Amazingly, we are still here at Santo in
. We have been here, moored at the Aore Resort, for almost 2 weeks now (not
counting the first week we were here last month). We have been waiting this
whole time for a change in the weather which will allow us to head South in a
non-painful fashion. The problem is strong winds and high seas from the SE. This
makes going South very difficult unless you don’t mind getting seasick and
breaking stuff. Further, our desired course to
, is actually just a bit East of South, perhaps 175True. Winds have been in the
20-30k range and seas are reported at 12-18ft, not exactly your smooth tropical
Our goal is to be in
for Jonah’s birthday, October 20th. Its only 3 days away so we
have another week till it will become impossible to make it. Our next goal is
of course and this is also problematic until we can get South of 20S where the
SouthEasterlies are weaker. A stop in
is not essential, but it is on the way. If we have to wait much longer we will
not stop there if we have favorable conditions for heading South.
We are, of course, not along in this dilemma. There are at least 4 other boats
here, 2 of which want to go to
and 2 of which want to go directly to NZ. None of us are anxious to leave in
these conditions. Additionally, the skies have been overcast and rainy the
entire time we have been stuck here. As I have mentioned in earlier journal
entries, this season has been a disaster weather wise for the entire Western
South Pacific region.
Meanwhile, we are having a problem with our
Ham radio email account (WinLink) and this has been a big problem for us.
Fortunately, we are stuck at a place with an internet connection and we have
been checking incoming mail using the machine at the hotel. The downside is the
cost – about $20/hr! We have a backup account (SailMail) and we are using that
instead, but it has a strict limit on how much can be sent and how much connect
time can be used. Hopefully this will be cleared up soon.