Astarte

Astarte

Thu Oct 5 7:46 2017 NZDT
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
Weather: Clear Skies, 1014.6hPa, E 5k, 24c

Let the spending begin, in Vuda Point Marina. "Cooks Night Off" last night. Will be looking for a slightly earlier wx window to NZ because of travel to the US.

Thu Sep 28 6:51 2017 NZDT
Run: 31.7nm (57.4km)
Weather: 100% cloud, light rain just started, 1014.1hPa, 24c, Astarte pointing E in very light breeze

Arrived in Saweni Bay yesterday just after noon after a great downwind sail inside the reef. Anchored in a 20k N wind throwing a big sea into the bay. Quite "boisterous" until about 1600 or so, when the winds went to the S, moderated and the bay settled

Mon Sep 25 8:54 2017 NZDT
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:48 2017 NZDT
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:48 2017 NZDT
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:48 2017 NZDT
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:36 2017 NZDT
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:36 2017 NZDT
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:33 2017 NZDT
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:33 2017 NZDT
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:18 2017 NZDT
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:18 2017 NZDT
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:09 2017 NZDT
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:06 2017 NZDT
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:03 2017 NZDT
Run: 28.6nm (51.8km)
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Fri Sep 22 6:36 2017 NZST
Run: 19.7nm (35.7km)
Weather: 100% cloud, 1015.5hPa, 23c, SSE 5-8k

Anchored off Nananu-i-ra. Still on N coast of Viti Levu. Lots of pretty flash homes on shore.

Mon Sep 18 7:07 2017 NZST
Weather: 1017.5hPa, 25c, 75% cloud(looks to be breaking up), Astarte facing S, calm

Anchored in Toba Basaga Bay on the N side of Viti Levu, walting to a small waterfall today, we hope.

Fri Sep 15 9:05 2017 NZST
Run: 25.5nm (46.2km)
Weather: 100% cloud 1017.3hPa, 25c, occasional rain, lite SE wind

Anchored after a great sail from Ruku Ruku. Will wait till we get some better sun to work our way around the N. side of Viti Levu

Thu Sep 7 7:16 2017 NZST
Run: 19.1nm (34.6km)
Weather: 70% cloud, 1017.1hPa, 23c, lite wind, Astarte facing E

In Ruku Ruku on the W side of Ovalau.

Tue Sep 5 7:12 2017 NZST
Weather: wind SE 3-5k, 100% cloud, light rain this morning, hope it clears a bit for more snorkeling 1017.5hPa.

Same spot in Makogai

Fri Sep 1 6:45 2017 NZST
Run: 52.4nm (94.8km)
Weather: wind NNE 3-5k, 60% thin, high, cloud, 1013.5hPa, 24c. ,

Anchored at Makogi, a bit rolly

Thu Aug 24 6:34 2017 NZST
Run: 34.1nm (61.7km)
Weather: 100% cloud, rain last night,1014.1hPa, 22c, calm

Back in the "big city". Anchored in Savu Savu, will provision up, fuel up, extend our visa, and enjoy multiple "cooks nights off" and be here for at least a week.

Hi Michael and Barbara, Sorry we didn't answer your chat request this morning. I got distracted while multi-tasking and trying to do few other things while streaming GHR. We are back aboard after 2 months in the States and just chilling for a while at Musket Cove. We're hoping for a good WX window to sail to Beqa for some diving with the big sharks but need to be back in Denarau by mid September to pick up my nephew and his girlfriend who'll be flying in for a visit. Our end of season plans are evolving daily.
Mon Aug 21 6:24 2017 NZST
Weather: wind N 10k, 40% thin cloud, 1011.2mB, 25c . ,

Anchored in Nasasobo Bay, just W of Viani Bay

Sun Aug 20 7:33 2017 NZST
Run: 18.7nm (33.8km)
Weather: Calm, humid, 1011.6mB, 26c. 30% cloud

Motor sailed down from Katherine Bay, very light winds, and variable. Wind filled in late in the day from N- NE, right after we arrived. One mahi on the way.

Tue Aug 15 6:32 2017 NZST
Weather: Rain most of the night, 1012.5mB, 100% cloud, calm now but has been blustery mostly E quadrant winds, 24c

Snugly anchored in Katherine Bay. We wanted to visit a friend here, but he is in Suva. Shared some of our mahi with a local fisherman in the bay.

Mon Aug 14 5:35 2017 NZST
Run: 6.7nm (12.1km)
Weather: Rainy, 1014.9mB, 23c, gusty winds SE, 100% cloud

Anchored in Katherine Bay. Wanted to get out of the very deep anchorage in Albert Cove, for incoming front.

