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Half Way to Beveridge

08 August 2009
We managed 148 miles for our first 24 hours. Right now, it's just after 4 am on Friday, August 7th and we've just passed the half way point from Rarotonga to Beveridge reef, a total distance of around 460 nautical miles. The full moon has made the sailing at night a pleasure.

We tried to raise the heavier spinnaker (the one with the sock) yesterday afternoon, but the sock jammed and the spinnaker itself ripped so we had to retire wounded. It's back to jib and main, sailing wing and wing (the jib poled out one side, the main out the other side). The tape and thin line that makes up the lower edge of the jib has started to come adrift due to the whip-cracking that happens when rolling in the downwind seas. Tane has taped it up with about 20 pieces of duct tape and it seems to be holding. We're hoping the repair is just a matter of replacing stitching, and can be done by hand.

Contrails is still in sight, and we talk on the VHF every now and then. It's looking like we'll arrive at Beveridge in the afternoon of the 9th. Too late, and the light will be wrong for entering the pass, so we'll have to spend a full night hove to, which we don't relish.

The autopilot is doing fine, and has done so for the entire passage so far, so whatever happened in the heavy weather coming to Rarotonga seems to have been transitory. We hope.

Tomas seems to have his sea legs now, and has taken off his wrist straps that are supposed to combat seasickness.
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