Blog 54. 17.40.52S 177 27. 11W. At sea en route for Vanua Balavu
Fri 10 Jun 2016 05:32
So Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning have passed in a flash, what with stocking up on fresh fruit and veg in the excellent market, Skipper's briefing, the dinner and wretched prize giving which was just painful. The only really good thing this time is that Wishanger was third in class A and the boys, Ben and Sam got well deserved recognition from Mearra Nieida's crew for all they did in Suwarrow. It was here that they cleared five anchors chains that had got wrapped around coral.
We used the time to get the boat ready to go to sea in rough conditions, finding some Kava as presents for the village chiefs in Fiji, and endlessly discussing the weather. The local weather forecast was 40 knot winds and very rough seas and small craft to stay at home. In the end, we decided to stick to leaving Thursday while there was still some favourable wind and hope the local forecast was only for the southern part of Tonga.
Last night it was quite rough, but not horribly so and we all had good fast watches with only fairly benign squall a until the early hours, when it was 28 to 34 knots
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