Friday, November 6, 2009

Under way

First day not brilliant. We covered 122 miles over the ground but we
know that we won't be able to go to Whangarei on a straight line but
rather we will have to aim for a position west of Norfolk Island and
wait for the wind to switch to SW to tack and aim for the north of New
This first day at sea has seen Marie-Laurence behave like a seasoned
sailor in terms of staying active and able to help with work on the
boat. Nigel is almost a professional sailor and I rely on him to help us
choose the right options.
It is almost impossible to define the distance left to cover as I have
not idea how far west of Norfolk the wind is going to take us. We have
20 to 25 knots of wind, now from ESE but supposedly about to veer more
We chose not to sail too close to the wind, first for comfort but also
because we go faster and the name of the game right now is to get as
much wouth as we can before the wind shift.

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