Yesterday was the first passage race from Neiafu harbour out to the islands inthe east of the Vava'u group - about 12 miles, but with lotss of tactical options as to which sides of the various islands to pass. At one stage we almost grazed the rocks of one little island as we fought for a good line to windward.
We were sailing aboard Stormvogel, with Graham as race skipper, and good a pretty decent start in the fleet of about 35 boats. There was some very close-quarters racing and we held off a much bigger and racier boat called Zoomax until the wind increased and she lived up to her name. We finished in the top 7 monohulls (we think - the results will be announced tomorrow evening) so were pleased with how we did.
The racing over, all the boats achored off the Mandala resort and there was a cracking 'Almost Full Moon' party so this morning there were a few sore heads around. We headed back to Maunie after Peter dropped us off at the old harbour pier (about a 20 minute walk from the main town) and we'll return to Stormvogel in the morning for the return race. Peter took some great photos so we'll copy some of them onto the blog in the next couple of days.