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At sea: Marriage on the reef

November 11th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Lots of Sooty Shearwaters and some Albatrosses which make a lovely sight. It makes up for it being so cold.  We now have full thermals as per UK early season sailing!

Wind now around to the west so making Opua on this tack and keeping up a good speed.  Position of tack on Monday morning has turned out to have been very good.  Doesn’t look like much to stop us being in ready for customs at 08:00 in the morning.

We heard today that an American couple have got married on Minerva reef, Bruce and Alene off Migration.  They have been very generous with their time and advice to so many other boats and we are all very pleased for them.  One of the skippers of another boat has been a Captain of a commercial vessel and has all the official powers of a captain including marriages.  There were about 8 other boats in the reef anchorage to help them celebrate.  We will see them in Opua in about a weeks time.  Their honeymoon will be the slightly tricky sail down here!

Position: 34°47’S 174°19’E [-34.782,174.318] at local 16:00, GMT 03:00 November 11th
24hr run: 123.1 miles by GPS, 127.4 miles through water.
34 miles to Opua, NZ. ETA at 5 knots:  22:52 wed 11th November local  time
Wind: WSW 27 knots Sea: small chop
Sky:  80% cloud cover

Tags: At Sea · Pacific Leg

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michael // Nov 18, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Helo David, Mary.
    Glad to hear you are well and making good time for NZ. You are probably sampling some wonderful Sauvignon Blanc by some idealic spot and well deserved too!
    It was very tantalizing to hear about the wedding at sea… hmmm! puts ideas into my rebel head. Well I am not too sure about wedding at sea but i may bump into you… (not literally) during the honeymoon after the 13th of March!!! Still haven’t booked it yet so any thing is possible!

    My love to all three of you.

    PS. I have Spoken to Andrew and sent word to Becky too of course! so you will be well represented at the wedding. Pitty about my other daughter though! (:o( …

  • 2 Michael // Nov 18, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Ah! and just incase you are missing home!!!!!!

    …. UK Outlook for Monday 23 Nov 2009 to Wednesday 2 Dec 2009:
    The weather is expected to remain unsettled throughout the period. Showers or longer outbreaks of rain, some of which will be heavy, are likely to affect all parts of the UK. Rain is likely to be heaviest and most persistent in the west, with eastern areas probably having some longer, drier spells. Strong west or southwesterly winds are likely to affect many parts, with a risk of gales or severe gales at the start of the period in the north and west. Although mild at first, temperatures fall to near normal by the end of the week and may become rather cold with a chance of frost in the north and a possibility of snow over high ground in Scotland and Northern England.
    … any complaints??

  • 3 Glenys // Nov 20, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Just wondering if all these obtuse comments from “Michael” are from my friend Michael K. Are congratulations in order?
    With love Glenys J

  • 4 Michael // Nov 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Oops! you got me Glennys!