Bright Angel

Bright Angel

Sat Jun 23 11:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.7knts
Run: 156.1nm (282.5km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149nm
Weather: Winds ESE 13-15 kts; seas E 2m; 45% cloud cover; bar 1010.29, falling.

We are making good progress towards the equator; should be there late tomorrow! A little shy on easting, but should cross at around 143.5W, which will be just fine. "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!

Fri Jun 22 10:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 268.6nm (486.2km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.8nm
Weather: Winds ESE 14-17 kts; seas E 2m; 45% cloud cover; bar 1010.60, falling.

We are making some easting again! The winds are fresh, and for now the seas are moderate, so we are making good time and keeping the breakfast down! Today we will tick over our first 1000 nm since leaving Tahiti; only . . . . oh, too early for that! "All is well!" Thanks for following us on YIT!

Thu Jun 21 11:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.7knts
Weather: Winds ENE 13-14 kts; seas ENE 2m; 25% cloud cover; bar 1011.86, falling.

The ENE winds are back, making us give up some of our hard earned easting; and we are beating to weather in lumpy seas - who wrote this script, anyway? We had a couple of strange AIS encounters last night and this morning to keep us on our toes! Last night, around 2 am, two "buoy" targets appeared - "CC326Bouy-1" and "CC326Bouy-7." They were about 4 miles apart. Not sure if they were weather buoys, or buoys that marked the end of drift nets (there were no lights, and no other AIS or radar targets around) we steered to clear the closest one and avoid going between them. When we had done so, another one popped up on AIS - aft of us, but in line with the other two; so, if they marked a net, we had gone over it! This morning, two more appeared several miles off - one labeled "SHO11" and the other unlabeled - both with very peculiar MMSIs. Our best guess is they were all weather buoys. So today we are watching for buoys and hoping for the return of E or SE winds! "All is well!" Thanks for following us on YIT!

Wed Jun 20 11:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 141.5nm (256.1km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.1nm
Weather: Winds ESE13-14 kts; seas E 1.5m; 15% cloud cover; bar 1011, falling.

The ESE winds are still with us, and we are making decent progress again today, as we did last night! On our present course, our crew Tom only has 525 nm left as a "Pollywog!" Today, Linda was inspired to make Swedish pancakes for breakfast! Life is good and "All is well" aboard the SV Bright Angel today! Thanks for following us on YIT!

Tue Jun 19 10:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.0knts
Run: 41.1nm (74.4km)
Weather: Winds ENE 7-8 kts; seas E 1.5m; 15% cloud cover; bar 1013, falling.

Hurrah - winds from a respectably favorable direction, at last! Just not very much wind - yet? And the sun is out, and the seas are calm - it's one of those "reward" days! Linda says if it stays like this all the way to Hawaii she'll be happy! (Boy, am I going to be in trouble!) And "Just Ann" you were right - last night, as the sun was going down and we were enjoying our Creole style beans & rice with chicken for dinner in the cockpit, the dolphins came to play. Lots of them! And they stayed for a long time, with the little ones doing back-flips out of the water! A spectacular dinner time show, and us with front row seats! Very cool! All is well aboard the SV Bright Angel again today!

Mon Jun 18 9:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 164.2nm (297.2km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 89.6nm
Weather: Winds NNE 11-12 kts; seas E 1.5m; 25% cloud cover; bar 1012, falling.

Still waiting - for E or SE winds! The winds are now NNE, so easting is all but impossible without motoring. We did have to motor some yesterday in very light winds, and we did try sailing east on a port tack with the NNE winds, but we ended up going ESE-SE, so we tacked back and settled for west of north - in the general direction of Hawaii, at least! These winds are very frustrating, to say the least; still hoping for better wind direction soon. At least the ride is comfortable today - lots of reading getting done! And the sun is out! Life is good aboard the SV Bright Angel today!

Sat Jun 16 13:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 116.2nm (210.3km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.1nm
Weather: Winds ENE 21 kts; seas E 2m; 25% cloud cover; bar 1010, steady.

Nice night last night, and nice day today! A few brief squalls this morning, but nothing to write home about - so, I won't. Crew is catching up on rest, which is a good thing! Our only complaint today is the northerly component in the wind - having to sail close hauled and makes it tough to get our easting in as we approach the Equator; fingers crossed for E, or better yet SE winds soon. All is well on board!

Fri Jun 15 17:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 175nm (316.8km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.8nm
Weather: Winds ENE 22 kts; seas E 2m; 25% cloud cover; bar 1013, rising.

