We've posted a video of the harbour during the northerly wind - you can view it by clicking here Sorry it's a bit low-resolution but the internet's too slow here to upload a bigger file.
The weather, we're glad to report, has since calmed down and the harbour is once morelike a millpond. However, the unsettled weather patterns continue and there's another northerly due in on Friday; we're not keen to hand around for a second dose. We think there's a little weather window to head west tomorrow, though it'll involve some sailing to windward and heeling over rather than the nice tradewind reaching and running that we'd like. Our target destination in the independent island of Niue, about 620 miles from here, which should take about 5 days. So today we'll do some food provisioning at the good local supermarket then do the rounds of the harbour office, customs and immigration to clear out of the Cook Islands; we'll be sorry to leave.