land ho !
13 November 2009 | 40 nm to Opua New Zealand
land ho !
now we see it . 09:21 AM Local 20:49 Zulu time
there it is - the land of the long white cloud !
we have crawled into merciless winds for 9 days beating at 3 knots an hour taking a bashing every 8 seconds.
a sort of crawling into an everlasting spanking ...
so overall 185,760 bashes since Minerva reef - 1 % of them hurt - those violent gasps in mid air - upon release the vessel shatters itself onto another rogue 6 - 10 foot wave - repercussions - percussions - shake rattle and roll - the bang - the roll - repeat .
this has been by far the most miserable part of the voyage thus far - it "almost" broke our spirits - a broken boom - a nasty and cold wind of 15 kts steady on the nose as high as 23 - consistent - relentless - but there on the horizon is the prize - the finish line - our home for the next 6 months.
no remorse .
new zealand - land ho !