New Zealand Day 5 - Ready about
Position 32:41.85S 168:34.76 E
Date 1200 (UTC +11) Sunday 9 2014
Distance run Last 24 hours 142nm over the ground, 149nm through the water
Distance (OG) covered from start 694nm
Distance to destination 330nm 90nm made in the day
Original distance to Opua (direct route) 890nm
It is getting noticeable colder. Two nights ago I had to don jeans for the first time since our wet and windy passage from the Bahamas to the San Blas Islands and last night a fleecy hoody was added to the sartorial combination. We were warned that temperatures in New Zealand could be a shock to the system.
Once again overnight we had a wet and windy time going for the most part in a direction with some east in it. Looking at the reported positions of other boats we are up to windward of half of our eight boat fleet. All of this changed at 0900 this morning when the wind veered round to give us a course of west of south so time for a tack but first work out what would become self-launching after five days on a port tack.
After five days on a port tack we have just tacked to starboard so all of the itinerant clothing, life harnesses and rubbish carefully gathering itself on the starboard side of the salon and not secured has now catapulted to the port side. It is now possible to be thrown into the oven rather than being belayed from it. A whole different set of skills require to be worked out; on Caduceus heads are easier to use on the new tack but showering is not. The galley works well with two sinks, one that drains on each tack.
So we are making eastings but unfortunately that means going slightly north as well. The good news is that we are actually continuing to head towards the North Cape at a VMG (velocity made good) over 50% of our over the ground speed. Our ETA for Opua now looks like Wednesday.
Highlights – a morning of sunshine and the sighting of three dolphins which played in the bow wave for 15 minutes. We have also seen a number of ships coming from the direction of North Cape, New Zealand. We required to shorten sail and slow down for one to avoid sharing the same bit of ocean as it passed in the night.
Dinner menu – we have obviously been at sea some time as the menu is repeating, the second batch of beef stroganoff being last night’s treat.
Corrections and omission – the Mate having reviewed yesterday’s entry wishes me to clarify that I was merely the mechanic involved in heating and serving the curry and that she was the brains behind the preparation and creation. Heavens forbid that my friends might think that I was capable of producing food. I did however do a repeat of the bacon and egg rolls this morning – on the starboard tack so not quite so entertaining as last time.