Just before 6 a.m. we made landfall off one of the easternmost Marquesas Islands, Na Huka and, having passed the south coast we made for the small bay on Nuku Hiva, in which Taiohae lies. We have traveled 3,860 nautical miles to get here.
A sharp turn between the headlands and the bay lies before us; now all we have to do is find somewhere to anchor; the bay is full of sailing boats, many of them in the area where we planned to ‘drop the pick’ (anchor) 🙂
A conference with the officers on the Bridge and a new anchorage position is decided upon; it will be further away from the pier than intended, however it will give us room to swing full circle, negating the use of azipods to hold a heading and thus save fuel, (1 diesel for Hotel load only).
There’s some tidal current here and we swing as anticipated, almost through 360° during our stay.
The Karen’s went ashore, however I had several items of ship’s business to take care of before I could venture ashore for your photos. It’s hot and muggy, however, as I had other work to do after my sojourn ashore, I stayed in uniform, brave of me under the circumstances 😎
And so now, a photo journal:-
We leave in 2 hours, bound for another Tropical isle, or atoll really, Avatoru on the island of Rangiroa. One enters through a gap in the reef with a tidal current of 6 knots, it should be interesting; more on that later, we arrive on the 22nd. Until then, stay safe and well……..