Astarte

Astarte

Wed Nov 15 7:36 2017 NZDT
Run: 11.1nm (20.1km)
35 43.43S 174 19.61E
Weather: Calm, Cold 1025.5hPa, 20% cloud

Tied up in Whangarei Marina, downtown Whangarie. Came up river with rain, plus lightning and thunder to the north.

Mon Nov 13 19:50 2017 NZDT
Run: 48.8nm (88.3km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 97.2nm
35 50.21S 174 28.12E
Weather: Calm in the marina 70% cloud, 1020hPa

Safely tied up to the Q dock in Marsden Cove. One of our most "memorable" passages, if not THE MOST. Motor sailed the last 18 hours or so. Now start the clean up and repairs. Thanks to all for the kind words on YIT, greetings at the dock, and good thoughts, that most certainly helped us along.

Very pleased to see you in , no more weather forecasts!! Love Doug & Sandra

Glad to hear that your going to have yet another story with a happy ending my friends. Get some rest and take a deep breath! Have a drink on me!
Mon Nov 13 7:47 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4.6knts
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
Avg: 16.4knts
24hr: 392.7nm
35 08S 174 33E
Weather: Wind SE-SSE 8k 1017.9hPa 40% cloud Still cold 0.5m on the n

We are getting closer. Had strong(20k ish)SE head winds near cape Brett so tacked back and forth making little headway toward Marsden. We decided that we would have only been making 2-3k at best under power on the rhumb line and then would have been into fuel issues, so that is what and sort of why. Should be in at sunset at Marsden, we hope.

Hang in there, must seem like you're never going to get there!!!! We are underway, just motoring across the bay....
Mon Nov 13 7:45 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4.6knts
Run: 37.5nm (67.9km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 64.7nm
35 08.58S 174 33.00E
Weather: wind SE-SSE 8k, 40% cloud, 0.5m seas, on the nose 1017.8hPa 19c,. ,

Strong headwinds last night around Cape Brett, so behind a bit. Maybe 2000 tonight arrival.

Sun Nov 12 17:50 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 30.5nm (55.2km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 77.9nm
34 36S 174 33E
Weather: S-SSE maybe 5-8k. Seas are down, still a big swell easily 2

We should be in tomorrow sometime between 1000 and 1400, depending on how we hit the tides in the Hatea River, and how much wind chop we get. Right now we are averaging 5k, on the rhumb line direct. All is good aboard.

Sun Nov 12 8:27 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4.2knts
Run: 51.2nm (92.7km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 80.3nm
34 10.49S 174 24.56E
Weather: wind SSE-S 10k, 30% cloud, 1011.6hPa, 19c, choppy 1m seas.

motor sailing, hope to be in tomorrow noon, what a different day

Sat Nov 11 17:08 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4.2knts
Run: 14.3nm (25.9km)
33 31S 174 00E
Weather: Wind S 15-18k 1007.5hPa Seas still confused at 2-3m

As we expected and you assured us, conditions started to dramatically improve about 1200. Wind died, seas still up but much much better.

We turned towards Marsden at around 1615. Seas a bit large, but wind is down and we are hoping the seas will follow quickly. Plus we are now at least heading more or less in the right direction. Are hoping for SW winds later today or tomorrow for better sailing angle.
(They are Sounding happier and the conditions will continue to improve. At least they are now heading for marsden.)

Great news guys, so pleased to hear you are moving in the right direction , Regards Doug & Sandra
Sat Nov 11 7:51 2017 NZDT
Speed: 1.8knts
Run: 38.6nm (69.9km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 63.9nm
33 33.21S 174 14.64E
Weather: wind SSE S 35-40k,+ 100% cloud, lots of arain and squalls, 1004.4hPa,100%cloud, seas 3-4m "all over the place"(this should be a new direction choice). Two hours later on ham net bar was 1006.4 so that explains the wind!

one of our worst nights ever at sea.

Hang in there Michael & Barbara, we are feeling your pain as well , you are handling the situation as well as is possible, we’ll done , Doug & Sandra

"Not like". Sorry to hear about your terrible night, must be nearly there?? Andy and Tony
Fri Nov 10 17:21 2017 NZDT
Speed: 2.2knts
Run: 27.7nm (50.1km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 70.7nm
33 40S 174 54E
Weather: Wind 40k + SSE to S, but really hard to tell100%cloud, heav

Well, we think it is official, we are not having fun anymore!! But all well aboard.

Glad all well on board, sending love, that beer's gonna taste good -Andy and Tony

Are you in the middle of a storm or what? Can't tell from your messages.
Fri Nov 10 7:57 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4.0knts
Run: 71.8nm (130km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111.3nm
33 34.04S 175 22.02E
Weather: wind SSE 25k with higher gusts, 100% cloud, rain off and on, 1013.6hPa, seas 2m very confused, COLD 15c. ,later at ham net. Much the same except seas are building

bashing along, but plan to heave to after weather, 122 to Opua

Thu Nov 9 16:28 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 27.3nm (49.4km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 104.9nm
32 45S 176 08E
Weather: Currently the wind is officially "Hootin". Guessing around 25-30SE. Confirmed on scatterometer

await the special 40m sked.

Thu Nov 9 10:13 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.6nm
32 24S 176 21E
Weather: SSE22-28, 2m swell, 1015.9

this during ham net time. Via relay from gary VK4IBC. 200nm to go. It will seem like 2000 i guess!

Thu Nov 9 7:42 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4.0knts
Run: 82.8nm (149.9km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.5nm
32 13.28S 176 24.24E
Weather: wind SE 10k, 100% cloud, light rain last night 1016.5hPa, seas SE 0.5m.

had a wind shift about 0130, N to S, but no dramatic speed change

Wed Nov 8 17:08 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.8mknts
Run: 61.1nm (110.6km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156nm
31 02S 176 35E
Weather: wind very lite, N-NEbuilding (we hope!!!) Seas SE 1m swell 1

We have been motoring since 0545, not what we expected for today, but better than getting bashed. Are hoping to get some sailing in this evening if it continues to build(maybe wishful thinking). We do not have enough fuel to motor the whole way in, especially if we get any sort of head seas,Ha Ha. It Will be close, so we are hoping to sail so we have a bit of a cushion. Skies are milky, hazy

Fingers crossed for some helpful wind and a speedy safe arrival!
Wed Nov 8 7:44 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.3knts
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
30 09S 176 36E
Weather: Wind lite N 8k (maybe) 1017.5hPa Seas 1m 21c

Sounds like conditions are gonna be not very nice, we will take you advice and try not to close the coast too soon.

Wed Nov 8 7:30 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 94nm (170.1km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.6nm
30 09.38S 176 36.27E
Weather: wind N 5-8k, 30% cloud, 21c, 1017.6hPa, seas 1m NE ,

Motor sailing again, pretty rolly as we chug along, in beam seas. Preparing the fan to be hit.

Tue Nov 7 17:16 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 46.8nm (84.7km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.8nm
28 49S 176 20E
Weather: E15approx, 1017.5hPa, 40% cloud cover, cloud bank in the dis

Wind picked up FINALLY around 1330 and has been good sailing ever since 6.5-7k. Will tuck a reef in the main tonight, but will do our best to keep up speed. Hope to be at 30s around 0500 in the morning, if speed holds through the night. Still holding out hope of going into Marsden, but from our waypoint at 30 00s 176 30e Opua is 30nm closer so we would save 5-6 hours if beating. We will see ho

Keeping my fingers crossed for you. Hope you miss the storm. Posts sound like you are making good time.
Tue Nov 7 10:20 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 13.7nm (24.8km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.2nm
28 09S 176 12E
Weather: 30%cc, 1m long swell, wind just up to about 8kts

still on course for just avoiding the low but has the fronts to contend with.

Tue Nov 7 7:45 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 87.5nm (158.4km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.8nm
27 57.29S 176 09.83E
Weather: wind E 3-5k, 80% cloud, 1017.8hPa, 21c, calm seas. ,

very frustrating night. Quite a strong adverse current, that we are motoring into, burning fuel, but now making much headway

Mon Nov 6 17:20 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 66.5nm (120.4km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.1nm
26 42S 175 58.5E
Weather: wind E 8-12k, Seas 1m long swell, pretty flat, 1015.7hPa,

Hmm. The race is on. Will they beat the low. Stay tuned for the exciting finish to this saga.

