Blinder

Blinder

Mon Oct 8 11:21 2018 NZDT
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
17 46.125s 177 11.722e
Weather: Grey skies, showers and 10knts SE

Hanging off a morning at Musket for a few days. Blinders a very quite boat , Nip and Louise left a few days ago and then yesterday we farewelled Obsession who are looking at heading back to NZ. Have had an awesome 2 months cruising with them and will miss them both.

Grant had a kite yesterday and I did my first body drag which was fun then we had the pleasure of the manta visit last night so all good on Blinder.


Know you are going to miss the Obsession crew. So much fun!
Mon Oct 1 14:37 2018 NZDT
Run: 15.7nm (28.4km)
17 44.317s 177 8.888e
Weather: SE 10-15 outside the bay cc50% lovely day

Enjoying a few days at Likukliku the water is glorious. Giant puffer fish, Octopus and plenty more just off the boat.

Peter and Louise are aboard so lots of fun and there’s been some great card games unfortunately Obsession seem to be on a bit of a winning streak. Oh well there’s always tonight!


Sun Sep 23 16:02 2018 NZST
Run: 140.5nm (254.3km)
17 38.919s 177 22.050e

Well more fun has been had that’s for sure. Had a fabulous week exploring with Obsession with lots of games and beach activities. Sailed over the Bligh waters yesterday heading for Denarau to pick up friends later in the week. Had a great couple of months cruising the North.


Sun Sep 16 12:31 2018 NZST
Run: 2.6nm (4.7km)
16 47.586s 179 17.846e
Weather: ENE 10knts 70% cc

At Cousteaus waiting to head west tomorrow. Big day on Blinder yesterday as have had a leaking stern seal which was replaced with a huge effort from Lester and Lisa off Obsession. Happy boat and very grateful to our lovely friends.Now we can go have more fun!


Fri Sep 14 7:44 2018 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
16 46.646s 179 20.020e
Weather: Wet and windy

A sunny day yesterday which was unexpected so we jumped in a cab and went around to Devodara Beach which is a great kiting spot. Perfect conditions and no one around except the locals netting who would wave out every time Grant flew by, very cool.

Had Lisa and Lester and Bruce off Seadragon over for dinner last lovely to much chatter for cards. Hoping boat part arrives today....fingers crossed.


Tue Sep 11 16:26 2018 NZST
Run: 61.1nm (110.6km)
16 46.693s 179 19.989e
Weather: Variable winds and drizzly 100% CC

Back in Savusavu after another lovely week cruising the north and catching up with friends along the way, Interlude at Paradise then Pzazz at Cousteaus. Had a great snorkel off Cousteaus yesterday lots of big fish! Will spend a couple of days here shopping ,eating curries and playing cards with Obsession while we wait for a part for Blinder.


Sat Sep 1 16:40 2018 NZST
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)
16 43.859s 179 44.652w
Weather: ESE 15knts outside the bay, sun shining.

Anchored in beautiful Matagi. Have been here a couple of times but had forgotten how truly stunning it is and how fab the snorkeling is right off the back of the Blinder. Crystal clear waters makes snorkeling a treat and I came face to face with the biggest flowery cod I have ever had the pleasure of meeting then around the next corner the largest dotted sweetlips (purple and yellow) who was looking very cool. Sundowners and a game of cards will Team Obsession will just round the day off nicely.


Thu Aug 30 15:17 2018 NZST
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)
16 45.878s 179 46.904w
Weather: 10% cloud cover. NE 10knts, hot.

Just anchored in Naiviivi bay after 4 lovely days at Namata bay. Meet Thomas and his family, he is part of the Mitchell family who own the bay and we were totally spoilt with fresh fruits and vegetables. Enjoyed swimming in the turquoise waters where you could see every grain of sand with Obsession anchored nearby.


Oh, sounds just perfect. So happy that you are all out there exploring. Jelly!
Mon Aug 27 15:00 2018 NZST
Run: 22.2nm (40.2km)
16 44.681s 179 46.340w
Weather: ESE 15-20knt out of the bay. CC 50%

Motor sailed to Qamea today and now anchored in lovely big bay on the SW corner. Caught a mahi-mahi on the way which always makes the trip so much more fun. Lovely afternoon to chill out and enjoy the blue waters.


Fri Aug 24 10:13 2018 NZST
Run: 23.7nm (42.9km)
16 44.850s 179 53.525e
Weather: Windless morning, glassy calm

Another glorious day. Viani Bay at its best, no wind and glassy calm. Went for a cool snorkel out on the reef yesterday lots of lovely healthy corals.

Will probably head over to Somosomo tomorrow for some fresh veg and that’s as far as the plan goes at the moment.

Sundowners on Halo last night with Obsession and Damn Kiwi which was fun always amazing what a small world it is when you get chatting.


Thu Aug 16 9:58 2018 NZST
Run: 23.6nm (42.7km)
16 26.706s 179 56.271w

Had a couple of lovely days in Albert Cove, cant see us moving for awhile. Enjoying the beautiful anchorage and wonderful company.


