ATHAIR

ATHAIR

Tue Jul 23 8:24 2019 NZST
Run: 61.4nm (111.1km)
18 03S 177 17E

Did a 56mi day sail from Beqa to Likuri island. Interesting pass to get in here, huge waves breaking either side of us on the reef as we surfed in on the swell arriving in a calm harbour. Did the dinner and a show last night, was a good deal with a buffet which suited me. Good to eat meat again! Will probably leave here soon. Heading for Musket cove, not far away.


Sun Jul 21 7:40 2019 NZST
Run: 37.2nm (67.3km)
18 23S 178 09E
Weather: Cloudy with drizzle and wind, humid!!

Arrived at Beqa yesterday evening after a day sail. Nice downwind all the way, wing and wing with a poled out jib.

Caught a big wahoo as we were coming through the reef but he got off as we were netting him, way too big for the net, should have used the gaf.

Checked out the resort in the harbour here and stole some of their taro leaves to cook with dinner.


Sat Jul 20 10:35 2019 NZST
Run: 200.7nm (363.3km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 176.9nm
18 51S 178 26E

Day sail from Kadavu to beqa today


Fri Jul 19 7:21 2019 NZST
Run: 85.5nm (154.8km)
18 47S 178 30W

Hi guys, Now at Kadavu island Fiji.had overnight sail from Matuku in about 22 knots all downwind. Pretty good.


Did our sevu sevu (offering of kava to the chief) at smaller Dravuni island, and today going looking for manta Rays around the Astrolabe reef.


Like Malcom?s comment about bananas, even we couldn?t handle 100 of them! Iridium go still broken but have some ph reception now, first time in a while!


Tue Jul 16 8:21 2019 NZST
Run: 78.4nm (141.9km)
19 09S 179 45W

made it to Matuku island. A good sail from vulaga overnight, all the way on just the jib downwind in about 22 knots. Unfortunately the iridium go broke on the way. This is our contact with the outside world, weather, ph, email and tracking. I?ve had conformation that the unit is dead and I?m working on getting another. Currently using a unit on another boat. I can still check emails coming to athair@myiridium.net when with another boat, but no texts.

Matuku is really high with rugged mountain peaks. We?re anchored below them, because of this, the night after we arrived a huge gust came down the mountain at about 50 knots and flipped the dinghy which was tied on bow and stern to the back of the big boat. I came out and saw the prop sticking out of the water. Managed to fix it yesterday, water was right through the engine. The chief of the village even came out to help when he heard.

The village took us on a walk to a mountain peak yesterday, awesome view. Then gave us so much fruit we have to regift some! About 100 bananas on a stem. Coconuts, papaya, and other fruit we?ve never had before. A couple of the boys are taking us spearfishing today.


They must of had a tip off about the Thachers and their Bananas..lol Glade you are safe.
Mon Jul 8 10:09 2019 NZST
Run: 118.4nm (214.3km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.8nm
19 08S 178 33W

anchored at vulaga island in southern Lau group Fiji. Pretty amazing here.

Had an interesting passage down with the wind forward of the beam the whole way and at about 35 degrees apparent since about 3am. So not ideal conditions but very typical for this passage which is why a lot of cruising boats don?t make it here.

About to go ashore to find the chief of the village and do sevu sevu. We have kava for him.


Sun Jul 7 15:03 2019 NZST
Run: 14.2nm (25.7km)
17 29S 179 02W

Heading south to vulaga island in southern part of the Lau group. Bit bumpy with wind close to our nose. Should arrive tomorrow morning. Currently 15 knots ese.


Thu Jun 27 14:42 2019 NZST
Run: 89.4nm (161.8km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 108.9nm
17 17S 178 59W

anchored at loma loma on Vanuabelavu Fiji. Crossed through the passage just on daylight. 318 nautical miles in 49 hours. Caught a fish in the early hours of this morning that i couldn?t hold it on the big hand line and it ended up braking the 200lb trace to the lure. 2nd one that?s done that in 2 days.

Currently waiting for customs to come and clear us in, then we have to move anchorages because the wind and waves are coming into here. Pretty keen to get off the boat and have a look around!


