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3 hours ago, Fish said:

 

Tracker says he's doing 2.9 knts @ 141 degs, but it s dated 14th.

 

The date follows UT (old GMT).  As I post this we are at 2335h UT so about to roll over to the 15th.

Getting that wrong was a common mistake back in the days of celestial nav.

[Edit to fix stupid stupid stupid spelling].

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Land ho! The precipitous coastline of Fiordland emerges out of the cloud. I can just see the narrow steep walled entrance of Milford Sound up ahead. In about an hour I should make the outlying point and leave behind the equally precipitous blue mountains that are rearing up under my stern.

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PredictWind shows 30knots off shore but  a large part of the weat coast at 15/20 on the coast or just off. Thats not likely I would have thought! Haven’t actually used it much so not to be taken so literally maybe?

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Good decision by the looks of it. Hope he sleeps well tonight - certainly deserves to.

Are catabatic winds a probability in Milford under current circumstances? And how / what do u do to deal with them. Just watched a video taken in Charlotte sound - viscious looking event.

 

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Looks like he is in, some good seamanship there. Well done, I would say its been a very tough few days.

Dont think queen charlotte sounds would ever get cold enough for true catabatic winds? Milford sounds maybe.

Will certainly be gusty.

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Lived in Nelson for a few years, learned that Katabatic winds are common in any mountainous area. In simple terms all they are is cold air falling down a slope, some like the Bora in Croatia are intense others are mild, it all depends on the setup. Elevated snowy plateaus emptying into valleys that run to the sea, bound to get them.

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Well done! Would not have been a fun last few days. Tough time of year for a circumnav of NZ!

Not sure about "true" catabatic winds in the sounds, but I've had the masthead of Island Time in the water on a mooring in ship cove from a big downdraft off the hills...  Held us flat for a few seconds. No sail, just windage in the rig.

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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 mooring in Deepwater Basin. It is incredibly quiet and still. The only sound the burbling of my caveman TV ( the Dickinson diesel stove) and high up in the mist the call of a kea. I will be here for three or four days as the weather pattern is going to stay the same until a NW change later in the week. I will wait for my spare autopilot to arrive and repair some main sail slugs that broke right out of the track. There was an awful lot of sail flogging going on at times when the boat rounded up on the big waves. I am going to have a long hot shower, put some clean clothes on, eat a decent meal and toast my feet in front of the fire. As Ratty said to Mole: “There’s simply nothing half as much fun as messing around in boats”.

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2 minutes ago, Jon said:

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 mooring in Deepwater Basin. It is incredibly quiet and still. The only sound the burbling of my caveman TV ( the Dickinson diesel stove) and high up in the mist the call of a kea. I will be here for three or four days as the weather pattern is going to stay the same until a NW change later in the week. I will wait for my spare autopilot to arrive and repair some main sail slugs that broke right out of the track. There was an awful lot of sail flogging going on at times when the boat rounded up on the big waves. I am going to have a long hot shower, put some clean clothes on, eat a decent meal and toast my feet in front of the fire. As Ratty said to Mole: “There’s simply nothing half as much fun as messing around in boats”.

I think it’s well more than half full :)

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He’s in Deas Cove.

Spreading my wings

Mon Sep 21 2020

Smoking along just past George Sound with 25 knots of wind dead astern. I am sailing goosewinged - with mainsail out one side and the genoa set out on a pole on the other side. With this much wind pushing me along I am making good progress and should reach Thompson Sound by 1800.
It’s a bit of a wild ride. The sea has built and I lurch and roll along with the occasional surf on the bigger waves. I can see I am going to have fun getting the pole off the genoa when the time comes.

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The more I follow this the greater the feeling that it would be poor form not to donate.

This guy really is risking life and limb. 

I wonder what it must be like to live in a country that values and funds the protection of its heritage? 

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