At Anchor, Tatafa Island

The Adventures of the Good Ship Equinox
Cate and Chris Galloway
Fri 27 May 2011 04:55
Position at 1600 Tonga Time: 19.52.6751S 174.25.3710W
Hi Everyone,
This mornig we weighed anchor and motored the 20 or so miles to our current anchorage - a generally bouncy trip due to the fact we had to lay a course to windward from Haafeva Is, which is on the western side of the Haapai Group, to Tatafa, which is just inside the eastern fringing barrier reef. Shortly afeter luch we anchored off Uiha Is and got some school out of the way, bfeore moving over to our current location.
Once andchored we went ashore for a walk around the island, finding lots of interesting shells and other artifacts, includig a rather large vertebrae which looked like it once belonged to a whale.
The weather here is generally on the improve, with the easterly breeze easing gradually as a large high pressure system passes beneath Tonga. We have now settled back into our regular cruising routine and are having a relaxed time of it.  The weekend promises to be fairly social with a BBQ and volleybal game at neighboring Uoleva Is tomorrow night. On Sunday we will depart the Ha'apai Group and sail the 85nm to Vava'u overnight to arrive AM Monday in Nieafu.
Until tomorrow,