Duplicat's Diary

68 miles...
by Rick at 05:15:02, 2019-05-20 (day 1842)

As sunset approaches, we’re 68 miles from the Dumbea pass into the New Caledonia Lagoon. We’ll be there overnight, and in Noumea for the morning to begin clearing in (and trying to get a berth in the marina for a few nights to desalt!).

Of course, today hasn’t been plain sailing. Ania managed to beat her record of 4 squalls in 90 minutes, with 4 in an hour on one of her night watches. I then had 4 consecutive squalls with winds over 32knots this afternoon, all whilst trying to sort a minor engine bay leak (from a sticky anti-syphon valve)! The joys of sailing.

We’ve finally seen another yacht - we passed Saskia this morning on the same track, albeit a few miles north of us. We saw them in the difference, but didn’t speak to them. I’m sure we’ll be clearing in at the same time...