Day 6 - Tonga - A Message from the Future - 18 39.26S 173 59.04W
Mike and Liz Downing
Tue 21 Sep 2010 08:55
Good steady winds gave good sailing for the last 24 hours while we stayed within about 5 miles from Troutbridge who arrived safely, with outer forestay still hanging on by the sail halyard. It was a leisurely sail keeping the speed down to an average of about 5kts, the speed Troutbridge could maintain on their smaller jib. It was almost full moon and so our path was well lit - it makes such a difference. The Vavau group of islands are limestone and the sea has eaten it's way through the rocks to create fiord-like channels of water. It's almost like a small inland sea and is so well protected. There are supposed to be something like 40 anchorages around this area, most within a few hours sailing. We hope to try a few!
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