Last night was our first night sail. We took turns with night watch, waking each other up every three hours to look out for unusual lights or signs of other boats. We glided past a giant, eerie oil refinery, which uncle Kurt refers to in a deep gutteral tone as "Mordor." It sends up flares and mechanical groans and glows on the horizon all night long.
We sailed all night with the bright moon and then finally dropped anchor in the peaceful Taurikura Bay around 6 a.m. We're not far from the Customs Check-out point for ships, and the plan is to leave NZ for Niue (1400 nautical miles away) and then Tonga (1200 nautical miles away). Here's hoping for favorable winds!!
Pim and Josje
Learning the ropes...