Monday was shopping day. After breakfast, we went ashore looking for Aki
and his Toyota and he took us to a supermarket for "palangis"
(visitors). In fact, it's a shop half the size of a 7/11, with very few
items refrigerated or frozen and a lot of canned food, but in this case,
mostly from the US, as opposed to the chinese supermarket which has
goods from New Zealand or Australia.
We looked at the frozen food and were afraid that somehow along its
journey, that stuff got unfrozen and frozen again and we did not want to
take chances. So most of our shopping was canned fish and meat. We went
to the chinese for butter from NZ, long life milk and some canned fruits.
For the last evening, we had a nice dinner at the Aquarium cafe, and
this time, the ice cream had arrived and we had it to top up a nice fish
On Tuesday, we prepared the boat, Jean-Francois and Claude went ashore
for a last jerrycan of water and to purchase eggs and fresh fruits. Then
we went to the main dock to pay our port dues (9.77. tongan dollars) and
clear customs. Coming out of the customs office, I bumped into George,
the owner of Triple Seven who had just arrived. They had a tough
crossing apparently and blew up the bottom drum with the mechanism of
their roller furler.
The first few hours of sailing turn out to be ideal. Ten knots of wind
on the beam, nice calm sea as we are still protected by the Vava'u group
At noon, we had 1120 miles to go for Port Moselle in Noumea. As it
stands, we expect to arrive anytime between the 28 in the afternoon or
the 29th evening. I guess it will probably be early morning on the 29th.