Second Wind

Second Wind

Sat Jun 15 15:27 2019 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 116.4nm (210.7km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112nm
17 34.524S 149 37.290W
Weather: Wind SE 5k. Sea NE 1m outside the reef, rippled inside. Baro 1018mb, decreasing slightly. Cloud 40%.

Papeete is much more crowded than when we were here 4 years ago! Both marinas are full and vessels are anchored all along the inner channel. We found a spot to drop the hook south of downtown; inconvenient, but it will have to do for now. Since we have to finalize the paperwork for our long-stay visa here, we will probably be in Papeete for a while. No chance of getting bored, though; we passed up museums, gardens, etc. our first time around, so there is plenty to see while we're waiting.


Your adventures continue to amaze! Perhaps a convenient berth will open up when you need it. Awaiting more tales and photos!
Fri Jun 14 14:30 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.5k
knts
Run: 179.4nm (324.7km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 178.3nm
19 12.2S 149 09.9W
Weather: Wind E 20k. Sea E 2.6m. Baro 1021mb, a slight decrease. Cloud 60% with occasional squalls.

We have great wind for our course, and are having to reduce sail in order to make our final approach to Tahiti in daylight tomorrow. Is that a hot shower I hear calling?


Thu Jun 13 14:21 2019 NZST
Speed:
7k
knts
Run: 149.9nm (271.3km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.8nm
21 41.2S 148 21.5W
Weather: Wind E 17k. Sea E 3m. Baro 1023mb and steady. Cloud 80%.

Easterlies filled in late yesterday afternoon and we've been at a gallop ever since. We had a Rainbow Morning: numerous rain showers in the vicinity, but enough sunshine to light them up with colors.


We love your life adventures, remarkable experiences, and the well written entries that make us feel as if we could feel the wind and smell the air. Continued safe sailing to you. MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU!
Wed Jun 12 14:48 2019 NZST
Speed:
4k
knts
Run: 6.8nm (12.3km)
23 46.0S 147 41.6W
Weather: Wind ENE 7k. Sea ENE 1m waves over SW 3.8m swells. Baro 1024mb, decreasing slowly. Cloud 95% with light squalls.

We thoroughly enjoyed Raivavae, particularly our long walks around & over the island, and feasting on pamplemousse! Now it's time to move on; we departed for Papeete this morning.


LOL I dropped an "s" from my pamplemousse..... :/ Enjoy your trip! We're leaving for Fiji (or N. Minerva Reef) tomorrow.
Mon May 27 14:57 2019 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 115.2nm (208.5km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 114nm
23 51.932S 147 41.347W
Weather: Wind ESE 18k with frequent gusts to 25. Sea E .2m. Baro 1020mb and steady. Cloud 90%.

Landfall! Given yesterday's conditions we weren't sure we would arrive today, but overnight the wind became a consistent ESE 25-30k so we managed to make it. The anchorage is far from calm (see below) but we set an anchor alarm and took a very long nap! We're looking forward to exploring Raivavae and may stay here a couple of weeks; I'll file YIT reports again when we start sailing north to Tahiti.


Sending love from the Lemles! We have not been good about letting you know how much we think about you, how much we enjoy all your blogs AND PHOTOS! As you head to Tahiti and beyond, we plan to track you more frequently. And, lastly, THANKS for the MULTITUDE of sung birthday greetings. We love you!

Congrats on your passage from NZ. I hope it i a little warmer than where you've come from. All the best, Keith

very good! sure you're glad to have stable deck, wind, land for a few days. welcome to R

Congratulations on your passage. All in all not too uncomfortable

Glad you made it safely. What a journey. All good on the homefront.
Sun May 26 14:42 2019 NZST
Speed:
4k
knts
Run: 145.5nm (263.4km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 142.8nm
25 27.7S 148 13.2W
Weather: Wind changing frequently, NNE through SE; average 12k with 25k in squalls. Sea mixed 3m. Baro 1020mb and steady. Cloud 100% with frequent squalls and rain.