After a day of gloomy skies and moderate winds (22-24 kts), it turned into a terrible, horrible, very bad, no good night! As we entered the channel between Mataiva and Tikehau Islands last night, we took started hand steering to better negotiate manage the somewhat narrow distance between the islands, and to stay clear of a small cargo ship that was transiting between Mataiva and Rangiroa, just to the east of Tikehau. Then the squalls came - one right after the other; five or six in all (but who's counting?) lasting 30-45 minutes each, with winds over 30 kts; still hand steering! When the squalls died out, we went to reset the Monitor self steering, only to discover the actuator shaft for the wind vane had come undone - and there was no way to fix it at night, in rough seas! So, we all three of us took turns hand steering the rest of the night, through occasional squalls and high winds. We hove-to at 0600 for some much need rest and repairs. We were back underway again at 1400, with much improved weather conditions, and renewed positive outlook! All is well on board Bright Angel again tonight - let's just hope it stays that way through the night!

Thu Jun 14 7:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 108.2nm (195.8km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 70.4nm
Weather: Winds ENE 17-18; seas E 1.5-2m ; 45% cloud cover; bar 1015.48, rising - +01.6 last 3 hrs.

Our first night at sea was, as usual, a matter of readjustment, but went very well. We were cleared out by noon, at the fuel dock at 1300 (after their lunch time closure!), away from the fuel dock at 1400 with 430 liters bunkered, and out Passe Papette by 1530. We had to motor until almost 1800 to clear the lee of Tahiti, but then a brisk 18-20 ESE wind filled in, and we sailed for the better part of the night with just a staysail and reefed main doing 6.2 kts in relatively comfortable conditions; waves were about 2-2.5m just forward of the beam. this morning we are close reaching, but still enjoying a mostly comfortable ride! Tonight, about 2100 local, we should pass between the Tuamotus atolls of Mataiva and Tikehau, the last islands we should see until the Big Island of Hawaii - a mere 2800 nm or so down the track! For those of you drawing a straight line to Hawaii and saying "its not that far," bear in mind that we need to go a considerable distance east before we cross the Equator and then head back NW to Hawaii - our aim is to make that turn at around 05N 140W - so as to be able to sail the E-SE trade winds south of the Equator, and then the E-NE trade winds north of the equator! Well, that's the plan anyway; we'll see how it all turns out! For now, "All is well on board!" Cheers!

Tue Jun 12 18:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 0 (tied to the doc)knts
Weather: Winds SSE 5 -7, but were up to 22 today; seas (outside) 4m ; 50% cloud cover; bar 1012.64, rising - +3.0 last 3 hrs.

After a month and a day at the the dock in Tahiti, with the extensive repair list completed, tomorrow morning after our agent clears us out and a trip to the fuel dock, we will be on our way to Hawaii! Depending on which route, or variation thereof we follow, the distance will be anywhere from 2900 to 3200 nm (ugh!). All is very well on board the good ship Bright Angel tonight, and we are all looking forward to our last night full night of stable, peaceful sleep!

Safe travels!
Sun May 13 8:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0 (tied to the doc)knts
Run: 265.5nm (480.6km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 89.3nm
Weather: Who cares?!

Well, that was certainly one for the books! A total of 23 days at sea, covering 2397 nautical miles, on basically a rhumb line from New Zealand to Tahiti, hand steering the last 450 nm, and motoring the last 305 nm (made hand steering easier, especially in the wide variety of fluky wind conditions and sea states we encountered)! We were tied to the dock by 100 hrs, local Tahiti time yesterday (Friday, 11 May), all clearance procedures completed by 1500, and in the bar at the head of the dock for Happy Hour (two for one beers!) by 1700. We will probably spend about two weeks or so here on R&R ("Rest and Repair") and doing some of the touristy things, before we head up to Rangiroa for a brief stop over before we leave for Hawaii. LIFE IS GOOD again, and "All is well on and off board." TTFN (Ta Ta For Now!)

We are waiting for you Linda and Bob!!!! Cold beer and wonderful weather in the Pacific Northwest!!! (perhaps a little bit of rain!! Dave SV Koosah

Well done ! We were lucky to sail in much better conditions in 2014 (Wellington to Tubuai and from there to Tahiti), but isn't it wonderful to arrive in French Polynesia ? Claudia (ex SY DREAMTIME)

Well done! Pleased to hear you’ve arrived safely, albeit with 450nms of hand steering. We’re still stuck on the dock in Auckland getting boat jobs done. Hope to depart from Opua late June for Bora Bora.
Thu May 10 9:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 5 (motoring)knts
Run: 106.8nm (193.3km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 119.5nm
Weather: Wind NNE 9-11 kts; Seas moderate - swell NE 2 m; cloud cover 100% with periods of rain; bar 1016 hP and falling.

