31 July 2012 | 18 8.10'S:163 51.78'W, Palmerston - Vavau Tonga - Day 1
The Day spent at Palmerston started with John diving the moorings to check they were safe and secure before leaving and going ashore, a new shakle found and extra lines attached gave us peace of mind, one of the locals at Palmerston "Simon"/owner of moorings collected SV Stolen Kiss (Peter & Cheryl) and us in his dinghy. Wow! the lagoon was breathtaking! A very narrow channel to enter and only allowed by locals. We met Simon's Family, brother Edward "Policeman"/owner moorings, wives and kids, saw the school etc. A very sheltered, relaxed life these people live, they shared a fresh catch of Wahoo and freshly made donuts with us and of course we fournd out how they survive living so remotely. The basics are things they need, which we were happy to give what we could: Flour, Milk, fish hooks, medicine and off course some treats for the kids lollipops and soccer ball were a hit. We had planned on spending a day in the lagoon but the weather changed overnight and we had plenty of wind to entice us to drop the mooring and head off to Tonga.
So we are off again, departed Palmerston Atoll approx 9.45am after a rolly night "see ya later bro" - a bit a Maori talk we were hearing from Simon: and now headed to Tonga. We are travelling well, 20+ apparent wind doing high 7's - 8's +. SV Stolen Kiss ahead of us and we are on Tongan time / day 1/8/12 and time is 2.45pm.
cheers for now Le & John xo