We're right behind Anchorage Island which is where Tom Neale wrote "An Island to One's Self" after living here for 15 years alone. There's a couple of Cook Islanders living here as caretakers. We hadn't even got the anchor down and the black-tipped reef sharks were already swimming around the boat, checking us out. It certainly is beautiful here and reminds us of the Tuamotus.
In review, our passage was pretty easy but that was largely due to the quality of Rutea's build. According to the Nadi reports (the Fijian weather service) the area we just crossed was considered to be 'rough'. Rutea continuously gobbled up 160+ miles a day despite the big seas and often squally weather. Our sails took quite a beating so now there's a substantial amount of repair work to be done. On top of that, our single side band radio isn't working too well and that's kind of our life line to the rest of the cruising community. Luckily, we can send and receive emails using our satellite phone - so no excuse for not writing us!
I'm exhausted. I bet I could count the hours of sleep I've had in the last four days on one hand. All I need now is a cold beer (or two), a shower, a hot meal and some rest. Then I'll be able to get to work on the projects that need to be completed before we leave here, probably in about a week. Next stop, American Samoa.
At 7/19/2011 2:42 AM (utc) Rutea's position was 13°14.86'S 163°06.47'W
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