Having left Bora Bora and French Polynesia behind
us, we are on a passage of 1044 miles to Niue. Niue is a very small independant nation under the protection of New Zealand and lies between French
Polynesia and Tonga. Sadly the population is declining with less than 2000
people living on the island. Most of the young folk seem to go to New
Zealand to find work and then do not come back. But the travel books are
kind to it and we are looking forward to discovering more.
The wind is toying with us at 10 to 12 knots from
the north-east. The engines have been on for over 80 percent of the time.
Temperature on board is quiet as getting into
the routine of night watches again. It is much easier with three (thanks
Keith) as we can do 4 hour watches (from 8 to midnight, midnight to 4am,
4am to 8am).
Also talked to a new radio net today, the pacific
puddlejump net. This happens twice a day at 8am and 6pm and we report our
position and weather conditions. Then with the business out of the way there is
time for a chat or to ask for advice if you need any. Jacquie on Whiskers is net
controller at the moment - thanks Jacquie.
TTFN till tomorrow.