Sun Aug 12 14:44 2018 NZST
Run: 2nm (3.6km)
16 44.790s 179 53.588e
Weather: 50% cloud cover 5knts S

Just back from a lovely snorkel out by the pass. Had an awesome 2 dives yesterday, Kutu reef and cabbage patch. Weather is just perfect which makes exploring this area so much fun. Some great game nights happening with Obsession.


Fri Aug 10 10:07 2018 NZST
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)
16 43.828s 179 55.146e
Weather: CC 70% no wind in the bay

Love this bay, some of the prettiest coral bombies which makes swim club a real treat. Looking at moving to Viani this arvo to maybe go for another dive.


Thu Aug 9 14:02 2018 NZST
Run: 37.3nm (67.5km)
16 44.253s 179 53.816e
Weather: 50% cloud cover, 15knts SSE out of the Anchorage

Have had a lovely couple of days hanging out here with Obsession. Some great snorkeling just of the boat and went for a cool dive today with Lisa and Lester.


Fri Aug 3 16:09 2018 NZST
Run: 73.6nm (133.2km)
16 46.725s 179 20.055e

Well we didn’t land the mahi-mahi but had a great trip to Makogai. Left there the following morning at first light and a nice sail across to Savusavu getting in just in time for lunch. Caught up with our great friends Lisa and Lester off Obsession, will hang out here for a few days then head off for an adventure or 2. Not quite sure where yet that will be decided over a few cold ones and a curry.


Ah. So happy that gang is back together. Wish we were there with you for all of the giggles and grins. Looking forward to following your crazy adventures!
Wed Aug 1 11:00 2018 NZST
Run: 26.6nm (48.1km)
17 32.352s 178 33.301e
Weather: 0% cc 10knts easterly

After 4 great days kiting at Nananu-I-cake (always windy ) and lots of socializing on the sandpit we are off to Savusavu via Makogai.

A stunning day blue skies 10knts easterly all we need know is a mahi-mahi.


Sat Jul 28 7:41 2018 NZST
Run: 75.9nm (137.4km)
17 19.408s 178 13.268e
Weather: No cloud, 20knts ESE

Had a fabulous trip up from Vuda yesterday, dolphins a nice walu for dinner and a stunning sunset. Got into anchorage about 730pm to then enjoy the full moon.

Woken up to plenty off wind, Grant smiling. Will stay a couple of days and enjoy the kiting.


Sat Jun 23 8:18 2018 NZST
Run: 48.7nm (88.1km)
17 46.936s 177 10.478e
Weather: 15knt SE / 80% cloud cover

Had a stunning windless week cruising the Yasawas with Gail and Pete. Magical sunsets, wakeboarding, squidding, games and lots of laughs.

Had a great sail back down on wednesday and now back at Musket with plenty of wind on its way. Grant had a kite yesterday and looks like he will be doing heaps more in the next week or so.


Tue Jun 19 13:09 2018 NZST
Run: 11.4nm (20.6km)
17 5.067s 177 16.627e
Weather: 15-20 easterly 10% cloud cover

Anchored in the stunning Somosomo bay. Grant and Pete went bush bashing this morning trying to find the track across the island, got 1/2way then lost it.

Gail and I circumnavigated the bay snorkling, lots of new corals which is great to see. Only boat in bay, lobster for dinner, tough life this cruising!


Ah, it sounds amazing. So happy you two are enjoying yourselves!
Fri Jun 15 8:55 2018 NZST
Run: 58.3nm (105.5km)
16 56.676s 177 22.044e
Weather: 10% cloud cover / 5-10knts SE

Back up in the beautiful Yasawas with Gail and Pete. A fun week ahead !


Sun May 27 14:31 2018 NZST
Run: 77.7nm (140.6km)
17 46.294s 177 11.563e
Weather: 100% cloud cover / 10knts easterly

Back down a Musket after an awesome windless week discovering the northern Yasawas. Hanging around here for the next week before heading back to NZ for a few days. Grants managed to kite the last 2 days so big smiles.


Wed May 23 11:33 2018 NZST
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
16 42.536s 177 34.599e

Anchored of village of Yasawas-I-Tara. The villagers are so friendly great fresh fruit given to us with beautiful big smiles. The beach is stunning, one of the nicest I have had the pleasure to do my morning swim at. Heading off to find another glorious bay.


Sun May 20 16:22 2018 NZST
Run: 73.5nm (133km)
16 43.329s 177 33.969e
Weather: No cloud cover, 10 knot easterly

Anchored in a stunning bay white sandy beach which even has a small wave to ride.

Caught our first fish for the season on the way up so will enjoy that tonight. Glorious spot.


Great to hear you are loving “Bula-land”. Enjoy enjoy! xx
Tue May 15 9:19 2018 NZST
Run: 30.8nm (55.7km)
17 46.18S 177 22.56E
Weather: No cloud / no wind

Well what a start to the season ! Day after day of stunning blue skies since Blinder went in the water last week. Had a great week catching up with friends at Musket now In at Denarau for a couple of days to do a bit of maintenance. Going to head up to the Yasawas later in the week. Happy days!


Thu Nov 30 17:18 2017 NZDT
Run: 84.2nm (152.4km)
17 68.09s 177 38.63e

All tucked up in the pit for summer. Had an awesome cruising season with family and friends.


