We are having very classical passage from Tonga to New Zealand. First we
had south easterly trade winds from Hapai to Minerva reef. After 53 hours
we reached Minerva and rested there for the night.

We head south in light easterly winds next afternoon around 4 p.m. after
intensive weather discussion with Paul and Leon from Disa. The key thing in
scheduling was to find out correct time to land to New Zealand between
consecutive low pressure systems and to meet the cold front above 30S
latitude where they are not their strongest.

We had a high pressure system moving eastwards and we went around it by
turning little bit west. Disa took more straight course and they are doing
good too, but used engine more than we have did so far. We have only used
engine for 1.5 hours yesterday when we took spinnaker down and had some
rain and charged batteries for a movie night.

Now we are on the south west side of the high and looking forward to meet
the cold front approaching from south west. Based on weather information
Pekka has send us, we expect winds up to 20 kn and some rain under 100 mile
frontal weather belt.

We have been making seven knots (7 kn) average speed towards peak of New
Zealand north island. Our course is 210 degrees. The front was
approximately 80 miles south west of us on UTC 19 00 and moving 10 kn to
north east.

Our position now UTC 00 07 is 28 27.5 S, 176 23.5 E.

As we made a mistake of forecasting the time and place where it approaches
us, we would ASK YOU TO FORECAST WHEN AND WHERE WE WILL MEET THE FRONT. Place
your estimation here and we will let you know who was the best weatherman.
Winner gets an invitation to NANEA as our next onboard weatherman.

 

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