Mon Nov 6 7:30 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 171.9nm (311.1km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.4nm
25 44.28S 175 58.01E
Weather: wind ENE-NE 8-12k, 15% cloud, 1016.3hPa, 23c,. ,

much more comfortable, "the calm before the storm". Still trying to come up with a strategy for the low we will sail into. Temps coming down.

Sun Nov 5 8:30 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 11.9nm (21.5km)
Avg: 24knts
24hr: 575nm
23 16.79S 176 22.92E
Weather: wind E-ESE 18-22k, 60% cloud, 1.5m choppy, close and SE,E,NE. 1015.0hPa ,

Seas have settled a bit, but still pretty lumpy. Wind has clocked, so we are on more of a beat. Nervously watching the low forecast near NZ on Thursday.
by ham net time speed was up! 6.7 knots with 720 nautical miles to Opua NZ.

Sun Nov 5 8:00 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.7knts
Run: 166nm (300.5km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.6nm
23 27S 176 21E

Doing well and full sped ahead. with 720 nautical miles to Opua NZ. This report from the ham net at 2100 UTC

Sat Nov 4 7:21 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 131.7nm (238.4km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.3nm
21 04.46S 176 44.12E
Weather: wind E 20-25k, 70% cloud, very confused, close and steep seas, 2m 1012.5hPa. ,

making headway in quite uncomfortable sea conditions. Finally see the sun this morning. Had to slow down so we wouldn't pound so hard for most of yesterday.

Fri Nov 3 8:20 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 95.2nm (172.3km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.4nm
19 11S 176 59E
Weather: 18ENE, 100%cc, SE1.5-2m swell conf seas due wind chop. 2 hrs later ese wind.

getting used to being at sea again. On passage to Whangarei

Thu Nov 2 15:42 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 12.9nm (23.3km)
17 50.00S 177 16.50E
Weather: wind W 10-15k(land effect), 50% cloud, flat seas inside the reef, 1007.1hPa. ,

Motoring out of the reef in Fiji.

Thu Oct 5 7:46 2017 NZDT
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
17 40.81S 177 23.17E
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)
17 38.474S 177 23.522E
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
17 23.35S 177 47.66E
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:48 2017 NZDT
17 23.35S 177 47.66E
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:48 2017 NZDT
17 23.35S 177 47.66E
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:48 2017 NZDT
17 23.35S 177 47.66E
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:36 2017 NZDT
17 23.35S 177 47.66E
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:36 2017 NZDT
17 23.35S 177 47.66E
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:33 2017 NZDT
17 23.35S 177 47.66E
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:33 2017 NZDT
17 23.35S 177 47.66E
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:18 2017 NZDT
17 23.35S 177 47.66E
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:18 2017 NZDT
17 23.35S 177 47.66E
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:09 2017 NZDT
17 23.35S 177 47.66E
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:06 2017 NZDT
17 23.35S 177 47.66E
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Mon Sep 25 8:03 2017 NZDT
Run: 28.6nm (51.8km)
17 23.35S 177 47.66E
Weather: wind calm, 30% cloud, 1016.1hPa, 23c. ,

25nm from Lautoka

Fri Sep 22 6:36 2017 NZST
Run: 19.7nm (35.7km)
17 18.128S 178 13.081E
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
17 32.54S 178 22.76E
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)
17 32.54S 178 22.76E
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)
17 38.362S 178 45.152E
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
17 26.47S 178 57.22E
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)
17 26.49S 178 57.21E
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)
16 46.65S 179 20.18E
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
16 45.07S 179 51.06E
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)
16 45.079S 179 51.057E
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
16 31.64S 179 59.42W
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)
16 31.64S 179 59.43W
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)
16 26.68S 179 56.24W
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)
16 10.942S 179 54.679E
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)
16 11.305S 179 46.251E
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)
16 14.506S 179 31.951E
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)
16 17.08S 179 28.053E
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
16 21.711S 179 21.644E
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)
16 21.711S 179 21.644E
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
16 14.05S 179 05.22E
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)
16 14.04S 179 05.22E
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)
16 24.58S 179 14.06E
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)
16 28.7S 178 57.5E
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
16 28.69S 178 57.45E
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)
16 28.69S 178 57.45E
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)
16 31.237S 178 53.882E
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)
16 39.37S 178 35.73E
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)
16 44.16S 178 31.60E
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)
16 44.92S 178 28.97E
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)
16 52.04S 178 35.627E

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)
16 55.64S 178 59.47E
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)
16 48.60S 179 17.31E

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
16 46.65S 179 19.94E

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
18 35.41S 179 27.75E
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
20 36.47S 178 54.19E
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
22 17.49S 178 14.61E
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
23 42.06S 177 46.32E
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
25 18.43S 177 49.82E
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
26 28.25S 177 14.06E
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
28 06S 176 49E
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
30 02.21S 176 03.45E
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
31 41S 175 49E
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
31 57.26S 175 44.95E
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)
34 10.47S 175 02.99E
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)
35 50.22S 174 28.12E

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)
35 50.88S 174 31.86E

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)
36 12.01S 175 19.79E

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)
36 11.04S 175 21.59E

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)
36 12.04S 175 21.19E

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)
36 11.88S 175 19.86E

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)
35 50.86S 174 31.79E

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)
35 43.4S 174 19.53E

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)
35 44.38S 174 20.33E

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)
35 47.44S 174 27.76E

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)
35 37.07S 174 31.99E

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)
35 22.01S 174 21.39E

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)
35 15.01S 174 17.78E

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)
35 16.31S 174 11.88E

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.

Fri Dec 30 14:21 2016 NZDT
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
35 15.31S 174 12.38E

Anchored in Assassination Cove or Te Hue Bay. Needed good internet for an important phone call tomorrow morning. Still great weather, although a bit chilly for us. Fun to watch all the NZ'ers swimming, water skiing and paddle boarding.

Tue Dec 27 14:49 2016 NZDT
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
35 14.44S 174 14.63E

Made an epic passage this morning. . . . all of 1 nm. Omakiwi has accessible beaches and a nice walk or two ashore. Still very pleasant weather.

Mon Dec 26 8:46 2016 NZDT
Run: 7.7nm (13.9km)
35 14.83S 174 13.67E

Merry Christmas. We are out of the slip, andhave a working refrigerator, a great present for us. Beautiful clear NZ summer morning.

Sun Dec 11 6:59 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
35 18.95S 174 7.22E

Still in Opua, galley well underway. New stainless box going in this coming week(we hope). New formica around sinks looks great. Main roller furler noise sorted, still waiting on outcome of small break on headsail furler.

Fri Nov 25 7:19 2016 NZDT
Run: 100.6nm (182.1km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 108.6nm
35 18.79S 174 7.35E
Weather: Wind, N 15, 100% cloud Baro:1010.0

Safely tied to Q-dock in Opua. 0600 as sky was getting brighter. Beat the front, all good aboard.

Welcome "home" we are pleased to hear you are at the q dock, we are at the town basin finishing the new head liner, we are planning to head out mid next week back mid Dec , warm regards Doug & Sandra Ps we hav e an American Grandchild on the way, arriving next May

Fabulous. Well done. ! Enjoy a good sleep tonight !!!
Thu Nov 24 9:06 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4.7knts
Run: 148.7nm (269.1km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.7nm
33 51.47S 174 09.25E
Weather: wind N 5k, 100% cloud, seas flat, 1018.1mB, ,

Less than 100nm to go. Looking for the forecast northerlies so we can shut off the engine. Busy day yesterday, fixed steering, put on new v-belt on engine, and changed oil in new transmission, per the instructions after 25hrs of use.

Wed Nov 23 7:33 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 168.2nm (304.4km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.9nm
31 42.82S 173 56.65E
Weather: wind ENE 10k, 30% cloud, seas 0.5m, 1022.1mB, 18c ,

Sailing, very nice morning, but cold. We seem to be benefiting from a bit of current pushing us along.

