No wind this last twenty-four hours and the engine has been running constantly. The diesel bunker is getting low now so I was grateful when the wind finally showed up just after noon. Since then we have been sailing nicely straight down the track to Opua in beautify weather.
In anticipation of the big blow this evening and tomorrow morning I have hanked on the storm staysail. A no nonsense robust little thing, built like a brick outhouse. I hope it’s not needed but better to rig it now than be fighting with it in the dark on a pitching deck and a howling wind.
This morning I saw another yacht ahead and to Starboard. They are now astern, I can just see the tip of their mast showing above the horizon. They may catch up later as I usually ease off at dusk so I can rest easy during the night. They are on the same course as me to Opua so we may meet up at the customs dock.
During my morning walk around the boat I noticed a few small squid that had come on board during the night. This seems to validate my theory about flying squid. They were perfect eating size, I wish I had got to them when they were still fresh. The bird life is back again this afternoon, they came back with the wind. Good to have company but the albatross has not been back.