Blowin' Bubbles

Blowin' Bubbles

Fri Dec 28 15:27 2018 NZDT
Run: 366.3nm (663km)
1 24.77348N 104 9.86364E

It has been a very long time and we have had some hurdles to overcome, so if you have a few minutes check our blog. https://benger.blogspot.com/2018/11/finally-long-update-and-big-thank-yo...


Fri Oct 19 20:35 2018 NZDT
Speed: 00knts
Run: 47.5nm (86km)
02 33.29s 107 40.757e
Weather: Squall coming through....

Another day of motoring. The dinghy davit bracket broke so we have jury rigged a repair until tomorrow. Safely anchored with more boats than we have seen since Fiji!


Thu Oct 18 18:18 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 142nm (257km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149nm
02 51s 108 18e
Weather: Wind 10 SE, Seas calm, CC 30%, Hum 48%, temp 34c, Bar 1010

After the longest 56 hours of our life we are anchored in a rolly anchorage just outside of Merang on the island of Belitung. We didn't have a lick of wind the whole time and we have actually burned through over half of our reserve tank! We have NEVER done that before. Bad calculations and bad luck I guess. We normally burn around a gallon (or 4 liters) of fuel an hour. With such a dirty boat bottom and the fact we fought adverse currents all the way our consumption was almost double....


Wed Oct 17 19:26 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5.7knts
Run: 157.8nm (285.6km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.5nm
03 57.733s 110 01.864e
Weather: Wind 2 SE, Seas Calm, CC 30%, Hum 53%, Temp 33c, Bar 1008 (F)

Another 24 hours of motoring! Not the best way to travel, but we are about 22 hours from our destination. We have been dodging huge tankers and cargo ships as they funnel through the narrow shallow waters in this part of Indonesia... Over the last 8 hours we have encountered no less than 3 per hour...


Tue Oct 16 19:14 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 60.4nm (109.3km)
05 14.164s 111 55.963e
Weather: Wind 0, Sea < 1 meter SE, CC 70%, Hum 49%, temp 35c, Bar 1009 (F)

We got underway at 0 dark thirty hours (0430 local) and have made 52 miles, motoriNg all day. We are now at UTC +7 on our way to Belitung Island (the NW side). We were forecast to have some wind but so far not seen anything. If we don't get any wind our ETA will be Thursday, and Friday if we get some wind. (Lets hope for some wind).


Fri Oct 12 12:32 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 66.3nm (120km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90.5nm
5 43s 112 40e
Weather: no wind flat seas

Safely anchored at 0730 in Bawean Harbor. Will get some sleep now.


Thu Oct 11 18:57 2018 NZDT
Speed: 3.0knts
Run: 121.8nm (220.5km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122nm
06 14.661s 113 28.281e
Weather: Wind 6 NE, Seas

We are still on our way to Bawean Island. We decided not to use the motor so are drifting long under sail at 2-3 knots. Thus we will arrive tomorrow morning... It will be another night of dodging unlit fishing boats and fish attracting devices.... We have been dragging lures for two days... not even a nibble... Don't think there any fish left in Indonesia...


Wed Oct 10 18:59 2018 NZDT
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 48.8nm (88.3km)
07 32.840s 114 40.046e
Weather: Wind 6 N, Seas 1.0 M SE, CC 10%, Hum 48%, Temp 33c, Bar 1008 (S)

We made the decision to start heading toward Bawean Island. Our ETA is late tomorrow afternoon. Our weather information predicted wind, but that hasn't happened so far....


Sun Oct 7 12:14 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 87nm (157.5km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.6nm
8 09.542s 115 01.389e
Weather: wind calm, seas calm, CC 10%, Hum 57%, Temp 28c, Bar 1010 (R)

Safely anchored beside our friends, Amy & David (SV Starry Horizons) on the north shore of Bali. Will get some provisions, rest and relaxation before we head on..


Sat Oct 6 20:07 2018 NZDT
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 131.5nm (238km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.3nm
8 06.797s 116 17.665e
Weather: Wind 12 NNE, Seas

We decided to push on to Bali. Our ETA will be early tomorrow morning if this wind holds. Finally a day of nice sailing! All is well on Blowin Bubbles.


Fri Oct 5 19:19 2018 NZDT
Speed: 4.0knts
Run: 45.6nm (82.5km)
08 08.080s 118 12.967e
Weather: Wind 8 NW, Seas 1.0 meter N, CC 20%, Hum 58%, Temp 31c, Bar 1009 (F)

After a week of motoring, we are finally sailing. Slowly but in the right direction... We have no idea if or where we will end up tonight. If we can keep the wind we will overnight toward Bali. If it dies we will look for someplace to anchor before dark.


Thu Oct 4 20:08 2018 NZDT
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 49.4nm (89.4km)
08 16.568s 118 52.072e
Weather: Wind 15 SSE, Seas

We are still underway today... hopefully we will find someplace to anchor in the next few hours. It has been a long day of motoring. Wind just came up in the last hour...


