It’s Monday and the last full day at sea for us. The sea has a most intriguing deep blue hue to it yet, the sunbeams seem to penetrate an iridescent aqua blue close to the boat.
We are definitely in the trade winds that so many mariners before us enjoyed. A consistent steady breeze driving us on to Port Vila. It’s a gentle 10 knots so we sail with grace not pace. The boat is quiet and at peace with the ocean.
It is a little sad coming to the end of our trip but that sadness is balanced with an excited expectancy of seeing the land of our destination, Vanuatu.
Today we doused all sail and headed the boat into the wind to heave to (stop the boat). We trailed a long looped line with a fender attached and always leaving one of us aboard, dived into that beautiful deep blue sea for a most refreshing swim. We jumped off the boat, swam around, dived as deep as we dared frolicking like a bunch of school boys. If you are coming this way, I can recommend it as a good spot to stop for a swim, no chlorine, free admission, filled with the purest of pure ocean water. Just go to 19 36.26S 168 06.69E
It is always a welcome sight to see a large seabird that is curious to see who or what has invaded it’s territory. This one was most interested in us, gliding back and forth effortlessly close to the boat, checking us out from every angle, perhaps we might be an easy meal?
As I write we approach 100NM to run to the anchorage at Port Vila. We will be there by midday Tuesday and another adventure awaits.
Cam and Rob.