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SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

July 1, 2022

1) THE FLEET CONTINUES WESTWARD 

2) KIRIBATI OPENS UP 

 
 
 

South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

1) GO WEST 

As French Polynesia’s 90 day visas end the fleet is making it’s way out of
French Polynesia – Cook Islands, American Samoa, etc etc QUICK FACT –
There are 10,000 more islands beyond Bora Bora in the South Pacific

 

SOUTH PACIFIC FLEET UPDATE LOCATION 2022-07-01

2)  KIRIBATI 🇰🇮 OPENS UP 

Kiribati

The Government of Kiribati announced, that all international travel to and
from Kiribati will return to normal on the 1st of August, 2022.

Kiribati

The official announcement also confirmed that the Government of Kiribati
has reduced the compulsory in-country quarantine days for all travelers
from seven (7) to three (3) days. 

Kiribati border reopening announcement

Kiribati is not another Tahiti, Hawaii, etc. It has very few visitors, and they
have to be prepared to “rough it.” That said, there aren’t many
countries where the people are more friendly.

Kiribati Location

KIRIBATI is an island group in Micronesia straddling the equator with 33 atolls.
Kiribati saw some of the worst fighting of the Pacific theater during
the Second World War, including the infamous Battle of Tarawa in
November 1943.

KIRIBATI

3) PICTURES OF THE WEEK

Blue Heeler

Blue Heeler’s Rainbow

SY BLUE HEELER 🇦🇺 Alison & Wayne – Hallberg Rassy 39′

BLUE HEELER WayneBLUE HEELER Alison

4) CROSSING THE DATELINE 180° MERIDIAN 🇫🇯  FIJI 

Boat Yoga

Taveuni is the third-largest island in Fiji. The cigar-shaped island, a massive
shield volcano which rises from the floor of the Pacific Ocean across
the Somosomo Strait

Bula from Paradise Resort on Taveuni! This month I have made new tracks from Denarau to Yadua to Savusavu to Viani to Taveuni. I've just uploaded them to the Dropbox folder for your consumption. In the next few weeks I'll make my way to Fulaga, Kadavu and Beqa and share those tracks when I can. Safe sailing!

Bula from Paradise Resort on Taveuni!  This month I have made new
tracks from Denarau to Yadua to Savusavu to Viani to Taveuni.  In
the next few weeks I’ll make my way to Fulaga, Kadavu and Beqa and share
those tracks when I can. 

TAVEUNI IS IN GOOD NAUTCIAL

Yes Anchorages on and near Taveuni, Fiji  are in GOOD  NAUTICAL 

Taveuni Straight

The waters in the Somosomo Strait are subject to powerful currents as a
vast amount of nutrient-rich ocean water that fuels the region’s
astonishing coral growth.  

WHite Wall

The Rainbow Reef on the edge of Taveuni is one of the most famous dive
sites in the South Pacific. The Great White Wall is named because of the
white coral inhabiting the area at depths between 49 and 213 ft

Rainbow Reef

This is also a hotspot for bigger species of marine life, with plenty of
schooling fish, sharks and manta rays during the season.

Dive Sites

SY  SEAGLUB 🇺🇸 Chris – Hylas 46′

5) IBEX’ LAST WEEKS IN 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 

IBEX

Gold at the end of the Rainbow

Cooks Bay

Cooks Bay – Mo’orea FP

Moorea

Our current anchorage in MO’OREA Cook’s Bay FP named after James Cook, despite that he never sailed into here 

Sunset

Sunset Alert 

Fuel Dock Marina Tahina

Fuel Prices will go up 24 % this weekend in French Polyneisa 

Huahine

Island of HUAHINE – French Polynesia 

Huahine

The important thing: once a year the pastor has to bless the vanilla plants – or so I understood with my non existent French

The important thing: once a year the pastor has to bless the vanilla plants - or so I understood with my non existent French

Vanilla Plants in Huahine

Vanilla is a spice derived from orchids of the genus Vanilla. Pollination is
required to make the plants produce the fruit. In 1841, Edmond Albius, a
12-year-old slave child who lived on the French island of Réunion in
the Indian Ocean, discovered that the plant could be
hand-pollinated. 

Vanilla

Three major species of vanilla currently are grown globally, all of which
derive from a species originally found in Mesoamerica.  Hernán
Cortés is credited with introducing both vanilla and chocolate to Europe
in the 1520s. In Europe, vanilla was seen mostly as an additive to
chocolate until the French starting using vanilla to flavor ice cream.

Mont Orohena is a mountain located in the South Pacific, on the island of Tahiti. With an elevation of 2,241 metres (7,352 ft)[2] above sea level, it is the highest point of French Polynesia. Mont Orohena is an extinct volcano

The seed pods are gathered up when mature and exposed to the heat of the
tropical sun, or sometimes steamed in modern production. This damages
the pods’ cell walls, and the resulting chemical reactions brown the
pods and create the signature vanilla flavor.

View

View of Mo’orea from Tahiti

Dance

We just watched a Heiva dance presentation 

We just watched a Heiva dance presentation in Bora Bora. If you come this way in July, above is the program.

If you come this way in July, above is the program.

We just watched a Heiva dance presentation in Bora Bora

The Heiva  is an expression of Polynesian culture.  The mythical
stage, the venue for this cultural event, will host song and dance
groups

Bora Bora

During World War II, the United States chose Bora Bora as a South Pacific
military supply base, and constructed an oil depot, an airstrip, a
seaplane base, and defensive fortifications. The base, known as “Operation Bobcat“, comprised nine ships, 18,000 t of equipment, and nearly 7,000 soldiers. 

