Leaving French Polynesia
Michael Hughes and Ger White
Tue 8 Jun 2010 23:48
We finally left French Polynesia yesterday--having arrived 11 April in Marquesas---now on passage to Raratonga in the Cook Islands.
It's a 540 mile trip--short of 4 days--and we've covered a quarter of it now. Winds are light and getting lighter--we started well on a beam reach and, indeed, averaged 6 knots over the first 20 hours. now have the cruising chute up, but wind is dying--as forecast--so I guess we'll have to start motoring at some stage--boo!! Good part is the seas are benign. The forecast is for very little wind for the next week.
After the island of Huahine--which we loved--we sailed to Bora Bora--only for a couple of days--dined on Saturday at Bloody Mary's--perhaps the highlight was Sunday which we spent anchored in a remote part of the lagoon, shallow water, beautiful colour--and dinner ahore in a small cheap beach restaurant which produced a fabulous fish meal--tuna sashimi followed by seared tuna and a beer all for under £10. Best value in the whole of French Polynesia!!
And the following day we were off.
All well on board--must get back to trimming sails in hope of putting off the inevitable engine!