A sad morning as we had to depart this most beautiful anchorage. Had breaky and fed toady – the toadfish. We left early as we wanted to get to Faaroa Bay and explore the river Aoppomau. The breeze was about 20-25kn from the NE and we motored into it arriving to Faaroa Bay by 9.45am. The next bit was a bit tricky as we didn’t have a boat hook and we were going to pick up a mooring (one of the old Sunsail base moorings half way down the bay to starboard).
So we tried the old fashioned way – with Dale doing some tight rope walking off the bow and trying to pick it up with the broom handle but the Mooring weighed a tonne! We lost the top of the broom, so Dale went for a swim, retrieved it and jumped back on board so we could try another method. This time we went along side the mooring buoy and tied a rope to it and secured it on the aft transom. We then retrieved another rope, tied this around the buoy and the bow cleat and released the aft line. Phew, we were secured and who needs a boat hook anyway…
|Entrance to the river|
Back to the boat for lunch, afternoon nap and then a swim. Definitely can’t venture too far as the current was very strong & the little swell that comes through would be hard to fight against. We were trying to eat and drink our way through the final stores we had left but this was not easy. Made some pizza dough and it was pizzas for dinner on our final night at sea.