We’re still waiting for a weather window and it might yet be another week or two.
You’d be forgiven for thinking, ‘Oh for heaven’s sake, get on with it!’ but we aren’t in any rush and plan, as always, to sailing conservatively. We got it just right coming to Fiji in May. It took us a day or two longer than some boats but we had a uniformly pleasant passage. We also arrived early on Monday morning to avoid overtime fees for clearing in on a weekend.
We are looking to depart on a wind direction from Fiji that will carry us down to a great big slow moving High Pressure to the north of NZ, which we will ride to our destination, with a minimum of motoring calms. You could say, ‘We have High hopes.’
Just to give you an idea of what we look for in a forecast when passage planning I made a little video.
We’re currently biding our time in Musket Cove, which is full of other boats waiting as we are.
We’ve had a mix of weather. Today it is pouring with rain and we’ve had the excitement air horns blasting trying to get the attention of yacht dragging it’s anchor through the anchorage. FYI we have a very effect anchor alarm, which would let us know before anyone did that we were dragging.