Tuvalu to Western Samoa
On the 16th the wind came from the ENE at 8 to 10 knots and we were able to shut off the engine and sail at 5.5 to 6.5 knots.
Arrival at Canton was easy. Anchor down and the skiff in the water we went ashore to check in with customs and immigration and were told to walk 3 kilometers into the village. A pleasant walk to the village and a few questions later we found the Customs man, who is also the Immigration man, who is also the police man.
The wind in the harbor had raised to 20 knots from the SE. and in the after noon I noticed our anchor was dragging. This was the first time for my anchor to drag in the five years I had been sailing. John took a second anchor out with the skiff and after two try's it set and we held until morning.
On the morning of August 20th we raised both anchors and put to sea, and with 15 knots of wind from the SE set a course for Apia Samoa 660 Mile to the south. The wind strength stayed between 5 and 15 knots but swung a bit more around from the south so we had head winds all the way to Apia. With light winds and head winds it made for slow going. And one morning John noticed a lower shroud was starting to unravel. But no serious problems and on August 28 we arrived in Apia harbor.
John will leave for home from here so I will be on my own for the next two legs of the journey to Christmas Island and Hawaii. But first I will order two new lower shrouds from New Zealand put them on before I,m ready to leave.
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