9th June 2013 - Dodgy Decimal Points and Dodgier Electroni cs
9th June 2013 – Dodgy Decimal Points and Dodgier Electronics
We start with a correction to the last blog entry which will probably be of interest to nobody at all. But, just for the record, we had a bit of a bit of a battle with decimal points which led to an underestimation of the speed at which diesel flows through our return pipes. By a factor of 100. So the stuff still flows through at a slow meander - at getting on for 50 metres per minute or so - but we have to admit that that’s a bit faster than our original 50cm a minute. It’s still only about half the speed of a guardsman wearing a funny hat doing the quick march at the Trooping of the Colour. So, it’s still a pretty leisurely pace.
ship’s fitted VHF radio has now decided to go on the blink. No sooner does one bit of
Raymarine kit come back from hospital but the next decides that it’s its
turn. And, of course, it’s much
more fun for all if it does it when it’s 500 NM away from anyone who might be
able to fix it.. A pox on you, Mr
Raymarine. We’ll just get by using
the single sideband HF radio and the handheld VHF sets. Then I guess we’ll have to send the set
Otherwise all is well aboard. Carol has been feeling a bit under the weather – as she usually does at the beginning of a passage after a longish break from the sea. But, she’s getting through it and should be fine soonish. She did try the Paihia Bomb as a seasickness remedy (a locally renowned remedy in Opua and sourced from the pharmacy in Paihia, 6kms away). But, whatever else it did, it wiped her out fairly smartly.
Progress north has been steady and reasonably quick in the Force 4-5
easterly breeze. However, the
breeze is dropping now and it looks likely that by this evening we’ll be under
engine and will stay that way for a day or so. Within the next half hour we’ll pass the
500NM mark on this passage which will leave us around 600NM to go. So, it’s looking like an arrival in
Savusavu on Thursday sometime.
That’ll be good and we look forward to meeting the crowd who left a
week before us and experienced very different conditions. We risk being told that if the best we
can come up with after sailing from NZ to
Jack has proved a very versatile hand aboard and has made all the difference by allowing us to run 3 watches. So, there has been no lack of sleep. Meanwhile, the difference in temperature is already very noticeable. It’s now around 1530 local here on Sunday 9th. We’re about 200 NM south of the Tropic of Capricorn and so should enter the Tropics sometime tomorrow night. That’ll be good too.
We have deployed the fishing line but no luck so far. Not so good but it can only get better!
Be back in a bit.