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25 December 2007

Lord Howe Island, Australia to Opua, New Zealand - Day 6

Hello one and all

At 6.45am Dave saw the first glimpse of the Three Kings off North Cape. What a wonderful Christmas sight that was and how fitting on this morning. We are now abeam them but the mainland is under cloud at this time. We are having light rain on and off. The seas are slight and we are sailing along at 5k. Should be in the Bay of Islands tomorrow morning.

Have a wonderful day and don't over eat. Look forward to catching up again very soon.

Tons of love and a Very Merry Christmas from all of the crew of SHAMAL Ann and Alec

Hi Guys

Had Bacon and eggs for Breakfast. Last night Steak on the Barbecue. Even watched a movie " The World's Fastest Indian " Now consuming all the food that MAF may destroy. Well trying to!!

Our chart table seat is now broken. I have to stand up and type. The Radar and Auto Pilot still drop out from time to time.

It tends to happen when I TX on the HF at the lower frequencies.

Overcast with occasional light rain with slight seas. Wind NWN at 14 kts. Speed 7 Kts. Wow under full main even. At our current speed of 7 Kts. ETA Opua 0600 Local Time. Might have to slow down a bit.

Passed Three Kings a couple of hours ago. Cape Reinga now in view.

To the Shore Manager Murray thankyou for keeping watch and getting in touch with Customs and the Marinas.

Thanks also Mike for keeping watch. My HF TX to Russell radio is not good they seem to have frequencies better suited to the east of NZ. Like high sun high frequency. Another problem to sort out.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Murray, Brigitte, Mike and Gabby.

Alec ( Dad )

PS Murray I hope Customs will let me bring the boat in on a Temporary Import Entry. ( TIE ) If not we have to find about 75 grand to pay the GST. Hope you are on good terms with your Bank Manager!!

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