Wed Oct 3 17:50 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 11.4nm (20.6km)
8 26.787s 119 34.133e
Weather: Wind 8 NE, Seas

We arrived in Gili Lawa Laut after stopping for a nice dive in Siaba Besar. We are moored and will likely head west in the next day or so.


Tue Oct 2 16:50 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 13.5nm (24.4km)
8 36.3s 119 31.4e
Weather: Wind 10 SSE, Seas Calm, CC 30%, Hum 48%, Temp 33c, Bar 1011 (R)

We had an awesome hike in the Komodo National Park this morning Then we motored 13 NM to "The Pink Beach".... It doesn't look very pink, but it looks beautiful... We will stay here for the night.


Mon Oct 1 15:49 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 15nm (27.2km)
8 39.220s 119 42.854e
Weather: Wind 6 NNW, Seas calm, CC 10%, Hum 58%, Temp 30c, Bar 1010 (S)

We pulled anchor this morning and motored 13 miles to Komodo National Park. Our plan is to remain here overnight and take a tour in the morning.


Sun Sep 30 14:23 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 13.5nm (24.4km)
8 30.396s 119 52.507e
Weather: Wind 5N, Seas calm, CC 10%, Hum65%, Temp29c, Bar 1011 (S)

We did a short motor to Labuan Bajo. The main town before the Komodo National Park. We will pick up some provisions here and make our way to the park tomorrow.,


Fri Sep 28 17:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 40.3nm (72.9km)
8 22.196s 120 00.913e
Weather: Wind 16 NNE, Seas 1 meter NE (calm in bay), CC 50%, Hum 52%, Temp 31c, Bar 1009 (S)

Safely arrived at Gili Bodo (Sabibi Island) Will stay a day or two and check out the reefs.

Had a nice downwind sail today.


Thu Sep 27 21:01 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 30.6nm (55.4km)
8 17.331s 120 35.926e
Weather: Wind 9 NE, seas calm, CC 50%, Hum 56%, temp 31c, Bar 1009 (F)

We went snorkeling early this morning in the 17 Island National Park, then decided to move a little farther west. We are anchored in Lingeh Bay.


Wed Sep 26 20:38 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 47.2nm (85.4km)
8 24.597s 121 01.723e
Weather: Wind 6NNE, Seas calm, CC 20%, Hum 57%, temp 31c, Bar 1008 (F)

We have arrived at the 17 Island National Park. We will stay for the day tomorrow and see what we can see... There is suppose to be some good snorkeling here and some interesting critters...


Tue Sep 25 19:10 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 41.8nm (75.7km)
8 29.978s 121 42.752e
Weather: Wind 4 NNE, Seas calm, CC 20%, Hum 49%, Temp 33c. Bar 1009 (F)

Made a day run to Nagar Ujong, Indonesia. No wind again so had to motorsail most of the way. We are safely anchored for the night.


Sun Sep 23 18:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 74.7nm (135.2km)
8 38.108s 122 18.486e
Weather: Wind 5NW, Seas

After an uneventful sail/motor, we are anchored about 8km from Maumere, the biggest city on Flores Island. We will provision here and try to buy some fuel. We should stay a day or two before continuing west toward Komoto National Park.


Fri Sep 21 21:22 2018 NZST
Run: 50.1nm (90.7km)
08 14.594s 123 19.596e
Weather: wind calm, seas, calm, CC 20%, hum 56%, temp 31c, Bar 1010 (s)

We moved a few miles from town today. We are anchored in a lovely "atol" where the snorkeling was awesome. When we dropped the anchor into 45', the water was so clear we were able to watch it set.... That doesn't happen very often! We will travel another 30 or so miles west tomorrow.

All is well.


Wed Sep 19 7:52 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.9knts
Run: 227.6nm (412km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.8nm
08 08.310s 124 03.052e
Weather: WInd 10 W, Seas < 1 meter SE, cc 20%, Hum65%, temp 28c, bar 1009 (S)

Still on our way west.... Just past Alore Island on our way toward the Komodo National Park.


Mon Sep 17 17:20 2018 NZST
Speed: 3.6knts
Run: 135.2nm (244.7km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.5nm
07 56.863s 127 22.268e

Still on our way to Alor Island


Sun Sep 16 17:13 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 168.5nm (305km)
07 46.615s 129 20.272e
Weather: wind 2 E, Seas

On our way to Alor Island. Should arrive in a few days. Just started to motor after wind died....


Tue Sep 11 9:05 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 111.9nm (202.5km)
06 41.288s 131 32.165e
Weather: Wind 13 SE, Seas calm, CC 40%, Hum74%, temp 28c, Bar 1010 (s)

At 1700 (local) yesterday, we downloaded wind files and discovered that the wind was forecast to come from the south for the next few days. This would have created a much less than desirable wind angle, so we pulled the anchor and headed out overnight. We had a few hours with the wind well up over 24 knots. We double reefed the main, single reefed the mizzen and had just a patch of jib out and still managed hourly averages over 7 knots.

Just after midnight the wind subsided a bit and we had a pleasant sail for the rest of the night. We had to slow the boat at around 0300 so we could arrive at Wayagan Island in daylight.

