Sunday, October 26, 2008

Off to New Zealand

October 26, 2008--We have been watching the weather very closely for the past few days, and we have also been receiving weather reports from several of the weather routers that are available. They pretty much agree that tomorrow is a very good time to leave. We are supposed to have light to moderate winds and seas for the first two days. Then the winds will pick up a bit, which is good since we need to make good time in order to avoid the next round of bad weather. Hopefully, the trip will take no more than 10 days.

This will be the second longest passage that we will have made since leaving Mexico but having Gary with us will make it so much easier and less tiring. As soon as Gary comes in at 9:30 a.m., we will check out of Tonga and be on our way. Tracen J and Scarlette O'Hara will leave a couple of hours ahead of us, but we will all be in radio contact during the trip so give our weather conditions. Since we will be at the back of the pack, we will have a good idea of what to expect.

I have been baking and cooking all day long so that we have some meals ready to go if the passage gets rough at any point. I baked bread, banana bread, and Snickerdoodles (one can never have enough Snickerdoodles around). I also made and froze spaghetti sauce and meatloaf. We ordered lasagne from a cafe here, and that will give us three additional frozen meals. While I was in the cafe I just happened to notice that they had cinnamon rolls and poppy seed muffins so I ordered some of those as well. Whatever happens, I don't think that we will go hungry.

Steve has been working for the past four days to insure that the rigging and the systems are ready for the passage, and we had all of our laundry done. Steve and I are definitely ready to get going, but at the same time, we can't believe that it is time to leave. We are also anxious to see what New Zealand is like. The exchange rate has improved so we will be able to get more for our money when we are there, and that is really good since we have our usual list of projects for the boat yard.

As usual we will be posting our position as we move along. I also plan to post blogs at least every two or three days. I think that it might be fun to have Gary add to the blogs this time.

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