Welcome to the Maunie of Ardwall blog

This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall. After a six-year adventure sailing from Dartmouth to Australia, we are now back in Britain.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

New crew aboard Maunie

Tony and Claire from Auckland arrived aboard on Friday, after a slightly challenging journey which included an unscheduled night in Nuku'alofa when the internal airline decided to cancel their flight. This happens quite a lot and in fact yesterday we saw the afternoon plane circle Neiafu a few times and then head back to Nuku'alofa without landing because it was raining here!

Their arrival coincided, unfortunately, with a weather front so we had a hot, windless and humid first day (so some refreshing swimming) and a rainy second morning. The weather's cleared up now and we've met som lovely locals and enjoyed a Tongan Feast on Lape Island last night. This morning Claire & Tony are experiencing the Catholic Mass in Neiafu whilst Graham & Dianne enjoy a nice coffee in town!

The entire primary school on Kapa island  with their head-teacher on a beach clean-up as part of Environment Week

Claire tries her hand at coconut processing, with village elder Colio supervising.

Tony enjoys a refreshing coconut drink

Di at the head of the queue for the Feast

Sailing in for church - T&C multi-tasking with helming and tooth-brushing
Local fishermen preparing their nets

Notice the safety features!

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