South Pacific Ocean
23 nm ESE Pitcairn Island
25 11.9S/129 41.4W
Winds (finally) 11 - 14 kn backing nearly to the north
Seas 8 ft SE
Winds were still in the 20 kn range overnight, and have eased hourly over the past 4 hours. The ride is smoother as the seas diminish in turn.
As we approach Pitcairn Island one must remember that the anchorages at Pitcairn are all exposed and conditions have to be right for us to stay, but we can hear a boat named Pursuit IV speaking with Islanders about anchoring details, and I have made preliminry radio contact with the island. It does appear that we will be able to spend one or two nights there, although we will not be certain until we see it for ourselves. None the less, we will provisionally begin to plan on a one or two day visit and will start to look at best departure time to complete the leg to the Gambiers.
It will be interesting to trade stories with Pursuit IV. They left two days ahead of us.
We will send a mid day report once we have a final game plan.