We made French Pass, between d'Urville Island and the South Island today. Winds yesterday stopped Us getting through so we anchored in a small bay In a place called Croiselles Harbour about 20 miles from Nelson. Today we are sailing across the top of the Marlborough sounds and then heading south to Lyttleton. Pleasant sailing so far, wildlife count: 1 seal.
29 December 2013
Updated news for anyone following: the tracking link has stopped working, it appears to be a satellite phone problem, I have the phone company checking it out. Anyway, we are in Nelson at the top of the South Island of NZ at the moment, waiting for a tide and weather window to head to Lyttleton. That appears to be about midday tomorrow, which will get us to Lyttelton early on the 2nd January. So I won't be making any New Years Eve parties, except for maybe one on board.
Internet access appears to be a bit up and down, so I will hold off posting any photos until I get to Christchurch.
I have an NZ phone number in case anyone wants to call -- +64221840918, carrier is 2 degrees which seems to be the one compatible with my phone.
18 December 2013
16 December 2013
We made it to Lord Howe Island after 4 days sailing from Newcastle. seas were rough, with the swell mostly around 3m or thereabouts. The island is lovely as always and we've spent the last week or so relaxing, and enjoying the scenery. The weather has kept us here as it has been mostly blowing from the south east for the week but we're looking for a change on Thursday. Internet access is available only at the museum and is very limited so I will hold off posting photos until we reach New Zealand.
01 December 2013
This is the stern pushpit rail to which I've added a frame above the pushpit itself. On the frame is a solar panel (200W) and an antenna for the AIS unit. Between the frame and the pushpit is hanging a towed generator (100W) which generates electricity by having a tow line and impeller towing behind the boat while sailing. Also at the stern is the box containing the gas bottles (Chiara Stella originally came with a kero stove) and the outboard for the dinghy.
Also pictured is the NMEA interface for the Tacktick instruments. These work quite well despite the fact that Tacktick is now owned by Raymarine.