As I said yesterday I have had the pleasure of listening to the sea area reports and the key take away is that we are going to see a south east change sooner or later. South east is not usual wind in NZ, and on the west coast, the leewards side in these conditions it will bring many an unusual effects as the wind waves around the Southern Alps.
The difference between the wind close to the coast and further offshore will be marked and for us we are now pretty sure a fairly coast course will be taken. This makes Rob pretty happy as sailing the west coast of the South Island last time with snow capped mountains was a highlight.
The plan for today is lunch, sail into a series of clouds ahead which we expect to be a change in wind direction, gybe kite up ... simple