Originally Posted by MarkJ
Raoul Island Kermadec Island
29' 16" S 177' 55" W
conditions as of 10:45 am NZDT
22 D Celcius
Feels Like: 22° Barometer: 1018 mb and steady Humidity: 85% Visibility: Unlimited Dewpoint: 19° Wind
: ESE 14 kph Sunrise: 6:30 am Sunset: 8:27 pm
Thanks for the sp corrections.
When we were there, there were 6 guys, employed by the NZ gvm't to run a weather
station. They had a large house and a working farm. The island is quite amazing although the anchorage is open and you drop your anchor
into huge boulders (recovery is iffy).
Best Tuna fishing
grounds in the world. In fact, one of these guy's job is to keep Tuna Trwlers from fishing
around there. It is supposedly the most proliffic breading grounds in the world.
The guys got an "Air Drop" once a week and could order anything that they wanted (I've never seen so much booze in one spot). They also had a pool.
On the windward side of the island was a 250' Japanese fishing trawler
, laying on the beach (unable to get it off). At that time, it had only been there a short time and the scavaging was great.
I even have a stamp in my Passport from Raoul Island. One of the guys made it up. It's in the shape of the island.
I just checked out the Island on GoogleEarth. It's changed some. I see they now have a small air-strip. I was told that, that big Japanese fishing boat
sunk into the sand. It must be true because it isn't there now. That was one big ship and there is NO WAY that they got it off of that beach. Just after we left, we heard that the hull
filled with water