Land Ho!

Graham Shaw
Mon 23 May 2011 15:47
Another 34 nautical miles and we'll be anchored off the island of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Group of French Polynesia.  We can almost smell the garlic from here!  The sun is just coming up and we are looking at land again for the first time in twenty days.  The first job will be to visit the Gendarmerie to check in, and after that I can feel a Hinano coming on. 
We haven't taken many photos at all on this passage - there's really been nothing other than sea and sky to see, so only a couple of shots this time.  The land is still a bit too far off to make out in a photo, but I'm sure there will be lots to post on the blog next time.  So for now, here is the sunset view from the helm about halfway across the ocean:
And below, just to make up the numbers, is evidence that cruising doesn't necessarily mean slumming it.  Whenever any of Lorraine's recipes call for fresh basil leaves, here we are:
Note to monohull owners: Yes, on a catamaran, you really can leave something like this loose on deck for three thousand miles and it doesn't fall over!