Musket Cove, Fiji > Noumea, New Caledonia - Day 2 (2014-11-14 23:00 UTC - 19:36.0S 171:14.0E - DTF 328 nm)
Throughout the night the 12-17 kn of wind was still enough to clock another 188 nm, admittedly with a favourable current a good part of the time of between 0.5-1.5 kn. Initially the sea was still quite rough, but it since has come down to a 1-2 m swell. Unfortunately the wind did too, we’re now only doing some 5-6 kn with 0.5-1 kn of favourable current with 7-11 kn of wind. Since we prefer to negotiate the Havannah Pass at the SE corner of New Caledonia in daylight, we can permit ourselves a slower pace, but with the winds expected to come down to 2-5 kn, motoring at some point in time between this evening and tomorrow morning seems unavoidable.
When a passage is uneventful, which is without exception a good thing, a flying fish in our centre cockpit, which is well above the waterline, and three Chinese trawlers nearby become noteworthy events.