18 September 2021 | 17 46.369'S:177 22.935'E, Port Denarau marina , Fiji
16 September 2021 | 17 46.369'S:177 22.935'E, Denarau, Fiji
15 September 2021 | 17 46.369'S:177 22.935'E, Denarau, Fiji
14 September 2021 | 17 44.915'S:177 22.373'E, Denarau, Fiji
13 September 2021 | 17 44.915'S:177 22.373'E, Quarantine anchorage, Denarau, Fiji
11 September 2021 | 17 14.384'S:178 18.007'E, At Sea to Fiji
10 September 2021 | 17 32.600'S:179 35.350'W, At Sea to Fiji
09 September 2021 | 17 38.382'S:177 8.950'W, At Sea to Fiji
08 September 2021 | 17 39.313'S:174 31.757'W, At Sea to Fiji
07 September 2021 | 17 41.552'S:172 46.613'W, At Sea to Fiji
06 September 2021 | 17 46.129'S:170 58.522'W, At Sea to Fiji
05 September 2021 | 17 49.798'S:169 07.500'W, At Sea to Fiji
04 September 2021 | 17 52.673'S:167 02.855'W, At Sea to Fiji
03 September 2021 | 17 54.373'S:164 33.510'W, At Sea to Fiji
02 September 2021 | 17 54.116'S:161 56.676'W, At Sea to Fiji
01 September 2021 | 17 52.572'S:160 00.239'W, At Sea to Fiji
31 August 2021 | 17 49.491'S:157 48.243'W, At Sea to Fiji
30 August 2021 | 17 45.550'S:155 52.625'W, At Sea to Fiji
29 August 2021 | 17 39.051'S:153 78.784'W, At Sea to Fiji
28 August 2021 | 17 29.170'S:151 30.460'W, At Seato Fiji

Mass exodus, did we miss the memo?

11 July 2021 | 08 55.038'S:140 05.994'W, Nuku Hiva , Marquesas
10th July

08 55.038 S
140 05.994 W

Weather; sunny, wind n/a, waves a little rolly

Here we are yet another weekend sitting in Nuku Hiva, it could be so much worse but then again it could also be so much better. We began to wonder today if we had missed an important memo as so many boats made their way out of the harbour today and headed off in various directions. The super yacht had departed before we were up and about, we don't know if the owners had arrived and they had taken off or if it was just time for them to move on, but the gap they left was quite noticeable. The weather forecast was possibly the best we are going to have for the next week so maybe they all thought they would take advantage of a decent day and get underway, though most seemed to be heading in the direction of the predicted blow that we should get by next weekend. More than a third of the boats have now gone leaving very large gaps which is good for swinging on the hook but not so good for blocking the swell. We probably would have gone today too if only we had our new shroud in place but as it won't arrive here until sometime next week we are sort of stuck for the time being. We were in Nuku Hiva at about the same time of year when we did this trip before, I distinctly recall being here for the Bastille day celebrations and as Bastille day is this Wednesday coming, it proves my point. The thing is we don't recall such horrid gusty wind last time around, though I have to say everyone had stern anchors out the last time around so I guess the swell was equally as bad then. Talking of Bastille day we haven't heard of any particular celebrations that will be taking place but I'm pretty certain that there will be something happening that we won't hear about until the eleventh hour. We went to the local hall last time where there was a dance display and drumming along with food and drinks for a few coins, we have been hearing some drumming practise going on in the evenings so we are convinced that the same thing will be happening again this year, it will be worth checking out once again if it does happen.
So apart from watching the mass exodus today we took things very easy and did nothing exciting. Gerry fiddled around with the battery switches, changing out one of the control switches for the original one, which he had replaced some time ago to see if it made any difference to the start-up of the gen set. To cut to the chase - it made no difference what so ever and has left Gerry scratching his head as to why the gen set is so sluggish at starting up when the main engine runs on the same fuel line and starts up first go, every time, without missing a beat. He is determined to find the cause and to that end has been delving in the storage spaces for the spare starter motor that we have, thinking he might change out the starter on the gen set, but that will be a job for tomorrow. For the rest of the day we did very little, taking time to enjoy being able to sit out in the sun and when that got too hot and boring we watched another movie, this time about the American Civil war, based on a true story.
Late in the afternoon I was sitting outside and saw a fin or flipper in the water near the boat, it definitely wasn't a shark but I thought it might be the wing of a ray as they are present here, if the local wood carving is anything to go by. I told Gerry about it as he came out into the cockpit and just as I said it the thing appeared again and Gerry saw it too - it wasn't my imagination working overtime! We knew it wasn't a shark but it was black on one side and white on the other which is why we think it was the wing of a ray swimming close to the surface, it's another good reason for me to never get in the water for a swim - it was a ray that killed Steve Irwin (the crocodile man) and I'm not as brave or as stupid as he was! So our weekend has started off very slowly and with not much to tell you, I don't expect that tomorrow is going to be much different but down time is to be cherished so we are kicking back and relaxing for the time being and whilst we can.
I have added another album of photos today for you to have a look at, today's photo is one of the sunset pictures taken during our 29 day passage - look at those clouds!
Vessel Name: Opal of Queensland
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 52AC
Hailing Port: Bundaberg
Crew: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
About: Motley mostly, especially the cat
Opal of Queensland's Photos - Main
10 Photos
Created 16 September 2021
25 Photos
Created 14 September 2021
55 Photos
Created 7 August 2021
28 Photos
Created 17 July 2021
69 Photos
Created 11 July 2021
41 Photos
Created 10 July 2021
33 Photos
Created 13 May 2021
49 Photos
Created 3 May 2021
59 Photos
Created 9 April 2021
34 Photos
Created 5 April 2021
9 Photos
Created 5 April 2021
68 Photos
Created 4 April 2021
21 Photos
Created 12 March 2021
26 Photos
Created 27 February 2021
plenty of broken bits and things to fix in Colombia
44 Photos
Created 25 February 2021
25 Photos
Created 13 February 2021
27 Photos
Created 13 February 2021
29 Photos
Created 13 February 2021
36 Photos
Created 13 February 2021
20 Photos
Created 13 February 2021
13 Photos
Created 5 December 2020
Wind indicator replacement
12 Photos
Created 24 November 2020
15 Photos
Created 3 November 2020
leaving Port Louis marina, travelling to Spice Island Marine yard and hauling out to do the anti fouling
60 Photos
Created 3 November 2020
10 Photos
Created 29 July 2020
20 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 5 July 2020
28 Photos
Created 26 June 2020
62 Photos
Created 20 June 2020
10 Photos
Created 4 June 2020
155 Photos
Created 4 December 2019
104 Photos
Created 4 December 2019
55 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 1 November 2019
The life and antics of Miss Priss aboard Opal
27 Photos
Created 1 November 2019

Who: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
Port: Bundaberg