Journal

Easter Island

Easter Island “Rapa Nui”.

We anchored in the dark evening and woke up to see 15 morais (statues) for which the island is so famous, lined up close to the coastline. Due to the wind and swell direction we had to change anchor location around the island a couple of times before the weather allowed the officials to board us and check us in 4 days later, in the main town anchorage Hanga Roa.

It is very demanding to get ashore because of the heavy swell, which both makes it dangerous to enter the dinghy from the boat, but also to pass the surf close to the shore. Some days we could not leave the boat. During the night the swell and roll of the boat made us feel that we were sailing in bad weather.

Easter Island was inhabited by maoris coming from Mangareva or Rarotonga between 400 and 800 AD. They built a rich culture which probably peaked around 1400 AD. and finally collapsed when all resources of wood were used around 1600 AD, and there was no contact with other islands. This led to fighting, cannibalism, and destruction of the religious morai sites. Rebuilding have taken place the last 50 years, and it is a very special island full of the morai statues, carved stones, stone buildings, volcanoes, and beautiful landscape and nature. The past history is felt very present. The local people are very relaxed, friendly, and helpful. It was a great experience to visit this island where you really feel how remote it is placed on the big ocean.Pacific passage, Easter Island to Pitcairn (June 2008)The passage to Pitcairn of 1155 Nm was completed in 6 days with 17 hours of motoring. The wind was mainly from S and NE up to 40 knots but mostly between 10 and 20 knots. Sometimes the wind disappeared and the heavy swell called for motoring. No ships were seen on the way and only very few fly-fish hit the deck.

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