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Teuila Festival in Western Samoa

Posted: August 26, 2001

Western Samoa

August 26, 2001

As we picked up our anchor, Frankie a local pearl farmer, delivered a bucketful of lobsters. Lobster salad, lobster Newburg, and lobster pasta are all great food to Western Samoa. Don't confuse Western Samoa with Pago Pago of American Samoa, a polluted disaster in a tragically beautiful harbor. Enjoy your next can of tuna. These tuna companies make the oil companies look like environmental angels. The seven-day trip to Western Samoa (1040 miles) was a mixed bag with four days of great sailing and three days of motoring. Full moon and starry nights. Not bad!! CHEWINK was running really well after all these miles.

September 3, 2001

 This is the start of the Teuila Festival and we have arrived just in time to see the beginning. The town of Apia is an old colonial town with many of the original buildings still being used. Being the crossroads of the Pacific, Samoa has a colorful history, but best of all is the adherence to their traditional customs. We had a great week seeing them celebrate their traditional dances, music, and competitions. Every day we woke up to seven 50-man canoes rowing to a war drum in the stern of each boat. Shortly after they finished, the police band would march along the waterfront to raise the Samoan flag. We had a front row seat. Apia is a good anchorage and the town has good facilities for our dinghies. After Papeete it was nice to be welcomed. What great luck to be here this week with the festival. But the Robert Louis Stevenson house, Vailima, was the most interesting with its great museum of old pictures. Samoa is a beautiful Pacific Island with lush, high hills, and great beaches. The houses they live in (Bures) are completely open, no sides, just pandanas shades to pull down if it rains. As you walk or drive through a village you can see everything that is going on inside. They pile up their bedding (mostly just mats) in one corner with a bureau or two and leave the floor completely free of anything except the straw mats they sit and rest on -- very simple and attractive. For such a well-known place, there are not a lot of tourists.

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What is Cabot's Log?

The following log and pictures are from Cabot and Heidi aboard CHEWINK, their Lyman-Morse Seguin 49 which Cabot built in 1987 and has sailed more than 62,000 miles. The log follows them as they began their second circumnavigation in 2000 through their current adventures in the Caribbean.

Part VIII: Off Again!

Part VII: Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, Key West, Bahamas, Bermuda, Home

Maine or Bust!
Belize and the Keys

Part VI: New Zealand, Dockwise, Golfito and Rio Dulce

Back in New Zealand

Part V: New Zealand

New Zealand

Part III: Society Islands, Western Samoa, Tonga & Fiji

9/11 in Tonga

Part IV: Through the South Pacific to New Zealand

Part II: Marquesas and Tuamotus

Off to the Tuamotus

Part I: San Blas Islands to Galapagos

Perlas Islands

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