Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Suwarrow - put it on your cruising wish list
Just arrived in American Samoa after spending some time on Suwarrow in the Cook Islands. It is fairly large atoll that is a national park. It is really what cruising is all about I think - remote and unspoiled. Beautiful water and snorkelling and lots of fish to catch and eat. The lagoon has a large population of fairly docile black-tip reef sharks that wander around and are interesting to look at (and yes you can swim with them around).
The Cook Islands government station two caretakers there for the cruising season and they provide a warm welcome for the hundred or so boats that visit each year. It is a good place to stop if you are going from Bora Bora to American Samoa since it breaks the long trip into two nice sections (think 6 days and 4 days). It also gets you north for the transit across the Cook Islands so you are less likely to get nailed by a front coming into the South Pacific Convergence Zone.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.