Put our stern to Nouméa today headed for the Solomon Islands and Papa New Guinea on our next science cruise.
Nouméa is a nice place but I speak very very little French so it was a hard place to get along. Managed to get a local beer called “Number One” that was pretty tasty. My shipmate on the other hand decided to try the “Panache” beer. Of course we couldn’t asked the waiter because he spoke only French and we only know about six French words. My buddy’s beer arrived and was not what was expected. It was sweet beer. Sweet like stronger than apple juice sweet. Pretty funny watching him trying to finish it.
Our new science trip is going to be retrieval of science surface moorings. These moorings have been out for a year or more. Hopefully we can make a pass or two with our lines before we recover them.