Astra Blog: Tikehau, Tuamotus to Papeete, Tahiti 23.07 .08 - 24.07.08
Astra Blog: Tikehau, Tuamotus to
At 1040 we motored out through the pass and set a course
Keen to get some miles out of the way before the wind died we popped the big spinnaker up straight away and initially made reasonable progress. Unfortunately it was short lived, after just a couple of hours we lost the wind and had to resort to the donkey, which would have been fine except that we did not have enough fuel to motor much more than half the distance. This meant that the entire crew was kept busy, putting the sails up and down and adjusting them constantly as the fickle breeze came and went, continually changing direction as it did.
In the afternoon we emptied the four reserve jerry cans
into the diesel tanks and began monitoring our fuel consumption closely. Thankfully we managed to do enough
sailing to conserve some fumes for the final push and as night fell we
approached the welcoming lights of