After carefully consulting the weather, we set off with a prediction for 12-15 knots of wind on the beam. Unfortunately, we got 22-28 knots on the nose instead – NOT FUN! After so much downwind sailing this was a rude reminder of how different it is to sail in the big bad ocean versus the Puget Sound. We were also reminded how badly our forward hatch leaks under those conditions when we captured a whopping 3 buckets (5-gallon buckets!) full of sea water that had leaked though our hatch – and that’s just the water we caught! Suffice it to say that it was an extremely wet and uncomfortable trip and we were very glad it was a short one.
|The kids in Tonga are ADORABLE!|
I’m happy to report that the sun was shining when we arrived at Niuatoputapu (often referred to as “New Potato” by cruisers as it’s a bit of a mouthful to pronounce) and we were able to drag everything out onto the deck to dry out. Ahhhh the joys of this cruising life!
|Weaving in process.|
|Check out that detailed work - WOW!|
|Grave sites of the 9 lost during the tsunami of 2009|
|Boys playing in front of one of the new buildings|
|Some friends Brett made.|
All in all Niuatoputapu was a wonderful little place to stop and regroup after a nasty passage before continuing on to the Vav’u group. We enjoyed the people, but we especially enjoyed the children and their unabashed pleasure in just being alive. It’s amazing how little people can have, and still be completely happy and content. It’s a good lesson for all of us.