This morning it rained cats and dogs. My walk to the internet café to check the weather was a soggy affair. Good news, the weather seems to be easing off on the route to New Zealand.
I went shopping for fresh fruit and veg and topped up on additional beer, the stocks were running low after such a long time in port. I stopped for lunch and had fish and chips – a final Tonga treat.
After lunch I visited the Customs to get the boats clearance outward. After some repetitive form filling I finally had the required piece of paper and a stamp in my passport. All ready to go.
Just after three in the afternoon I let go the lines and we were on the way home.
We are now clear of the island of Tongatapu and sailing in a westerly direction – hoping the wind will back around and we can sail more to the south in the morning. I am heading in the general direction of Minerva Reef. A stop at the reef may be necessary if the weather blows as forecast on the eighteenth at the top of New Zealand. We shall see in the next few days.
Its good to be back at sea again after waiting for so long in port. Beautiful fresh air and a clear horizon. At the moment the wind is a perfect ten to fifteen knots. I have reduced sail for the night and we are doing a comfortable five and a half knots. I hope it holds until morning.