Sun Jul 19 22:02 2015 NZST
GPS: 10 38.593s 142 38.592e
Run: 103.4nm (187.2km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.4nm

We have arrived Blackwood Bay. Here with Fyne Spirit. Expect departure for Debut, Indonesia, Wednesday. Thank you for the great weather and cheerful voices each morning. Will continue listening until arrival Indonesia on the 26th or 27th. Not, however, tomorrow morning, Monday, as we expect to sleep in. Cheers, Jack & Jan

Sun Jul 19 6:10 2015 NZST
GPS: 11 35.60s 143 49.28e
Run: 179.7nm (325.3km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.2nm
Weather: 21knts SE, 1.5m swell, 10% cloud cover, bar 1011.

Given wind (22-26) and sea (3m) it was a pretty comfortable night. Now inside reef heading toward Blackwood Bay, Mt. Adolphus Is. Dead downwind with main only. Expect arrival this evening.

Sat Jul 18 7:08 2015 NZST
GPS: 11 49.75s 146 27.90e
Run: 160.6nm (290.7km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 159.7nm
Weather: 23knts SE, 2m swell, 40% cloud cover, bar 1009.

Energetic night.

Fri Jul 17 7:00 2015 NZST
GPS: 12 30.79s 148 44.2e
Run: 162nm (293.2km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.6nm
Weather: 15knts SSE, 1.5m swell, 30% cloud cover, bar 1010.

Ran poled out genny last 24 hours. Expected, but not getting lighter winds overnight and morning to fly spinnaker after light with increase starting afternoon up over 20 by tomorrow night. Please comment during radio report if appropriate.

Thu Jul 16 6:56 2015 NZST
GPS: 13 43.95s 150 47.52e
Run: 165.3nm (299.2km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.3nm
Weather: 14knts SE, 1.5m swell, 100% cloud cover, bar 1011.

Wed Jul 15 6:56 2015 NZST
GPS: 14 31.79s 153 07.07e
Run: 178.4nm (322.9km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.2nm
Weather: 17knts ESE, 1.5m swell, 30% cloud cover, bar 1011.

Comfortable night, less roll.

Tue Jul 14 6:46 2015 NZST
GPS: 15 11.69s 155 41.94e
Run: 178.4nm (322.9km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 176.1nm
Weather: 20knts ESE, 2.0m swell, 20% cloud cover, bar 1012.

Consistent conditions since front passed yesterday morning with wine slowly backing.

Mon Jul 13 6:27 2015 NZST
GPS: 16 30.63s 158 00.49e
Run: 184.8nm (334.5km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.7nm
Weather: 14knts NW, 1.0m swell from the ??, 100% cloud cover, bar 1008.

Wind backing. Rain. Expect to tack shortly.

Sun Jul 12 6:49 2015 NZST
GPS: 17 48.30s 160 27.39e
Run: 188.1nm (340.5km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 186.9nm
Weather: 18knts E, 1.5m swell from the NE, 20% cloud cover, bar 1013.

Since sea eased and wind increased yesterday morning have had good sailing. Going north of rhumb until wind shifts to south to keep most wind ref. GRIB and for better angle later.

Sat Jul 11 6:40 2015 NZST
GPS: 19 48.62s 162 24.07e
Run: 132.5nm (239.8km)
Weather: 15knts E, 2.0m swell from the S, 30% cloud cover, bar 1017.

Swell higher than forecast yesterday, up to 3 meters.

Wed Jul 8 21:56 2015 NZST
GPS: 20 34.582s 164 16.409e
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)

Koumac. Will wait until Friday morning to depart for Torres Strait.

Wed Jul 8 7:29 2015 NZST
GPS: 20 34.551s 164 16.331e
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: 20-25 knts SSE, .5 m wind waves, 100% cloud cover, bar 1013.

Anchored at Koumac. Little wind until about 0300 then 20 to 25 across the point last 3 hours.

Tue Jul 7 16:12 2015 NZST
GPS: 20 34.601s 164 16.348e
Run: 61.2nm (110.8km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165nm
Weather: 7knts SE 100% cloud cover bar 1010.

Motored all the way to Koumac inside. Dreary day.

Tue Jul 7 7:18 2015 NZST
GPS: 21 19.60s 164 46.64e
Run: 13.7nm (24.8km)
Weather: 15knts ESE, 2.5m swell from the SE, 80% cloud cover clear south horizon.

2100 UTC. Calm night behind Ile Grimault. Currently en route Baie Chasseloup, Koumac tomorrow.

Mon Jul 6 7:53 2015 NZST
GPS: 21 21.055s 164 59.333e
Run: 81.6nm (147.7km)
Weather: calm wind, overcast north and clear overhead and south.

Day hopping up the coast. Last night at Ile Grimault leaving shortly. Tonight Baie Chasseloup. Tomorrow Koumac. No rush, so have decided to top up provisions and may leave for Torres end of week. Unable copy Deesse (pronounced day ESS) this morning. If you get a chance please send their position from this morning.

Fri Jul 3 17:36 2015 NZST
GPS: 21 59.869s 166 03.092e
Run: 17nm (30.8km)
Weather: Wind very light from the N, 70% thin cloud cover, Bar 1009.

2200 UTC Anchored in Baie des Moustiques. Thinking to head more southerly at first toward Chesterfield Reef to gain a bit of distance from Raquel until she decides what to do, but probably just go up-island to Koumac, top-up provisions and wait. Hopefully the French won't get too fussy about us chilling for a few days. Thanks for info that report got through.

Thu Jul 2 18:01 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 10.77s 166 13.79e
Run: 15.1nm (27.3km)
Weather: 4knts E .3m swell from the S 70% cloud cover.

Motoring for Baie des Moustiques to stage for passage Torres Straight/Indonesia. Rethinking early departure due being able to hear David this morning away from Noumea interference with update on TC Raquel. Think first password is correct as updated using one time second password, but message from 24/6 didn't seem to get through. Are password and format OK?

Wed Jun 24 19:34 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 16.629s 166 26.408e

Just want to make sure I've finally gotten sorted on proper format. We're awaiting a warranty part shipment from US. Claimed to be here Friday. Not holding breath.

Tue Jun 23 18:46 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 16.632S 166 26.408E
Run: 732.4nm (1325.6km)

Final preparations before heading toward Indonesia

Sat May 23 7:29 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 57S 177 54E
Run: 658.8nm (1192.4km)
Avg: 28.3knts
24hr: 679.6nm
Weather: NNW12, seas OK

32nm from Koure pass and conditions not like just further south so an OK entrance

Fri May 22 8:14 2015 NZST
GPS: 24 27S 167 37E
Run: 365nm (660.7km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.2nm
Weather: ne13

great ride

Wed May 20 8:10 2015 NZST
GPS: 29 13S 170 10E
Run: 135.4nm (245.1km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 135.9nm
Weather: SE6-8 barometer reading hi

Tue May 19 8:15 2015 NZST
GPS: 31 08S 170 38E
Weather: ese12

hdg to Noumea

Anthem - Anthem - 703 Jul 2015

Last week marked the 239th birthday of the United States and about 33 for those guys to the north. They didn't start counting until a constitution was signed, whereas we got about a decade and a half jump on that by measuring from sending a nasty note to King George telling him where he could stick his empire. We tried to get Canada involved in the subsequent dust-up, but they weren't nearly as miffed with the British as we were. Although a formal document has served us extremely well, that 15 Read more...

years of meandering along without one didn't seem to bother many people very much and after all, the U.K. still doesn't have a constitution and they seem to get on OK. Happy birthday guys.

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