After 28 hours of sailing in fairly mild conditions we dropped anchor in Bonne Anse in Prony, an enormous bay on Grande Terre that opened into numerous anchorages and cyclone holes. Our little bay, Bonne Anse Rade de L’est, gave us protection from the 25-30kt wind that funneled through with squalls. Again we saw very few boats.
Our first full morning it was dead calm and I was able to finally use my paddle board. What a beautiful bay we’re in with rich red earth and varigated greens along the shore. That was my only chance to be on the water because the stationary front came through and sat over us for over a week. We spent the time cleaning, sorting, organizing and completing long overdo boat chores. Well we also listened to rain, birds, and admired the landscape along with learning new card games. It was a long week.
We also spent a good deal of time dealing with our Australian visas, making phone calls to get them granted. Our anchor windless stopped working so we waited for another weather window to head back to Noumea and the marina. By this time everyone else was thinking the same thing and the marina was full and so were the outer anchorages. Our first night at anchor in Baie de L’Orphelinat we were hit by a French sailboat. He smacked right into our dinghy davits and pushed them out of alignment. We ran up topside to see what happened and he screamed at us it was our fault!!! and we had to move. Oh sure. Next morning we tried anchoring in several spots (Jim manually handling the anchor and chain) and finally settled on a precarious lee shore spot with the wind gusting to 25-30kt. It took a couple days before we finally got back into a berth, out of the wind, where we could relax with shore power, showers and wifi. We also got word our visas were granted.