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Good run overnight. Winds 14-23 SE
Anchor up in Minerva and headed to Tonga. Passed arriving trimaran Rampetamper in the entrance. Unknown white monohull is anchored south side of North Minerva. We were unable to make contact with them.
Bobbing in the Pacific, only sailed 20 miles overnight. Lightning to our North on the horizon overnight,
107nm from Minerva Reef on a sunny clear day. Great day for cooking and cleaning!
Cowabunga - Light wind Tactics
We are on day two with no real wind to speak of. At sundown last night we put together our strategy for approaching the southern reef at Minerva, we thought we would be approaching the southern reef at about 3:00 in the morning. We are now 1:30 in the afternoon and still about 17 miles away! We are still an optimistic bunch After a long night spinning in circles while bobbing in the ocean, we were all ready to start moving. At sunrise we pulled out the assymetrical spinnaker. There were light Read more...
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Cowabunga - The one that got away
We are travel on a course of 25 degrees magentic. The wind is 20 knots from the south east. The seas are moderate with swell from the east. We are reaching with a speed of 8 knots. The princess has put away her bucket! I am feeling much better. Thank you everyone for the nice emails. I even made an effort yesterday to try to look a bit like that pretty princess. Ron started the generator and we had some hot water. I had a nice hot water. I washed my hair, took a nice shower. I was feeling Read more...
We had a pleasant day yesterday. The seas were a bit mixed up but a fairly consistent blow. We decided that we were ready to have some fish. Zachary got out our offshore Penn reel with 150 pound test. As requested, he attached the lure Stephanie bought Ron for a Christmas gift. He was able to sit on the deck (with his harness) and enjoy some sunshine. Putting out the lure attracted the Pacific flock of birds (Kerry Chickens). After a couple of hours, the rod tip bent and line was being pulled from the rod. The birds hovered with great interest. The drag got tensioned as tight as possible and Zachary could not budge the line. The 150 pound test snapped. We never got to see what was on the line. We have decided that Stephanie picked the perfect lure and next time we will run heavier line. Note to Steph: we will look forward to a replacement when you join us in a couple of weeks. I was more lively yesterday. I made some yogart and a pork roast for dinner. It was nice to have the energy and desire to get into the galley. The pork roast was 3/4 digestible. Martin was not feeling so well last night so the meal did not sit well. This morning it was fruit, cereal and yogart for breakfast. As the sun went down, the seas grew (not my imagination) and we got hit by a series of squalls. It is uncanny how this stuff happens at night. We were on our last reef on the main and third reef on the genoa. We decided it would be best to take down the main for the night. It settled the boat down but we were still getting breaking waves on our starboard side. As i write, the sun has started to peek out. There was a big beautiful rainbow of our stern. Hopefully we are getting closer to nicer seas and sunny skies. We are about two days from Minerva Reef. If all in our favor we are planning on stopping into the reef for a night or two. We are ready for the crays! Smiles, Shannon Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.
Cowabunga - Mid Voyage Update and the laundry list
We have just crossed into 29 degrees. Things are looking good. The weather is warmer, seas are smoother with less chop and the sun is shining. It is nice for me to be able to look at a screen to type an update in the blog. The first several days of the voyage I certainly was the princess on board. Not the pretty kind who is heading off the ball, more like the high maintenance variety who spent most of her day with her head in a bucket. Absolutly nothing pretty about that. I will report on Read more...
Cowabunga - Departure Planned for Friday 0600 NZST
We have made our appointment to clear New Zealand customs in Nelson tomorrow morning at 0600. There was a lot of hurry up and wait this week while we watched for a good forecast for departure. We had been sitting in nice sunny weather with no wind. The rain arrived this morning LOL Zachary woke up and thought that this looks like the worst weather for departure. Nice sunny warm days would have been more appealing to me as well. We are looking forward to the passage. Our weather software Read more...
Cowabunga - Final Preparations and Countdown Begins
We are making the final preparations on Cowabunga for our passage to Tonga. Today we are celebrating our 28th anniversary, Wednesday Zachary arrives in Nelson to sail with us to Tonga, 2 June Ron turns 50 and weather permitting, we will depart for the islands on 3 June. Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.