BACK TO THE SOUNDS – THROUGH FRENCH PASS

Last night I spent some time downloading weather files and looking at routing options in Predict Wind.  It seems that getting a clean run down the west coast is a long way off.  There are a procession of weather fronts coming into the bottom of the South Island, effectively blocking my path for the last … Continue reading BACK TO THE SOUNDS – THROUGH FRENCH PASS

CHRISTMAS ISLAND / KIRITIMATI TO PENRHYN

I awoke early this morning, it was too quiet.  On deck all was peaceful, the anchor cable was lying soundlessly in the water.  After days of wind this was a pleasant surprise.  I was now too awake to go back to sleep and it was too early to wake Jessica. For the next hour I … Continue reading CHRISTMAS ISLAND / KIRITIMATI TO PENRHYN

A NIGHT OF SQUALLS

It started last night around seven.  First an unsettling motion and confused sea and then a night of squalls.  I was up all night trying to get through without losing to much of the precious ground we had made to the east.  We succeeded getting twenty-three miles to the east and also came out with … Continue reading A NIGHT OF SQUALLS

RUNNING DOWNWIND

A beautiful sunrise this morning over a rumbustious Pacific, blowing strong from the north east with large swells running through.  The sunrise turned into blue skies, fluffy Simpson clouds, sunshine and sparkling seas. A morning round of the deck revealed no flying fish aboard.  One did fly into the cockpit last night and I flipped … Continue reading RUNNING DOWNWIND

WAITING ON WEATHER

The forecast for today is North Westerly Gales.  We stayed put in the anchorage and had a nice relaxed day doing cleaning, maintenance, cooking and some splicing.  There is always something to do on a boat and the time flew by.  The sun came out and was nice and warm for a couple of hours … Continue reading WAITING ON WEATHER