Fiu in Adriatic
Cruising from Sydney to New Zealand
Preparations in Sydney and sight-seeing tours - 15 to 23 Feb. 2005
The crew: Borut from Slovenia, Tom and Julian from New Zealand, Susan and Ivo.
Everyone arrived few days before departure and on time to take part in final preparations and provisioning. This was Borut's first visit to Sydney so he went sight-seeing and took many photos - what follows is only a small selection. In the mean time, Susan and Ivo did provisioning while Julian and Tom were recovering in the pub from a 'long-haul' trip from New Zealand to Sydney!
We started sailing from Sydney to New Zealand on 23 Feb 2005 and arrived to Nelson on 3rd of March only seven and a half days latter! We had beautiful weather and good sailing - including two days of sailing with spinnaker which is quite an achievement for Tasman Sea which is notorious for bad weather and heavy seas! Our trace in the Tasman sea with our noon positions is on the picture below:
In total we made 1283 nm in 7 days and 18 hrs, giving an average of 1283/168= 6.9 kn or 165 nm/day. Not a bad average considering the fact that we had problem with the forestay and had to rely only to the inner forestay and baby stay and that we were sailing in Tasman sea which is notorious for heavy seas and head winds.
Fey pics from the crossing.