Calypso II

Calypso II

Sun Oct 22 8:52 2017 NZDT
Run: 11.3nm (20.5km)
35 18.825S 174 07.406E
Weather: no wind, 90% cloud

Brrrrrrrr......

Back on our mooring off the Quarantine dock at Opua. Another Oyster clearing in this morning, 2 yesterday, stacks in the marina. Great to see so many of these awesome vessels around. Sonya starts work on Wednesday, back to the real world.


Fri Oct 20 8:33 2017 NZDT
Run: 105.2nm (190.4km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.2nm
35 9.19968s 174 9.43404e

arrived at midnight. To a new government.


Say giday to Winnie from us! At Blue Lagoon making the most of our last week here. Bruce & Dinah

Congratulations on safe arrival in NZ, a difficult passage at times , well done . We are are Southport YC (a$69/night) welcome to Australia!!! We will head to Sydney Tuesday , probably in 2 or 3 jumps to contend with southerlies . Missing the Northland Coast already , Warm Regards Doug & Sandra
Thu Oct 19 7:36 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 93.3nm (168.9km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 95.3nm
33 40S 174 33E
Weather: ESE15, 100% cloud , 1021 bar

An annoying night as the forecast SE change happened at 5 am not before midnight as expected. Had 15-20 SSW(straight out of Opua) till then. Away again now and it is the first time on the whole trip we have not been close hauled!! Feels good despite the lumpy seas. 80 miles to go, should be arriving Opua early hours tomorrow morning. All well on board.


Wed Oct 18 8:06 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 102.3nm (185.2km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 99nm
32 19S 174 33E
Weather: S16, 95% cloud , 1021 bar

On starboard tack at present. Actually had some ok sailing from dark last night, not in the direction we wanna go but...

Motorsailing right now, will head in towards North Cape when the SE starts later today. When we near the cape the wind looks like it will go SW. If weather stays as our charts say should be in late fri- sat morning. All good on board.


will put the kettle on Saturday , keep an eye out for boats doing the coastal classic
Tue Oct 17 7:18 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 140.9nm (255km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.4nm
30 55S 173 59E
Weather: S11, 100% cloud , 1022 bar

Wind went round to the south about midnight last night but slackened off. There ended our 5 days of great sailing which we covered 800 miles. We are motoring the rhumb line while we can but will tack to the East when the wind rises later today. This last 250 to BOI might keep us busy till Friday night because of the wind direction. All good on board.


Mon Oct 16 7:33 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 340.8nm (616.8km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.5nm
29 00S 174 47E
Weather: ESE14, 100% high cloud , 1010 bar

Finallly found problem with modem, had no weather files or mail on passage till last night. Been hard on wind for 4.5 days, done about or just over 150M each day. 360M to BOI so getting close but about to get head winds.


Have a save trip home! All the best Michael & Claudia
Sat Oct 14 8:40 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 166.9nm (302.1km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 166.6nm
24 05S 175 12E
Weather: ese15, 30%cc, 1016, 1.5m ese swell

eta around 19-20Oct assuming some tacking!


Fri Oct 13 8:37 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 166.8nm (301.9km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167nm
21 44S 175 48E
Weather: 20SE, 70%cc, 1015

AWOB


Thu Oct 12 8:39 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 128.9nm (233.3km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.3nm
19 29S 176 44E
Weather: 5%cc, 1mSE swell, 1017, 15SE

strong winds on departure but things have settled down now. Will be SE thru tomorrow then ESE so all good for a few days.


Wed Oct 11 12:28 2017 NZDT
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
17 42.892S 177 21.425E

Have departed Vuda Marina heading for home!! Expect to be headed on approach to NZ so looking at arrival around 20th/21st.


Tue Oct 3 8:44 2017 NZDT
Run: 14.4nm (26.1km)
17 40.812S 177 23.142E

Hauled out at Vuda Marina yesterday to antifoul. Feels like the holiday is over as we now start packing up boat for passage to NZ.


Thu Sep 28 8:22 2017 NZDT
17 46.249S 177 11.32E
Weather: SE7, 100% cloud, rain overnight

Back on the mooring at Musket Cove. Flat today so first day off surfing in a while. Got a few more days here before heading into Vuda area to start getting ready for the trip home.


Enjoy the final part of your adventure this season. We are in town basin in Whangarei working until end Jan. Will catch up when you get back. Cheers from Nonstop
Thu Sep 21 8:41 2017 NZST
17 46.249S 177 11.323E
Weather: SE 7, 10% cloud

At Musket cove on a mooring. Been here right through the regatta. Been lots of boats anchored so had a mooring as we have been going out to Nomotu surfing a lot in the mornings. 20 kt plus winds built during the day so windsurfing in the afternoons as well. Regatta was fun, really great final event last night at Dicks place, great pig on a spit meal and an excellent band.


Sounds like you are doing it hard , perhaps should get the next flight up (shifting on Monday to new store)
Sat Sep 9 14:29 2017 NZST
Run: 16.3nm (29.5km)
17 46.249S 177 11.323E

At Musket Cove.


Thu Sep 7 7:20 2017 NZST
17 38.39S 177 23.654E
Weather: NE 6, no cloud

Still anchored Saweni bay, moving today.


Wed Sep 6 7:42 2017 NZST
Run: 8.6nm (15.6km)
17 38.39S 177 23.65E
Weather: calm, 30% cloud, 1018 bar

Anchored at Saweni bay. Spend yesterday working on various repairs on the boat.

Were aboard Blowing Bubbles having drinks last night and had the the local hindus celebrating the end of their Ganesh Chaturthi festival on the beach. They then took a fairly large statue of the elephant god ganesh out into the bay by boat and threw it in. We had ringside seats....


Mon Sep 4 6:48 2017 NZST
17 45.66S 177 25.30E
Weather: E 5 , 5% cloud, Bar 1014

Anchored off wailola, near Nadi Airport. Going to market today..


Tarns flight leaving yesterday, did you see us wave?
Sun Sep 3 7:47 2017 NZST
Run: 14.7nm (26.6km)
17 45.66S 177 25.307E
Weather: E 8, 60% cloud, showers, 1013 bar

At Anchor off the airport at Nadi bay. Had a meal ashore last night with Chantelle crew Kelly and Leslie'(also from Nelson). Tarns last day, shes off to the airport soon.


Sat Sep 2 7:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 9.5nm (17.2km)
17 54.91S 177 16.057E
Weather: 02 E,100% cloud cover, misty rain, 1014 bar

Anchored at Momi Bay. Nice sail yesterday from Likuri with Patrick on Eagle Dancer. Anchored near him now.


Fri Sep 1 7:09 2017 NZST
18 03.117S 177 17.204E
Weather: Wind 3E, 50% high cloud, 1013 bar

Still anchored at Likuri Island, South West Viti Levu. Great snorkel yesterday, wind went down so we could dive outside the reef. Tarn saw her first shark, 4 turtles, a humphead wrass and a pretty big Walu. We dinghied up the nearby river and down a small tributary out to Natadola Bay for the afternoon.


Thu Aug 31 7:25 2017 NZST
Run: 20.4nm (36.9km)
18 03.117S 177 17.204E
Weather: E2, 50% cloud, 1015 bar

Anchored at Likuri Island South West Viti Levu. Went in for dinner and the fire dancing last night at the resort. Dolphins escorted us into the harbour yesterday. Heading out for a look outside the reef today. Enjoying Tanias company on board.


Wed Aug 30 6:54 2017 NZST
17 46.289S 177 11.286E
Weather: 7 ENE, 5% cloud

At Musket cove. Great day snorkelling yesterday with Tania. Heading south to Likuri Island today for a couple of days.


Tue Aug 29 8:23 2017 NZST
Run: 12.9nm (23.3km)
17 46.289S 177 11.286E
Weather: Calm, 5% cloud cover

Back at Musket enjoying the warm weather.


Sat Aug 26 23:40 2017 NZST
17 46.36S 177 23.02E
Weather: no wind, 10% cloud

Had the morning at Nomotu island before coming into Denarau to drop off Tena, Scruff, Lara and Conner.

Daryls cousin Tania arrives tomorrow and is with us for a week.


Sat Aug 26 23:40 2017 NZST
Run: 13.1nm (23.7km)
17 46.36S 177 23.02E
Weather: no wind, 10% cloud

Had the morning at Nomotu island before coming into Denarau to drop off Tena, Scruff, Lara and Conner.

Daryls cousin Tania arrives tomorrow and is with us for a week.


Fri Aug 25 7:33 2017 NZST
17 46.32S 177 11.123E
Weather: SE5,90% cloud,1016 bar

At musket cove, Lara making pancakes for breakfast, great to have crew on board. More snorkelling today and back to Denarau tomorrow night.


Thu Aug 24 7:19 2017 NZST
Run: 12.9nm (23.3km)
17 46.32S 177 11.123E
Weather: 8kts S/SE, 90% cloud

Keeping busy with our guest on board. Currently at Musket Cove.


Thu Aug 17 7:13 2017 NZST
Run: 20.5nm (37.1km)
17 46.222S 177 22.886E
Weather: Clear and Calm

Moored at Denarau Marina as guests arriving this evening.


Tue Aug 15 7:10 2017 NZST
18 03.12S 177 17.087E
Weather: ENE 4, 100% cloud, 1015 bar

Still at Likuri Harbour. Went for a dive outside the reef yesterday as the wind and swell were right down. Loads of turtles, got a big surprise to spend 5 minutes with a pretty big solitary manta. Also shot a nice 6 kg waloo for dinner. We had been planning yesterday on moving but spent another day on the beach instead. Moving towards Denarau today as we have visitors arriving Thursday.


Sun Aug 13 6:21 2017 NZST
18 03.12S 177 17.087E
Weather: ESE10, 10% cloud, 1018 bar

Still anchored at Likuri Harbour, South West Viti Levu. Pretty windy yesterday so spent the day at the beach. 40 minutes to walk right around the island. Going to explore big creek flowing into the lagoon today, looks like we can follow it a long way..


