July 26 2014 Tonga to Fiji!

July 26, 2014
18 16′ S
175 03′ W
SOG: 6.8 kts

We are en route sailing from Tonga to Fiji!  Strong high pressure system building over NZ which is giving us a nice southerly quadrant to the wind & seas.  We’re beam reaching in 18-20 knots for the northern Lau Islands to avoid the reef-infested seas there, and will then head SE to Savusavu, as the winds are predicted to shift more easterly with the passage of the high.

We were a bit sad to leave Tonga, but we must keep sailing… We’ve got our weather window and with an El Nino weather pattern beginning to establish itself, we’re making all of our Easting now while the SE trades are here.

Looking forward to Indian food in Fiji!  All well here at sea.  We are about 60 miles into a 422 mile passage, a three-day hop, skip, & a jump.  Day after tomorrow we should see ourselves sailing into the Eastern hemisphere!

-P

p.s. wind generator back on-line, making 12 amps in the night breeze…

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