Tonga 11 – Tonga!

June 11, 2019 The big story in Tonga at the moment is the weather. Since about 2 pm today, it has been raining more or less steadily, with gaps for heavy downpours or brief periods of dryness, lasting about 15 minutes each. We are rafted (tied up with) Nikitoo, a fabulous Oyster (brand of boat) […]

Tonga 9 – Niue

May 30, 2019 Wow! We arrived in Niue at 5 am and woke up to an island unlike any other we have visited. It is an “uplifted atoll” which I think means that it was sinking and then got pushed back up. I need to brush up on my geology before commenting further. Apart from […]

Tonga 8 – Niue

May 29, 2019 It’s a beautiful night with consistent winds and calmer seas. Charm is quite happy and therefore so are the rest of us. It isn’t quite champagne sailing but at least I’m only getting drenched by the odd wave once an hour instead of every 20 minutes. We did have another sail mishap […]

Tonga 5

May 24, 2019 Everything went fine last night, at least until the end of my watch. After that, I went to sleep and someone else (Joe) worries about things. You can see the radar image – the squall just kept reforming on top of us but never really did much. Griselle said she got rained […]