Another Adventure

Another Adventure

Thu Nov 8 18:21 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
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Run: 138.5nm (250.7km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 93.4nm
35 18.867S 174 07.279E
Weather: wind 15kn NE ,10%cc, baro 1017, flat marina

arrived at BOI Marina at 0900 this morning. Good passage. Bumpy start, easy finish! All is well here.


Hi Frank, can you drop me an email regarding a favour if you come back up to Vanuatu this year.

Welcome home Frank!! Another one under your belt... Wishing you happy, peaceful rest and looking forward to seeing you in the not too distant... much love from us both!
Wed Nov 7 6:45 2018 NZDT
Speed:
5.1kn
knts
Run: 149.5nm (270.6km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.4nm
33 40.673S 172 43.112E
Weather: wind 8kn N,70%cc, baro 1020,long swell 1.5m W

A lot of motoring but easy going. Nice sunrise this AM and looks good for arriving in Opua tomorrow morning. We will be trying to finish off the rest of the fruit and veggies before arrival!


Tue Nov 6 8:06 2018 NZDT
Speed:
5.8kn
knts
Run: 149.5nm (270.6km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.6nm
32 01.019S 171 04.111E
Weather: wind 3kn NW ,100%cc, baro 1021, 2.5m long swell

Another peaceful morning with almost no wind but smooth water and long swell. MOTORsailing nicely and should arrive Thursday morning in Opua. All is well aboard.


Greetings from Gail, Dean and even Al, all here in Budapest. Gail says she hopes you are taking in less water in the forward lockers! Al will beat you back to NZ as he is departing today, via Dubai, straight to Auckland. Enjoy the peaceful motor! We will see you in Whangarei mid-January!
Mon Nov 5 7:57 2018 NZDT
Speed:
5.0kn
knts
Run: 141nm (255.2km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 154.9nm
30 15.192S 169 36.267E
Weather: wind 2kn Var ,90%cc, baro 1018, slight seas

Fine sailing yesterday but passed through a front early this morning and now no wind so motoring. A nice quiet morning with the sun trying to come out. All is well on board.


Sun Nov 4 10:06 2018 NZDT
Speed:
5.2kn
knts
Run: 162.5nm (294.1km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.2nm
28 33.942S 168 17.254E
Weather: wind 10kn NW ,100%cc, baro 1022, 1m seas from S

Motorsailed last night with very light following wind. The wind has backed enough to keep the sails filled with these gentle seas. We are about 32 nm NE of Norfolk Island. Very nice morning!


Sat Nov 3 8:18 2018 NZDT
Speed:
7.2kn
knts
Run: 159.9nm (289.4km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.6nm
26 37.822S 166 46.922E
Weather: wind 15kn ENE ,20%cc, baro 1025, 20% cloud, 1.5m seas from E

Wind backed last night and we are able to sail a direct course. Making fine speed on heading to Opua! All is well on board.


Fri Nov 2 8:06 2018 NZDT
Speed:
6kn
knts
Run: 142.5nm (257.9km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 140.2nm
24 22.982S 166 10.235E
Weather: wind 16-18kn ESE ,40%cc, baro 1026, 2-2.5ms seas from SE

A bit bumpy going to windward but making good speed to the south. Hopefully smoother conditions by tomorrow, but all is well on board.


Thu Nov 1 7:42 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
22 19.977S 166 24.397E
Weather: wind 6Kn SE ,80%cc, baro 1022, sea calm in the anchorage

Ready to head out to New Zealand this morning.


Wed Oct 31 8:45 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 29.2nm (52.9km)
22 19.977S 166 24.397E
Weather: wind 9Kn SE ,60%cc, baro 1020, slight roll in the anchorage

Moved out to Ilot Maitre to prep for the NZ Passage. May head off later this morning or tomorrow.


Thu Oct 11 11:00 2018 NZDT
No position sent.

Thu Sep 13 10:03 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
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22 33.135S 166 47.799E
Weather: wind 12Kn SSE ,10%cc, baro 1021, slight roll in the anchorage

In Isle of Pines for a couple of very nice days. Tomorrow probably to Bay de Prony.


Tue Sep 11 8:30 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)
22 33.135S 166 47.799E
Weather: wind 15Kn SSW ,20%cc, baro 1017, small chop

We moved to Ilot Mato yesterday, another very pretty anchorage. Today to head to Isle of Pines. All is well on board.


Mon Sep 10 7:42 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 70.9nm (128.3km)
22 42.401S 166 48.617E
Weather: wind 13Kn WSW ,20%cc, baro 1017, small chop

We are anchored at Ilot Ua in the south lagoon, but with the wind shifting westerly and increasing we will move to more shelter this morning. All is well onboard.


Sun Sep 2 9:27 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.5kn
knts
Run: 289.7nm (524.4km)
21 46.897S 167 17.386E
Weather: wind 6Kn NNE ,0%cc, baro 1017, Calm sea

We left Port Vila Friday and are now approaching New Caledonia. Light wind on the stern so we have been motor sailing since yesterday afternoon.Beautiful morning with calm seas and clear blue sky.


Sounds like a comfortable passage. Say hello to Carol & Cathrine at Port Moselle. Are you coming back to NZ for summer ?
Sat Aug 4 10:39 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 9.7nm (17.6km)
17 41.506S 168 15.890E
Weather: wind E5kn ,20%cc, baro 1017, flat water in anchorage

sailed around from Havannah yesterday. Fine weather, warm clear water, all is good!


Wed Aug 1 7:24 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 66.6nm (120.5km)
17 33.128S 168 16.876E
Weather: wind calm ,10%cc, baro 1016, flat water in anchorage

In Havannah Harbor having sailed down from Revoleau Bay on Monday. All is well here.


Fri Jul 27 9:36 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 27.4nm (49.6km)
16 35.719S 168 09.850E
Weather: wind SE5, 20%cc, baro 1017, slight roll in anchorage

Sailed in 15-20 ESE yesterday to Lamen Bay on Epi. Peaceful anchorage with lots of turtles.


Mon Jul 23 8:33 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 7.3nm (13.2km)
16 26.354S 167 47.077E
Weather: wind calm ,80%cc, baro 1016, flat water in anchorage

In Port Sandwich on S. Malekula with several other boats. Calm, hazy and quiet this morning. No ash!


Sun Jul 22 9:09 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 36.5nm (66.1km)
16 20.252S 167 45.456E
Weather: wind SE5 ,20%cc, baro 1016, flat water in anchorage

Quiet and hazy in Banan Bay on S. Malekula having sailed from Lolton Bay on N. Pentecost yesterday. The Ambae volcano was still spewing tons of gritty ash and, after being dusted a couple more times, we decided that was enough. Hopefully, we are far enough to the SE to be out of the way now! A nice anchorage here.


Wed Jul 18 8:54 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 113.1nm (204.7km)
16 42.714S 168 08.802E
Weather: wind SE8 ,50%cc, baro 1015, flat water in anchorage

We sailed to Lolton Bay on Pentecost from Marino Bay on Maewo yesterday. The plan had been to spend a week or so up in Maewo but the volcano on Ambae changed that plan. For the second time in 2 weeks we got covered in ash as the volcano erupted with ejection of great amounts high into the atmosphere. Upper level winds were from the west carrying the ash cloud to the east and surface winds from the southeast brought it back over us on north Maewo. We washed the boat yesterday morning but, with the ash still falling, decided to head south. So we got covered again on the way down but finally are out of the ash cloud here in Lolton. We will be cleaning ash from deck, hull and rigging for some time! The volcano was still shooting ash very high yesterday evening with deep booms but, so far, we are far enough south that it is not landing on us! All is well here.


Thu Jul 12 9:12 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 23.4nm (42.4km)
15 21.494S 167 11.391E
Weather: wind SW4 ,80%cc, baro 1016, flat water in anchorage

Sailed down to Turtle Cove in Peterson Bay several days ago after a couple of weeks at Port Orly.


Mon Jul 2 14:00 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 02.173S 167 05.031E
Weather: wind SE8 ,90%cc, baro 1016, little swell in anchorage

In Port Orly. We got a heavy dusting of ash from the volcano in Ambae yesterday. It is about 50-60nm SE of us but the wind was strong from the SE and blew a dense cloud of ash right to us. All morning on cleanup. The forecast looks good for us to head to Gaua on Wednesday. Hopefully the Ambae volcano won?t burp again before that!


Fri Jun 29 6:57 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 02.173S 167 05.031E
Weather: wind SSE10-15 gusty,90%cc, baro 1016, no swell in anchorage

We will hang here in Port Olry until the wind settles up in the Banks, probably Tuesday or Wednesday. Have a great time Patricia!!!


Thu Jun 28 6:57 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 02.173S 167 05.031E
Weather: wind SE10-15 ,100%cc, baro 1016, no swell in anchorage

In Port Olry on Santo overcast again this morning but no rain. SE breeze although well protected in the anchorage. Waiting for the wind to settle off shore to sail up to the Banks Islands.


