time 16 days 3
Distance to destination 2950nm
Distance travelled 3003nm
nm per day 186.2
nm per hour 7.76
our 4th crewmate was back in the UK doing a great job as our weather
man and router. His update yesterday was for a low to track above us SW to be
followed by 2 or more days of high pressure and no wind. The low brought great
sailing conditions and saw us flying along under Cruising Chute and Mainsail at
up to 10 knots. We hoped that Adrian’s windless high would not come until
late evening or the following morning at the earliest...but no such luck. By
mid afternoon the wind had veered and then died altogether leaving us with no
option but to motor slowly the last few miles so as not to arrive at these
unlit islands in the dark. Dawn saw us 5 miles NE of Fatu Hiva and by 8.00am
local time we had dropped anchor in the beautiful Bay des Viereges on Fatu
Hiva. Within minutes a local guy, Marc passed with his wife Blondine in their aluminium
rib after an early mornings fishing and then returned to say hi and when told
that we had caught no fish at all on the crossing promptly gave us 2 Bonito for
dinner tonight and an invitation to his house so he could give us some fresh
fruit, limes, lemons, bananas and grapefruit. Marc professed a liking for
red wine so I gave him a bottle of Chilean Red.
quick look around the boat shows that she is in good condition after the
crossing although above the waterline is covered in weed and growth. Below the
waterline is clean having been continually scoured by the friction of the
it’s sushi and BBQ fish fillets for dinner, plus the first alcohol for 17
days, fair reward after a long but fast passage.
nm sailed in 16 days and 3 hours. We would have liked to use the engine less
but given the time constraints for homeward flights, together with our promise
to the girls not to fly the cruising chute at night, we had little option. It
has been a relatively uneventful passage, some really fast days and nights
under full sail and some awful rolly days and nights in light winds.
incredible starry nights will live long in the memory as will the seemingly
endless, empty ocean. A total of 3 cargo ships and 3 fishing boats was the sum
total of company en route and no other yachts.
been great fun sailing once again with Chris and Glenn, good crew, good fun and
easily pleased as they ate my cooking most nights.