All is well


Tue Sep 4 7:04 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 131.5nm (238km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.5nm
06 24.450s 133 08.438e
Weather: wind 14 SE, seas

75 miles to go! We should arrive in Tual late this afternoon. Caught a lovely 15kg Wahoo yesterday... The freezer is full...


Mon Sep 3 7:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.9knts
Run: 139.4nm (252.3km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.3nm
07 33.283s 134 40.234e
Weather: wind 8-10 SE, seas

Light winds for the last 24 hours... Caught a baby sharks.... Tricky business getting them off the hook and set free! All is well, appendages in tact...


Sun Sep 2 7:04 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 152.7nm (276.4km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 152.4nm
08 18.415s 136 33.591e
Weather: Wind 15 SE, Seas 1.0 meter SE, CC 50%, Hum 69%, Temp 27c, Bar 1009 (S)

We are dodging the Indonesian fishing fleet! No less than a half dozen radar and AIS tagets at any given time. This leg has offered us everything! Expect now to arrive in Tual on Tuesday. 320 NM to go.


Sat Sep 1 7:01 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 131.8nm (238.6km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.5nm
09 08.323s 138 37.881e
Weather: Wind 11 SE, Seas 1.0 meters SE, CC 20%, Hum71 %, temp 28c, Bar 1010 (S)

A much slower 24 hours. Still sailing toward Tual..450 NM tp go.. All is well.


Fri Aug 31 6:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.0knts
Run: 145.9nm (264.1km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.8nm
09 47.864s 140 26.716e
Weather: Wind 10 SE, seas

We are well clear of the Torres Strait. We have had a very quiet night and the wind is down considerably. We think we might be another 5-6 days before we arrive in Tual, Indonesia. All is well on Blowin Bubbles.


Thu Aug 30 7:08 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.2knts
Run: 176.4nm (319.3km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 169.5nm
10 16.404s 142 32.006e
Weather: Wind 20 SE Gusts to 24, seas 1.5 meters SE, CC 30%, Hum 70%, Temp 25c, BAR 1009 (S)

Almost through the Torres Strait. Winds 20+ knots all night... Very scary running in 15-20 meter water. 160 NM last 24 hours, 697 NM to Tual, Indonesia. All is well.


Wed Aug 29 6:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 95.5nm (172.9km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177nm
09 20.387s 144 56.641e
Weather: Wind 20-22 SE, Seas 1.5 meter SE, CC 80%, Hum 75%, temp 27c, BAR 1009 (S)

Lovely (near) full moon tonight. making good time toward the Torres Strait. 880 NM to Tual. 150 mile day!


Tue Aug 28 17:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 53.9nm (97.6km)
09 28.085s 146 20.315e
Weather: Wind 21 SE, Seas 1-3 meters SE, CC 90%, HUm 60%, temp 30c, bar 1008 Falling

On our way to Tual, Indonesia. Left Port Moresby under cloudy skies at 2045 UTC. 960 NM to go. ETA next Monday. All is well


Tue Aug 14 6:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 143.6nm (259.9km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.4nm
9 36.0s 147 07.1e
Weather: wind 14 SSE, Seas

Getting ready to enter Port Moresby Harbour. All is well. Thank you for all you do.


Mon Aug 13 5:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.1knts
Run: 125.8nm (227.7km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.2nm
11 13.862s 148 25.637e
Weather: wind 15 SE, seas 1 meter SE, CC 100% (rain showers), hum 65%, temp 26c, BAR 1011

Had light winds for most of the last 24 hours. Our ETA is now early Tuesday morning. 127 NM to the outer reef. All is well.


Sun Aug 12 6:23 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 152.4nm (275.8km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.7nm
12 12.530s 149 59.680e
Weather: Wind 12 SSE, seas 1 meter SE, cc 10%, HUM 68%, temp 27c, BAR 1010

Light winds and should still arrive late tomorrow (Monday). All is well on Blowin Bubbles...


Sat Aug 11 6:35 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 168.6nm (305.2km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.7nm
13 00.695s 152 05.916e
Weather: wind 23 SE, seas 2-3 meters SE, cc 30%, hum 65%, temp 27c,bar 1010

Just had a very uncomfortable night. High winds with lots of shifting wind. That said, still on track for a late Monday arrival in Port Moresby, PNG. 350 miles to go.


Fri Aug 10 6:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 144.9nm (262.3km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143nm
13 52.0s 154 26.9e
Weather: Wind 19 SE, seas 1-2 meters SE, cc 20%, hum 70%, temp 26c, bar 1011

Approx 500 NM to go to PNG. ETA Monday or Tuesday. All is well.


Thu Aug 9 6:17 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 138.5nm (250.7km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.7nm
14 52.800s 156 20.568e
Weather: wind 10 SE, seas 1.0 meters, cc 20%, hum 67% temp 26c, bar 1011

Light winds and funky following seas for the last 12 hours. Have been wing on wing with two head sails for 4 days now. 600 NM to Port Moresby, PNG. Anticipated ETA sometime Monday.