Wed Jun 26 19:00 2019 NZST
Run: 88nm (159.3km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175.3nm
17 24S 177 38W

took main down, rest of way just on jib. Timing arrival for 7 to 8 am now for daylight. Right now doing about 6.2 knots downwind in about 20 knots. Caught a massive fish earlier but it got off. Egg burritos for dinner. That?s pretty much what?s happened today. Hopefully an uneventful night too!


Wed Jun 26 6:57 2019 NZST
Run: 138.7nm (251km)
Avg: 11.8knts
24hr: 282.1nm
17 28S 176 18W

Wind came around and we jibed at about midnight, so we were able to lay our course which was good. Right now just cruising along keeping speed down. Just on double reefed main. If we average more than 6 knots we will be arriving at the reef in the dark tomorrow morning. We want to go through in daylight. So trying to time arrival for around 8 or 9 am. After coming through the reef it?s about a 10nm trip through shallows and coral heads to the anchorage and customs at Lomolomo. So daylight is quite important.


You sound like Sir Peter Blake writing the voyage log. Bloody good work!
Tue Jun 25 19:09 2019 NZST
Run: 58nm (105km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 116.3nm
17 51S 174 14W

Sailing along with poled out jib and double reefed main. Just put in the second reef for the night. Until then doing good speed averaging about 7 knots. Slower now and unfortunately not heading quite in the direction of our destination due to the wind being from directly behind us. Will probably try sailing wing and wing tomorrow morning if the wind doesn?t come around and go dead downwind to Fiji. Otherwise all good, bit of a rolly Polly sea, not the best for sleeping, but currently have a steady 15 knot se wind.


Tue Jun 25 7:11 2019 NZST
Run: 4nm (7.2km)
18 40S 174 02W
Weather: Light se wind, clear sky

On way to Lau group Fiji. Should be a 2 day passage but looks like it will be dead downwind so may take a little longer. Next stop Vanuabelavu.


One of my favorite areas. Hope it's not to crowded. When i was there only 3 yachts in the whole group. Check out the bay of islands very interesting place. Cheers Bob
Tue Jun 18 11:02 2019 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
18 42S 173 59W
Weather: Bit overcast, some light rain

Cruising the Islands of vavau Tonga still, very nice, white sandy beaches, bush to the shore and a lot to see. Mum and dad her now, caught 2 fish yesterday. About to move this afternoon to another island which is supposed to have good coral snorkeling.


Mon Jun 10 12:15 2019 NZST
Run: 105.6nm (191.1km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.9nm
18 42S 174 02W

Arrived in Vava?u a few hours ago. About a 24h trip. Trip up was good except for at about 5 am this morning the wind went on to our nose, we had to bash straight into it for a few hours before it came back nearer our beam and rose to 20 kn. Now anchored at Port Maurelle. It?s just how you?d imagine tropical cruising. Blue water, white sand and palm trees down to the sand.


Sounds perfect. Can't wait to get there. Wouldn't be hard to beat the weather here right now. πŸ˜€
Sun Jun 9 19:00 2019 NZST
Run: 79.1nm (143.2km)
20 00S 174 53W

Sailing north to Vava?u, northern Tonga. Should arrive tomorrow morning. Currently going nicely under double reefed main and jib for the night, doing about 7 knots in about 15 knots of wind. I?m doing my shift from the cabin, monitoring display & reading about captain cook, while going above regularly. Anne in aft cabin. Comfortable in there but not quiet, with rushing water noise and near the auto pilot motor and the whining of the wind generator.

Will update tomorrow on arrival.


Tue Jun 4 19:21 2019 NZST
Run: 125.6nm (227.3km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.2nm
21 07S 175 09W

we?re here, Pangimotu Island Tonga. just dropped the anchor after about an 8 mile motor from the pass the reef. It?s dark so we haven?t seen much, at this stage we could just be at waiheke, but it?s warm!


Well done guys. I’ll let work know you are safe and have arrived

Hi guys...just caught up on all your posts...congratulations!

