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Arrival at Beveridge Reef

09 August 2009
About midday yesterday we lost the largest mahi mahi we've hooked to date --- I would estimate it was easily 50 lbs. We were in reasonable winds and mishandled the landing so that it got off at the boat before we could gaff it. Oh well!

A few minutes later, in amongst the squalls, we suddenly noticed a water spout. These look just like tornadoes, with a long spinning snaking tube rising hundreds of feet into the clouds, and where it touches the water, a cloud of spray. It was moving quite fast and come within 100 meters of us---needless to say, we were very happy that it missed us.

We were close to the reef by 9 pm, so we hove to for the night, then at 5 am this morning, started around the reef for the entrance. It is really strange to see nothing by a surf line. Unfortunately, it was blowing 20-35 knots and raining, so it made it more of a challenge to enter but it was no problem in the end. We motored across the lagoon and are now anchored on the eastern side near the wreck of a fishing boat on the reef. Contrails is a few hours behind us, and there are three other boats already here---Pedojia, Bagheera, and Brick House. We hear that our friends on Tender Spirit had to bypass the reef as they have engine trouble.

The visibility is amazing. Tane and Tomas are in the water for the first time as I write this, exclaiming about just how far they can see. The rain has stopped for the moment, but it's still blowing quite hard.
Vessel Name: Kena
Vessel Make/Model: Ganley Pacemaker 40
Hailing Port: Tutukaka, New Zealand
Crew: Roger, Sally, Tane, Hunters all
About: The Hunter family: Roger, originally from Tutukaka, New Zealand Sally, from Tasmania, Australia and Tane is from New Mexico.
Extra: This leg of the trip is from Puerto Lucia, Ecuador to New Zealand.
Kena's Photos - Main
Playing in the world's smallest independent nation.
47 Photos
Created 15 September 2009
A few picks of Roratonga, where we picked up Tomas, and of the incredible Beveridge Reef
20 Photos
Created 1 September 2009
Our adventure in the islands of Tahaa and Raiatea in The Society Islands
18 Photos
Created 5 August 2009
Mystical Bora Bora in French Polynesia
31 Photos
Created 5 August 2009
The Sailing Rendezvous in Tahiti and Moorea, plus a little of Huahine
35 Photos
Created 5 August 2009
Our journey through the coral atolls of the Tuamotus in French Polynesia
65 Photos
Created 19 June 2009
Tahuata, Ua Huka and Nuku Hiva
48 Photos
Created 12 May 2009
25 days of open seas and our first few days on Hiva Oa
51 Photos
Created 28 April 2009
Our journeys to Puerto Lucia, Cuenca, Guayaquil and about
55 Photos
Created 25 March 2009
Our journey through the Galapagos Islands.
50 Photos
Created 17 April 2008
37 Photos
Created 17 April 2008
14 Photos
Created 18 March 2008
49 Photos
Created 6 March 2008
46 Photos
Created 22 February 2008
58 Photos
Created 26 January 2008
Mazatlan South
58 Photos
Created 9 January 2008

S/V Kena

Who: Roger, Sally, Tane, Hunters all
Port: Tutukaka, New Zealand