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

LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

Last night at midnight we passed through a weather front.  As we approached the front we were becalmed and motored in windless conditions for an hour before picking up the wind from the south east.  When the wind filled in it had some force, we had a boisterous sail to mid-day with more benign conditions since.  There … Continue reading LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

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

READY TO GO

I am ready to depart Tonga and head down to New Zealand.  The charms of Nuku’alofa are wearing thin and I have a strong desire to get moving again.  The only thing delaying me is the weather at the New Zealand end of the route.  There has been a constant stream of lows charging across … Continue reading READY TO GO

A DAY OUT ON PANGAIMOTU

This morning I took my constitutional walk into town.  Found the internet was not working, bought a fresh loaf of bread and returned to Truce in time for smoko. At eleven I caught the boat out to Pangaimotu Island.  This is a small island with a resort, Big Mamas Yacht Club, that is a popular … Continue reading A DAY OUT ON PANGAIMOTU

RAIN ON SUNDAY, SUN ON MONDAY

Yesterday was a damp squid.  Rain all Saturday night and Sunday morning.  Sunday was overcast, wet and showery, cool all day.  Onshore it was very quiet, hardly anyone about, shops all shut.  I suppose everyone has gone to church and retreated home, the sort of day you want to have a nice fire and stay put. Today is sunny with a … Continue reading RAIN ON SUNDAY, SUN ON MONDAY

VISIT TO CAPTAIN COOKS LANDING PLACE

Today started out wet with the northerly wind dying down.  By nine the rain had stopped and the outlook seemed fine for a few hours.  I decided it was time to get out and about the island of Tongapapu. First, I set off to Captain Cooks landing place where he set foot on Tongapapu in … Continue reading VISIT TO CAPTAIN COOKS LANDING PLACE

RAIN STOPPED PLAY

I was awoken this morning by the patter of rain on the coach roof and the creaking of the mooring lines.  Fortunately, it was time to get up and no precious sleep was lost. The northerly wind was causing little waves to enter the harbour and set Truce jiggling alongside and gently rolling.  There was … Continue reading RAIN STOPPED PLAY

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

WAITING FOR A WEATHER WINDOW IN NUKU’ALOFA

Today has been a flat day.  I have not done anything meaningful.  I am feeling a bit down now that Jessica has gone and I am alone again. I stayed on board most of the day reading a book and doing small odd jobs, just pottering about really. I want to get going to New … Continue reading WAITING FOR A WEATHER WINDOW IN NUKU’ALOFA