Wed Jun 27 7:00 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 02.173S 167 05.031E
Weather: wind 8S ,70%cc, baro 1016, comfortable in anchorage

At Port Olry on Santo it has been overcast and with a strong S breeze although well protected in the anchorage. Maybe more sunshine today.


Tue Jun 26 6:51 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 02.173S 167 05.031E
Weather: wind 8S ,90%cc, baro 1016, comfortable in anchorage

Anchored at Port Olry on Santo. Cool and overcast again this morning.


Mon Jun 25 7:09 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 02.173S 167 05.031E
Weather: wind 6-8S ,100%cc, baro 1016, comfortable in anchorage

Anchored at Port Olry on Santo. Cool and overcast this morning.


Sat Jun 23 7:03 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 7.8nm (14.1km)
15 02.173S 167 05.031E
Weather: wind 6-8SSE ,80%cc, baro 1015, comfortable in anchorage

Anchored at Port Olry on Santo. Another beautiful anchorage. Peter Weatherhill fixed the windlass yesterday. An experienced marine engineer and great person to know in Santo.


Fri Jun 22 6:57 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 15.6nm (28.2km)
15 08.646S 167 06.942E
Weather: wind 8-12S ,20%cc, baro 1015, a little rolly in anchorage

In Hog Harbor on Santo. Anchored in 15m but the windlass stopped working. Will be sorting that this AM with Peter Weatherhill who is based back near Oyster.


Thu Jun 21 7:03 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 21.513S 167 11.419E
Weather: wind calm ,20%cc, baro 1015, flat in anchorage

We may leave with the high tide today to sail up the Santo coast to Hog Harbor.


Wed Jun 20 6:57 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 21.513S 167 11.419E
Weather: wind calm ,30%cc, baro 1015, flat in anchorage

We are still anchored near the Turtle Bay Resort on Santo. Moving to Port Orly in a day or two. All is well here.


Tue Jun 19 7:09 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 21.513S 167 11.419E
Weather: wind calm ,50%cc, baro 1015, flat in anchorage

We are still anchored near the Turtle Bay Resort on Santo. All is well aboard.


Mon Jun 18 7:12 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 11.5nm (20.8km)
15 21.510S 167 11.422E
Weather: wind NW 2-5kn ,80%cc, baro 1015, flat in anchorage

We are now anchored near the Turtle Bay Resort on Santo. Oyster Island is still closed to yachts and the pass through the inner reef is not properly marked. Although there are 2 poles to mark the entrance to that pass it is narrow and there is no mark at the end where a turn to starboard is required. Without a good track or at least good waypoints it would be difficult. The new owners of Oyster are due to build a ?temporary? bridge to the mainland in October which will block the south entrance. This may be the last visit here for some time!


What a shame that Oyster is closed. And why a bridge ? We are nevertheless very envious of you up there.
Sat Jun 16 7:03 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 31.406S 167 09.787E
Weather: wind E 15-20kn ,100%cc, baro 1017, a little choppy in anchorage

We will be moving from the Beachfront anchorage this morning, probably up the coast to Aesi.


Fri Jun 15 6:57 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 31.408S 167 09.789E
Weather: wind E 6kn ,90%cc, baro 1016, flat in anchorage

Still at Beachfront in Luganville, warm and humid with rain yesterday.


Thu Jun 14 7:06 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 1.6nm (2.9km)
15 31.408S 167 09.789E
Weather: wind E 8kn ,80%cc, baro 1015, slight chop in anchorage

In Luganville at the Beachfront. SSB has a problem with the microphone jack. Sat phone has a balky cable connector. Things seem to happen in pairs! Otherwise all is well.


Wed Jun 13 7:51 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 26.5nm (48km)
15 32.126S 167 10.975E
Weather: wind W 5kn, 100%cc, Baro 1012, flat water on mooring

Showers last night at Aore. Had a pleasant sail on light winds from Vao yesterday.

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Tue Jun 12 6:57 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 54.077S 167 18.165E
Weather: wind S 7kn ,10%cc, baro 1014, flat water in anchorage

Leaving Vao this morning to sail over to Luganville for some provisions.


Mon Jun 11 7:54 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 7.9nm (14.3km)
15 54.074S 167 18.168E
Weather: wind S 7kn ,20%cc, baro 1016, flat water in anchorage

Nice morning at Vao island in NE Malekula. We motored from Rano yesterday and will stay here until tomorrow then up to Luganville.


Sun Jun 10 8:12 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 41.1nm (74.4km)
15 59.174S 167 22.987E
Weather: wind SSE 0-2kn ,0%cc, baro 1016, flat water in anchorage

Motored and sailed to Rano Island off NE Malekula yesterday. Clear, calm anchorage. All is well aboard.


Sat Jun 9 7:09 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
16 26.370S 167 47.048E
Weather: wind SE 0kn ,10%cc, baro 1013, flat water in anchorage

Calm clear morning at Port Sandwich. Rained yesterday, mostly heavy. Deciding whether to motor north or wait for some wind to sail with.


Fri Jun 8 7:21 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
16 26.370S 167 47.048E
Weather: wind SE 0kn ,100%cc, baro 1013, flat water in anchorage

Heavy rain yesterday afternoon and last night. Overcast this morning. All is well on board.


Thu Jun 7 7:27 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)
16 26.379S 167 47.049E
Weather: wind SE 3kn ,100%cc, baro 1014, flat water in anchorage

Back in Port Sandwich, South Malekula for the next few days while waiting for wind to sail north. All is well aboard.


Wed Jun 6 6:54 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
16 32.083S 167 46.195E
Weather: wind N 2kn ,100%cc, baro 1016, flat water in anchorage

Anchored behind Awei island in the Maskelynes. Solid rain yesterday but flat and calm in the anchorage. All is well on board.


Tue Jun 5 7:09 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
16 28.074S 167 48.800E
Weather: wind NW 2kn ,100%cc, baro 1012, flat water in anchorage

Calm in the anchorage. Moved to Gaspard Bay in S Malekula yesterday to see if the dugongs are still here and they are. All is well on board.


Hi Frank...finally got YIT up and running. We have subscribed to your yacht and are looking forward to following you, and Ivonne. We are still in New Caledonia working through engine issues, fridge issues, and a head not working...oh fun! Ran into SV Tucan and SV Henriette here. It was cool to see familiar faces and reminded us of all the good times in Port Resolution. Sounds like you all are doing well....all is well here despite the boat work : )
Fri Jun 1 7:06 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 27.3nm (49.4km)
16 26.410S 167 47.038E
Weather: wind E 2kn ,100%cc, flat water in anchorage

Anchored at Port Sandwich after an easy sail over from Lamen Bay yesterday. Calm and quiet in this Anchorage. Had a nice swim with the turtles at Lamen also the coral there was in surprisingly good condition.


Thu May 31 6:54 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 70nm (126.7km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 69.9nm
16 35.725S 168 09.806E
Weather: wind calm, 0%cc, gentle roll in anchorage

Anchored in Lamen Bay on Epi. Calm and clear with a full moon. Moving to Port Sandwich later this morning.


Wed May 30 6:51 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 10.8nm (19.5km)
17 36.297S 168 14.533E
Weather: wind 8kn, 10%cc, gentle roll in anchorage

Anchored in Havannah Harbor but leaving for Epi shortly. All is well aboard.


Tue May 29 7:24 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.814S 168 18.727E
Weather: wind calm, 60%cc, flat marina

Moored at Yachting World Marina in Port Vila, but leaving to sail around to Port Havannah this morning.


Fri May 18 10:48 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 59.7nm (108.1km)
17 44.814S 168 18.727E
Weather: wind SE 5kn, 40%cc, following sea confused

Safely moored at Yachting World Marina in Port Vila. Had a quick passage from Erromango yesterday and a great quiet sleep last night!


Thu May 17 6:51 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.2kn
knts
Run: 27.8nm (50.3km)
18 29.814S 168 45.727E
Weather: wind SSE 12kn, 10%cc, following sea confused

We are underway for Port Vila and should arrive late afternoon today. It would be helpful if the wind were to back to more easterly. All is well aboard.


Wed May 16 7:12 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
18 49.272S 169 00.820E
Weather: wind E 10kn, 10%cc, sea slight

We are still at at Dillon?s Bay on Erromango. Blue skies and warm water. Had a nice swim over to the reef from the boat yesterday. More swims today. Thinking of sailing to Efate at 0 dark 30 tomorrow AM to arrive at Port Vila in the late afternoon. All is well here.


Tue May 15 7:48 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 58nm (105km)
18 49.272S 169 00.820E
Weather: wind E 9kn, 70%cc, sea slight

We are at at Dillon?s Bay on Erromango with a calm anchorage. I made a typo yesterday about Will and Sheila restaurant. It is at the head of the bay which is the SW side (Not NW as I misstyped). Their restaurant hut is visible from the anchorage.