Sat Aug 12 6:53 2017 NZST
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
18 03.126S 177 17.087E
Weather: ESE 10,50% cloud, Showers, 1017 bar

Anchored off Likuri Island, South West Viti Levu. Stayed most of yesterday at Natadola beach before moving here yesterday afternoon. Sonya even went for a surf on the longboard at Natadola, one of the only places in Fiji the surfing is not on a coral bottom. Loads of kiwis were staying at the resort.

Had a drink in at the Likuri Island resort bar last night, the Barmaid remembered us from a previous visit 4 years ago. The resort has new owners since we were here but the original guy who set it up is visiting right now and we had a beer with him. He also set up Captain Cook Cruises.


Fri Aug 11 6:48 2017 NZST
Run: 37.8nm (68.4km)
18 06.4151S 177 18.9717E
Weather: 12kts ESE, 90% cloud, 1016 bar

Anchored off the huge Intercontinental Hotel at Natadola Harbour, south west Viti Levu. Nice sail along the coast yesterday.


Thu Aug 10 6:30 2017 NZST
Run: 12.9nm (23.3km)
18 15.737S 177 52.0962E
Weather: NNE 9Kts, 30% cloud, 1016 bar

Anchored at Vunanuiu Bay, Coral Coast of Viti Levu. Had good breeze yesterday as we left beqa but it died to about 5 knots from behind before we left the lagoon. Checked out the Pipes surf beak on Viti levu but was not working so motored on to this bay. Three Humpbacks were feeding in the entrance to the pass, could see the blows even after we anchored. Went for a big paddleboard up a river here in the lagoon last evening. Will carry on west today but very light again so might not get all the way around. Three surf breaks at the pass here so might have a quick surf before we move on.


Wed Aug 9 9:08 2017 NZST
Run: 7.6nm (13.8km)
18 20S 178 03E
Weather: 12-15kts ENE, 90% cloud with occasional showers, SE 1m swell, bar 1018

Have departed Beqa Lagoon and sailing west at 5.8kts . Aiming for Momi Bay but may stop before there as wind lighter than forecast.


Mon Aug 7 7:02 2017 NZST
Run: 10.8nm (19.5km)
18 22.95S 178 09.175E
Weather: se 15-20 (difficult to tell as sheltered), 80% cloud and showers towards viti levu, 1017 bar

We have moved to Malumu Bay for the higher winds in the next couple of days. Did not want to leave Yanuutha island, another great dive there yesterday before we came down here last evening. 2 other boats in this bay which is generally pretty calm in strong winds but does get strong downflow gusts. We have been here before.


Sat Aug 5 7:34 2017 NZST
18 22.5616S 177 59.2905E
Weather: 7kts SE, 80% cloud, under a shower of rain at moment

Spent most of yesterday in water, great clarity.


Fri Aug 4 7:10 2017 NZST
Run: 33.4nm (60.5km)
18 22.5616S 177 59.2905E
Weather: no wind, 5% cloud band on southern horizon, bar 1014

Ancored at Yanutha Island is Western part of Beqa lagoon. Little wind when we left yesterday so headed to Beqa as it was closest. Escorted by a pretty big group of dolphins (spinner?) for a while. Only boat here but there were a few daytrip dive/snorkel boats from Pacific Harbour here for an hour or 2 in the afternoon. Great snorkelling out at the reef and very user friendly as the dive companies have moorings on the good ones. Only 5 miles from the famous Frigates surf beak so going out for a look today.


Thu Aug 3 7:12 2017 NZST
18 07.417S 178 25.3589E
Weather: 4kts N, 5% Cloud, 1014 bar

Have had a great relaxed time in Suva, even made it to the movies yesterday evening. Were rushing around so much when we checked in here on arrival so we could leave to get out to the Lau group - was nice to not be rushed this time. Chores done, water topped off, fridge full so will leave soon this morning and in keeping with our life philosophy of "Indecision is the key to flexibility" will put the sails up and see what happens... Benga? Kandavu? Leluvia?


Tue Aug 1 7:02 2017 NZST
18 07.417S 178 25.3589E
Weather: 3kts N, 20% Cloud, 1017 bar

Made the most of a rare fine day in Suva yesterday and got all the laundry done. Rewarded with a few hours surfing afterwards. Surf break out at the entrance to the harbour is very good in favorable conditions.


Sun Jul 30 7:06 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 102.5nm (185.5km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 104.5nm
18 07.417S 178 25.3589E
Weather: 06 NE inside anchorage, 10 SE outside pass, 100% cloud cover, drizzle, 1017 bar

Stopped at Moala but anchorage wasn't good in stronger winds so decided to keep going and sailed overnight to Suva. Just anchored. Had a good sail. Guess it was time to re-provision!! Will have a city fix during the stronger winds this week.


Sat Jul 29 7:33 2017 NZST
Run: 95.2nm (172.3km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91.6nm
18 30S 179 56E
Weather: 1018, 1518se, 1m seaSSE

hove to waiting to go through the pass


Fri Jul 28 6:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 21.5nm (38.9km)
18 40.623s 178 37.522w
Weather: 10-12 SE, 15%cloud cover,

Moved on from Yangasa Yesterday. Now anchored at Komo Island. Did Sevu Sevu yesterday, big village, 55 families. Small but pretty island with nice beaces. Sushi for dinner last night, got a good yellowfin tuna on the way.


Thu Jul 27 8:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
18 57.605s 178 29.394w
Weather: 10-12 SSE, 15%cloud cover,

Spent yesterday snorkeling and paddleboarding around this island. Went out to the inside edge of the barrier reef for a dive but the coral and fish life pretty poor in all the places we tried. Time to move on. Heading to Komo Island for a night or two.


Wed Jul 26 8:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
18 57.605s 178 29.394w
Weather: 10-12 SSE, 40%cloud cover

Moved yesterday to another island in the Yangasa Group called Navutu-i-loma. Very pretty with a couple of nice beaches in a bay that's a little bit too shallow to go right into. Super yacht Big Fish and 2 other yachts came in after we moved here but with the southerly winds its pretty much the only sheltered spot in Yangasa. Villomee is right behind us. The diving is surprisingly not that flash around the islands, lots of blank rock, little coral and not so many fish. Did see whales inside the lagoon the day we arrived though. Will head out to the barrier reef for a look tomorrow.


Mon Jul 24 7:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 15.6nm (28.2km)
18 56.89s 178 27.36w
Weather: 10 s, 100%cloud cover misty rain, 1016 bar

Anchored off the west side of Yangasa Levu. Had a paddle around at Ongea yesterday morning before motoring in light winds to the Yangasa cluster of islands. 4 largish islands inside a barrier reef. Actually sailed as far as Fulanga before giving up but watched a huge Superyacht go in the pass there as we sailed past. A bit later we had a group of pilot whales right close to the boat so shut the engine down and sailed with them for a while.

Two other boats here but they are on the other side of one of the other islands and we cant see them. We are anchored off the cliffs near a Booby colony (gannets in trees??) Also hundreds of Frigates came in to roost just on dark last night right near us. Lightish winds today we hope as I plan on spending most of the day in the water. The water is incredibly clear and these islands are uninhabited so it should be good. No beaches this side of the island but a very scenic spot 100 meters off steep wooded cliffs.


Sun Jul 23 6:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 9.6nm (17.4km)
19 10.37s 178 25.862w
Weather: No wind, 5% cloud cover

Anchored at Ongea Levu Island. We finally dragged ourselves away from Fulanga. Had the last couple of nights back at Berras island so we could say our goodbyes. The government ship was hove too outside the entrance as we were leaving. The cheifs from each village and island headman were picked up, they are going to Suva for a big meeting. Tui navindavu (the navindavu cheif) is going to stay with his brother on Malalo island after the meeting so we have arranged to go visit him. The village he's staying in is near Musket cove and we will be there in a few weeks.

It was a nice 1 hour sail here yesterday from Fulanga. This place is very like Fulanga with the little mushroom islands. There is no atoll like barrier island though and we have a bit of movement at High tide. Will explore more tomorrow and if we like what we find might stay another day or two. Plan is to island hop back through the Southern Lau towards Gau and then around the south coast of Viti Levu towards Nadi.


Hey Daryl and Sonya Im so happy that I found you online. Great to hear that you are doing good. And thank you for your reports from paradise :-) Sitting in an office in rainy Switzerland it is nice to read from your travels. Have fun and enjoy your trip! Michael and Claudia
Mon Jul 17 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
19 07.945s 178 34.316w
Weather: 15ese, 90% cloud cover

Back at Berras island. Came down to navindavu for Sunday lunch with Sai and Poolo and the Ica boats had finally moved so we are "home"again. Good to see 2 of the boats I fixed from Mauni-i ra in the water. Wind is up so will do some chores on the boat today.


Sat Jul 15 8:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
19 09.002s 178 32.442w
Weather: 15 sse, 100% cloud cover

We have moved a couple of times in the last few days and are back at the sandspit. Our quiet little hideaway in the pacific started looking like Port Fitzroy on new years eve so we we reluctantly moved. We moved into the Mushroom islands near there, once again, incredible anchorage and blissfully alone. Spent the day before yesterday on the boat doing chores. Serviced the engine and we cleaned out a couple of lockers. The waste oil has gone to the village, they have 4 chainsaws and they use it as bar oil. The vesi trees are few and far between here now so a few guys at a time go over to Yangasa Cluster about 20 miles away and cut and rough shape the carvings. They stay there about 3 days then bring the rough cut(by chainsaw and they are incredibly skilled with these) Tanoa bowls back here for finishing. We went for a dive Wednesday no wind, clear skies and sooo close to my trophy tuna. Everything just right so let fly on a real big one to just miss and have it turn and swim 2 meters past me. I swear they know when the gun is not loaded.