Yesterday afternoon we encountered SE winds precisely on cue and we were able to execute Plan A (keep same direction with sails up, directly to Raivavae). Apparently one of the weather gods decided things were going too smoothly, as today has been a mess! No dependable wind speed or direction, messy seas, lots of rain (and lots of sail changes).


Sat May 25 14:15 2019 NZST
Speed:
4.7k
knts
Run: 136.7nm (247.4km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.5nm
27 29.4S 148 51.0W
Weather: Wind light and variable. Sea SSW 3m. Baro 1021mb and steady. Cloud 95%.

Ugh, still motoring. We should reach the band of easterlies any time now...


Fri May 24 16:00 2019 NZST
Speed:
4.5k
knts
Run: 129.7nm (234.8km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.6nm
29 21.9S 149 33.8W
Weather: Wind light and variable. Sea SSW 4m. Baro 1021mb and steady. Cloud 70%.

Gribs have been remarkably accurate on this passage, so we banked on being able to drive north in an upcoming calm. Sure enough, winds died as predicted; we fired up the engine and are heading slightly east of the rhumb line to Raivavae. Even with no wind for a while, the swells are still magnificent!


Thu May 23 15:48 2019 NZST
Speed:
6k
knts
Run: 155.1nm (280.7km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 157.1nm
31 06.3S 150 22.7W
Weather: Wind SW 12k. Sea SSW 4m. Baro 1020mb, rising slightly. Cloud 35%.

Soon we'll need to turn more northerly, but for now winds are still taking us ENE rather than NE. Still moving well though, it's quite a fun sleigh ride downwind on these large swells! We've started to see a few seabirds again, a different species this time. It sounded like they were speaking French.


Nous sommes heureux de vous avez quelques français oiseaux maintenant. Great sailing, Second Winders, you have made such a great passage! Love Lorraine and Peter
Wed May 22 16:06 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.5k
knts
Run: 151.2nm (273.7km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.3nm
31 51.7S 152 51.3W
Weather: Wind SW 15k. Sea SSW 4m. Baro 1017mb and steady. Cloud 30%.

So far we had been able to sail the direction we wanted, but the most recent wind change meant we are having to head off a bit. That's called a passage, though, and so far we're still making progress, so no complaints on this ship!


Tue May 21 15:18 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.5k
knts
Run: 180.7nm (327.1km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 188.6nm
32 29.7S 155 19.7W
Weather: Wind WSW 20k. Sea WSW 3.3m and building. Baro 1017mb and steady. Cloud 25%.

We're riding the periphery of a low and having a great run! It's a bit warmer as we work our way north, but there aren't nearly as many seabirds.


Mon May 20 16:18 2019 NZST
Run: 142.1nm (257.2km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.5nm
34 01.3S 157 52.0W

Sailing was slow overnight but picked up briskly in the morning. Conventional advice for this passage is to wait until reaching 155W before turning north, but gribs showed turning earlier could be advantageous


Sun May 19 15:30 2019 NZST
Run: 136.6nm (247.2km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.5nm
35 04.3S 160 00.8W

Yesterday afternoon's succession of strong squalls gave way to a mostly clear night with frequent gusts over 35k. The full moon on 4.5 m seas was a sight to behold! As the center of the high approached, winds calmed but seas are still large, so we're motorsailing for a while to keep from banging around so much. We're paying tribute to passing the halfway point (in terms of miles) by having a NZ breakfast and a FP dinner. (Not as exciting as it sounds


Sat May 18 15:39 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.5k
knts
Run: 139.9nm (253.2km)
35 37.7S 162 20.3W
Weather: Wind SW22. Sea SW 4.5m. Baro 1011 mb, rising gradually. Cloud 99%.

Continuing to enjoy the seabirds and large waves, and making good easterly progress. Position reports are from noon and this was our "base rate"; we spent the afternoon running downwind in front of frequent heavy squalls.


Sat May 18 15:39 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.8k
knts
Run: 169nm (305.9km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.3nm
35 45.6S 164 49.5W
Weather: Wind W22k. Sea WNW 4m. Baro 1007mb, decreasing gradually. Cloud 40% with light squalls.