I gather it is about Turkey day or was it yesterday or tomorrow. Will advise entire Shinn tribe of your whereabouts.
Tue Nov 22 7:30 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 161.6nm (292.5km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.6nm
29 17.02S 174 05.88E
Weather: wind ESE 15k, 40% cloud, Seas, still confused 1.5m at least, all over the place, 1021.6mB ,

Getting colder, smaller moon, still confused seas but we are making headway in the right direction

Mon Nov 21 7:30 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 154.4nm (279.5km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.7nm
26 58.48S 174 30.92E
Weather: wind E 15k, 95% cloud, 1019.5B, seas 1m seas mostly wind waves from the SE ,

Sailing, in the right direction, getting cooler, and wind backing from last night, hope it holds

Sorry to hear about the steering issues. Good the autopilot still trucking along. Stay safe !
Sun Nov 20 7:42 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.3knts
Run: 134.6nm (243.6km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.6nm
24 51.85S 175 19.92E
Weather: wind E 15-18k, 100% cloud, cooler every day, 1017.3mB, very confused 1m close together seas. ,

FINALLY pointing in the right direction to Opua. Still very confused seas, but they are down a bit

Sat Nov 19 7:42 2016 NZDT
Speed: 3.9knts
Run: 71.5nm (129.4km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 69.3nm
23 12.34S 176 27.01E
Weather: wind SSE 10-15(finally) but quite variable speed wise, 2.5m long swell, 60%cloud, 1013.5B ,

Whew, what a day. Spent yesterday "treading water" tacking but not making any headway toward Opua. Hope we have better luck today. By the way the wheel steering quit as well. The autopilot is still working, we hope to be able to repair the wheel/cable steering today.

Hope the wind starts to give you a fighting chance of moving southwards and that you've managed to fix the steering! Good luck with that, we're thinking of you.
Fri Nov 18 6:57 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 90.6nm (164km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 92.9nm
22 23.54S 177 08.66E
Weather: SSW 15-20, 1009.5mB, 100% cloud, seas confused 1.5 m. ,

Bashing along east of rhumb line. Front came through last night around 1830 not too bad. Not so comfortable now. At least we are sailing faster than yesterday.

Thu Nov 17 7:33 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4.3knts
Run: 132.3nm (239.5km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 133.1nm
21 10.55S 176 37.02E
Weather: wind calm, seas flat, 1010.2mB, 10% cloud. ,

Motorsailing, sailed into no wind around 21 04s 176 38e. Seems to be some adverse current. We have seen some with us and some against us since we left. Had to use a light blanket last night, we are gonna miss the tropics

Wed Nov 16 7:42 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 115nm (208.2km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 115nm
19 16.84S 176 54.12E
Weather: 15% cloud, 1011.3mB, SSE 10, seas, about 1m wind waves ,

Underway, making good time. Enjoying the last of the warm weather

Tue Nov 15 7:41 2016 NZDT
17 40.86S 177 23.21E
Weather: 1011.6mB, 23c, 5% cloud. Calm in marina, rain overnight.

We will leave today for NZ. Hoping for the best. Looks like a good first day, then not much wind.

Wed Nov 2 16:28 2016 NZDT
Run: 2.8nm (5.1km)
17 40.86S 177 23.21E

Moored in Vuda Marina. Awaiting a haul out, hopefully tomorrow, to clean bottom, put on zincs and right back into the water. No hard stand. Then the wait for an adequate wx window to Opua

Tue Nov 1 8:03 2016 NZDT
17 38.5S 177 23.6E
Weather: 5% cloud. 5k wind, Astarte pointing SE. 1010.3mB, 26c

Will move into Vuda Point Marina today. Hope to leave Fiji, end of the week or early next week.

Sun Oct 30 14:16 2016 NZDT
Run: 8.5nm (15.4km)
17 38.5S 177 23.6E

Moved over to Saweni Bay for a couple of nights, so we can see some friends we met in Majuro, Marshall Islands

Sun Oct 30 8:22 2016 NZDT
17 45.69S 177 25.34E
Weather: 1010.4mB, wind lite, Astarte pointing E, 30% cloud, and sorry patricia. . . . temp is 27c

Happy Diwali. Anchored in Nadi Bay. Calm nights.

Sun Oct 30 8:21 2016 NZDT
17 45.69S 177 25.33E

Sun Oct 30 8:19 2016 NZDT
Run: 14.8nm (26.8km)
17 45.69S 177 25.34E

Thu Oct 27 8:09 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
17 55.06S 177 16.05E
Weather: SE 10-12k, 100% cloud, 1011mB, 24c

Momi Bay, SW corner of Viti Levu

Wed Oct 26 7:57 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
17 55.06S 177 16.05E
Weather: Light and variable wind, Astarte is pointing ENE, 15% cloud, 1012.8mB, 25c ,

At anchor in Momi Bay.

Tue Oct 25 20:12 2016 NZDT
Run: 9.3nm (16.8km)
17 55.05S 177 16.06E
Weather: ,

Anchored on Momi Bay. Waiting to go into Vuda Point. Great leisurely sail today. 10-15k SE winds, left early so could go slow.

Mon Oct 24 16:33 2016 NZDT
Run: 27.5nm (49.8km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 110.9nm
18 03.09S 177 17.14E
Weather: wind E-ENE 15-20k, 5% cloud ,

Anchored off Robinson Crusoe Resort, Likuri Bay, Viti Levu. Great sail from Vunanui Bay once wind filled in around 0900.

Mon Oct 24 10:36 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 14.4nm (26.1km)
18 14.8S 177 39E
Weather: 10se picking up, clear skies, 25C

bottom of Viti Levu

Sat Oct 22 8:08 2016 NZDT
Run: 20.4nm (36.9km)
18 15.7S 177 52.12E
Weather: 1012.4mB, 23c, wind calm, Astarte pointing NE, 95% cloud, rain most of the night and we can see it around us.

About 30nm, W of Suva at anchor in Vunanui Bay.

Thu Oct 20 7:59 2016 NZDT
18 23.05S 178 09.14E
Weather: Wind: none at anchor. Astarte facing N. 1010.8mB. 24c 100% cloud.

May move today, not much wind forecast from Fiji Met. Looking to move along the S coast of Viti Levu toward Vuda Point.

Wed Oct 19 7:54 2016 NZDT
18 23.05S 178 09.14E
Weather: wind 5-8k, Astarte pointing the "northerly quadrant", 25c, 1011.2mB, 90% cloud

Good protection.

Mon Oct 17 8:45 2016 NZDT
18 23.05S 178 09.14E
Weather: 100% cloud, drizzle off and on. 1015mB, wind gusty in anchorage, Astarte facing SSE

Staying put

Sat Oct 15 8:06 2016 NZDT
Run: 24.8nm (44.9km)
18 23.04S 178 09.15E
Weather: 3-5k Astarte facing N. 50% cloud, 1012.6mB 27c

Anchored on Malumu Bay on Beqa

Thu Oct 13 6:06 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.1knts
18 06.60S 178 23.83E
Weather: wind 0 k, 20% cloud ? It's still dar,, finally cleared off yesterday afternoon. No rain last night.

On mooring in Lami Bay, west of Suva.

Fri Oct 7 7:36 2016 NZDT
Run: 40.1nm (72.6km)
18 06.61S 178 23.82E
Weather: wind calm, 100% cloud,1015.8mB, 23c, some thunder and lightning around dinner time last night, followed by light rain. ,

On a mooring in Lami, just west of Suva

Mon Oct 3 8:09 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
17 38.38S 178 45.24E
Weather: no wind, 80% cloud and hazy, but looks to be clearing as the morning progresses. 23c, 1011.6mB

Still anchored in RukuRuku, on Ovalau. Will visit the school today.

