Thursday, September 8, 2016

Day sail to Fakarava

Today the anchor was up at 8am for a 46nm run to the north pass of Fakarava. We exited the pass at Kauehi atoll exactly at slack current, an event not so easily planned. The sail was almost straight down wind with 20+ knots from the east. Certainly a windy day.
As we entered the pass at Fakarava, another boat captain seemed to be waving a bit too much. It turns out that he was pointing at the huge whale that was approaching us from the other direction. The humpback dove and swam beneath and behind Pau Hana, less than 2 boat lengths away. Amazing.
We're now tied to a mooring at the village of Rotoava. The town installed 8 moorings since we were here last year. These are convenient to tie to, as the anchorage area is a forest of coral heads that anchor chains readily tangle upon. Last year I had to use my scuba equipment to retrieve our anchor.
We are at:
S 16*03'
W 145*37'

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