We started motoring north in light winds last night just east of Rurutu Island, so as to avoid an encounter with the Lotus Seamount just east of the island (has some fairly shallow rocks), and kept on motoring through the night as the winds stayed light. Now, like a horse to the barn, Bright Angel (or, at least her hand steering weary crew!) prefer to keep on motoring to Tahiti, a trifle sailing wind from whatever contrary direction notwithstanding. We have the fuel, and as a good friend (who shall remain nameless, but he knows who he is!) once told me, "any ocean passage that ends with fuel in the tanks is a bad passage!" So, if all goes well, we will cover the next 240 nm to Papeete on a direct heading under power by mid-day Friday, 11 May. I think I hear that cold draft Hinano calling my name! "All is well on board."

I arrived in Papeete in January of 1975. Spent my 23rd birthday there. Enjoy.

I think the quote on a delivery is”There are no prizes for arriving with full fuel tanks”😎
Wed May 9 12:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 164.4nm (297.6km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 81.2nm
Weather: Wind NNW 17-20 kts; Seas rfough - swell NW 2 m; cloud cover 55% with some squalls; bar 1015.36 hP and falling.

"Land Ho!" Only problem is, it's Rurutu Island in the Australs - not where we are going. We had some great sailing yesterday, even if it was with hand steering! But last night was miserable - high winds and squalls with very rough seas, and some lightening nearby. We will likely make our turn north to Tahiti tomorrow morning, with about 330 nm to go; hoping to get in Friday, if all goes well. In spite of everything, "All is well on board."

Mon May 7 11:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 5-5.8knts
Run: 18.3nm (33.1km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123nm
Weather: Wind NE 19-22 kts; Seas rough - swell NE 1.5 m, wind waves NE 1.5 m; cloud cover 95% with periods of rain and squalls; bar 1014.19 hP and dropping - 3 hr change -2.0 hP.

Well this weather certainly is a soup sandwich! High winds, rough seas, can't sail the direction we need to go in what seems like perpetual rain and squalls. If we ever get to Tahiti, sure hope the weather isn't like this! The list of boat projects for Tahiti is getting longer, the most recent addition being figuring out why our brand new Balmar alternator is not charging (ugh!). Other than being frustrated with the weather and broken boat stuff (did we mention the autopilot, too?) "All is well board." Thanks for checking our progress on YiT!

Hi Bob/Linda, hope Patricia can pass on this comment to you, we had the same experience with our alternator not charging once, in our case the field wire came off the alternator, as soon as we reconnected it we were back to normal; hope this gets you charging again .. Paul & Kate (s/v Iolea)
Mon May 7 7:52 2018 NZST
Run: 89.5nm (162km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 103.6nm

via Another Adventure as a bit late to hear them well on 8Megs. GHradio discussed the weather ahead. A front coming but not severe. Just a problem with on the nose winds. Not strong.

Sun May 6 11:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.7 -5.3knts
Run: 251.4nm (455km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 115.1nm
Weather: Wind ESE 9-11 kts; Seas slight - swell ESE .5 m, wind waves ESE 5 m; cloud cover 95% with periods of rain; bar 1014.78 hP and steady, last 3 hr -00.6

Gave up fighting the squirrelly, light winds yesterday afternoon around 1430 and turned on the engine. Around 2100 last night, winds came up enough to motor sail effectively; and then, at 0900 this morning, the engine was turned off and we have been sailing ever since! Fingers crossed for more of the same throughout the day! The big event on board today (besides starting to sail again!) was the inevitable switch over from NZ Standard time to Tahiti Time!. In the process we lost two hours, but gained a day; went from 0900 on Sunday, 6 May, to 1100 on Saturday, 5 May. Let's hope that this new attempt at Saturday is better than yesterday's Saturday! Thanks for checking our progress on YiT! All is well on board.

Enjoy seeing your progress from here in Budapest! Your trip looks much better than our attempt in the same direction last year! Hope you continue to have a smooth voyage all the way. Glad your engine is working well and the winds improve! Dean and Gail
Fri May 4 6:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 109.5nm (198.2km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111.6nm
Weather: Wind NNW 12 kts; Seas slight - swell NW 1 m, wind waves NNW .5 m; cloud cover 25%; bar 1013.10 hP and raising, last 3 hr +01.0

Is this the same ocean we were sailing yesterday? This morning dawned bright and calm, after a day of wind, waves and rain. Yesterday it rained so hard it flattened the seas, and you could not see past the bow of the boat; we haven"t seen rain like that since we went through the ITCZ on our way to the Marquesas from Mexico! All is well on board.

