L'Esprit de la Mer
Dr Chris Bates
Mon 11 Aug 2014 05:51
16 31 66 S 179 59 44 W .
We sailed to the island of Rabi this morning and in so doing recrossed the international dateline . On this boat it is still sunday whereas half a mile away it is Monday .
This is the island bought by the Bitish Government to rehouse the Kiribati islanders whose home had been destroyed by phosphate mining on behalf of the Bitish Government.
We met up with our friends from New Zealand ho have been here for a week but move on tomorrow .
This afternoon we went for a walk through the village and met some of the very friendly locals and their children . On the sail over we passed several traditional sailing ourigger canoes