We battened down the hatches on Shiraz ready to brave out the lousy weather which was forecast for the weekend.
Many boats left the Papeete marina with the knowledge that a North westerly swell can reek havoc here. John spent hours on the computer reviewing the weather forecast information. We decided, with a handful of other boats, to stay.
Saturday night saw squalls with winds of up to 39 knots and it hammered down with rain. But, as John had predicted, the swell wasn’t too bad.
Sunday morning I went out on the bike to look around. At the mouth of the river, muddy water flowed into the sea carrying with it tree trunks and a semi submerged fridge.
The pass to the Papeete port remained open so the ferry service to Moorea remained on schedule. The locals are used to rolling around on the ferries but I expect there were a few green looking, sea sick tourists because it was very rough.
A few hardy va’a people had been out in the brown sea.
Despite the amount of rain on the ground, the burly Tahitian man was doing his daily leaf blowing job. I think the leaves were stuck firmly to the ground but he was jovial and gave me the chakkers.
Today the weather is hot and sunny. The yachts have returned to the marina.
I’ve done the washing. We’ve fished out tree branches, plastic bottles, flip-flops and even a computer from the water.
As the water cleared, I was so pleased to see that the little juvenile bat fish had survived.
More rain is forecast but today’s weather has been gorgeous. We felt quite relaxed after a somewhat stressful weekend.