New Zealand 4. 2015
New Zealand 4. 2014 – 2015
My 4th season in New Zealand was as usual very busy; however among well-known quality boat equipment suppliers, good craftsmen, and friends the stay was productive. The major jobs this season were new sails, a renewed rod rigging, new canvas work, plus many other things including new antifouling paint. Dana Felicia was now ready for another season of adventures to Australia for the second time and new adventures in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Pacific Passage 8, 2015 New Zealand to Australia
We left Marsden Cove at high water May 16th with a west – to southwesterly wind of 10 – 15 knots which the following days went more to south and increased to 15 – 20 knots occasionally to 25 – 30 knots while backing to south, southeast, and north east while calming down again to 10 – 15 knots. The waves were moderate about 2 – 4 m. North of the North Island we saw many small dolphins hunting in the significant currents, and we also managed to catch a nice yellow fin tuna. Later the wind increased to 25 – 30 knots coming from south east. It became a swift and easy passage to Cairns only with occasional one or two reefs in the main. Even if we also had some calm wind periods, the total distance of 2055 Nm was done in 11 days with 31 hours of motoring.