17:30.98S 149:49.22W Cooks Bay, Moorea, Tuesday morning
After fiddling with the dead instruments for hours I finally cracked and got
an electro-wizard in who reconnected a loose wire in about five minutes
The crew has changed a little. Belinda is now on board and Heike has left
Grapto temporarily, to play with an old friend from Germany. Wilhelm was
cruelly told to bring over many silly items in his hand luggage which
included a freezer; a pressure cooker and a blender. Fortunately for him the
airline wouldn't let him bring the freezer. It was a pity because the
adventure could have made an excellent sequel to Tony Hawks' 'Round Ireland
with a Fridge'.
Colin and I replaced the broken GPS antenna with the one Belinda
hand-carried so we now have full video arcade capabilities for navigation
although the radar is still a bit temperamental.
We lunched in the marina on some mussels and bread and wine brought around
by Heike. The mussels were not the familiar small black and grey beasties
but big bright-green and brown creatures that went well with the location.
With renewed confidence in the instrumentation being able to get us through
reefs and crashing surf we set off yesterday evening towards Moorea. The
sunset over the peaks of Moorea was indescribable and so I'm not going to
describe it for you. We sailed into Cooks Bay in the dark, past a few
mega-yachts that couldn't find anywhere else better to go, and anchored and
ate dinner on the deck waiting for the view in daylight. (Excellent
chocolate cake, Heike!) I knew it was going to be a good view as I had seen
some of it on my birthday trip. I was not wrong.