Our 5.5 day sail from the Gambier to the Marquesas was the most challenging thus far – four days in gale force winds with six meter seas. On day 5, the weather calmed, but then the headsail halyard broke and we almost lost the sail to the sea. Quick thinking on the Captain’s part saved the sail, but temporarily jammed it in the furling mechanism half way up the mast. Fatu Hiva was a welcome site, albeit the first of many rolly anchorages in the Marquesas. The landscape was breathtaking (as it was throughout the islands in the Marquesas). Like something out of the Peter Pan story.
Everything in the Marquesas was great once we got the headsail sorted. We welcomed our second set of visitors, long term friends of the Captain’s from Milan. We caught up with old friends and made some new ones while visiting anchorages on Tahuata, Hiva Oa, Ua Pou and Nuku Hiva.
Waterfalls, mountains, big trees, Gauguin – it is all here! You can see some wonderful photos taken by the Captain below