Passage from Palmerston to Niue

Magellan has a lot to answer for! So far this vast ocean has not been true to its name apart from a few days where we enjoyed a flat sea. Our passage from Palmerston took 62 hours and was a real mix of weather: wind coming from various directions, changing wave patterns and even some rain. We knew the crossing would be rather windy so before taking off the kids and I took a seasick prevention tablet (for the first time ever on our trip). It worked wonders and nobody felt even the least bit queasy. It did knock us out though and I felt very sleepy on my first night time watch. Somehow I struggled through the night and it was such a relief not to feel any seasickness. Yesterday the weather calmed down and we enjoyed a quiet day at last and even cooked roasted chicken for dinner (on the BBQ) and the kids watched a movie before bedtime. But soon enough everything changed again and we had to put in two reefs. The wind kept building and there was an uncomfortable steep wave on our beam. It was too cloudy to sight land until we were only a few miles off and somehow this rather flat island wrapped in a cloudy mist reminded us of Scotland. It started raining as we tied onto a mooring. Toucan, who arrived here last week, welcomed us and brought a few cold beers over. Now the clouds are shifting and the sun is coming out and we ready to head ashore to clear in and find somewhere nice for lunch!

2 thoughts on “Passage from Palmerston to Niue

  1. Interesting to hear that this is the first time you have taken sea sickness tablets. Given it was so hard to keep awake how long was your watch?
    Glad so see you finally arrived safely and in good spirits.
    Ken Case

    • Hi Ken! I usually don’t bother with tablets as i don’t get really sick just queasy and Tyrii is the same. I thought it was worth a try as it is still quite annoying and one pill did the trick.
      Our watch system is 3 hours on/3 hours off between 8pm and 8am. During the day it’s more fluid and we try to get a nap in too . The first two nights are the toughest and then it usually gets easier as we get into the rhythm!

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