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Minerva and Points South

07 November 2009
Our stay in Minerva North was brief but good. After hearing that Arielle and Long White Cloud were just leaving Minerva South a few hours after our arrival, we decided to take advantage of the wind we had and leave in the evening. We had initially anchored inside the eastern edge of the reef, but moved to near the pass on the west side so that we could dive outside the pass. Alan and Bruce stayed on the boats, Alan to sort out the fishing gear, Bruce to get organized on Wasabi.

Just as Kena approached North Minerva, something very large hit one of our best lures, the line strained and then snapped. Whatever it was, it was big, says Alan. Possibly a marlin, or a very large wahoo. In any event, the weak point was the 300lb test main line---the leader is now probably 1,000lb test! So... Alan decided to work on the lines to make up some more lures and check for weak points.

Tane, Tomas and I took Kena's dinghy through the pass for a dive, Tane and Tomas using the two scuba tanks from Wasabi, and me snorkeling. They went quite deep, and saw plenty of action, and Tane described it as a spear fishing paradise. I had a great time too, at one point finding I had trapped three grey reef sharks in a canyon --- they became quite agitated, so I decided they should be left alone. There are many large grouper here, and they are quite curios.

We all ate on Wasabi, and then, as the sun was touching the horizon, we motored through the pass and set sail for New Zealand. The wind has been from 15-22 knots all night, and we've been keeping each other in sight. It's now morning, and time to check for flying fish on deck --- we've had several larger ones on the passage so far.

Tane, Alan and Tomas are on Kena, and Bruce and I are on Wasabi. This arrangement makes the most sense, as it has already been necessary to hand steer Kena for much of the time --- in winds of 20 knots or more on the beam, the autopilot wanders badly for some unknown reason.

There were rain showers in the night, but the barometer has risen further, to 1022, and we're back to trade-wind skies.

We've crossed the anti-meridian (our longitude is now East, not West). I've changed our day to New Zealand's --- that's why there's a day missing in these blog reports.
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