June 20

By 3am we could see Tanna, that's how clear and bright it was. The moon was shining like the sun and he sky was almost completely clear. Tanna's active volcano rises only to about 2500ft, but the Southern tip of the island is graced by two inactive giants, the main one of which is called Mt. Toukosmereu.

At 5:30am the sky was beginning to show light in the East and by 5:45 you could clearly see the trees and slopes of the island as well as the off lying reefs. We are about 4nm off the SE tip of Tanna now and sailing almost due North. At 6:30am the sun is up and the sky is clear. There is a large cloud bank off to the East but everywhere else is clear sky. We have about 7nm to reach Yewao Pt., just outside Port Resolution. From there we have less then 3 miles to reach the anchorage.

At about 8am we dropped anchor in Port Resolution. While the name sounds impressive, we see nothing ashore. Trees, bushes, mangroves, etc. but no buildings or town. Perhaps whatever buildings exist are behind the foliage.

We anchored in about 16ft of water with about 80ft of chain. The anchorage is rolly with a nice swell coming in from the harbor mouth. One little tidbit, we have logged 1,234nm to date since leaving Mooloolaba, Australia on May 16th. Our average speed has been 5.5k, as calculated by the "trip meter" on the GPS (which I reset when we left Moola).

The plan for today is simple: rest. Jonah will get some food and we'll let him watch a video or two, then in the afternoon we will put the dinghy in the water and go ashore. We don't have to worry about clearing in with Customs and Immigration. The official port of entry is in Lenekal on the other side of Tanna. The problem is that Lenekal is the capitol of the district (which includes the three islands of Tanna, Erromango, and Anytieum) but has no port. The anchorage is an open roadstead so the customs people understand that visiting yachts can anchor at Port Resolution and once a week they send over an agent to clear in the boats waiting. I was told by one cruiser that he waited a week and no one came, so he left and continued on to Port Vila (the countries capital) to clear in there.