Last night was a magical sailing night – one to remember.  The wind was only slight but a constant six or seven knots.  The sea was calm with bio luminescence shimmering in our wake.  The only noise was the sea as we passed through at three or four knots.  So comfortable and I slept well.

This morning at ten the wind backed to the south east as hoped for, we can now lay a course towards North Minerva Reef without having to tack if the wind holds true.  This afternoon the wind picked up and I reduced sail to lessen the pounding and spray.  We are now ninety miles away from North Minerva and should arrive around breakfast time.  A good time to arrive, I need daylight to see what I am doing entering the lagoon inside the reef.

The sun has been out all day and the batteries are now fully charged again including the other electronic gadgets such as torch, speaker, phone, iridium, computer, iPad, hand held vhf radio etc.  It’s marvellous that just a couple of solar panels can keep everything working without having to use a generator or engine for power.

Not sure what the weather will be doing next week in New Zealand.  I expect to get an update from the weather Guru Bob McDavitt tomorrow.  I hope there is an early window of opportunity as I am ready to get home.


It’s been wet and damp all day today, and still raining.  Never mind we had a good day and after some soldering and improvisation this morning the echo sounder came back to life and is now showing the correct depth as far as I can tell, at least it goes up and down with the tide.

Yacht Truce Echo Sounder
Yacht Truce Echo Sounder

The spreader is coming along nicely and received its last coat of paint today ready for installation in the morning.

I rigged a new halyard on the starboard spreader and have a new one made up for the new port spreader.

I also finished off the installation of the AIS today and just need the services of an electrician to hook

it up to the power.  Electricians seem hard to get hold of this time of year and if I can’t find one may try and hook it up myself.


The good thing about dealing with 12 volt it doesn’t bite like the mains power.

Lastly the Iridium Go arrived today.  I will have a careful read of the manual before doing anything, it looks simple though.

Just waiting for the last two couriers with EPIRB and stickers now.

If everything turns up I could be sailing tomorrow afternoon.

But have just realised that tomorrow is the 13th  Mmmm.

Logged 12th April 2016