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Date: 02 Oct 2010 10:27:00
Title: Ovalau Island - Vava'u - Tonga 18 44.917S 174 04.806W

Little did we realise when we arrived in Vava'u that their annual Regatta started the following day. So we have had a week of events both on and off the water. Neiafu, the main town, is small, but geared up for yachts and all the businesses, cafes and restaurants join in to promote and host events. We even took part in the 2 yacht races, but not on Aurora B - we crewed on another boat. So it's been a busy week and we've now left Neiafu and are visiting the many (40+) anchorages in the Vava'u islands.

It's like a web of inland waterways bordered by tropical islands and reefs. So the sea is flat and with a good wind the sailing is very good, except that the anchorages are only 2 to 5 miles apart, if that, so hardly time to raise the main before you are there. The water here is exceptionally clear, the best we have seen so far. We are currently anchored in 65ft and can clearly see the bottom. The anchorage is at Ovalu Island and borders one of the waterways used by the Humpback whales that visit Vava'u. So if we're lucky we might see some while we're here. They visit from July to October, so we're still in with a chance.

We hope to send some pictures up to the blog on our return to Neiafu to re-provision - they have a few small grocery stores with quite limited choice, but some of the cafes have internet connections. We also have to chase some generator spares (being sent from NZ) and chase Raymarine back in the UK as the autopilot problem we had crossing the Atlantic, and which they sorted out under guarantee, has returned. There's never a shortage of things to do when cruising!

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