Jun 17, 2016

Vaka Motu Okeanos Aotearoa travel blog #1: Departure from New Zealand

written by Tina Baumgartner
in category Uncategorized

The deck soaked in due and a clear rainbow marked the time of our departure. The morning winds looked exciting with 15Kt power pointing directly to Tonga. Once the sails were set ready for hoisting, we said our prayers and goodbyes to the ones we love.

The first night came quickly after the excitement of a Kahawai catch and beautiful fish supper. It was a good omen for the days to come. Singing and dancing the waka along is the way to keep up this omen.

We woke to another clear morning but the wind had disappeared giving us our first tricky day. Things were not so difficult with the amount of chocolate and food we are eating. Whales and dolphins visiting the waka allowing us to spend our energy shouting out to them.

Another light wind morning came, but an exciting opportunity of raising 3 sails to power the waka. Taking us to 7Kts almost true wind for a few hours, until we were rewarded again with 15Kt winds. Back to 2 sails and excited for the wind to come.

Waka position: Lat S 33deg46.00deg Long E 176deg45,55deg