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“Full moon dinghy drift” was the call on the morning net.  Forty boats meet by the marina at 5pm and tie themselves together:  hard and soft bottom inflatables, Whalers, center consoles, Fatty Knees – all haphazardly joined according to their arrival time.

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Passing trays and bowls:  cheese and crackers, olives, date nut bread, various yummy dips, Chex Mix, nuts, salsa and chips, smoked fish, popcorn, fruit and other munchies.

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Laughing, chatting, imbibing, as we drift amongst the moored boats.

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Making new friends; greeting old ones.

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I stand up in my dinghy and yell “wave.”  And they all do.

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Oops.  Here comes the Donnie ferry – close, but not too close.

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Someone stands up, holding a bowl above her head and asks:  “Whose is this?”  Across the mass of dinghies, another someone waves back.  And a bowl is passed from dinghy to dinghy until it reaches its owner.

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Watching the sun set.

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Time to blow the conch.

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Behold the full moon – rising over the island.

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We wander back to our boat.  Following the stern light of the ferry.

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To Motu Iti, in the shadow of the lighthouse.

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