World ARC 2020 Joining Instructions

Leg 5: Tahiti to Tonga, 3rd May–8th June 2020

Joining Instructions:
Skyelark will be either moored at Marina Taina, Papeete, Tahiti, or anchored close by. If you can’t find the boat please call Dan on 0044 7876 643206 or WhatsApp works well.

For arriving into Tahiti, the airport Faa’a International Airport (PTT or NTAA) is 3 km from downtown Papeete. There are regular international flights with Air New Zealand, Air France, LAN and others.

Leaving from Tonga you will need to take an internal flight from Vava’u to Tongatapu in the south of the island group, where there are international flight links. (TBU).

Passage Plan:
Join date is 3rd May from 1200 onwards.

We then cruise the Society Islands (Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Tahaa before our WARC rendezvous on 15th May in Bora Bora. On the 16th we set sail with the WARC fleet for a 5 day passage to Suwarrow. We spent 3 days here before a 3 day sail to Niue. Again after 3 days here to explore we head for Tonga (Vava’u). This is a 2 day sail and we cross the date line on this passage and lose a day! Timings are all subject to WARC arrangements as not all the boats can go together. We then have some time in Tonga before the end of the leg in Neiafu on 8th June.

Please plan on leaving the boat by 1200. We can assist with recommendations for local accommodation if required.

Kit List:
We will provide top & bottom sheets, pillows & cases. We do not provide towels.

You need to bring:

  • Light weight waterproofs for the odd tropical downpour
  • Small torch (flashlight) - head torches are recommended, red light useful for night time
  • Personal music player/a couple of books/kindle
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses & sun hat
  • Towel
  • Swimwear
  • Mosquito spray
  • Light warm weather clothing to include sun 'cover ups'
  • Any personal medication
  • Camera and charger
  • Mask and Snorkel (and fins if required)
  • Personal water bottle
  • Personal insurance – we recommend Topsail:

We recommend bringing:

  • Sailing gloves if required
  • Earplugs
  • Small backpack for walks ashore
  • Trainers/hiking sandals – we recommend Keen or Teva
  • A small waterproof bag for dinghy trips can be useful
  • Lonely Planet or similar guide book covering areas we will be visiting

It's hot in the day and cools a little at night, so for the day time light weight cover ups are ideal. In the evening if you’re susceptible to cold and if it’s breezy a light weight sweater can be useful.

As with any sailing trip you probably don’t need as much as you think and your luggage should fit into a large soft bag - no suitcases please!

Tahiti and the Society Islands accept French Pacific Francs (CPF). Niue is NZ dollars – you can change US dollars – no ATM on the island. Tonga requires Tongan Dollars.

Please let us know in advance:

  • Flight details
  • Medical issues
  • Dietary requirements