Mon May 14 7:15 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
19 31.532S 169 29.839E
Weather: wind NE 8kn, 30%cc, sea slight NE

We will be leaving Port Resolution this morning and planning a stop at Dillon?s Bay on Erromango about 50nm NNW. We had an interesting tour to the volcanic vents that are on the NW side of the anchorage here. Willy and Sheila from the village there took us put the vents and some great views of the island and anchorage. They are getting a restaurant going to raise money to support the village there. They can use kitchen supplies and utensils. IF you stop here any help would be appreciated. Their tour is well worth trading some useful supplies or paying their 1000Vt fee.


Sun May 13 8:21 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
19 31.532S 169 29.839E
Weather: wind NE 6kn, 10%cc, sea slight N

We had a great visit to Mt Yasgur volcano yesterday evening. Yasgur was booming. Watching and feeling the explosions of lava from a couple of hundred meters away is a spectacle not to be forgotten! Then a wonderful meal prepared by Leah back at the Port Resolution village finished off a fine night. We are planning to walk around to the steam vent beside the anchorage today. Tomorrow to sail to Dillon?s Bay on Erromango island.


Sat May 12 7:09 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
19 31.532S 169 29.839E
Weather: wind NNE 6kn, 40%cc, sea slight N

Showery with light wind. Hoping for some improvement to go up the Mt. Yasgur volcano this evening. All is well aboard.


Fri May 11 7:06 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 11.9nm (21.5km)
19 31.512S 169 29.827E
Weather: wind ESE 6kn, 20%cc, sea E

All is well aboard. Safely tucked in to Port Resolution awaiting customs visit this AM. Showers last night but clearing now. Slight swell sneezing in to the anchorage so a bit rolly but warm and peaceful. Nice to have a full night?s sleep!


We left same day , cleared into vuda yesterday . More wind than you
Thu May 10 6:51 2018 NZST
Speed:
4.0kn
knts
Run: 151.4nm (274km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153nm
19 39.648S 169 36.533E
Weather: wind ESE 20kn, 30%cc, SE1.5m

All is well aboard. We hove to north side of Aneityum last night for a few hours and decided to move on to Tanna. Now dragging our feet near Port Resolution waiting for the sun up for good light to enter. Nice watching Mt. Yasgur lighting up the sky during the night!


Wed May 9 7:06 2018 NZST
Speed:
7.0kn
knts
Run: 191.7nm (347km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 190.1nm
21 45.4S 170 17.5E
Weather: wind ESE 20kn, 80%cc, SE2m

All is well aboard. 90nm from waypoint at ANeityum. We will give it a look tonight and decide whether to go in at night or continue on another 50nm to Tanna fort the morning.


Tue May 8 6:54 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.5kn
knts
Run: 188.3nm (340.8km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189.9nm
24 28.154S 170 55.3E
Weather: wind ESE 12kn, 80%cc, SE2m

All is well aboard after a gusty squally night. Still squalls around the boat but winds quiet for a moment. Thinking a good night sleep at Aneityum will be appreciated!


Mon May 7 7:06 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.0kn
knts
Run: 353nm (638.9km)
Avg: 14.8knts
24hr: 354.5nm
27 08.9S 171 28.3E
Weather: wind ESE 12kn, 40%cc, SE1.5m

Motorsailing with nice breeze close on the stern. Will turn off the motor shortly and sail with one sail. All is well on board. Looking forward to Patricia and David?s weather report! Forgot that yesterday was Sunday and no Report!


Sun May 6 7:12 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.2kn
knts
Run: 261.6nm (473.5km)
Avg: 10.9knts
24hr: 260.5nm
29 02.7S 172 290.9E
Weather: wind SE 10kn, 20%cc, SE2m

Light wind from SE filling in this morning. Gentle swell building a bit. Hopefully we will be able to hear Patricia and David this AM! All is well on board.


Greetings Frank, Gail and I are following your progress from here in Budapest. Looks like a good trip so far. Warm here in the City. Lots of Bike rides and trips to the Veggie Markets. Glad your winds are with you and the seas are smooth! Best, Dean and Gail
Sat May 5 7:06 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.5kn
knts
Run: 156.9nm (284km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.9nm
31 07.8S 173 11.8E
Weather: wind E 12kn, 40%cc,ESE2m

The wind backed during the night to make for much better sailing. We still have the reefs in from last night and will shake them out shortly. All is well on board!


Hi Frank! It looks like you are having a ´Frank´ passage!!! Good! Thinking of you and following your progress... Everything is sunny, happy and full of rich life here in my world. Love Gail
Fri May 4 7:06 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.5kn
knts
Run: 137.1nm (248.2km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.1nm
33 21.6S 173 42.1E
Weather: wind SSE 9kn, 15%cc,SE2m

All is well aboard. We have been motor sailing off and on during the night with the wind soft on the stern and quartering sea. Motor off now and will shake a reef out shortly.


Thu May 3 7:27 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
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35 18.818S 174 07.2978E
Weather: wind SSE 3kn, 10%cc,0m

We are at BOI Marina planning departure for Aneityum this morning after clearing customs.


Wed May 2 8:00 2018 NZST
Speed:
0kn
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Run: 31nm (56.1km)
35 18.818S 174 07.2978E
Weather: wind SSE 8kn, 10%cc,0m

We are at BOI Marina planning departure for tomorrow, Thursday. We are going to Aneityum.


Tue Dec 19 12:03 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
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Run: 8.4nm (15.2km)
35 43.675S 174 20.024E
Weather: wind SW 10kn, 30%cc,0m

Back in Whangarei this morning. All is well here and will be staying put for a couple of months now.


Sun Dec 17 17:21 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
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Run: 30nm (54.3km)
35 47.442S 174 27.683E
Weather: wind NNE 10kn, 20%cc, 0m

Anchored in Parua Bay now after anchored last night in Tutukaka Harbor. Quiet sheltered corner here, called The Nook. Nice weather and easy sailing all the way from Bay of Islands. Tomorrow to work out the plan for Whangarei.


Fri Dec 15 16:06 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
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Run: 10.9nm (19.7km)
35 21.956S 174 21.343E
Weather: wind NE 8kn, 20%cc, 0m

In Whangaruru Harbor after a nice sail from the Bay of Islands.


Thu Dec 14 15:54 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
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Run: 72.3nm (130.9km)
35 14.805S 174 13.700E
Weather: wind SSE 10kn, 30%cc,0m

Left Bay of Islands Marina this morning and anchored in Omakiwi Cove. I think I will move around to the other side of Cape Brett tomorrow. Maybe to Whangaruru or Whangamumu depending on what the wind is doing.


Wed Dec 6 9:27 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 93.1nm (168.5km)
35 18.927S 172 56.938E
Weather: wind ESE 14kn, 90%cc,0m

Arrived safely yesterday morning. In the berth at BOI Marina. A great night sleep does wonders!


Good to see you are in NZ Frank, Regards Doug & Sandra , Freycinet II

congratulations Frank. Great to see you back in BOI merry Xmas Peter and Shirley s/y TAMARIKI
Mon Dec 4 9:15 2017 NZDT
Speed:
5.8kn
knts
Run: 310.8nm (562.5km)
Avg: 13.6knts
24hr: 326.4nm
33 58.1280S 172 56.330E
Weather: wind ESE 14kn, 10%cc,1m NNE

Motorsailed last night with slow going. Good sailing this morning but will put the motor on again as present course will not clear North Cape. There is a west setting current that sets about 20 degrees to the west and I am hoping that with the tide change it will turn around and set the other way. So far not yet! All is well with a beautiful morning about 25nm north of North Cape and 102nm to Opua.


Sun Dec 3 10:24 2017 NZDT
Speed:
5.5kn
knts
30 20.5180S 169 47.910E
Weather: wind E 14kn, 100%cc,2m E

Still motor sailing to keep sped up and get as far along as possible before the expected stronger headwinds arrive later. Then I will see what works after that. Had some heavy rain showers last night and this morning with a bit of lightning. There are still squalls in the area but I managed to get 20 gallons transferred from the deck to the tank between squalls. 224 nm to Opua and hope to be approaching there tomorrow night.


Sat Dec 2 8:48 2017 NZDT
Speed:
5.5kn
knts
Run: 154.9nm (280.4km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.9nm
30 20.5180S 169 47.910E
Weather: wind E 14kn, 100%cc,2m E

still sailing as close on the wind as possible. Showers and squally this morning but wind shifted to ENE for little while so I actually made a bit of easting. It has shifted back mostly now but steering 150 is much better than the 170 of most of yesterday. 363 nm to the Bay of Islands. Damp but well on board.


Fri Dec 1 9:06 2017 NZDT
Speed:
6.2kn
knts
Run: 182.4nm (330.1km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.7nm
28 18.590S 168 42.910E
Weather: wind ESE 20kn, 100%cc,2m SE

Bay of Islands is Brg 147 about 496nm. About 55nm NE of Norfolk Island. IF the wind would back 10 degrees or so I could make it on this tack! Been close hauled on port tack since leaving New Cal Tuesday afternoon. Living the slant is tiresome but no storms and good progress.


