Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New Zealand to Fiji - First Day

After two trips to New Zealand Customs, we finally got our clearance papers and our friend Norm shuttled us back to Rutea once more. At 1000, we pulled up the anchor and motored out of Opua and the Bay of Islands. It was partly sunny and almost warm as Rutea's bow met the Pacific. The wind was light out of the south and we were forced to motor until 1800 hours when the wind clocked more easterly and filled in slightly. With the genoa unfurled, we were making 5.5 knots which isn't great but sure beats the hell out of running the engine.

Both Ruthie and Corie had headaches so dinner was a few saltine crackers, despite the fact that there was a large container of Ruthie's famous chili waiting to be heated. I took the first watch and even though the seas were without any significant swell, it still seemed as though we were rolling around pretty good. Maybe it was because it had been so long since we had been off shore but everything down below seemed to be banging around.

Corie just came up for her watch and the wind is lightening again and we're down to less than 5 knots. If it drops below 4 we'll put the engine back on. Other than that, all is well aboard Rutea.
At 4/17/2012 12:09 PM (utc) Rutea's position was 34°01.86'S 174°32.68'E

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