Postcards

Bonobo: stopover at Hao

Published on 01 october 2016 at 0h00

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We were approaching Amanu, a bit early for the low tide. Here, the cruising sailor must get to know the passes. A lagoon fills and empties, following the cycle of the tides. It also fills with a strong swell which enters the lagoon and increases the height of the water. The current is therefore continually ebbing. The rain didn’t allow us to see the pass, just 500 meters ahead of us. The next low tide was at 6 pm, and it would be dark. The decision was made at once: helm hard to port, and head for Hao.
We arrived at just the right time; Bonobo had excelled itself – 15 miles in two hours and seven minutes! The bore was already forming and was impressive. We maneuvered a touch to the left of the center of the pass, where the current seemed to be weaker. The chart showed 3.5 meters still at this spot – it should be ok. Bonobo reared up, spun, headed ...

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