Thu Nov 30 7:45 2017 NZDT
Speed:
6.5kn
knts
Run: 258nm (467km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.3nm
25 49.590S 167 42.600E
Weather: wind ESE 20kn, 100%cc,1m SE

Still not able to steer the rumbh line but making good progress. Some rain showers last night. Getting used to living on the slant!


Tue Nov 28 9:39 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
22 16.653S 166 26.420E
Weather: wind SE 8kn, 10%cc,0m

Still in Port Moselle will decide this morning but on my way to clear out and should clearing the reef by later this afternoon. It looks this morning like I should be able to reach Opua before the low arrives with headwinds down there.


Mon Nov 27 7:39 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
22 16.653S 166 26.420E
Weather: wind SE 8kn, 60%cc,0m

Still in Port Moselle will decide this morning whether to leave today.


Fri Nov 24 8:03 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
22 16.653S 166 26.420E
Weather: wind SE 10kn, 100%cc,0m

Still in Port Moselle marina. Probably until after front passes later this week. Have to find a way to get free of the Velcro in this marina!-


Thu Nov 9 14:12 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
22 16.653S 166 26.420E
Weather: wind SW 5kn, 50%cc,0m

in Port Moselle marina waiting for the next window for our pleasant sail to Opua.


Hi Frank , Doug & Sandra (Freycinet II ) here, see you in Noumea , good call , that Low in NZ looks nasty , we have been in Sydney for 2 weeks now , safe travel back to NZ .
Tue Oct 24 8:12 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 10nm (18.1km)
22 16.653S 166 26.420E
Weather: wind SW2kn, 100%cc, 0m

Calm and overcast back in Port Moselle waiting for the next window to NZ.


Fri Oct 20 7:48 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
22 10.856S 166 19.492E
Weather: wind E8kn, 80%cc, 0m

Still anchored at Baie Papaye. Very gusty again yesterday and some rain overnight.


Thu Oct 19 7:57 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 9.9nm (17.9km)
22 10.856S 166 19.492E
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.


Greetings. Frank! Gail and I are in the Hapai's and heading to Nukalofa next week. Probably departing early November to Minerva, then Opua. Hope to see you there! Dean
Fri Sep 8 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 24.9nm (45.1km)
22 16.622S 166 26.396E
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:
0kn
knts
Run: 9253.3nm (16748.5km)
Avg: 377.7knts
24hr: 9064.5nm
22 24.268S 166 48.250E
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:
3.4kn
knts
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:
8.3kn
knts
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:
0kn
knts
17 44.653S 168 18.756E
Weather: wind S 8kn, 10%cc, 0

All is well on the mooring at Port Vila.


Fri Aug 18 7:06 2017 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.653S 168 18.756E
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:
0kn
knts
17 44.653S 168 18.756E
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:
0kn
knts
17 44.653S 168 18.756E
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:
0kn
knts
17 44.653S 168 18.756E
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:
0kn
knts
Run: 62.2nm (112.6km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 63nm
17 44.650S 168 18.756E
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:
06.7kn
knts
Run: 43.9nm (79.5km)
16 51.722S 168 07.786E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 68.7nm (124.3km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 66.5nm
16 20.231S 167 45.452E
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:
0.0kn
knts
15 31.352S 167 09.925E
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:
0.0kn
knts
15 31.352S 167 09.925E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 27.8nm (50.3km)
15 31.335S 167 09.933E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 56.5nm (102.3km)
15 54.096S 167 18.162E
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:
0.0kn
knts
16 08.472S 168 06.926E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 41.3nm (74.8km)
16 08.472S 168 06.926E
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:
0.0kn
knts
15 32.698S 168 08.835E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 21.9nm (39.6km)
15 32.698S 168 08.835E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 49.6nm (89.8km)
15 16.555S 167 58.453E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 6.4nm (11.6km)
15 26.684S 167 15.073E
Weather: wind SE 8kn, 30%cc, 0m

Anchored at Aese Island. Leaving for Ambae this morning.


Thu Jul 20 7:24 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 10.6nm (19.2km)
15 22.388S 167 11.437E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 44.4nm (80.4km)
15 31.413S 167 09.786E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 34.6nm (62.6km)
16 05.889S 167 27.691E
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:
0.0kn
knts
16 28.059S 167 48.760E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
16 28.058S 167 48.762E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)
16 32.059S 167 46.185E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 34.5nm (62.4km)
16 30.873S 167 38.939E
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:
0.0kn
knts
16 35.691S 168 09.766E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 80.1nm (145km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 75.7nm
16 35.700S 168 09.756E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
17 44.728S 168 18.744E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 102.7nm (185.9km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.8nm
17 47.306S 168 18.644E
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:
7.0kn
knts
Run: 176.7nm (319.8km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.1nm
17 59.355S 169 51.427E
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:
7.5kn
knts
Run: 201.7nm (365.1km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 201.7nm
17 56.776S 172 32.701827E
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:
8.0kn
knts
Run: 103.8nm (187.9km)
17 53.787S 175 36.701E
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:
0.0kn
knts
17 46.382S 177 11.053E
Weather: wind ESE 12kn, 10%cc, 0m from east

At anchor at Musket Cove. All is well on board.

-


Thu Jun 29 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 14.3nm (25.9km)
17 46.388S 177 11.059E
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:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 402.8nm (729.1km)
Avg: 22.6knts
24hr: 543.1nm
17 41.082S 177 22.840E
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:
4.0kn
knts
Run: 395.8nm (716.4km)
Avg: 14.3knts
24hr: 343.6nm
17 51.089S 171 15.750E
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:
5.5kn
knts
Run: 170.5nm (308.6km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.3nm
20 16.470S 176 45.230E
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:
6.9kn
knts
Run: 145.2nm (262.8km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.4nm
22 36.619S 175 54.130E
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:
5.1ms
knts
Run: 5.3nm (9.6km)
Avg: 24.7knts
24hr: 593.2nm
24 36S 175 10E
Weather: 10%cc, ene8, seas down

hard radio conditions today.


Thu May 18 7:21 2017 NZST
Speed:
5.7kn
knts
Run: 135.7nm (245.6km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137nm
24 40.400S 175 08.422E
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:
5.6
knts
Run: 161.1nm (291.6km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.7nm
26 38S 175 16E
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:
7
knts
Run: 163.9nm (296.7km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.1nm
28 55S 175 48E
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:
6.2kn
knts
Run: 150nm (271.5km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.5nm
31 16.601S 175 31.559E
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:
6.3kn
knts
Run: 133nm (240.7km)
33 23.882S 174 59.074E
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:
0kn
knts
Run: 35.8nm (64.8km)
35 13.067S 174 13.690E
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.


Sat Dec 17 11:06 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 31.1nm (56.3km)
35 43.678S 174 20.027E
Weather: wind SW 8kn, 50%cc, 0m

Back at Riverside Marina. Feels like home!


Thu Dec 15 6:06 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
35 18.656S 174 07.593E
Weather: wind W 6kn, 10%cc, 0m

Arrived in Tutukaka from Opua yesterday afternoon after an easy sail. Nice quiet harbor. Leaving this morning south to Whangarei harbor. probably anchor in the nook.


Sat Dec 3 15:27 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 123nm (222.6km)
35 18.656S 174 07.593E
Weather: wind E 10kn, 60%cc, 0m

Arrived in Opua yesterday morning about 0900. Did not run out of diesel but did sleep for 12 hrs straight last night!


Thu Dec 1 8:00 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.1kn
knts
Run: 129.5nm (234.4km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.4nm
33 43.981S 173 07.715E
Weather: wind ESE 6kn, 90%cc, 0.5m

108nm to Opua. I will slow down later and heave-to in the Bay of Islands so as to arrive tomorrow AM. Had an Albatross around the boat yesterday, very nice! The wind cooperated yesterday afternoon and was able to sail on course at around 6kn all afternoon. Although it is on the nose again this AM it is light and fuel should not be a problem today.


Be careful about hoving to in Bay of Islands . DO IT 12nm off . Very big customs presence in Opua at present and they would take a dim view
Wed Nov 30 9:33 2016 NZDT
Speed:
4.4kn
knts
Run: 123.1nm (222.8km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.3nm
32 09.182S 171 55.675E
Weather: wind E 6kn, 05%cc, 1.0m

Clear blue sky, flat sea, and very little wind. Very chilly last night, but just remembered Gail left a hot water bottle! Maybe not so shivery tonight! I figure to have about 10 gallons of diesel on arrival at present course and speed. The gribs show very light wind all the way but North Cape radio is expecting 10-15 knots from the south (on the nose) tomorrow and that might change things! Planning to arrive in Opua day after tomorrow.


