Land ahoy!

19:15.0S 179:34.8E

At 0715 this morning we sighted Maluku Island, bearing 033 degrees true and some 33NM away. In the days before GPS would we have been grateful for such good visibility. Still some 180NM to Savu Savu which is an official ‘port of entry’ and the first place we are allowed to land until we clear immigrtion and customs.

During my watch last night we passed through a front. Rain and winds of about 25 knots which would occasionally drop to 12 just to complicate matters.

Things calmed down during Kath’s watch (0100 to 0700) and this morning is fine and sunny. Unfortunately the forecast is for the wind to die completely later this evening.

Kath took advantage of calmer conditions to change our electrical master switch. The first one lasted 5 years and this one only a year. We have decided to fit a different model as soon as we can.

I spent the morning tidying up and sewing a lanyard into our Fiji courtesy flag, which unusually didn’t come with one fitted.

At 1200 we are almost abreast of the island. The wind is getting lighter and we are preparing to switch to the Code Zero sail.

Entry by Franco