An hour before our Customs checkout and departure from Australia, we decided to remain in port. The new grib files showed a low pressure cell developing just to the south of New Caledonia, at the boundary of the SPCZ (South Pacific Convergence Zone). We had been aware of this possibility for the past two days, but the gribs did not show any development until this morning at 8 am. This system was now predicted to generate 35 knot winds and 11-13 foot seas in a long, narrow band that blocks our approach to New Caledonia. So I call Chris at Australian Customs and got him just before he left Brisbane for the drive to Scarborough to check us out.The next few days do not look good for leaving, so we will be here for a while longer.
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