Tue Nov 29 10:09 2016 NZDT
Speed:
3.5kn
knts
Run: 101.9nm (184.4km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.8nm
30 35.494S 170 55.492E
Weather: wind E 6kn, 20%cc, 2.5m

The weather is beautiful! Now if the wind would just cooperate! Still a big swell, up to 4 meters before from SW, but long enough period to not be a problem other than slowing Addie a bit. Addie likes light wind and smooth seas which we almost have. Sailing into a high with no wind at all likely for the next couple of days and almost enough diesel to make the remaining 317nm to Opua. So trying to squeeze as much distance from this wind as possible before it dies.


Mon Nov 28 10:21 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.3kn
knts
Run: 122.5nm (221.7km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120nm
29 10.120S 170 28.708E
Weather: wind SSW 6kn, 20%cc, 2.5m

Motored all night again but on course with the light wind helping. Beautiful morning with long easy 2.5 meter swell from SW.


Sun Nov 27 9:51 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6.7kn
knts
Run: 106.4nm (192.6km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 107.7nm
27 39.555S 169 25.243E
Weather: wind ESE 12kn, 80%cc, 2.5m

Motored all night but sailing again since sunrise. Getting chilly these nights but pleasant now. Bearing to Opua 153 T about 510nm to go.


Sat Nov 26 10:09 2016 NZDT
Speed:
4.0kn
knts
Run: 159.5nm (288.7km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.6nm
26 22.088S 168 28.750E
Weather: wind S 10kn, 100%cc, 1.0m

Light wind from south and the bearing to NZ is SSE so slow going. Rainy and overcast with some rumbles of thunder. I expect to be in this system for a day and the winds will be SE behind it. I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner yesterday!


Fri Nov 25 7:51 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.5kn
knts
Run: 151.9nm (274.9km)
24 20.746S 167 14.901E
Weather: wind NNE 10kn, 30%cc, 1.5m

Left Noumea yesterday. Off to a good start. Some squalls with lightning last night but very nice this AM. Happy Thanksgiving!


Hi Frank! Gail and I are following you from Budapest, where it is a touch colder from what you are currently experiencing. (Wind or no wind!) Hope th sail goes well. See you in NZ in Late January! Dean
Thu Nov 3 8:42 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
22 16.650S 166 26.414E
Weather: wind SSE 3kn, 0%cc, 0m

In Noumea, waiting for good weather window to Opua or Marsden Cove.


Thu Oct 6 8:06 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
22 16.650S 166 26.414E
Weather: wind SSW 7kn, 100%cc, 0m

Calm and overcast at Port Moselle Marina in Noumea.


Tue Oct 4 8:21 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
22 16.650S 166 26.414E
Weather: wind NNE 3kn, 0%cc, 0m

Calm at Port Moselle Marina in Noumea.


Mon Oct 3 10:09 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
22 16.7S 166 26.4E
Weather: wind ENE 3kn, 40%cc, 0m

Calm at Port Moselle Marina in Noumea.


Sun Oct 2 10:33 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
22 16.7S 166 26.4E
Weather: wind NW 2kn, 0%cc, 0m

Calm at Port Moselle Marina in Noumea.


Sat Oct 1 8:00 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
22 19.9S 166 24.4E
Weather: wind NE 4kn, 0%cc, 0m

Calm on mooring at Maitre.


Fri Sep 30 8:06 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 29.2nm (52.9km)
22 19.9S 166 24.4E
Weather: wind E 11kn, 10%cc, 0m

Breezy and cool on mooring at Maitre.


Thu Sep 29 8:15 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 17.6nm (31.9km)
22 33.1S 166 47.8E
Weather: wind SSW 15kn, 60%cc, 0m

Anchored at Ilot Mato in the South lagoon. Some squalls this morning.


Wed Sep 28 8:18 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
22 18.2S 166 51.3E
Weather: wind 1W 3kn, 10%cc, 0m

Calm at the Carenage in Baie de Prony again this morning. Gets very breezy later though.


Tue Sep 27 8:15 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
22 18.2S 166 51.3E
Weather: wind SW 3kn, 70%cc, 0m

A passing light shower at the Carenage in Baie de Prony this morning.


Mon Sep 26 8:12 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)
22 18.2S 166 51.3E
Weather: wind NW 0kn, 20%cc, 0m

Chilly and calm at the Carenage in Baie de Prony this morning.


Sun Sep 25 9:12 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
22 22.9S 166 54.9E
Weather: wind NW 8kn, 0%cc, 0m

Clear and cool at Bonne Anse in Prony. Moving to Carenage this AM.


Sat Sep 24 7:12 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 31.2nm (56.5km)
22 22.9S 166 54.9E
Weather: wind E 8kn, 0%cc, 0m

Clear and cool at Bonne Anse in Prony.


Tue Sep 20 7:42 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 47.7nm (86.3km)
22 16.6S 166 26.4E
Weather: wind ESE 2kn, 00%cc, 0m

Arrived at Port Moselle yesterday afternoon. Easy 1 tack passage.


Mon Sep 19 8:06 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.2kn
knts
Run: 138.9nm (251.4km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.6nm
22 11.2S 167 10.8E
Weather: wind NE 8kn, 30%cc, .5m ESE

5nm from wpt outside Havannah Pass.


Sun Sep 18 9:12 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.6kn
knts
Run: 176.7nm (319.8km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160nm
20 13.0S 167 36.5E
Weather: wind SE 10kn, 70%cc, 1m ESE

51nm from WPT SE of Lifou. On our way to Noumea.


Sat Sep 17 6:42 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind E 0kn, 90%cc, 0m SE

Flat calm again in Port Vila this morning. Leaving for New Caledonia this morning.


Fri Sep 16 7:54 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind ESE 0kn, 10%cc, 0m SE

Flat calm in Port Vila this morning. Planning to leave for New Caledonia tomorrow AM-


Tue Sep 13 7:06 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind ESE 4kn, 80%cc, 0m SE

Quiet and calm in Port Vila this morning. Maybe a window to sail to New Caledonia this weekend?


Mon Sep 12 7:33 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind SSE 4kn, 60%cc, 0m SE

A few showers in Port Vila. Hoping for a nice window to sail to New Cal this week.


Sun Sep 11 9:24 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind SE 6kn, 90%cc, 0m SE

Cloudy and a bit gusty in Port Vila. Hoping for a nice window to sail to New Cal this week. -


Sat Sep 10 7:24 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind ESE 6kn, 90%cc, 0m SE

Waiting for easterly wind.

-


Fri Sep 9 7:06 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind SE 6kn, 100%cc, 0m SE

Rain overnight in Port Vila. Waiting for easterly wind.

-


Thu Sep 8 7:18 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind E 8kn, 100%cc, 0m SE

Light rain in Port Vila


Wed Sep 7 7:03 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind NNE 0kn, 20%cc, 0m SE

Flat calm and pleasant in Port Vila.


Tue Sep 6 6:41 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind NNE 2kn, 30%cc, 0m SE

Calm and pleasant in Port Vila.


Mon Sep 5 7:09 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind N 5kn, 70%cc, 0m SE

Calm and pleasant in Port Vila. Deciding to stay for another week.


Sun Sep 4 9:39 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind SE 10kn, 50%cc, 0m SE

In Port Vila maybe leave tomorrow for New Caledonia.


Fri Sep 2 7:09 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind SE 6kn, 20%cc, 0m SE

Thu Sep 1 7:12 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind SSE 6kn, 90%cc, 0m SE

In Port Vila waiting for North easterly to sail to Tanna. Maybe Monday?


Wed Aug 31 7:00 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind SSE 5kn, 20%cc, 0m SE

Tue Aug 30 7:03 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind SSE 10kn, 100%cc, 0m SE

Breezey with light rain in Port Vila.


Mon Aug 29 6:57 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
17 44.7S 168 18.7E
Weather: wind E 0kn, 5%cc, 0m SE

calm with clear sky


Sat Aug 27 7:00 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind E 2kn, 10%cc, 0m SE

calm with clear sky


Fri Aug 26 6:54 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind SE 0kn, 100%cc, 0m SE

Rain showers flat calm


Thu Aug 25 7:03 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind E 4kn, 100%cc, 0m SE

Drizzly rain


Wed Aug 24 7:03 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind ENE 6kn, 95%cc, 0m SE

Drizzly rain.


Tue Aug 23 6:57 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind SE 6kn, 90%cc, 0m SE

Rain shower. All is well aboard.


Mon Aug 22 7:15 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind ESE 5kn, 30%cc, 0m SE

All is well aboard.


Sat Aug 20 7:03 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind E 4kn, 30%cc, 0m SE

Chilly in Port Vila. All is well aboard.


Fri Aug 19 7:12 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind NE 4kn, 100%cc, 0m SE

Rain this morning in Port Vila. All is well aboard.


Thu Aug 18 6:51 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind SE 6kn, 100%cc, 0m SE

Overcast this morning in Port Vila. All is well aboard.


