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Paula and Stephen Pepperell sail the world on their 45' Herreshoff mobjack Ketch 'LONG WHITE CLOUD'. Over the past six years. Long White Cloud has proven to be a fast yet comfortable cruising yacht and is custom built of New Zealand Kauri.
Head winds again...
12/11/09, South Pacific Ocean

Just when we thought we would arrive Thursday night the wind has swung back to the south, south west so we will have to tack the rest of the trip. This will push our ETA out to Friday morning. 95 miles to go. This will be the last 100 miles of a 40,000 plus mile 8 year so what the heck...

Heading west
10/11/09, South Pacific Ocean

We're still pushing west. Later today we will tack over and begin the run south. The boats--and there are lots of them out here--that tacked early are finding they can't lay the Bay of Islands and will have to tack west again. In the past 24 hours we have sailed about 140 miles but are only about 15 miles closer to New Zealand!! Last night we passed two other yachts. They appeared on the horizon ahead of us at about 1.00 am before slipping below the horizon behind us just before sunrise. Some boats are taking a lot longer to complete this passage than we are..little comfort in that though. The wind continues to be up and down so we are kept busy shortening sails and then resetting them again in the lighter patches. Yesterday we sighted our first wandering albatross since leaving New Zealand 8 years ago, and this morning the sun is shining, promising another beautiful day.

On our way home....
06/11/09, South Minerva Reef

We left South Minerva today at 1100 hrs in good south easterly winds @18-20 knots. We are making good speeds (8.3 knots on the GPS) and we haven't even got our genoa out as we figure we don't want to stress LWC and break anything on this our last leg home. Our friend Mike on Arielle is beside us to the east and a boat is on our track, behind us so we'll have lights around us tonight...something we are not used to at sea. Forecast is for lighter winds tomorrow so we want to make the most of the air while we have it. Could be a patchy trip with boats ahead of us doing quite a bit of motoring.


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Who: Stephen & Paula Pepperell
Port: Auckland, New Zealand
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