Day 9 and 10 Bora Bora to Tonga via Niue – Niue on the horizon


Monday 18 August 2014

Day 9 dawned with grey skies, the threat of lots of breeze and some decent swell to go with it. It’s rather like that hard run or cycle you’ve done – you’re pretty exhausted and want the end but up ahead is a hill. Our hill arrived with 14-15 knots of wind with constant gusts…

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Day 8 Bora Bora to Tonga via Niue – The Beast


Sunday 17 August 2014

Day 8, dawn rose and we knew we were approaching the infamous South Pacific Convergence Zone – the so-called Beast! In technical terms easterly winds from the tropics collide with more southerly winds bought on from down south. At times all is calm but at times there is a right old argument between the two…

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Day 7 Bora Bora to Tonga via Niue – the three nicest points of sail…


Friday 15 August 2014

Day 7 and come dawn the seas had settled and we were sailing upwind ticking along at 4-5 knots. Nothing special but considering we were meant to be in light winds and motoring it was a rather pleasant surprise. Having mentioned our three worst points of sail it seems only fair to mention our three…

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Day 4 Bora Bora to Tonga via the Cooks – lumpy custard seas


Tuesday 12 August 2014

Day 4 the winds didn’t last that long and we yet again had to do our procedure of dropping the parasailor and bringing in the water generator and getting the engine on. Mornings are quieter now as more sleep is taken to compensate for sleep lost. Onboard we have a long range radio (technically called…

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