At Anchor, Salovoa Village, Aese Island
The Adventures of the Good Ship Equinox
Cate and Chris Galloway
Sun 21 Aug 2011 04:55
Position at 1600 VST: 15.25.3023S 167.14.4167E
We are taking a day out of a busy schedule to relax a bit and do some school. This morning we moved up to the northern end of Palakula Bay to explore the old wrecked coastal frieghter and abandoned fish processing plant there. All went very well until we hauled up the anchor and as it came over the roller, the swivel in the chain broke and our $500 anchor disappeared back into the water. After some panicked scambling around we were able to mark the spot where we thought it went with the dinghy anchor and a fender tied off on it. Cate and the girls then quickly donned snorkelling gear and went for a swim to find it. Sucess came shortly thereafter and with the assistance of Dave off "Sea Esta" and Tony and Kerry off "Fortaleza" we were able to retrieve the anchor and reconnect it up - minus the swivel piece, which I will never replace. It seems that for the last 18 months or so we have been relying on the 3/8" centre pin of the swivel for our anchor security...Not good at all.
After our little "event" we moved anchorage up to Aese Is from where we will depart for Lolowai on Ambi Is early tomorrow morning - it will be good to get off the beaten track for a while.
Until tomorrow, TTFN