The Last Night on Wings, probably...
11 August 2019 | Apooiti Bay
William Ennis | Hot!
We were up at 0630 this morning in preparation to leaving Avea Bay. Stowing gear, checking weather, all of the various tasks had to be completed. We had planned to stow the dinghy on deck but realized that the early hour would mean that we awakened the entire mooring field, so we just removed and stowed the outboard and prepared to drag the dinghy a suitable distance to bring it on deck.
Conni had deployed over 100-ft of anchor chain, as well as our 64-pound anchor, so it was a task to bring it all on board. As usual with an anchor set as good as this, we had to take up all of the chain and then then motor past the anchor to lever it out of the sand. In the end, up it came, covered and flowing with fine, fine white sand. I had the helm as we motored out of Avea, past Bourayne Bay, then through the very complex routes dictated by coral and the channel markers. In 2 hours, we had negotiated the entire system all the way to Fare where we found a suitably low-wind location and brought aboard the dinghy. Finally prepared, we headed to Raiatea, 25 nautical miles away.
After a few hours of motoring, the wind arose and we were able to sail most of the way to Raiatea, arriving a few hours ahead of our schedule. Through the labyrinth of coral and channels to Apooiti, although we did motor past it to check for moorings nearer our destination of the Raiatea Carenage. No luck.
So, back to Apooiti for the night, picking up a mooring.
If we are in luck, we will get pulled from the water tomorrow and this is the last night on the boat. Amazing.