Sailing along at 7 knots. Should arrive in Nelson around 0230 - 0300. Now 9 days out from Noumea. Can smell land!, or at least our cell phones can smell cell phone towers...
Sailing along at 6.5 knots on a heading of 150T. Looking to clear into Nelson at 0230 on the 11/09/2023. Starlink subscription is about to expire so this will be the last update until we are in cellphone range. All well on board (but looking forwards to land!).
Finally making some decent ground (sea?) under sail.
Looks like we might finally be getting some wind. Caught an albacore last night.
Motoring at 5 knots at a bearing of 180T.
No wind but nice weather otherwise. Had a look at Norfolk and Philip Islands. Pretty cool! Eating the last of the skipjack (good riddance!) No mutiny on board as of yet.
Making steady progress on a lumpy sea. All well on board.
Motored through the night. Will swing by Norfolk Island for a look. Caught a skipjack tuna. Raph lost his sashimi virginity.
Making slow progress motoring against current. Raph is bored.
Leaving New Caledonia
Arrived! They are now at anchor in Bay de Prony and will clear customs tomorrow.
Travelling at 7Knts. Course 330True. All well on board. Expecting to arrive in Noumea tomorrow
Around 320km to go to Noumea. All well on board.
speed 4 knots. (Note, poor radio reception so position is approximate.)
All well on board. Course 310True. Speed 6Knots. Heading into much more favourable conditions.
Course 10 degrees true at a speed of 4 Knots. All well on board.
All well on board. Current speed is 2.5knts on a course of 150 true, but this will change as the conditions improve.
Spent the day hove to. All well on board. No sea sickness. Outlook is for improving conditions.
Rough conditions, but all well on board. Current course is 0.5knts Southwest. (It looks like they're probably hove to having a rest until the weather improves.)
Speed 6knts, course 350 true, all well on board
Problems with the Sat Phone. However, Harlequin will be communicating on the SSB with Gulf Harbour Radio daily at 5.15pm updating their position. The communications are live streamed by Gulf Harbour Radio https://www.ghradio.co.nz. (Note sometimes comms by SSB are problematic for boats that are close to NZ so it may be a day or so before they have good reception). All well on board
All well on board, speed around 6.5knts. Comfortable cruising.
Safely underway. All going well. Nice sailing conditions, making around 7Knts with a single reef in the sail.
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