Slow but smooth

Mon 20 Oct 2008 05:17
Position 31.03S  168.48E
Almost cloudless sky today and a moderate swell have made for a relaxing day. We saw our first ship at lunchtime and passed what we think was a huge sunfish basking on the surface this afternoon. Southern Princess is way ahead of us but we must be close to Harmonie and Lady K as we can hear them on the VHF radio. Our speed is really suffering as the replacement for our damaged Maxprop is too small. With 2200 revs we can only get 6kts which is 1.5kts down on the Maxprop. Wind is currently ahead of us.
Bruce who is holidaying in Borneo continues to provide us with really accurate weather forecasts and he has promised that new wind will come from the NE this evening which enable is to increase speed and catch up some time. We are still hoping to get to Opua on Wednesday afternoon.