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At sea: Leaving French Polynesia

September 12th, 2009 · No Comments

We are 20 miles north of Manuae (sometimes called Scilly).  This is the last of the French Polynesian islands.  Next island on our direct course is Rose Island at -14.542,-168.15 which is part of American Samoa.

Last night was excellent sailing in force 4 NE winds.  At 08:00 today we came into the front that changed the wind from NE to SE.  We motored for 3 hours until the wind was constant and now have had 25-30 knot winds from the SE for 5 hours.  Short spell of 30-35. Lots of rain.  Forecast has this settling down to 15-20 knot trade winds which would be excellent.

Position:16°11’S 154°27’W [-16.181,-154.450] at local 16:00, GMT 02:00 September 12th
24hr run:  138 miles by GPS,  138 miles through water.
1015 miles to Apia, Samoa. ETA at 6 knots:  17:27 18th September local  time
Wind: SE  25-30 knots Sea: SE swell 2.5m
Sky:  100% cloud cover heavy long showers

Tags: At Sea · Pacific Leg