17:44.87S 168:18.66E Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu. 11th July PM
We set sail northwards towards Port Vila but stopped off overnight at the
next island of Erromango. We arrived at Erromango after dark and left before
dawn so I can't describe the place although in a village near our anchorage
at Dillon's Bay there is supposed to be an outline of a missionary chipped
into the rock before they cooked and ate him. Medium-rare, I hope.
We upped anchor at 05:00 AM and headed towards Port Vila but the strong
winds snapped our genoa halyard and our engine also stopped working. The
engine was fairly easily fixable but the halyard needed someone to go up the
mast. In gale force winds there are usually no volunteers for that job so we
ended up motoring most of the way.
As Colin seems to have cracked the fishing thing, we have lots of fresh
mahi-mahi and yellowfin tuna in the fridge which we are giving away as fast
as we can in case we catch more.
First impressions of Port Vila are very favourable. There are places to eat
and places to buy stuff for the boat which all makes a pleasant change.