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At sea: 1200 miles towards Samoa

September 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Looking forward to a new culture.  Enjoyed the French influence but ready for something new.  Weather forecast is good.  A couple of days with lighter winds as a low passes to the south and then we should be able to get to Apia [-13.5,-172] before then next low.  The high below we will have for most of the time will accelerates the trades but the forecast is just for 15 to 20 knots which would be perfect.

Met up with Mudskipper in Bora Bora.  They came on board as line handlers for the Panama canal.  Last saw them as we left Balboa yacht club in Panama on 13th May.  Great to meet good friends.

Another boat left at the same time as us have turned back as their autopilot has failed.  Our wind generator failed in Bora Bora.  A friends trimaran caught a coral head and is awaiting materials to effect a repair.  The time from good repair centres is beginning to tell on many boats.  Everybody has a healthy to do in New Zealand list!

Position: [-16.404,-152.194] 16°24′ 152°11’at 16:00 local, GMT 02:00 Fri 11th September
1146 miles to Apia, Samoa. ETA at 6 knots: 15:16 local 18th September
Wind: North 10 knots Sea: 1m ESE swell
Sky:  80% cloud cover

Tags: At Sea · Pacific Leg