However everything happens for a reason. We went to another spot and had been in the water a while when Sonya said she heard a blow. We looked up and there were two humpbacks which dived less than 150 meters from us. Part of a small group feeding right off the reef. Awesome. Days like this make it hard to leave pardise.


Tue Jul 11 8:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
19 07.945s 178 34.316w
Weather: 10se, 50% cloud cover

Anchored off Berras island. Went to a party in Navindavu on Friday. They put up a pretty large lean to building with poles and corrugated iron attached to Seta's house. His daughter was turning 21 and they celebrate this with a big party. Had a nice meal, they killed a pig and cooked a Lovo. Got home well after dark but the Kava drinkers were still going strong when we left. They actually started to run out so Lendua and Temo did a run across to the neighboring island of Ongea for more. There is no Kava left on Fulanga and the monthly supply ship doesn't come till Tuesday. Been diving most days, the swell came up a bit and had quite a good surf near the pass yesterday morning too. Our nice quiet anchorage changed when 5 yachts came and anchored here within an hour yesterday!!! I was out sailing on the windsurfer so it was a bit late to move by the time I came back. Most of them (ICA)are gone so hoping the rest will follow today so we don't need to move. This lagoon is huge and has so many stunning anchorages there seems little need to anchor next to another boat by itself.


Fri Jul 7 8:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
19 07.945s 178 34.316w
Weather: 15ese, 100% cloud cover, occasional light rain

Anchored off Berras island. Another typical day here yesterday. Was cloudy at first so did a few jobs. Did a bit of machine work on the shaft of a weed eater and it is now entering a new stage of life as a spear for a spear gun. Rigged it with line and Lendua and I are going out for a dive this morning. One ratty old gun in Navindavu so good that I can get it going again. Not too sure of the details but we are getting fish for a birthday party we are invited to this afternoon and evening.

The sun came out about mid day so we went out for snorkel at a nearby island, then I rigged up the windsurfer for the afternoon. Nowhere near as good here as the sandspit anchorage, choppy water and the islands here are higher so the wind not as constant. Once ICA leave we will go back up the other end when its windy.

Got another big day tomorrow. The boat that I fixed is coming around from the village on the other side and we are having a picnic on Berras island. They are going to put down a lovo as a thank you for the work I did. Think they are going to spend the night and we will do some cleanup in the small plantation here. Loving being back here, we are part of the village but being anchored way out here (berras is about 1.5 miles from Navindavu) we are not right in their faces as you often are anchored right off the village.


Thu Jul 6 7:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
19 07.945s 178 34.316w
Weather: 10ese, 95% cloud cover

Still at Berras island. Stack of boats in the lagoon now as ICA have turned up. most still down the southern end but a few up this end now. Can actually see a few boats, (well masts) from where we are which is unusual.

The great weather continues and we have been out and dived the pass the last 2 days on the turn of the tide. Thats when the tuna are there. We had been diving the turn at high and not seen them but the low turn is when they are there in force. Haven't got one yet but just missed on a solid one yesterday. Would have been a village feeder!!! Tricky to get near as they are schooling and deep. The locals do not shoot them, they dont have they gear.

Well done to David on the cloud band moving in. We were interested to see how his models compared with the "Fulanga model". I saw a spotted eagle ray jump clear of the surface 3 times in a row about 100 meters from calypso the day before yesterday and was told by a friend in the village that this meant the weather will be good. However we now have 100% overcast and just had a shower go through. Perhaps the Eagle ray jumping model is only good for 24hrs, in which case it was right on the money...

I went in to Navindavu on Tuesday to fix a hole in a fibreglass water tank and ended up going to Muani-i-ra village to repair a hole in the bottom of Sai's niece's long boat. There are three longboats in the village, and all were turned turtle on land with holes in them. very dry, they had been there for weeks. They now have an operating fleet again thanks to fact we carry a small chandlery aboard.


Hi guys - didn't realise you were posting on Yit as we have had no emails- will now keep an eye on it . Love from all here xxx
Mon Jul 3 6:39 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
19 07.945s 178 34.316w
Weather: 10ese, 5% cloud cover

Still at Berras island. The big boat left the day before yesterday and we have the place to ourselves, paradise. Moved in a little closer to the beach , we had initially anchored a ways out because the other boat was here. The wind has been up a bit but we went out for a shoot day before yesterday to get fish for Poolo to cook for Sunday lunch. I took the chance to get some fish we don't normally have. One was Boxfish, a crazy looking thing that I would never think to get for our meal. I knew they call them sea chicken and was keen to try it. No internal bones but the bones are like a shell that is rectangular. Anyway she curried it and you would swear it was chicken. Delicious. Also got one of Poolos favorites, Yellow unicorn fish, also really delicious cooked in Lolo(coconut milk.) Rest of the meal simple but delicious out of the Lovo (fijian Hangi) casava, kumala... Spent most of yesterday in the village with Sai and Poolo.

The google guys huge superyacht Dragonfly has been anchored at Onegea which is the closest island to here, just 6 miles SE. They have had a floatplane visit a couple of times, guess they have not run out of fresh food like us...Cant see it on AIS this morning so they might have left.


Sat Jul 1 6:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
19 08.005s 178 34.37w
Weather: 17se, 70% cloud cover

Moved the boat and now anchored at Berras Island near Navindavu village. Really pretty anchorage, we spent a lot of time here last visit. Wonderful beach and we we are at the western end of our own magic sliver of sandspit beach between a couple of mushrooms islands that disapears at high tide. There used to be a nice old man live here alone (Berra), Sai's brother in law but he passed away two years ago and the islands now uninhabited. We will go over to Navindavu and do Sevu Sevu this afternoon and Sai asked me to get fish for tomorrows lunch. The other boat is still here, a 70 foot luxury charter boat from NZ that is on an extended charter to Tonga Fiji and Vanuatu with one couple as customers!!!


Fri Jun 30 8:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
19 09.01s 178 32.46w
Weather: 15se, 80% cloud cover, 1018 bar

Same same here. Still at sandspit but don't have the place to ourselves any more. 3 big beneteaus near us now, ICA boats starting to turn up. About 10 boats are now in this anchorage. time to move... Another nice dive at the pass yesterday, not sure if it changing tides but saw lots of Dogtooth Tuna yesterday of course, it was the first time I didn't have the gun. In the afternoon I went for a big sail on the board down to Navindavu village. Great to see Sai and Lendua. They were pretty surprised to see me. There is still a boat anchored at Beras island, we have been waiting for them to leave but we are thinking of going down today anyway as we are invited to the village for lunch and a kava session on Sat and Sunday. My sail back was interesting, almost 4 miles directly to windward on a slalom board with no centerboard, took over an hour. Very scenic though as tacked right across the lagoon through all the mushroom islands 4 times.


Wed Jun 28 6:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
19 09.01s 178 32.46w
Weather: 9se, 90% cloud cover,

Great to be back here in Fulanga, it really is amazing. Went for a big ride in the dinghy day before yesterday around the SE corner of the outer lagoon, snorkelling at bommies along the way. Then went out the pass and had a short dive outside the reef. Daryl then spent the afternoon windsurfing around through all the little islands. Saturday we did sevu sevu at the village. Did not do it Sunday as they would have been busy with church and family. Yesterday was spent celebrating with the other Kiwi yachts in the anchorage along with some more snorkelling and windsurfing!!!


Sat Jun 24 18:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 190.8nm (345.3km)
Avg: 954knts
24hr: 22896nm
19 09.01s 178 32.44w
Weather: 12-15 s, 50% cloud cover, 1014 bar rising

OOPS, We have crossed the date line 5 times in the last three weeks and now I am just getting confused!!!Arrived off Fulanga about 11am this morning after a rainy overnight trip with light head winds most of the way. Thought we were going to be tasked with heading down to a small island 100 miles south of Matuku by NZ rescue co ordination center just as we were about to leave yesterday but they sent Villomee who were on passage near Matuku instead. They got about 1/3 of the way there before being stood down and we both arrived here at the same time this morning. Had to wait a couple of hours for the tide to slacken to get in the pass as we were a bit earlier than we planned. Have anchored somewhere we dont normally anchor. This is the sandspit anchorage and is normally too crowded for our liking but just two of us here tonight. FreebirdII from Opua anchored not to far away too. Got a Mahi Mahi this morning.


Sat Jun 24 18:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 171.7nm (310.8km)
Avg: 16.3knts
24hr: 391.7nm
19 09.01s 178 32.20e
Weather: 12-15 s, 50% cloud cover, 1014 bar rising

Arrived off Fulanga about 11am this morning after a rainy overnight trip with light head winds most of the way. Thought we were going to be tasked with heading down to a small island 100 miles south of Matuku by NZ rescue co ordination center just as we were about to leave yesterday but they sent Villomee who were on passage near Matuku instead. They got about 1/3 of the way there before being stood down and we both arrived here at the same time this morning. Had to wait a couple of hours for the tide to slacken to get in the pass as we were a bit earlier than we planned. Have anchored somewhere we dont normally anchor. This is the sandspit anchorage and is normally too crowded for our liking but just two of us here tonight. FreebirdII from Opua anchored not to far away too. Got a Mahi Mahi this morning.


Sat Jun 24 7:37 2017 NZST
Speed: 4knts
Run: 92.4nm (167.2km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90.8nm
19 11S 178 50W
Weather: sw8, 1012, 70%cc, sl sea swell

Will likely meet up with Villamee at the Fuluga Pass!


Fri Jun 23 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
19 09.59s 179 45.079e
Weather: 12-15 ene, 70% cloud cover, occasional light showers, 1014 bar down

Last day at Lomanchi, most likely heading to Fulanga overnight tonight. Went out for a shoot yesterday afternoon with Jesse, modified one of my old spears and got his gun going again.


