Wed Nov 20 4:00 2019 NZDT
GPS: 35 16.36S 174 07.56E
Run: 188.5nm (341.2km)
Avg: 26.9knts
24hr: 646.3nm

Completed our passage to the Bay of Islands, NZ. Cleared in and now at anchor off the Russell Boat Club

Tue Nov 19 21:00 2019 NZDT
GPS: 32 32.74S 174 10.50E
Run: 179.6nm (325.1km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 107.9nm
Weather: 6 knts SW, seas about 1ft over 3ft swell from WSW, 1010.9 baro, 100% clouds low cumulus with showers about

all is well. still motoring. 156nm to Bay of Islands

Mon Nov 18 5:03 2019 NZDT
GPS: 29 57.0S 174 18.2E
Run: 205.2nm (371.4km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.9nm
Weather: 7 knts NNE, seas 1-2ft, 1018.5 baro, sky clear to south and gathering clouds to north

still motoring and will do so as necessary to get into Opua on Wednesday.

Sun Nov 17 0:54 2019 NZDT
GPS: 26 58.94S 174 25.34E
Run: 107.2nm (194km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.8nm
Weather: 6-10knts ESE, 1ft seas on top of 9ft long period swell, 1021.7 baro, 10% clouds

all is well, wind strength is up and down, so alternating between sailing, motor-sailing and motoring. Had fresh tuna for dinner tonight!

Sat Nov 16 7:15 2019 NZDT
GPS: 25 26.18S 174 33.88E
Run: 202.2nm (366km)
Avg: 8.2knts
24hr: 195.7nm
Weather: 9-11 kn E, 1 ft waves on top of a long, low swell, 1019.9 baro, 0% clouds

Nice tranquil sail SW overnight waiting for the winds to back east, which they did over the past three hours. Now sailing almost towards NZ in light air. Expect the wind to continue to back and go lighter, so probably will be motoring later on today.

Fri Nov 15 6:27 2019 NZDT
GPS: 22 54.00S 176 09.75E
Run: 150.6nm (272.6km)
Avg: 8.5knts
24hr: 203.1nm
Weather: 16knts ESE,seas about 3ft on top of long SE swell, 1014.4 baro, 80% clouds

All is well. Had lovely sailing the past 36 hours. Last night about midnight the wind dropped to 6kn and we motor sailed for a few hours and then the wind came back up about 3am and we have been sailing again since. Last 36 hrs we are averaging 170nm/day (~7kn).

Thu Nov 14 12:39 2019 NZDT
GPS: 20 49.016S 176 51.095E
Run: 100.9nm (182.6km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 199.3nm
Weather: 14-16knts ESE, seas about 3-5ft, 1013.3 baro, 30% clouds

Finally some really great sailing! Was a tough first 48 hours, but the wind is now down to forecasted strength and we are having a lovely sail.

Thu Nov 14 0:30 2019 NZDT
GPS: 19 32.200S 177 35.885E
Run: 75.8nm (137.2km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 186.6nm
Weather: 18-20knts ESE, 6ft seas on top of a big long swell, 1013.9 baro, clear sky with full moon

all is well, good day sailing in big wind and seas.

Wed Nov 13 14:45 2019 NZDT
GPS: 18 38.685S 178 16.473E
Run: 182.3nm (330km)
Weather: 16-18knts SE, seas about 3-5ft, 1012.0 baro, 20% clouds

all is well, had a tough day yesterday motoring, sailing, beating down to the SE corner of Viti Levu in the remains of the trough. Much better now as we are having a lovely, if bumpy, sail through the Kadavu Passage,

Thu Oct 17 17:00 2019 NZDT
GPS: 16 40.908S 179 52.531W
Run: 75.3nm (136.3km)
Weather: Troughy weather, but most clouds are to our west. Some blue patches overhead here at the anchorage of Matei, Taveuni.

Anchored off Matei, Taveuni.

Sat Oct 5 16:30 2019 NZDT
GPS: 17 20.629S 178 58.286W
Run: 127.5nm (230.8km)
Weather: 18-22kn SE, 100% clouds, rain showers

All is well. Had an "atheletic" downwind sail from Komo to Lakeba to Vanua Balavu. Now anchored in a sheltered cove on the W side of Susui to wait out the coming weather.

