DAY 13 ONWARD FROM TONGA

This morning the wind finally died at ten, just ripples on the water.  We now have a huge spreading calm patch to get through before picking up the strong north westerly winds that will take us the final step to Opua. The Yanmar engine has been running since the wind left us. Maybe it will … Continue reading DAY 13 ONWARD FROM TONGA

ENOUGH WEST – TURNING SOUTH TO NEW ZEALAND

I haven’t posted a log for a couple of days.  I didn’t have much to say, Truce and I have been beating to the west to get around a am nasty patch of weather above New Zealand.  Same slog day after day.  After three days, we have gained enough distance to start turning to the … Continue reading ENOUGH WEST – TURNING SOUTH TO NEW ZEALAND

THE LONG ROAD BACK TO NEW ZEALAND

The anchorage at Minerva Reef turned out to be very peaceful, despite my initial misgivings.  I had a great rest and felt very refreshed this morning.  And what a morning, a glorious sunrise, warm sunshine and crystal-clear waters. No sound except the distant thunder of surf on the reef.  I breakfasted in the cockpit on … Continue reading THE LONG ROAD BACK TO NEW ZEALAND

SOME BEAUTIFUL SAILING TODAY

Last night and this morning it rained continuously, the soaking type of rain that turns everything into a sodden mass.  But the wind held and we had a great sail through the night, unfortunately the south-east wind that was forecast didn’t arrive and the south westerly breeze pushed us too far to the west. All … Continue reading SOME BEAUTIFUL SAILING TODAY

NUKU’ALOFA TO NEW ZEALAND

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 … Continue reading NUKU’ALOFA TO NEW ZEALAND