Thu Jun 22 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
19 09.59s 179 45.079e
Weather: 12-15 E, 100% cloud cover, occasional light showers from last night, 1016 bar down

Still anchored inside the crater at Lomanchi village. Spent all yesterday in the water. Surfed in the morning then checked out about a 2 mile stretch of the western side outer reef. some really interesting terrain here. Only saw one big pelagic, a tuna. Still good numbers of the giant Humphead wrasse, saw my largest yet up real close. Heaps of turtles. Bought Jesse and his youngest Paul to the boat for afternoon tea, we are trying to get his old speargun going again.


Wed Jun 21 7:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
19 09.59s 179 45.079e
Weather: 12 E, 5% cloud cover, 1018 bar

Wind eased so we did not need to move. Spent a couple of hours surfing so getting fitter. wind down today so waves should be better.


Tue Jun 20 6:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
19 09.59s 179 45.079e
Weather: 20 E, 50% cloud cover, 1017 bar falling

Wind has swung into east and had a night with not much sleep. Will have to move to another part of harbour as really strong bullets hitting us here. Forecast also changed so our nice sail now might be a motor into the wind. Damn, might change our plans. Went for a dive yesterday, still loads of good sized fish here but didnt see any Tuna or Walu. Lots more spearfishing here now and they are using torches at night so will start to take its toll. we had a nice trout for dinner last night.


Mon Jun 19 7:42 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
19 09.59s 179 45.079e
Weather: 15-20knts Ese, 50% cloud cover, 1019 bar down slightly

Still at Matuku. Had a great surf day before yesterday. The irony is in western fiji you are always trying to get the breaks to yourself. Here I wish there was someone to surf with. Amazing waves but scary. The big left hander in front of Makudru is awesome. I didnt go in by myself. Mainly surfing the short right hander north side of the pass. We had Sunday lunch in the village yesterday. No surfing as they don't do anything on Sunday so we do the same. Heading out surfing today and also to see if there are still Tuna at my favorite spearfishing spot. We finally started getting the strong winds that were forecast night before last, had really only had moderate trades previous few days. Looks good for a nice easy sail the last hundred to Fulanga in a couple of days.


Sat Jun 17 7:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
19 09.59s 179 45.079e
Weather: 10knts ESE, 100% cloud cover, 1020 bar steady

Couple of heavy showers overnight and yesterday afternoon. Sevu Sevu yesterday and caught up with Jaycee. Think we are going around to the school village in the longboat this morning to see his son Johnny, hes on school camp. We are the first yacht in here this season.


Fri Jun 16 8:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
19 09.59s 179 45.079e
Weather: 10knts SE, 30% cloud cover, 1020 bar steady

Departed Totoya yesterday morning and shaped up on Fulunga as the wind looked less and more to the South than forecast. Was about 15 knots in the open water but would still have been tacking to get there so cracked off and had a great sail to Matuku. Got a Mahi Mahi for the village and a nice tuna for us on the way. Crossed the date line again as Matuku a bit West of Totoya. Had forgotten how amazing this island is. Big clean waves peeling on both sides of the pass in had one of the crew very excited... Chico the chief (well his brother is chief but lives in Suva) spent a couple of hours on the boat with us catching us up on all the gossip. The ferry arrived in last evening, comes twice a month now,and will be unloading at first light. It left Moala yeterday first light , we passed it coming in the pass at Totoya. Long trip for the passengers to Suva!!! Anchorage very protected so not sure what wind like outside.


Fri Jun 16 7:37 2017 NZST
Run: 27.7nm (50.1km)
19 09S 179 45E
Weather: se15, 2m swell outside, 1020

Matuku. Absolutely lovely and great catching up with folk they met last time


Thu Jun 15 6:30 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
18 57.353s 179 52.719w
Weather: 10knts SE, 60% cloud cover, 1021 bar steady

Spent most of yesterday in the water. Nice surf out at the pass, punchy little left hander. Then checked out the reefs. Nice coral in this bay but obviously fished harder the neighboring island of Matuku. Great to be in warm clear water again.


Wed Jun 14 6:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)
18 57.353s 179 52.719w
Weather: 8knts ESE, 10% cloud cover, 1021 bar

Still anchored on west side Totoya Island. Went in to the village yesterday. Approx 2 mile walk. Village on inside of crater. 4 villages on the island. Anchored at a beautiful beach.


Tue Jun 13 7:32 2017 NZST
18 57S 179 52W
Weather: ese15, 50%cc, 1020

Going ashore today at Totoia which is beautiful. had a little roll until the wind backed a bit


Mon Jun 12 7:51 2017 NZST
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)
18 57S 179 52W
Weather: ESE15, shwrs, 50%cc

S Lau Totoia


Sun Jun 11 14:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 125.4nm (227km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 118.1nm
18 57.353s 179 52.719w
Weather: 20 S, 5% cloud cover, 1016

Anchored on west side Totoya Island. Really nice overnight sail in 20 knot Southerly. Only snag was engine a no go when we got here. Hove to and found the fuel stop solenoid is fried. Got a spare so will change here. Beautiful anchorage.


Good to see you guys out n about :) yr boat looks lovely mate. I gotta heap of work on mine ATM including new main hatch and rebuild of rudder etc Stay well and see u in summer
Sat Jun 10 13:16 2017 NZST
18 07.517S 178 25.204E

Went to the market this morning to stock up on kava and vege's. Trade winds coming in day after tomorrow so going to sail overnight to Totoya Is in the Moala Group. Will be there until winds favourable to sail to Falanga.


Fri Jun 9 13:35 2017 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
18 07.517S 178 25.204E

Have refueled so are all ready to go!!! Enjoying being back in Suva. Have the usual 153m oil tanker anchored next to us as well as a few cruising yachts. We had a good trip from Minerva and was great to finally stretch Calypso's legs with a bit of breeze.


Wed Jun 7 7:34 2017 NZST
Run: 171.9nm (311.1km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.6nm
18 07.440s 178 25.274e
Weather: SSW20 outside and less than 5 inside the harbour, 1017, 100%

Just about to anchor in Suva harbour


Congrats on your maiden international voyage with Calypso II! You're awful close to Musket... see you in a couple weeks?
Tue Jun 6 6:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 129.3nm (234km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.1nm
20 25.251s 179 26e
Weather: 10SE, 95% cloud cover, 1015 steady bar

Postion at 6am. Slow progress in DDW conditions. We are going to check in at Suva and have about 150 to run.


Mon Jun 5 7:32 2017 NZST
Speed: 3knts
Run: 129.9nm (235.1km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 64.6nm
22 09S 179 48W
Weather: S7, SW swell 1m, 1015

slow now but had a good sail from yesterday afternoon


Sat Jun 3 7:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)
23 55.251s 179 07.062w
Weather: 12kts SW, 100% cloud cover, 1013 bar

Moved anchorage before the front. It passed us at midnight. Got in the water outside the reef yesterday, wow...Huge fish. Might build a house here, oh hang on....


Fri Jun 2 8:08 2017 NZST
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
23 56.571s 179 07.262w

a big group at S Minerva so very social, They arrived yesterday afternoon


Thu Jun 1 16:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 59.1nm (107km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.3nm
23 56.543s 179 06.893w
Weather: 7knts SE, 30% cloud cover, 1020 bar

Safely anchored at Sth Minerva. Enjoying the quiet after all that motoring. Still have plenty of diesel though so thinking of auctioning it off to the highest bidder. Will stay here until favourable winds to Savusavu. Currently 17 boats anchored at Sth Minerva


Thu Jun 1 7:31 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.5mknts
Run: 179.3nm (324.5km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180nm
24 41S 179 35W
Weather: 15%cc, S7,1kt current

going into S Minerva today


Wed May 31 7:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5mknts
Run: 168.4nm (304.8km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.1nm
26 59S 179 05E
Weather: 1022

booming signal today. Radio conditions good


Tue May 30 8:07 2017 NZST
Speed: 4knts
Run: 161.6nm (292.5km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.9nm
29 08S 177 47eE
Weather: sw10

all well. Hard to hear Sonya today as no short skip.


Mon May 29 6:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 155nm (280.6km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.2nm
31 14.8s 176 37.5e
Weather: 10knts SW, 70% cloud cover, 1021 bar

Sailed all day yesterday but had to put the motor on last night when the wind went light. All OK.


Sun May 28 7:27 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 161.1nm (291.6km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 84.5nm
33 13.5s 175 22.5e
Weather: 14 SW

Underway to Savu Savu Fiji. Good first night , had a hot meal and both slept well. can see 3 sails this morning.


Fri May 26 9:41 2017 NZST
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
35 18.817S 174 07.401E

Back on our mooring. Ready for departure for Fiji tomorrow morning.


Wed May 24 7:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 1.9nm (3.4km)
35 13.718s 174 11.856e
Weather: 3 knt SW

Anchored at Honeymoon Bay.


Tue May 23 7:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 1.7nm (3.1km)
35 13.072s 174 13.718e
Weather: 7knt S

Anchored at Paradise Bay.


Sun May 21 8:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 7.4nm (13.4km)
35 13.601s 174 11.986e
Weather: 3knt NE, 60% cloud cover.

Anchored at Pipi Bay. Too much uncertainty with the lows to the north to leave yesterday. Hanging in the Bay for the next opportunity.


Fri May 19 8:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 8.8nm (15.9km)
35 18.834s 174 07.398e
Weather: 2knt N, 10% cloud cover.

All ready to go, but still not happy with the weather.


Thu May 18 7:57 2017 NZST
Run: 8.8nm (15.9km)
35 12.835s 174 13.262e

Anchored at Otaio Bay. All ready to go, just waiting for weather to head to Fiji.


Wed May 17 10:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 8.8nm (15.9km)
35 18.834s 174 07.398e
Weather: 7knts N.

Testing our Sailmail updates to make sure we remember how it all works!!