Wed Nov 1 12:27 2017 NZDT
Run: 58.8nm (106.4km)
16 56.754s 177 22.077e
Weather: 5% CC Wind variable

Perfect day at Blue Lagoon.


Sat Sep 23 19:48 2017 NZST
Run: 75.3nm (136.3km)
17 46.625s 177 10.701e

Just had a fab time at the musket Cove regatta...what a week ! Crewed on the lovely Tallulah Ruby which was great, thanks to Andy and Paul.

Now just having some quiet time before family arrive next week. Grants got some time to fly his new kite.


Sat Jul 22 16:07 2017 NZST
Run: 74.2nm (134.3km)
17 19.433s 178 13.061e
Weather: 0% cloud cover / no wind

All alone at Nananu-I-thake.


Motored from Lautoka in mill pond conditions.
Motored from Lautoka in mill pond conditions.
Tue May 30 20:13 2017 NZST
Run: 12.4nm (22.4km)
17 46.20931S 177 11.60167E

Hanging out around Malolo enjoying this stunning weather.


Wed May 24 7:16 2017 NZST
Run: 12.1nm (21.9km)
17 46.12973S 177 22.94826E

Tied up at Denarau marina for a couple of days doing a few boat jobs. Nice to be here as had a few days of wind and rain.


Good to see you are getting ready to enjoy the happy days fishing, eating and drinking, to ward off dehydration. Sue R
Fri May 19 13:41 2017 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
17 46.82406S 177 11.97098E

Still hanging out at Musket, had the most glorious week out here, lovely to be swimming and snorkeling again. Perfect weather, very hot !


I am amazed that Blinder sailed right across Malolo. That must have been a good bottom job!
Sun May 14 12:00 2017 NZST
Run: 14.5nm (26.2km)
17 46.57838S 177 11.39134E

Blinders back in the water after 6 months, thanks to everyone at Vuda for keeping her safe. Great to be here, enjoying some island time out at Musket Cove. Paradise !


Thu Dec 1 7:48 2016 NZDT
Run: 14.3nm (25.9km)
17 40.843S 177 23.128E

Back up in cyclone pit at Vuda safe and sound. Another fabulous cruising season in Fiji hanging out with great friends and enjoying the magical waters. Vinaka x


Fri Nov 4 17:53 2016 NZDT
17 46.226s 177 11.353e
Weather: 0 wind / 20 %

Had a great week out a Musket some lovely day trip out to Honeymoon and Namotu. It's really starting to heat up with these windless days. Loving Musket, it's very quiet ! Another week of paradise then time to head home.


Sun Oct 30 21:25 2016 NZDT
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
17 46.225s 177 11.354e

Quiet few days at Musket after a big week of farewell dinners for Carla and Doug in at Denarau, lots of beers lots of tears ! Caught a walu on the way out, delicious.


Sun Oct 16 12:16 2016 NZDT
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
17 44.187s 177 8.943e
Weather: 5 knt sea breeze cc 10%

Back out at the island for another day playing in the sun. Just had the best swim club, attendance at an all time high with hundreds of tropical fish joining in. Still grinning !


Sat Oct 15 14:10 2016 NZDT
Run: 15.8nm (28.6km)
17 43.154s 177 8.970e
Weather: Wind 0 cc 15%

Another stunning day, paddleboarding and snorkeling around honeymoon island. Lovely to have Deb onboard.


Sun Oct 9 8:44 2016 NZDT
Run: 12.5nm (22.6km)
17 46.367s 177 22.942e

Parked up at Denarau Marina for a few days, will sit out the rain that's heading our way.Couple of repairs to do on the furler then Thursday pick up Deb and head off again .


Mon Oct 3 12:29 2016 NZDT
Run: 62.4nm (112.9km)
17 46.300s 177 11.572e

Had the most fab 10 days up in the Yasawas with my sis and John. The weather was perfect and lots of fun times. Now back at Musket, always lovely to catch up with everyone. Will hang out here for the week while Grant pops back to NZ for a couple of days.


Sun Sep 25 8:28 2016 NZDT
16 53.549S 177 24.563E

Sun Sep 25 8:27 2016 NZDT
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
Avg: 11.9knts
24hr: 285.6nm
16 53.54438S 177 24.56604E

Sun Sep 25 8:15 2016 NZDT
16 54.687s 177 22.708e
Weather: Cc 0% wind 0

Morning Malakati


Picture perfect morning
Picture perfect morning
Sat Sep 24 17:00 2016 NZST
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
16 54.692s 177 22.700e

Great to be back in Malakati had forgotten how beautiful it is 🌺


Doesn't take much to put a smile on their faces !
Doesn't take much to put a smile on their faces !
Thu Sep 22 17:17 2016 NZST
Run: 19.8nm (35.8km)
16 56.743s 177 22.181e
Weather: No cloud 5knt SW

A magic day at Blue Lagoon celebrating Sues birthday. Champers at sundown then in for dinner at Nanuya Resort.Doesn't get much better 🌺


Happy birthday sis xx
Happy birthday sis xx

Awesome you are having fun with your Sis. Love the colourful lanterns. xx

Looks just magical. Hope Sue had a lovely birthday dinner. Miss y'all!
Tue Sep 20 11:31 2016 NZST
Run: 43.4nm (78.6km)
17 10.349s 177 11.165e
Weather: 10%cc no wind

Stunning first night out with sister Sue and John at Cuvu bay,glassy calm clear blue water. Swam with the Mantas this morning now heading around to Somosomo, Yasawas are sparkling and so are we !!!


