We had an interesting evening here. Wind gusts to 60knots, blew the milk
right out of your coffee, dinghy flipped 3 times, We lost the oars and
our shoes. Next morning, After cleaning the outboard and pumping the
water out of its engine we took a ride around the motu opposite us. We
searched a good couple of miles of shore (Met a few very weird locals
with nasty hillbilly dogs) and surprisingly came up with two of the
pairs of shoes we lost. Luckily Dees fancy Keens were one pair.
Sadly, Nickies old faithfuls were not among the rescued. Memorial
services will be held today.
Likewise the oars and seat are just a fond memory. We have picked up
some drift wood and will make some new ones on the way to Suwarow.
Our friends boat Valiem had their headsail partialy unfurl on them (the
headsail is wound up on the stay to store it) so steve went over to
help them unfurl it completely and furl it again. It was quite a job in
The general feeling in the anchorage is that we were all glad we were
not at sea.
We picked up a heap of coconuts that had blown down so we have a good
We are going in to the gendarmes to clear out today. We sail on the tide
tomorow(theres only 6 inches of tide here but it sounds nautical)