Rounding East Cape was like being in the ‘rush hour’. Pitch black apart from stars. We were pursued by a large cruise ship which called us up to let us know her intentions. We kept our course and the ship altered their’s by half a mile, passing by on our starboard.
Shortly after this a large cargo ship appeared to be bearing down on us and when we were half a mile apart they finally answered our radio calls and they took evasive action. Other ships….cargo and fishing boats all were easily avoided as they were well lit up.
Vava’u deja vu! Rounding East Cape into the Bay of Plenty we were met by head on 30 knot winds and very confused seas. Alibi battled through this for the next 9 hours with solid water breaking over the whole boat for much of the day, as we attempted to make our way from East Cape to Cape Runaway – a mere 34 miles! A very uncomfortable and frustrating day! Be careful what you wish for! In the last blog we commented on lack of wind!
- Port trampoline trashed!
- Main sheet boom fitting broke causing a large block to fly off, fortunately missing Capn John and Tommo who were trimming the sails at the time.
- Much fraying of crew’s nerves.