Fri Aug 11 6:51 2017 NZST
Run: 20.7nm (37.5km)
Weather: wind light and variable,1015.1mB, 24c, 95% cloud, .

Albert Cove, Rabi. Had a great sail yesterday once we rounded the point. Mostly E-ENE winds. Fishing was very productive. Two Mahis to the boat, the bigger one landed, plus one rainbow runner which we had for dinner.

Sat Aug 5 7:19 2017 NZST
Run: 9.3nm (16.8km)
Weather: 1014.9mB, 25c, 30% cloud, SE 8-12

New anchor spot will wait for lighter breezes to go around Undu Point, will do laundry at the very nice stream in the meantime.

This is Steve, formerly of Pogeyan, crew on Gypseaheart and now of Catalyst. I have been hooping to meet up with you here in Fiji, but, chasing and waiting for boat pars has prevented me from doing that. In Vuda Point now, but, probably leaving for Vanuatu on Friday. Stay safe and fair winds
Fri Aug 4 7:09 2017 NZST
Run: 16.2nm (29.3km)
Weather: 1013.6mB, 24c, 25% cloud, SE very light

Anchored next to an Island that we cannot pronounce(correctly), spelled Tilagica. Very nice morning. Good motor sail yesterday, caught(finally) a very nice mahi and filled the water tanks with the RO machine.

Tue Aug 1 6:53 2017 NZST
Run: 5.2nm (9.4km)
Weather: S 12-18k, 1015.6mB, 2% cloud, 23c. Gusty winds started very early this morning

Moved from Tivi to what the locals call Bula Bay. Went up the Wainakoro River yesterday in the repaired dinghy, got a bit more diesel, outboard gas, cookies, a new cooking gas regulator and cold drinks. The shop here has one of everything, except the eggs were "finished".

Chris says to check Tampa weather. Governor has issued storm warning for 35 counties including Tampa.
Fri Jul 28 7:08 2017 NZST
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
Weather: 5-10 SE, protected spot, some haze but pretty much 3% cloud,, 24c, 1015.8mB

Moved the 9nm to Tivi Island. It is well protected, and no noise from the timber mill(just the sugar cane trains). Will try to make a temporary fix to the dinghy here

Thu Jul 27 6:30 2017 NZST
Weather: 30% cloud, wind SE 10-15, 1014.7mB, 21c

Still in Malau, successful trip into town yesterday, will move a bit more east to Tivi Island today, after cooking gas tank refill. Still haven't seen any significant rain.

Wed Jul 26 6:44 2017 NZST
Run: 20.2nm (36.6km)
Weather: SE 10-15, calm most of the night, 2% cloud, 1013.7mB, 23c

Left Kia, now in Malau taking the early bus to Labasa for supplies and a bit of diesel. Sad to leave Kia. Still recovering from Michael's climb to the top of the hill on Kia where a really old canon is located along with great views of the Great Sea Reef

Tue Jul 25 6:57 2017 NZST
Weather: wind E 3-5k, 4% cloud, 1013.9mB, 24c. ,

Still anchored in Kia, has been quite nice. Some very short showers on Fri night. Mostly clear, no sign of the trough out here.

Fri Jul 21 8:09 2017 NZST
Run: 15.6nm (28.2km)
Weather: wind sE 3-5k, yesterday was 12-18 with big gusts in anchorage, 80% low thin cloud, 1014.4B, 26c ,

Made it out to Kia Island. Had a visit with Save and did Sevu Sevu. Will go in and visit the island school today.4.3 rooster index.

Thu Jul 20 6:48 2017 NZST
Run: 18.9nm (34.2km)
Weather: 1013.3mb, 3% cloud, wind ESE light and variable, 24c.

Very pretty morning. Had dinner at Palm Lea Farms. A fun evening of way too much food. Hope to move out to Kia today or tomorrow.

Tue Jul 18 7:41 2017 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: 015.9mB, 20c, wind SE 8-12k, 20% cloud

at anchor on the north side of Vanua Levu. Lots of burning yesterday, we guess because the wind was finally down a bit. We are hoping to get to Palm Lea Farms today, if the breezes stay light.

Mon Jul 17 7:26 2017 NZST
Weather: 10%cloud, 1017.6mB, 24c, wind 8-12 SE,

Wind down so far this morning. Been quite blustery for the last few days. If the wind stays moderate we will move on to Palm Lea Farms and visit Joe and Julie.

Glad to see you are sailing along. Hope you have Skype soon.
Sat Jul 15 8:00 2017 NZST
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)
Weather: wind SE 18-22k, 100% cloud,1016.4mB, 21c,

Windy and gusty night and morning. must be orographics. Second place we have been close to land with strong winds. Out of cell phone range for a few days til we move again.

