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AT TOFUA, IN THE WAKE OF CAPTAIN BLIGH…

Published on 01 february 2016 at 0h00

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Tofua is an inhospitable island, a volcanic cone plunging straight into the sea. Don’t rush to go there! The island has no sheltered anchorages. But by carefully studying the chart, I notice that there is a little rocky step with twenty-odd meters of water over it to the north of the island. If it really exists, we must be able to anchor there, rather than have the hook drop into the great abyss of the Pacific Ocean…. Of course it’ll be yet another precarious anchorage! But it will be worth it.

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Jangada in the Pacific, following in the wake of the famous Captain Bligh

Flashback: At Jangada’s chart table, a few hours after our little sojourn on the coral at Limu Island, I analyzed the weather reports we had received from the US, New Caledonia and New Zealand. We needed to get our boat patched up pretty quickly. We decided to skip visiting Fiji. It looked like a favorable weather window might open up in the next few days to allow us to reach New Zealand. Leaving from Tonga, with an area of high pressure which had decided to move away from the Tasmanian and Australian coasts and move eastwards into the South Pacific. Our goal was to leave as early as possible, as soon as the wind started to shift, so as to arrive at Whangarei before the deep and formidable depression which would surely follow the high could catch us in mid-passage! 1,125 miles separated us from Aetearoa, the land of the long white cloud.
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