Matt's blog 3
Apr 7, 2014 | General
We have taken refuge from the storm at Rarotonga. The tropical system caught up with us yesterday morning and it got progressively worse throughout the day. Even leading to a ceasefire in the banter. We faced a 5m sea state during the day and come nightfall the wind was recorded at 54 knots the horrendous amount of rain was near vertical, visibility was nill and the only light we could see was the constant supply of lightening. 2 crew members were bed ridden to seasickness so the remaining 3 of us were put on 1 hour on to 2 hours off watch system throughout the night where we paced up and down the north coast of Rarotonga waiting for daylight so we could safely enter the harbour.
I would be lying if I said I wasn't having the time of my life, Peter thinks I'm mad. We are now safely moored in Rarotongas main harbour having a few beers. Our customs clearance consisted of a topless islander on a moped with a scooter telling us we are sweet as bro. we will probably chill out here for a day or two as Jeff unfortunately isn't doing to well, and all of us could do with a proper sleep. Jack and I are off to find some mopeds to hire and see what we can find on the island. So far so good.-----
At 30/03/2014 20:00 (utc) our position was 21°12.30'S 159°47.08'W course 045T speed 0.2