Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Arrival at Easter - 13 days, 18 hours, 1891 miles

Visions of Johanna at anchor off Anakena, Moai in the background

Well, we finally made it to Easter Island, almost 3 years after sitting in the Yacht Club bar discussing the possibilities. Though it was a long and sometimes bumpy trip, it was much easier and more do-able than I'd feared.

We made an average speed of 5.73 knots, and and prior to deciding to 'motor in' in the light air last night, had only used 16 hours on the engine, including leaving port, charging batteries on a couple of grey days, and making water. Total engine hours for the trip, anchor to anchor was 23. But all of it was low-RPM motoring, so we probably only burned about 12 gallons of diesel.

We dropped anchor at Anakena Cove last night at 0230 local time. Visions of Johanna was gracious enough to wake up in the middle of the night and help guide us in to a safe anchoring spot. I thought it was a little hairy, but Dave wasn't worried at all. It's an open bay, so it really wasn't that hard.

Now that the sun has risen, we can see the moai (carved stone heads) on the beach. We are in 35-40 feet of water, but it is crystal clear and we can see the bottom easily.

Off to breakfast at Visions of Johanna!
At 3/16/2010 2:01 PM (utc) our position was 27°04.16'S 109°19.47'W

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