Hey you guys, sounds another fabulous year cruising on the mighty Blinder. Pleased Sue & John back on board, last time with them for me was Uvea. You've done some miles, drank lotsa rum and I'm sure impressed everybody with your dancing style Grant. See you sometime soon. Hug to Jude Tony
Tue Sep 13 6:52 2016 NZST
Run: 37.8nm (68.4km)
17 46.343s 177 22.874e
Weather: 50% cc no wind in marina

All tied up at Denarau Marina, will be here for the week just having some down time before the family arrive on Sunday. Can't wait !


Sun Sep 11 12:36 2016 NZST
Run: 29.2nm (52.9km)
17 22.904s 177 46.914e
Weather: Glassy calm, no wind

Heading down the highway !


Sundowners on  Moondance, lovely way to spend our last night up North.
Sundowners on Moondance, lovely way to spend our last night up North.
Sat Sep 10 14:12 2016 NZST
Run: 34.4nm (62.3km)
17 18.460s 178 13.077e
Weather: SSE 15-20 at anchor / cc 60%

Great swim club turn out this morning , then coconut pancakes for breakfast on Moondance. Don't you just love the weekends.


Thu Sep 8 7:22 2016 NZST
Run: 47.8nm (86.5km)
17 0.326s 178 37.940e
Weather: 10%cc 15-20knts SE

Had a great trip down to Coconut Point yesterday and now heading for Nananu-I-thake. Glorious morning, suns shining ,music on,fishing lines out,Moondance is across the way and the winds blowing.


Wed Sep 7 6:53 2016 NZST
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)
16 46.965s 179 18.992e
Weather: 90%cc no wind in the bay

It's raining in Savusavu so time to leave. Heading to Coconut Point today then across to Nananu-I-Thake tomorrow with Moondance.


Sun Sep 4 7:13 2016 NZST
Run: 38.9nm (70.4km)
16 46.649s 179 20.142e
Weather: 10% cc wind 0 at anchor

Woken up to a glorious morning in Savusavu. Sailed across from Paradise Resort Tavenui yesterday with Moondance. Will hang out here for a few days just enjoying Savusavu.


Good morning Savusavu
Good morning Savusavu

We're probably leaving Fawn Harbour for SS tomorrow, so see you for a drink tomorrow night?
Mon Aug 29 13:16 2016 NZST
Run: 139.7nm (252.9km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165nm
16 56.050s 179 54.023e

After an uneventful overnight trip from Vulaga - 15knts and a tuna , we are now happily moored off Paradise Resort , Taveuni. Great to be back on the grid !


Hey you 2, we're just across the way in Viani Bay. How long are you around for? We'll probably head to Savusavu on Thurs/Fri. Will our paths cross?
Sun Aug 28 16:57 2016 NZST
Run: 44.9nm (81.3km)
18 36.220s 178 54.196w
Weather: 15knt easterly / cc 20% / swell 1.5mtre

Left Vulaga at 11 this morning and have had a lovely sail thus far. 15knts easterly with about 1.5mtre swell. Hope to be in Taveuni midday tomorrow, all great onboard.


Hi guys, Have a great sail. I love to be on the helm! Sounds lovely. Lucy and I just back from "Swashbucklers" having some yummy Snapper and a beer with Lester & Lisa! Was lovely, with lots of laughter of course. Hope you catch a biggy Grant! Dave
Sat Aug 27 8:12 2016 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
19 9.215s 178 32.345w
Weather: 15knt easterly / cc 40%

When the sun shines in Vulaga it lights up. Had a great snorkel at the blue hole, a giant groper, sharks and played hide and seek with a large octopus, very cool.Going out to the pass this morning to check out slack tide and do one last snorkel. Weather has really settled so looks like we will head north tomorrow. Time to get back on the grid.


Enjoy the last couple of days down in lovey Fulaga! You'll be glad to get back to some food shopping opportunities, no doubt.
Mon Aug 22 8:21 2016 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
19 9.155s 178 32.359w
Weather: CC 20% 15-20knts SE bar 1016

Waved goodbye to Bravado yesterday as they head back to Denarau after 2 great weeks in Vulaga despite the weather not really playing the game..hence we played heaps of games! We were planning on heading to Taveuni but Grant got a case of the kava belly so decided not to lift anchor. He is feeling heaps better today and the sun is shinining so will hang out here for a few more days and enjoy.


Mon Aug 15 11:06 2016 NZST
19 9.237s 178 32.378w
Weather: SE 10knts / 50% cc / bar 1016

Another day in paradise. Swimming, snorkeling, skurfing and maybe even a sundowner or two.


