02 June 2013 | Pacific Ocean
4th June 2013 The Passage is completed.
We are here! Where is here? Hanaveve, aka Bay of Virgins, on Fatu Hiva Island of the Marqueses Group.
Yesterday morning, we arrived after 19 1/2 days at sea. The anchorage is small and deep but conveniently a yacht had just left so we dropped our anchor in the vacant spot. Hanaveve is one of the most stunning anchorages we have ever entered, steep lush green hills with black rock formations. A beautiful sight, especially, after nearly 3 weeks of nothing but blue sea. There are several familiar yachts anchored in the bay, most we saw last in the Galapagos and a couple we have talked to on our daily NET.
Among the greetings from around the bay came the advice to clean the growth off the water line as soon as possible before it dries and sticks even harder. The waterline from amidships aft was covered in a green and brown slimy growth with a good covering of tiny horse mussels under the stern. We have been constantly moving but still Tuatara looked messy. So we took the advice and by late afternoon the water line looked clean again, just a few bits needing a little more attention than elbow grease. The Aussie/NZ crew of Liberty VI had come for a cuppa and had left with some bits and pieces including some coke for their last bottle of rum and some much needed diesel. The tradeoff being Marty came over and helped Alan clean the waterline. We are now at the end of our second day here and are still to go ashore. Yesterday flew, chatting to the Liberty boys, swapping passage stories, cleaning the hull, a snooze then drinks on Liward suddenly our first day was over. Today has been cleaning and tidying another good sleep. A quick visit from Desiree the local entrepreneur and we think we have arranged a BBQ ashore sometime in the next few days after Patrick and Amanda on Egret arrive. A BBQ seems to happen when a new group of yachts has arrived. We don't have any Pacific Francs and there is no bank here so I think they take US$ for the BBQ but fruit and vege have to be obtained through trading. We now have a list of possible trade items for our trip ashore tomorrow in search of bananas, mangoes and whatever else is on offer. We have had a good passage, a bit of rain the last night, nothing over 20 knots, a couple of days motoring, a couple of pleasant but slow days with the cruising shute. Liberty had had 45 knots as well as 5 days of mirror calm motoring, others have had squalls and full days of rain. We followed Bob McDavits' weekly weathergram advice of staying near 5 degrees until about 125 deg West before heading south west, Trev also suggested going on to 128 degrees. We took the middle ground and went to just past 126 deg W. The northern most boat of the group and we had a good passage. We are constantly amazed at the difference in a just a degree/ 60 miles makes to the conditions.
Tuatara is clean and tidy, we are rested now lets see what the lovely island of Fatu Hiva has to offer.