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The passage down to New Zealand (from Fiji) has a certain reputation among cruisers, and it’s generally not for being an idyllic, downwind sail. So far, it’s been living up to it’s reputation.
The first day and a half had apparent winds in the mid 20’s to low 30’s range and in order to sail to NZ and not Australia, we’ve been sailing at 47 deg apparent wind angle. The seas have been fairly rough, I’d estimate anywhere from 2-4 meters, and coming out of the SSE. We’re having to sail almost straight south (187 deg heading down to Opua) so that means we’re bashing through some pretty big waves. It’s not what Starry Horizons was built for and it’s frustrating to see our autopilot heading and actual course over ground vary by up to 10+ degrees as we get pushed around by the waves.
As frustrating as this may be however, this weather window was the first one in quite a while that didn’t have wind coming directly out of the south for several days at a time. At least we’ve been able to sail, and with the waves flying over the bows, we have an unlimited free supply of salt. Anyone need some authentic South Pacific Sea Salt to top up their salt shakers???
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