After almost two months here in Vava'u Tonga it's time to start moving again. The storm referenced below is over and the boats that were out in it have safely made landfall or are close. The people on the boat that was rolled over and abandoned were picked up by a freighter and are OK. A new wave of boats left here for NZ a few days ago. I listen to them on the ham radio and today most were motoring with no wind!
I will depart tomorrow or the next day for Tongatapu, 200 miles to the south, with a stop in the Ha'apai island group. On the 21st my friend Tom Reese arrives from Antarctica, where he has been working for six weeks, to help sail the boat to New Zealand.
Tonga is an interesting place and it has been a good spot to spend some time. The photo shows the rebar anchor on a small Tongan fishing boat.