Wayward Adventure
Wed 19 Aug 2009 18:42
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Nearing Tonga this morning, still have 40 miles till we are in the Port of Refuge as it is called.  The town of Neiafu is where we will clear customs and have heard conflicting reports on the ease of doing this.  However all reports concur that you must keep an eye on the officials while they inspect your vessel as they are famous for "borrowing" things that you leave unattended.  The passage from Niue was very painless and we have steady 20knt trades with small seas going 7.5knts with one reef in the main that we have left in for good measure.  The amazing thing about these waters is the depth, we passed over one spot that was 29,000 ft deep(according to the chart).  Mt. Rainer is 14,000 ft high so that gives you some perspective.  More when we get there.