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Monthly Archives: October 2011
Grey seas, overcast skies, blowing F5-6 with gusts of F7, making 7-8kn double reefed with staysail and VERY COLD! Where are we? No, not in the English Channel, but fast approaching New Zealand. It is our last day at sea … Continue reading
Getting the weather window correct for this 1100nm passage is vital, as a succession of high and low pressure systems are created off the eastern seaboard of Australia, and traverse east across New Zealand and across the Pacific. The winds … Continue reading
Nothing could have surprised us more than the scenery on entering the Vava’u group of islands in Tonga. We were met by limestone islands rising vertically from the sea, nearly all of them wooded with lush vegetation. Our destination, Neiafu, … Continue reading
Niuatoputapu (a tongue-twister!!) is the most northern port of entry to Tonga, and is almost due south of Savaii, some 160nm distant. Once we were clear of the wind shadow about 20 nm south of the island, we found the … Continue reading