Bright Angel

Bright Angel

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!"

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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