Sat Oct 1 6:51 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 83.3nm (150.8km)
17 38.38S 178 45.24E
Weather: wind 5k SSE, very hazy, 20% cloud 1013mB

Anchored in Ruku Ruku on Ovalau, will take the truck into Levuka this morning

Thu Sep 29 8:18 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.9knts
Run: 6.7nm (12.1km)
16 58.39S 179 48.35E
Weather: wind light, 40% cloud, 1010.4mB ,

On our way from Taveuni to Koro

Wed Sep 28 8:16 2016 NZDT
Run: 29.1nm (52.7km)
16 56.09S 179 53.97E
Weather: 50% cloud, no wind, humid. 1010.2mB

On a mooring at Paradise Dive. Dropped off our guests, and had a great meal last night.

Mon Sep 26 6:54 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.1knts
Run: 6.7nm (12.1km)
16 31.65S 179 59.41W
Weather: wind calm, 3% cloud, 1011.8mB. ,

Anchored in Katherine Bay, in honor of Kathryn Sobocinski one of our guests. Will walk into the village today.

Sat Sep 24 8:42 2016 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
16 26.65S 179 56.26W
Weather: wind SE 3-5k, 10% cloud, 1012.4mB, sure has been a great few days of wx up here.

Still in Albert Cove Rabi, went into Nuku yesterday and visited the school. More snorkeling today

If you run into little girls saying "No Bueno!" I taught them that!
Fri Sep 23 7:15 2016 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
Run: 25.4nm (46km)
16 26.65S 179 56.24W
Weather: wind E 3-5k, 5% cloud, looks to be a gorgeous day! ,

Anchored in Albert Cove, Rabi

Tue Sep 20 15:06 2016 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 34.4nm (62.3km)
16 45.03S 179 51.10E
Weather: wind E 3-5k, 10% cloud, 1011.6mB ,

Anchored in Nasosobo Bay/Dakinuba, on our way to Albert Cove, Rabi. Kathryn and Mark are on board, but no fish yet!!!!

Mon Sep 12 7:18 2016 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
16 46.66S 179 19.93E
Weather: 5-10k, Astarte pointing East, rain all morning, 100%cloud,1015.9mB ,

Still on a mooring in Savusavu

Sat Sep 10 7:27 2016 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
16 46.66S 179 19.94E
Weather: wind E 3-5k, 100% cloud, light rain last night and most of the day yesterday. ,

Still on a mooring in Savusavu

Sat Sep 3 7:20 2016 NZST
16 46.66S 179 19.94E

On a mooring in Savusavu. Enjoying chicken pies and ice cream. Got one load of fuel aboard, more today and the reprovisioning will begin.

Fri Sep 2 16:39 2016 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
Run: 45.3nm (82km)
16 46.66S 179 19.94E

Thu Sep 1 8:27 2016 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 41.8nm (75.7km)
16 59.55S 178 41.12E

this is a test send

Mon Aug 29 16:34 2016 NZST
Run: 41.8nm (75.7km)
16 48.62S 179 17.29E

Long motor sail from Nabouwalu to the Cousteau Resort anchorage just outside of Savusavu. Hooked two fish, landed zero! Very light air for all but the last couple of hours, made the Nasonisoni Passage on pretty much slack tide(luckily, we hear). Will start the cleaning and organizing for upcoming guests.

Sat Aug 27 9:50 2016 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
16 59.57S 178 41.13E

BIG DAY, yesterday. The crew of Astarte met and got photos with the Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama. He was taking the ferry from Nabouwala back to Viti Levu and we came ashore to see him off. We were met by his security detail, who invited us to join in with all the other photo takers that were there with their cell phone cameras. We were quite honored.

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama
Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama
Fri Aug 26 14:44 2016 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
16 59.579S 178 41.3E
Weather: 3-5 SE

At anchor

Fri Aug 26 7:12 2016 NZST
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
16 59.55s 178 41.13e
Weather: 10% cloud, 1016.9mB, wind ESE 5k. Spectacular green flash last night.

Anchored REALLY close to the ferry dock in Nabouwala.

Thu Aug 25 9:07 2016 NZST
Speed: 2.5mknts
Run: 7.5nm (13.6km)
16 58.12S 178 38.08E
Weather: 20ese, 10%cc, close seas

Bashing their way east along the coast of Vanua Levu in uncomfortable seas

Barbara and Michael, I keep tabs on you through Sandy C. What an adventure you are having! Don't know if you remember me from our visit in St. Petersburg. I am glad to be able to live vicariously through your photos. Avis
Tue Aug 23 10:21 2016 NZST
Run: 11.1nm (20.1km)
16 51.86s 178 36.07e
Weather: 85% cloud, 1013.6mB, wind SE 10k. Rain showers in the area

Anchored in Bua Bay. Will wait here for the best window to make the last two hops to Savusavu

Mon Aug 22 9:08 2016 NZST
16 44.91S 178 29.06E

Now on west side of Vanua Levu continuing their circumnavigation of the island

Sun Aug 21 15:06 2016 NZST
Run: 9.7nm (17.6km)
16 44.91s 178 29.06e
Weather: 75% cloud, 1010.6mB, wind S-SE 12-18k and gusty.

Made the turn, no on the western edge of Vanua Levu. Will have to be more careful with weather windows to finish the circumnavigation

Wed Aug 17 7:00 2016 NZST
Run: 21.9nm (39.6km)
16 39.37s 178 35.73e
Weather: 100% cloud, 1009.5mB, wind variable 3-8k, light rain all night long.

Anchored off Naviqiri, still on the north side of Vanua Levu.

Tue Aug 16 7:23 2016 NZST
Run: 32.6nm (59km)
16 31.33S 178 53.71E

Wind, calm. 100% cloud, 1010.9mb Astarte is pointing E. May or may not move west today. Calmer than yesterday.

Mon Aug 15 6:47 2016 NZST
Run: 32.6nm (59km)
16 3`.33S 178 53.71E

Still anchored near the Draketi River. Wind 15-18 SE, 40% cloud, 1011.4mB. Calm night, but windy early this morning.

Miss you guys. Hope your having a blast!!! All good back state side. Rain delay golf show.....
Sat Aug 13 14:03 2016 NZST
Run: 23.8nm (43.1km)
16 31.33S 178 53.71E

Tore ourselves away from Palmlea Farms(it was difficult to leave). Anchored in Nakalou Anchorage, looking forward to a dinghy trip up Fiji's longest river, The Draketi. 18-22E- ESE gusts, 60% cloud 1012.6mB

Fri Aug 12 9:21 2016 NZST
16 24.5S 179 14.07E
Weather: 70%cc, 10E

During Tony's net on 20m.

Thu Aug 11 6:32 2016 NZST
Run: 8.7nm (15.7km)
16 24.50S 179 14.07E

Anchored off Palmlea Farms resort. Enjoyed a really good "cooks night off" dinner out at their restaurant, with Michelle and Lance from Sweetwaters. Enjoyed one of the best key lime pies we have ever had. Wx, calm, Astarte pointing SE, 35% cloud, Bara1014.6.

Mon Aug 8 7:53 2016 NZST
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
16 21S 179 21E
Weather: light NE, cloudy

moved closer to mainland as needed protection from the swell.

Sun Aug 7 19:06 2016 NZST
Run: 20.2nm (36.6km)
16 21.73S 179 21.62E

Got really rolly and rainy this morning around 0900, so decided to move back closer to Vanua Levu and protection for the weather that is forecast early this week.

Fri Aug 5 8:51 2016 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
16 13.99s 179 05.22e
Weather: 100% cloud, 1011.4mB, wind variable 3-8 occasional gusts "YIT"

Anchored off Ligau on Kia Island. Finally got into clear water, but it was a bit rolly last night. Not sure how long we will stay

from Ligau village, on Kia Island. 16 13.99s 179 05.22e Friday august 5th.
The green flash
Fri Aug 5 7:42 2016 NZST
Run: 20.4nm (36.9km)
16 14S 179 05E
Weather: swelly

Tue Aug 2 16:53 2016 NZST
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
16 21.72S 179 21.61E

Anchored in Malau, near the plywood mill. Not far from Labasa. Took the bus in today to start the reprovision. Another trip tomorrow.

