We found out that Mark’s residency card for French Polynesia had arrived at the post office of Atuona, Hiva Oa, and that it was nearing its 15 day “holding period” already. We also discovered an opportunity to buy duty-free diesel. Unfortunately, it was blowing quite a bit and we knew – for sure – that the 7 mile channel between Tahuata and Hiva Oa would be a battlefield of waves, wind and current. All against us, of course. One day, we saw the white caps from our anchorage. The following day, I rose at six in the morning and glimpsed at the horizon. No white caps! Was this the moment? I woke Mark up and at 6:30am, Irie’s anchor was onboard and we were heading towards Atuona. Again.
Social gathering and tasty tapas on SV Amandla
Meet "the girls": Ursula, Lisa and Liesbet
And here are "the boys": Mark, Michael and Fabio (photo by Fabio Mucchi)
Departure of the Taporo
They came pretty close, but, luckily, did not pick up our chain or anchor