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This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall charting our adventures as we sail around the world. We're sailing up and down the east coast of Australia after a summer back in Britain.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Trundling northwards

We're 30 hours into the passage and making nice, steady progress towards Fiji. The wind is dead behind us so, apart from some rolling in the waves, it's pretty effortless sailing – just trundling along. We debated long and hard about putting the spinnaker up this morning but the forecast for tomorrow is for more wind so going faster today wouldn't benefit us in the long term and it stayed in its bag; at the moment the chart plotter is calculating our arrival at about 04.00 on Thursday so we'll need to slow down a bit if anything.
The route between here and Savuavu has a number of reefs and islands, often not marked with lights, that we'll be passing during tomorrow night. We've chosen a route to leave the island of Gau to starboard with then a dog-leg right and left up to Savusavu, leaving Koro Island to starboard. There's often a bit of a 'squash zone' between the two big islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu so our night watches will be a bit busier than the have been recently, particularly with fishing boats and cargo ships to look out for too. As usual we are updating http://www.yit.co.nz/yacht/maunieofardwall every day at around 1900 UTC and we'll probably add a couple of extra reports as we go through the islands so you can follow our course.

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