Hi to all worried about Nina! We recently sailed our boat
from Nelson to Newcastle. We had a SPOT that we couldn't get to work
at all. We had a hired sat phone
that worked really well but was very slow to respond. The weather
across the Tasman has been very variable and, like us, it's likely that Nina has struck quite a few patches of dead calm, so if they can't motor
, they'd be sitting still or going backwards. There's also a low pressure system sitting out off the NSW coast at present so if they're sitting above that, they may well be hove to as the wind would be right against them. If they're below it though, they should be in Newcastle soon. I work
in Newcastle so I'll report here if I see Nina but I imagine they'll call family
etc. once they're in anyway.
I wouldn't be too worried. There's been some rough weather out there lately but nothing that should be a threat to Nina. Plenty to slow her down though.