We took our leave of Ahe and at first light this morning we entered the huge
Rangiroa atoll at the Avatoru Pass and anchored.
With splendid Teutonic enthusiasm Heike massaged the skipper's back, made
breakfast, then stripped off and jumped over the side for a swim. Of course
the fast outgoing tide that Colin and I noticed after throwing a spare
pancake into the water was not noticed by Heike until she was some distance
from the boat and in danger of getting swept out of the pass and back into
It was a good job she was still within rescue-line throwing range or there
would have been the unusual sight of a British-flagged yacht chasing a
swimming naked German girl across the lagoon. We hauled her back onboard
like a tuna but she required no subduing with rum or winch handle.
14:56.98S 147:42.33W Tuesday AM Rangiroa atoll