Friday, August 2, 2013

Arrival Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

The butter is melting again. I am wearing a bikini. Mark and I are sitting in the cockpit with two well-deserved rum&cokes. The scenery is spectacular and dramatic. We have arrived in Fatu Hiva, the eastern most island of the Marquesas!

The 825 mile sail took us exactly 6 days and half an hour and was – all in all – pretty smooth, comfortable and fast. Irie behaved splendidly. We are very happy that nothing broke, while all around us boats are stuck in harbors or have to get hauled because of engine problems, failed rigging, ripped sails, lost rudders or other major ordeals.

The days are warm and contain an extra half hour of sunlight; maybe that’s why we had to set our clocks back another half an hour upon arrival… There is no internet while we are here, so we’ll have to use the sat phone for blogs and emails. After some cleaning, laundry and baking bread, we hope to go to shore tomorrow to say “hi” to the gendarme and to check out what the area has to offer. Our plan – weather permitting – is to spend a few weeks here in Hanavave Bay (Bay of Virgins), said to be one of the prettiest anchorages in the world. 

PS (From Mark).  I don’t write much here, but I have to say, this anchorage is a truly jaw-dropping beautiful place. 

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