8th Aug 2012 - My First Pacific Crossing
Manihi to Apataki Atoll
Crossing – Manihi Atoll to Apataki Atoll – 08/08/12
I arrived at Apataki Atoll just as the sun was setting and proceeded to enter the atoll and motor across to the northern anchorage area.
Just as I was getting ready to move the boat to calmer waters the wind picked up considerably and the rope holding the anchor chain broke causing the chain to start to run out over the winch, luckily I had a spare rope and hook, however this too broke soon after fitting. I tried to raise the anchor, however the wind and swell were too strong for the winch and it just kept running out.
I tried for over 2 hours to bring in the anchor, I even tried to call the mega yacht ion the VHF radio to see if they could send someone across to give me a hand, but obviously when you have a mega yacht all of the radio rules go out the window as I was unable to get a response. In the end I had to drive the boat forward and pull the anchor clear of the bottom. I then continued to motor until I was in 100ft of water and was then able to stop the boat and retrieve the anchor.
That’s the last atoll anchorage for me, Papeete here we come
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