Fri Jul 29 9:05 2016 NZST
16 17.13S 179 28.08E
Weather: 26c, 5-10E, 1012.5

Another nice day. This at 2100utc, 9am NZ time

Fri Jul 29 7:01 2016 NZST
16 17.13S 179 28.09E

Still off Tivi Island. Glass slick, no wind. 360 Blue, no clouds at all. 25c 1012.5mB. Will go in to look for the school, if we can make it through the mangrove channels at low tide

Thu Jul 28 12:10 2016 NZST
Run: 5.2nm (9.4km)
16 17.13S 179 28.09E

Anchored near Tivi Island. Will go in this afternoon to determine if Sevu Sevu is possible and necessary. It is an area that is very influenced by the Indo-Fijian Culture.

Mon Jul 25 17:21 2016 NZST
Run: 30.3nm (54.8km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 68.2nm
16 14.53s 179 31.89e
Weather: 100% cloud, 1011.9mB, wind E- ESE 12-18k

Anchored in "Black Jack Bay". Had a great downwind sail, but still no fish landed or even bites

Mon Jul 25 6:40 2016 NZST
Run: 16.9nm (30.6km)
16 26.63S 179 56.24E

Had a very pleasant visit on Also Island. We hope to start moving west as soon as we get some good light this morning. The Vanua Levu circumnavigation continues.

Wed Jul 20 18:38 2016 NZST
Run: 17.8nm (32.2km)
16 13.24S 179 50.09E

Anchored at Also Island. Met Jim who runs the Rag of the Air net. Will enjoy a few days here before continuing south and west around Vanua Levu

Wed Jul 20 9:12 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 13.4nm (24.3km)
16 12.6S 179 53.8W
Weather: 10-15 ese, 30%cc, 1015

On the way to Also Island to say hi to Jim

Sun Jul 17 12:45 2016 NZST
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
16 24S 179 56.25W

Albert Cove Rabi (pron Ranbi) Is Fiji.

Thu Jul 14 17:54 2016 NZST
Run: 6.7nm (12.1km)
16 26.64s 179 56.24w
Weather: 30% cloud, 1012.2mB, wind E 8-12k, gusty coming over the hills

Anchored in Albert Cove. Nice sail up here, slow but comfortable. Still no fish!!!

Wed Jul 13 16:00 2016 NZST
Run: 18.1nm (32.8km)
16 31.62s 179 59.41W
Weather: 50% cloud, 1010.8mB, wind S 5k, light and variable in the anchorage

Anchored in Katherine Bay, Rabi Island. 7 hour trip, 4 sailing, 3 motoring. A bit rolly, but we are optimistic that the swell will move around more to the east. Too slow for fish! But we had a line in.

Sun Jul 10 6:36 2016 NZST
Run: 38.6nm (69.9km)
16 45.08s 179 52.06e
Weather: 0%cloud, no wind, 1012.6mB

Anchored in Dauniba. The flying foxes we are glad to report seem to have survived Winston. Lots taking to the air last night. Motor sailing trip here, but better than the last attempt. No fish!!! We tried hard

Wed Jul 6 7:00 2016 NZST
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)
16 48.63s 179 17.27e

Tried early this morning to head to Fawn Harbor. Head seas and 18k of wind on the nose. . . .we re-lived the theme of this years cruise. We turned around and went back to the anchorage off the Cousteau Resort. Will wait for better conditions.

Hi Michael & Barbara, seems this season is not so great , we are still waiting on weather in Whangarei, we have made a firm decision today to defer the trip to 2017, we are going out to look at a diesel heater and will do some cruising here for a while . If you get to Also Island Jim will make you very welcome. Rag is on 8173 at 1900Z. We have chatted to Jim this year from the Town Basin. Regards Doug & Sandra
Tue Jul 5 7:32 2016 NZST
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)
16 49S 179 15E
Weather: 95%cc, 10-18ese

on their way from Savusavu to Fawn Hbr

Mon Jul 4 14:45 2016 NZST
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
16 48.63s 179 17.27e

Off the mooring at Copra Shed and around the corner to the anchor at the Cousteau Resort. Hope the trough goes through tonight so we can have good visibility for the entrance tomorrow into Fawn Harbour

Thu Jun 23 8:09 2016 NZST
Run: 23.3nm (42.2km)
16 46.69S 179 19.97E

Safely settled in SavuSavu. In the marina for one night, then onto a buoy Thursday. Salt washed off, cooks night off.

Safe and sound... good to know. I had my first Portwood sister's review of new deck... all good. Work continues on the beach house. Found a Willard Vega Horizon 30 for sale.... that would be a motor sailor... also known as Butt Ugly, but you know me. Glad you are back safe in Savusavu... you mentioned how much you loved the island. Go Team Astarte!

Hi Michael and Barbara, Glad to see you have made it to Fiji nice and safe. We are hoping to depart NZ around the 5-10 July, Lance will be sailing up and I will follow by air around the 18-22 July ... our first port of call will be Lautoka. Will try and touch base when we arrive... looking forward to the lovely tropical island cruising again over winter. See you soon! lance & Michelle
Wed Jun 22 6:49 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.6knts
Run: 148.2nm (268.2km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148nm
17 04.55s 179 29.84e
Weather: 90% cloud, seas 1.5m from every direction!, . ESE wind 18-20. Baro 1013 s

Yesterday got better and better for sailing, then around 4pm things started getting really rolly again! 27 nm to go

Tue Jun 21 6:47 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 161.7nm (292.7km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.5nm
19 12.95s 179 20.64e
Weather: 80% cloud, seas 1.5m from every direction!, . SSE wind 5-25. Baro 1014 s

Really confused seas again last night. But still making good time. 159 nm to go

Glad you about to make landfall safely.
Mon Jun 20 6:45 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 153.3nm (277.5km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.3nm
21 31.08s 178 54.07e
Weather: 50% cloud, seas 1.5m from every direction!, . SSE wind 15-20k. Baro 1015 s

Really confused seas last night. But still making good time. 300 nm to go

Sun Jun 19 7:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 160.5nm (290.5km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154nm
23 40.42s 178 20.10e
Weather: 40% cloud, seas 2m, . SSE wind 15-20k. Baro 1016 s

Quite confused seas, but still making great time. 432nm to go to Savu Savu

Sat Jun 18 6:47 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 132.9nm (240.5km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 133.1nm
25 55.54s 177 42.70e
Weather: 25% cloud, seas 1m, . SE wind 5k. Baro 1017 s

Had a pretty pleasant night sailing, but as we got out to the squalls we got out of the wind. Now motor sailing

Fri Jun 17 6:49 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.7knts
Run: 160.3nm (290.1km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.4nm
27 47.78s 177 12.82e
Weather: 100% cloud, seas 2-3m confused, . SE wind 18-25k. Baro 1017 s

Roaring along under sail. Seas pretty bad, not much rest for the good crew of Astarte. But making great mileage. 685nm to go!

Thu Jun 16 6:50 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.3knts
Run: 152.6nm (276.2km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 152.3nm
30 04.97s 176 46.00e
Weather: 90% cloud, seas 2m, . ESE wind 20k. Baro 1018 f

Roaring along under sail. Been quite fast for us. Boisterous day ahead we think

Wed Jun 15 6:47 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 134.9nm (244.2km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 135.7nm
32 12.05s 176 02.15.5e
Weather: 100% cloud, seas, following wind chop. ESE wind 5. Baro 1023 f

Still underway toward Fiji. Had to start the iron genny about 0300. Very very light winds. Heard the Orion last night calling boats looking for an active EPIRB. Don't know how it was resolved.

Tue Jun 14 6:55 2016 NZST
Speed: 4knts
Run: 107.8nm (195.1km)
34 00.61s 175 09.58e
Weather: 30% cloud, seas, following wind chop. ESE wind 10. Baro 1031

Take Two, left Opua yesterday around noon on our second attempt for Fiji. Conditions are a bit rolly, but was making good time until about 0430.

The second try is always easier (at least it is in golf). Good luck on the passage, may you have fair winds and following seas!
Sat Jun 4 16:06 2016 NZST
Run: 32.9nm (59.5km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.7nm
35 18.89S 174 07.31E

Made it to Opua Marina, Will rest up tonight then start the work tomorrow. Monday is a holiday so hopefully we will begin the replacement of the roller furler then.

