Passage New Zealand to Fiji Day 3
Lat:27 03 S
Long: 171 26 E, a little over 600 miles from Fiji, heading northeast
The last day/night have been no picnic, but things are settling now. Last night and early this morning we had 30-35 knots, and 18 foot seas cresting 8 seconds apart. We tried to take them off our bow as much as our course would allow, but sets occasionally smacked our beam making life a bit uncomfortable.
The low we were most concerned about is sufficiently to the east of us and moving southeast, and we have made enough northerly progress to stay out of the teeth of the low traveling across the Tasman to New Zealand, so all’s as well as it’s going to get with the seas, and we are now making a bee-line for Lautoka.This passage has a reputation for being rough, so what we’ve experienced is probably typical, outside of our little diversions to avoid low pressure systems.
The boat is very happy. Her big propeller cavitates sometimes when the big seas take us from certain directions. It makes a huffing, grunting sound. Kind of like a buffalo exhaling a big steamy breath from flared nostrils. In related news, sleep deprivation sends my brain on flights of fancy.