Great stuff! The worst part of the whole trip is done. You can get on with the fun now. Can't wait to join you both. Xx 😁

That's so exciting! Looking forward to seeing some photos in the coming days when you feel human again.Congratulations!
Tue Jun 4 0:39 2019 NZST
Run: 226.2nm (409.4km)
Avg: 16.3knts
24hr: 390.6nm
22 39S 176 12W

so close now! It?s midnight and we?re making our way up through Tonga?s numerous southern sea mounts. Had breeze all night but just starting to get a bit light, think its almost 3 days since we started the motor. Weather is suddenly warm, just T-shirt in the cockpit at midnight (and pants). still the squalls late afternoon which seem pretty dangerous if you get caught out.

Caught a tuna yesterday afternoon, don?t know what kind but I?m guessing yellow fin since it had bright yellow fins. Had some raw for dinner last night. Anne caught a flying fish in the cockpit where it landed, but threw it back.

Hoping to make the gap in the reef before dark tonight. May need a bit more wind for that.


Hi Jeremy and Anne, just checked your progress this evening and I see you are there! Congratulations on a successful first ocean crossing. I can just picture exactly what you are seeing as you motor in to clear customs in Tongatapu. Enjoy your first tropical landfall and all the cruising which is going to follow. David

Great to hear from you guys! Yay nearly in Tonga. Getting warmer for you and colder for us x

Yippee! Predict wind hasn't updated since 6.30pm last night so can't see where you are right now. Hope you make it by tonight. Will be so good to get a full night's sleep while not on the move. Enjoy the tuna. Xx
Mon Jun 3 10:45 2019 NZST
Run: 53.4nm (96.7km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 73.4nm
25 51S 176 57W

heading north running downwind in 15 knots sw with 2.5 m swell on quarter. Waiting for wind to come around later today to get more northwest.

Bumpy night again last night but we both slept better. This morning I implemented a temporary repair on the lazyjacks. Threw an orange in a sock tied to a rope over the lower spreader. Made up makeshift lazy jacks and hoisted them from the spreader.

Looks like we will make Tonga tomorrow evening. Just the question as to whether we slow down and pass through the reef first thing Wednesday morning rather than in the dark. Haven?t decided yet.


Yay! That's the kiwi can do attitude coming out. Getting excited here too. Only 11 days till we join you. I think we got the better end of the deal though. Xx 😁

Great to hear you took your no. 8 wire with you (aka sock and an orange)! I guess you're both getting used to sleeping on a roller coaster. Bring on a celebratory drink on Wednesday. xxxx
Sun Jun 2 17:18 2019 NZST
Run: 160.1nm (289.8km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.6nm
25 23S 177 38W

making good progress towards Tonga. Similar conditions all day with 20 knots southwest. Big lumpy sea and big swell making it a bit uncomfortable and rolly. Squalls appearing on the horizon now, fun!


Sat Jun 1 19:54 2019 NZST
Run: 89.3nm (161.6km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.1nm
27 21S 179 00W

Awesome day of sailing today, made good ground in the right direction averaging around 8 knots speed.

Hit a squally patch this afternoon, more heavy rain and stronger winds with a nw windshift. I was reefing the main for overnight when one the lazy jacks broke. This holds the sail bag up, from the spreaders. the sail collapsed all over the deck so due to the squally conditions we have decided to go with the 3rd reef for the night as reefing is now a massively difficult task. So we are under powered currently but not worth the hassle of attempting to reef in the night without the assistance of the lazy jacks. Will loose some of the gains we made unfortunately.

Repairs will be made in Tonga, have to go up the mast for that.


Nothing like a trip up the mast to keep you honest! Good work.

Oh no that's such a shame! Your position in the group is looking good though. Fingers crossed there's no squalls overnight. xx

That's a bummer. Sounds like you've got off quite lightly compared to some so far. Keep on keeping on. There's light at the end of the tunnel. πŸ˜ƒ
Sat Jun 1 7:48 2019 NZST
Run: 251.7nm (455.6km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.5nm
28 30S 179 40W

rough and bumpy ride all day yesterday getting pushed off to the east with northerlies. In 20s gusting 30s a lot of the day with squalls and sloppy sea. Last night front went through, wind backed to w and now we are making way north as fast as we can to get ahead of the big low coming up from nz. Currently doing between 7 and 9 knots heading north east. Weather models are saying that we stay ahead of the worst of it but will get more winds in the 20 to 30 knots range and a 3.8 m swell.


