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

C’MON, ENOUGH SQUALLS

What a day and night.  Completely unsettled weather.  I have just counted from the log book, we had eight squalls during the last 24 hours.  Sails have been up, down, in and out.  At one stage, we were hove to under triple reefed main for twenty minutes.  I feel pretty knackered from the effort of … Continue reading C’MON, ENOUGH SQUALLS

NIGHT OF FLYING SQUID

An action filled night on board Truce.  We are into an area of unsettled weather and rain squalls.  Two hit us between nine and midnight.  The midnight squall was so strong and persistent that we stowed the mainsail and sailed on staysail only. During the second squall I noticed a strong fishy smell.  Jessica had the flashlight and … Continue reading NIGHT OF FLYING SQUID

LIGHT WINDS AND CHANGE OF WEATHER

The light easterly winds continue to help us slowly towards Tonga.  At midnight I furled the jib, it would no longer hold the wind.  The wind is very light, sails are slapping around as Truce moves to the waves.  We crept along at about three knots with the main and staysail set overnight. As daylight broke this … Continue reading LIGHT WINDS AND CHANGE OF WEATHER

SLOW ROAD TO TONGA

Since yesterday the winds have been light from the east.  We have managed to keep the boat moving along, also got a bit of breeze through the boat to cool things down a bit.  Noon to noon run of just over one hundred miles came as a surprise as I thought we had done even less.  We … Continue reading SLOW ROAD TO TONGA

ADOPTING PLAN ‘C’ – HEADING TO TONGA

Another lovely night.  This time though the wind deserted us in the early hours and has been missing since.  For the last twelve hours we have rolled around the ocean and just managed to keep moving at between two and three knots.  Such a contrast to the previous days when we have been striding along … Continue reading ADOPTING PLAN ‘C’ – HEADING TO TONGA

INTO THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE AND CHANGE OF PLAN

We had a wonderful night last night, clear skies, big moon and just the right amount of wind to keep us moving along nicely with a low swell.  The nights are cool and an extra layer of clothes is required for the early morning watches.  I watched Venus rise just after the Southern Cross in … Continue reading INTO THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE AND CHANGE OF PLAN