Trip from Tonga to NZ

David & Susan's Adventures
David & Susan Simpson
Thu 27 Oct 2016 21:55
23.39.25S 178.53.80W
After filling up with diesel and booking out of Tonga we left on Wednesday morning (28th) heading for Minerva Reef which is 285 miles on the the way to New Zealand. We took 48 hrs to get to Minerva and about half was good sailing and the rest was frustrating light and variable winds and we had to motor-sail. We are now anchored inside the reef and although there is no shelter from the wind, the reef protects us from the swell and waves, so it is very comfortable.
We are now downloading the weather forecast for the next 2 weeks to work out the best time to leave Minerva for NZ. We will post an update once we know what our plan is.
All is well on board.
Cheers, David & Susan