Nicky has buggered off.
Just when you have applied enough beatings to finally get a crew in
shape they go and bugger off. To new zealand no less. The boat feels
empty and my kiwi jokes are falling on deaf ears. Night watches are more
arduous. We miss her heaps.
Nuitoputapu is everthing you would expect of a disaster zone. Well
except for one thing. Smiles. These people have shrugged it off enough
to still give us a warm welcome and play the genial host in spite of
being too scared to come down out of the hills. There was another
stunamis alarm while we sailed here. Apparently it was called off
twenty minutes later but the two earth quakes in vanuatu and the
subsequent alarm was too much for frayed nerves. So there wont be any
rebuilding till they come to terms with it.
We were given a ton of fruit today by the locals to say thanks for all
the gear we bought them. Kids were coming up us in the street to say
thanks for the flip flops we bought with us.