Wednesday, 6 November 2013

nz day 3: crossing the line

It's official now, we have crossed the International Date Line. (Tonga only pretends to be on the other side for a variety of reasons.)

Our longitude now reads East. The other offical bit, is that it's definitely getting colder: I had to layer this morning! The dampness after a rainy night didn't help in the feeling warm and fuzzy department: time for some hot chocolate.*

Last night we saw lightning, heard a touch of thunder and had buckets of rain fall on our heads as we sorted out Nyon in confused winds. We were both soaked by the end of that episode. The wind went all funky and the easiest thing to do was take in the sail (genoa)and wait a bit. When things settled, we were back on our merry way. 

*It is now early afternoon, the sun has come out and while the air is warmer, we are still wearing our long-sleeved t-shirts. The wind is fickle at best, we have been motor-sailing for the past 2 hours. Watching our fuel, hoping for more wind, going straight south to be able to sail into NZ more easily, changed the alternator belt, made notes of repairs to do in NZ: all in a day's work.

Position: 27* 36.087'S 179* 36.859'E
Distance as of 1200 NZST: 133 nm
Heading: 180*T
Speed: 4.5 knots (motoring)

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you're about half way to NZ now! Changing an alternator belt while sailing?...That must have been fun. Nice to have the company of other boats on the crossing huh.




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