Well, the breeze finally filled in last night before midnight, after about 30 hours of motoring. We've been pushing south, trying to stay ahead of this tropical depression forming over the next couple of days. Now sounds like we will not be caught up in it(!!!) but will likely have strong winds in a "squash zone" between the deepening low and a high below it. Could see gusts in the 30's, not too bad!!! (It's all relative)
The breeze is now just about 18-20, with lumpy seas. Unfortunately we're hard on the wind, making for a very wet, uncomfortable ride. (What's that b.s. about "gentlemen don't sail to weather"??? Well, they do if they want to sail to NZ!!!)
But we're making excellent speed, with a partly furled genoa and a single reef. Should arrive in NZ in 3 days if we can keep our speed up when the wind builds a bit tomorrow.
current position: 26d 43'S 176d 26'E
course: 195d T@ 7.8kn
529 miles made good
556 miles to go
fishing report: nada
ship sightings: none
All's well on board!!!
GO BRAVO GO !!!