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Red skies yet again. This time, their portent is unmistakeable. We are followed by rain showers embedded in a small trough and within hours wind and sea will drive us to the north and east.

The easting I can abide, but the nor thing rankles something fierce. Everyone one of those miles I will have to give back in order to pass south of New Zealand. It may seem a small thing, a mile here or there, but over the course of many weeks the add up.

This fellow chasing us will be short-lived. By tomorrow morning we should have westerly winds. In the meantime, I’ve set twin headsails and am steering ExN. We’ll ride the twins all night as the wind veers west.

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • BT
    Posted at 10:41h, 02 July Reply

    Bert, you are amazing! Following you progress and posts with great admiration for you courage and wishing / willing you success. You are on the downhill run now. All the best from an Aussie follower BT ( 2 degrees of separation from your Uncle Joe).

  • Sandi Lyon
    Posted at 03:20h, 06 July Reply

    That looks about right. When it’s hot out in the ocean, its foggy and wet on the Wet Coast. That means you’re on the right track, heading the right direction. Finally. Woohoo.

  • Anita Kuntz
    Posted at 00:10h, 08 July Reply

    Following you journey and am truly amazed.

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