Sailing Around The World

Day 5 to New Zealand

Around 23:30 at night the wind finally died down to 10 knots, so Ben and I did a sail change on the head sail. I decided to put up the drifter light sail and take advantage of its large size and light weight material to hopefully maintain 5 plus knots. We have been struggling all morning with trimming the sails and trying to move at least 5 knots but at times we have only been successful to move 3 to 4 knots in only 6 to 8 knots of wind. The good news is that after my afternoon nap I awoke to 10 to 13 knots of wind and Dragonsbane moving swiftly at 5 to 6 knots. We completed 127 nautical miles in the last 24 hours and have 349 remaining to landfall. Not to much to chat about other then my tour guide book of New Zealand printed in 1975 I have been reading makes New Zealand sound wonderful. It should be interesting how things have changed in the last 40 years. I found the book funny because the writer complains about how busy the world has become back in 1975, I am sure his head would be spinning today. I feel the same way as writer did back in 1975 and a few of the local New Zealand farmers complaining about how the country is over whelmed with population in 1975 with 3 million citizens. Now there is roughly 4 million or so. The one thing I did gather from reading the guide book is that I should try hitch hiking around New Zealand instead of driving it. The write drove everywhere and I think it would be a better adventure if I just hitched all around New Zealand instead, just a thought. Anyway I decided to live more in the moment because it seems that no matter what time in history it is we all think the past is better more or less.

Current position 29 deg 38.0min South, 174deg 02.2min East, COG 175deg, SOG 6kts, WD 110deg E, WS 11kts, Air Temp 66.2 F, Water Temp 77.3, Swell <1meter Yesterdays air temp was 68 F.

Live in the Moment,


One response

  1. Mike Nelson

    Still going good. Should be a more comfortable ride in 1m? Don’t overlook what you can see sailing around NZ. Points of real interest Bay of Island (Opua) then down to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds then a short hop over Cook Strait will have you at the Mana Cruising Club from where you could explore Wellington and the Wairarapa. If you had the time down the South Island to Milford Sound.
    Really look forward to your reports each day. Very interesting. Hello to Jade.

    November 16, 2013 at 4:25 am