We've been in the capital of Vanuatu for 3 nights and it's so very different from Erromango and Tanna ... solid buildings, mains electricity and water, tarmac roads, shops, cars, the list is endless. It really feels as though we're back in civilisation, good for provisioning (one of the best markets we have seen for months), wifi, restaurants etc but not the cultural experience we've been enjoying. But on a practical note we've bought what we need, enjoyed internet connectivity and got a few boat jobs done before the sail on to Australia. Yesterday Paul repaired the companion way door and chain counter while I did some food preparation and this morning we've stitched the bottom of the genoa where it was coming loose. Always something!
Last night was the dinner and prize giving for the leg from Musket Cove to Tanna. We obviously weren't in contention for a prize as we left early but it was still a fun evening. A bit bittersweet as we say goodbye to another 8 boats and so only 12 of us will continue to Mackay together.
The official start for the leg to Australia is midday tomorrow but we've decided to leave a day early to get ahead of the pack ... we're one of the slowest boats left on the rally now so will get a head start. So no updates now until we arrive in Mackay in Queensland on around the 1 or 2 August depending on the winds!