June 24

The wind has built during the night and we have 15-20k from the ESE now. We were making 7.5k when it began to build again so we rolled up the genoa completely and are now sailing under main alone. It is now 3am and we have only 18nm to the Mele Harbor entrance at Pango Pt. and we must slow down again to allow a daytime arrival. Sunrise is at 6:15am today and we should have a lightening sky beginning at about 5:30am so I want to arrive off the point no earlier then 6am.

At 6:30am we entered the harbor and by 7am we were anchored in the quarantine area. Even though we arrived in Vanuatu via Tanna, which is a legal port of entry, we were unable to connect with the Customs officials while there. So, we are still not cleared in and must go through that process today, here in Vila.

The sky is mostly sunny and the temperature is already hotter then the hottest day in New Caledonia, and its only 7:30am! We are finally in the tropics.