North Minerva Reef Photos

Mark & Sue Owen
Fri 20 Nov 2015 00:23

We spent 5 days anchored in North Minerva Reef, a unique and very special place.  Having sailed 250 n.m. closer to New Zealand, we were able to relax and wait for a more accurate weather forecast for the trip south.  We were in good company and there was a reconvening of yachts anchored off Pangaimotu, Tonga.  So we had a pot luck dinner and a beach party (yes, there was a small but perfectly formed beach across the lagoon at low water) with friends from Oceanna, Saraoni, Escape Velocity, Zara and Karie-L.


We decided to wait for a trough to pass over the area before setting off and this arrived bang on forecast bringing strong winds in the mid-20s, gusting 30 knots and rain.  This trough heralded excellent sailing conditions for the passage south and the following morning it was time to move on.


A Google Earth image of North Minerva Reef and our track heading in:


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Hunter gatherer Greg from sv Oceanna:


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A very social time was had:


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The New Zealand Air Force plane Orion introduces itself:


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A very special beach party:


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And what a sunset…: