Sea conditions after first 2 days were lumpy and bumpy with 2-3 mtr swells generated by wind speeds of 20-30 kts, fortunately on the beam. With all the wind, fuel consumption was no longer an issue.
Now back to land lubber life.
Thank you Patricia and David at Gulf Harbour radio for all you do for yachties. Great work!
John & Leilani
Today at 1200hrs we reached milestone - halfway point. Can see end of tunnel, finally.
Cheers John & Leilani
Other issue of note last night was right at start of front. A Chinese fishing vessel came within 1.5nm passing in opposite direction. Tried calling it, but no answer. Shortly thereafter it turned off its AIS. But knew it was a Chinese fishing vessel because of the name, it's size, turned off AIS upon being hailed, and that the AIS vessel description was "Pleasure Craft". Chinese fishing vessels are now using that description on their AIS. This is 3rd one we've run into this season using the same ruse. Other two were in daylight where I got good look at them. They definitely were not "pleasure craft".
It was a tiring night with tending the boat in the front. So will get some sleep now. Cheers, John & Leilani
Motoring continued throughout the day. After front passed we had 100% cloud cover but no wind. Fuel is starting to be more and more concern. We're not half-way, and we used just over 2 days worth of fuel out of the 5 days supply. And more windless days are forecast. As day progressed, surrounding squalls on the horizon disappeared, and by late afternoon wind finally filled in. We have SE winds 14-18kts, with SE swell 1mtr, but building as wind sets in. Hoping the wind will continue as we need the miles under sail and not motoring. Current course is 208T speed is 5.3kts as Leilani always wants sails reefed down for night. We're only 2.5nm west of rhumbline, but that will grow unless winds back towards E.
We calculate our 24 run stats from 0900 to 0900 (as we left Savusavu at 0900). Our 24-25 Oct run was worst yet at 113 miles, down from 156 and 154 the first 2-days. Weather is definitely cooling down, but not cold yet. All good onboard. Cheers, John & Leilani
After 11 days, we reluctantly moved today (5 July 2017). Went around the other side of the island to better known "Bay of Islands". This is the bay with many mushroom looking islets. It's nice, but not as secluded as Nabuvatu Bay. We'll wait for a weather window to sail due south to Fulunga, and other remote islands to assist as many villages as we can. All is well on the boat. Hope all is well with everyone back in the "world".
Thought you might be interested in some data of our NZ-Fiji trip:
Total Nautical Miles = 1321
Total Time = 235.5hrs (9days, 19hrs, 26min) (doesn't include several days stop at N & S Minerva Reefs)
Average speed = 5.6kts
Total Engine Run = 111.5hrs (47.3% of total trip)
The most amazing fact is we never took a wave over the deck. In 10 trips we've made up and back, this is a first. A real fact (not fake fact) that it was the most benign trip ever.
Stay tuned for more after we get to the Lau Group.
Later at net time/ Motoring with sv Pixie beside them. Minerva this morning
We wish you all a safe and smooth trip to wherever your next port-of-call may be. If coming to NZ, please feel free to call in on us.
Fair winds, and following seas.
John & Leilani