With our “Robo-rudder” ready for action, we set sail 50nm north-west to Faaite. This was our third atoll of this leg with Matt, Diyana, and Melanie. It is the only one so far with a legitimate anchorage outside the pass, in 45-55 feet of water, coral rubble.
The trade wind blows offshore, keeping the water smooth as the swells roll beneath us. Being anchored in the ocean was a welcome change; we still regard the lagoons with some suspicion (strong pass currents, treacherous coral bommies in unsurveyed areas, plenty of coral to snag anchor chain).
Our location also had the added advantage of seeing tons of fish and birds do their daily “dance”. Animals do a lot of their feeding outside the pass– so it’s a good place to watch the show of nature.