The South Pacific continues to astound. We ‘ve passed through Tikehau, Moorea, Tahiti and Tahaa and we’re now on our way to Suwarrow, Niue and Tonga.
Since my last update we have completed the longest passage on the world circumnavigation – 2980 nm from Santa Cruz in the Galapagos to Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands.
We had Patrick and Janie to help us (thanks!) over the 21-day passage. Three weeks is honestly too long to be sailing non-stop, but needs must.
After a few days in the Marquesas we said goodbye to Patrick and Janie and sailed ourselves the 480 nm south-west to the Tuamotu Islands and the Ahe atoll. All the atolls are a challenge – poorly surveyed and charted sometimes and inaccurate tide tables. Only to be attempted in daylight and in good visibility.
We are now well on our way – two legs completed, Rodney Bay, St Lucia to Santa Marta Colombia, and Santa Marta to the San Blas Islands. We are now in Shelter Bay, Panama, preparing to go through the Panama Canal.