nikki wynn bucking in a sailboat like a cowboy

Just Buckin’ Around at Sea

There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.

Salvador Dali famously said that statement, so I will give him credit. Because it’s the perfect sentiment for this slice of our documented life.  Moorea and all of French Polynesia is visual dream.  The landscapes are physical representations of the scenes you read about in books and then wonder if they really exist.

sailing up to moorea french Polynesia

It took us six hundred and eighty-two solitary hours of sailing across the Pacific Ocean to get here.  But those hours are slowly fading into the background, floating in a sea of other fond memories.

We’re reaping the rewards of a sailors life and feeling pleased as punch about it.

The typical #BoatLife problems like worn bottom paint and a fridge on life support, feel less important than the adventures surrounding us.  Plus, the wind has returned and another anchorage is calling our name.  So slap on some sunscreen and lets go sailing!


Wondering what we’re doing with the extra red line attached to the genoa?  Well, that is our version of a Barber Hauler.  It helps get the sail out a little further and hold better shape when sailing deep downwind.  If all of that makes no sense to you, try googling Barber Hauler.


In the last episode, our fridge wasn’t keeping temperature so we had to use our backup cooler fridge.  If you missed it, catch up on the story here:

beautiful sunset from the beach in moorea


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Sailing Specific Gear

Camera Gear

Freediving / Snorkeling Gear

AWESOME tunes for vids:

  • Artists Used In This Video: Giants and Pilgrims / Phototaxis / Alon Ohana / Eyal Raz

sv curiosity anchored in moorea, french polynesia


To see our full map with interactive pins, click here:

adventures sailing around moorea map

  • Dates: July 25 – 26, 2018
  • Sailed: 12 Nautical Miles From Te’avaro to Opunohu Bay
  • Anchorage: Opunohu Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia

Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (31)

  • David

    Another glimpse of paradise – thank you guys. By the way, we noticed you have pretty well scrubbed all of your antifouling off the hulls. Before you put more on, have you checked out Coppercoat? We and many other cruisers use it, and save a heap of expense and hassle in doing so. One application is good for 10-15 years or more (you will probably have moved onto another boat by then :). You will still have to scrub from time to time (probably no where near as often though), but it is two-pack epoxy, so is as hard as your gelcoat. Just a thought. In the meantime, we look forward to the next episode.

  • Deborah Kerr

    Howdy Cowkids!! What a wonderful job you do conveying what’s going on – I know nothing about sailboats but that doesn’t matter when you are showing videos of PARADISE!!!! And I’m in snowy 7 degrees Fahrenheit cold Ohio 🙁 Thanks for sharing 🙂 Keep smiling 🙂

  • Danny

    What are info are you logging in the iPad and what app is it?

    • Curious Minion

      They keep an electronic ships’ log and I believe the software is ActiveCaptain. It interfaces with their Garmin instruments to log course, speed, etc.

  • Seniors on the Run⛵️

    I noticed the dates on your interactive map of French Polynesia were dated July 2018. Where are you now?

    • Curious Minion

      Still in FP. You can always find real-time updates on FaceBook or Instagram @Gonewiththewynns

  • Joanie

    Watching you and Jason is like having that first cup of coffee in the morning….extremely satisfying! Safe sails and thank you for all of your videos. God Bless. PS: I too hope you get your fridge fixed soon. And when is Nicky going to put out a cookbook??

  • Babylon Slim

    My Plate Has Been Overflowing With Such That I Hadn’t Been Able To Follow Y’all Lately. Last I Touched Base, You Were Approaching The Canal.
    Much Appreaciado & You Reaffirm My Faith In Humanity.
    I feel better just knowing these Upbeat, happy, healthy nomads are out There.
    You Two Are Priceless.

  • Alan Solomon

    One of the best videos yet scenery wise and incredulous water.
    The water looks rich with life. Do you have any personal knowledge on how colorful the coral is there?


    • Curious Minion

      It depends on where you are in French Polynesia. The Marquesas (where they originally made landfall) have murky water so they didn’t go in much. The previous video had snorkeling footage from Moorea which is one of the better snorkeling spots: And they’re going back to a string of uninhabited coral atolls which should have amazing coral. Stay tuned!

  • James Dillon

    Hey Guys! Fabulous footage of paradise. Truly awesome! Also, you should be very proud of your hard earned sailing prowess! It is not so long ago I watched you guys sweat over studying for your captains license, what seems like years ago in Florida. Safe travels and greeting from the frozen shores of Lake Huron. Sarnia , Ontario. Canada All the best in 2019- Jamie

  • Roger B

    When I use to race a smaller sailboat we called it a “Whisker Pole” that held the jib out when sailing downwind.

