Au Revoir John
04 July 2011 | Papeete, Tahiti
We had a wonderful dinner chez Colette, Pascale's cousin in Papeete, and shortly afterward our friend and crew member John got on a plane, violin in hand, to fly home. John has been with us since before our departure from Mexico, back in February, so this was a major event. He's flying home for some commitments he has, to play violin in some performances at the Bohemian Grove. We are sad to see John go, he has been a loyal and hard working crew member and has always been fun to have around.
Meanwhile, we are looking for a new crew member to take John's place, and we think we may have found a good one, though it is still tentative.
Meanwhile, the weather predictions are for a storm system to come through this part of the Pacific over the next few days. But today the winds have calmed down and the anchorage is very flat and comfortable. We're waiting for high winds to arrive tomorrow, however, predicted to be up to 40 knots. To that end we have moved our boat to shallower water (30 feet instead of 60) to provide better holding, and we've let out all 180 feet of chain on our primary anchor, and also deployed a second bow anchor, our aluminum Fortress anchor.
We shall see what the weather will bring, and we are ready for it.