Wed Aug 8 6:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.6knts
Run: 144.3nm (261.2km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.3nm
15 42.679s 158 13.940e
Weather: wind 10SE, seas 1.0 meters SE, cc 10%, hum 66%, temp 25c, bar 1011 (S)

A quiet 24 hours of downwind sailing. Right now the winds are light... Wondering over next 48 hours about wind velocity???


Tue Aug 7 6:29 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.6knts
Run: 164.3nm (297.4km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165nm
16 35.52s 160 12.19e
Weather: wind 14 (apparent), seas 1-1.5 meters, cc 30%, hum 63%, temp 24c, bar 1011

A very uneventful 24 hours. Just the way we like it. 850nm to go to Port Moresby, PNG


Mon Aug 6 6:35 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.9knts
Run: 480.8nm (870.2km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.2nm
17 30.286s 162 29.896e
Weather: wind 20 SE, seas 1.5 SE, cc 80%, hum 61%, temp 25c, BAR 1012.4 (F)

Halfway to Port Moresby, PNG. Brisk winds and following seas... All is well.


Fri Aug 3 5:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 123.2nm (223km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.5nm
18 21.8s 169 45.3e
Weather: wind 5 knots ESE, seas

Underway using engine. Wind is gone... Started motoring at 1700 UTC. We will pass Vanuatu during the day today. Then make a course for Port Moresby, PNG. 1550 NM to go.


Thu Aug 2 7:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.0knts
Run: 179nm (324km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.9nm
18 16.919s 171 37.810e
Weather: wind 15 ESE, seas 1-2 meters SE, cc 30%, hum 69%, temp25c bar 1013.5

Nice wind all night. average speed since midnight almost 7 knots.


Wed Aug 1 6:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.0knts
Run: 204.7nm (370.5km)
18 21.184s 174 21.422e
Weather: Wind 7.5 S, Seas

on route to Port Moresby, PNG All is well. ETA 11 more days..


Tue Jul 24 7:19 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.0knts
Run: 28.7nm (51.9km)
18 10s 177 28.224e
Weather: Wind 13 knots NE, seas calm

On our way to Suva.


Sat Jul 21 9:40 2018 NZST
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)
17 45.524s 177 23.291e
Weather: Sunny with light winds

In Port Denerau for the Bula Festival weekend...


Mon Jul 16 17:59 2018 NZST
Run: 16.2nm (29.3km)
17 38.478s 177 23.630e
Weather: Light winds, calm seas, sunny sky?s.

Nicely anchored in Saweni Bay for the night


Sat Jul 14 7:09 2018 NZST
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
17 46.227s 177 11.360e

Returned to Fiji... All is well here in Musket Cove


Mon May 28 7:12 2018 NZST
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
17 45.912s 177 11.103e
Weather: Wind 15 SE, gusts 20+, seas -small chop in bay, temp 25c, cc 100%, hum77%, bar 1009

All is well in Musket Cove. Lots of rain and wind.


Sat May 19 6:47 2018 NZST
Speed: -4knts
17 46.287s 177 11.317e

Automated update


Sat May 19 6:47 2018 NZST
17 46.284s 177 11.306e
Weather: Wind 7 knots, seas calm in the bay, cc 10%, hum 74%, temp 26c, bar 1012.5 (s)

Another's lovely day in Fiji... Good morning from Musket Cove


Fri May 18 8:08 2018 NZST
17 46.286s 177 11.312e

Automated update


Fri May 18 8:08 2018 NZST
Run: 11.2nm (20.3km)
17 46.286s 177 11.312e
Weather: Wind 8 W??, seas calm in the bay, cc20% hum 78%, temp 27c, bar 1013

safely tucked into Musket Cove for the weekend.


Wed May 16 6:26 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
17 54.944s 177 15.970e
Weather: Wind 6 E, seas calm in bay, cc 20%, hum 73%, temp 27c, bar 1010.8 (s)

Safely anchored in Momi Bay. A lovely sail west along the south shore of Viti Levu yesterday. Dead downwind, wing on wing. Arrived in Momi Bay at 2000 (local). Will make our way to Musket Cove today.


Wed May 16 6:21 2018 NZST
Run: 77.4nm (140.1km)
17 54.940s 177 15.972e

Automated update


Sun May 13 10:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 23.7nm (42.9km)
18 7.403s 178 25.436e
Weather: Wind 10 NE, seas calm in bay, CC 100%, Hum 69%, temp 27c, BAR 1016.7

A short move to the Suva YC. Waiting for a better weather window to return to the west side of Viti Levu.


Fri May 4 5:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 102.8nm (186.1km)
18 18.243s 178 07.055e
Weather: Wind 11 knots NE, Seas Calm < 1 meter, cc 30%, hum 66%, temp 23C (brrrr), Bar 1011.5

On our way to Suva... Lovely overnight sail with mostly favorable winds.... It's time to see the dentist again...


Tue May 1 7:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
16 59.88s 177 22.29e
Weather: 5 knots NE, Seas Calm, CC 10%, Hum 77%, Temp 27c, Bar 1008.9

On our way to Vuda Point. ETA 1600.


