Arrival New Caledonia

22:16.61S
166:26.40E
Friday 29th May. Port Moselle

Our last night at sea was perfect. There was just enough wind to fill the sails on a reach and we slid along at 4.50 knots. We didn’t want to arrive in the middle of the night so timed our arrival for first light. 0630 we were through the well lit Passe de Boulari and motored gently to Port Moselle. Formalities were quickly and easily dealt with. Sounds all trouble free BUT. Thursday Simon had noticed hydraulic fluid leaking from the bottom of the vang strut. This is a serious problem. Email contact with Auckland and we were told that it has to be sent back to them to fix. What a bore. So now we wait until the long weekend holiday is over, pack the vang and fly it down to Auckland and wait for it to be returned. Waiting for spare parts in exotic places. However step ashore here and we are in France. Fabulous produce market, delicious patisserie, pate and cheese – and warm weather too.

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