North Minerva reef
Richard and Rachel Caswell
Sat 24 Oct 2009 13:52
North Minerva Reef,
Arrived here from Neiafu, Tonga after our slowest passage yet to get here, as our timing couldn't be rushed yesterday as we knew we wouldn't make it in with good light, so we slowed right down and averaged 4.3 knots for the 406 NMiles from Neiafu to here. But I must admit some of it was up-wind, which we haven't done much of in Kachina, so took it quietly, not wanting to stress anything, least of all ourselves !
We're here way out in the middle of nowhere it seems, with just a big circle of reef only - quite strange, but very protected. Have a look for it on Google Earth - very interesting pics.
Hopefully everyone else that has come through here has left us some crayfish, but we haven't seen any yet from our exploring round the reef . The water seems a tad chilly, but at low tide you can walk on the reef, and the surrounding shallows.
So now our arrival time is looking more like the 5th or 6th of November at this stage, but could be later, if we don't leave on Saturday.
We've just been buzzed by NZ Orion Airforce airplane to get all our details from each yacht....our excitement for the day. Seems it's really hard to just sneak into NZ these days....
There's now 6 yachts here, compared with just one when we turned up.
Weather's turned blusterly now, but should expect a fine day tomorrow.