Mon Apr 30 7:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 21.1nm (38.2km)
16 56.619s 177 22.113e
Weather: Win

d: 30/04/18 07:16 UTC Moved to Blue Lagoon. Safely anchored. All is well.


Sun Apr 29 7:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 84.6nm (153.1km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 79nm
16 42.561s 177 34.381e
Weather: Wind

Safely arrived at Yasawa Island, Fiji at 2000 (local) last night. Anchored in 30'. All is well.


Sat Apr 28 6:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 132.2nm (239.3km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.5nm
15 29.230s 177 29.780e
Weather: wind

72 nm to go to the Yasawas. Motoring. Lots of rain/wind/squalls in the last 24 hours. Everything benign now.


Fri Apr 27 5:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.6knts
Run: 79nm (143km)
13 37.661s 177 01.932e
Weather: Wind 16 SE, Seas 1-2 meters ESE, CC 80%, Hum 79%, BAR 1007.3 (s)

On our way to the Yasawas, Fiji. Departed Rotuma at 1300 (local) yesterday. So far, a very bumpy ride... lots of squalls. 186 NM to go.


Wed Apr 25 7:18 2018 NZST
Speed: calm here in the bay, cc60%, hum 78%, temp 28c, bar 1008.9 (r)knts
Run: 19nm (34.4km)
12 29.22s 177 07.08e
Weather: Wind 7 knots ESE, Sea

sp: 0.00 Rotuma is one of the most naturally beautiful places we have ever been. This is what cruising must have been like 20-30 years ago. We are the second boat to check in here in 2018! What a special treat... We plan on heading south towards Viti Levu on Friday or Saturday.


Mon Apr 23 6:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 1.5 meters ese, cc 40%, hum 73%, temp 30c, bar 1009.1knts
Run: 141.2nm (255.6km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.2nm
12 12.887s 177 04.974e
Weather: Wind 15 knots SE, Sea

sp: 6.0 16 miles from Rotuma... Should arrive today. All is well.


Sun Apr 22 6:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 3.0knts
Run: 93nm (168.3km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 94.6nm
10 10.457s 177 11.460e
Weather: Wind 6.0 E, Seas

Another 24 hours of leisurely sailing in paradise... Should arrive in Rotuma tomorrow. 138 NM to go.


Sat Apr 21 6:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 94.9nm (171.8km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 93nm
08 58.424s 176 34.450e
Weather: Wind 0, Seas

Sailed in light winds last 22 hours. Entered a squall zone about 0430. Now motoring. All is well.


Fri Apr 20 6:15 2018 NZST
Run: 62.6nm (113.3km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 63.1nm
07 39.792s 176 09.597e
Weather: Wind 4-5 knots ENE, Sea

sp: 3.0 Another 24 hours of very light winds. Nice calm seas so Shelley got lots of baking done! 294 NM to Rotuma, Fiji


Thu Apr 19 6:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 3.3knts
Run: 102.4nm (185.3km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 105.5nm
06 50.494s 175 46.542e
Weather: Win

d: 19/04/18 06:15 UTC Another 24 hours of very light winds... 347 NM to Rotuma, Fiji


Wed Apr 18 7:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 2.5knts
Run: 117.3nm (212.3km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.7nm
05 28.268s 175 12.563e
Weather: Win

d: 18/04/18 06:57 UTC Motored all night... At first light we put up the asymmetrical... finally quiet..... Should have light winds and calm seas for the day.


Tue Apr 17 6:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 2.0knts
Run: 118.7nm (214.8km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 118.2nm
04 02.98s 174 16.66e
Weather: Win

d: 17/04/18 06:13 UTC Very light winds overnight. 533NM to Rotuma


Mon Apr 16 6:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 123.4nm (223.4km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.3nm
02 24.5s 173 46.3e
Weather: Wind 7 ESE, Seas

Sailing close hauled toward Rotuma. An uneventful 24 hours.


Sun Apr 15 7:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 145.7nm (263.7km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.4nm
00 41.4s 173 17.1e
Weather: wind 7 knts ENE, Seas

We are south of the equator! Caught a 38lb Wahoo yesterday... All is well!


Sat Apr 14 6:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 1.6nm (2.9km)
1 23.3n 172 56.1e
Weather: wind 8 knots ENE, seas calm, CC 20%, BAR 1007

Underway to Rotuma


Fri Apr 13 18:56 2018 NZST
Run: 12.1nm (21.9km)
1 21.919n 172 55.874e

We will be underway at 0 dark thirty Saturday morning. Heading for Rotuma.


Fri Apr 6 7:50 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 64.8nm (117.3km)
1 22.244n 173 6.367e
Weather: Wind: 5knots NNE, Seas: calm here in the atoll, CC: 10%, Hum. 75%, temp 38c, bar: 1009

All is well in Tarawa, Kiribati. We had an awesome season in The Marshall Islands. Just now waiting for a weather window to start heading south to Fiji.


Sun Nov 26 6:33 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 143.1nm (259km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144nm
00 26n 173 04e

Over the equator. Will arrive Tarawa later today. All is well.


