After 27 days at crossing 3,500 nautical miles of the South Pacific Ben, Sahia, and Linus sight land of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas. The propeller shaft falls off as they enter port. Something was lost in the translation with the boat yard and the boat is anchored in a questionable location in Tahuaka Bay until the next year. Ben and Sahia say goodbye… at least for a few days. The crew tours Atuona. Linus tries to solve the mystery of the missing fresh water. Ben and Linus get lost attempting to climb Mont Temetiu on Hiva Oa. They turn around on the ridge 800 meters up on the path to Hanemenu Bay. Linus leaves the boat at Marquesas Maintenance Services and gets a ride to the airport for his flight to Tahiti.
The Slow Boat has just over a month to sail the 3,500 nautical miles to Hiva Oa from La Libertad, Ecuador. There would be no time for the extra 700 nm to Tahiti or a month’s quarantine.
Sahia, Ben, and Linus depart the yacht club and sail west overnight. The crew gets seasick and headwinds make them turn north of the rhumb line or the great circle route to the Marquesas.
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