Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Crossing from Lautoka, Fiji for Vila, Vanuatu

Departed Lautoka, Fiji, 30 July at 12.00 noon having picked up our 2 crew members, Larry and Steve the previous night.  Went out through the Malo Passage at 1400 hours. Put the mainsail and  jib up with the wind at a steady SSE 16 knots and sailed at 7 knots. Wind steadily increased from 16 knots to 25 knots that day and boat speed averaged 9 knots. 
The next day the winds got up to 38 knots with boat speed reaching as high as 15 knots.  Took the jib down at midnight to reduce power.  Big seas.
The highest boat speed was on 2 August at 16.1 knots in SE 20 - 28 knots wind.
Anxious to get a break from the big seas and the high winds we passed Tanna at 2000 hours but could not risk putting our anchor down without having cleared customs so we moseyed up slowly in the lee of the land from Erromango Island where we took the mainsail down.  Pulled up the jib and motorsailed to Port Vila, arriving at 0800 hours on 3 August.
Yet another crossing that scared the sea boots off me, with an accidental gybe and a round up, both in high winds and big sea.  Both caused by rogue waves!  Even Ron felt more than a bit anxious at times on this passage!
Ron took my 2000 to 2200 watch and I did his 0800 to 1000 watch in return.  That seemed to take the edge off my nerves and I can once again say - “I did it!”

Ron is still promising me a smooth crossing next time:)

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