Looking like good progress, know we miss you but glad Bright Angel is sailing home again. Enjoy all the good stuff, that moon, the stars, the color of the ocean day and night, and may the rest make for good stories with happy endings. Peace and good progress, Gloria & Brad

Hello Bob, Linda, and Tom! Glad to hear all is going well. Fair winds!

Hi Tom and friends, from The Eastside Gang! (Carrie, James, Glenn, Steve W & Steve McG) We are thinking of you all and hoisting a beer for you!
Thu May 3 7:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.7knts
Run: 133nm (240.7km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.5nm
Weather: Snotty! 23-26NNE, 2m NNW swell,nne1.5 wind waves, 95%cc, 1013. A good signal from the non pacific pacific.

All is well on board.

Wed May 2 7:38 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 86.1nm (155.8km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.6nm
Weather: NNE14, 1014 rising, seas better

Bob had a good radio signal again but GHRadio has a high pitched squeek this morning so he had competition. They have a sea water damaged computer so are using the all important spare and will be back doing their own reports tomorrow. At least the weather has moderated for them although they probably would prefer a different wind direction.

Tue May 1 7:47 2018 NZST
Speed: 3knts
Run: 67.3nm (121.8km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86nm
Weather: NNE29-32, rough seas

Bob and crew are really not enjoying the frontal system and are looking forward to calmer seas. Keep the faith Linda!

Oh that sounds terrible! It will get better (I know, easy for me to say from dry land). Hang in there and be safe!
Mon Apr 30 13:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 3.9knts
Run: 119nm (215.4km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117nm
Weather: Winds NE 7-9 knots; seas - 1.5 m SE swell, wind waves nil; 90% cloud cover; bar 1013.58, falling - last 3 hrs -03.0.

'It was a dark and noisy night.' The TWS hovered around 2-3 knots, clouds covered the otherwise full moon, and the Yanmar sang it's noisy song. The good news is, after listening to the engine for almost 16 hours, late this morning the wind finally filled back in enough to sail. The bad news is, its from the wrong direction, and we're sailing off in the wrong direction. The good news is, we're not going the wrong way very fast, and hopefully things will change before we get to Easter Island! In the meantime, "All is well on board!"

Sun Apr 29 12:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 144nm (260.6km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.5nm
Weather: Winds ESE 8-11; seas - 1.5 m SE swell, wind waves 1 m ESE; 10% cu cloud cover; bar 1015.29, falling - last 3 hrs -02.0.

We are certainly on a slow boat to Tahiti - and it's going to get slower before it heats up! Winds are dying off, and forecast to go really light over the next day or so! "Ugh - not the motor, Please!" Today 's 24 hr run was 110 nm; we have covered 1120 nm since we left Whangarei 10 days ago (not all in a straight line, to be sure!). But all in all, it has been a fairly easy passage so far - bright blue skies and calm seas means lots of reading will get done today; my choice from the library today is Woody Guthrie's "House of Earth" - interestingly, albeit a passionate subject matter for him, the book, finished in 1947, was never published in his lifetime. Well, enough of the literature class for today, I'm headed back to the cockpit with my book! "All is well on board!"

Sat Apr 28 9:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 117.2nm (212.1km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.5nm
Weather: Winds SE 17-22; seas - 2.5 m SE swell, wind waves 1.5 m SE; 20% cloud cover; bar 1015.76, raising - last 3 hrs +01.0.

Beautiful night (nearly full moon, too!), nice morning, no squalls, winds are behaving, seas aren't too bad, pancakes and hot coffee for breakfast - what is there to complain about?! "All is well on board!"

This is Tom's friend Bob from Seattle. I enjoy reading you blog everyday, and learning how you are all doing. The vessel has encountered some weather and sounds like she is very solid. I am curious on your watch rotation (4 on and 8 off)? Are you trolling for fish and have you caught anything? I can only imagine how beautiful the sky is at night with all those stars visible. Wishing you smooth sailing and wind to fill your sails. All the best, Bob
Fri Apr 27 11:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5 - 6knts
Run: 119.6nm (216.5km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.3nm
Weather: Winds SE 17-22; seas - 2 m SE swell, wind waves 1.5 m ESE; 30% cloud cover; bar 1016.55, falling - last 3 hrs -00.6.

