Wednesday, 20 May 2015

19 May 15 - Passage to Minerva Day 3 - Finding our groove

Hello!

We are finding our groove. As much as we will all be glad to relax at anchor in Minerva Reef, we have had pretty good conditions for crossing an ocean today. Winds have mostly been in the 15-20 kts range, with a few spells higher than that to keep us on our toes. The sea state has been friendly - the odd funny roll, but mostly pretty benign. Boat speed has been in the 6.5-7.5 kts range, which is just right.

Johnathan contributed in a new way today - we were having interference problems again between the HF radio and the autopilot, and it was Johnathan who sat at the nav table and did our upload/download of email traffic, with Max at the helm.

Over the last few weeks, Victoria has taught herself to crochet (with the help of various online tutorials) and she has nearly finished her first project. It is lovely to watch how she perseveres when she has set her mind to something.

We are over 1/3 of the way to Minerva, and tomorrow we should be approximately half way. Despite the vastness of the ocean, we are still in and out of VHF range with some of the boats who left Whangarei when we did. Now that everyone seems to be out of their early-passage inertia, there may be some interest in something yummy for brunch. We shall see ...

A short note for tonight, but it gives you a little insight into our daily routine, and lets you know that we are doing well and thinking about you.

Love,
Elizabeth
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At 2015/05/19 1:52 PM (utc) SV Fluenta was 31°29.00'S 177°00.00'E
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At 2015/05/19 2:40 PM (utc) SV Fluenta was 31°26.63'S 177°04.94'E

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