Posted: 26 October 2011
Scally has just managed to clock up another 200nm / 24hr run. The actual total on the log was 201nm but we appear to have traveled further over the ground, either favourable current or the log is not calibrated correctly.
The wind eased slightly during the night and is averaging a little less than yesterday but still from the same direction. At 2200 UTC our position was 19 16S 173 27E, wind of ESE 17knots and swell about 1 to 2 metre from the same direction. The sun is out and temp sitting at 29c.
We’re in the early stages of a passage when the lack for sleep makes a stop in New Cal seem attractive but let’s see how we get on further down the track as we may yet head straight thru.
At about 0300 this morning I picked up a boat on the radar and could see their lights about 8 miles out. I tried calling it on CH16 but got no answer (not unusual), it ended up passing us about 1/2 mile to stbd. I think it was part of the Chinese fishing fleet currently operating out of Fiji. About 30 of these fishing junks are based in Loutoka and I believe another 80 operate out of Suva. Very sad that Fiji has chosen to trade fishing licences for infrastructure aid from the Chinese government. In a couple of years there’ll be no fish left in Fiji waters.
We had a passenger with us all night sitting on the port pullpit. Not sure what species of sea bird it was but it was big. Needed a shovel to clean up this morning!
Heres’s our position on Google Earth.
19 20’08.18 S, 173 21’20.42 E
11-10-26 11:00:28 +1200 +0000
Paul & Glor