Thursday night 29thApril

(Postman got lost...!)

Crossing the Bass Strait, north of Tasmania.. lovely moonlit night... Southern Cross high overhead... seas calmer after strong (30-40knot) winds of past few days. 
Hove to midnight Tuesday for 16 hours - 5m seas washing the decks & crashing into us frequently!!
Bumpy...but OK - I read a lot and took refuge in my bunk!
Repaired autopilot yet again - keeps coming loose on rudder stock.
Was prepared to wait to get aross the shallow Bass Strait - now have a 2-day weather window... wind 25-30knots so making good speed (150miles today!) ..seas still 4m - the birds love it when the seas are rough!!
Still seeing albatross and prions but also saw my first gannet here today.
Weather forecast shows I might run out of wind coming Sunday/Monday as I begin to cross the Tasman Sea to New Zealand...

(Posted from Nelson N.Z. after safely arriving this morning (10th May) .... will post report of crossing and arrival as soon as I can get to Internet...

Written by : Mike

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