Impressive, how different clouds can look in different parts of the world. Never have I seen clouds like these before. This front was followed by a period of no wind, and then a shift of about 100° counterclockwise. This was a passing low east of me. Just all the other way around than back home. And the low wind does not fit the picture.
After over a week the sun finally shows up. She hardly has any effect on the cabin temperature. 19° C today.
In Tonga I bought a bunch of green bananas. Some of them forgot their biological program. Instead of turning into palatable yellow fruit they seem to skip this important phase and go directly from green to black (rotten). Too late now, they will have to go swimming in the Pacific. Only three days left, and I am not allowed to bring fruit into New Zealand. Seems to be a well protected fruit market. Since Panama I have been buying (for rediculous money) apples from New Zealand for my breakfast, but I am not allowed to bring one single piece of fruit into New Zealand. Sailing is boring, today. Only the low flying plane from the New Zealand Airforce brought some variation. They asked me all details about me, the ship and my voyage and wished me a pleasant sail. Thank you. If you wonder, the round fruit is a mango from Tonga, a present from Julia and Götz from Tribalance. Delicious. Thank you.
After 3 years in the tropics I have to get used to grey days and cool temperatures. It is 20°C outside. Brrrrr.
This message got stuck on the way to my email server, so I try again: After two grey days of incredible rain and wild wind I finally saw some blue patches in the sky. The conditions are quite exhausting. No romantic sailing into the sunset this time. The Pacific is leaving some permanent marks in my memory. Not peaceful at all as the name would suggest.
Nice sailing today. I am slowly recovering to normal life. This is my last coconut from French Polynesia. Thin coconut slices are an ideal component of my Müsli. I have to finish all my fruit, vegetable and pork meat. The list of things you are not allowed to bring into New Zealand is endless. This makes me really feel like entering the very far side of the world. These innumerous entry regulations plus the unbelievable buerocracy when applying for a visa is a strange experience for a European citizen. Feels so much like last century. We can be so glad to be living in modern Europe! Btw, the next tools required to open the coconut after draining the delicious, salty water, is a hammer to produce a horizontal crack, and a srewdriver to separate the meat from the shell. The meat lasts longer in the fridge, covered with foil so it does not dry out.
Hi friends, I am on my way from Tonga to New Zealand. My aft cabin looks like this. Lots of cushions and blankets to stop me from rolling around. I sleep in intervals at night, only short naps at daytime. Around seven more days and nights, 940 miles to go. I spend my time reading, listening to podcasts, listening to the radio and watching movies. The rest is downloading the weather forcast, writing emails, trimming the sails, checking the course, eating, shaving and having showers in the cockpit.
The northern cliffs of Vava’u , the biggest island of Tonga’s Vava’u group. Let’s see what the other side looks like.
Good morning to all of you. Have a nice day!
I made it half way around the world! I crossed 169° of longitude which is on the opposite side of the globe from home. Easy was racing across the meridian in 25-30 kn of wind, surfing down the waves with a max. speed of 11 kn. All with windvane steering.