White Hawk

White Hawk

Wed Jan 16 20:45 2019 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 111nm (200.9km)
08 42.17N 171 13.21E
Weather: Gusty winds ENE 14-22 kt in the anchorage. 60-70 % cloud cover with patchy sun. 1/16/2019 4:21 AM UTC

Anchor down around 1:45 PM Wednesday at beautiful Taroa Island, Maloelap Atoll in the Marshall Islands after an overnight passage from Majuro. The first part of the passage was marked by heavy rain and squalls gusting 37 knots but bringing welcome SE wind, before later turning NE 20-25+ knots. John caught a mahi-mahi outside the lagoon and also landed a "doggie" (Dogtooth tuna) inside while crossing to the anchorage so he's got a smile on his face and the fridge is bursting.

It is wonderful to be free from the clutches of the North Pacific gyre which is particularly strong in Majuro this year, making it difficult for yachts to escape:) We visited Maloelap twice in 2004, and are happy to see that the gun emplacement on the north beach and two wrecks visible above the water near shore are still here. There is much to explore here!


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