Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sailing in paradise

We have been waiting for this for quite some time now. But finally, we
got it. Blue water, blue sky, a long gentle swell that does not even
rock the boat, a steady SE wind 10 to 20 knots pushing us where we want
to go.
We left the Taina marina at 7:15 on wednesday, went through the Taapuna
pass, set up the sails, set up the monitor (which by the way works now
almost better than new), and now all we have to do is enjoy the ride and
wait until we get to Rarotonga.
At noon, we had covered 155 miles on the ground since we left, had
closed on the destination by 144 miles with 472 miles to go.
Not much to report in such nice conditions. A radio contact at noon with
Triple Seven, also sailing to the Cooks but to another island and which
we will probably meet again as they are also going to Neiafu in Tonga.
We are expecting the wind to veer from ESE to ENE, and we set a course
that will keep us at the same wind angle almost to the end.
We should arrive in Rarotonga on the 5th in the morning if everything
stays as forecast.

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