Off On A Lark!

Sailing Adventures In The South Pacific

Vessel Name: 'Lark'
Vessel Make/Model: Malo 38
Hailing Port: Port Townsend WA
Crew: Brad Nelson and Linda Attaway
Extra: 'Lark' at Lape Island, Vava'u Tonga
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27 March 2018 | Port Townsend WA

Ta-Da!

We're back in Port Townsend after our flights from Auckland to Sydney AU, Sydney to LA, then LA to Seattle. It's a long haul, but we'll look forward to doing it again even if 'Lark' moves on to a new owner.

26 March 2018

And The Winner Is ...

Thanks to everyone who came up with an answer to my absurd question of how many screws were removed from the decks on 'Lark'.

24 March 2018

Being Afloat

After a night in a work berth at the boatyard, we moved back to our mooring today. Nice to feel water under the hull again, and not be climbing that ladder in and out of the boat multiple times a day. We're still putting things back together, peeling off masking, and cleaning up the residual dust and [...]

23 March 2018 | Opua NZ Boatyard

Splash!

We're back in the water.

Malo te ma'uli or Bonjour!

12 October 2012 | Ile Uvea 13 20.163'S 176 11.179'W
Linda
We arrived at Ile Uvea (Wallis Island) on Wednesday morning after a 48 hour passage from Niuatoputapu. The trip would have been shorter but we needed to come through the pass into the lagoon here at low slack tide to avoid bucking about 6 knots of current and some nasty waves. We typically calculate the time a passage will take based on an average speed over ground of 5 knots. Thus it seemed logical for 'Lark' as well as our friends on 'Elan to depart at 10:00 am in order to be here at around 8:00 am two days later.

Well, mother nature was blowing a good 20 knot breeze(more than expected) out of the ESE. With one reef in the main and a bit of headsail out we were making between 6 and 7 knots. Basic math = we should have waited until later in the day to go. At sunset we could still see 'Elan' on the horizon several miles west of us. Kind of fun since we could talk with them on the vhf radio.

It was miserably hot and humid so sleeping was difficult. Your only hope was to lay as still as possible without your body parts touching and with one of our Hella 'Turbo' fans moving a little air. Need I say more?

We continued to put on the brakes. 2nd reef, 3rd reef, less and less headsail. Of course in the end we ended up motorsailing the last mile to arrive on time and followed 'Elan' through the pass and to the anchorage here at Gahi. Pronounce that in French. I can't seem to!

The island is huge compared to where we've been and is completely surrounded by a reef with one pass deep enough for larger boats and three for small boats. There is a dredged channel and a pier on the south end of the island, compliments of the US military during WWII. We see about 12 small islands out on the reef with beautiful beaches. Oh boy, more beachcombing! I think we'll stay a couple of weeks.
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