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Tales from Smashed Cock Island

April 3rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

Totally Tubular

Bigger than the Tidal Wave

Today finds us chilling on anchor in Bora Bora. This island is world renown for honeymooners who come and find romance in what has been touted as the most beautiful lagoon in the world. The Natty M boys can attest to the amour potential of the shallow sandy lagoons here, as we all were blessed to be joined by our Tahitian lady friends and had a blissful few days snuggling in the sun and celebrating Kahlil’s multiple birthdays (precise dates escaped us and we swung into premature party mode a day early).

Airport chick pickup

Pickin up chicks at Bora Bora Airport.

Bora Bora is a compact island, punctuated by the mountain that explodes out of the locals backyards, up into the clouds. The colorful and ever creative Polynesian legend decrees that an ancient thief, Hiro, was in the process of stealing the Motu of Toopua when his pet rooster gave the game away by squawking and was promptly hurled against the cliff face of Mt.Pahia to silence it, forever leaving a cock shaped imprint amongst the fractures and cracks, visible for those with imaginative minds. It is an eighteen mile road that circumnavigates the island, and with a brief stroll you quickly rotate around the imposing cliffs, and just a short walk will alter your angle of peaks.

Picking Pleantiful Fruit

Frodo's cousin Dizzy Baggins

To prepare for the upcoming ocean voyage, I spent the lat two days swiveling my view left and right of these breathtaking mountains riding about on a fruit hunt. I managed to stock the boat with bananas, star fruit, grapefruit, oranges, mandarins, mangos, butternut pumpkins, papaya, and guavas and finish my search liberally adorned in the mud from the various altitudes of the hills here.

Collecting Pomplamousse

Free fruit is the best fruit.

It was bittersweet to depart from our home and familiar routine of friendly faces and waves at Taina Marina. Before we departed Kahlil and I found ourselves caught up in the adrenaline shot of our first tidal wave drill. Recently there was an underwater seismic disturbance measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale off the coast of Tonga, the news of which we were alerted to from Kyber’s brother back in the states, who warned us of a tidal wave alert. Kahlil and I were on anchor watch later that day when gendarmes raced up to us on jet skis and told us that Bora Bora has just been hit and a wall of water was coming our way. We wasted no time in hauling up anchor and taking to sea, spreading as much pandemonium, bedlam and noise as we could generate. Within a rapidly escalating heartbeat the two of us were motoring Natty M for the first time without our captain (to our credit, it was a seamless and speedy escape) to the safety of the deeper water, and bellowing at all within earshot of the approaching wet destruction that silently advanced on the island. As on any given day the Tahitians were in number busily relaxing in the warm water, and must have been surprised and amused by the sight of our flapping arms and hollering in earnest of their mortal peril and the destruction and devastation that was sure to be here, so very soon.

The Tidal Wave is comming

Dramatic reenactment of the daring tsunami escape.

Turns out tidal waves still earn this fearful title even if they are 15 friggin centimeters high. After floating for an extremely uneventful hour about a mile off shore, expecting to see our adopted neighborhood be razed by the ravenous drenched death and the bloated remains floating out presented for our salvaging, we realized the gendarmes could have been exaggerating. In a somewhat much quieter and orderly fashion we made our way back to anchorage, and returned to our unwavering vigilance to keep Natty M safe from destruction and ever lurking freak natural occurrences.

Don't spear your hand!

Spear Fish not Hands

My exploits have been subdued of late after an accident a week ago with an over excited spear gun (gnarly, but healing fast), and have been trying to stay dry to maximize my mending. By my next blog, I hope to be as able bodied as I can manage in this rough and ready, battering sailing voyage and be back amongst the waves again.

More soon, Diz.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charles Logue // Apr 4, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Hi Dizzy Thank you for another very entertaining post, I just wish you would communicate with more frequency. Yes, it is pretty hard to stay below the radar for a sheepishly quiet return to port when driving a 55ft. catamaran. Way to go though, you and sailor Kahlil survived your first Tsunami and can now tell your offspring all about it, and as time passes, those 15 centimeters just might turn into 15feet. Get healthy, Charles

  • 2 Kirsty // Apr 15, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Hey Diz,

    you are so totally awesome. Good to see your photos and read your words, as always, they are rad. You are becoming quite the documenting author.

    Sorry to hear about your hand but glad that it is healing well and I guess should all be ok for the big voyage you guys are currently on.

    Easter was good but as always, never, never the same without you. All the family is well and telling tall tales about you and your adventures – you have become quite the mascot that the cousins hold as their emblem. Nan was so TOTALLY STOKED listening to your cd, she absoloutely loved it, finding it very interesting and great to hear your voice. She has played it a few times now and we listened to it with her on Easter Saturday and she said she enjoyed listening to it a second time as much as the first. Please send her more! She finds it exhilirating and your descriptions are really good, I think she has a really vivid image of what the landscape is like that you are seeing. She also understands your voice really well on CD so send more, she really loves it. The CD is now with Alys and David and the Muirhead kids are very keen to hear it after them also.

    Gee you guys are in simply breathtaking surroundings. Safe voyaging and excellent adventures to you and your fellow crew mates.

    Love you lots and lots,

    Kirst xx

  • 3 Kari // Apr 19, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Diz, you are such a gifted writer! Made some turns for you in the Tetons. Cold puffs of light snow floating up to face level with each turn. Pow season is just about over, now we are hiking in t-shirts and slashing through the corn snow at the top of the world. Catch some waves for me in that big blue world you are living in!

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