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He’s obviously in good spirits Single handed sailors seem always to be glass half full people  Heres his latest blog The call of the kea Tue Sep 15 2020 Sitting on a moorin

The Circle is complete Wed Oct 07 2020 At 1610 I crossed my outbound track, surging into Matiatia on a brisk Southwest wind. I rounded up in the lee of the headland, furling the genoa and

Thanks everyone for your kind words and support. Currently running goose winged up towards Sail Rock in 15 -20 SE. And to Chariot -  yes I have a four man life raft.

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3 minutes ago, Romany said:

This is turning more epic by the looks of things. Running before the breeze onto a lee shore with not many (if any) hidey holes - yikes!

I hope everything's ok. 

He's doing 230 deg while wind is 14 knots at 278.  Not really a problem I would expect.

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He’s got a solution for everything:


37º 15.714s 177º 15.924e

Of tanks and dolphins

Tue Oct 06 2020

The wind continues to blow exactly from my waypoint up ahead.Its uncanny how little it varies in direction and yet it’s up and down like a yo yo. Sometimes I am sailing, sometimes motoring, mostly both together as the sea is steep and lumpy making progress slow.
Dolphins have been playing around the boat all morning. The bow wave is pretty disappointing for them when just motoring but when I unfurl the genoa and we go surging off on a tangent they get all excited , frolicking and leaping about the bow like a bunch of happy…well, dolphins I suppose. What is it with dolphins and bow waves?
Attention all fuel and water tank fabricators: always, always put in a dipping port! It’s a ten minute job to weld on to the top a threaded stub that a cap can be screwed onto. Should be part of Tank Building 101. Sheesh…just do it!

From this you may have gathered I do not have a dipping port on my tanks and there is no fuel gauge. Boat tanks are often funny shapes to fit the hull and difficult to monitor accurately unless you have a dipstick calibrated as the tank is filled from empty. I really need to know how much fuel I have left because I don’t want to run out. I would like to have at least enough left to get into the dock - or get myself out of trouble somewhere.

So, in the middle of the night, with nothing better to do as we pitch and roll along, I drill a hole in my tank. This is not as stupid as it sounds. On the top of the tank there is a doubler plate through which the suction pipe is fitted. I know this area well as I spent some time fitting a T into this pipe to run fuel up to the header tank for the diesel stove. So I drill through this plate with a 10mm drill. Fortunately it is an aluminium tank so the drilling part is easy. My trusty Dyson handheld vacuum sucks up the swarf as I drill. Using my tap and die set I tap a 12mm thread into the hole. I can now plug it with a 12mm bolt. I don’t have a 12mm bolt so I use the tap for the moment. I also don’t have a dipstick but a long cable tie does the job. Although it is difficult to tell the exact level with the diesel sloshing around in the tank I am pleasantly surprised to find I have more than I expected. I am starting to think I might make it home in the next couple of days.

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The Hole in the Wall

Wed Oct 07 2020

It has been a fast close reach up the coast. At 0420 I pinch up past Ohinau Island and finally reach my waypoint 120 miles from East Cape. It’s been a long haul and a welcome arrival.
Here I also pass through a place that signifies a homecoming for me from long ago. Ahead off the starboard bow lies Great Mercury Island, the home to where I was carried, through this passage, as a baby by my mother and where I grew up for the first twelve years of my life.
The Hole In The Wall is so called because it is the one clear passage between the outlying point of Mercury Bay and the long chain of islands and reefs that make up the Mercury Group. To me it is also a portal of sorts, between the outside and home, and as I pass through it, coming this way, I always feel a sense of arriving in a place that is part of me, that I know, that formed and defined who I am now.
As I pass and salute Old Man Rock, the lone sentinel who guards the centre of the channel, the moonlight shimmers on the sea and all around lie the sleeping hummocks of the scattered islands of the Mercurys; all islands that I have explored, scrambled over and absorbed into my being with that breathless sense of adventure that one has as a child. Some of that has never left me and so here I am, many years later, passing by my old stamping ground and close to concluding yet another adventure.
One more Cape to go.

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At 1000hrs looks like he's got about 35nm to run but with persistent SW10-15 he's going to be sailing much further probably closer to 50nm at say av. speed 5kts so I'd say he's got anywhere between 10-12hrs to go. So almost certainly today (before midnight) but he might struggle to arrive in daylight? 

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