Sun Apr 22 14:06 2018 NZST
Run: 151.4nm (274km)
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
Run: 125.6nm (227.3km)
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!"
Fri Apr 20 16:45 2018 NZST
Run: 120.5nm (218.1km)
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
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)
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!
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