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At sea: On the Wind

November 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Wind died this morning.  We put up the big reacher for a while.  Wind filling in again but from the direction we want to go!  I suspect we will be hard on the wind now until the last short stretch into Opua.

Tactics are to stay on the port tack well out to the west and then come about when the wind cghanges to the South west.  It should go further west as we get close to NZ.  Progress will be slower now.  5 knot average likely to be challenging especially with the adverse current predicted south of 30.

So finally some tougher sailing todo.

Position: 28°03’S 176°47’E [-28.043,176.780] at local 16:00, GMT 03:00 November 7th 2009
24hr run: 140 miles by GPS,  130 miles through water.
473 miles to Opua, NZ. ETA at 5 knots: 14:37 wed 11th November local  time
Wind: SSE 10 knots Sea: smooth with S swell 0.5m
Sky:  30% cloud cover

Tags: At Sea · Pacific Leg