Hope you're both warm enough - that front you're talking about is cold. Looks like you're about half way. Bring on the white sandy shores of Vava'u! xxx

Good progress. Hope the wind stays in that direction for you and hopefully no ginger needed. I'm not getting an email to notify me when you've updated your blog. Have to go on to yit to check so people may not be seeing this.
Thu May 30 16:27 2019 NZST
Run: 199nm (360.2km)
Avg: 8.2knts
24hr: 197.8nm
31 01S 177 18E

very placid day of motoring today with very light winds on the nose, nothing to report other than an awesome frozen pie for lunch and a dead flying fish in the cockpit ( I didn?t eat that). The topside of the bow is covered in big black splotches, the only thin I can think of is that at some point. Squid landed up there and made a huge mess.


Great hearing from you today. Interesting that Anne has the stronger stomach😁 Good to know a pie is tempting the taste buds!

Cool - not many places you can go and get fresh seafood thrown at you! xxx
Wed May 29 16:18 2019 NZST
Run: 239.6nm (433.7km)
32 53S 174 43E

crazy night last night as our first night at sea. Had winds in the 30s gusting 40s. That?s why there was no post from us. Slower day today, motoring now.


First few days always quesy. Should get better as you head north away from the systems. Cheers Bob

Hope the seasickness is under control. Those ginger goodies may be coming into their own. 😞
Sun May 19 17:28 2019 NZST
Run: 73.6nm (133.2km)
36 19S 174 08E

Departure delayed!


There is a weather thing hanging around well north which has the potential to turn bad, tropical storm kind of bad. So right now we are just waiting to make sure nothing like that is going to cross our path while on transit to Tonga. Hopefully we will be out of here in the next few days. In the meantime, plenty to do in the bay of Islands. We will head out tomorrow for the night.


Other news... the wind generator broke. Which we rely on, especially in winter. However we were saved by mum and dad who brought the warranty one up which is now installed and running well.


Hi Jeremy and Anne, Lindsay sent through this link Hope this finds you. Good luck for the passage. Looks like the latter part of this week, although a nor- westerly could also work for earlier in the week. Feeling envious! David

Great seeing you guys today. Hoping the weather window stays open for Tuesday - Hold on to ya knickers lol. You are going to have a wonderful time. Luv Kat and Dan
Wed May 15 18:21 2019 NZST
Run: 7nm (12.7km)
35 15.29S 174 13.89E

testing posting from the satellite ph tonight. Came for a sail today to one of the islands and ran the perimeter track. Anne started the day with a bread baking class at 5am. Crazy.

Tucked up in a little cove tonight out of the wind with 2 other boats. Will head back to opua tomorrow and still planning on leaving New Zealand on Monday.


Yum Anne - you'll have to share your recipe with us at some point. xx
Sun May 12 17:42 2019 NZST
Run: 43.2nm (78.2km)
35 19S 174 08E
Weather: Generally bad

Arrived at opua this morning with over 30 knots. Sailing at 10 knots downwind with a small piece of job out. Since we’ve been here the wind has increased and it’s raining but still managed a quick run. Otherwise baby sitting the boat today. Supposed to improve this evening. Hopefully more exciting activities tomorrow!


Fri May 10 19:30 2019 NZST
Run: 51.1nm (92.5km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.8nm
35 51S 174 32E

At smugglers bay Whangarei heads for the night. Bit of a mixture today. Probably sailed about half of it.


Fri May 10 10:03 2019 NZST
Run: 98nm (177.4km)
Avg: 2.5knts
24hr: 60.6nm
36 32S 174 53E

Finally heading north towards Opua. Unfortunately into a northerly but going well. Not sure of tonight’s destination. Whangarei if we have the wind.


Wed May 8 19:13 2019 NZST
Run: 88.9nm (160.9km)
35 13S 174 14E

Big day of motoring today. We were hoping for a light norwester but it never came.

We did catch a little albacore tuna, currently eating that raw with soy sauce.

Anyway we’re here in the bay of islands and awaiting the big blow, forecast for 30 gusting 40 here tomorrow. We will probably make our way up to opua in the morning sometime.


Fri Apr 19 7:42 2019 NZST
36 26S 174 45E
Weather: Cloudy

Gear testing weekend in preparation for pacific trip.


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