Onward to Tahiti

Apr 2, 2014 | General

Onward to Tahiti -Rarotonga to Tahiti. I was amazed at how quickly I recovered from seasickness just half an hour after arriving alongside in Rarotonga. It was like somebody flicked a switch and it was gone.

Clearing customs was a laid-back affair. We checked into a small wooden hut next to the wharf, to discover that the customs officer was half Welsh. It seemed bizarre this far from home.

As soon as we were all cleared in, it was back to the boat for a shower, some food and a quick snooze. Once we were properly awake, Matt and I didn’t hang around. Exploring the island was number one priority but first we had to have a swim, so we hitched a lift from one of the locals to a good spot. Our mistake was to ignore how far we had to walk back, and it was quite a distance. In fact, it was about 8km all up, but we got lucky and flagged another ride so all was good. We made it back to the boat in plenty of time to grab some grub from the burger joint next door. I had a steak burger. It was literally a steak in a bun and it got the big thumbs up from me. With that lot under our belts we headed back to the boat and everyone had a decent sleep.

We woke up later with our batteries fully recharged. Matt and I decided that some more advanced exploration was in order, but transport looked like being a problem until we discovered we could rent a soft-top BMW for $60. Say no more! I can tell you that cruising around a tropical paradise in a drop-top sports car is not something I’ll forget in a hurry.

All that’s history now, though. We are back on track to Tahiti, having made the most of some hard-won R and R in Rarotonga. Looking back, it already seems a sort of Pacific dreamland. The log book has been updated and the paper chart plots adjusted to allow for our course alterations. GREY WOLF has hunkered back into her familiar motion and unfaltering engine note. Everyone on board is happy and rested. I was on dinner duty tonight. I gave them Thai green curry with rice followed by fresh watermelon for desert. Yum!

Next stop Tahiti. Please, please, with no more weather in between.

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