de Taputapuatea. This site is the most significant for the whole Polynesian culture, to know more about it go to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taputapuatea_marae

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Last day light festival:

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Irish dancing and GT on deck, a farewell to Vaitea

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…it was our last dawn onboard Vaitea…

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Farewell…

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ADVERTISED IN AUGUST 2009: 

Camerado,

Three weeks with Camerados in Brazil waters http://marcbouriche.blogvie.com/flaneries-tome-2-strolling-with-the-muses/ (entry 37) have been a strong incentive to think and plan our next pleasant exploration for the occasion of the WWSS 25th Anniversary, in Summer 2010.

A number of friends were eager to return to Polynesia where beautiful moments were surfed on during our 2001 trip, we then investigated that option in priority.

 

Camerados in Bora Bora (2001)

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We finally found an opportunity: 14 days of discovery  of the Society Islands on a 40 foot Catamaran from Papeete to Bora Bora.

To know more about the Society Islands, go to: http://images.google.fr/imgres?imgurl=http://www.colonialvoyage.com/viaggi/polynesiesociety.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.colonialvoyage.com/viaggi/pf.html&usg=__oHkU8CKFojkkXa3bYv1EXhtjuQI=&h=578&w=859&sz=25&hl=fr&start=9&um=1&tbnid=GkGrP0WZWR6s-M:&tbnh=98&tbnw=145&prev=/images%3Fq%3DSociety%2Bislands%26hl%3Dfr%26sa%3DX%26um%3D1

 

Natural wonders abound as 1000-foot waterfalls cascade down sheer volcanic cliffs, and towering mountains disappear into the clouds.

This world belongs to the past where the spirits of the ancient Maohi still live.

 

The program includes one or two night sail, 4 to 5 hours of sailing per day, visits of deserted islands, bird watching, exploration inland, snorkling, visits of the ancient Maori sites.

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The Society Islands are located by 14° latitude south and the temperatures in July -August are between 75° and 85° F, with occasional tropical showers, easterly winds between 15 and 25 Knots, http://www.timeanddate.com/weather/france/taiohae , no gales, no hurricanes. Diving, snorkling and fishing are exceptionally good.

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The dates are set between July 28th (boarding in Papeete) and August 11th (disembarking in Raiatea). Traveling from California to Tahiti is a one leg trip: Los Angeles-Tahiti with Air Tahiti Nui http://www.airtahitinui-usa.com/  If you are candidate for that pleasant exploration please let us know at your best convenience. You are welcome to propagate the information to your dear friends who may have interest in the WWSS adventures and spirit.

 

“Do you see O my brothers and sisters? It is not chaos or death - it is form, union, and plan - it is eternal life - it is Happiness.”     WW

So long, dear Camerado, so long,

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Marc & Susie 

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Pre-Registration at: marc.bouriche@wanadoo.fr by October 1st, the Final registration implies 30% down-payment by November 1st. 

More photos below:

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Morea

 

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