Yesterday, we sailed down to Ile de Pins after a quick overnight stop at Baie Kouo on Isle Ouen. It was basically a place to stage, because we left Noumea too late to arrive in Ile de Pins before dark. It was a pretty anchorage with lots of singing birds all around, and it was flat calm so we slept well.
Our sail to Ile de Pins was slow mostly making 5-6 knots, but at least we were able to sail and not burn any precious diesel which we may need for our passage to New Zealand. We are now anchored in the harbour at Ile de Pins, New Caledonia waiting for our weather window for New Zealand which should come tomorrow (Saturday, 11/15). We are ready to go! Meals cooked and stowed - check; stuff stowed that can fly around and hit you - check; ditch bag out - check. Our last chore is to stow the outboard engine which we will finish later today.
Currently, I am finishing up some tests on our systems like making sure the sat phone and pactor work so we can download weather and email messages. Testing our blog to make sure I can post updates using our single side band radio connection ... you get the idea. Hopefully, this post will not only appear on our blog, but will also be syndicated through to Facebook using Networked Blogs. Fingers crossed.
If you want to keep track of our progress to New Zealand, we'll be sending in reports so just click on the "Position Report" tab in our blog.
That's all to report aboard Gypsea Heart. Au revoir!!
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