Sat Nov 25 6:42 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 135.4nm (245.1km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 135.7nm
01 30.320s 173 47.628e
Weather: Wind NE 8 knots, Seas NE

Another 24 hours of spectacular sailing.... Light winds, calm seas.... Good thing this doesn't happen all the time or EVERYONE would want to be out here.... We will be crossing the equator today. Can we continue to send reports?


Fri Nov 24 6:45 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 129nm (233.5km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 133.7nm
03 14.2s 174 42.6e
Weather: Wind NNE 8-10, Seas - calm

285 to Tarawa. An extraordinary 24 hours of sailing. Light air, flat seas, clear sky.... We are not breaking any speed records, but thoroughly enjoying this passage...


Thu Nov 23 7:36 2017 NZDT
Speed: n 1.0m, cc 80%, temp 30c, humidity 80%, bar 1010knts
Run: 132nm (238.9km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.8nm
04 43s 175 51e
Weather: Wind: N10, sea

sp: 5.0 405 Miles to Tarawa. Would appreciate a little weather info between 05S and 02N around 175E.


Wed Nov 22 7:12 2017 NZDT
Speed: 1.5 m. nw, cc 100%, bar 1009,knts
Run: 218.7nm (395.8km)
Avg: 9.1knts
24hr: 219.2nm
06 04.378s 177 12.000e
Weather: wind: NW 12 knots, Sea

sp: 5.2 514 nm from Tarawa. Thunder and lightning all night. Occasional squalls. Motorsailed all night...

Hoping this will clear today?


Tue Nov 21 7:15 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.00knts
08 37.0s 179 05.9e
Weather: BAR 1015, wind NE 10, CC 10%, hum 70% temp 30C, seas calm in the atoll.

anchored in the south end of Funafuti. We would appreciate it if David would look at the weather over the next few days as there are a few boats heading this way from Fiji and we are looking at moving farther north... Thank you.


Thu Nov 9 7:45 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.00knts
Run: 8.8nm (15.9km)
08 37.0s 179 05.9e
Weather: BAR 1015, wind NE 10, CC 10%, hum 70% temp 30C, seas calm in the atoll.

Anchored in the south end of Funafuti. We would appreciate it if David would look at the weather over the next few days as there are a few boats heading this way from Fiji and we are looking at moving farther north... Thank you.


Mon Oct 30 9:35 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 107nm
8 31.5s 179 11.3e
Weather: wind 7 knots NNE, cc 40%, bar 1013

Arrived Funafuti safe and sound... All is well. Thank you.


Mon Oct 30 8:22 2017 NZDT
Run: 319.5nm (578.3km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.4nm
08 36S 179 10E
Weather: less than 5kt wind, sl0ppy seas, 20%cc, 1012

5nm from Funafuti. Good progress on their trip to the Marshalls


Sat Oct 28 7:20 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 135.2nm (244.7km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 69.4nm
11 51.846s 177 30.365w
Weather: Wind 8knots E, CC 98%, seas 1.5 meters, BAR 1011

Motorsailing toward Funafuti after a night of very squally weather. Approx. 300 nm to go. It looks like a day of iky weather....


Thu Oct 26 8:33 2017 NZDT
Speed: 1knts
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
13 20.1s 176 11.1w
Weather: BAR 1016, CC 20%, wind EAST 10-12 knots.

It looks like we have missed the current weather window..... We are happy to delay our departure until later next week... Thank you for the forecast this morning.


Thu Oct 26 8:33 2017 NZDT
Speed: 1knts
13 20.1s 176 11.1w
Weather: BAR 1016, CC 20%, wind EAST 10-12 knots.

It looks like we have missed the current weather window..... We are happy to delay our departure until later next week... Thank you for the forecast this morning.


Wed Oct 25 8:20 2017 NZDT
13 17.22s 176 10.07w

looking to go north to Futuna - from Wallis


Fri Oct 20 8:36 2017 NZDT
Run: 402.4nm (728.3km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 201.1nm
13 17.22s 176 10.07w
Weather: 10n but very much stronger on arrival yesterday

Got into Wallis just before the strong weather


Wed Oct 18 8:36 2017 NZDT
Speed: 2.2knts
Run: 183.8nm (332.7km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.8nm
14 51S 178 03wE
Weather: 23E

130 to Wallis


Tue Oct 17 7:13 2017 NZDT
Run: 41.4nm (74.9km)
16 46.756S 179 57.20E
Weather: 40%cc, bar1015, wind calm, seas

On our way to Wallis. Left Vani Bay at 0530. ETA Friday.


Mon Oct 16 8:15 2017 NZDT
Run: 43.2nm (78.2km)
16 46.7S 179 19.7E
Weather: 10%cc, bar 1014,

Leaving Savusavu at 0900. Heading for Wallis


Fri Oct 13 8:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 41.5nm (75.1km)
17 01.8S 178 43.8E
Weather: 30% cc, wind 15-20 knots ESE, seas 1-2 meters, bar 1012.

Still trying to get to Savusavu. Hopefully will arrive today. Plan to check out on Monday. Then off too Wallis. C- 089T, sp 6.5knots. Motorsailing to wind.