Hope this is the Daryl and Sonja we know (ex Nelson)! Where are you heading? We are still in Picton. Heading up to Tonga in Nonstop -expecting to be leaving from Auckland early July. Pete and Ellen
Tue May 16 9:30 2017 NZST
Run: 8.8nm (15.9km)
35 12.835S 174 13.255E
Weather: 15knts NE

Anchored Otaio Bay


Mon May 1 7:47 2017 NZST
35 18.8S 174 07.4E

Have both finished work as of yesterday so now into full boat preparation mode. Hoping to be away mid-May.


Sun Nov 6 17:20 2016 NZDT
Run: 90.7nm (164.2km)
35 18.8S 174 07.4E

Weather: N20-25, 100% high cloud

Home in Opua on our mooring. Both started work at the middle of last week, a bit of a shock as always but sure we will get used to it. Our mooring is 100 meters off the Quarantine dock so great to check out the new overnight arrivals each morning.


Tue Oct 25 15:25 2016 NZDT
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)
36 10.72S 175 20.31E

Weather; NW 15-20, 100% high cloud


Interesting morning... Coffee in bed reading a book interrupted by bangs on the hull. Ducked out for a look to see a big kingfish milling around. Easy shot with the speargun saw a 13kg kingy on the back deck without even getting wet. Just been down and smoked it at the smokehouse bay yachty facilities. Gave some to 3 boats anchored there and still got 5 meals for ourselves in the freezer, if only fishing were always that easy!


Mon Oct 24 7:19 2016 NZDT
Run: 11.7nm (21.2km)
36 11.03S 175 21.65E

Enjoying the settled weather finally! Busy out here last couple of nights with the long weekend.


Fri Oct 21 8:05 2016 NZDT
Run: 10.6nm (19.2km)
36 19.11S 175 29.29E

At anchor off Tryphena wharf. Heading up to Fitzroy this morning.


Wed Oct 19 18:48 2016 NZDT
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
36 09.91s 175 28.92e

Third night here. Just walked up a hill for views and found cell cover!! Amazing spot.


Mon Oct 17 7:23 2016 NZDT
Run: 9.5nm (17.2km)
36 07.21S 175 29.58E

Weather SW 15-20: 40% cloud

Brisk sail around the north end of Barrier yesterday. Back at one of our favourite NZ anchorages. Off for a walk this morning.


Fri Oct 7 10:56 2016 NZDT
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)
36 10.75S 175 20.313E

Weather: W25, 5%cloud

Moved to East Bay Kaikoura island yesterday for strong North Westers. Interesting squall came through last night just after dark, all but knocked us down on anchor! Two boats in the cove next to us dragged. Had Steinlager 2 ancored right beside us for our last night at Smokehouse bay, Spirit of New Zealand at the anchorage as well.


Mon Oct 3 16:36 2016 NZDT
Run: 73.8nm (133.6km)
36 11.95s 175 19.79e
Weather: 5knot W

Arrived Great Barrier on Saturday. Had a good sail across from Tutukaka. Stayed at Nagle Cove for two nights and moved to Smokehouse Bay today.


Fri Sep 30 13:09 2016 NZDT
Run: 14.2nm (25.7km)
35 25.8S 174 25.05E

SE 10, 20%cloud

Spent last night here after upwind sail from Whangamumu yesterday. Just been for a walk out on the peninsular and about to head off to Tutukaka. more going to windward unfortunately.


Thu Sep 29 10:40 2016 NZDT
Run: 10.8nm (19.5km)
35 14.99S 174 17.83E

weather 5 SE, 20%low cloud

Sailed to Whangamumu bay from Opua yesterday on the sea breeze. 3 boats here last night. Waiting for the sea breeze again to continue south.


Tue Sep 20 11:09 2016 NZST
Run: 10.1nm (18.3km)
35 18.815S 174 07.397E

weather E13, 100% cloud


On our mooring at Opua for this week, Heading away again next weekend.


Fri Sep 9 18:38 2016 NZST
35 13.66S 174 16.04E

Weather SSE 10, clear skies

Still anchored at Oke Bay. Were going to leave today but a group of 6 dolphins seem to have adopted us so we could not tear ourselves away. Did go down to Whapukapirau Bay spearfishing on Calypso this morning, our new friends came too....Pics taken from bow of yacht, some folks from the beach swam out to play with our buddies.


Wow that is very cool, maybe it is part of the Cousteau mystique that comes with the name. Nice photo of the boat, ls that a mizzen stay sail, secret weapon flying there? Enjoy the spacious luxury. Looks like we we might be back down early.
Wed Sep 7 8:31 2016 NZST
Run: 43.3nm (78.4km)
35 13.66S 174 16.04E

weather S 3kts, 100% cloud.

Had a nice sail yesterday from Whangarei to Oke Bay in the Bay of Islands. Drinks and dinner aboard Bolero with Darren and Wendy from Great Escape Charters last night. Great to see their boat finished.


Mon Sep 5 15:47 2016 NZST
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
35 49.8S 174 28.6E

Weather WSW20-25 showers

Moved across to sheltered side of harbour this morning. Anchored off Marsden Cove Marina


Sat Sep 3 10:09 2016 NZST
Run: 42.5nm (76.9km)
35 49.7S 174 31.5E

NW 10-15, overcast

Anchored at Taurikura bay. Scallop season, yay.


Mon Nov 30 9:08 2015 NZDT
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
35 18.6113s 174 07.048e
Weather: no wind, 100% cloud, bar 1022

Have moved back to our mooring near Dougs Boatyard in the Opua basin. Sonya back working at Burnsco and Daryl instructing again at Great Escape Yacht Charters.


Thu Oct 29 7:49 2015 NZDT
Run: 145.1nm (262.6km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.6nm
35 18.8s 174 07.3e

Safely arrived Opua. Relieved to be in before the south westerlies and without running out of diesel. Finally got great sailing conditions last night.


Glad to see you finally made it and just in time. Crew at Burnsco is anxiously waiting for your return so they can take some time off. John and Sandy
Wed Oct 28 7:24 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.6knts
Run: 130.2nm (235.7km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.2nm
33 13s 174 15e
Weather: calm, 5% high cloud.

Motoring while waiting for the northerly to kick in. To the crew at Burnsco in Opua - no panic, looks like Sonya will be in time for work on Sunday. She has even been trying to get out of her 3am - 6am watch so that she is refreshed for work. She has also turned up for her 9am watch in a red t-shirt the last two mornings. Guess she is getting into the mode.


Tue Oct 27 7:13 2015 NZDT
Speed: 3knts
Run: 92.6nm (167.6km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 98.2nm
31 22s 173 50e
Weather: 13 knots S, 50% cloud.

Good night motoring in 8 knt but back up to 12 to 15 from the south.


Mon Oct 26 8:35 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 109.2nm (197.7km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 107.9nm
30 13S 173 02E
Weather: ssw14, 70%cc, 1.5-2m swell SW

all ok and eta early thursday


Hi Daz n Sonz Hope you travelling well, I have a blocked head I am saving for your return Daz :) it's a real doozie

Arrived Opua Sunday morning. Got slammed last 60 miles just like Bob McDavitt said.

Darren has a blocked toilet for Daryl to fix and our seat order is due so see you at the end of the week
Sun Oct 25 8:18 2015 NZDT
Speed: 6.6knts
Run: 149.5nm (270.6km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 152.2nm
28 39S 173 16E
Weather: NW13, 100%

Sat Oct 24 8:43 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5msknts
Run: 148.2nm (268.2km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.2nm
26 44S 174 24E
Weather: E4

all well


Fri Oct 23 8:34 2015 NZDT
Speed: 190tknts
Run: 119.5nm (216.3km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 140.3nm
24 40S 175 02E
Weather: E11, 1m swell ese, 60%cc,

close to Windstar. All well


Thu Oct 22 12:08 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 166.3nm (301km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.9nm
23 01s 175 36e
Weather: 10 knots SE, 50% cloud.

Good night sailing nice to have some wind finally.


Wed Oct 21 8:35 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 10.2nm (18.5km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.5nm
20 47S 176 34E
Weather: SE 8-10

all well


Wed Oct 21 6:26 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.0knts
Run: 105.1nm (190.2km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 115.5nm
20 39s 176 38e
Weather: 2 knots E, 100% cloud.

still motoring.


Tue Oct 20 8:36 2015 NZDT
Speed: 3msknts
Run: 112.9nm (204.3km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 109nm
19 09S 176 54E
Weather: light winds

motoring since midnight


Mon Oct 19 7:44 2015 NZDT
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
17 36.00s 177 26.47e
Weather: NE 8 knots. 30% cloud. 1010bar.

Anchored at Lautoka.


Tue Oct 13 16:27 2015 NZDT
Run: 8.5nm (15.4km)
17 38.57s 177 23.61e
Weather: SE 6 knots. Overcast. 1009 bar.

Anchored at Saweni Bay waiting to head home.


Mon Oct 5 7:23 2015 NZDT
Run: 15.5nm (28.1km)
17 45.72s 177 25.38e
Weather: SE 6 knots. Clear sky. 1016 bar.

Anchored at Newtown Beach in Nadi Bay. Filled up fuel and water yesterday ready for trip home.


All the best for a safe passage. Look out for you if we get to BOI.
Wed Sep 30 8:23 2015 NZDT
Run: 3.1nm (5.6km)
17 46.276s 177 11.244e
Weather: S 3 knots. Clear sky. 1011 bar.

Anchored at Musket Cove. Been here for a couple of days now, enjoying the surfing.


Sat Sep 26 15:56 2015 NZST
Run: 5.3nm (9.6km)
17 43.87s 177 09.96e
Weather: SSE 10 knots. 100% cloud. 1006 bar.

Anchored near Yaro on Malolo Is.


Sat Sep 26 7:10 2015 NZST
Run: 22.7nm (41.1km)
17 40.72s 177 06.4e
Weather: SSE 13 knots. 100% cloud. 1010 bar.

Anchored at Mana Island.


Fri Sep 25 6:49 2015 NZST
Run: 41.6nm (75.3km)
17 36.08s 177 26.46e
Weather: Calm. 40% cloud. 1011 bar.

