October 15, 2014 Southbound Through the High

October 15, 2014
19 43 S
177 16 E
SOG: 6.5 kts

We’re blasting through the swells and chop across the leading edge of a massive area of high pressure.  Right now it’s a bit uncomfortable because the wind is 30 degrees forward of the beam (translate: wet decks and 20 degree heeling angle).  But the skies are sunny, it’s 80 degrees, and we’re on a good heading for NZ.  As the high moves eastward, our winds will shift more easterly and we can crack off and flatten out the boat–hopefully in a day or so.

Last night Nep cooked up some lobsters that the Fijian fishermen gave to us.  They were delicious!  As we sailed by the glow of Suva in the distance, we dined on lobster tail and leftover birthday cake!  The winds fell flat and we motored most of the night through the Kadavu Passage.  At first light we rounded the last cape and found the wind on the open sea, knocking back the miles.

We joined the net “Rag of the Air” today and are logging our position with them daily.  It’s a good one because they give you a personal weather forecast, as well as conditions for the entire South Pacific.

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