Wed Aug 17 7:12 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind SE 12kn, 100%cc, 0m SE

Rain in Port Vila. All is well aboard.


Tue Aug 16 6:48 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind E 4kn, 90%cc, 0m SE

In Port Vila. All is well aboard.


Mon Aug 15 7:21 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind NE 3kn, 100%cc, 0m SE

In Port Vila. All is well aboard.


Sun Aug 14 10:21 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 52.3nm (94.7km)
Avg: 95.1knts
24hr: 2282.2nm
17 44.9S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind E 10kn, 40%cc, 0m SE

Not typing so well this AM! This is our corrected position report.


Sun Aug 14 9:48 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 00.1S 168 10.9E
Weather: wind E 10kn, 40%cc, 0m SE

Arrived Port Vila yesterday afternoon. Flat on mooring. ALl is well here.


Sat Aug 13 7:09 2016 NZST
Speed:
7.8kn
knts
Run: 122.5nm (221.7km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.2nm
17 00.1S 168 10.9E
Weather: wind E 20kn, 10%cc, 1.2m SE

Under way toPort Vila. All is well on board.


Fri Aug 12 6:42 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 31.3S 167 09.9E
Weather: wind E 15kn, 100%cc, 0.2m SE

Raising anchor shortly Hoping for Port Vila tomorrow afternoon.


Thu Aug 11 7:06 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 31.3S 167 09.9E
Weather: wind S 6kn, 100%cc, 0.2m SE

Anchored at Luganville. Waiting for wind to back to sail South. Tomorrow the wind may be better but weather wetter?


Wed Aug 10 7:15 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 31.3S 167 09.9E
Weather: wind S 6kn, 100%cc, 0.2m SE

Anchored at Luganville. Waiting for wind to back to sail South. Maybe tomorrow?


Tue Aug 9 7:09 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 31.3S 167 09.9E
Weather: wind NE 5kn, 90%cc, 0.2m S

Anchored at Luganville.


Mon Aug 8 7:21 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 10.5nm (19km)
15 31.3S 167 09.9E
Weather: wind SSE 6kn, 100%cc, 0.5m S

Moved down to Luganville yesterday. A bit roll but all well here.


Sun Aug 7 6:54 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 22.3S 167 11.4E
Weather: wind SE 6kn, 90%cc, 0m S

At Oyster Island until after the weekend but may move later this AM. All is well here.


Sat Aug 6 6:54 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 22.3S 167 11.4E
Weather: wind NE 12kn, 100%cc, 0m S

Wind gusting a bit with high stratus and no rain. At Oyster Island until after the weekend. All is well here.


Fri Aug 5 6:54 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 22.3S 167 11.4E
Weather: wind NE 2kn, 10%cc, 0m S

At Oyster Island until after the weekend. All is well here.


Hey Frank! Hope you are sailing well? Gail is going to come to California for a visit in a couple of weeks. We are going to drive the Western States for a little Land Yachting! I'll be back in New Zealand in January for another 2017 season up in the islands. Best, Dean
Thu Aug 4 6:54 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 22.3S 167 11.4E
Weather: wind E 0kn, 10%cc, 0m S

At Oyster Island until after the weekend. All is well here.


Wed Aug 3 6:57 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 22.3S 167 11.4E
Weather: wind SSW 2kn, 90%cc, 0m S

Still at Oyster Island. All is well here.


Tue Aug 2 6:45 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 22.3S 167 11.4E
Weather: wind SSE 8kn, 100%cc, 0m S

Still at Oyster Island. All is well here.


Mon Aug 1 6:45 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 22.3S 167 11.4E
Weather: wind S 0kn, 80%cc, 0m S

Still at Oyster Island. All is well here.

-


Fri Jul 29 7:12 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 22.3S 167 11.4E
Weather: wind S 6kn, 90%cc, 0m S

Still at Oyster Island. All is well here.


Thu Jul 28 7:18 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
15 22.3S 167 11.4E
Weather: wind SE 6kn, 90%cc, 0m S

Still at Oyster Island. Rain a short time ago. ALl is well here.


Wed Jul 27 7:12 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 15.5nm (28.1km)
15 22.3S 167 11.4E
Weather: wind SE 6kn, 10%cc, 0m S

Arrived in Oyster Island cove yesterday morning. Quiet anchorage nice swim.


Tue Jul 26 7:35 2016 NZST
Speed:
4
knts
Run: 176.1nm (318.7km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.8nm
15 30S 167 0E
Weather: SE10, 50%cc,

10m to go so great timing


Mon Jul 25 6:33 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 2nm (3.6km)
17 44.0S 168 16.8E
Weather: wind ESE 5kn, 10%cc, 0m S

In Port Havannah but leaving at sun up. About 150nm to Oyster Island at Santo.


Sun Jul 24 7:54 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.3S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind N 5kn, 100%cc, 0m S

Rain the morning and decided to wait to leave for Santo tomorrow. Maybe sail to Port Havannah on north side of Efate later today.


Sat Jul 23 7:36 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.3S 168 18.6E
Weather: wind ENE 3kn, 10%cc, 0m S

A lot of rain yesterday but looking better this morning. All is well in Port Vila. Watching weather to leave for Santo tomorrow.


Fri Jul 22 7:09 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.3S 168 18.6e
Weather: wind ENE 2kn, 90%cc, 0m S

Same as yesterday. Brief rain shower again this morning, no wind then the breeze fills in during the day. All is well here in Port Vila


Thu Jul 21 6:54 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.3S 168 18.6e
Weather: wind ENE 2kn, 90%cc, 0m S

Brief rain shower this morning. All is well here in Port Vila


Wed Jul 20 7:15 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.3S 168 18.6e
Weather: wind ENE 5kn, 30%cc, 0m S

All is well here in Port Vila


Tue Jul 19 7:18 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
Avg: 12knts
24hr: 288nm
17 44.3S 168 18.6e
Weather: wind E 5kn, 70%cc, 0m S

Rain showers overnight in Port Vila


Tue Jul 19 7:15 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
17 44.8S 168 18.7E
Weather: wind E 3kn, 90%cc, 0m S

In Port Vila this week. All is well here.


Mon Jul 18 7:54 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.3S 168 18.6e
Weather: wind E 5kn, 70%cc, 0m S

In Port Vila this week. All is well here.


Sat Jul 16 7:57 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 44.3S 168 18.6e
Weather: wind E 5kn, 70%cc, 0m S

On the mooring in Port Vila. Will stay here for a few days then cruise to the northern islands.


Fri Jul 15 7:27 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 99.3nm (179.7km)
Avg: 662knts
24hr: 15888nm
17 44.3S 168 18.6e
Weather: wind E 10kn, 100%cc, 0m S

Arrived last night. Had good night sleep in anchorage. Raining this morning here.


Fri Jul 15 7:18 2016 NZST
Speed:
0 kn
knts
17 52.5S 169 48.71e
Weather: wind E 10kn, 100%cc, 0m S

Arrived in Port Vila last night. All well on board. Raining here.


Fri Jul 15 7:12 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
17 52.5S 169 48.71e
Weather: wind E 10kn, 100%cc, 1m S

All is well aboard. WInd dropped off yesterday and slowed us down a bit.


Thu Jul 14 7:33 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.4
knts
Run: 189.8nm (343.5km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189.9nm
17 52S 169 46E
Weather: E10-12, 100%cc, 1m se

only 80nm to go to P Vila way point so a good time to arrive


Wed Jul 13 7:34 2016 NZST
Speed:
7.5
knts
Run: 187.6nm (339.6km)
Avg: 10knts
24hr: 240.3nm
17 48S 172 39E
Weather: 30%cc, SSE18, less than 2m swell

amazing progress.


Tue Jul 12 12:49 2016 NZST
Speed:
5
knts
Run: 125nm (226.3km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.9nm
17 53S 175 30E
Weather: 40%cc, SSe12, 2m S Swell

eta Thursday evening. All well and a good radio signal to GHRadio


Good Luck and Safe Travels. We start our hike the 12 th. Only 11 hours from now! Hi to Cameron! Robin
Mon Jul 11 7:06 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 14.6nm (26.4km)
17 40.8S 177 23.2E
Weather: wind SE 5kn, 90%cc,0m E

In Vuda this morning clearing out and sailing for Port Vila later.

-


Fri Jul 8 6:51 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 46.3S 177 11.2E
Weather: wind SE 5kn, 10%cc,0m E

Sailing to Vuda today from Musket. We are hoping to sail for Port Vila on Monday.


Thu Jul 7 10:27 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 46.3S 177 11.2E
Weather: wind SE 2kn, 10%cc,0m E

Sailed to Musket Cove yesterday. Will visit Mamanucas today to Waya while we wait for good weather to Vanuatu.


Wed Jul 6 6:48 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 14.6nm (26.4km)
17 46.3S 177 11.2E
Weather: wind SSE 5kn, 20%cc,0m E

Sailed to Musket Cove yesterday. Will visit Mamanucas today to Waya while we wait for good weather to Vanuatu.


