Monday, July 26, 2010

Update Maupiti to Niue, Day 8

Light wind passage with less than 15kts of wind along the rhum line presents some challenges. Experimented with different sail configurations to try to squeeze more speed out of the wind and sails while maintaining desired direction, as well as reducing wear and tear on equipment and getting the most comfortable ride possible.

1 Using mizzen causes BR to fishtail and Monitor has difficult steering
2 Using main reduces roll however bashes from side to side and shadows the head sails, cannot sail directly down wind
3 Using a double reefed main reduces shadowing but still both main and head sail bashes, cannot sail directly down wind
4 Wing on wing with polled out headsail, BR rolls with ocean swell and causes main to bash excessively. however can sail close to directly down wind and better speed
5 Using only headsail removes bashing but BR rolls
6 Using spinnaker only removes bashing and BR does not roll. We are getting better speed from spinnaker in light winds and can sail directly down wind.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Update Maupiti to Niue

2 days into passage and only 800nm to go

Cold front swept through last night. Winds from the SE at 18-20kts seas 10 feet.

Overcast with some squalls today

sailing at 6kts with double reefed main and genoa. steering with Monitor windvaine.

rolly start to passage in light winds, first 200nm average 4.8 kts

Passage making, 90% Boredom and 10% Terror. so they say.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Update

noon position 16 36S 153 55W

10-15kts of wind from the ENE
2m Seas from the E

Rolly downwind sail and slow

Weather forecasts for high winds and very rough seas. So far we have not seen any bad weather.

SSB

Update

noon position 16 36S 153 55W

10-15kts of wind from the ENE
2m Seas from the E

Rolly downwind sail and slow

Weather forecasts for high winds and very rough seas. So far we have not seen any bad weather.

SSB

Saturday, July 17, 2010

18th July 2010 - Bora Bora to Niue

Leave 18th July 2010 for Niue from Bora Bora

Plan to stop for a couple of nights in Maupiti if possible before the longer passage to Niue.

Expect passage to take about a week.

Often called the milk run, wonder why as mostly 20-30 kt winds, moderate to rough seas, squalls and thunderstorms on the way.

Weather forecasts are unreliable for this part of the passage.

Monitor, Polynesian Breakfast Club, SSB radio on 8164 @ 7;30 Bora Bora time

also Penguin Net on 8104 @ 9:00AM and 8:00 PM Bora Bora time,

Friday, July 16, 2010

What's it really like?

French Polynesia! The place many sailors dream of cruising.

The islands are more beautiful than we expected, the people are very friendly and have a rich culture, cool tattoos and hip-notic dancing. Snorkeling is the best we have seen, fishing is great, surfing is awesome.

On the other hand the prices are what you would expect $$$, passage making is surprisingly rough with winds often at 30kts along with rough seas. Thunderstorms and dangerous squalls are a feature of most passages.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Society Islands

Currently in Huahine.

Plan to be in Bora Bora for 14th July celebrations.

Then west, weather permitting.

Will post plan for Cooks//Tonga soon

Moorea to Huahine

Overnight run to Huahine. Left Moorea at 1700 hrs.

Winds from the east 25-30 kts, seas 10-12 ft from the east.

Sailed with Yankee only at 6kts to arrive off Huahine at 700am

Uncomfortable ride

Arrive safe