Oct. 18 – Luganville to Port Vila day one

After a night of hard rain and a rolling anchorage, it was light enough at 4:30am to pull the anchor and head for Georges Philippar Pass.  At 6am we were approaching the pass with 2.5kt of current pushing us along.  We crossed several prominent tide lines with water color changing from green to mud brown then back to dark green.  At one point we had 4kt of current pushing us, then 15 minutes later only 1kt and dropping.

We motorsailed hard and dead upwind, tacking several times.  It was a long day of pushing to get to the only possible anchorage, Southwest Point – Metenovor, on Malakula.  It was overcast, misting, and hard to see at 6pm.  It’s the first time we’ve ever anchored this late and we held our breath hoping it was as easy as the chart showed.  The anchor was set just before dark.

tide line

water change at the pass

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