Another Adventure

Another Adventure

Thu Oct 19 7:57 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0nknts
Run: 9.9nm (17.9km)
Weather: wind E14kn, 20%cc, 0m

Moved from Port Moselle yesterday and am anchored at Baie Papaye about 9nm to the NW. With the wind gusting SE at 30kn yesterday it was the best the place to go. The marina needed my berth and the harbor in Noumea is packed. Protected from the strong easterlies it is a good anchorage.

Fri Sep 8 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 0nknts
Run: 24.9nm (45.1km)
Weather: wind calm 0kn, 10%cc, 0m

Berthed at Port Moselle Marina in Noumea. Ready for coffee and croissant!

Thu Sep 7 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 0nknts
Run: 9253.3nm (16748.5km)
Avg: 377.7knts
24hr: 9064.5nm
Weather: wind Var 0kn, 40%cc, 0m

At anchor in Baie Ile on Ile Ouen. Had a great night?s sleep! Will move on to Noumea after breakfast.

Wed Sep 6 6:42 2017 NZST
Speed: 3.4nknts
Run: 160.1nm (289.8km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.4nm
Weather: wind E 12kn, 70%cc, 1mE

26nm from Havannah channel entrance. Had fast run down but still missed the tide this morning. Going slow now to wait for the incoming tide this afternoon.

Tue Sep 5 6:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 8.3nknts
Run: 9742.7nm (17634.3km)
Avg: 27.1knts
24hr: 649.7nm
Weather: wind E 18kn, 80%cc, 1m

left Port Vila yesterday afternoon on the way to New Caledonia. Fast sailing so far. All is well aboard.

Mon Aug 21 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 0nknts
Weather: wind S 8kn, 10%cc, 0

All is well on the mooring at Port Vila.

Fri Aug 18 7:06 2017 NZST
Speed: 0nknts
Weather: wind Var 1kn, 90%cc, 0

Still on the mooring at Port Vila. Waiting for fair wind to go to New Caledonia. Maybe Tuesday?

Thu Aug 17 7:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 0nknts
Weather: wind Var 1kn, 20%cc, 0

Still on the mooring at Port Vila. Waiting to sail to New Caledonia but don?t trust the front approaching there close to arrival time. Likely here for another week or so.

Mon Aug 14 7:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0nknts
Weather: wind Var 2kn, 30%cc, 0

Still on the mooring at Port Vila. Looking for a weather window to sail S to New Caledonia. Perhaps Thursday?

Mon Aug 7 7:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 0nknts
Weather: wind Var 2kn, 20%cc, 0

Still on the mooring at Port Vila. We had some showers last night but clearing this morning. I plan to hang here for a week and then wait for a window to head south to New Caledonia.

Sat Aug 5 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 0nknts
Run: 62.2nm (112.6km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 63nm
Weather: wind Var 2kn, 10%cc, 0

On the mooring at Port Vila. Had a fast close reach from Epi yesterday. Reload with snacks today!

Fri Aug 4 7:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 06.7nknts
Run: 43.9nm (79.5km)
Weather: wind ESE 12kn, 80%cc, 1m SE

Under way from Epi to Port Vila. Light rain but pleasant sailing.

Thu Aug 3 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 68.7nm (124.3km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 66.5nm
Weather: wind S 8kn, 20%cc, 0m

The wind lightened during the day from the SE and made an easier motor sail. I decided to spend the night at Banam Bay on Malekula. I will sail to Epi today.

Wed Aug 2 6:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Weather: wind E 12kn, 20%cc, 0m

Leaving this morning for Port Vila. Wind still gusting to 20kn from ESE. Hoping that settles soon. I should arrive tomorrow afternoon if the wind backs a bit and settles.

Tue Aug 1 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Weather: wind E 12kn, 20%cc, 0m

Still anchored at Luganville. Hoping to start SE toward Port Vila tomorrow.

Sat Jul 29 7:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 27.8nm (50.3km)
Weather: wind ESE 12kn, 90%cc, 0m

Anchored at Luganville. Had winds 15-20 from ESE for the sail yesterday. Big Independence Day Festival all weekend here. Millennium Cave tour today.

Fri Jul 28 6:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 56.5nm (102.3km)
Weather: wind SSE 10kn, 20%cc, 0m

Anchored at Vao island at the north end of Malakula. Had winds 15-20 from ESE for the sail yesterday. They are celebrating ?Independence Day? here this week. Sail to Aore today.

Dear Frank, so nice to get your news. The Pacific is the best place to be :-)
Thu Jul 27 7:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Weather: wind SE 12kn, 90%cc, 0m

Anchored at Ranon, Ambrym, Gusty to 20kn in anchorage. Climbed volcano yesterday but too cloudy to see much. Leaving shortly to the Vao at the north end of Malakula.