Sat Sep 7 7:12 2019 NZST
GPS: 19 08.917S 178 33.959W
Run: 153.1nm (277.1km)

At anchor in Fulanga after a 30 hour passage Thu-Fri down from Savusavu. Beautiful here! Encountered floating pumice patches on the way down as we sailed through the Lau Group. Only minor scratches to the paint on the bow. We see occasional pumice bits floating even here in the lagoon.

Tue Aug 27 9:21 2019 NZST
GPS: 21 10.389S 179 31.508W
Run: 139.6nm (252.7km)
Avg: 8.2knts
24hr: 195.9nm
Weather: 20knts ESE, still big swells from SSW about 7-9ft but diminishing with SE 3-5ft on top, 1017.2 baro, clear skies now, was overcast all night

all is well, letting Andiamo run a bit now that the sun is up and while a bouncy ride, we are doing 8-10 kn

Mon Aug 26 16:15 2019 NZST
GPS: 23 08.302S 179 01.101W
Run: 33.8nm (61.2km)
Weather: 15knts SE, big swell from SSW about 10ft, 1018.8 baro, 50% clouds

all is well, departed Minerva Reef this morning at 8am bound for Savusavu.

Thu Aug 22 15:36 2019 NZST
GPS: 23 37.059S 178 54.545W
Run: 178.3nm (322.7km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 79.2nm
Weather: 1 kn E, calm, 1014.8 baro, 30% clouds clear to south and cloudy to north

At anchor at Minerva reef. Got in yesterday morning. All is well. Gorgeous here.

Tue Aug 20 9:36 2019 NZST
GPS: 25 46.886S 179 32.615E
Run: 358.3nm (648.5km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.2nm
Weather: 2knts SW, flat seas with long swell, 1013.7 baro, clear sky

all is well, had a nice sail yesterday morning and caught a Mahi Mahi after lunch. Then it has been motoring in no wind.

Sun Aug 18 0:21 2019 NZST
GPS: 30 21.693S 176 47.370E
Run: 180.9nm (327.4km)
Avg: 9knts
24hr: 217.1nm
Weather: 10knts W, seas about 5ft, 1017.7 baro, clear sky

beautiful day sailing in light winds.

Sat Aug 17 4:21 2019 NZST
GPS: 32 42.727S 175 26.386E
Run: 78.2nm (141.5km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 118.4nm
Weather: 12knts WSW, seas about 3-5ft, 1018.3 baro, 100% clouds

Had a good day sailing today in lighgt winds.

Fri Aug 16 12:30 2019 NZST
GPS: 33 48.090S 175 04.500E
Run: 140.1nm (253.6km)
Weather: 10-13knts SW, confused seas about 3-5ft, 1018.5 baro, 50% clouds

all is well, alternated between motoring NE and sailing NNW last night as wind was up and down.

Sun Aug 11 13:49 2019 NZST
GPS: 35 44.3209S 174 20.8225E
Run: 117.6nm (212.9km)
Weather: N10 Gusting 20 and rain showers

Final preparations underway as we get ready to sail for Fiji

Tue Nov 13 6:45 2018 NZDT
6 knts
GPS: 34 02.414S 174 28.40E
Run: 168.9nm (305.7km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.5nm
Weather: 11 knts SE, slight seas, 40% high scattered clouds and many low heavy clouds to the west where NZ lies, 1021.7 baro

Nice sail yesterday. Wind died about midnight and we motored south. WInd just came up at 0630 and now sailing again. 65 nm to Bay of Islands!

Mon Nov 12 6:15 2018 NZDT
5.7 knts
GPS: 31 39.344S 175 06.592E
Run: 174.8nm (316.4km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.4nm
Weather: 7 knts ESE, slight seas, 20% clouds, 1021.2 baro

Motorsailed yesterday most the day yesterday and then about 1930 was able to sail nicely until 0330 this morning. Now motoring again in light winds. We are continuing to take a tack out to a waypoint about 150nm NE of Cape Brett and hope to sail in when the wind fills in from the SE later today.

Sun Nov 11 6:12 2018 NZDT
6.5 knts
GPS: 29 08.164S 174 51.427E
Run: 161.5nm (292.3km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.3nm
Weather: 5-6 knts E, calm seas, 10% clouds, 1018.9 baro

Had a beautiful sail yesterday in light winds. Put some easting in as we'll need that and more later. Started motoring at 4am as wind faded away. 357 nm to Bay of Islands.

