Apsara's Log: Land Ho!
We are tucked away in the Bay of Virgins, Fatu Hiva, in the Marquesas
Islands. Arrived today at approximately 4pm local time (we think), after 17
days and 5 hours. We had plenty of light to navigate into the harbour,
which was fortunate because we really did not want to "heave-to" and wait
until daylight drop anchor. And we needed the light, as we are currently
anchored in 86 feet (!) of water in the most beautiful bay we have ever seen
(this requires ALL of Apsara's anchor chain). Despite the fleeting thoughts
of sailing on to Tahiti, we are extremely happy to be here. And, at this
moment, we can't imagine an arrival more rewarding or more beautiful.
After a few cocktails and dinner, we are off to our first full night's sleep
in a couple of weeks. We'll see who wakes up first, wondering "who is on
As a bit of trivia, this bay was originally named "Phallic Bay," after some
imposing rock formations onshore. However, when the French missionaries
arrived, they promptly converted the name to "Bay of Virgins." (interesting
to note - in French - this required the change of only one letter)
Love to you all, and more later in a more general email to the broader
Apsara and her faithful crew.