After Michael's additional extension for time in New Zealand came, we will be departing. It is Tuesday, May 31st in NZ at 10 am...and Customs Agent Cooper just left the boat giving us our clearance papers to depart. So we will be on our way in a few hours.
The weather is certainly not perfect. In fact, it should be an adventurous passage – something we usually avoid. But there is nothing else on the horizon for weeks at least. So we will head out and hope for the best. The good news is we should be able to sail all the way. The bad news is we will be sailing in quite hardy wind...it doesn't look like we will see anything less the 20 the whole way and much of the time it will be 25. It will be a southwesterly, then westerly, then southerly then south east and then east southeast....or at least that's what the morning forecast. Our course is northeast, so the wind will be from behind which is good – so will the seas – which are also predicted to be about 2-3 meters. So we should go pretty fast though we will have limited sail up as there will be lots of squalls. The bad news with the wind from behind is that it will be chilly and wet in the cockpit. It will be nice to get out of the 30 degree latitudes and into the low 20s!
Check out our progress on the website YIT.co.nz We will submit a position report to them daily. It may be too rough to bring out the computer for log updates. We have a good boat that will take good care of us (and lots of seasick meds!)
At 4/26/2016 8:32 PM (utc) S/V Astarte was located at 35°43.41'S 174°19.56'E
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