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New Zealanders in Tonga

28 September 2015
Femke Lobach

DSC04421The nice thing of staying in one place a little longer is that you become more involved with the community. Here in Tonga you only have a small group of mostly New Zealand (ex)-yacht owners, average age above fifty, who …

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You don’t know what you have got until it is gone.

15 September 2015
Femke Lobach

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Living at sea all these months make me realize how much we live in a glass bowl. A small glass snowball; when you shake it the snowflakes whirl around. Nothing comes in and nothing goes out.

We have no news …

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The advantage of a matriarchal society

4 September 2015
Femke Lobach

DSC04450 If women would rule the world, there will be fewer wars. Is that my romantic understanding or is it an extrapolation of the facts and thus a more classical understanding?

The Marquises were a matriarchal society. Queens ruled over the …

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The art of maintenance when sailing

31 August 2015
Femke Lobach

lieronderhoud 2The wind speed instruments just gave up on me while I am steering.  With the bimini (sun screen) installed I cannot see the wind vane and I can only partly see the sails; I steer on speed, the feeling of …

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Different yachts; different people

27 August 2015
Femke Lobach

eindelijk voor anker As most of us follow more or less the same route, you get to know more yachts and more owners.

With the fear to generalize and ignore the details, and be completely mistaken, I think I can divide the group …

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Videoblog: Galapagos & Pacific

24 August 2015
Femke Lobach

A short montage of angry oceans and tropical wildlife.

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Western World Stress

21 August 2015
Femke Lobach

eindelijkonlineAfter three months with no internet access, no phones, no docks, no harbors, no super-supermarkets, no cars, no traffic jams, no money we are finally back into the Western European life.

I can’t tell you how much we enjoy walking …

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The faces of the Tuamotu Islands

17 August 2015
Femke Lobach

DSC04006 Chez Lilly

Lilly is around thirty years old. She is small compared to me, actually all Polynesians are smaller than us Europeans. She has a very strong female-shaped body. Her curly brown hair is tugged away under a shawl. Her …

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The Tiputa pass

10 August 2015
Femke Lobach

DSC04135For days we have been preparing the navigation into the atoll, first because the charts do not have all the information and second because sailing through the pass is really tricky.

We can only enter the lagoon of a Tuamotu …

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A pack of sailors

6 August 2015
Femke Lobach

DSC03805 Everyone sails more or less the same route across the Pacific and anchors in more or less the same bay. Most yachts are more or less the same. Most sailors look more or less the same and talk more or …

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