Sunday, November 11, 2007 - Day 9 of Passage: Land Ho!
11 November 2007 | En Route from Fiji to New Zealand
Land was sighted this late afternoon about 30 miles distant through heavy clouds. It will still be another six hours before Sand Dollar is tied to the quarantine dock at Opua, NZ. The sailing has been very fast on this last day of the passage with winds 20 to 30 knots on the beam and 6-8 ft. seas. We have been "packing on the canvas" to get there as soon as possible. We are tired and cold. Today's noon-to-noon distance was 144 miles for an average speed of 6 kts. Landfall will be sometime around 11 PM. tonight.
All else is well onboard.