Astra Blog: Rarotonga, Cook Islands 07.09.08 - 13.09.08
Our time in Rarotonga started industriously: we were in the way of a supply ship so, after just a couple of hours sleep, we were up at 0700 to move from where we were anchored to Mediterranean style mooring against the wall. While George returned to his slumbers, Sally cooked a big breakfast to set the troops up for their jobs. With the engines refuelled, Jeremy set about investigating the GPS and autopilot situation while Ash did a rig check, replaced gaskets on leaky hatches, repaired the fibreglass on the outboard, and a gel coat repair next to the cockpit. Sally gave Astra a clean from top to bottom, saving the galley for George when he finally decided to get out of bed!
Lazy Sunday Afternoons
Sally and Jeremy then went out to celebrate a spotless yacht and re-functioning GPS’s by trying to find somewhere to watch the US Open. They returned a few hours later having hitched and taxied their way around the island. Unfortunately they found nowhere for Sally to get her tennis fix.
George and Ash also popped ashore to
investigate the night life but came home as the promise of a roast dinner was a
lot more exciting than
On Monday morning, Jeremy woke Ash at some unearthly hour to inform him that a yacht was arriving with no engine and would like assistance. This had barely sunk in before Jeremy had deposited him on a yacht half a mile offshore in rough seas in order to sail them in through the pass! It was no easy task due to the big swell, strong currents and the tiny harbour entrance (which already has the wreck of a large cargo ship to one side of it). Nevertheless they made it through and as sails were lowered, a team of tenders from Astra, Zulu, Tupenny, Ino and Aphrodite helped manoeuvre the yacht and moor it stern-to against the wall.
Their pilotage skills were again called upon a couple of hours later to moor Aphrodite stern-to in a small gap against the wall. Jeremy (slightly to his surprise) found himself at the helm of Aphrodite while Ash took on tug duties in the tender to try to hold her bow against the appreciable cross-wind. It was a perfectly executed manoeuver; Jeremy managed to pop the 25 tonne yacht in the gap at full speed with little bother.
We decided that it would be a good idea
to rent some scooters to see the island: not just a convenient form of transport
but also a whole lot of fun. It is possible to circumnavigate the island in
under an hour and with this aim in mind, George and Ash set off with
It was a huge relief when we saw Ino arrive in
Ash has been threatening a haircut for
months and finally went through with it in
As we prepared to leave