Going to Niue

Stephen Bassett
Wed 13 Jun 2012 19:15
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.