"For most of the morning we glided from point to point along Vavau's scalloped western coast before a light northerly. At 11:00 we were able to turn the corner and see for the first time into the midst of the group, at which point began a game that was to continue for my entire stay in Tonga: What island is that? More than once I thought I had everything sorted out, only to be confused when more islands came into view a quarter mile farther on."
"The sailing was delightful. No, more than delightful. Marvelous. Chidiock has proven herself at sea, but here, as I played the wind shifts off each cliff and point, gentle wavelets lapped at the hull, and "the ordeal" of an open boat circumnavigation became a pure joy."
-Webb Chiles, THE OPEN BOAT: Across the Pacific
Webb's path aboard GANNET, from Samoa to Tonga, will be through the same waters and islands that he sailed in 1979 on Chidiock Tichborne, his 18' yawl.
I hope the sailing will be just as marvelous.