Date: Friday, May 4th 2018 Time: 21:32 UTC Location: 09° 48.4′ S 139° 01.9 W Anchor down, Atuona bay 24 hour distance traveled: 109 nm Distance to the Marquesas: 0 nm
We have arrived! Now your inboxes can take a break from our incessant posts: It’s time for us to explore the islands.
Last night at about 2am I saw just this hazy, slightly more grey splotch on the horizon. With the binoculars at about 15 miles out I could just make out a slight grey line silhouette coming down to the water that looked distinctly like land. I whispered “Land Ho!” and went back to looking at the radar, comparing Open CPN on the computer to Navionics on the Ipad and the Raymarine Chart plotter to make sure they all agreed that the land was in fact where we thought it should be.
Cameron and I were contemplating how most of you probably worry about us when we are far from land. But, we worry about us when we get close to land. The land is the most likely thing to sink a boat. Our attention was appropriately heightened to keep us on track while we took showers, put up our Q and Courtesy flags and ran our engine a bit to top up the batteries on our way into the very very tiny and very very full anchorage near Atuona.
We didn’t smell the land like many people had said but when we saw it, boy, it is a joyous feeling! This island, Hiva Oa, is one of the more challenging places to get to in the world. Very few people visit who are not on a boat. SV Baloo’s crew was on deck to welcome us and we are anchored down right next to our good friends! Well, we are off to explore! I hope our daily ships log was interesting and fun for all of you to follow during our passage. We will be taking a short break now but I will very soon find a way to upload some photos and I have two “One Second a Day” videos that are waiting to be posted. I have a few technological hurdles with my computer still unresponsive so wish me luck! Thanks so much for everyone’s prayers! We could feel them all and we feel very blessed to have all of you in our lives. THIS IS THE SAILING VESSEL BANYAN, WDH7907 (our ship station license number), this frequency is now clear!!!