The last night was significantly different from the one before. That's a
good thing. Although we didn't have the best wind through the night, and
when it was blowing it wasn't always favorable - too far South and not
enough East - we did manage to sail a good bit of the time, but we motor
sailed also. If we weren't worried about entering the pass at slack water
we would not have bothered motoring, but making 5.5k was not good enough
if we wanted to arrive at Makemo at the right time, so we ran the motor as
well at 1500rpms to boost our speed to 7.5 - 8k over ground.
During the day we did a bit better and motored the majority of the time.
The skies were partly cloudy and the seas were much calmer then yesterday
with a SE swell at 3-5ft. The wind blew between 12-17k most of the time
from midnight till noon and then moderated to 8-12k during afternoon.
We entered Arikitimiro Pass at 2pm, right when it was supposed to be slack
water. Unfortunately, this was not the case (after all that rushing) and
instead we came in with the flood (could have been worse) and cooked
through the pass at 6k with the engine barely turning over the prop. It
seems, after speaking with Gavin from Saeirse (pronounced Circe) that the
WX tide program we are both using is 2 hours off! Other then that, he
says, it is perfectly accurate. I am going to write a nice e-mail to the
author of that lovely piece of work (which is a GNU freeware app BTW for
all of you software types).
We anchored in front of the village in a depth of 62ft and let out 240ft
of chain and then another 15ft of snubber (a nylon rope woks to the chain
and is used as a shock absorber to cushion the boat from pulling up hard
on the chain). The scenery here is indescribable, the water an incredible
turquoise blue to match anything we have seen in the Caribbean. We are
looking forward to doing some serious diving here! But first, eat, sleep
and then cleanup (well, perhaps we'll clean up a bit first).