Alchemy II

Alchemy II

Tue Jun 11 9:48 2019 NZST
at anchor
Run: 9649.2nm (17465.1km)
Avg: 97.4knts
24hr: 2338nm
Weather: 15knts ENE, 100% could cover

Anchored off Lifuka in the Hapa'ais,just north of Pangai (just out from Hapa'ai Beach Resort - good hamburgers!). Not the best of cruising weather at present, but the anchorage here is pretty good, relatively flat and protected. Hoping to get some windsurfing in before heading up to Vava'au. May have to wait until Sunday to get a good sail north.

Fri Jun 7 6:45 2019 NZST
Run: 61.8nm (111.9km)
20 16.52S 174 47.07W
Weather: Calm, 0.5m sea, 20% cloud cover

Anchored at Nomuka Ika overnight. Originally went to Kelefesia Is, but 2.5m SW swell made it a pretty untenable anchorage (anchorage is on the W side). Blind rollers didn't look too inviting either. Just upped anchor, heading for Pangai today to do inter island clearance. Intending to stay in port this evening.

Wed Jun 5 5:24 2019 NZST
At anchor, about to depart Atata Island at Tongatapu for Kelefesia
Run: 19.6nm (35.5km)
21 02.91S 175 15.81W
Weather: 15knts NE/ENE (about 60 deg true). Still dark (6.30am) so unsure re cloud cover

Planning to sail to Kelefesia today, based on forecast easterlies. Currently closer to NE than E. If too much bashing, may turn around and come back to Atata Island.

Fri May 31 6:39 2019 NZST
Run: 289.8nm (524.5km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.1nm
21 17.79S 175 06.90W
Weather: 12kts SE, 1m E swell, 10% cloud cover

Approaching Tongatapu. One mile south of the SE corner. Hoping to clear Customs at Nuku'alofa by lunch today.

Wed May 29 7:03 2019 NZST
at anchor
Run: 28.8nm (52.1km)
23 38S 178 53W
Weather: 5knts N, 50% cloud cover

planning to depart North Minerva for Tongatapu today, but will first listen in to Gulf Harbour Radio's info. Expecting to have to motor today, make some east, then hopfully get some sailing in tomorrow.

Thu May 23 6:57 2019 NZST
At anchor
Weather: 20 to 25 kts from NE (true)

Arrived at North Minerva around midday yesterday (Wed). Very rough night of sailing Tues night and Wed morning. Strong winds from the east, plus very difficult sea state - short steep messy waves. Will stay at Minerva until we get decent conditions to head on to Tongatapu.

Thu May 23 6:51 2019 NZST
At anchor
Weather: 20 to 25 kts from NE (true)

Arrived at North Minerva around midday yesterday (Wed). Very rough night of sailing Tues night and Wed morning. Strong winds from the east, plus very difficult sea state - short steep messy waves. Will stay at Minerva until we get decent conditions to head on to Tongatapu.

Wed May 22 8:45 2019 NZST
Run: 116.9nm (211.6km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 210.2nm
24 02.60S 178 57.62W
Weather: 20-25 knts T from 80 deg T, 3m seas, 80% cloud cover

All okay. Very bumpy ride through the night, and ongoing. 3 reefs in main. About 35 miles south of North Minerva - should be there around midday.

Tue May 21 19:24 2019 NZST
Run: 104.2nm (188.6km)
Avg: 9.1knts
24hr: 219.4nm
25 43.96S 179 03.40W
Weather: 15-20 knts True at 110 deg true. 2m SW swell. 30% cloud cover.

All okay. Plenty of wind through the afternoon, more than predicted. Should be at Minerva early afternoon tomorrow (Wed).

Tue May 21 8:00 2019 NZST
8 kts
Run: 104.6nm (189.3km)
Avg: 8.2knts
24hr: 195.6nm
27 09.98S 179 34.68W
Weather: 17 knts @ 120 T, 1.5m S swell, 40% clouds

All okay

Tue May 21 1:57 2019 NZST
7.5 knts
Weather: 12knts 110 deg true, 1m SW swell, 10% clouds

Heading to Minerva, eta Wed afternoon. Had been motor sailing but just now switched the engine off. Heading east of the rhumb line to Minerva to get a better angle for Wed, when the winds are forecast to be from the east.

