We untied from the wall in radio bay and anchored out. We planned to leave after tea on the wall. Tea on the wall is where all us transient sailors get together and chat, have dinks and food. Everyone brings a little something to give to the others. Paul rowed us to and from our boat in his little pink dingy. After tea we set out to leave… One thing after the other broke.
We went to hoist the mainsail and we had twisted some of the mainsail tabs when we fixed the mainsail tab funnel. We screwed on, and unscrewed the mainsail tab funnel about 4 times before we finally got it right. Then as we were about to exit the harbor, Steve went into the lazaret to turn on the auto pilot. The auto pilot was on alright but we were doing circles. We tried to calibrate the autopilot for a while and then gave up. By this time, it was about midnight and nobody had it in them to do what was necessary to make it around the point. We brought back down the mainsail and anchored in the harbor for the night. In the morning Steve and I spent a few hours trying to calibrate the autopilot. We never got it to work and headed out without it.
We started off closed hauled and slowly ended in a run as we circled around the south end of the Island. The south side is mainly small lava cliffs about 20 to 40ft high. The waves smash up against the cliffs and fly into the air. We arrived at the lava flows just at sunset. The lava slowly cascading down the mountainside and over the cliff side and into the sea. We came within a half mile with our boat to the lava waterfalls. Such a beautiful experience. The lava so bright as it hits the water steam puffs up with every drop. We slowly but surely drifted away from the lava flows and started making our way to the south point. The south point was rough! Steve and Kelsey both referred to it being a similar experience to sailing around point conception. The current was strong; we were getting sucked back towards the point. The wind was gusting over 30 knots, the sea state now tossing us all over the place. Steve doused the main and had to motor around the point. We made it around the point just at sunrise and low and behold its flat without an ounce of wind.