Monday 25 March 2019

Marquesas landfall

We have arrived at the magnificent Marquesas, all safe and sound. Tintin was faultless as we sailed across from the Galapagos 3000 miles to these little islands in about the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

We have travelled 10,200 nautical miles since leaving Salcombe at the end of August.

The last 24 hours of the journey gave us wonderfully steady wind, and as day broke on Sunday we could see the islands 40 miles off. Towering cliffs and mountains made it easy to see them. To me it felt so reassuring to see land and know we were in the right place after all. Not the Truman show any more.

We sailed into Tahauku Bay at lunchtime and anchored fore and aft. We have slept, been welcomed ashore with wonderful flower garlands, marvelled at the greenness of the island, and have seen how many thousands of barnacles have been growing on the hull in the last 3 weeks. Rob is in the water now scraping them off while Steve keeps a sharp shark lookout!

I know many of you have been following our progress as we sailed over. Thank you.

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