Onwards to Baie D'Anaho, Nuku Hiva - with a little help from our friends
Position 08:49.35S 140:03.85W
Date 1710 (French Polynesian Time UTC -10½) Friday 28 March 2014
Distance run - 40nm over the ground, 41.2nm through the water
Dagmar and Christoph with Flomaida were anchored behind the breakwater in Hakahau, Ua Pou, and told us that they intended to leave later that morning to join Amel 64, Tulasi with Manfred and Annalisa, sailing to a bay on the north side of Nuku Hiva. They offered to stand by us with a tow to help getting into the next anchorage and also passed the same offer on from Tulasi. What friends to have! We therefore decided to take some photographs from the boat and then push on to Nuku Hiva and what looked like an excellent protected anchorage that was easy to get into.
With a good wind we made good progress across to Nuku Hiva and sailed up the eastern coast. This is the most spectacular volcanic scenery with soaring peaks, razor sharp ridges and strange shapes left behind by the ancient volcanic activity.
Baie D’Anaho is on the north coast of Nuku Hiva and is a 2nm deep bay surrounded by the remains of volcanic caldera.
Deep bays can make for sheltered anchorages, they also make for very fickle winds and after 30 minutes of slow progress with tacks and gybes to try and chase the wind Flomaida took us in tow for the final mile into our anchorage alongside Tulasi. A real Amel gathering.
Tulasi, Flomaida and Caduceus at anchor in Baie D’Anaho