We are rather struggling to master this trick at the moment, it has to be said. We now have a huge high pressure system heading for New Zealand this weekend which will give accelerated SE winds further north of here (near gale force possibly), while a distinctly unfriendly low pressure trough is heading towards us from the east coast of Australia. Where the two systems meet next week would be right in our path and would create really horrid conditions of rain, squalls and confused seas.
|Monday next week - the high pressure (with anti-clockwise winds) over NZ and the trough approaching from Australia|
|A day later, and the winds are almost northerly, making the sail a tough beat to windward|
|and a day later, next Wednesday, the winds would finally ease but would still be on our nose|
So we aren't leaving this week! Hmm, we always suspected that the end of an El Niño season would be tricky but ........ It's also getting a bit chilly here!
Our team name in the Opua Cruising Club's Quiz Night last week was "The Patient Mariners" (and we came a not-too-shabby third), so we'll see if we can live up to that name in the coming few days.