Tatt av vinden - Niue to Neiafu (village) in Vavau in Tonga day 0
Position: 19:02.2 S 170:05.14 W
We have been under way for an hour and a half. We expect to use about 2 days and nights to get to Neiafu where we hope to pick up a mooring after checking in. Heavy wether is expected a day or two after our arrival, so beeing in harbour, and especially on a safe mooring will feel good.
At the moment we are running the engine, very little wind. Maybe we shall have enough to roll out the genoa sometime during the night.
Weather is nice. And will probably be for most of the voyage.
SOG: 5.2 knots.
To go: 237 nm, all the way to the customs’ warf.
Everything is well on board.
To our friends: Use our mailasail address, because we are not using the sailmail address on this crossing.
We were the only boat at the moorings in Niue. The German boat we reported there, left just after we arrived. We would have liked to stay longer at Niue, but the weather is the high command, so it was necessary to leave.
Niue Yacht Club (NYC) is almost nonexistant, but they take care of the moorings and collect the fees of 20 NZ dollars per night. Their office is in the Indian restaurant just five minutes from the harbour. And when we were in the office of a car hire company, we also met the Commodore, Keith, who is a very nice guy.
When we arrived at Niue, Saturday afternoon, we called Niue Radio who responded immediately. NYC did not respond to VHF, but Radio Niue contacted them and told us to pick up any mooring. Radio Niue also contacte Costoms for us and asked if we could do the check in the next day, which the officer was happy to accept. Very flexible.
More about Niue when we are in Tonga, and if we have proper wi-fi, we intend to post pictures too.