Leaving New Zealand – Day 1 towards Vanuatu

On the high seas again! (photo courtesy of Kerstin on Lop To)

On the high seas again! (photo courtesy of Kerstin on Lop To)

We left Opua with the tide with us, and spent the time clearing up and stowing gear down below, as well as sending last minute emails. We had a forecast of a SE’ly breeze for the first few days, and compared to the struggle Tim and I had to reach NZ last year against the wind, this is marvellous beam reaching, if a little bumpy. In the first 23 hours we have sailed 160nm, and now have 2 reefs in the main, and a reefed staysail, and are still sailing at 8kn through the water. We have between 23-27kn of wind from the east.

This time tomorrow we should be at 30S, a sort of milestone as most NZ weather systems stay to the south of it! More later.

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