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Day 262 Fri-Sat 21-22 June 2019 GMT Making good progress E in N wind

Saturday 11am NZT (Friday 2300GMT) A bright sunny day with plenty of broken cloud. Making good speed E in N wind but seas are a bit rough - lumpy with two different swells, one from NE at 2m and another from S at 1m

Will be celebrating 'official' crossing of the Date Line later - but will keep to NZT for moment - very convenient and puts off repeating a day & going backward in time for a while. Date Line is very 'wiggly' anyway - there are places to the NE of here which also keep to NZT - so I'm in good company!

Time for a quick nap - sails should be fine - wind expected to be consistently from N over today and tonight but I'll probably take in a reef at sunset since wind is likely to have increased enough to need that by then.

3:45pm Cabin temperature is just over 20C/68F and I'm beginning to feel over-heated...! Will be removing one or two layers very soon - great!

Wind is N at around 17kt and we're making good progress ENE. Sun is beginning to get low and I'll be tying in the first reef before dark - wind is expected to increase more overnight and we're heeling a lot already, so time to reef down a bit.

4:45pm Darkness is nearly here - rather early, with a lot of grey cloud everywhere now from the Front approaching. The first reef is tied in - always takes a time getting it seen to. Slows us down from the previous 5.8kt we were making but with the wind expected to pick up to 20kt overnight and stay there, so best to tie it in now while I can easily see what I'm doing. Tomorrow afternoon, it's likely to increase to 25kt and even more overnight, staying well up overnight into Monday, with heavy rain likely at times, as the Front passes over.

7pm Enjoying a small 'Date Line' celebration... Cashews, chunks of feta cheese with black Kalamata olives, and a very tasty pate de campagne on crackers... All accompanied by a glass of Pinot noir and some very nice, relaxing music.

Midnight Still going quite well, although not fast enough .... I don't like seeing the wind dropping as it has now..... our speed drops right down with it... It's supposed to be about 22kt...!

Sunday 6:30am NZT (Sat 1830GMT) Sunrise not far off. Heeling a lot, so time to reduce sail in 20+ kt wind from N - down to 1st 'reef' mark in genoa and 2nd reef in main. Seas rough still and washing the decks frequently.

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1900GMT (= 7 a.m. NZT) - end of Day 262. We made 125 n.ml. DMG, measured in a straight line between the two 1900GMT positions.

Total distance covered from Victoria, B.C., to end of Day 262 (by daily DMGs): 21,160 n.ml

Distances (at 1900GMT): Wellington, N.Island, N.Z.: 817 n.ml. to SW; East Cape, N.Z.: 583 n.ml. to WSW; Christchurch, S.Island, N.Z.: 960 n.ml. to SW; Tahiti: 1471 n.ml. to NE

Position, as posted to www.Winlink.org and www.Shiptrak.org (using my US callsign KC2IOV). Abbreviated version today:

TIME: 2019/06/22 19:00

LATITUDE: 34-48.33S

LONGITUDE: 169-55.80W

COURSE: 082T

SPEED: 5.5

COMMENT: Sailing: ENE in N wind still. Seas lumpy; on close reach

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