Tahiti – Tonga – Day 10

Day 10: 26.08.18 2200 UTC, 1200 BoatTime (UTC-10)
Position: 18:26S 172:28W
COG: 260 SOG: 5,1 (average 24 hrs) Wind: 5 – 30 kn S – SE Sailed distance: 1334 nm Sailed last 24 hours: 131 nm Distance to Tonga: 95 nm
Weather: Wind picked up, clouds gathered and heavy seas from the south emerged. A nice day, a grey and windy night, and a beautiful morning
A completely different day than yesterday. Good speed during the day, but when the waves from the south picked up and the wind increased in the evening, it got interesting. In the night it was difficult for us to maintain our target bearing because the waves from the side were steep and coming with a high frequency. Judging from the GRIB current map it seems like a “wind against current” situation. We dropped to only a portion of the genoa. The Hydrovane had to give up and we were on regular auto pilot and even some hand steering.
The morning hours were calmer and most of the clouds disappeared allowing for a full moon and a rising sun at the same time!
Still looking at a Monday morning (UTC-10), Tuesday local (UTC +13) arrival av Vava´u, Tonga. We may have to slow down towards the end to avoid a dark arrival. Now, beautiful beam reaching in 12-14kt of wind.
Sea state: 1 – 2,5 m.
Fishing: No news.
CsB soon within sight again 🙂
All is well.
S/Y KEA www.keablog.no

I am the Captain of this ship, and I have my Wife´s permission to say so!

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