Dinghy Errands

 

(Marina Taina Anchorage, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia)

Running errands probably doesn’t score very high on most people’s list of favourite things to do, though I will admit, a day of successful errand running can give the Oceanna crew quite a thrill. There’s just something about crossing things off the forever-compiling list that is so satisfying. Not crossing them off because you’ve come to terms that that particular item is utterly unattainable, but crossing them off because that line item has been successfully sourced, purchased, and resides in your possession. Oh ya, that’s the stuff of a great day.

Today the list was a vast array of needs, wants, souvenirs, and heady obsessions. We made the six mile dingy ride from Taina to Papeete for everything from Spectra Line for reinforcing the mast to coconut oil straight from the factory, along with the spread of new speakers for Oceanna to new Hinano swag for our Dads.

Real high up on my list was the Post Office. My slight obsession with sending postcards doesn’t fair so well with the limited post offices around and I had a stack piling up on me. Gregory’s obsession was a little more fashion oriented. With the Billabong Pro hitting Tahiti’s shores in the next week, ol’ GFresh was uber keen to snatch up one of this year’s competition hats. Unfortunately not even the Billabong shop had them in yet. Therefore no fresh threads for Gregory.

Over a delicious lunch we reviewed our list, ticked off all our recent achievements, and quietly high-fived to our productive day out.

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Shots in the channel on our dinghy cruise over to Papeete.

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The metropolis of Papeete.

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Gregory sauntering up to his local haunt – the coconut oil factory. I believe this was his third trip there. The first two being recon missions.Β 

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Bags full of Copra collected from the islands of French Polynesia. They are brought here, piled high, then processed into oil.

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No shortage of bags! We ran into two French businessmen there overlooking the factory and the stats on how much oil they produce was mind blowing.

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More bags. I couldn’t get enough.

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Getting all our random containers filled with coconut oil! It was a steal at $3 per liter. Unfortunately it was hot pressed and could not be used for cooking, but we’re going to have the shiniest hair around!

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Gregory dinghying through the industrial section of port.

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Another very exciting stop on our errand day – Air New Zealand!! Sussing out the best flights home for Christmas.

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Headed back to Oceanna. That’s Moorea in the distance.

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