14 Sep Samoa to Tonga passage
We left Apia, Samoa last Monday and arrived in Neiafu, Tonga on Thursday. It was a 360 nm passage. We sailed in nice weather for the first 40 hours, then motored in calm conditions for about 4 hours.
Late afternoon on day three, we saw a line of dark clouds on the horizon that we are heading directly into, we got hit with rain and winds up to 30 knots. We were motor sailing close hauled with a reefed main. Waves would hit the hull and cascade up over the Dodger and Bimini and find their way into the cockpit. As I was feeling a little off, Dick took the brunt of the duty, with a mid-night till 0800 shift. (I tried to take over several times, but he kept saying he was ok.) He was such a sweetheart!
The next morning it was a real treat arriving to lovely lush islands and multiple anchorages which appear to be everywhere in the Tongan Vavu’u group.