Wed 18 Jun 2008 01:09
Position: 19.17S 178.51E
Early this morning we crossed the Date Line witch means that Storyteller has brought us more than half way around the world since we left Palma, Majorca in September last year. With help from our weather forecaster, Bruce from Perth,
we have been able to make this voyage comfortably, safely and without undue anxiety. Great advances in navigational
technology, radar and long range communications have made a trip like this much more possible for short handed crews such as ourselves.
Suddenly the weather is much cooler, and it's easy to sleep at night without dripping with perspiration. The fishing is not great, so it's just as well we were able to buy delicious sausage rolls in Tonga, which we ate for lunch today accompanied by mojo sauce we had bought in the Canaries. Radio NZ is now beaming in loud and clear on the shortwave radio, giving us not only the Pacific weather forecasts, but also the Rugby news. So we can look forward to the next All Black match on Saturday night at Musket Cove in Fiji.
On this leg of the trip we've passed several exotic-looking islands, but strangely enough there is very little in the way of a cruising guide to Fiji, unlike Tonga, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. There are coral reefs all around, and after hearing the experience today of some Australian friends whose boat went on a reef in the Caribbean, we're going to even more cautious than before when anchoring amongst coral reefs.