Day 265, Year 1: Goodbye to Bora Bora . . . Back to Raiatea
Date: Sunday, July 9, 2006
Weather: Still Sunshine Mixed with Clouds and Occasional Showers
Latitude: Not Recorded
Longitude: Not Recorded
Location: Uturoa, Raiatea (Society Islands, French Polynesia)

We are back at the city dock here in Uturoa, Raiatea. I decided that I should get here to have x-rays first thing in the morning. In case there is a problem, I need to have it taken care of ASAP so we will be ready to move on to the Cook Islands by this weekend. If everything is fine with my leg, then we will be able to sail back over to Tahaa to tour that island during the week while we are waiting for the auto pilot gears to arrive. It is good to be back here where I can actually step off the boat and walk around without climbing and crawling! We might just sit here this week and enjoy “city” life at the dock.

On the Coconut Net this morning, we finally found out why we are having such strange weather. The ITCZ, Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone, which is supposed to be up around the equator at this time of year, has dropped down and is sitting right over Tahiti. If this had happened anytime between November to April, we would have been on the lookout for cyclone formation, but at this time of year that is not a threat. It is just making for miserable weather in paradise. The prediction that it would move back north today has not happened, and no one seems to know what to expect. For now, it means that we have very little wind, causing warmer waters, which causes more rain. So for now, we will have to be happy with periods of sunshine and occasional rain. Today was better than the past few days in Bora Bora, so maybe the ITCZ is on the move north. When that happens, it will be time to head southwest to the Cook Islands. Right now, there is absolutely no wind out there, so anyone headed that way is motoring

060709 Day 265 Society Islands, Raitea–Bora Bora Back to Raitea