We had 12-20 knots of wind overnight from the SSW so we are hard on the wind bouncing our way along.
The wind is forecast to drop to 8-12 knots this afternoon and go around to the SW and then to the WSW.
All well on board.
On Thursday morning it poured down, had to bail the water out of the dingy a couple of times, must of had at least 300mm of rain. As the rain eased we when to the market for some fresh produce and did our internal clearance into Vava'u and picked up Robyn and John. Then we headed out to Port Maurelle went swimming and kayaking. Friday we pumped up the paddle board walked the beach, swam some more, went paddle boarding and went to swallows Cave for a snorkel returning to the boat for lunch, then moved to Tapana Island. Has been very hot on board, up to 35 degrees. All well on board.
All good aboard Malakite
All having showers today. All good on good on board, just need more wind.
Malakite - Second update
Motored for the first 40 hours, on very calm seas with less than 10 knots of wind. Heading east so we could make the most of the easterly wind when it arrived.Beautiful sunsets and an amazing full moon. Caught an albacore tuna which was enjoyed for dinner last night. We turned of the engine and started sailing at 2.30am this morning, the wind has been slowly building and we are currently sailing in 20-25 knots of wind, doing 7-8 knots boat speed in lumpy seas.
Malakite - Opua departure
We departed Opua, Bay of Islands this morning with Glen, Ben and Ken on board. We are motoring at 6.2 knots, with no wind and glassy seas. Heading east so we can make the most of the wind and it's forecast direction as we get closer to Minerva reef. 749nm to South Minerva Reef. What a great day to depart.
Malakite - Auckland to Opua
We, being Glen, Jillian and Ben left Orakei Marina on Thursday 23rd April at 1700hrs heading to Opua in the Bay of Islands. We motor sailed until around midnight and then were able to turn the engines of and enjoy the peace with only the wind in our sails. Ben kept watch until midnight then Glen took over. Glen heard unusual splashing sounds on his watch and shone the torch into the water and found a pod of dolphins playing alongside us. They didnβt care for the torch beam and soon left us. Read more...