Hello guys, How are you, still in Opua we read. We met you inWhangarei. We are arrived 1 June in Efate, Vanuatu. Hope everyting is fine, greetings. Ad and Marianne, a/b Betty Boop
Sat Jun 4 8:25 2016 NZST
Speed: 4knts
Run: 112.9nm (204.3km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 106.9nm
34 52S 174 19E
Weather: 15%cc, 8-12S

28nm to Opua. Welcome back!

Good to see you are back safely , well done to both of you , R Doug & Sandra
Sat Jun 4 6:56 2016 NZST
Speed: 3.8knts
Weather: 20% cloud, seas, slight wind chop. S wind 8-12. Baro 1027.9

28nm from Q dock in Opua. Condtions settled down.

Fri Jun 3 7:04 2016 NZST
Speed: 3.8knts
Run: 56.7nm (102.6km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62.5nm
33 18.46s 174 54.22e
Weather: 100% cloud, seas, wind waves and 1.5m swell from the S swell. SE wind 15-20. Baro 1022.1

Have turned back for Opua, currently motorsailing. Headsail roller furler has failed. Better to get repairs in NZ. Very very rough night. Did our best to hove to, 35k winds big seas, all right on the nose. Still right on the nose, but now underway again.

Sorry to hear about the roller furling issue. Better to be safe than sorry. Good luck.
Thu Jun 2 9:17 2016 NZST
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 71.5nm
32 43S 175 35E
Weather: 10-12 SE

Roller furler has failed and they are returning to Opua for repairs

Hi Michael. We received your message at Spars and Rigging but have been unable to reply to your winlink address. Check your sailmail account if you can or please try again and send to sales@sparsandrigging.com. Regards Marni

You have to have some luck sometimes , take a look at the conditions on the passage to Fiji, we were hoping you would turn back. Regards Doug & Sandra
Thu Jun 2 6:52 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.3knts
Run: 162.8nm (294.7km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.9nm
32 43.07s 175 27.57e
Weather: 100% cloud, seas, wind waves and 1.5m swell from the ssw. Wind light except in squalls. Baro 1013

Been motoring almost non stop since yesterday morning. Will need to conserve fuel. We will be sailing from now on. Squally after midnight, light air between squalls

Wed Jun 1 7:02 2016 NZST
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 101.9nm (184.4km)
34 31.54s 173 38.68e
Weather: 30% cloud, seas wind waves and maybe a meter of swell from the west. Wind West 10k

Underway for Minerva or Fiji. "pretty not bad" sailing. Wind speed all over the board, along with boat speed. No too much in the way of squals, so far. Really glad to be on the way.

Sat May 28 7:53 2016 NZST
Run: 11.2nm (20.3km)
35 50.22S 174 28.12E

In Marsden Cove, the official check out port. Will be looking at a window to leave, but Monday is closing up. Argggh

We're still waiting in Opua! Lots of grumpy, cold, frustrated sailors up here. Living the dream. Bon voyage when you finally leave.
Wed Apr 27 7:27 2016 NZST
Run: 8.8nm (15.9km)
35 43.41S 174 19.56E

In Wahngarei Town Basin, prepping for the trip north, hopefull on the next weather window.

See you are still in NZ waiting for weather. Beach life is going quite well... we have been having excellent weather and the projects are mounting. Really glad I made the trip out... keep the adventure going..... looking forward to see where you end up (on purpose) next. Ciao! Boats

Hope you can sneak through between fronts, lots of early and quite strong fronts coming here presently, bringing lots of rain. Safe sailing, will follow you on yit, trying to send sunshine and fair winds your way ! INTI crew
Mon Apr 25 9:14 2016 NZST
Run: 5.6nm (10.1km)
35 47.43S 174 27.61E

Moved up to the Nook. Expected some wind that never really arrived, first time here.

Sat Apr 23 8:44 2016 NZST
Run: 51.9nm (93.9km)
35 50.86S 174 31.86E

Motorsailed back toward Whangarei. Anchored in Urquhart Bay, hoping to get into Whangarei marina next week to begin the prep to head to Fiji in early May

Hawk,Barb, Just back from NAB. Always jealous to see the photos. Spring is late up here, 20C yesterday but 10 - 12 still the norm. Head to Rio on the 6th of June. Catherine sends her love.
Fri Apr 15 9:00 2016 NZST
Run: 2nm (3.6km)
36 11.04s 175 21.62e
Weather: 0% cloud no wind

Still anchored in Great Barrier. We moved from SmokeHouse Bay to get some protection from the forecast winds. Glad we did. Saw a fearless Little Blue Penguin as we entered this bay. I put the wrong numbers in for the position, so this one should be correct. Wx today simply gorgeous, but a bit cold.

Thu Apr 14 8:25 2016 NZST
Weather: 100% NE 15-20

Anchored in Great Barrier. We moved from SmokeHouse Bay to get some protection from the forecast winds. Glad we did. Saw a fearless Little Blue Penguin as we entered this bay

Fri Apr 8 8:49 2016 NZST
Run: 31.5nm (57km)
36 11.94S 175 19.79E

Finally out of Auckland for the year(we think). Got a good wx window to head out to Great Barrier Isl. Will be here for a week or more.

Sat Mar 12 9:07 2016 NZDT
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
36 25.50S 174 50.35E

Whoo hoo, the Kawau Boat Club is open after power repairs all over Kawau. Big wind change at midnight, no major issues in the anchorage

Wed Mar 9 9:23 2016 NZDT
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
36 25.64S 174 49.13E

We moved to Mansion House Bay to get some relief from the westerlies that were building

Mon Mar 7 8:09 2016 NZDT
Run: 29.4nm (53.2km)
36 25.35S 174 50.23E

Back in Bon Accord Harbour, Kawau. Have our friend Tom aboard. Barbara is still back in Salem,MA with her mom. Good motor trip here.

Mon Mar 7 7:59 2016 NZDT
Weather: 100% SSW 10k

Came back into Bon Accord Harbour, Kawau Island. Yet again. Have our friend Tom with me this time. Barbara still visiting her mom in Salem, MA

Sun Feb 14 16:30 2016 NZDT
Run: 29.4nm (53.2km)
36 50.54761S 174 45.10931E

Back in Auckland. Had a really good sail from Kawau to Pier 21. Had the tide with us and saw 8.5k with reefed main and heady!

Sat Feb 13 9:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 28.9nm (52.3km)
36 25.37S 174 50.29E

Music Festival today. Over 150 boats in the harbour. Giant NZ Yacht Squadron event tonight as well as races today!

Fri Feb 12 8:46 2016 NZDT
Weather: 0% cloud

Came back into Bon Accord Harbour, Kawau Island. After a VERY successful visit to TiriTiri Matangi. Actually spotted a Kiwi on a night walk. Will stay here if the wx lets us, through Saturday and the Music at the Mansion event.

Wed Feb 10 7:33 2016 NZDT
Run: 15.9nm (28.8km)
36 48.62S 175 02.13E

Will move from Putiki today to Titri tiriMitangi. Hope to see the nesting blue penguins.

Tue Feb 9 7:43 2016 NZDT
Weather: 100% cloud

Anchored in Putiki Bay, on the south side of Waiheke Island. Wine tour today with our guest Sue

Wed Feb 3 19:51 2016 NZDT
Run: 93.2nm (168.7km)
36 50.54S 174 45.10288E

Moored at PIer 21 in Auckland. Sue arrives Sunday, hope the wx cooperates and we can leave on Monday or Tuesday for Waiheke Isl

Wed Jan 27 21:01 2016 NZDT
Weather: 100% cloud, drizzle

Anchored in Uquhart Bay, waiting to go to Kawau either tomorrow or Friday

Mon Dec 14 8:18 2015 NZDT
Weather: 0% cloud

In our final pile mooring, at Town Basin Marina Whangarie New Zealand. Let the spending begin!!

Sun Nov 29 6:40 2015 NZDT
Weather: 100% cloud, 1018mb

Safely tied up and cleared into Marsden Cove Marina, New Zealand. The best passage we have had so far.

