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.