The 100 mile trip up to Raiatea started well. A gorgeous full moon and a fast close fetch. Soon however, black mothers loomed to the north and for 8 hours we met with a succession of squalls and were deluged with the heaviest rain I have ever experienced. It was a relief to enter Raiatea’s southern pass soon after dawn and to motor inside the reef for 10 miles north to Uturoa town.


The city wharf was empty. In clearing weather we tied up and, after a palate-cleansing ale, collapsed into our respective comas. From the boat it is just 400 metres to the supermarket, where Melanie soon began her searches for the best brie and all manner of unidentifiable herbs, vegetables and other comestibles.

Our friends on Grin and Wind of Change arrived soon after and in twilight grandma Joan’s birthday was a cheerful celebration.

2 thoughts on “Raiatea

  1. Grandma Joan
    May 17, 2016 at 01:42

    Greetings John, Jochen and Melanie from Canada. Sincere THANKS for the well chosen, dual purpose birthday gifts and your fellowship. The wine was a perfect paring with Canadian cheese and crackers and the flower is on my desk. I am still trying to identify the ‘eye ball’ fruit which Elly and I enjoyed. The citrus juicer made quarts of lemonade and will remain on ‘Grin’ for another adventure for me. Cheers everyone & smooth sailing!

    1. May 21, 2016 at 08:57

      Joan, how splendid to hear from you. We arrived in Tonga yesterday, and here for the first time there is internet coverage worthy of the name. I look forward to catching up with you and the Grin crew further down the track. Now go and get those happy campers working!

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