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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tahanea atoll- Big winds on the way

July 10, 2012
Anchorage Position: 16°57.22'S 144°34.80'W
Tahanea atoll Tuamotu, French Polynesia, South Pacific Ocean

Yesterday we entered Passe Teavatapu on Tahanea atoll at 4PM with current in the pass near slack changing to a slight flood. Even in the low angle evening light we easily found the anchorage just to the NW of the pass at 16°51.0846 S 144°41.5322 W behind Motu Teuakiri in 6 meters sand and coral heads. The C-Map chart was very accurate for the pass and anchorage. The Motu Teuakiri anchorage although protected by to the SE by a dry land and shallow reefs still allowed a wrap around waves into the anchorage. Not bad, but nothing like the perfectly dry flat water and almost pure sand bottom at the Motu about 9nm SE referenced at Taha5 in the Tuamotu compendium. We are happy to have moved this morning before the winds built.

With a 1036mb High pressure on the way it's going to get windy so we're happy to be tucked in safely for the next many days.

That's it for now.

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