Four sailing vessels are berthed at Avatiu Port (as of yesterday afternoon) with three arriving from French Polynesia, on their way doing a world circuit.
Nestled in the corner of the port is the 15 metre LOUARN-KOZH sailing ship which sails under the flag of France alongside Nomzamo Hobart and Merman Jervis Bay sailing vessels.
The Balaena NZ 1070 sailing yacht is sailing under the
flag of New Zealand, she arrived in Avatiu on Monday from Aitutaki intending to
head for Fiji.
Harbour master John Jessie says all the yachts will be
required to leave Avatiu harbour by 2pm tomorrow (Thursday) because of the high
wave alert conditions forecast for all Southern Group islands. The waves are
forecast to increase today and tomorrow afternoon.