Mon May 20 19:10 2019 NZST
Run: 83nm (150.2km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 208.2nm
28 36.71S 179 54.90E
Weather: 8 kts SE true, 1m SW swell, 20% cloud cover


Mon May 20 9:36 2019 NZST
6.8knts motoring
Run: 11.7nm (21.2km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.6nm
29 47.37S 179 38.76E
Weather: 10knts T 175 T,

Now heading for Minerva Reef, instead of going directly to Tonga. ETA: afternoon of Wed 22nd May.

Mon May 20 7:27 2019 NZST
6knts motoring
Run: 105.1nm (190.2km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 169.9nm
29 57S 179 35E
Weather: 11 knts SW, 1.5m SW swell seas, 20% cloud cover, 1028 baro

All okay. Good conditions so far, but looks like some strong winds heading into Tonga (ETA Thurs 23/Fri 25 - will need to slow the boat down to arrive on the Fri)

Sun May 19 16:36 2019 NZST
Run: 70.8nm (128.1km)
Avg: 9.1knts
24hr: 217.8nm
31 15.38S 178 40.74E
Weather: 15-20knts T from 245T

Good breeze all through the day, so not having to motor at all. A bit stronger than the two tweaked Predict Wind models forecast (more like 20 kts for most of the day, rather than low to mid teens). Got hit with a couple of mid afternoon squalls. Other than that, a pretty good day's sailing, with sun most of the day.

Sun May 19 8:48 2019 NZST
7.5knts (optional)
Run: 122.1nm (221km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.6nm
32 08.32S 178 04.02E
Weather: 13knts 280T, 1.5m seas SW swell, 20% clouds

Managed to sail through most of the night with good breeze from the west.

Sat May 18 16:18 2019 NZST
6 knts (motoring)
Run: 58.1nm (105.2km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167nm
33 33.47S 176 48.95E
Weather: 10-12knts from 210 true, slight seas, 10% cloud cover

All okay. Not quite enough wind to sail downwind. May have accidentally added the wrong position coords last message.

Sat May 18 7:57 2019 NZST
Run: 137.8nm (249.4km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 186.3nm
34 04.02S 176 00.6E
Weather: 10-15knts from 230 (true), seas 1m SSW, 60% cloud cover

Good breeze all through the night, haven't had to use the motor. Just starting to drop out as this is written. Autopilot seems to be working well.

Fri May 17 14:12 2019 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
35 19.0S 174 07.2E

Just cleared Customs in Opua for the second time this week! Autopilot problems all fixed - we hope... Casting off lines now to head to Tongatapu. Two POB. Will possibly divert to Minerva Reef if something nasty springs up further north. Will try to listen in to Gulf Harbour Radio on HF for morning weather updates.

Wed May 15 21:29 2019 NZST
Run: 76.9nm (139.2km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.5nm
35 19.061s 174 7.206e

Back tied up at the Bay of Islands Marina in Opua. We took turns handsteered from 2:30am this morning until 8pm this evening. Turning back away from Tonga wasn’t much fun. Had to punch into 15-20kt headwinds most of the time. Bouncy rolly ride... It took 17 hours to cover 70 miles, averaging about 4kts motorsailing. A new “slowest trip” record for us. But of course it could have been much much worse.

Autohelm repairs planned for first thing tomorrow v

Wed May 15 7:27 2019 NZST
Run: 74.7nm (135.2km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 99.6nm
34 29.14S 175 01.2E
Weather: 15knts SW

Having to return to NZ after developing autohelm problems in the early hours of the morning. Turned around at 0250. Had been heading to Tonga.

Tue May 14 13:27 2019 NZST
Run: 4.1nm (7.4km)
35 15.62S 174 06.15E
Weather: 10kts SW, sunny, 30% cloud

Left Bay of Islands Marina at 1150, sailing directly to Tonga.

Mon May 13 19:48 2019 NZST
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
35 19.06S 174 07.20E

at Opua marina, doing last minute preps for heading off for Tonga in the morning.

Mon Apr 29 10:09 2019 NZST
Run: 1486.1nm (2689.8km)
35 18.9S 174 7.4E

In Opua NZ after sailing from Hobart Tasmania in Feb to Nelson NZ and up the east coast of NZ to the Bay of Islands. Planning to sail to Tonga in May.

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