Tue Jul 5 7:21 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 40.8S 177 23.2E
Weather: wind E 5kn, 90%cc,0m E

Still in Vuda deciding to wait till next week to sail to Vanuatu.


Mon Jul 4 7:21 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 40.8S 177 23.2E
Weather: wind S 5kn, 90%cc,0m E

Still in Vuda watching the weather. Maybe leave tomorrow?


Sun Jul 3 8:39 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 40.8S 177 23.2E
Weather: wind S 0kn, 30%cc,0m E

Still in Vuda watching the weather.


Fri Jul 1 7:45 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
17 40.8S 177 23.2E
Weather: wind S 10kn, 0%cc,0m E

Still in Vuda watching the weather.


Wed Jun 29 19:13 2016 NZST
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 21.1nm (38.2km)
17 40.8S 177 23.2E
Weather: wind 5SSW, 0%cc,0m E

Back in Vuda Marina preparing to sail to Vanuatu, probably Tanna, after the frontal passage this weekend. Some provisioning and we will be ready to go. Been here since April, getting itchy feet!


Tue Apr 26 9:09 2016 NZST
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 206.3nm (373.4km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.3nm
17 42.0S 177 4.0E
Weather: wind 0ENE, 50%cc,0m E

All is well on board. Arrived yesterday around 1400hrs and just getting internet now. Took 7 days from Opua with very pleasant weather the last day! Now at Vuda point marina. Sunny and warm this morning and had a great night of sleep! In to Lautoka today to replenish provisions and sail out to Mamanukas in a day or so.


Well done Frank! We followed your passage and were impressed! Get some sleep! Ann and Bob on Charisma Port Townsend, WA
Sun Apr 24 8:45 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.5kn
knts
Run: 169.7nm (307.2km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 176.6nm
20 41.0S 177 09.0E
Weather: wind 12ENE, 50%cc,1.5m E

All is well on board. Beautiful morning after a pleasant night. covered 160nm again yesterday and may reach Vuda Pt. by tomorrow if we keep this pace. We have been on 2-3 reef starboard tack for 6 days now, It will be great get back to level ground!


Sat Apr 23 9:41 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.3kn
knts
Run: 189.3nm (342.6km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 178.8nm
23 07.9S 176 56.8E
Weather: wind 12E, 20%cc,1.5m NE

All is well on board. Beautiful morning after a pleasant night. covered 160nm yesterday and may reach Vuda Pt. by Monday if we keep this pace.


Lots of kiSses to my friend Olivia !!! And have a gOod trip ! :) :*
Fri Apr 22 8:16 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.0
knts
Run: 151.2nm (273.7km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192.6nm
25 51S 176 35E
Weather: 12-15E, 50%cc, no baro

Making good progress and seas are now down so eta Vuda likely to be Monday. He wont worry about any delay as the food is great on board! Frank is having trouble making a steady phone connection so reports maybe erratic. Ps this was a successful trial for GHRadios new double bazooka receiving antenna.


Thu Apr 21 13:26 2016 NZST
Speed:
8.2kn
knts
Run: 190.7nm (345.2km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192.7nm
28 00.2S 176 08.8E
Weather: wind 25ESE, 50%cc,2.5m NE-SE

All is well on board. Seas still quite rough. Having trouble getting the gribs. Hoping the Fiji depression is moving away!


Wed Apr 20 13:41 2016 NZST
Speed:
7.2kn
knts
Run: 204.2nm (369.6km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 171.8nm
30 43.2S 175 35.3E
Weather: wind 20E, 30%cc,2.5m E

All is well on board. Seas have been rough, 3m lumpy, but are easing a bit. Hopefully not so squally tonight as last night!


Tue Apr 19 9:09 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.6kn
knts
Run: 144.9nm (262.3km)
Avg: 114.4knts
24hr: 2745.5nm
33 36.8S 174 53.1E
Weather: wind 10SSE, 10%cc,1m SE

THis is our correct position. ALl is well here!


Tue Apr 19 7:53 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.6kn
knts
Run: 50nm (90.5km)
35 42.6S 174 52.0E
Weather: wind 10SSE, 10%cc,1m SE

Olivia and I are on our way to Fiji, now about 100nm out from Opua. All is well on board and nice to be sailing again!


What is your heading? The site has you traveling SE. Have a safe trip.
Fri Apr 8 9:01 2016 NZST
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 8.2nm (14.8km)
35 18.7S 174 07.5E
Weather: wind 5 W, 30%cc,0m

Anchored in Opua. Waiting for weather to sail to Fiji.

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Wed Apr 6 8:19 2016 NZST
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 33.9nm (61.4km)
35 14.5S 174 14.5E
Weather: wind 8 SE,50%cc,0m

Anchored in Omakiwi Cove in the Bay of Islands. Had sleighride from Urquharts bay yesterday with 20 knots wind on the stern and following seas and didn't break anything!


Sun Apr 3 15:02 2016 NZST
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 31.7nm (57.4km)
35 43.6S 174 20.0E
Weather: wind 8 W,100%cc,0m

Tied up at Riverside Marina in Whangarei. Moving down river to Urquhart Bay this afternoon.


Sat Nov 28 7:44 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 52.2nm (94.5km)
35 18.1S 174 07.3E
Weather: wind 12 NE,100%cc,0m

Tied up at Opua Marina. Rainy and windy this morning.


Hi Frank, met you @ Turtle Bay Espiritu Santo in 2014. Found you! Interested in crewing for you @ some stage. Cheers! Sonia (earthgipsy@bigpond.com)
Fri Nov 27 7:03 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.3kn
knts
Run: 168.3nm (304.6km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.3nm
34 37.6S 173 42.5E
Weather: wind 10 N,90%cc,1m

We are about 50 nm from Opua and should be in by later this afternoon. We motorsailed in less than 10kn from the stern through last night. Easy sailing and not too cold! We had pumpkin soup for thanksgiving yesterday.


Thu Nov 26 7:03 2015 NZDT
Speed:
6.0kn
knts
Run: 159.4nm (288.5km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.2nm
32 35.6S 172 06.0E
Weather: wind 4 NE,10%cc,1m

We are motoring with glassy gently rolling seas. The nice breeze we had last night has faded. Yesterday was also a good breeze at night and then very light from sunrise. Beautiful days with large smooth swell from various directions making changing valleys and smooth sailing. With about 195nm to go, at present course and speed we should arrive in Opua late tomorrow afternoon. All is well on board.


Wed Nov 25 7:19 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.0kn
knts
Run: 150.9nm (273.1km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.8nm
30 40.0S 170 36.6E
Weather: wind 8-10 NNE,20%cc,1.0m

Wind filled in last night at about 10-12 knots from NNE. It is fading now but we had a good sail overnight after motoring all day yesterday. All is well on board!


Tue Nov 24 6:59 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.0kn
knts
Run: 168nm (304.1km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.8nm
28 48.3S 169 17.8E
Weather: wind 8-10 ENE,50%cc,1.0m

The wind has backed around to northerly and so is a bit slower going but still easy sailing. After my complaining of adverse current yesterday, it turned around and helped us ever since. Now it is about .5 knot from the NE. Yesterday up to 2 knots. All is well on board.


Mon Nov 23 7:23 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.8kn
knts
Run: 158.6nm (287.1km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159.3nm
26 44.1S 167 51.4E
Weather: wind 10NE,30%cc,1.0m

We have an adverse current of .5-1 kn but nice wind on the beam. We are still double reefed but about to take them out. No wind for a stretch yesterday afternoon but have been going well since about 1800 yesterday. All is well on board.


Sun Nov 22 7:29 2015 NZDT
Speed:
6.8kn
knts
Run: 155.1nm (280.7km)
24 34.6S 166 59.5E
Weather: wind 10-12ESE,50%cc,1.0m

All is well on board.


Hi Frank, by the time you read this you will be in Opua! Hope it's a good trip. Local Talent is at the dock in Whangarei. I'm heading back to California tomorrow for the holidays. I will return to NZ in January, and I hope to hear your stories and link up with you then? I will probably head out to Great Barrier and that area February... Best, Dean
Sat Nov 7 8:00 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 25.4nm (46km)
22 20.6S 166 44.9E
Weather: wind 8E,50%cc,0.0m

We are anchored at Baie Ue. This is a deep bay surrounded by high hills. There is an interesting river at the head which is nice dinghy ride through a mangrove forest. There is also a small copra plantation. We will continue back to Noumea today. All is well here.


Fri Nov 6 8:09 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 5nm (9.1km)
22 42.4S 166 48.7E
Weather: wind 8SSE,30%cc,0.0m

We are anchored back at Ua. I had to watch the petrels coming back to roost again! Light wind from the SSE and flat sea in the anchorage. Had some nice swims yesterday as well. We will start moving back toward Noumea today. Either Amadee or Prony. All is well here.


