Another day in Paradise dawned here at Kalafesi Island. In contrast to yesterday it was completely overcast and rained increasingly as the day developed. None of us were inspired to head ashore and instead we made final adjustments. Cut a few lines for lashings, tried to find things and in the process lost a few more in the jumble of dry bags that are stowed in the Bounty Boat.
I had a close look at the passage plan as basic as it is given our limited navigation equipment. Fiji seems to be our greatest navigational challenge with the first obstacle cropping up only two dayts out of Tofua. So much coral reef for several days on end.
The pay off for a rainy day was the chance to wash in fresh water which we collected in buckets and cooking pots. Wow did that feel great after days of accumulated salt from swimming and salt spray. It was all I was needing to be ready to set sail. At least we will start feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed.
Mark ran a few old Polynesian movies inspiring us about the Polynesian seafaring history which is very impressive. Their fast multi-hull craft navigated the Pacific populating from the west by sailing. They were fast, weatherly and look like so much fun.
Tonights dinner was perhaps our last cooked meal as all going well we may set sail for the mutiny site tomorrow afternoon. It is all getting very close. We should be feeling some anxiety but it has crept up so steadily that there seems no surprise. I wonder what the other guys are thinking?
We're waiting for the bad weather to pass, hopefully it will be clear skies for us tomorrow. If we're that lucky, we'll be making our way to the point of the mutiny and from there, onto the island of Tofua. But if the weather is against us, we'll just play it by ear.
So much ahead of us. I hope you will hold our hands through this one.