We find a light SE wind just outside the Manihi pass and haul out a sail that gets little use, the gennaker, and this pulls us along until dark when we bring it down for safer night sailing. We have a passage between two islands waiting for us up ahead and we are a little nervous: the currents are unpredictable and the islands hard to spot. Fortunately it is a bright moonlit night and the island on the left hand side shows up plainly,- the waves crashing on the reef, the palm trees..... Wait a minute, they are way too easy to see! We have been edged off course. The reef soon begins to recede however as we exit the channel and find more open waters.
pm. As we coasted past Point Venus and closer to Papeete a very big squall came chasing up behind us. We ended entering the Papeete channel crab-wise, angled against the wind to avoid being swept onto the reef.
After that, Anne conned us through a tricky piece of lagoon channel navigation to this anchorage past the airport. Scaldis, Wylie E. Coyote and Francis are close by.
Tahiti in one piece. This feels like a great achievement. 7000 miles from Victoria.