Anelghowhat, Aneityum, Vanuatu

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Steve & Chris
Sat 26 Sep 2015 18:11

20:14.37S 169:46.703E


Saturday 26th September 2015


Distance run day 4: 102 nmiles

Total distance run: 476 nmiles


Around mid-afternoon yesterday the wind began to pick up again, though still very light and typically on the nose, so we continued to motor through the night.  I had a very disturbed night as my stomach upset still hadn’t settled down, and just as I was dropping off to sleep I’d get cramps and have to get up for the loo.  So that was my excuse when I fell asleep on watch.  I awoke with a start sometime after 0600 to find that the sky had lightened ready for sunrise. 


Looking out to check all was well, I got a shock when I discovered a huge lump of land off the starboard bow!  Feeling a bit washed out and fed up after a disturbed night, the sight of land really raised my spirits.  It was time to get the flags up – the Vanuatu national flag with the yellow Quarantine flag below – flying from the starboard signal halyard.


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I looked out and there was Aneityum.                                                                    Time to raise the Vanuatu courtesy flag and the Q flag.


Under a blue sky, with the sun shining and a very gentle breeze, we motor-sailed along the south coast of Aneityum, around the reef that surrounds Mystery Island and into Anelghowhat Bay, where we dropped the anchor in clear water.  This is a stunning bay, surrounded on two sides by breaking reefs and on the other two by land.


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We passed a rugged southern coastline...                                                            and low-lying Inyeug Island, renamed ‘Mystery Island’ for the cruise ships.


We put the clocks back an hour, in line with local time, and went to bed.