Roast Suckling Pig  – traditional fare from Polynesian culture.  

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Vicky– Sunbeam 42′

IBEX VickyIBEX Florian

7) PICTURE OF THE WEEK 

OHANA

SY OHANA at anchor in Bora Bora, French Polynesia  

Picture of Ohana haulout in Raiatea Carenage

Picture of Ohana haulout in Raiatea Carenage French Polynesia

 

SY OHANA 🇺🇸  Aisling & Darryl  – Lagoon 46′

OHANA AislingOHANA Darryl

8) DRIFT DIVE FAKARAVA  🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 
 

Had a amazing dice at the south pass of fakarava for the full moon! Thousands of grouper!

Had a amazing dice at the south pass of Fakarava for the full moon! Thousands of grouper!

We Sail

Wesail’s youtube chanel https://www.youtube.com/c/WEsail/videos

Tetamanu Village south pass Fakarava

Pass Drive

SY VA / WESAIL  🇵🇦  Erica & Warren – Fountaine Pajot 44′

VA

9) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
AWARDS CATEGORIES 

 

HERE ARE THE  CATEGORIES 

    BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT* ✔ 

    PICTURE OF THE YEAR ✔  

    SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD ✔  

    THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD ✔ 

    MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD ✔ 

    HIGHEST WIND RECORDED ✔ 

    SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION ✔ 

    GALLEY GOD(ESS) ✔ 

    GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR ✔  

    NEWLY ADDED – BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR ✔

*no bill-fish

Sunsets in Vauatu

Vanuatu awaits

10) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE WEATHER ROUTING   

Weather Routing

For weather routing  through the dangerous middle toward s New Zealand or Australia please visit our sponsors 
https://pacificposse.com/ocean-tactics

Contact John Martin 
 admin@coastalandoffshorecruising.com

WhatsApp / Tel  +64 27 242 1088

John Martin

John Martin principal of Ocean Tactics has been assisting skippers with weather and passage planning in the Pacific  for many years is now an official sponsor  of the South Pacific Posse.

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11) VUDA MARINA 🇫🇯  FIJI
SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

vUDA MArina

With pleasure we are happy to announce the  Sponsorship of the Pacific Posse

Vuda MARINA

Vuda Marina Savusavu Fiji 

Vuda Marina Fiji’s Favourite Yacht Haven

This  season the South Pacific Posse will have:

20% discount on docks.

Welcome national beer

And access to all facilities.

Regards,

Adam Wade GM

Adam

Adam Wade

Skype i.d: vudamarina

Tel: +679 666 8214  +679 666 8215  info@vudamarina.com.fj

Vitu Levu

12)  MARINA SPONSORS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE 

🇺🇸  Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista – USA

🇲🇽  Marina Chiapas – Mexico   

🇨🇷  Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica   

🇵🇦  Shelter Bay Marina – Panama  

🇪🇨  Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador  

🇫🇯   Vuda Point Marina – Fiji 

🇻🇺  Yachting World Marina – Port Vila – Vanuatu

🇳🇿  Marsden Cove Marina – New Zealand 

🇦🇺  Rivergate Marina  – Brisbane  – Australia 

🇫🇯  Denarau Marina – Fiji 

🇫🇯  Royal Suva Yacht Club  – Fiji 

🇫🇯  Savu Savu Marina  – Fiji 

Shelter Bay Marina

Shelter Bay Marina Panama a natural  jump off point for the South Pacific Posse 

13) TRACKING THE 22′ PACIFIC POSSE  FLEET 
BROUGHT TO YOU BY PREDICT WIND

Tracking

Visit https://pacificposse.com/tracking to view the progress of the 22 South Pacific Posse Fleet. 
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SY Gargoyle captured a  sunset with the tip of Bora Bora barely visible on the horizon

SY GARGOYLE 🇨🇦  Kevin & Carla –  Beneteau 50′

GARGOYLE KevinGARGOYL Carla

14) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSORS 

  • PREDICT WIND
  • SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT
  • CENTENARIO PANAMA CANAL AGENTS
  • YACHT AGENTS GALAPAGOS 
  • YACHT SERVICES NUKU HIVA 
  • NOUMEA YACHT SERVICES
  • SAFE HARBOR SOUTH BAY MARINA EVENT CENTER
  • WESTMARINE PRO
  • SAILMAIL 
  • OCEAN TACTICS WEATHER ROUTING
  • CLOUD 9  FIJI
MARE

15) SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT

 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

More info on Sevenstar™s services can be found on https://www.sevenstar-yacht-transport.com/

Sevenstar

SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT | JULY 01 2022

🛥️ ⛵ SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE

Sevenstar Yacht Transport is proud to continue as a sponsor of the Panama Posse.
True sailing communities with real world cruising experience, such as
the Panama Posse, always inspire us and drives us to provide regular
sailings on established routes as well as expanding into new markets and
ports. Providing professional logistics solutions for sailors and
cruisers all over the world is our core business and the Posse sailing
communities are a true example of what can be possible this day in age
when it comes to flexibility and connectivity. We thank you for the
privilege to be your logistics supplier.

Seven Star

16) PANAMA 🇵🇦 CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

To arrange for transit with the Panama Canal Authority please contact Eric
Galvez our dedicated Panama Canal agent and sponsor of the Panama Posse
and the Pacific Posse

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick
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17) STRATEGIC PARTNERS
 

SEVEN SEAS CRUISING ASSOCIATION

Abernathy – Chandlery – Panama

Panama Posse 

Atlantic Posse

Advertising Partners – Las Vegas

Safe-Esteem.com – Delaware

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