Sat Aug 13 15:24 2016 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
19 9.210s 178 32.361w
Weather: 10knts SE 70% CC

Awesome day in Fulaga. Snorkeled the pass,the corals and fish life better than ever, saw about 6 sharks much to Shirls delight! Heading to the beach for some bubbles if the sun stays out.

Happy birthday Carla x


Sun Aug 7 11:30 2016 NZST
Run: 190.4nm (344.6km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 65.2nm
19 09.228s 178 32.440w
Weather: cc 100% rain , 10-20knts SSE

Had a great overnight trip down to Fulaga arriving in 15minutes before the tide changed which was perfect. Awesome to be back as beautiful as ever. Just after we anchored the outrigger sailed over with Solate, Mini and George out for their Saturday fish. A few tears and lots of hugs were had.

(Graham and Damien the canoe looks awesome and well used,will attach photo when we have internet) The front passed over early this morning and the expected rain is here. A great day for games and reading.


Hi guys, great to hear that the canoe is still in use! Please send our love to our friends in the village. We've just had a lovely Sunday lunch with Damian and Kerry here in Luganville so will pass on your YIT update. Enjoy yourselves down there, lots of love from the Maunies
Thu Aug 4 13:26 2016 NZST
Run: 8.2nm (14.8km)
16 42.187s 179 51.863w
Weather: 60%cc 5knts at anchor

Had a great snorkel at Matagi this morning, we were joined by the cutest turtle who didn't seem fazed by us at all. Now anchored in the NW bay Qamea with Bravado and plan to leave for Fulaga in the morning.


Wow, you guys have certainly covered some ground! Awesome. Have a safe 'passage' to Fulaga. xx
Wed Aug 3 13:29 2016 NZST
Run: 61.9nm (112km)
16 43.876s 179 44.631w

Gorgeous spot, anchored at Matagi, water is crystal clear and the sun is trying its best to break through.

Off snorkeling this arvo with the team.


Sat Jul 30 10:46 2016 NZST
Run: 81.4nm (147.3km)
16 47.028s 179 19.378e
Weather: 10knts easterly cc15% very warm !

Just on our way into Savusavu, had a wonderful night catching up with Al and Shirl , it's been along time since Blinder and Bravado have been anchored in the same bay. Lots of laughs and delicious fish for dinner.

Will provision and head out for more adventures next week.


Nice. Well done team! How'd the kite surfing go mate? Sink? D
Mon Jul 25 10:05 2016 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
17 18.271s 178 13.059e
Weather: 20knts easterly , cc 30%

Motor fixed and all good to go ! Off on a road trip today to Rakiraki


Sun Jul 24 11:55 2016 NZST
Run: 6.8nm (12.3km)
17 18.817s 178 12.730e
Weather: 10knts gusting 20knts easterly, cc 10%

No Motor, no Makogai, no fish ! But we have great friends and stunning sunsets.

Half way to Makogai motor sailing our motor died so made the call to head back to Nananu-I-thake. Moondance turned around and followed us in, quite a busy sail up through the reefs was happy to get the anchor down.

Hopefully Grant and Doug will sort out problem today, fingers crossed. It's a lovely day here so not all bad.


Got the anchor down in time to enjoy the view.
Got the anchor down in time to enjoy the view.
Moondance to the rescue !
Moondance to the rescue !
Sat Jul 23 8:10 2016 NZST
Run: 6.1nm (11km)
17 23.351s 178 16.684e
Weather: 20knts ESE 20% cc

On the move, heading for Makogai with Moondance and Sharpe Focus.


Wed Jul 20 20:43 2016 NZST
Run: 63.7nm (115.3km)
17 19.112s 178 13.434e

Just back from sundowners on Sharpe Focus with Moondance, stunning full moon. Anchored in Nananu- I-take. Grant having kitesurfing lessons tomorrow ... Watch this space !


Awesome to hear about the kiting lessons, but what about you, Jude? The more girls the better!!
Mon Jul 18 14:53 2016 NZST
Run: 13.2nm (23.9km)
17 46.333s 177 22.910e

Port Denara Marina getting Blinder pretty for her date with Bravado. Will start heading north with Moondance tomorrow. Slight delay as skipper needed some dental work. All sorted now so will throw lines of in the morning . Looking forward to it.


Fri Jul 8 7:37 2016 NZST
Run: 53.3nm (96.5km)
17 46.724s 177 10.846e
Weather: No wind no cloud 100% blue skies

Glorious morning at musket. Taking Scott, Emma and the kids out on Blinder for the day


Lunch stop at the sand cay
Lunch stop at the sand cay
Wed Jul 6 10:58 2016 NZST
Run: 9.7nm (17.6km)
17 0.573s 177 14.473e
Weather: cc 20% /easterly so 20-30knts seas moderate sun shining

Finally pulled the pick up and heading down to Musket to catch up with Grants cousin. Have had an awesome couple of weeks swimming, paddling , walking , making new friends and catching up with old.Had a fun final night, dinghy drinks with 9 dinghies rafted up.


