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Sun, at last, but will it last?

04 November 2009
It's 3:30pm and we're making between 7 and 8 knots towards North Minerva reef, with 84 nautical miles to go. The breeze is 16-20 knots from the southeast, and the sky is blue with puffy trade wind popcorn clouds. Kena is about 8 miles behind and we're just catching up to Lune III. We had intermittent rain for most of yesterday, and passed through a squall line just after 4am this morning.

In our enthusiasm for the fishing competition with Kena, we left the lines out last night. We've discovered that we can catch fish on nights close to the full moon. Tane was on watch in the early morning when he heard one of Isabelle's cow bells clanging --- she has rigged these to the boat lines so that you can hear when there's a fish on. He started pulling in the line and could feel something attempting to take it. When the lure was close to the back of the boat, he saw a huge shape rush in from the side, the line jerked mightily, and the lure was gone. Ouch! The line is heavy nylon braid, and he now realizes he was quite lucky the leader broke as he would probably have gotten a loop of line around a finger or his hand.

Currently our ETA at North Minerva is around 2am tomorrow morning, so we'll need to slow down a little in the night to ensure daylight when we approach the reef. The reef itself is almost perfectly circular with a pass into the interior on the northwest side. The actual coral of the ring is supposed to be about a kilometer wide and the interior lagoon several miles wide. It appears to offer great protection. We're looking forward to checking it out, even if we're there for only a short time---a good weather window to New Zealand takes priority.
Vessel Name: Kena
Vessel Make/Model: Ganley Pacemaker 40
Hailing Port: Tutukaka, New Zealand
Crew: Roger, Sally, Tane, Hunters all
About: The Hunter family: Roger, originally from Tutukaka, New Zealand Sally, from Tasmania, Australia and Tane is from New Mexico.
Extra: This leg of the trip is from Puerto Lucia, Ecuador to New Zealand.
Kena's Photos - Main
Playing in the world's smallest independent nation.
47 Photos
Created 15 September 2009
A few picks of Roratonga, where we picked up Tomas, and of the incredible Beveridge Reef
20 Photos
Created 1 September 2009
Our adventure in the islands of Tahaa and Raiatea in The Society Islands
18 Photos
Created 5 August 2009
Mystical Bora Bora in French Polynesia
31 Photos
Created 5 August 2009
The Sailing Rendezvous in Tahiti and Moorea, plus a little of Huahine
35 Photos
Created 5 August 2009
Our journey through the coral atolls of the Tuamotus in French Polynesia
65 Photos
Created 19 June 2009
Tahuata, Ua Huka and Nuku Hiva
48 Photos
Created 12 May 2009
25 days of open seas and our first few days on Hiva Oa
51 Photos
Created 28 April 2009
Our journeys to Puerto Lucia, Cuenca, Guayaquil and about
55 Photos
Created 25 March 2009
Our journey through the Galapagos Islands.
50 Photos
Created 17 April 2008
37 Photos
Created 17 April 2008
14 Photos
Created 18 March 2008
49 Photos
Created 6 March 2008
46 Photos
Created 22 February 2008
58 Photos
Created 26 January 2008
Mazatlan South
58 Photos
Created 9 January 2008

S/V Kena

Who: Roger, Sally, Tane, Hunters all
Port: Tutukaka, New Zealand