Sat Nov 10 7:42 2018 NZDT
4-5 knts
GPS: 26 50.360S 174 22.017E
Run: 188nm (340.3km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180.8nm
Weather: 10 knts ENE, slight seas, 10% scattere clouds, 10196.2 baro

wind slowly faded during the night. Now ghosting along in light winds while the off-watch sleeps. Will probably have to start motoring soon. In the meantime trying to get some easting in to help with the last half of the passage

Fri Nov 9 6:45 2018 NZDT
7 knts
GPS: 24 07.320S 174 14.722E
Run: 104.7nm (189.5km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180.1nm
Weather: 13-16 knts SE, slight seas, 90% clouds and numerous squalls, 1013.9 baro

wind dropped overnight - finally! Nice to sail in something less than 20kn.

Thu Nov 8 16:48 2018 NZDT
7-8 knts
GPS: 22 41.217S 174 46.379E
Run: 94.3nm (170.7km)
Avg: 8.9knts
24hr: 213.5nm
Weather: 17-19 knts SSE, moderate to large seas, 30% scattered clouds, 1011.8 baro

wind is still 5-8 kn stronger than the gribs and we continue to accept getting pushed west of the rhumb line to get a decent ride and keep the speed up going south. Hopefully we will eventually find lighter air and can then sail more direct to Whangarei

Thu Nov 8 6:12 2018 NZDT
7 knts
GPS: 21 25.300S 175 19.420E
Run: 126.9nm (229.7km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180.2nm
Weather: 17-19 SSE, moderate seas, mostly clear with a few scattered clouds, 10191.6 baro

winds have finally dropped below 20kn and seas have settled down some.

Wed Nov 7 13:18 2018 NZDT
6-7 knts
GPS: 19 51.92S 176 21.87E
Run: 159.3nm (288.3km)
Weather: 13 knts ESE, confused seas, 100% clouds and light rain

Blew hard all night 28-33 kn and most the morning 20-25. Squalls earlier and now we are in a large area of showers

Wed Oct 24 0:00 2018 NZDT
GPS: 17 46.224S 177 22.819E
Run: 12.4nm (22.4km)
Weather: Calm scattered clouds 1011.6 baro

At Denarau marina and will be looking for a weather window to NZ beginning in a week or so.

Sat May 26 21:09 2018 NZST
0 knts
GPS: 17 36.03S 177 26.47E
Run: 189.7nm (343.4km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 118.4nm
Weather: 0 knts SE, slight seas, overcast with showers, 1013.2 baro

At 7:45am local time on Saturday 26 May we transited Navula Pass and entered the quiet waters of Viti Levu, Fiji. Our passage from New Zealand to Fiji is complete and we are thankful for a safe and enjoyable passage.

Fri May 25 6:42 2018 NZST
7-8 knts
GPS: 20 19.90S 177 09.58E
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
Weather: 17-20 knts SE, big swell from SSW and wind driven waves from SE, 90% clouds, 1012.9 baro

wind came up about 0800 and we are sailing smartly with AWA around 45. Winds slowly pushing us a bit east of the rhumb line, but the ride is pretty nice like this. Know we are heading for an area of no wind, but enjoying the ride for now!

Fri May 25 6:42 2018 NZST
7-8 knts
GPS: 20 19.30S 177 09.60E
Run: 46.9nm (84.9km)
Avg: 9.1knts
24hr: 218.6nm
Weather: 17-19 knts SE, big swell from S and wind driven waves from SE, 590% clouds, 1013 baro

Rolling along in bumpy seas. Still reefed down and making good progress.

Fri May 25 1:33 2018 NZST
7-8 knts
GPS: 21 00.00S 177 09.00E
Run: 125.8nm (227.7km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.8nm
Weather: 14-18 knts SE, big seas, clear skies, 1014.7 baro

Sailed NNE under spinnaker in light winds most the day. Caught a big mahi in the afternoon and by the time we had processed the catch and motored through some rain showers, the wind from the SE filled in and we roared off directly towards Fiji.

Thu May 24 7:00 2018 NZST
5-6 knts
GPS: 22 46.77S 176 44.19E
Run: 40nm (72.4km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150nm
Weather: 9-11 knts S, slight seas, 30% scattered clouds, 1014.4 baro

Sailed since midnight on stbd tack in light S winds. Waiting for the wind shift to SE. Going east as much as north, but allowed us to shut down the engines and give the off-watch a quiet night with a comfortable ride.

