TONGA IN SIGHT

For the past forty-eight hours we have been sailing with the jib poled out to port and the main to starboard.  I haven’t touched anything, neither sails or self-steering – we have headed relentlessly down the track to Tonga.  It’s almost as if Truce is saying she has had enough of me messing around – … Continue reading TONGA IN SIGHT

THE PENULTIMATE NIGHT AT SEA

We have both got the channels – even worse than yesterday.  Last night the discussion turned to food again and the dishes we were going to eat in Tonga.  Then Jessica started showing me photos of the food she had been eating in Vietnam.  We both seem to be slightly obsessed with the food thing … Continue reading THE PENULTIMATE NIGHT AT SEA

TRUCE CREW GET CHANNELS

Jessica has the channels, that strange malaise seafarers get after being at sea for some time and approaching port.  She is restless and constantly talking about what food she is going to eat.  Of course, the condition is contagious, I am now is a similar state. We still have plenty of food on board – … Continue reading TRUCE CREW GET CHANNELS

LIGHT WINDS CONTINUE TO TAUNT US

Another day of light winds.  Nothing we can do about that – just sail as best we can and enjoy the trip.  I had hoped to arrive in Neiafu early afternoon Monday and clear customs.  Now it looks like we will arrive late evening.  If that is the case I will hang back so we arrive in … Continue reading LIGHT WINDS CONTINUE TO TAUNT US

A DAY OF TWO HALVES

As they say in football – today has been a day of two halves.  From midday to midnight we romped along, reefed down, in twenty knot winds doing a comfortable six knots.  At midnight, we had clocked seventy plus miles and all was good.  After midnight we ran into a rain squall (probably a front) and after a brief flurry … Continue reading A DAY OF TWO HALVES

C’MON, ENOUGH SQUALLS

What a day and night.  Completely unsettled weather.  I have just counted from the log book, we had eight squalls during the last 24 hours.  Sails have been up, down, in and out.  At one stage, we were hove to under triple reefed main for twenty minutes.  I feel pretty knackered from the effort of … Continue reading C’MON, ENOUGH SQUALLS

NIGHT OF FLYING SQUID

An action filled night on board Truce.  We are into an area of unsettled weather and rain squalls.  Two hit us between nine and midnight.  The midnight squall was so strong and persistent that we stowed the mainsail and sailed on staysail only. During the second squall I noticed a strong fishy smell.  Jessica had the flashlight and … Continue reading NIGHT OF FLYING SQUID

LIGHT WINDS AND CHANGE OF WEATHER

The light easterly winds continue to help us slowly towards Tonga.  At midnight I furled the jib, it would no longer hold the wind.  The wind is very light, sails are slapping around as Truce moves to the waves.  We crept along at about three knots with the main and staysail set overnight. As daylight broke this … Continue reading LIGHT WINDS AND CHANGE OF WEATHER

SLOW ROAD TO TONGA

Since yesterday the winds have been light from the east.  We have managed to keep the boat moving along, also got a bit of breeze through the boat to cool things down a bit.  Noon to noon run of just over one hundred miles came as a surprise as I thought we had done even less.  We … Continue reading SLOW ROAD TO TONGA

ADOPTING PLAN ‘C’ – HEADING TO TONGA

Another lovely night.  This time though the wind deserted us in the early hours and has been missing since.  For the last twelve hours we have rolled around the ocean and just managed to keep moving at between two and three knots.  Such a contrast to the previous days when we have been striding along … Continue reading ADOPTING PLAN ‘C’ – HEADING TO TONGA