Journal

Suwarrow (2014)

Suwarrow

The distance from Maupihaa to Suwarrow is 584 Nm and the passage was made in 3 days in rough sea with winds from mainly ESE of 20 – 25 Kts. The motor was used 2.5 hours. During a sudden wind shift the boom preventer broke and caused an accidental jibe, which again made an ø 16 mm boom downhaul rigged outside the “lifeline” to bend the ø 32 mm pipe and 4 stanchions of the same size, so they were moved approx 500 mm inside the gunwale, before the downhaul exploded.   

Suwarrow is a quite large uninhabited atoll first claimed by Russia. Today it is part of the Northern Cook Islands and is administered by New Zealand. During the 4 months outside the hurricane season a ranger Harry and his wife takes care of the atoll and the untouched environment plus the paperwork involved for visiting yachts. We spent some good time there together with other boats, and enjoyed the hospitality of the ranger couple. There were many rays and sharks in the atoll. 

It was difficult to anchor inside because of the many coral heads, and one yacht came to grief one month earlier on a stormy night where its anchor chain broke, and it ended up on a reef. We learned to anchor with some fenders attached to the chain, so it was lifted above the bottom and coral heads, and avoided problems.

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