Wow - what a boisterous night it was last night - no squalls, but fairly high winds (up to 26 knots) and rough seas; trying to sleep off-watch was like trying to get rest in a washing machine! Things have calmed down a bit now, mid morning, so the ride is a bit more comfortable and "All is (still) well on board!"

Thu Apr 26 12:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.3knts
Run: 118.6nm (214.7km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.3nm
Weather: Wnds SE 12-15; seas - 2 m SE swell, wind waves 1 m SE; 40% cloud cover; bar 1018.37, falling - last 3 hrs -01.0.

Can you hear it? - the sound of the wind and the waves as the boat sails along on fairly calm seas, under a bright sunny sky! We sure can, and what a welcome relief after 16 hours of listening to the drone of the motor from yesterday noon until just before sunup today. At times the TSW was less than 3 knots, and never much over 5 or 6; not enough to move this old boat without some fossil power. But the calm winds throughout the night were not enough to dissuade the squalls - of which there plenty (with their own winds, up to 27 knots!); had me humming that old song "Squally, Squally Night"! Today though we are focused on something much more momentous and important: Linda is baking a great big chocolate cake, Tom is digging deep into the freezer for our vat of ice cream, and I'm chilling down a magnum of champagne - all so we celebrate Linda's sister Carole's birthday in style! Okay, may not with such accoutrements, but we do want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAROLE LOGAN! Carole has done so much over the years to facilitate our being out here cruising, like watching over our mail and keeping us informed of any and everything important, taking care of our car, bikes, and various other belongings, and always providing us a place to stay on our comings and goings from Washington. Thank you Carole, and today especially we want you to know that you are a big part of why "All is well on board!"

It looks like you’re close to the international date line. Pretty soon it will be yesterday! Hope it’s a good one!

Great way to make a day memorable! We had a bottle of champagne up on our storage container to watch the sun set over the Ranch and was lasted the good ship Bright Angel and her worthy crew! Enjoy a perfect day.

And you're a week into your journey! Continued safe travels! Love to see your updates and hear how it's going. Hi to Tom and Linda!
Wed Apr 25 13:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 5 (motor sailing)knts
Run: 104.6nm (189.3km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 99.6nm
Weather: Wnds ESE 5; seas - 2 m SE swell, wind waves slight; 80% cloud cover; bar 1017.64, falling - last 3 hrs -02.0.

Frustratingly light winds last night and today (and probably until much later tonight); in a ridge of high pressure covering a large area. Low we have been watching will pass to the east and south of us; that's the good news! Other than being tired of hearing the engine (and worrying about all those fossils we are burning),"All is well on board!"

Tue Apr 24 12:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 5 (motor sailing)knts
Run: 93.2nm (168.7km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.4nm
Weather: Wnds SE 10-12; seas - 2 m SE swell, wind waves slight; 60% cloud cover; bar 1021.26, falling - last 3 hrs -01.6.

Sunny day again today, after morning clouds. Winds were mostly light throughout the night, right on the edge of "motor time," but we hung in with the sails until about 1000 hrs this morning, and then gave up when TWS went down to about 7-8 knots, which makes it hard for the Monitor to steer. Started the engine (noisy beast) for the first time since Bream Head (just leaving NZ); TWS is building back up again, so might be able to turn the engine off again soon! Total run yesterday was only 97 nm (due to light winds); 577 nm since we left NZ. Day six at sea and "All is well on board!"

Mon Apr 23 14:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 137.7nm (249.2km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136nm
Weather: Wnds SE 12-13; seas - 2 m SW swell, 1.5 m SE wind waves; 10% cloud cover; bar 1021.30, steady.

Beautiful sunny day today. Winds are going lighter and the seas are settling down, so its a comfortable ride. Total run yesterday was 120 nm; 480 nm since we left NZ. Oh Boy! Only 1800 or so to go! Day five at sea and "All is well on board!"

Beautiful sunny day here too. Although a day working in the backyard in Tacoma doesn't quite compare to where you are! Tell Tom that's what he's missing. ;). Glad to hear everything is going well.
Sun Apr 22 14:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 151.4nm (274km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 164.4nm
Weather: Wnds WSW 23-26; seas 2 m SW / WSW; 85% cloud cover; bar 101.65, steady.

