Saturday, November 3, 2007 - Day 1 of Passage: Light and Variable Winds
03 November 2007 | En Route from Fiji to New Zealand
The wind has been light most of the past 24 hours requiring running the engine to make any progress, but in the past two hours we have been able to sail at 5 knots. The swell is low with a long period so the boat movement is comfortable. The forecast calls for more of the same conditions. The noon-to-noon distance for today was 100 miles for an average speed of 4.2 kts. We are not setting any records but we will eventually get there.
This afternoon we sailed through an area of floating volcanic pumice, probably from an underwater eruption which is known to happen in this part of the world. Quite interesting! There were quite a few fish jumping in the affected area and we managed to land a small skipjack tuna, not my favorite, but fresh food for dinner.
All else is well onboard.