Classique in full sail with the background of a favourite desserted Caribbean island in the British Virgins
Saturday – day of departure from Auckland with Classique for haul-out .
After 17 days of preparation for the voyage – securing & reinstalling, plugging & testing – the forecast was rather horrendous but there were so many other considerations to do with tides, crew availability & worsening weather that Classique cast off within minutes of schedule – perhaps to the relief of the Harbourmaster & marina manager who had decently accommodated Classique since the storm & mooring dragging during the night of 10th June.
Fairly gentle for the first hour with mains’l set, testing steering & rigging but before the heads’ls were ready to set the wind piped up to a steady 40 kts & began gusting way higher. Coming off the coast & broad reaching Classique was reveling in her release leaving rain squalls & rainbows further astern.
The first night’s anchorage was reached in half the time, with a chance to assemble more equipment & service more gear before dark. Then after sundowners, began some hour or 2 of sorting out with Telecom how to establish internet connection & now here’s evidence of success just in time to wish good nights all-round before travelling on in much more clement conditions tomorrow – Cheers