Winds were 25-30k overnight with gusts and squalls of winds 35-40k. We were glad we'd dropped to 3rd reef before dark so the feisty night wasn't problematic. We're also grateful that the wind is behind us, and we're making good progress. *This report may not have been filed properly on 17 May so I'm sending it again on 18 May (NZ date).


Fri May 17 17:42 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.8k
knts
No position sent.
Weather: Wind W22k. Sea WNW 4m. Baro 1007mb, decreasing gradually. Cloud 40% with light squalls.

Winds were 25-30k overnight with gusts and squalls of winds 35-40k. We were glad we'd dropped to 3rd reef before dark so the feisty night wasn't problematic. We're also grateful that the wind is behind us, and we're making good progress.


Thu May 16 16:39 2019 NZST
Speed:
6k
knts
Run: 115.7nm (209.4km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 118.7nm
35 58.5S 167 49.9W
Weather: Wind W20. Sea W 2.2m. Baro 1012mb, decreasing gradually. Cloud 30%.

We came a bit south to be ready for predicted westerlies, and are now on a downwind run with main on 2nd reef.


Wed May 15 17:15 2019 NZST
Speed:
4.5k
knts
Run: 129.9nm (235.1km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.5nm
35 31.0S 169 48.9W
Weather: Wind light and variable. Sea S 3.4m. Baro 1018.5mb, a slight decrease. Cloud 30%.

Motoring in virtually no wind and beautiful swells. An albatross has visited a few times today, along with other seabirds; marvelous! Art was a carpenter at sea, repairing a hinge that broke on our companionway door.


That Albatross was probably attracted by beautiful violin music. Fair winds, Nancie and Art. We are following your progress. Hope for some good wind soon! Best love, Lorraine and Peter xxx

We sure appreciate the daily reports. Along with the map, it's nice keeping an eye on you two!
Tue May 14 16:36 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.5k
knts
Run: 133.4nm (241.5km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 133.7nm
35 42.6S 172 06.9W
Weather: Wind SSE 22k. Sea S 3m. Baro 1020, rising gradually. Cloud 70%.

Squalls with 35-40k winds and heavy rain appeared overnight, but the old gals were primed for the event and came through in style (Second Wind down to just inner foresail, crew in foulies). Wind is backing, seas are getting rougher; it's a frisky ride but not a bad one.


Mon May 13 16:39 2019 NZST
Run: 151.9nm (274.9km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151nm
36 03.7S 174 27.5W

The low pressure system arrived punctually at midnight, at which point we were very glad that 1)we are members of the Reef Early, Reef Deep Club, and 2)we weren't any closer to the center of the low. Right know we're just trying to keep Second Wind at the most advantageous angle to the waves. (And sadly


Sun May 12 16:30 2019 NZST
Run: 153.5nm (277.8km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.5nm
35 59.9S 177 10.5W

Still making good time, and trying to best position ourselves for the low pressure system soon to arrive. Ideally we'll end up near the top of it, not down in it! We were intrigued by a small land bird that found its way into our cockpit, at least 400 miles from home. When it flew away we were concerned it would perish, but a couple hours later it returned


Sat May 11 16:30 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.5k
knts
Run: 149.1nm (269.9km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 147.9nm
35 59.7S 179 55.2W
Weather: Wind WNW 12k. Sea WNW 1.2 m. Baro 1028 and steady. Cloud 10%.

The strategy was to sail ESE but since the wind backed, we're able to head east at best. But no complaints, we're moving nicely (and the fortune cookie said this heading may put us in a better position for the incoming low).


I’m so delighted to be able to follow along with you. Best wishes for a smooth passage! You guys are just awesome!
Fri May 10 16:18 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.2k
knts
Run: 174.5nm (315.8km)
36 06.9S 177 24.9E
Weather: Wind N 10k. Sea N 1m. Baro 1027, an increase of 2 mb over the last 24 hours. Cloud 40%.

We've had breezes of 10-20k and mostly sunny skies; what a great start on our passage to Raivavae!


Fair Winds you two! We look forward to seeing you guys again here in the Evergreen State!

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