Sun Jul 9 17:52 2017 NZST
Run: 22.1nm (40km)
Weather: SE 12-18, 60% cloud

Anchored off Navigiri. Will go ashore tomorrow morning for Sevu Sevu. Hope to get up Fiji's longest river, the Draketi, in the next few days.

Sat Jul 8 8:00 2017 NZST
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
Weather: wind calm, 5% cloud, 1013.6mB, 23c. ,

Anchored in Naviqiri, saw friends we met last year. Will be a warm day today.

Tue Jul 4 6:33 2017 NZST
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
Weather: wind SSE 15k, 85% broken cloud,1014.8mB, 22c ,

Anchored in Koroinasolo Bay, a bit breezy and cool but well protected, shallow and good holding. Will visit the school today, did Sevu Sevu yesterday. The most informal yet!

Sun Jul 2 14:09 2017 NZST
Run: 11nm (19.9km)
Weather: wind calm, 100% cloud, clear over night 100% low cloud this morning, 1017.2mB. ,

Anchored in Baulailai Bay, great downwind sail yesterday to here.

Fri Jun 30 16:42 2017 NZST
Run: 26.6nm (48.1km)

Nice down wind sail toward Nabuwalu. Decided to carry on after looking at wind direction there. Now in Bua Bay, wind is 18-20 SE but flat seas. Just like the last time we were here.

Thu Jun 29 7:14 2017 NZST
Run: 21.3nm (38.6km)
Weather: Wind SE 12-18 100% cloud 1016mB 23c

Anchored near Nasonisono Pass. Passage yesterday afternoon. Tried to catch the tide on the pass, but it was at least two hours early! Breezy night, 100% cloud this morning.

Wed Jun 28 7:44 2017 NZST
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)

Waiting for winds to moderate, then off to the clockwise circumnavigation of Vanua Levu. Anchored off the Cousteau Resort. Nice to be out of town, but no more "cooks nights off" for the near future.

Wed Jun 7 16:12 2017 NZST
Run: 125.6nm (227.3km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90.1nm

On a mooring in SavuSavu. Safely arrived here at 0840 local time. (Clearance was a breeze, as expected.) After a VERY boisterous last 18 hours. Lots of squalls, wind SE 20-25 and 2-3m swell from the same. Looking forward to more than 3 hours of continuous sleep and a chili/chicken meat pie from the Hot Bread Shop.

Tue Jun 6 6:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 144.1nm (260.8km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.1nm
Weather: wind SE 10-12k, 100% cloud and light rain, 0.5m seas, 1012.1mB, 24c. ,

dodging fishing boats right now but good sailing overnight, a bit of drizzle, not great vis, but only 120nm to go

Almost there, yippee! The homeward stretch, be safe!
Mon Jun 5 6:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.6knts
Run: 123.9nm (224.3km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.4nm
Weather: wind SSE 8-10k, 90% cloud, seas confused 0.5m, 1012.8mB, 24c ,

sailing, slow going compared to the start of the trip. 246nm to go.

Sun Jun 4 7:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 101.9nm (184.4km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 98.2nm
Weather: wind S-SSW 3-5k, 90% cloud, 0.5m seas,1012.7mB, 21c. ,

Just started motoring after a VERY slow night downwind sailing, 355nm to go to SavuSavu

Sat Jun 3 6:42 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 111.1nm (201.1km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.3nm
Weather: wind S 10k, 80% cloud, 1.5m WSW swell, 1012.2mB, 21c. ,

came through the front yesterday around 1230. Wind shift 1430. Settled finally around 1900. Sailing with poled out heady.

Fri Jun 2 6:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 88.6nm (160.4km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 88.2nm
Weather: wind N 15k, 100% cloud. seas confused 1m from the north,1014.7mB, 21c ,

wind turned north last night around 1900 or so, been sort of "running in place" till they become more favorable for making our way north

Thu Jun 1 6:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 3.6knts
Run: 115.5nm (209.1km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123.5nm
Weather: wind S-SSE 5-10k, 90% cloud, pretty flat seas, 1018.9mB, 19c. ,

just jibed the poled out heady, Barbara finally shed two layers of woolies for the night watch, looks to be really nice sunrise

Wed May 31 8:23 2017 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 141.5nm (256.1km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 133.5nm
Weather: 8-12NW, 0.5m seas, 70%cc. 1021

good signal today

Tue May 30 6:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.1knts
Run: 114.7nm (207.6km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.3nm
Weather: windS-SSW 4-8k, 95% broken cloud, seas fairly light 1021.8mB 18c. ,

really slow sailing all night, we did just start motor for GHR weather and nets

Mon May 29 9:19 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 19.1nm (34.6km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189.3nm
Weather: Sw 10-15, 1m seas, 30%cc

On ham net via George VK4gsf

Mon May 29 6:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 158.7nm (287.2km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.1nm
Weather: wind SW 15k, 30% cloud, 1.5 m seas from SW, 1021.1 mB,17c. ,

still sailing nicely. We are telling ourselves it is getting warmer.

