19 July 2014 | Niue, South Pacific
Small island nation (associated with New Zealand) between the Cook Islands and Tonga. 1600 inhabitants, all of them very nice. They speak Niuean, a Polynesian language related to Tongan. One island only, high up on a coral cliff, very green, but no beaches. We had to lift our dinghy out of the water with a crane. Libellule is safely attached to a mooring in 33m of water. The water is so clear here that we can see right to the bottom.
Great yacht club, by the way, very friendly and helpful!
Tonight we will leave for Tonga, but will have to sail through yet another depression. Apparently, this year the weather has been very unusual due to the El Nino effect. We can confirm that, during the 1,350 Nm (2,500km) between Bora and Tonga we will have sailed through 3 depressions, with mostly rainy days and head winds ie westerly winds, which is uncommon in this supposedly trade wind region (trade winds should come from the east, not the west...)