|Approaching Aitutaki, Cook Islands.|
|Osprey (l) and Calico Jack (r) at anchor in Aitutaki.|
In addition to Calico Jack, who we first met back in Mo'orea in French Polynesia, we have also run into Dolfin of Leith which is a small, 107 year old wooden boat that was given to Iain and Vicki as a wedding present back in the Untied Kingdom. They have sailed this boat, with their children, Finn (4 years old) and Petra (2 years old) across the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal, to the Galapagos and then across the Pacific to French Polynesia. We first met them as we were both approaching Hiva Oa in the Marquesas, having just crossed the Pacific. They are a lovely couple with plans to sail to New Zealand, where Vicki is from, and settle down there as land based citizens. They do intend to keep Dolfin of Leith while living in New Zealand.
|Joanne and Travis at the Game and Fishing Club.|
Last night, Richard and I decided to make reservations at a "fancy" restaurant and treat ourselves to some fine dining. The open-air restaurant was set back from the road in a lush tropical garden setting, complete with about a dozen tables, a sand covered floor, tiki torches and the ubiquitous smell of mosquito coils burning on the periphery. We were not disappointed as our meals with first rate and we left very satisfied. The thirty minute walk back to the boat justified the delicious chocolate cake we had for dessert.
|The crowded anchorage in Aitutaki.|