EXPLORING NUKU’ALOFA

The weather here is still unsettled, last night we had some wind and rain but today has been sunny with a cool breeze.  There is a trough forecast for Sunday with clearing weather following behind.  Weather Guru Bob says there may be an opportunity to sail after the weekend, maybe Tuesday. Today I went exploring around Nufu’alofa.  I … Continue reading EXPLORING NUKU’ALOFA

RUNNING SOUTH TO HA’APAI GROUP

I awoke this morning to find a stiff north-east breeze blowing into Tapana Lagoon.  Perfect for our trip south to the Ha’apai Group, some sixty-five miles distant.  We dropped our mooring at seven, said our farewells to Steve and scuttled out of Tapana under half a jib at six knots. As we progressed south the … Continue reading RUNNING SOUTH TO HA’APAI GROUP

DRINKING RUM WITH OLD FRIENDS

The rain from yesterday evening continued overnight, finally giving way to some sunshine mid-morning.  I spent a few minutes bailing out the pig before we could go ashore – amazing how much water collected overnight. By ten I had visited the customs and port office to clear out from the Vava’u group.  The tonnage dues … Continue reading DRINKING RUM WITH OLD FRIENDS

WANDERING IN NEIAFU

What a great night’s sleep.  The weather was calm and Truce lie quietly to the mooring without a sound.  It was a cockerel crowing on the shore that work me early morning.  It took a few seconds for the unfamiliar sound to register before I realised where I was. Breakfast was fresh Papaya with lime.  … Continue reading WANDERING IN NEIAFU

ENJOYING TONGA

This morning we headed into Neiafu to clear into Tonga, arriving at the main wharf at eight.  Customs opened thirty minutes later and we started the clearing in process.  This consists of completing around ten forms, answering the same questions multiple times.  The whole process took a while, there was a flight arriving and available manpower had … Continue reading ENJOYING TONGA

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