Maybe in a week or so it'll really happen. Don't worry, we'll turn the lights off when we leave!
(Some may get the idea that we cruise to eat. I guess that wouldn't be a totally inaccurate characterization.)
Speaking of weather, I have never seen the weather models so wrong, so consistently for any other place we've been. We look at GFS, ECMWF, and the PredictWind wind versions of these and not only do they usually disagree and diverge, but none have really come very close to reality here. Could it be the lack of reporting stations in Vanuatu that causes this?
Still speaking of weather, what a great lightning show last night!
We'll head south to Pentecost tomorrow while the wind's still light. Today: Snorkeling.
Last night, we anchored near the eastern tip of Ambae. No volcanic action other than steam and clouds. Couldn't see any red glow at night. Maybe people will be able to come home soon?
We'll hang out here a couple of days until we get weather to get to islands to the east.
It was a little hard to find a clear spot in between the bombies but we managed. We're a little short-scoped but it's calm.
We'll go into Luganville soon to resupply. We might do it from Surrunda or we might take Legacy back to Aore Island across from town. We'll see.
It's also a very windy place with more than a few rolly anchorages. All in all, it wasn't really worth it for us, but your milage may vary.
We're in 14 degree latitude land and can you believe it? We had to use a blanket last night.
Heading North to Vanua Lava this morning. We are having a GREAT time in Vanuatu. This is a magical place!!!
We're off today for Port Olry. Wish us luck with this grueling 8 mile passage.
That said, if the GRIBs can be believed, we might be leaving for Vanuatu on Monday or Tuesday.
Did I mention that I really hate passages?! -Rich
We think we'll head on to New Caledonia tomorrow.
For a bunch of pictures of Lord Howe Island, see twoatsea.com.
Oh well, we're in now, at a mooring in the lagoon at the amazing Lord Howe Island. Stunningly beautiful!
And don't get me started on current! Let's just get real and admit that humankind doesn't have the ability to predict ocean currents and those who say they can are nothing but this eras snake oil salesmen! We were supposed to have current with us now, but it's 2 knots against us.
All in all, this passage sucks!
Will probably be sitting here for up to a week. Oh well. Another town to explore!
Now we're back in Strahan (pronounced Strawn) getting ready to head up to the big island. We hope to make about a four day passage and end up somewhere around Eden as our visa time is running out and we've lingered too long in Tassie.
Now, we're anchored in a beautiful bay with no wind, despite the forecast 30 knots in the vicinity. Life in Tasmania is very good!
Legacy - Still in Suva
We're still in Suva, but we have a plan. We are hoping to leave for New Caledonia on Wednesday. From there, Nelson or somewhere in Australia, who knows. -Rich
Legacy - Sitting in Suva
Cyndi and I are sitting in Suva, waiting for weather to sail to Nelson, NZ. You can find out more about what we're up to on our blog at www.twoatsea.com.