Duet on Passage

22:16:60S
166:26:40E

Numea. Wednesday 23rd July 2008.

When we tell our friends that we are cruising in the Pacific they all think that it is, well, peaceful – no it isn’t. It took us 4 days to cover 734 miles from Fiji to New Caledonia which works out as an average speed of 7.6 knots. It was quite the most unpleasant passage we’ve made for some time. The trade winds far from being benign were constantly strong to gale force, the swell huge with a nasty cross sea running to make it seriously unpleasant. So to balance it all out we have just spent a couple of days inland with friends getting away from that salt water, wind and swell.

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