Sailing South - Day 1 Noon Position - 36 08.12S 175 52.72E
Mike and Liz Downing
Sun 6 Feb 2011 04:25
At noon today we had made 115 miles since leaving Opua and 126 miles in the last 24 hours. Not fast - we have light winds and have been sailing at 4 to 5kts a lot of the time, with full sail up and using the poles - long time since we've done that! We did reach 7.5kts for a short while overnight, but the wind dropped down this morning. Going west-about the North Island is the preferred route to reach the South Island, but the forecast was for winds on the nose and big swell, so we opted for going east-about, going down the east coast and through Cook's Straight (if we can find a day when it's not blowing a gale through there). It's hot and sunny today and we're currently ghosting along at 4.7kts.
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