Sat Jun 25 10:20 2016 NZST
Run: 13.3nm (24.1km)
16 56.564s 177 22.175e
Weather: Stunning 5% cc 5-10knts easterly

Great to be back in Blue Lagoon forgotten how pretty it is here. Going into the new Boatshed to watch the ABs tonight doesn't get much better. Will be hanging out here for the next week or so, paradise!


Fri Jun 24 11:13 2016 NZST
Run: 51.2nm (92.7km)
17 3.094s 177 12.252e
Weather: CC 5% - ENE 15-20knots seas moderate

Glorious day for a sail but hard on the wind ! Spent the night at the bottom end of Waya and now sailing up to Blue Lagoon with Moondance. Fishing lines out but no luck yet. Plenty of sunshine and blue sky.


Sun Jun 19 7:19 2016 NZST
Run: 53.5nm (96.8km)
17 46.342s 177 22.899e

Back in Denarau due to a regulator issue, hope to have it sorted Monday. Enjoyed the ABs game at the yacht club last night .


Are you heading back to Yasawas when you have sorted the problem? Sorry we couldn't help out. Not much good ar electrics! Lost your Fiji ph number.
Wed Jun 15 9:10 2016 NZST
Run: 15.4nm (27.9km)
16 59.881s 177 21.438e
Weather: 10%cc 0 -10knts east

Somosomo Bay, sharing the anchorage with lots of very large turtles which is great to see. Woke up to about 20 squid hanging off the boat so quess what Grants up to !


Mon Jun 13 15:00 2016 NZST
Run: 9.3nm (16.8km)
17 10.518s 177 12.944e
Weather: 10%cc no wind

Cuvu bay, Naviti Island. Had the most amazing manta swim today, spent about an hour splashing around with them. Weather is just perfect


Big boy, 2.5meters at least !
Big boy, 2.5meters at least !
Sun Jun 12 15:32 2016 NZST
Run: 35.1nm (63.5km)
17 16.376s 177 7.074e
Weather: 5% cc 10-15kt southerly

Just put down anchor in Nalauwaki Bay, Waya. Motored most of the the day from Musket with clear sky's and a 10 -15 kt southerly.

Looking forward to spending the next week cruising the Yasawas.


Happy Skipper !!
Happy Skipper !!
Thu Jun 9 8:18 2016 NZST
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
17 46.581s 177 11.328e
Weather: 20 -30knts NE. 25%cc bar 1014

Hanging off a mooring at Musket Cove. Have been having a great time swimming , paddleboarding and just cruising. Had some glorious weather yesterday,was a stunner. Wind picked up last night and looks like it will be around for a few days.


Sat Jun 4 16:45 2016 NZST
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
17 44.517s 177 8.874e

Anchored of Likuliku resort, only boat in the bay. Glorious night for a BBQ


Sat May 28 7:48 2016 NZST
Run: 14.4nm (26.1km)
17 46.392s 177 11.391e
Weather: No wind no cloud

Splash! Yahoo Blinders back in the water after 6mnth in the cyclone pit. The team at Vuda did an awesome job looking after the boats through Cyclone Winston and we had a fab week there getting Blinder ready for the season. Now happily hanging out at Musket on a mooring for a couple of days, paradise !!!


So glad blinder coped with the Fiji winter. What a great hide-out she had. Have a wonderful summer. Mum R xx
Fri Oct 23 17:35 2015 NZDT
Run: 44.1nm (79.8km)
17 40.886s 177 23.147e

Blinder now safely in the cyclone pit at Vuda. Had an awesome season cruising with Obsession and making some fabulous new friends. Returned to some of our favorite spots and also discovered new ones. Will be sad to leave Fiji and look forward to return next May....Blinder clear !


Thu Oct 22 9:54 2015 NZDT
Run: 48.4nm (87.6km)
17 4.27s 177 11.45e
Weather: 10% cc / bar 1017

After 3 fun weeks out at musket hanging out with friends, playing golf, tennis and lots of BBQs we headed to Denerau and have spent the last 3 days cleaning Blinder ready for haul out.

Will head around to Vuda today and hopefully she will go into the pit this afternoon.


Wed Oct 7 11:39 2015 NZDT
Run: 12nm (21.7km)
17 46.293s 177 11.609e
Weather: 10knt SE / 5%CC / Bar 1018

Parked up at Musket Cove and will be hanging out here until we get ready to put Blinder up in the pit at Vuda later in the month. Waved the Booths off this morning, had a great week lots of laughs and lots of Rose!


Mon Sep 28 17:13 2015 NZDT
Run: 106.4nm (192.6km)
17 46.18s 177 22.56e

All tied up at Denerau marina, waved goodbye to the family this morning. Had a fab trip shame about the weather but loads of laughs and great card sessions had by all.

Will hang out here for a few days then head out Musket way.


Tue Sep 22 12:57 2015 NZST
Run: 78nm (141.2km)
17 26.463s 178 57.212e

Spent last night at Koro and now anchored in one of our favourite spots - Makogai.Will stay here as long as the weather plays the game.Celebrating Susies birthday today so a BBQ and a few bubbles tonight.


Sat Sep 19 13:49 2015 NZST
Run: 24.1nm (43.6km)
16 45.054s 179 53.293e

Had a great week out at Matagi bay, picture perfect, now in Viani Bay with all the family on board, yahoo! Went for 2 amazing dives today, very happy campers!