Sat Nov 28 8:15 2015 NZDT
Run: 168.7nm (305.3km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.5nm
35 30S 174 36E
Weather: 10-12NNW

on a bee line to Marsden cove.

Good work you two. Nice feeling eh?
Sat Nov 28 7:44 2015 NZDT
Speed: 6.0knts
Weather: wind NNW 10 90% cloud, 0.5 m swell

Motoring since noon yesterday, smelling the barn, only 33 nm to go

Fri Nov 27 8:30 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.8knts
Run: 155.2nm (280.9km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 154.8nm
33 21S 173 12E
Weather: LAV5-10, 80%cc

needs to start the ..#*^ engine!

Fri Nov 27 7:51 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.9knts
Weather: wind NE 8 80% cloud, 1.5 m swell

Motor sailing, now the current is not helping, but trying to keep speed up

Thu Nov 26 8:27 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 151.5nm (274.2km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.2nm
31 28S 171 45E
Weather: 8E, 30%cc, swell 1.5-2m

thanks for relays Michael

Going well? Weather looks OK, nothing much nasty coming on wintry! Finger x for you . We love Brisbane. Safe sailing.
Thu Nov 26 7:44 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Weather: wind ENE 8-0 30% cloud, 2 m swell, wind waves

Happy Thanksgiving, sailing still, making good time. Quick sailing last night 6+ knots

Wed Nov 25 8:24 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.5-5knts
Run: 150.7nm (272.8km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.7nm
29 36S 170 25E
Weather: 8NE

noting the current changes

Wed Nov 25 7:36 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Weather: wind NE 8-12 15% cloud, 2.5 m swell, slight wind waves

Still sailing at or over our target speed.

Tue Nov 24 8:34 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 150.8nm (272.9km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.9nm
27 45S 169 06E
Weather: 8NE, beautiful day

had a good spped around 7 overnight but wind has dropped

Tue Nov 24 7:27 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Weather: wind NE 8-10 40% cloud,1 m swell, choppy wind waves

Scooting along at 7+ knots most of the night, thanks to current we think. slowed a bit now

Mon Nov 23 8:35 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 264.3nm (478.4km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.4nm
25 53S 167 50E
Weather: NE8-12, lumpy seas

beaut sailing wx

Mon Nov 23 7:43 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.3knts
Weather: wind E 8-10 40% cloud,1 m swell, wind waves

been sailing most of the way, a bit west of the rhumb line, dealing with mostly adverse current

Sun Nov 22 8:25 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.7knts
Weather: wind ESE 8-12 10% cloud, not much swell, but pretty steep and short wind waves

sailing to NZ, hard on the wind waiting for the wind to back a bit

Sat Nov 21 10:26 2015 NZDT
22 16.617s 166 26.396e

Leaving noumea today for nz

Fri Nov 20 8:28 2015 NZDT
Run: 31.2nm (56.5km)
22 16.617s 166 26.396e

leaving Noumea tomorrow for NZ.

Wed Nov 11 9:48 2015 NZDT
Weather: wind NE 8-10 10% cloud, slight chop completely surrounded by reef

anchored near Mato, new spot for us

Wed Nov 11 9:45 2015 NZDT
Weather: wind NE 8-10 10% cloud, slight chop completely surrounded by reef

anchored near Mato, new spot for us

Tue Nov 10 9:52 2015 NZDT
Weather: wind E 10-12 10% cloud, wind died last night all good.

anchored on Baie de Tortue on Isl Ouen

Fri Oct 30 12:07 2015 NZDT
Weather: wind 0 50% cloud, a couple of rain showers last night.

all cleared in, anchored in Prony Bay. Had a good test of the engine yesterday, might have finally solved the water leak!

Sat Oct 24 10:06 2015 NZDT
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)
22 22.9S 166 54.9E

on mooring and will check in Monday

Fri Oct 23 19:35 2015 NZDT
Weather: wind E 10 70% cloud, no rain since we arrived this morning

arrived noon, on a mooring in Anse Majik, will go to Noumea on Monday after officialdom re-opens

Fri Oct 23 10:08 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 9.8nm (17.7km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.6nm
22 19S 167 04E
Weather: 70%cc, 8E, strong neg current

thru Havannah pass. and will trot up to Noumea over the weekend.

Fri Oct 23 8:41 2015 NZDT
Run: 210.8nm (381.5km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 105.4nm
22 11S 167 07E
Weather: E5, sun is coming, seas flat

engine running but no leak. 10m from Havannah Pass

Fri Oct 23 7:55 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.2knts
Weather: wind E 5, seas flat , 60% cloud

under way, 12nm to Havana Pass. Motoring no wind, hope we are not too early

Thu Oct 22 16:01 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.6knts
Weather: wind E 10, seas flat , 60% cloud

under way to New Caledonia, so far sailed the whole way, slowed down to make Havana Pass at good tide

Wed Oct 21 8:41 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 112.3nm (203.3km)
19 09S 167 27E
Weather: sE10-15, STEEP SLOPPY SEAS, 30%CC

about 40m from Blue Note

Wed Oct 21 7:47 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Weather: wind SE10-12, seas 2m confused, 30% cloud

under way to New Caledonia

Fri Sep 25 7:22 2015 NZST
17 44.75S 168 18.73E

Still in Vila, no wind 0% cloud, beautiful morning. Waiting for wx to get to New Caledonia

Hi guys. Got an email from someone you referred to us wanting to know about Chesterfield but before we finished reading the text it vanished. Any chance you could email them and ask them to resend so we can answer their questions? Hope you are well. We are about to check out of Indonesia for Malaysia. The smoke from fires is bad. Can't even see Songapore and it's just a couple of miles away across the channel.
Wed Sep 23 7:22 2015 NZST
17 44.75S 168 18.73E

10%cloud no wind in anchorage, mostly sunny for the last couple of days

Sun Sep 20 8:50 2015 NZST
Run: 164.3nm (297.4km)
17 44.75S 168 18.73.E

Moored in Port Vila, after a great sail down from Maewo. Got lucky with ESE winds day before yesterday. Clear and calm in the mooring field

Tue Sep 15 7:19 2015 NZST
Run: 87.1nm (157.7km)
15 22.5S 168 08E

Still anchored in Asanvari, Maewo, Vanuatu, just had fresh bread delivered to the boat. 20% cloud lite and variable in the anchorage

Sat Sep 12 7:23 2015 NZST
Weather: lite showers wind light in anchorage 70% cloud

anchored in Asanvari, Maewo

Wed Sep 9 7:32 2015 NZST
Weather: wind SE 10 20% cloud

corrected: anchored just outside Lolowai, will move over to Maewo this morning wind 10-15 SE-ESE

Wed Sep 9 7:30 2015 NZST
Weather: wind SE 10 20% cloud

anchored just outside Lolowai, will move over to Maewo this morning wind 10-15 SE-ESE

Tue Sep 8 7:20 2015 NZST
Weather: wind SE 10 60% cloud

anchored safely in Lolowai on Ambae, wind bullets all night, high broken clouds this morning. welcome back David and Patricia

Mon Aug 24 8:15 2015 NZST
Weather: wind E 10 60% cloud

anchored safely in Lasalav Bay on the N E corner of Gaua

Sun Aug 16 9:45 2015 NZST
Run: 74.7nm (135.2km)
14 18.81s 167 25.88e
Weather: wind swirly 100%cloud occasional light rain

anchored safely in Lokona Bay on the SW coast of Gaua, in the Banks Group. Looking forward to the Lakona Bay Kastom Festival on Thursday!

Wed Jul 22 9:27 2015 NZST
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
15 22S 167 11E
Weather: 15SE.

Heard lightly on 14315 @ 2100utc

Mon Jul 13 8:48 2015 NZST
Run: 16.6nm (30km)
15 22.3S 167 11.4E

Whoo Hoo, sunny day yesterday, Anchored in Peterson Bay on Santo

Sat Jul 11 8:39 2015 NZST
Run: 75.1nm (135.9km)
15 36.7S 167 10.5E

Anchored off Ratua, south of Luganville

Mon Jun 22 9:46 2015 NZST
Run: 91nm (164.7km)
16 32.09s 167 46.21e
Weather: wind calm 100%cloud occasional light rain

arrived Awei, south of Malekula yesterday after overnight sail

Sat Jun 6 8:53 2015 NZST
Run: 136.7nm (247.4km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 68.6nm
17 44.73s 168 18.74e
Weather: wind calm 0%cloud

safely on a mooring in Port Vila. All is good. Passage was interesting, one fish and one overheated engine. Sailed pretty much the whole way.

