18 Jun 1997 depart Ua Pou, Marquises 22 Jun 1997 arrive Raroia, Tuamotus. 419 miles.

Building a program to forecast slack water in atoll pass. Based on BA formulas and location/time of moon. Strange to start programming again. Easy to slide back into sailing routine. Getting used to this. Damn tuna stealing my lures. GPS very cool, not so my atoll charts. Eyeball Mk. 1 when I get there. There goes another lure. Fish 3, Mike 0. Raroia in sight! Many breaks in atoll look like pass. Not so sure. Don’t like to go in so close to see. Found it! Slack water program not far wrong. Only 1 hour wait before overfalls go flat. I’m still a little nervous when I slowly approach the pass that I hope is really the pass. There’s no marks, no buoys, or  anything I can see here but it seems right. The charts and the depth sounder agree at 65 feet, but the eyeballs say about 3 feet. The water is so clear that I can see every stone on the bottom and I’m afraid that I’ll hit one at any moment. Depth sounder, eyeballs, depth sounder, eyeballs, depth sounder, eyeballs, should have rolled more cigarettes before coming in. Depth sounder wins, I’m in! Charts show no detail in here. Navigation by water color. More depth, more blue, less depth, more white. Green/Brown for coral heads. Sun high in the sky makes this easy enough. Heading to the north of the lagoon. Anchored in another picture post card. Sand, coral, and fish in the 15 foot of water around me. Also 3 other boats. Bleached sand beach and palm trees. Kon Tiki the raft crashed on this atoll something like 50 years ago. No sign of them now.

About Quinn

20 year solo sailor and developer of Nimble Navigator Charting Software. I sail a Lyle Hess 28 foot Bristol Channel Cutter and have over 100,000 miles on her log.
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