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.
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.
Day sail from Kadavu to beqa today
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
At smugglers bay Whangarei heads for the night. Bit of a mixture today. Probably sailed about half of it.
Finally heading north towards Opua. Unfortunately into a northerly but going well. Not sure of tonight’s destination. Whangarei if we have the wind.
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.
Gear testing weekend in preparation for pacific trip.
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