Last night at midnight we passed through a weather front. As we approached the front we were becalmed and motored in windless conditions for an hour before picking up the wind from the south east. When the wind filled in it had some force, we had a boisterous sail to mid-day with more benign conditions since. There was some heavy spray over the boat which has helped wash the dust and grime from Nuku’alofa away. The topsides are sparkling now.
The weather forecast is firming up, looks like we continue heading west for three more days until making the turn for the south. I can see light at the end of the tunnel now and can start thinking of an ETA into Opua.
After lunch, I had an afternoon siesta. It was so good I went back and had another one. Well it is Sunday, the day of rest. Sunday is also the designated day for personal grooming, shower, shave, haircut and scrub down. I have not had a hot shower since leaving Honolulu – I am looking forward to that luxury.
For sundowners this afternoon I changed back into long sleeved shirt and track pants. It’s cool in the cockpit when the sun goes down. It feels like the south-east breeze is bringing cold air up from the Antarctic. For the cool weather I have switched to whisky and water. Very nice, I could have taken another one but resisted as I need to stay alert.