Thu Oct 12 7:11 2017 NZDT
Run: 52.3nm (94.7km)
17 18.3S 178 10.3E
Weather: 10%cc, bar 1015, wind 6knots SE, seas

We have an early start heading to Vanua Levu. ETA 1700 today. 70 mtg. All is well.


Wed Oct 11 8:40 2017 NZDT
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
Avg: 11.1knts
24hr: 266.2nm
17 35.915s, 177 26.391e
Weather: flat seas, 0%cc, 1015, no wind

passing lautoka area on their way to Wallis. Guess the engine is on!


Wed Oct 11 8:28 2017 NZDT
Run: 1.9nm (3.4km)
17 36.888S 177 24.650E
Weather: 0% cc, bar 1015, wind

Underway to Savusavu to check out. Looking for a weather window to Wallis Monday? Tuesday?


Thu Oct 5 8:17 2017 NZDT
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)
17 38.48428S 177 24.31257E
Weather: Sunny sky's, wind

Thank you for your kind note. Shelley is doing well... hope to make our way to Musket by Saturday.


Wed Oct 4 9:36 2017 NZDT
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)
17 38.41S 177 23.558E
Weather: Sunny with 10% cc.

We have had a busy weekend. Shelley hasn't been feeling well and on Friday had emergency surgery in Suva to remove her gallbladder. We are back on the boat in Saweni Bay. All is well


Sat Sep 23 6:57 2017 NZST
Run: 344nm (622.6km)
17 38S 177 23E
Weather: BAR 1015, cc

Still in Sawanei Bay.... We have had some medical issues, getting close to a solution...


Thu Sep 7 7:37 2017 NZST
Run: 350.7nm (634.8km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173nm
17 38.437S 177 23.633W
Weather: Bar 1017, cc 5%, wind

Anchored in Saweni Bay.


Tue Sep 5 6:58 2017 NZST
Run: 102.2nm (185km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 103.5nm
17 48.93S 177 16.89E
Weather: Bar 1017, cc 5%, wind NE 10, seas calm,

1.5 hours from Vuda Marina. Went through the pass at 0200, anchored by the range lights till dawn. All is well.


Mon Sep 4 7:16 2017 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
19 2.82169S 178 8.72480E
Weather: Bar 1018, wind 5-10knots SSE, seas calm. Cc 5%

Planning an overnight to Vuda.


Fri Sep 1 10:34 2017 NZST
Run: 10.9nm (19.7km)
19 2.564S 178 09.305E
Weather: Bar 1012, cc 100%, frequent rain showers. Wind NE 8-10, seas N

Safely anchored in Namalta, Kadavu. Waiting for a WW to overnight back to Vuda...


Mon Aug 28 7:36 2017 NZST
Run: 5.9nm (10.7km)
19 02.719S 178 19.347E
Weather: Bar 1016, cc30%, wind 5 knots, seas calm in the bay.

Moved a few miles yesterday. Had lovely weather for a change. Hoping to see some Manta Rays today...


Sat Aug 26 7:35 2017 NZST
Run: 4.5nm (8.1km)
19 01.322S 178 24.524E
Weather: 90%cc, bar 1015, wind 5knots ESE, seas calm here in the bay.

Moved a few miles to KOROLUVU Bay. All is well.


Thu Aug 24 7:37 2017 NZST
19 00.367S 178 28.541E
Weather: Bar 1012, cc 100%, temp 22c, wind 12-15 knots.

Still tucked into Vatulutu Bay in Southern Kadavu. Lots of rain and crapppy weather.... all is well.


Mon Aug 21 7:29 2017 NZST
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
19 00.367S 178 28.541E
Weather: Cc100% bar 1014, wind

Tucked into the southern bay at kadavu.


Thu Aug 17 7:13 2017 NZST
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)
18 58.66851S 178 26.45313E
Weather: Bar 1013' cc 30%, temp 19c, wind 8-10 S

After a rainy day, all is well.


Wed Aug 16 7:34 2017 NZST
Run: 45.5nm (82.4km)
18 58.626S 178 25.620E
Weather: Wind 5kts S, Bar 1014, CC 100%, Rain

Safely tucked into Kavala Bay


Mon Aug 14 7:31 2017 NZST
Run: 2.6nm (4.7km)
18 21.695S 178 10.952E
Weather: Same as Swiftsure

Also on our way to Kindavu. All is well


Mon Aug 7 7:21 2017 NZST
Run: 25.5nm (46.2km)
18 23.099s 178 09.133e
Weather: BAR 1019, winds 5 knots gusting to 15. Calm seas here in the bay. Cc 70%

Safely tucked into Beqa Island.


Thu Aug 3 7:02 2017 NZST
Run: 1.4nm (2.5km)
18 7.4S 178 25.6E

Just moved over to Suva harbor.... outside Royal Suva YC.


Mon Jul 31 6:45 2017 NZST
Run: 48.1nm (87.1km)
18 7.48356S 178 26.89602E
Weather: Bar 1017' wind

Safely anchored in Suva.


