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track for the harbour entrance (including
about 15-20 degrees leeway and drift, I
guessed. The next problem was how to
get in, as the wind started to head us as
we drew close to the island. Two canoes,
without outriggers, came paddling out,
handling the big seas beautifully. The half
naked men inside them were also beautiful
and savage looking, but in fact friendly and
giving us advise to head for the NW side of
the entrance.
In order to be able to manoeuvre into the
harbour entrance we needed more sail and
a mizzen for tacking, so a fast sail change
was required as soon as we had some wind
shelter close inshore. In 5 minutes the storm
sail was dropped, the small mainsail hoisted
and the storm sail set as mizzen, my crew
excelled themselves as we were drifting
close to the rocky shore. Now some tricky
tacking, close to a rocky islet with a 'Cross'
on it, then two more tacks and we were in
the sheltered NW corner under the

As I entered the
waypoint into the
GPS, to my horror
I found we were
9Nm South of
where I thought
we should be, I
must have made
a mistake with my
waypoint latitude,
what now?
As we drew close to the waypoint still no

land in site, so I asked Peter to get me a
new waypoint right in the entrance to the
crater lake off his computer chart, as my
paper chart was rather a small scale. As I
entered the waypoint into the GPS, to my
horror I found we were 9Nm South of where
I thought we should be, I must have made
a mistake with my waypoint latitude, what
now? Would we have to bypass Garove
altogether and face another day or more in
these storm conditions? What would Klaus
(on Lapita Tikopia) do if we did not turn up,
we could not reach him on the VHF? To
make the harbour we would have to take
the wind on the beam, would she be able
to sail like this in these huge seas? Matt
encouraged me to try, so we did.
Here is where 'Anuta' showed us once
again what she was capable of. Under tiny
stormsail she ploughed on taking the wind
forward of the beam, so we could make
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