Minerva Tomorrow

The Adventures of the Good Ship Equinox
Cate and Chris Galloway
Fri 13 May 2011 05:11
Position at 1700 NZST 23.59.8224S 179.47.4860E
Weather on the improve!
Had a busy and somewhat frustrating 24 hours with minor maintenance problems, slight sea water ingress into the freshwater tnk via the breather, and having to beat 100nm to the west of Minerva Reef to make it. By way of comparison, when we crossed the Tasman, it took 8.5 days to cover 1300nm, this time it will take 8 to cover 760. We still also have to make the next leg of 260nm to Tonga, again awaiting favourable weather.
On the upside, Al has caught this morning a whopping great Spanish Mackerel (1.25m) and he is again a happy man (had a bit of grumpy real estate agent this morning at 0300 when he was rused for his watch). We are now motorsailing on increasingly calm seas to cover the last 72 nm to North Minerva, were we should arrive at first light tomorrow.
The kids have been simply awesome - they seem to handle being cooped up in 41 feet of plastic for eight days better than their parents at times.
Will tell you te story from Minerva tomorow night, hopefully having had a couple of ice-cold beers at anchor!