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Covid update: French Polynesia will reopen to limited international tourism after mid-July. There will be some restrictions and/or obligations imposed by the local government to reduce the spread of the disease in this otherwise disease-free country. I am therefore unlikely to take international travelers onboard right away. We'll probably wait till October to see how the situation evolves.
Sailing in PARADISE anyone?
I retired at a (very) young age - ok, scratch that: I started life with dessert first! That means I am dedicating my days to enjoying life and exploring French Polynesia with my sailboat, meeting interesting people, learning tricks and skills from the locals, snorkeling (lots of it), sometimes going on a hike to find an ever elusive waterfall, and more importantly watching the sunrise and the sunset every day. Sounds exhausting? That's why I need help (lol!)
I am happy to share this sailing and cruising experience with like minded souls - a few days to a few weeks at a time. The joys of exploring the remote South Pacific from the deck of a sailboat are infinite.
Depending on when you arrive onboard you will get involved with various maintenance projects, actual ocean crossings between islands and/or lazing around at anchor in the lagoon. All scheduling and sailing destinations depend on the weather; safety is my priority so you need to have a bit of flexibility as I can not guarantee exact dates or pick-up location.
While underway you'll learn the tricks and "ropes" of sailing - no previous sailing experience is necessary. Usually within a couple of days my crew knows how to anchor/raise the anchor, raise the sails, tack and steer close-hauled. These terms make no sense to you right now but they will after a few days onboard. If we cross between islands while you are onboard you'll be responsible for your watch (after proper training).
To maximize your chances of a positive response:
(1) ensure you indicate on which dates you will be in French Polynesia, and check the price of a plane ticket to Tahiti ($$$!);
(2) provide an email address so I don't have to load the website on my slow and expensive 2G connection;
(3) finally and most importantly ask yourself what you can bring to this sailing adventure. Workaway is an exchange and you are expected to contribute to this exchange, through your skills, hard work and enthusiasm.
Harmony and happiness onboard are very important so we will schedule a Skype call to chat about your expectations and ensure we both think we can have a great time in this beautiful liquid paradise.
Please indicate if you have the following skills - at a semi-professional level or above:
Video editing (specify which software); baking (there is an oven onboard); fishing;
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
- to discover the voyaging lifestyle on a sailboat
- to maintain a sailboat in good condition
- to explore the islands of French Polynesia
- to adapt and push your limits
- to sail a mid-size cruising sailboat
- to get comfortable swimming in the ocean with all sorts of (harmless) sea creatures
Living on a sailboat sounds great but it also entails a lot of maintenance work, cleaning, and provisioning. Everything takes time on a sailboat - going food shopping could take the entire day: get to shore with the dinghy, walk to store 1, then to store 2 which is across town of course (because store 1 doesn't have item x on the shelf), walk back to the dinghy, stop at the fruit stand, chat with local uncles & aunties about the catch of the day, dinghy back to the boat, clean all vegetables and fruits to keep insects off the boat, store everything.
That's just an example.
During your stay you will essentially be my "right-hand": helping with everything: boat maintenance, cooking, sailing, cleaning, dish-washing, scrubbing the hull, spear-fishing, baking bread, and most importantly: you'll learn to prepare a proper "t'punch" which is the sailor's traditional rum cocktail... You need to be super motivated to learn quickly and have a lot of common sense. You also need to be handy and agile. Remember: you'll be living on a moving sailboat!
Yoga teachers are welcome; one of my former crew introduced me to a sunrise yoga & stretch routine... but I didn't have the self-discipline to continue...
You will have a single-berth (that's a "bed" in nautical terms) located in the salon.
Storage space is limited therefore you can NOT arrive with a suitcase (backpacks are ok)
Free-time is spent exploring the lagoon, the beach, the islands we head to. If you like the ocean, the water and swimming this is heaven on earth. If you don't like the water and swimming you are applying for the wrong Workaway experience!
Due to space, safety equipment and onboard resource limitations I can only host ONE (that is "1") crew at a time.
Like on most boats sailing in the tropics we sometimes live cloth-free when at anchor. If nudity - yours and others - offends you then this experience is not for you.
There is no internet access on-board. You can usually find wifi when close to shore, or buy a data card for your smartphone; or simply learn to live the good old fashion way with no internet (guilty as charged, I'm still working on that one!)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Max 25 hours a week