Thu May 24 0:36 2018 NZST
4-5 knts
GPS: 23 05.87S 176 12.71E
Run: 119.6nm (216.5km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.2nm
Weather: 9-11 knts S, slight seas with big long swell from SW, clear skies, 1014.7 baro

Had a perfect day yesterday sailing under spinnaker in clear skies. Wind faded after sunset and we motored until midnight. WInd is backing towards SE as forecast, so we are now slowly sailing on stbd tack on a broad reach. More east than north at times, but we hope for the forecast wind shift that will carry us to Fiji.

Wed May 23 6:54 2018 NZST
6 knts
GPS: 24 49.55S 176 07.46E
Run: 51.4nm (93km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 202.2nm
Weather: 10 knts WNW, slight seas, mostly clear, 1012.8 baro

Lovely night sailing. Wind has faded a bit, but still making good progress north on broad reach.

Wed May 23 0:48 2018 NZST
7-8 knts
GPS: 25 34.00S 176 11.33E
Run: 108.5nm (196.4km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.8nm
Weather: 14-16 knts SSW, slight seas, clear skies, 1012.4 baro

Kudos to the weather models, they called this one on the money! Winds clocked SW and skies cleared just as forecast. A transition day for us - sailing in light SE to motoring to now sailing on a broad reach in SSW winds. All is well!

Tue May 22 6:18 2018 NZST
5 knts
GPS: 27 07.63S 176 00.00E
Run: 132.9nm (240.5km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.6nm
Weather: 9 knts ESE, moderate confused seas SW + E, high thin clouds overhead and clouds on horizon to north , 1013.1 baro

Motored yesterday until noon and then have been sailing since in light winds - sometimes slowly in TWS 6-8 and often nicely in TWS 8-10. Had a nice run yesterday afternoon under spinnaker and caught a nice mahi for dinner. All is well.

Mon May 21 6:57 2018 NZST
6 knts
GPS: 28 58.50S 175 23.79E
Run: 186.1nm (336.8km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 147.9nm
Weather: 5 knts SE, calm seas, but a bit confused swell, mostly clear skies with clouds on the horizon to the north, 1015.7 baro

motoring and have been so for most of the past day and a half as we try to get north of this ridge. Pretty comfortable ride except for the drone of the engine. Happy to be up to 29S and will take it easy and sail slowly as we can while we wait for the favorable winds to build in over the next couple of days. We enjoy hearing from you! Please do not press "reply"; instead, cut and paste this address into a new email.

Sun May 20 0:45 2018 NZST
5-6 knts
GPS: 31 38.50S 174 58.09E
Run: 117.3nm (212.3km)
Avg: 8.5knts
24hr: 204.7nm
Weather: 9-10 kn W, slight seas, clear sky 1018 baro

Ghosting along in light winds which are fading as expected. Had a lovely sail today. We'll let the sleeping off-watch enjoy the gentle rocking and quite as long as we can and then will fire up one engine and motor through the high pressure ridge.

Sat May 19 11:00 2018 NZST
7-8 knts
GPS: 33 19.00S 174 38.50E
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 76.7nm
Weather: 11-13 knts WNW, slight seas, 50% clouds and scattered showers, 1019 baro

wind came up about 0800 and we are sailing smartly with AWA around 45. Winds slowly pushing us a bit east of the rhumb line, but the ride is pretty nice like this. Know we are heading for an area of no wind, but enjoying the ride for now!

Sat May 19 7:39 2018 NZST
GPS: 33 26.40S 174 31.84E
Run: 128.9nm (233.3km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.1nm
Weather: 7-8knts WNW, slight seas, 50% clouds and scattered showers, 1019 baro

sailing again in light winds. Alternating between motoring and sailing as wind allows. Andiamo ghosts along pretty well in light winds, so a leisurely sail in calm seas is not a bad thing.

Fri May 18 13:15 2018 NZST
6knts motoring
GPS: 35 16.29S 174 06.25E
Run: 36.2nm (65.5km)
Weather: 6knts NW, 90% overcast, 1018.8 baro

Motoring out from Opua bound for Fiji

Wed Nov 2 16:30 2016 NZDT
8 kn
GPS: 34 50.43s 174 28.00e
Run: 75nm (135.8km)
Avg: 8.2knts
24hr: 197.8nm
Weather: 13-15 kn WNW 50% cloud cover barometer 1009.5 swell slight / wind driven waves about 1m

Sighted Cape Brett about an hour ago. Successfully navigated the high winds and squalls last night and this morning, but the shift to westerly winds came early.