Anchored off Lautoka. Stocked up with food at the market yesterday.


Wed Sep 23 6:54 2015 NZST
Run: 13.5nm (24.4km)
17 21.98s 178 01.356e
Weather: 2 knots E. 100% cloud. 1010 bar.

Anchored at Nathilau Point. Sailed down here yesterday in very light winds.


Tue Sep 22 6:44 2015 NZST
17 18.114s 178 12.96e
Weather: 10 knots SE. 100% cloud. 1010 bar. Have had some light showers this morning. Wind changed from WNW to SE at 8pm last night

Anchored off Nananu-I-Ra. Another day in the water on the outer reef yesterday.


Tue Sep 22 6:42 2015 NZST
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)
17 18.114s 178 12.96e
Weather: 10 knots SE. 100% cloud. 1010 bar. Have had some light showers this morning. Wind changed from WNW to SE at 8pm last night

Anchored off Nananu-I-Ra. Another day in the water on the outer reef yesterday.


Mon Sep 21 6:56 2015 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
17 19.07s 178 13.5e
Weather: 2 knots N. 90% cloud. 1008 bar. Rain at times overnight

Anchored off Nananu-I-Thake.


Sat Sep 19 7:03 2015 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
17 19.47s 178 10.54e
Weather: 8 knots SE. 100% cloud. Light drizzle. 1012 bar.

Anchored off Voli Voli.


Fri Sep 18 6:51 2015 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
17 19.07s 178 13.5e
Weather: 12 knots SE. 40% cloud. 1015 bar.

Anchored off Nananu-I-Thake.


Thu Sep 17 6:58 2015 NZST
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
17 17.57s 178 10.99e
Weather: 20 knots SE. 10% cloud. 1016 bar.

Anchored off Nananu-I-Ra.


Wed Sep 16 7:13 2015 NZST
17 19.58s 178 13.054e
Weather: 15 knots SE. 5% cloud. 1016 bar.

Looks like it is going to be a beautiful day here.


Tue Sep 15 6:50 2015 NZST
Run: 8.5nm (15.4km)
17 19.58s 178 13.054e
Weather: 15 knots ESE. 95% cloud. 1015 bar

Another nice sail yesterday North through the reefs to Voli Voli area. Anchored at Nananu-i-Thake and catching bus from Ellington landing into RakiRaki to go to the market this morning. Lots of yachts here after 2 weeks pretty much alone.


Mon Sep 14 6:52 2015 NZST
Run: 28.7nm (51.9km)
17 26.50s 178 15.84e
Weather: 10 knots S. 15% cloud. 1017 bar

Nice sail yesterday North along the Viti Levu coast to Viti Levu bay.


Sat Sep 12 7:05 2015 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
17 34.31s 178 40.68e
Weather: 15 knots SE, 80% cloud. Some showers around

Moved back to picnic beach. 3 Humpbacks swam past 150 meters outside us while snorkelling yesterday


Fri Sep 11 7:01 2015 NZST
17 34.66s 178 40.15e
Weather: 10 knots SE, 70% cloud.

Anchored at Sove Bay Naingani. Enjoying checking out the reefs to the north.


Thu Sep 10 6:48 2015 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
17 34.66s 178 40.15e
Weather: 8 knots E, 10% cloud.

Moved around the corner on Naingani to Sove Bay.


Tue Sep 8 14:00 2015 NZST
Run: 16.7nm (30.2km)
17 34.31s 178 40.68e
Weather: 15 knots SSE, 10% cloud.

Lovely sail downwind to Naingani. Anchored off a beautiful white sand beach in turquoise water. Caught a 12kg Waloo on the way to share with the village.


Mon Sep 7 7:37 2015 NZST
17 48.59s 178 43.15e
Weather: 12 knots S, 100% cloud.

Still at Leleuvia Island. Maunie arrived here yesterday so was great to catch up with them. Very calm yesterday so snorkled at the outer reef.


Thu Sep 3 17:21 2015 NZST
Run: 11.4nm (20.6km)
17 48.59s 178 43.15e
Weather: 10 knots SSE.

At Leleuvia Island.


Mon Aug 31 18:42 2015 NZST
Run: 17.5nm (31.7km)
17 41.44s 178 50.33e
Weather: 12 knots ESE.

Finally left Makongai after a wonderful time there - complete with seeing Humpback whales inside the lagoon while we were out snorkling. Today we sailed across to Ovalau. Anchored at Levuka, the original capital of Fiji and a world heritage site.


Fri Aug 28 7:56 2015 NZST
Run: 6.3nm (11.4km)
17 26.36s 178 52.27e
Weather: 18 knots SE, 30% cloud cover. some rain overnight

Moved just around the corner yesterday to Dalice Village, a government marine research centre. Really enjoying the reefs here, loads of big pelagic fish and great coral features.


Tue Aug 25 7:52 2015 NZST
Run: 28.2nm (51km)
17 25.99s 178 57.98e
Weather: 10 knots ESE, 30% cloud cover.

Sailed from Koro to Makongai Island yesterday. We are anchored at the Northern bay and will move around to the village when the wind swings to SE. Whole lagoon is a reserve so cant wait to check out the fish life.


Sat Aug 22 9:25 2015 NZST
17 16.46s 179 21.6e
Weather: 15 knots E, 50% cloud cover.

Still at Dere bay. Nice tracks for walks and excellent reefs for snorkelling. Shot a good Tuna yesterday.


Fri Aug 21 7:59 2015 NZST
Run: 34.4nm (62.3km)
17 16.46s 179 21.6e
Weather: 8 knots SE, 20% cloud cover.

Had a great week in Savu Savu catching up with friends. Stocked boat up and sailed yesterday to Dere bay on Koro Island.


Sat Aug 15 8:50 2015 NZST
Run: 49.9nm (90.3km)
16 46.65s 179 19.65e

Anchored in Sava Savu just before dark Fri night. Cleared in Sat morning. Good trip averaged 140 miles a day.


Thu Aug 13 9:56 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 154.4nm (279.5km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.7nm
17 17s 179 52e
Weather: 17 knots SE, 1.5m short interval swell from SE, 20% cloud cover.

Sailed through Lau group overnight.


Wed Aug 12 9:30 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.7knts
Run: 159nm (287.8km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.9nm
17 47s 177 51w
Weather: 18 knots SSE, 2m swell from S, 20% cloud cover.

25 miles from Lakemba Passage into Lau. ETA Savu Savu Thu night.


Tue Aug 11 9:20 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 94nm (170.1km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.5nm
18 20s 175 30w
Weather: 14knts SE, 1.5m swell from S, 100% cloud cover.

Good first night out.


Mon Aug 10 17:50 2015 NZST
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
18 39.01s 174 06.33w
Weather: 13knots SSE

Departing Vavau and heading to Savu Savu.


Thu Aug 6 7:38 2015 NZST
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
18 42.03s 174 07.55w
Weather: 15-20 knots E, 80% cloud, bar 1017.

Anchored in Hunga Lagoon next to Taranui from Nelson. Great sail yesterday around the South end with breaching whales around. Tarn went for a kayak around the lagoon yesterday and we are off to explore Blue Lagoon in the dinghy after breakfast.


Long day but home safely at 3am. Roxy pleased to see me. Thanks for an awesome week!!!
Wed Aug 5 8:04 2015 NZST
Run: 11.3nm (20.5km)
18 43.38s 174 05.92w
Weather: 18 knots SE, 80% mid level cumulus.

Anchored at Vakaeitu. Close encounter with a couple of whales on our sail yesterday. Great downwind sail - stopped at Euakafa for lunch.


Mon Aug 3 16:12 2015 NZST
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)
18 41.92s 173 55.72w
Weather: 17 knots SE, 100% cloud, drizzle.

Anchored at Kenutu. Wet dinghy ride with Tania out to the sand cay today!!


hope Tarns not sick but having fun. Love us x x x
Sun Aug 2 9:44 2015 NZST
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
18 41.97s 174 01.79w

Anchored at Port Maurelle. Picked Tania up from Neiafu on Friday. Heading east today.


Thu Jul 30 6:36 2015 NZST
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
18 43.84s 174 03.28w
Weather: 12-15 knots SSE, 95% cloud, bar 1015.

Anchored at Sisia Island.


Wed Jul 29 6:39 2015 NZST
18 41.98s 174 01.79w
Weather: 15 knots E, 5% cloud, bar 1016.

Still anchored at Port Maurelle.


Mon Jul 27 6:51 2015 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
18 41.98s 174 01.79w
Weather: 15 knots SE, no cloud, bar 1020.

Anchored at Port Maurelle. Sailed yesterday to Luamoko Island for a dive.


Sun Jul 26 6:52 2015 NZST
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
18 41.96s 174 01.85w
Weather: 15-20 knots SE, 15% cloud, bar 1019.

Anchored at Port Maurelle. About a dozen yacht here. Went to Neiafu for the Market yesterday.


Fri Jul 24 6:27 2015 NZST
18 41.68s 173 59.91w
Weather: 15-20 knots SE, 15% cloud, bar 1019.

Still anchored at Aisea's Beach. Have been catching up on boat chores.


Thu Jul 23 6:36 2015 NZST
18 41.68s 173 59.91w
Weather: 15-20 knots SE, 80% cloud, occasional showers, bar 1020.

Anchored at Aisea's Beach, protected from the SE winds.


Wed Jul 22 6:37 2015 NZST
18 41.68s 173 59.91w
Weather: 15 knots SE, 40% cloud, bar 1017.

Anchored at Aisea's Beach.


Tue Jul 21 6:31 2015 NZST
Run: 22.2nm (40.2km)
18 41.68s 173 59.91w
Weather: 10 knots SSE, 80% cloud, bar 1016.

Anchored at Aisea's Beach. Saw quite a few whales when we moved through the southern islands from Hunga yesterday.


