The first thing you notice about Tonga is how much
cooler it is here than we are used to. The temperature is around 25
degrees right now, which might sound warm by UK standards, but just a few days
ago we were in a steamy 35 degrees in Suwarrow. Here in Tonga we are
wearing fleeces and using blankets on the beds. It is only three weeks
from the shortest day, so I guess you can't expect it to be very warm at this
time of year.
There are still only seven of the ARC boats in
Tonga. The rest of the fleet was held up in Suwarrow by bad weather.
One of the other catamarans (Ensemble) dragged its anchor and was blown onto a
reef. They were holed in three places, but fortunately there was no
shortage of people to help with pumps and emergency repairs. Ensemble
is now patched up and heading to American Samoa, along with a
contingent of American yachts, to get hauled out and properly
repaired. Meanwhile the rest of the fleet is in Niue and should be leaving
there today to come and join us in Tonga in a couple of days time.
Despite the relatively cold conditions, everyone
turned out yesterday to celebrate Gitte's birthday in an underwater cave.
We all sailed over to the cave on Gunvor, towing the dinghies behind us.
There were four divers at the cave entrance to help people get in and