We're 80 deg. here at 1:30pm today (our Sunday) TOO HOT! - Happy Memorial Day!

Hope your safe and living the Dream! Miss ya brother!! All good here
Sun May 28 8:06 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 119.5nm (216.3km)
Weather: wind SW 12k, 30% cloud, 1016.9mb.Seas 1.5m SW ,

Sailing nicely since yesterday afternoon, but hasn't warmed up yet.

Have a good safe trip. It MUST get warmer! :)
Tue May 16 7:15 2017 NZST
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)

In Marsden Cove, staging for trip to Fiji. Sure hope wx forecast holds.

Wed Apr 19 9:06 2017 NZST
Run: 50.9nm (92.1km)

Sailed all but 10 miles to Urquharts Bay, on our way to Whangarei, NZ. Had a great sail, 6.5-7k most of the way, till the wind died. Will start the last minute preps in town when we get there later this week.

Sat Apr 15 8:21 2017 NZST
Run: 2nm (3.6km)

Back over to Smokehouse Bay from Kiwiriki, for showers after riding out TC Cook. Luckily the storm was farther east and weaker than forecast so we did fine. Will look for a window to get back to the Hatea River and Whangarei next week. Happy Easter!

Sat Apr 8 9:11 2017 NZST
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)

Winds swung to the E, so moved to Kaiarara Bay. Might do a walk or maybe a dinghy ride into town if the drizzle stops.

Thu Apr 6 8:51 2017 NZST
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)

Anchored here to ride out the remnants of Cyclone Debbie. Lots of rain and gusty, but not too uncomfortable. Might head back to Smokehouse for hot showers today.

Thu Mar 30 19:52 2017 NZDT
Run: 50.9nm (92.1km)

Safely anchored in Smokehouse Bay. After a very pleasant motor here. Flat seas, clear skies and lite winds(sailing would have been better) but we never saw the forecast showers. Hope the water system is working here for hot showers.

Wed Mar 29 10:23 2017 NZDT
Run: 14.3nm (25.9km)

Anchored in Urquhart Bay. Hope to get to Great Barrier Island tomorrow. Really glad to be out of town and on the hook again.

Mon Mar 20 20:21 2017 NZDT
Run: 1.4nm (2.5km)

FINALLY, back in the water. At the dock in Whangarei Marina. Recovering and getting ready to try and get to Great Barrier Island early next week. Really glad the haul out is over, but we did get most of what we had planned finished.

Tue Jan 24 16:32 2017 NZDT
Run: 7.8nm (14.1km)

We are currently hauled out at Docklands 5 in Whangarei and will be for at least 4-6 weeks. All good, just routine maintenance and new bottom paint.

Sun Jan 22 10:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 12.6nm (22.8km)

Whew, pretty breezy last night 25-35 sustained, NNE. A fair amount of rain that is much needed. Will wait here til Tuesdays haul out at Docklands 5. Hope the wind settles today, still 15-20k from the SW which is not the best direction for here in the Nook.

Thu Jan 19 10:31 2017 NZDT
Run: 20nm (36.2km)

Anchored in Tutakaka Harbour. Blustery this morning, but had a very nice sail yesterday from Whangaruru. Will let this wx pass and try and catch the forecast northerlies Saturday morning.

Tue Jan 17 18:22 2017 NZDT
Run: 8.7nm (15.7km)

Tough slog south, should have waited for the late afternoon northwesterlies. Anchored in Whangaruru, Puriri Bay. Will most likely move tomorrow, but later in the day to Tutukaka.

Sun Jan 15 9:11 2017 NZDT
Run: 5.7nm (10.3km)

Comfortably anchored in Whamgamumu. Waiting for a bit more settled wx to keep working our way toward Whangarei. Hope Docklands gets the lift fixed soon, so we can get our haulout overwith.

Sat Jan 7 8:32 2017 NZDT
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)

Tucked in, being REALLY lazy. Wx has been glorious. Head back to Opua Monday for final heady roller furler fix, then will head south toward Whangarei for a haul out. Russel Boat Club Tall Ships Race today at noon.

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