Mon Jul 20 7:40 2015 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: light SSE, 10%cc, 1016

sounds a good day in Huunga lagoon


Fri Jul 17 8:03 2015 NZST
Run: 14.6nm (26.4km)
18 45s 174 20w
Weather: 10E, 10%cc, 1018

Still in Huunga lagoon with 4 other boats.


Tue Jul 14 7:34 2015 NZST
Run: 8.3nm (15km)
18 42S 174 07w
Weather: Se15, 100%cc, occ shws

despite the wx the lagoon is a great spot


Sat Jul 11 6:34 2015 NZST
Run: 2.8nm (5.1km)
18 42.73s 173 59.42w
Weather: 15 knots SSE, 100% cloud and light rain.

Anchored at Tapana Island.


Fri Jul 10 6:24 2015 NZST
Run: 2nm (3.6km)
18 41.2s 173 57.4w
Weather: 4 knots NNW, clear skies overhead but frontal band to the south.

Anchored at Mafana Island. Visited yesterday with the lady we stayed with 5 years ago on Ofu Island.


Thu Jul 9 6:35 2015 NZST
18 41.9s 173 55.7w
Weather: 2 knots NE, no cloud.

Still anchored at beautiful Kenutu Island. Went to leave yesterday but just couldn't do it. Perhaps today...


Mon Jul 6 7:06 2015 NZST
Run: 4.5nm (8.1km)
18 41.9s 173 55.7w
Weather: 5 knots E, 10% cloud.

Anchored at Kenutu. Beautiful spot.


Sat Jul 4 16:23 2015 NZST
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
18 39.50s 173 58.9w
Weather: 5 knots NE, 50% high cloud

have been in Neiafu for 2 nights. Restocked with food and off to watch the rugby later. Lots of kiwis in town tonight.


Thu Jul 2 6:36 2015 NZST
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)
18 42.0s 174 01.8w
Weather: 8 knots SE but very sheltered in anchorage so stronger outside, 50% cloud, bar 1014

Anchored at Port Maurelle.


Tue Jun 30 9:44 2015 NZST
Run: 76.3nm (138.1km)
18 43.36s 174 06.01w
Weather: 20 knots SE, 40% cloud.

Anchored at Vakaeitu. Been here for three days enjoying the snorkling at the Coral Garden and Canyon sites.


Fri Jun 26 6:44 2015 NZST
Run: 27.4nm (49.6km)
19 48.0s 174 21.2w
Weather: 10-15 knots SSE, 50% cloud, bar 1012

Anchored at Pangai.


Thu Jun 25 6:20 2015 NZST
20 02.84s 174 40.93w
Weather: 17 knots S, 15% cloud, bar 1010

Still at Oua Island. Only two boats here and we are both from Nelson.


Tue Jun 23 6:24 2015 NZST
Run: 7.6nm (13.8km)
20 02.84s 174 40.93w
Weather: 16-20 knots NE, 20% high cloud, bar 1007

Moved yesterday to Oua Island for the passage of the front. Great reef system with nice coral.


Mon Jun 22 6:48 2015 NZST
Run: 19.8nm (35.8km)
19 56.5s 174 42.9w
Weather: 20-25 knots ENE, 20% Cloud, bar 1010

Anchored at Ha'afeva Island in the Kotu group of the Ha'apais.


Sun Jun 21 8:16 2015 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
19 53.9s 174 24.8w
Weather: 15-20 knots E, 80% Cloud, bar 1012

Anchored at Uiha Island in the Haapais.


Sat Jun 20 6:55 2015 NZST
19 51.01s 174 24.91w
Weather: 15-20 knots E, 80% Cloud, bar 1013

Still anchored at Uoleva Island in the Haapais. Very sheltered and calm in these stronger winds. Beautiful beach.


Fri Jun 19 6:51 2015 NZST
19 51.01s 174 24.91w
Weather: 20-25 knots SE, 30% cloud, bar1013

Anchored at Uoleva Island.


Thu Jun 18 7:19 2015 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
19 51.01s 174 24.91w
Weather: 20 knots SSE, 50% cloud, bar1011.

Anchored back at Uoleva Island. Went to Pangai for a look and supplies.


Tue Jun 16 10:28 2015 NZST
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)
19 50.99s 174 25.03w
Weather: 10knots SE

Anchored Uoleva Island.


Sat Jun 13 7:05 2015 NZST
Run: 6.8nm (12.3km)
19 53.98s 174 24.88w
Weather: 10-15 knots E/ENE, 100% Cloud, have had light showers.

Anchored at Uiha Island in the Haapais.


Fri Jun 12 6:51 2015 NZST
19 57.9s 174 29.57w
Weather: 15knts E 30% Cloud

Anchored at Uanukuhahaki in the Haapais.


Thu Jun 11 6:54 2015 NZST
Run: 91.2nm (165.1km)
19 57.9s 174 29.57w
Weather: 14knts ESE 90% cloud cover occasional showers

Moved north to Uanukuhahaki Island from Lalona Island yesterday.


Mon Jun 8 7:35 2015 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: 10ne 60%CC

Anchored in Hapaais, Namuka but may have heard this wrong


Tue Jun 2 6:45 2015 NZST
Run: 8.4nm (15.2km)
21 07.5s 175 09.8w
Weather: 2knts S 5% cloud

Anchored back at Big Mama's whilst waiting for visa extension.


Mon Jun 1 7:23 2015 NZST
21 02.6s 175 15.6w
Weather: 5knts SE 10% cloud cover but big cloud build ups to south

Anchored at Atata Island.


Sun May 31 17:52 2015 NZST
Run: 8.5nm (15.4km)
21 02.6s 175 15.6w
Weather: 10knts SE 10% cloud cover.

Anchored at Atata Island so closer to outer reef for a dive.


Thu May 28 7:06 2015 NZST
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
21 07.5s 175 09.7w
Weather: 15knts SE 100% cloud cover.

Anchored at Pangaimotu Island. Cleared yesterday. Great sail from Minerva took 48 hrs.


Malo e Lelei from chilly NZ, enjoy the warm Nofo a for now from the Edmonds clan
Wed May 27 7:33 2015 NZST
Run: 301.5nm (545.7km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.4nm
21 07S 175 03W
Weather: 100%cc

main channel and 7nm from Tongatapu


Belated happy Birthday , we are stockpiling seats and fillet knifes for November 1st , Cheers Nick ,Dylan , Brett
Mon May 25 6:47 2015 NZST
Run: 24.7nm (44.7km)
23 37.07s 178 54.94w
Weather: 12knts S 100% cloud cover.

Arrived Minerva North Saturday morn. All rested up and ready to leave today for Tongatapu.


Sat May 23 7:32 2015 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 149nm (269.7km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.5nm
23 56S 178 44W
Weather: 1015, 40%cc, light NE

20nm from N Minerva


Fri May 22 7:37 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.5mknts
Run: 147.2nm (266.4km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.3nm
26 03S 179 11W
Weather: E5, 1018, 1m se swell with long period, 5%cc

all well


Thu May 21 7:38 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.2mknts
Run: 143.9nm (260.5km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.3nm
28 06S 179 50W
Weather: light E 5-7, se swell 1.5m

Wed May 20 7:32 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 128.9nm (233.3km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129nm
29 47S 178 46E
Weather: 7-10s, s swell 1.5m,

all well on way to Tongatapu


Tue May 19 7:32 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 131.4nm (237.8km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.6nm
31 28S 177 50E
Weather: SSW18, 40%cc

Mon May 18 7:34 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 204.2nm (369.6km)
32 48S 176 14E
Weather: 8SSE

a bit close for good copy but all well.


Tue May 12 19:32 2015 NZST
Run: 7.5nm (13.6km)
35 13.57s 174 11.98e
Weather: 10knts SW

Anchored in Pipi Bay. Resting up and waiting to head away.


Thu May 7 20:49 2015 NZST
Run: 11.2nm (20.3km)
35 18.8s 174 07.3e
Weather: 20knts N, Showers

In Opua preparing for our departure.


Sat Oct 25 8:40 2014 NZDT
Run: 77.3nm (139.9km)
35 9.19968s 174 9.43404e

arrived Thursday night


Thu Oct 23 8:29 2014 NZDT
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 147nm (266.1km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.4nm
34 05S 174 33E
Weather: 80%cc E15,

now south of front


Wed Oct 22 8:34 2014 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 101.6nm (183.9km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.2nm
31 58S 174 18E
Weather: light S for the last 48hrs 80%cc

Will be needing the fuel dock on arrival!


Tue Oct 21 8:28 2014 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 95nm (172km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 95.5nm
30 30S 174 11E
Weather: SW10, clear skies 1015

all well


Mon Oct 20 8:35 2014 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 265.7nm (480.9km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.6nm
29 24S 173 14E
Weather: 15-18S, 1.5m swell clear skies

All good


Sat Oct 18 8:31 2014 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 166.1nm (300.6km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 166.9nm
25 35S 173 45E
Weather: 95%cc 20ENE confused seas but swell E1.5m

good progress and eta th/fr


Fri Oct 17 8:37 2014 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 165.5nm (299.6km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 166.1nm
23 16S 174 27E
Weather: 15-20E, 1018, 20%cc, SE1.5m swell

Thu Oct 16 8:42 2014 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 140.9nm (255km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.1nm
21 06S 175 33E
Weather: e 15 but var from ese up to 25, 1017 100%cc

Wed Oct 15 8:54 2014 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 124nm (224.4km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62.2nm
19 16S 176 30E
Weather: SE15

poor radio conditions today so this via a relay


Mon Oct 13 9:04 2014 NZDT
Run: 96.8nm (175.2km)
17 40.8558s 177 23.1824e

back in Fiji for engine repairs


Sat Oct 11 8:37 2014 NZDT
Speed: 4.5msknts
Run: 86.4nm (156.4km)
18 58S 176 48E
Weather: SSW5, 1006, thin hi cc

Thu Sep 25 17:21 2014 NZST
Run: 5nm (9.1km)
17 46.27S 177 11.21E

Anchored at Musket Cove. Making the most of the resort and enjoying our time here.