Tue Jul 25 7:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 41.3nm (74.8km)
Weather: wind Variable 5kn, 90%cc, 0m

Anchored at Ranon, Ambrym, hopefully to see the volcano this week. Perhaps tomorrow? Had 15-20 SE with some strong gusts along Pentecost yesterday.

Mon Jul 24 7:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Weather: wind SE 15kn, 90%cc, 0m

Anchored at Lolton on NE Pentecost Island. Some strong gusts coming over the ridge and some rain last night. Sailing this morning for Ambrym, hopefully to see the volcano this week.

Sun Jul 23 9:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 21.9nm (39.6km)
Weather: wind SE 15kn, 80%cc, 0m

Anchored at Lolton on NE Pentecost Island. Beautiful day yesterday. Showers last night and occasional gusts over the mountain ridge. Friendly village, Matthew and Mary to prepare a meal for us and show us around. Glenda to give us a tour of the haunted cave. We will sail to Ambrym tomorrow.

Sat Jul 22 7:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 49.6nm (89.8km)
Weather: wind S 8kn, 10%cc, 0m

Anchored in vanilla Bay at Ambae Island. Leaving for Lolton on Pentacost this morning. Had a good crossing from Santo yesterday. Followed David?s suggestion. Had a fast close reach to Devil?s Point and then stayed in with land for easy motor sail to the anchorage.

Fri Jul 21 7:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 6.4nm (11.6km)
Weather: wind SE 8kn, 30%cc, 0m

Anchored at Aese Island. Leaving for Ambae this morning.

Thu Jul 20 7:24 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 10.6nm (19.2km)
Weather: wind ESE 0kn, 10%cc, 0m

Anchored by Oyster Island resort in flat calm warm weather. Disappointed that the new owners of the resort do not want cruisers on shore and are not maintaining the markers through the inner reef. Only two marks left so without a good track the narrow pass is treacherous.

Wed Jul 19 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 44.4nm (80.4km)
Weather: wind ESE 8kn, 90%cc, 0m

Anchored at Louganville Bay after a nice downwind sail from Port Stanley yesterday. May move around to Oyster Island after some provisioning this morning.

Tue Jul 18 7:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 34.6nm (62.6km)
Weather: wind SE 10kn, 100%cc, 0m

In Port Stanley after changing plans yesterday. Ambrym had dense cloud cover and with showers in the forecast we decided head north. Had 18-20kn from SE for the sail yesterday. We will sail to Louganville this morning.

Mon Jul 17 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Weather: wind SE 12kn, 100%cc, 0m

In Gaspard Bay in the Maskelynes, but planning to sail to Ambrym this morning, about 30nm to Ranvetlam. Less windy but still gusts up to 25kn. Overcast and chilly. Hoping for some clearing tomorrow to maybe walk unto the volcano.

Sun Jul 16 9:39 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
Weather: wind SE 15kn, 100%cc, 0m

Motored to Gaspard Bay in the Maskelynes yesterday. Hoping to see some Dugongs, but no luck yet. Locals brought out some fruit and veggies in their canoe. Very windy with gusts up to 25kn. Overcast and chilly. If the wind eases a bit we will sail to Ambrym tomorrow.

Fri Jul 14 7:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)
Weather: wind SE 14kn, 90%cc, 0m

Anchored at Ahei Island in the Maskelynes. A bit breezy,but not near so much as outside the anchorage and no swell at all. All is well aboard.

Thu Jul 13 8:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 34.5nm (62.4km)
Weather: wind SE 16kn, 100%cc, 0m

Anchored at Akhamb Island. It is a tiny island at the southern end of Malekula with white sand beaches, clear water, and several very friendly villages. Unfortunately, as nice a day as we had yesterday, this morning is overcast, rainy, with strong southeast wind. We may move around to the Maskelyne Islands this afternoon if the wind allows.

Wed Jul 12 7:30 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Weather: wind SEE 4kn, 90%cc, 0m

Planning to sail around to the Maskelynes this morning

Greetings Frank from Gail and Dean! We are hanging in the Ha'apai's and moving slow! Dean
Tue Jul 11 9:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 80.1nm (145km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 75.7nm
Weather: wind ESE 12kn, 70%cc, 0.5m SW

Plan changed yesterday. No stop at Port Havannah, but sailed overnight and arrived in Lumen Bay, Epi this morning. All is well aboard.

Mon Jul 10 8:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
Weather: wind SSE 4kn, 30%cc, 0m

Planning to sail around to Havannah Harbor today and then to Epi tomorrow.

