A weekend of rest and relaxation at last!
27 June 2021 | 08 55.038'S:140 05.994'W, Nuku Hiva , Marquesas
26th & 27th June
08 55.038 S
140 05.994 W
Weather; rain, rain and more rain , wind N/A, waves N/A
Yay for the weekend, you will have no doubt noticed that this covers both days, mostly because I couldn't get my act together to write anything yesterday and so it got lumped into a 2 day effort, not that there is very much to tell you about either day.
Saturday we woke up to rain and not just a little bit, it was pouring down and everything in the cockpit was soaked but at least it was freshwater and not salt water which takes forever to dry out. Luckily we didn't have any great plans to do anything outside for the day. Gerry set himself a goal of getting the sanding and fibre glassing of the leaky area in the forward stateroom done. This of course meant that the entire table space in the salon was covered in equipment, tins, mixing pots and fibre glass matting for the duration of the morning. It really was a one man job due to the space that he was having to work in. I wasn't in the least bit unhappy that I couldn't join in the fun of fibre glassing and set about mixing up a batch of bread taking all my frustrations from the past couple of days out on kneading the dough, and making the best half dozen rolls and loaf of wholemeal bread that I have made to date! The fibre glassing was finished by lunchtime and the bread was
ready for the taste test, which it passed with flying colours. The rain finally stopped for a while after lunch but it took the next 4 hours for the cockpit cushions to dry out enough for us to go outside to sit in the cool breeze, just in time for cocktail hour! We noticed that a few boats had headed off today, we hope that they have managed to get ahead of the rain and gusty winds that accompanied the rain. As always though it was a bit of a case of a boat exchange program as late in the afternoon/ early evening a couple of new boats arrived and dropped their anchors keeping the total of boats in the harbour at the 40 mark. We did nothing else of any note for the rest of Saturday and spent the time lazing around, finally getting in some of that rest and recovery stuff that we were supposed to squeeze into our 4 permitted days here. You might want to note that we are now on unsure footing as far as being here legally is concerned but as the gendarmerie isn't open to check out on Saturday or Sunday there really was nothing we can do except wait until Monday anyway!
So it rained on and off all through the night and we had to keep the boat closed up making it a wee bit humid to say the least. The clouds have totally blanketed the sky and it has continued to rain throughout today as well, no wonder the hillside surrounding the bay is so green! Again there were no jobs needing our attention outside and Gerry contented himself with changing out the oil filter and the oil on the main engine this morning. He also fixed a new popper to one of the hatch covers that had come adrift. Me ? I did nothing except make up a curry and some dahl for tonight's dinner, I didn't feel like doing anything else and as the swell has become very rolly with the rain and gusty wind the boat hasn't been the most pleasant place to be moving around inside, it's been much better to sit and read a book!
So that's been our not very exciting weekend but at least we have finally had some down time to catch our breath ready for the next exciting passage. We have loose plans to leave here by mid-week, depending on what the weather is doing by then and heading for our "emergency stop" in Tahiti where we hope to get a haul out and pick up the badly needed fuel filters that we are in need of.