Wed Nov 2 7:24 2016 NZDT
6-8 with surfs to 10 kn
GPS: 33 45.40s 174 24.58e
Run: 63.2nm (114.4km)
Avg: 9.4knts
24hr: 224.7nm
Weather: 20-20 with gusts to 27 kn NNW 100% cloud cover and light rain in squalls barometer 1.5M wind wind driven seas 1011.3

Sailing broad reach in strong winds in rain squalls.

Wed Nov 2 0:39 2016 NZDT
7-8 with surfs to 10 kn
GPS: 32 50.73s 174 18.71e
Run: 40.1nm (72.6km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154nm
Weather: 18-20 with gusts to 23 kn NNW 20% cloud cover barometer 1014.1

Sailing wing-and-wing in strong winds. So far a comfortable ride.

Tue Nov 1 18:24 2016 NZDT
6.8 kn
GPS: 32 16.06s 174 15.01e
Run: 71nm (128.5km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.8nm
Weather: 11 kn N 10% cloud cover barometer 1014.3 1m swell from SE

Motoring sailing in light winds. Just put up sails to get ready for coming wind.

Tue Nov 1 8:00 2016 NZDT
5.5 kn
GPS: 31 14.65s 174 09.00e
Run: 35.3nm (63.9km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 166.1nm
Weather: 7 kn SE 10% cloud cover barometer 1015.9

Motoring in light winds.

Tue Nov 1 2:54 2016 NZDT
6.5 kn
GPS: 30 44.02s 174 09.53e
Run: 186.8nm (338.1km)
Avg: 9.5knts
24hr: 228.2nm
Weather: 11-12 kn ESE 10% cloud cover barometer 1016.2

Had a tough day sailing in confused, big seas with wind in the high teens and gusts into the 20's. Things look to be finally settling down and wind is slowly shifting.

Mon Oct 31 7:15 2016 NZDT
6.5 kn
GPS: 28 32.74s 175 59.07e
Run: 63nm (114km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 99.1nm
Weather: 17-19 kn SE with gusts to 23kn 2+m swell from the SSW 100% cloud cover barometer 1014.6

Motored south until we hit squalls with strong SW winds. Sailing since then in rough seas.

Sun Oct 30 16:00 2016 NZDT
5.3 kn
GPS: 27 38.21s 176 04.36e
Run: 71.2nm (128.9km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184.7nm
Weather: 9-11 kn SSE 125M 1m swell from the WSW 0% cloud cover barometer 1014.6

Have been sailing SW in light winds all day. Just turned south and are now motoring south.

Sun Oct 30 6:45 2016 NZDT
6.5 kn
GPS: 27 00.14s 176 59.11e
Run: 71.3nm (129.1km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175.5nm
Weather: 10-12 kn SE 125M 1m swell from the SSW 20% cloud cover barometer 1015.2

Had good winds overnight and made good progress to SW.

Sat Oct 29 21:00 2016 NZDT
6.5 kn
GPS: 26 19.08s 177 50.90e
Run: 89.7nm (162.4km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 193.1nm
Weather: 12-14 kn SE 125M 1m swell from the SW 20% cloud cover barometer 1015.3.

Winds were lighter than forecast and more southerly today. Still managed to sail all day 5-7kn. Winds picked up again after sunset and went SE.

Sat Oct 29 9:51 2016 NZDT
GPS: 25 48.81s 179 10.81e
Run: 191.6nm (346.8km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 70.4nm
Weather: 11-12 knts 125M 1m swell from the SW 10% cloud cover barometer 1014.6.

Had a good day yesterday. 160 mile net towards Whangarei, NZ in past 24 hrs.

Wed Oct 26 16:30 2016 NZDT
GPS: 23 39.436s 178 54.011w
Run: 468.7nm (848.3km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 92.5nm
Weather: 13knts ESE 1.5m swell from the SW 60% cloud cover - low clouds under blue sky.

At anchor at North Minerva Reef. Arrived today around noon. Diverted here due to deteriorating weather forecast on original route..

Fri Oct 21 14:50 2016 NZDT
GPS: 18 39.390S 173 59.180W

At anchor waiting for a weather window for the passage to New Zealand.

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