Fri Jul 7 7:30 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 102.7nm (185.9km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.8nm
Weather: wind ENE 2kn, 20%cc, 0m

Safely anchored at the quarantine area in Port Vila. Slower day yesterday with the wind on the stern. Arrived here at around midnight. All is well on board.

Thu Jul 6 7:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.0nknts
Run: 176.7nm (319.8km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.1nm
Weather: wind E-ESE 20kn, 80%cc, 1.5m ESE

81nm to Efate and a bit farther to Port Vila Harbor. Still lumpy seas but making good speed. Hope to be in Port Vila tonight.

Wed Jul 5 7:06 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.5nknts
Run: 201.7nm (365.1km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 201.7nm
Weather: wind ESE 20kn, 30%cc, 2m SE

237nm to Efate. Still lumpy seas but making good speed. Might reach Port Vila tomorrow night.

Tue Jul 4 7:06 2017 NZST
Speed: 8.0nknts
Run: 103.8nm (187.9km)
Weather: wind SE 20kn, 70%cc, 2m from east

Left Vuda Pt. about 1600 yesterday. Now about 110 nm west. Abit roll with the quartering sea but all is well aboard.

Fri Jun 30 6:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Weather: wind ESE 12kn, 10%cc, 0m from east

At anchor at Musket Cove. All is well on board.
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Thu Jun 29 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 14.3nm (25.9km)
Weather: wind SSE 12kn, 100%cc, 0m from east

At anchor outside of Musket Cove. Sailed over from Vuda yesterday afternoon in surprising 20-25 kn after 0 kn in the marina. All is well on board.

Mon May 22 7:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0nknts
Run: 402.8nm (729.1km)
Avg: 22.6knts
24hr: 543.1nm
Weather: wind E 03kn, 100%cc, 0m from east

At anchor outside of Vuda Point waiting for clearance later this morning. Light rain and warm. All is well on board.

Sun May 21 13:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.0nknts
Run: 395.8nm (716.4km)
Avg: 14.3knts
24hr: 343.6nm
Weather: wind NW 03kn, 100%cc, 0m from east

Easy sailing all the way through Navula Passage and now flat water and no wind in the lagoon. We will anchor outside of Vuda Point Marina and clear customs in the morning. All is well aboard.

Sat May 20 9:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.5nknts
Run: 170.5nm (308.6km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.3nm
Weather: wind ESE 20kn, 10%cc, 2m from east

Another beautiful morning after beautiful night. We have been sailing since yesterday morning with 3 reefs and a patch of jib to slow down and arrive on Sunday afternoon late. This will allow us to clear in at Vuda Point on Monday morning. It also allows for easier sailing with the cross seas. All is well aboard.

Fri May 19 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.9nknts
Run: 145.2nm (262.8km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.4nm
Weather: wind ESE 12kn, 10%cc, 1m from east

Beautiful morning after beautiful night. Looks like a Sunday arrival in Fiji which is a little problematic with customs there. Requires going to Lautoka not Vuda and paying pretty heavy overtime fees. Maybe hole up somewhere until Monday? Not sure yet.

Thu May 18 7:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.1msknts
Run: 5.3nm (9.6km)
Avg: 24.7knts
24hr: 593.2nm
Weather: 10%cc, ene8, seas down

hard radio conditions today.

Thu May 18 7:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.7nknts
Run: 135.7nm (245.6km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137nm
Weather: wind ENE 7kn, 10%cc, 1m from east

Getting warmer these mornings. We are motor sailing with light wind and small seas. 422nm to Fiji. All is well on board.

Wed May 17 7:35 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.6knts
Run: 161.1nm (291.6km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.7nm
Weather: NNE25, NE 1m confused swell

Great signal from Frank this morning. All well, waiting for the wind to clock.

Tue May 16 7:49 2017 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 163.9nm (296.7km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.1nm
Weather: 100%cc, 20ene, swell ene rough

not enjoying the seas but have plenty of sea sick meds!

Mon May 15 7:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.2nknts
Run: 150nm (271.5km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.5nm
Weather: wind ESE 10kn, 30%cc, 1.5m from south

Chilly overcast morning. We are motor sailing with light wind. 807nm to Fiji. All is well on board.

Sun May 14 7:39 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.3nknts
Run: 133nm (240.7km)
Weather: wind SSE 10kn, 30%cc, 1.5m from south

Chilly partly sunny morning. We are motor sailing with wind near the stern to get as far north as possible before the front expected toward wednesday. All is well on board.

Sat Apr 8 11:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 0nknts
Run: 35.8nm (64.8km)
Weather: wind SE 8kn, 60%cc, 0m

Just arrived in BOI from Whangarei with pleasant stop in Whangaruru Bay. Nice anchorage at Paradise Bay on Urupukpuka Island.

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