And Not So Nice

Noon Position: 27 49.4 S 161 12.7 E
Course: South West Speed: 4 knots
Wind: West Sou’ West, F5 – strong breeze
Sea: moderate Swell: South West 2 meters
Weather: overcast, mild
Day’s run: 46 nm made good, 73 nm sailed and drifted

As expected, after drifting around for much of the evening, the winds gradually picked up overnight from the west, and then backed into the south west late this forenoon, as a frontal system passed through the Tasman Sea to the south of us. We are now down to the yankee, the staysail and a double reefed main, close hauled on the starboard tack. For now we will push on south, unless the wind backs further into the south, in which case we will come about onto the port tack and start heading west.

The fore hatch no longer appears to be leaking, but the new windows I fitted in Fiji are, slightly. Bother!

I expect we will be hunkered down in the bash-to-windward mode until Thursday, when I am hopeful that we might have a some respite for about 24 hours.

Getting there.

All is well.