Lost! - A day in the life
Phil Marks & Rosy Jensen
Tue 13 Aug 2019 03:43
Last night we crossed the International Dateline at about 20:50 degrees South, and our calendar jumped forward one day.
Now, just after noon on 12 August 2019, we're at 20:51.1S 179:32.2E just south of Fiji. This is more like the South Pacific that we imagined - light winds and calm seas with plenty of sun for the last four days out of Vava'u island, Tonga. To cap that the moon is coming up on full, so the nights are bright. We're motor sailing at low revs to conserve fuel and making about 5 kts in the right direction.
We were disappointed not to have seen the massed whales in the Niue anchorage a couple of weeks ago - they were late this year (it's a favourite mating and birthing spot along their migratory route) and many arrived just after we left. El Niño is to blame this year - and fpr the poor weather as well! The disappointment was partially offset by a humpback breaching right next to us as we left the Tonga islands, plus a pod of pilot whales close by.