Sat Sep 20 7:15 2014 NZST
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
17 50.59S 177 11.2E

weather: clear, 5kts SE Anchored at Namotu Island. At Cloudbreak yesterday and moved here in the afternoon. Great to be surfing again. Water way warmer than Kadavu.


Fri Sep 19 7:06 2014 NZST
Run: 57.1nm (103.4km)
17 54.8S 177 16.02E

weather: 80% cloud, 3kts ENE Anchored in Momi Bay south of Nadi after a great sail along the Coral Coast from Beqa yesterday.


Wed Sep 17 6:55 2014 NZST
Run: 10.3nm (18.6km)
18 22.53S 177 59.27E

weather: 50% cloud, 8kts SE. Anchored at Yanuca Island. Enjoyed seeing three large spotted eagle rays while snorkelling in the bay yesterday. Hoping to explore the nearby outer reefs today.


Tue Sep 16 6:26 2014 NZST
Run: 1.7nm (3.1km)
18 21.56S 178 08.63E

weather: 60% cloud, 10kts ESE. Anchored near entrance to Malumu Bay. Great to catch up with Solitary Light last night.


Mon Sep 15 13:48 2014 NZST
Run: 49.2nm (89.1km)
18 20.2.S 178 09.28E

weather: 40% cloud, 10kts SE Anchored in Nanuku Passage. Had a great dive/snorkel. Won the tug of war with the shark so speared Coral Trout for dinner. Will anchor in Malumu Bay again tonight.


Fri Sep 12 10:19 2014 NZST
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
19 02.88S 178 09.20E

weather: 20% cloud, 15kts E Anchored off Vunisea. Had a great trip around from Galoa. Spent a night at Cape Washington but an exposed anchorage. Good fishing in this area - caught our largest Mahi Mahi (165cm) and a big Wahoo as well for the village. Dinner out last night with a family that has befriended us. We are making the most of having roads and tracks to walk on as well as stores with supplies.


Sun Sep 7 6:41 2014 NZST
Run: 10nm (18.1km)
19 04.42S 178 10.41E

weather: 5% cloud, very light SE Anchored at Galoa Bay. Another light wind day with clear skies.


Sat Sep 6 6:34 2014 NZST
Run: 6.4nm (11.6km)
19 02.69S 178 19.40E

weather: 5% cloud, very light SE Anchored at Soso Bay, got supplies yesterday at Vunisea.


Tue Sep 2 7:30 2014 NZST
Run: 9.4nm (17km)
19 01S 178 25E
Weather: NE2 and 90%cloud

gloriously calm in southern Kadavu and will be in the water soon!


Wed Aug 27 6:46 2014 NZST
Run: 6nm (10.9km)
18 53.26S 178 27.77E

weather: 10% cloud 7kts ESE Back anchored at NobouwaluBay on Ono Island. Spent the previous three days atNamara Island.


Thu Aug 21 7:32 2014 NZST
Run: 7.6nm (13.8km)
18 49S 178 31E
Weather: light ene and 70% 1010

at an island with a long name !


Wed Aug 20 7:38 2014 NZST
Run: 2nm (3.6km)
18 55S 178 28E
Weather: E10, 30%, 1010

Ono Is


Mon Aug 18 16:25 2014 NZST
Run: 52.9nm (95.7km)
18 53.26S 178 27.77E

weather: 95% cloud 15kts ESE Anchored at Ono Island, Kadavu after a good sail yesterday from Suva.


Sat Aug 16 16:52 2014 NZST
18 07.4S 178 25.2E

weather: 100% cloud 6kts SE Still anchored Suva Harbour. Have had a good look around town and bus trip along Coral Coast. Looking to head to Kadavu tomorrow.


Sun Aug 10 16:27 2014 NZST
Run: 112.3nm (203.3km)
18 07.4S 178 25.2E

weather: 100% cloud 15kts SE Anchored in Suva Harbour amongst the freighters and cruising boats. Sensory overload after the Lau Group. Not used to having to watch for cars before crossing a road. Here for a week to provision and extend visa.


Fri Aug 8 7:30 2014 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: 50%cl, SE15-20

heading to Suva today, from Matuku


Thu Aug 7 7:31 2014 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: 30% cloud and SE15

Still in Matuku


Sat Aug 2 7:29 2014 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: 20 E 20% cloud, yesterday 25-30

still sheltered in Matuku


Wed Jul 30 7:29 2014 NZST
Run: 17.9nm (32.4km)
19 09S 179 45E
Weather: SE16, 5% cloud

Matuki Is in western Lau. Great anchorage and protection from reef


Tue Jul 29 7:32 2014 NZST
Run: 94nm (170.1km)
18 56S 179 54E
Weather: SE 15, 5%cl

standing off Totoya, 20-25 ktstill midnight but calmer passage since then.



Mon Jul 28 8:02 2014 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: SE15

leaving Namuk midday to do a tiki tour north and overnight to Totoya.


Fri Jul 25 7:33 2014 NZST
Run: 20.3nm (36.7km)
18 50S 178 40W
Weather: SE15, 100%

Namuka , passage was SSE 12-15


Thu Jul 24 8:09 2014 NZST
No position sent.

Still in Fulanga but thinking of moving today as wx has improved after all the rain yesterday


Mon Jul 21 7:31 2014 NZST
Run: 64.8nm (117.3km)
19 07S 178 35W
Weather: no wind, 95%cl

have been in Fulanga a month and really enjoyingthe diving. Moving on tomorrow if wx OK.


Sun Jun 29 14:10 2014 NZST
Run: 60.6nm (109.7km)
18 12.67S 178 50.5W

Anchored off Lakemba after good overnight sail. Pod of pilot whales welcomed us to the island as we stood off at first light.Heading to Southern Lau Group.


Thu Jun 26 21:02 2014 NZST
Run: 3.9nm (7.1km)
17 20.4S 178 56.9W

Anchored off the village of Susui. Went for a walk most of the way around the island today.


Tue Jun 24 17:47 2014 NZST
Run: 7.8nm (14.1km)
17 17.6S 178 58.9W

Thoroughly enjoying the Northern Lau Group. Every anchorage has been a delight to explore. Presently anchored at Lomaloma to resupply.


Sat Jun 21 2:29 2014 NZST
Run: 59.1nm (107km)
17 10.9S 179 00.0W

Presently anchored in Mbavatu Harbour.


Tue Jun 10 16:55 2014 NZST
Run: 8.4nm (15.2km)
16 45.8S 179 46.8W

position: 16 45.8S 179 46.8W


Mon Jun 9 7:36 2014 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: NESE20 and 80%

N Taveuni Fiji - hard to hear


Sat Jun 7 7:11 2014 NZST
Run: 16.7nm (30.2km)
16 40.95S 179 52.43W
Weather: SE15kts, 40% cloud cover, barometer 1008.

Fri Jun 6 7:15 2014 NZST
16 40.95S 179 52.43E

Weather: SE15kts,thin high cloud, some lower level cumulous (about 60% cover), barometer 1008.


Thu Jun 5 17:25 2014 NZST
Run: 16.9nm (30.6km)
16 40.95S 179 52.43E

Weather: SE7.0kts,5% Cloud cover.

Sailed to Naselesele Point, northern tip ofTaveuni today. Only half a tuna for dinner - shared it with something with big teeth before we could land it.


Mon Jun 2 12:05 2014 NZST
Run: 21.3nm (38.6km)
16 26.78S 179 56.30E
Weather: Weather: E15.0kts, 30% Cloud

Sailed to Albert Cove, Rabi Island today from Kioa Island. Saw a Marlin and a caught a huge Giant Trevalley.


Thu May 29 12:24 2014 NZST
Run: 39.9nm (72.2km)
16 45.03S 179 53.19E

Weather: S2.0kts, 80% Cloud, S0.5m swell AnchoredViani Bay after overnight passage from Savu Savu.


Tue May 27 15:40 2014 NZST
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
16 48.64S 179 17.22E

SE 7kts mainly fine.

Anchored off Cousteau Dive Resort. Heading forViani Bay tomorrow.


Thu May 22 19:08 2014 NZST
Run: 27.3nm (49.4km)
16 46s 179 20e

Arrived Savu Savu Wednesday afternoon. Light winds last two days of passage. Presently moored at Copra Shed Marina.


Wed May 21 7:31 2014 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 160.1nm (289.8km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.1nm
17 0S 179 0E
Weather: light S 5kts clear skies 1.5ms swll

30nm to Savusavu


Tue May 20 7:31 2014 NZST
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 47.2nm (85.4km)
19 19S 179 0E
Weather: SSW11 30% 1.5m plus swell

Mon May 19 7:28 2014 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 283.8nm (513.7km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.1nm
20 0S 179 0E
Weather: W 15 g25 50%cl

all well despite challenging conditions!


Sat May 17 7:32 2014 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 130.5nm (236.2km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.6nm
24 0S 178 0E
Weather: 15ESE but changeable 100%cl

a good 12hr run


Fri May 16 7:33 2014 NZST
Speed: 4knts
25 50S 178 30E
Weather: S8

hdg direct to Savusavu


Fri May 16 7:33 2014 NZST
Speed: 4knts
Run: 123nm (222.6km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.4nm
25 50S 178 30E
Weather: S8

hdg direct to Savusavu


Thu May 15 8:11 2014 NZST
Speed: 5knts
27 0S 177 0E
Weather: S10

poled out and comfy


Thu May 15 8:11 2014 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 165.9nm (300.3km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.7nm
27 0S 177 0E
Weather: S10

poled out and comfy


Wed May 14 7:33 2014 NZST
Speed: 5knts
29 24S 177 0E
Weather: ENE8

a tiny H where they are but short lived so winds will change


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