Thu Nov 5 9:32 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 5nm (9.1km)
22 46.7S 166 47.9E
Weather: wind 5E,70%cc,0.0m

We are anchored atKouare just a few miles south of Ua. Calm and flat sea in the anchorage. Lot of sea birds nesting here like in Ua. Nice snorkeling,cool clear water, and flat calm anchorage this morning. Very nice!


Wed Nov 4 9:22 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0.0kn1
knts
22 42.4S 166 48.6E
Weather: wind 10E,60%cc,0.1m E

We are still anchored at Ilot Ua in the south lagoon but will probably sail to Kouare just a few miles south of here later. Sunny with light breeze in the anchorage. Lot of sea birds nesting here and 2 pairs of Ospreys as well. Nice snorkeling,cool clear water, and breezey flat ancohorage. We are still the only boat. Very nice! -


Tue Nov 3 9:31 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0.0kn1
knts
Run: 10.8nm (19.5km)
22 42.4S 166 48.6E
Weather: wind 10E,60%cc,0.1m E

We sailed from Ilot Mato to Ilot Ua in the south lagoon yesterday. Sunny with light breeze in the anchorage. Lot of sea birds nesting here and 2 pairs of Ospreys as well. Nice snorkeling,cool clear water, and breezey flat ancohorage. We are the only boat. Very nice!


Sun Nov 1 18:25 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0.0kn1
knts
Run: 14nm (25.3km)
22 33.1S 166 47.7E
Weather: wind 10E,60%cc,0.1m E

We sailed from Anse Majik in Baie de Prony Ilot Mato. Sunny with light breeze in the anchorage. Nice snorkeling,cool clear water, and breezey flat ancohorage.


Sat Oct 31 8:59 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0.0kn
knts
Run: 408nm (738.5km)
22 22.9S 166 54.9E
Weather: wind 6NE,60%cc,0.0m SSE

We are anchored at Anse Majik in Baie de Prony. Sunny with light breeze in the anchorage. We sailed here from Noumea yesterday and will stay in Baie de Prony for a coupleof days before heading out to the islands in the south lagoon. All is well with Another Adventure.


Sat Oct 24 7:23 2015 NZDT
Speed:
4.3kn
knts
Weather: wind 6NE,90%cc,.5m SSE

We are 10nm from the entrance to Havannah Pass. Light wind on the stern and motoring slowly to reach the pass at low tide and have the incoming tide for the pass and run to Noumea. All is well on board.


Fri Oct 23 7:53 2015 NZDT
Speed:
7.0kn
knts
Weather: wind 10E,90%cc,.5m SSE

We are 122nm from the entrance to Havannah Pass. Getting some help from an apparent 1.8kn current from the NNE. Easy sailing all is well here.


Thu Oct 22 8:07 2015 NZDT
Speed:
6.1kn
knts
Weather: wind 7SE,80%cc,.5m SSE

Sailed from Port Vila this morning traveling to Noumea, New Caledonia. Our ETA is Saturday afternoon at Havannah Pass. All is well here.


Tue Oct 20 21:40 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Weather: wind 5SE,80%cc,flat anchorage

Sailed from Santo yesterday and arrived at Port Vila around 1700 today. Arrived at Efate with 15kn from the SE, right on the nose, and choppy seas. The rest of trip was easy with light winds. All is well here.


Sun Oct 18 15:21 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Weather: wind 1oSE,10%cc,flat anchorage

Still at Oyster but moving to Luganville tomorrow morning to clear out and start for New Caledonia. Beautiful day here at Oyster Island.


Fri Oct 16 18:49 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Weather: wind 15SE,70%cc,flat anchorage

Still at Oyster Island waiting for some settled weather to head south to New Caledonia. All is well here.


Thu Oct 8 10:03 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Weather: wind 15SE,90%cc,flat anchorage

Still waiting for a break in the strong SE winds. Then we will work our way south. Not a bad place to wait on weather though!


Tue Oct 6 10:08 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Weather: wind 15SE,100%cc,flat anchorage

Still at anchor at Oyster Island on the coast of Espiritu Santo. Nice anchorage near some good snorkeling. Planning to head south again when we get a little window in the weather


Fri Oct 2 8:18 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Weather: wind 5SE,60%cc,flat anchorage

At anchor at Oyster Island on the coast of Espiritu Santo. Nice anchorage near some good snorkeling. Planning to stay here for a few days and explore the blue hole and near reefs.


Thu Oct 1 7:46 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Weather: wind 5-10SE,20%cc,flat anchorage

At anchor Rano Island on the cast of Malakula. Pretty anchorage with clear water nice coral. Planning to leave this morning to sail north to Oyster Island on Espiritu Santo.


Wed Sep 30 8:06 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
16 32.0S 167 46.20E
Weather: wind 10SE,100%cc,flat anchorage

At anchor in Gaspard Bay in the Maskelynes. Pretty anchorage with a lot of Dugongs. Planning to leave this morning to sail north to Port Stanley.


Tue Sep 29 8:21 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
16 32.0S 167 46.20E
Weather: wind 5-10SE,80%cc,flat anchorage

At anchor in Gaspard Bay in the Maskelynes. Pretty anchorage with a lot of Dugongs.


Greetings from Local Talent! Glad to see you traveling. I just returned from the states to Vuda Marina, and after an October visit to the Yasawas, back to New Zealand...

Hello Dean, We got into Oyster Island on Santo yesterday and have a little internet today. Good to hear from you! It turns out that we will be heading to NZ in November after all. Long story! Probably go to New Cal and then Opua for a while. Maybe we will see you there?
Sun Sep 27 10:05 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0kn
knts
Run: 840.5nm (1521.3km)
16 32.0S 167 46.20E
Weather: wind 5-10,100%cc,flat anchorage

At anchor by Awei island in the Maskelynes. Pretty anchorage. Friendly people stopping by in dugout canoes to trade.


Thu Jun 25 15:41 2015 NZST
Run: 66nm (119.5km)
19 09.500S 179 45.133W
Weather: WInds were SSE 16-20knots. Seas confused 2-2.5m.

Arrived Matuku this morning after an overnight from Fulanga.


Mon Jun 8 7:40 2015 NZST
Speed:
6.7
knts
Run: 169.9nm (307.5km)
18 36S 178 56W
Weather: light NE

35m NW of Fulaga


Wed May 27 16:50 2015 NZST
Run: 633.1nm (1145.9km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 116.7nm
16 46.670s 179 20.110e
Weather: 25kts on the quarter late yesterday

checked in this morning Wednesday in Savusavu.


Fri May 22 6:39 2015 NZST
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 280.7nm (508.1km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.2nm
25 44.590s 177 19.180.313e
Weather: 5knts SE 0000 baro 05%cloud

all ok. Motorsailing with clear skies and calm seas.


Glade all is well
Thu May 21 6:55 2015 NZST
Speed:
5
knts
Weather: 80%cc no baro

slight swell from south , motoring all is well on board


Wed May 20 13:51 2015 NZST
Speed:
4.6M
knts
Run: 141.4nm (255.9km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.1nm
29 40S 176 08E
Weather: 8s, 50%CC,

ALL WELL


Tue May 19 11:46 2015 NZST
Speed:
6.6
knts
Run: 152.2nm (275.5km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.6nm
31 34S 175 15E
Weather: 2m seas from SSW, SSW15-18, 100%cc,

all well


Mon May 18 12:08 2015 NZST
Speed:
6.8
knts
Run: 109.4nm (198km)
33 43S 174 41E
Weather: SSW15, s swell 2m

All well on their way to Savusavu


Thu Nov 20 8:27 2014 NZDT
Speed:
6.2
knts
Run: 169.5nm (306.8km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.4nm
33 49S 172 47E
Weather: 40%cc, choppy2m, SSW 15-18

3 reefs in but wind has eased, 111m from Cape Brett


Wed Nov 19 7:33 2014 NZDT
Speed:
6ms
knts
Run: 144.4nm (261.4km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.9nm
32 05S 170 43E
Weather: SW 5-8

260nm from Cape Brett on way to Whangarei


Tue Nov 18 8:26 2014 NZDT
Speed:
5ms
knts
Run: 154.6nm (279.8km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.1nm
30 34S 169 02E
Weather: 3SSW, wnw swell

eta Friday


Mon Nov 17 8:21 2014 NZDT
Speed:
6
knts
Run: 147nm (266.1km)
Avg: 9.7knts
24hr: 232.4nm
28 21S 168 41E
Weather: 16-20NW,

all well and a great radio installation!


Sun Nov 16 17:11 2014 NZDT
Speed:
7ms
knts
Run: 142.2nm (257.4km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 128.4nm
26 19S 167 59E
Weather: NE4

Have a helpful 1.4kt current


Sat Nov 15 14:36 2014 NZDT
Speed:
5.8
knts
24 29S 166 57E
Weather: backed to E 8-10, light chop,

Left Noumea for WR yesterday noon. ETA Sat. Rought at first but wind has now backed as forecast. making it easier on the tummy!


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