after a super bumpy day yesterday with up to 30kts on the nose we are plodding along nicely with sun in our faces.
Will be scooting past the windward side of Nuku'alofa. No major drama in the trying conditions ! Craig, Dave, Jamie
bit bumpy going to weather at a good clip Craig, Dave, Jamie
wind finally arrived after two days motor sailing. Hope it's stays like this! Winds been up and down like a yoyo for no real apparent reason cloud effect sometimes but other times not. All well onboard Craig, Dave, Jamie
still motoring with full sail up heading for Vava,u . Caught nice albacore Tuna. Chucked line out agin while sailing over Sea mount and hooked monster Yellow fin broke my 570 pound leader, might have been a good thing but still don't like leaving lures behind! Looking forward to the easterly kicking in.
quite a mellow day with engine on and off, have been motoring all night to stop sail flop in massive swells.
Revilo is staying nice and salt free over the last 24hrs with some good rain storms accompanied by lots of wind, so we've kept the sail area down to make life less horizontal. Might try a sort of fishing today's as we approach some good sea mounts. Looking less likely for going direct to Vavau the small amount of headwinds and tons of rain kinda putting me off.
Came close to the yacht 'Forever' yesterday they head to Minerva as well. Almost warm enough to have a salt water shower!
another fun day sailing off the wind, shook out the third reef and put in a gybe as the wind went very light during the easterly change. Flopped around for half a hour at midday then back came the 20kts +..
All crew have their sea legs now, so we're running at 100%.
Weather is looking a little tempting to shoot the gap straight for Vavau, but time will tell!
can't ask for better wind than this for a good start, full moon also! No rain once away from the land. Starting to see some bigger waves, hitting 13kts now and then. Three reef Yankee and three reef main At 12:20am we had a fighter jet style plane fly overhead (strange!) Had some good fish pie for dinner but I'm the only one who enjoyed it! The rest ended up be regurgitated. Looking forward to the sun coming up and more speedy sailing.
Almost ready to depart for Vava'u in one week..
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