  • Jen

    Still dreaming of doing this as a lifestyle and I love sharing the adventure but I can’t tell how hard it is when we haven’t been able to get out for a sail due to bad weather and I get up to go to work on a Monday morning and see
    ‘There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction’
    Still an inspiration but a painful one at the moment, enjoy every moment for us too.

  • Doug Stansbury

    If your decision changes to replacing your refrigerator how do you go about doing that? Where? Installation by whom? Is your current refer a common size, where you won’t have to take a saw to your beautiful galley, or if you’re going to change it out do you want to go with something different that better suits your needs?

    • Mark of SJC

      Also, I don’t know about marine fridges, but if they’re anything like residential – replace it! We replaced our decade-old one and the new one is more that twice as efficient (maybe three times).

      Just saying!

  • Andria Kildare

    What can one possibly add? You are simply the best..and thats good enough for me! Thank you for all your effort and love you put into your magnificent shows…it is truly appreciated here in dark cold icy Norway… Take care.

  • Sue

    So freakin beautiful ! As I watch your videos I just love the way you two have each other’s back and the friendship you share as husband and wife ! You guys are the younger version of my husband and me !! We are going on our own adventure in May to the Abacos ! Not on a boat but super excited and bcuz of you guys we fell in love with Bahamas ! Love the Sunday funday videos ! 💕

  • Mark Horton

    I’m sure you’ve already exhausted every possible option regarding your refrigerator. But I had an issue years ago when restoring an old 50s fridge in a trailer I remodeled. Rather than an expensive remanufacture of the unit. I abandoned the entire coolant mechanism and went with an entirely new unit. It was a pretty direct procedure. These guys were a big help;
    I’ve followed you guys from the very first video, and I enjoy every new offering.
    Keep up the fantastic work!!

  • Jerrie

    Hay you two 😎 I just wanted to tell you how much I have injoyed sailing with you and see the beauty of the ocean and the wonderful places you are blessed to see, I feel like you are family , as I watch from my couch, I ask God to protect you in your travels.

  • Brian

    Question !! At the beginning, NikKi said Jason was going to clean out the, sounded like “Knot Long” I listened several times and couldn’t quite make it out. I was just curious what that is? Another great and beautiful video. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lou Sailor

      Knot Log. Sensor for boat:s speedometer.

  • Hans

    Hope you get the fridge fixed!!
    I just don’t know how you two can get your self motivated to move from one beautiful place to an even more extremely beautiful place, must be an extreme dilemma 🤣

    Great Video/’s

  • SDW

    This is the fun police. And it looks like I’m going to have to give you a ticket. For having too much fun:}

  • Greg Illes

    LOVE the sunset time-lapse. Great work (as usual).

    In fact, I notice that your video work just gets better every year. Lots of fun tweaks and angles — are you increasing your skills and techniques, or taking more time to film and edit, or a combination of everything?

    Anyway, always a treat.

  • Michael Magill

    Morning Travellers,
    Each new video, you show us a new place more scenic and beautiful then the place you last showed us. So sad to hear of the refrigerator demise , I think if 10 people just sent you $50.00 each one time only, you have old your old frig repaired and still have the normal amount of money to spend that you do normally, or it would be a health down payment on a new refrigerator for you. You two bring us soo much joy each week, I really look forward to my sunday mornings just catching up on where you two are and what you are doing. You are having such a good time it makes us feel good watching you . Do you plan on having anymore guest on board or is what you had enough? I will start the refrigerator Monday , hope you get enough people to help you two.. Have fun and safe sailing!! tc

  • Bill Dennis

    Thx Wynns, enjoyed your beautiful video enjoy paradise but watch for stone fish if their there fwiw I came real close to stepping on one (inches) in the Micronesians. Calm seas and following winds.

  • Louis Miller

    And you traveled thousands of miles to get away from it all and it looks like it all was there waiting for you ,wow I think you two are having to much fun 😂

  • Mary

    Hope you get the fridge fixed while you are there! ❤️🤞

  • Mary

    Hope you get the fridge fixed while you are there! ❤️🤞

    • Louis Miller

      And you traveled thousands of miles to get away from it all and it looks like it all was there waiting for you ,wow I think you two are having to much fun 😂


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