Thu Jun 4 9:04 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.3knts
Run: 10nm (18.1km)
19 23s 169 29e
Weather: wind SE 10-15k 50%cloud seas 1.0m plus lite wind chops

left Tanna at 0630on our way to Port Vila. Sailing, should arrive Vila Friday Morning early if winds hold

Tue Jun 2 7:50 2015 NZST
Run: 35.8nm (64.8km)
19 31.64562s 169 29.5794e
Weather: 30%cc, light south

heading up the mountain tonight

Mon Jun 1 8:59 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 16.8nm (30.4km)
20 0s 169 43e
Weather: wind SE 8-10k 5%cloud seas 0.5m plus lite wind chop

on our way to Tanna, Port Resolution. Gorgeous day hope to sail soon, as wind builds from morning calm

Tue May 26 16:38 2015 NZST
Run: 25.6nm (46.3km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 61.9nm
20 14.2s 169 46.7e
Weather: wind S - SE 15k gusts to 25k 100%cloud

Safely at anchor in Anietyum.

Tue May 26 6:42 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 135.7nm (245.6km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.7nm
20 36s 169 42e
Weather: wind SE 20 2m seas confused still, 50% cloud

23 nm to go. Been sailing all night triple reefed

Mon May 25 6:53 2015 NZST
Speed: 4.8knts
Run: 138.1nm (250km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.1nm
22 32s 170 04e
Weather: wind S 10-12 2m seas confused again, 10% cloud

wind just dropped off. Been sailing well all night

Sun May 24 9:14 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 85.6nm (154.9km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 78.5nm
24 16s 171 09e
Weather: wind S 15-18 1m seas from SW, mostly wind chop 60% cloud

through the fronts, winds favorable, now sailing toward our destination and reasonably comfortably!

Sat May 23 7:03 2015 NZST
Speed: 1.8knts
Run: 73.9nm (133.8km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 73.6nm
25 30s 171 02e
Weather: wind N 20-25 Seas very confused 30% cloud

into the northerlies, two squall lines about 1500utc. Slowed down trying to hove to

Fri May 22 6:58 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 140.8nm (254.8km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.6nm
26 19s 171 48e
Weather: wind N 12-15 Seas 1.0m 20% cloud

been sailing since 1800 yesterday. Hope we are far enough north to lessen effects of low.

Thu May 21 6:46 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 156.9nm (284km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.2nm
28 09s 172 48e
Weather: wind S 8 Seas 1.0m south 30% cloud

still motoring, trying to get north of approaching wx. Latitude going down, temperature going up

Wed May 20 6:49 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 133.5nm (241.6km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.4nm
30 25s 172 57e
Weather: wind S 8 Seas 1.0m south 60% cloud

motoring since 0200, less confused seas

Tue May 19 6:59 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 242nm (438km)
32 17s 173 32e
Weather: S 18 Seas 1.5m 90% cloud

rolly following seas, but making good time

Mon May 18 6:56 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.7knts
Weather: S 12 Seas 1.5m 15% cloud

underway to Vanuatu, downwind rolly sailing

Tue May 5 8:01 2015 NZST
Run: 11.3nm (20.5km)
35 43.4S 174 19.5E

Waiting in Whangarie Town Basin for wx window for departure

Mon Apr 13 14:27 2015 NZST
Run: 10.9nm (19.7km)
35 50.25S 174 28.12E

Just splashed after 6weeks in Docklands 5. Hoping to head out to Great Barrier when weather clears.

Sat Dec 6 9:04 2014 NZDT
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
35 43.57S 174 19.79E

On a pile mooring in Whangarei Town Basin Marina

Mon Nov 24 21:04 2014 NZDT
Run: 44.5nm (80.5km)
35 43.5s 174 19.6e

safely arrived marsden cove marina, at sunset Sunday night

Sun Nov 23 12:54 2014 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 148nm (267.9km)
Avg: 38knts
24hr: 912.5nm
35 06S 174 31E
Weather: wind 10 knots West with 90% cloud cover

We should arrive Marsden Cove Marina this evening with only 55 nm to go!!

Sun Nov 23 9:00 2014 NZDT
Speed: 4.2knts
Run: 162.5nm (294.1km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 74.7nm
32 58S 174 18E

Yesterday position

Fri Nov 21 4:48 2014 NZDT
Speed: 4.3knts
Run: 98.7nm (178.6km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 115.9nm
30 38s 173 58e
Weather: 5k SE wind,slight wind waves right on the nose 40% cloud cover.

1515utc, finally lost the wind, motorsailing into a slight head sea hence the slower speed

Thu Nov 20 8:21 2014 NZDT
Speed: 4.8knts
Run: 18.9nm (34.2km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 114.4nm
30 13S 172 23E
Weather: S/SW 12, 1m-1.5m SW swell

Thu Nov 20 4:24 2014 NZDT
Speed: 3.8knts
Run: 75.7nm (137km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90.8nm
30 03s 172 08e
Weather: 10knts SW-SSW 1 m swell from SW, short close together wind waves 50% cloud cover.

1515utc, tacking our way south had to slow down to stop the pounding

Wed Nov 19 8:23 2014 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 254.7nm (461km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.7nm
29 13S 171 19E
Weather: 80%cc, confused seas bumpy

Mon Nov 17 8:53 2014 NZDT
Run: 148.9nm (269.5km)
Avg: 9.4knts
24hr: 224.9nm
26 30S 168 30E
Weather: NW 10-12, 50%cc, confused seas

problem with Pactor so no email. great radio tho and GHR appreciates the relays

Mon Nov 17 4:10 2014 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Weather: 10knts NNE 1 m swell from SE 20% cloud cover.

.1500utc, sailing FINALLY, wind came up about two hours ago

Sun Nov 16 17:00 2014 NZDT
Speed: 5.6knts
Run: 128.2nm (232km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 99.7nm
24 33S 167 29E

from 10am NZ time

Sun Nov 16 8:14 2014 NZDT
Speed: 5.4knts
Weather: 8knts NNE 1 m swell from SE 10% cloud cover. ====This message was sent using Winlink, a free radio email system provided by the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation and volunteers worldwide. Replies to this message should be short, quote only necessary words, use plain text format and contain only needed pictures or attachments. This allows passage over radio channels of limited bandwidth. Use of this email system for monetary gain is strictly forbidden. More on how to reply: http://www.winlink.org/help Winlink web site: http://www.winlink.org ARSF web site: http://www.arsfi.org

.1900utc, motor sailing since midnight all is good

Sat Nov 15 10:09 2014 NZDT
Run: 34nm (61.5km)
22 42S 167 20E
Weather: 50%cc, 10SSE

just working their way out of the laggon/reef on route to NZ

Sat Nov 15 7:46 2014 NZDT
Weather: 8knts SE 3.5m 0% cloud cover.

Leaving New Caledonia for NZ after this mornings net, about 0715.

Mon Oct 13 9:50 2014 NZDT
Run: 37.2nm (67.3km)
22 42S 166 48E

en0jying the southern lagoon

Mon Sep 22 13:13 2014 NZST
Run: 67.9nm (122.9km)
22 16.65S 166 26.40E

Moored in Port Moselle

Fri Sep 19 7:41 2014 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: wind aobt 5k from the west. 100% cloud cover.

Baie de Pronie

Thu Sep 18 7:33 2014 NZST
Run: 122.2nm (221.2km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.3nm
21 48S 167 22E
Weather: SSE10, 15%cl

Wed Sep 17 7:34 2014 NZST
Speed: 4knts
20 05S 167 49E
Weather: NNE 8-10

Tue Sep 16 7:35 2014 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: 10-12 ese, 15% cloud

leftEfate Tues mrnign for New Cal

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