Sun Sep 13 14:40 2015 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
16 26.683s 179 56.278w

Having a great time here, love this spot and weather is stunning, just enough wind to keep us cool. Had a lovely dive this morning with Lisa which was fun.Looking forward to seeing the family on Thursday, picking them up from Taveuni.


Good to see you are having great time. We are back on SEANINE. Had fabulous sail from Whangamata to the Mercs. Very calm peaceful night. Left early this morning on our way to Auckland. Great being on SEANINE again. Love to the whole crew, obsession and blinder.
Fri Sep 11 17:40 2015 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
16 26.745S 179 56.325W
Weather: 10-15knots SE beautiful day 10% cloud cover

Had a great sail upto Albert Cove, what a lovely place. Today went on a dingy adventure to introduce ourselves to the local police and explore the "capital" town. Then went snorkeling this afternoon.


Thu Sep 10 17:07 2015 NZST
Run: 18.9nm (34.2km)
16 26.683s 179 56.278w

Anchored in at Albert Cove, Rabi. Absolutely stunning and looking forward to hanging out here for the next few days, great snorkeling and diving.


Wed Sep 9 9:27 2015 NZST
Run: 41.6nm (75.3km)
16 40.262s 179 54.131e
Weather: 20%cc / 5knts E / bar 1019

Just stopped in at Buca Bay to big up some baskets that the ladies here are famous for and then off around to explore Kioa and Rabi. Had an awesome sail from Savu Savu yesterday, caught a lovely mahi mahi then cruised with a couple of large humpbacks.Great to be out and about.


Mon Sep 7 7:41 2015 NZST
Run: 21.1nm (38.2km)
16 48.508s 179 17.381e

A couple of glorious days off Cousteau resort. had some great snorkels off the outer reef. We saw sharks, turtles, eagle rays, and dolphins.Heading north in the next few days for some more adventures.


Sat Aug 29 8:35 2015 NZST
Run: 39nm (70.6km)
17 04.799s 179 26.163e

cleared back into Fiji yesterday and now tied up at Copra Shed marina Savu Savu, planning to hang out here for the next few days.

Big thanks to our amazing crew Lisa and Lester, go team Futuna!


Thu Aug 27 16:39 2015 NZST
Run: 213.8nm (387km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.2nm
16 47.446s 179 56.503e

beautiful sailing day, Team Futuna caught a Tuna and a mahi mahi, actually watch the mahi mahi take the lure. Lots of laughs all very happy, will be in Savu Savu tonight for sashini and bubbles...yahoo!


Wed Aug 26 10:09 2015 NZST
Run: 147.8nm (267.5km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.7nm
14 17.709s 178 9.659w

Arrived unto Futuna about 7.00am this morning, anchorage up there with Norfolk (not quite as bad) Grant and I went in and did all the paperwork and Lisa and Lester now in practicing their french. Will leave for Fiji about 12.00ish.All good onboard.


Tue Aug 25 12:21 2015 NZST
Run: 54.5nm (98.6km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 82.8nm
16 03.047s 179 25.52w
Weather: 20knt SSE / 10% cc / 1016 bar

Charging along averaging 7.5knt main sail only. Sun shining, just had cheeses scones for morning tea so all good in the hood.


Mon Aug 24 20:33 2015 NZST
Run: 51.7nm (93.6km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.3nm
16 40.094s 179 56.151w
Weather: SSE 15knts / cc 30% / bar 1014

Awesome sailing day and a fantastic humpback whale experience to top it off. Happy days !


team Futuna
team Futuna
Mon Aug 24 10:39 2015 NZST
Run: 2.9nm (5.2km)
16 47.847s 179 17.705e

Team Futuna are heading North! For customs reasons have to leave Fiji so we are sailing to Futuna a small french Island North East of Fiji. Hope to be back in Fiji on Friday.Lisa and Lester are coming along for the adventure,as you can imagine Grant and I are both stoked to have them on board.


Fri Aug 21 13:46 2015 NZST
Run: 194.1nm (351.3km)
16 46.695s 179 20.056e
Weather: 5-10knts SE / cc 30% / bar 1016

All tied up and plugged in at Copra Shed marina ,Savu Savu. Had an awesome overnight sail up from Namuka last Tuesday and caught a mahi mahi which always puts a smile on Grants face, especially as Obsession had just caught 2! Now enjoying the big smoke for a few days.


Hope you can catch some more fish with the additional crew on your next trip north. Should be an adventure with them and trust you have favorable winds.
Tue Aug 11 7:29 2015 NZST
Run: 23.3nm (42.2km)
18 50.829s 178 40.215w

Left Fulaga yesterday for Namuka-i-lau. Had a lovely lazy 3hrs sail joined by a pod of short finned pilot whales just off Fulaga Island to farewell us. Caught a Tuna off the reef of Namuka so sundowners , dinner and cards with Obsession. Woken to a glorious morning, stunning spot and we are the only boats here. Walking over to village this morning to do sevusevu then its explore time.


