Noumea . 80000 nm logged

L'Esprit de la Mer
Dr Chris Bates
Sat 8 Sep 2018 02:13
22 16 60 S 166 26 40 E
We spent friday night anchored off Denarau waiting for better wind next day . Left the Malolu pass at 1000hr saturday and picked up a light southeasterly wind wind wafted us on a direct course for Havanah Pass , New Caledonia at 6.5 knt . The wind died late Sunday and we motorsailed for 24hrs untill the wind filled in and gradually increasedfrom the southeast by tuesdayafternoon it was reaching 20knt and we were holding 7knt over the ground and 8.5knt on the log . Overnight the wind rose to a gusty 30knt with heavy rain showers and visability 200m In these conditions we entered the Havanah pass at 12noon wednesday to find calmer waters . We found a sheltered anchorage in Bay du Prony that night and continued along the coast within the lagoon to Noumea where I had booked the last available Marina berth .
Nice to be in Noumea with French food ,wines and hospitality .
During this passage I passage the lifetime mark of 80000nm as skipper of my own yacht .