Making good progress 26:10.25S, 168:27.9E

Serenity of Swanwick
Phil and Sarah Tadd
Mon 27 Jun 2022 03:32
We motored through Saturday night. During the night we were in radio contact with a boat that had instrument problems. Rebell stood by him for a while and Phil and Bernd tried to help him trouble shoot. As he was able to sail and to navigate, and had working communications we eventually had to wish him good luck and continue. We got sailing at 0930 on Sunday on a light southeasterly. We weren’t able to make our course and were pushed to the west, which was a bit frustrating, but the sea and sky were a beautiful blue so who’s complaining. On Sunday afternoon we managed a better course firstly goosewinged (with the wind directly behind and one sail out either side), then on starboard tack (with the wind on our right hand side and the sails on port). Since then we have been making between 5 and 6.5 knots almost directly towards Noumea: great sailing in lovely conditions, it’s good to be at sea again. At 1530 we have 226 miles to go to the pass through the reef.