Sun Aug 2 13:45 2015 NZST
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
19 9.556s 178 32.079w
Weather: easterly 15-20knts / 100% cloud / bar 1017

Yes still in Fulaga was planning to leave in the next few days but weather has put a stop to that. Will hang out here until weather improves. Not a bad place to be bunked up. Movies and popcorn on Obsession this arvo.


Mon Jul 27 12:43 2015 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
19 09.252s 178 32.419w
Weather: 20knts easterly / cc 20% / bar 1021

Yep still hanging out in Fulaga. Have had quite a lot of wind but lovely sunny days so all good. Lots of snorkeling, swimming and and generally having a blast. Will start looking and weather to start island hopping north later in the week.


Fri Jul 17 10:11 2015 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
19 9.320s 178 32.605w
Weather: NE 15knts cc 50% bar 1020

Having fun in Fulaga. Great snorkel yesterday in clear blue waters, giant clams, huge pacific moray eel, turtle, sharks and hundreds of beautiful reef fish,doesn't get any better !


Mon Jul 13 8:14 2015 NZST
19 9.274s 178 32.451w

Sunday church then lunch with our Fijian family. So lovely to see them all again.Fun arvo on Blinder with Obsession and Moondance, sundowners and a very loud card session.


Fri Jul 10 10:57 2015 NZST
Run: 202.4nm (366.3km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 71.4nm
19 09.260s 178 32.442w
Weather: 15-20knts SSE / cc 100% / bar 1016

Had the best overnight sail from leleuvia,stunning orange half moon and a star fulled sky just perfect. Got into Fulaga about 11 and snorkeling the pass with Obsession and Moondance by 1.30. Awesome to be back you forget how amazing this place is. Happy days!


happy to read that all is well with you both. enjoy your dive this afternoon with Lester and Lisa. they seem to be enjoying island life once more. have a good day. Cheers Sue and Mac.(Lester's parents)
Tue Jul 7 14:55 2015 NZST
Run: 48.9nm (88.5km)
17 48.30s 178 43.18e
Weather: SE 10-15knts cc 50%

Early start this morning, great trip around from Nanau-i-cake to Leleuvia. Its lovely to be back at this special island.


Sun Jul 5 11:56 2015 NZST
Run: 60.7nm (109.9km)
17 19.469s 178 10.533e

Great night had in at VoliVoli resort watching the rugby with Yinka and also Gallant Cavalier and some of the rally boats. Lovely to catch up with Andy and Maryanne.

Stunning day today, heading around to Nanau-i-cake.


Sat Jun 27 17:39 2015 NZST
Run: 64.1nm (116km)
17 46.366s 177 22.974e

Back in at Denarau after a great 4 days up at Nananu-I-cake. Computer has died on us so in the process of getting new one sorted. Hope to head north again later in the week. Had a fun time today at the Saturday fruit markets. Trying out new curry recipe a lovely stall owner shared with us.


Sun Jun 21 17:31 2015 NZST
Run: 77nm (139.4km)
17 18.883s 178 13.672e
Weather: east 20knts 20% - cloud cover

Motored from Lautoka to Nananu-I-Thake pretty uneventful day.

All good onboard.


Sun Jun 14 12:22 2015 NZST
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
17 44.344s 177 8.889e

Just another magic Sunday! Swim, blast around in the new inflatable, banana loaf in the oven ,coffee and now Grants trying to catch "calamari " Perfect day.


Thu Jun 4 18:58 2015 NZST
Run: 8.2nm (14.8km)
17 40.782s 177 6.642e

Spent the last 2 nights at Mana Island, once again only yacht in the bay. Glorious blue water and lovely anchorage.


Great to see yr out & about & hope all systems are go & yr headin for Fulanga. Onboard Bravado tonight with hottie & Shirl......SW25-35 here so I'd rather be there.....
Mon Jun 1 9:26 2015 NZST
Run: 11.9nm (21.5km)
17 45.662s 177 12.042e

Yahoo first night at anchor and its paradise. After playing super yachts in at Denerau marina is great to be cruising. We are the only boat in the bay an its a glorious day. Weather for the next week around Mamanucas is no wind and lots of sunshine so will hang out here doing some island hopping before heading around the top of Viti levu and out to the Lau group. Happy days.


Wed May 20 12:12 2015 NZST
Run: 6.2nm (11.2km)
17 46.280s 177 22.835e

Bula Blinder is back in the water yahoo ! Now sitting at Denerau marina ticking off a few chores and will be hanging out around here for the next week or so enjoying the paradise weather.


Bula Vinaka, Hello my lovelies. I had a peep and can see you are still in the harbour. What a fabbie way to watch your progress, yes Big Bro is watching you both. No news from me, other than it really is cold, wet and wintery now and I have downloaded Netflix for my winter hibernation entertainment. James still at BB and all is well. Big hugs Anniebella xxx
Sun Apr 26 11:59 2015 NZST
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
17 40.878s 177 23.125e

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Sun Apr 26 11:45 2015 NZST
Run: 34.9nm (63.2km)
17 41.086s 177 23.322e

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Mon Apr 20 19:12 2015 NZST
17 68S 177 38E

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