Go slow!

Michael Hughes and Ger White
Thu 8 Apr 2010 20:43
Well we had been hoping to be in the Fatu Hiva ( an island in the Marquesas) anchorage before dark on Saturday, but the wind has died on us somewhat--so instead of storming along at 8 knots, we're struggling between 5.5 and 6 knots in 8-10 knots of wind--genoa out one side and cruising chute the other and wind dead aft.
Actually very peaceful, gliding along slowly and sedately through calm waters under a hot sun and endless blue sky--perhaps what I always expected the Pacific to be--rather than the fast and furious of the first 2 weeks. The downside is we won't get in Saturday before dark, we'll have to stand off until daybreak Sunday morning as I'm not going into this strange anchorage at night when we have no moon.
 But, hey--what's a day in the great scheme of things!! It's calm and sunny, plenty to read, good food, a sundowner at 5, showers today (that's as in bath--not the weather) and life is good.
The Fatu Hiva anchorage is regarded by many as the most spectacular in the Pacific--which is why we're going for a short time--before heading up to Nuku Hiva which is where we'll spend most of our Marquesas time--probably on Monday.