Boat wash day today, compliments of Mother Nature! There was a ?squall in training? last night that barely knew how to rain or blow, but the instructor came by this afternoon with a real downpour and peak gusts of 37. Only about 2 miles wide, though - still nothing to write home about, but look what I'm doing! It was also shower day for the crew - Linda insisted! Day four at sea and "All is well on board!"

Outdoor showers? Brrr! It’s funny how simple things like taking a shower can define a day. Ste you guys able to read these posts while out there?
Sat Apr 21 16:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 125.6nm (227.3km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.7nm
Weather: Winds WSW 18-22, gusts to 24; seas 2 m WSW; 15% cloud cover; bar 1015.16, falling. Sun is out - beautiful day!

Winds have moderated a bit today, but seas (swell and wind waves) are up, making for a rolly ride on a deep reach. Second 24 hour run was 115 nm; total run at 1200 local was 237 nm. We have run with only a reefed main for the past 18 hours; ride is a bit more comfortable, and we are deliberately holding back on boat speed in anticipation of some heavy weather forecast for next week that we would rather have pass in front of us than run right into it. Visited by an albatross today; large, beautiful, grace birds, that will always remind of us of New Zealand! Day three at sea and "All is well on board!"

Glad to see you are off to a good start. We wish you fair winds and will be following your progress. Hugs to all on board. Mark and Anne
Fri Apr 20 16:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 120.5nm (218.1km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.4nm
Weather: Winds WSW 20-22, gusts to 29 (earlier); seas 2 m WSW; 75% cloud cover; bar 1018.10, falling.

Heavier winds than expected today; lots of reefing and jibing. First 24 hour run was 122 nm; first night at sea in over one year! All is well on board!

Thu Apr 19 18:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 40.5nm (73.3km)
Weather: Winds WSW 16 -18; seas 1 m WSW; 35% cloud cover; bar 1021.2, rising.

Better late than never! Left the dock today at 1035 hrs, after waiting out some less than pleasant weather, and rebuilding the fresh water pump that packed it in (essential piece of equipment, according to the Galley Chief!). Very nice conditions to set sail, but sad to be leaving New Zealand. Tom, our new crew, is learning the ropes and catching on fast - he says he will be ready for his first solo night watch tonight! Half a day down, and only twenty some to go (oh, its too early for that!). All is well on board! Cheers!

Mon Apr 16 8:24 2018 NZST
Run: 10195.1nm (18453.1km)
Avg: 47knts
24hr: 1128.1nm
Weather: Winds SW 5 -7; no seas in the marina; 55% cloud cover; bar 1012.36, steady (but all of that is going to change for the worse in a few hours!).

The project list to get the boat ready to go sea is now down to the last few reams of paper! The weather forecast for the next week is a mixed bag, and we have two fairly divergent forecast models to choose from - "pick the one you like best, and that is what it will turn out to be" - NOT! Oh well, nothing really foreboding in either forecast, and nothing more promising on the near term horizon (except the window closing on our VISAs!). So, clearance formalities are scheduled for 9:00 am tomorrow morning (Tuesday, 17 April), and by noon New Zealand should be in our rear view mirror! That will certainly be bitter sweet; we have spent a great deal of time in this beautiful country, and have made some great friends here - we will miss this place deeply! Next (scheduled) stop is Papeete, Tahiti - that should ease the sting of departure a bit! From there on to Hawaii, and then back to the Pacific Northwest - we hope to be home sometime in August. We welcome Tom Wendel aboard as crew for this voyage - something of a novelty for us shorthanded sailors, but his assistance should make those night watches and long days at sea for the next few weeks much more bearable! Cheers, New Zealand - thanks for the memories! We will be back; someday, somehow!

Loved seeing Bob & Linda in Olympia. Have a fabulous trip, Linda, Bob and Tom, too! It's great that you have Tom onboard. He'll be more than pleased to do all of the heavy lifting. No keel hauling if he doesn't work out.

How wonderful that you have so many fabulous memories to keep you comfort as you head home. Sad and very exciting! We are there in spirit! Fair winds!
Sat Apr 7 7:30 2018 NZST
Run: 10238nm (18530.8km)
Avg: 45057.2knts
24hr: 1081373.1nm

Position update for previous post (dumb guy with a smart phone, trying to navigate the app!)

Sat Apr 7 7:16 2018 NZST
Run: 102.7nm (185.9km)

At Marsden Cove, finishing up boat projects, provisioning, and keeping an eye on the weather, hoping for a good window to leave for Tahiti soon!

We hope you have a safe trip home. We look forward to seeing you upon your return. Do you know when you will be in Hawaii and for how long?

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