New Zealand to Fiji S30:10:528 E176:10:248
Another glorious day but with light winds. Spent the day changing from poled out genoa to 2 sail reach – many times! No sighting of any other ships, cetaceans but a couple of small birds – 1 finch and 1 pretty red-faced bird. Spent the day catching up on sleep!
A full moon lit up the night and the sea was relatively flat so a slow but lovely night. This morning we discovered 3 little red-faced birds had made a pit stop under the solar panels. In SSB contact with Victory, La Luna (on passage to New Caledonia), Astarte and Chapter 2 who are both still in Opua. Downloaded a ‘big picture’ grib file which shows a nasty low forming south of Fiji so the current plan is to continue on our course but as slow as we can and depending where it goes, try to scoot round the westerly edge. We’ll keep a close eye on it. So it’s a bit rolly but fairly quiet sea and we’re doing about 5 knots in 10 knots of wind from the south.
24 hour distance: 151 miles