Sun Jul 30 6:59 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
17 59.851s 179 10.044e
Weather: bar 1017, cc 98%, wind 10-12 SE, seas

Underway to Suva. ETA mid afternoon today. All is well... Swiftsure is gaining on us...


Fri Jul 28 7:31 2017 NZST
Run: 50.3nm (91km)
17 59.577S 179 14.455E
Weather: Bar 1017, wind SE 12, cc 20%, seas 1 meter S,

Safely anchored in the northwest bay of Gau Island... All is well.


Thu Jul 27 7:00 2017 NZST
Run: 1.7nm (3.1km)
17 16.18.846S 179 19.843E
Weather: BAR 1015, wind SSE 12-15, cc 50%, seas 1.5 meters.

Underway to Gau Island. Motorsailing, hoping for a bit of a shift east.... all is well.


Wed Jul 26 7:15 2017 NZST
17 16.27S 179 21.36E
Weather: BAR 1012, cc 40%, 23c, wind 10-12 S,

We are still tucked into the bay here at Toro Island... we would like to confirm that the wind will shift a little east tomorrow morning. We are trying to get south to Gau Island. Cheers.


Tue Jul 25 7:48 2017 NZST
Run: 41.1nm (74.4km)
17 16.28S 179 21.34E
Weather: Bar 1014, light winds SE,

Moored in the bay at Toro Island.


Thu Jul 20 7:16 2017 NZST
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
16 56S 179 52E
Weather: 20% cc

Underway to Toro Island


Tue Jul 18 7:16 2017 NZST
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)
16 56.26599S 179 54.70081E
Weather: Overcast with showers. Light winds SE.

On mooring at Paradise Resort Taviuni


Sun Jul 16 8:37 2017 NZST
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
16 56.064s 179 54.051e

We finally moved! But not far. We went 11 miles to Paradise resort on Taviuni Island to do some exploring in the next day or so...


All is well


Tue Jul 11 7:16 2017 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
16 45.012s 179 53.901e

Still in Viani Bay, Fiji All is well.


Wed Jun 14 7:57 2017 NZST
Run: 21.9nm (39.6km)
16 44.976S 179 53.970E

Back in Viani Bay... waiting for Swiftsure...


Thu Jun 8 8:18 2017 NZST
Run: 26nm (47.1km)
16 44.611s 179 46.183w

We are anchored off Qamea Island waiting for a weather window to the Lau Group... Hopefully Saturday...

All is well.


Wed Jun 7 7:44 2017 NZST
Run: 7.7nm (13.9km)
16 39S 179 51E

heading to QUEMA Island.

wind 25 knots ESE

1-2 meter seas

bar 1012


Sun Jun 4 16:20 2017 NZST
Run: 59.2nm (107.2km)
16 45.00839S 179 54.01073E

Enjoying Viani Bay.... All is well.


Wed May 31 8:00 2017 NZST
Run: 27.4nm (49.6km)
17 06S 179 05E
Weather: 1013, calm

Tucked in behind the reef. Asking about SwiftSure who have just reported in near tarawa.


Thu May 25 17:17 2017 NZST
Run: 1277.4nm (2312.1km)
16 59.8S 178 41E

Alive and well in Fiji....


Mon Apr 3 8:33 2017 NZST
Run: 79.9nm (144.6km)
35 11.778S 175 04.580E

Anchored near Kerikeri. Will be heading to Fiji mid April.


Wed Feb 15 8:12 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.3knts
Run: 99.2nm (179.6km)
36 19.6S 175 22.6E
Weather: overcast BAR 1013 wind light and variable S, SE.

on our way to Kawau Island..


There you are catch up some day enjoy the cruising. Hauling out next week then hit the sea again. Yippee
Wed Nov 9 6:18 2016 NZDT
Run: 16.9nm (30.6km)
Avg: 647.2knts
24hr: 15533.6nm
35 18.852s 174 7.331e

Automated update


Wed Nov 9 6:17 2016 NZDT
Run: 15.9nm (28.8km)
35 22.194S 174 24.800E

Underway to Whangarei. Should arrive late tday


Tue Nov 8 10:57 2016 NZDT
Run: 13nm (23.5km)
35 10.27S 174 16.26E

On route to Whangarei. Will anchor along the way this evening.


Wed Nov 2 7:59 2016 NZDT
Run: 100.1nm (181.2km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 92.8nm
35 18.835s 174 07.338e

Arrived Opua 2100 - November 1 2016. All is well.


Tue Nov 1 6:06 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 144.3nm (261.2km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147nm
33 52.5s 173 55.6e
Weather: Bar 1009 (Falling), Wind

Should arrive Opua before 2000 today. at 0615, 76nm to go.


Mon Oct 31 6:32 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 93nm (168.3km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91nm
31 47.4s 174 03.8e
Weather: BAR 1012, wind 12 knots S, cc 40% , temp - freeking cold!, HUM 62% Seas 1.5 meters

Still waiting for the wind to shift, should make Opua in the next 48 hours.


Sun Oct 30 6:00 2016 NZDT
Speed: 31s,174e @ 1800 today, 32s, 174e @ 0700 tomorrow, 33s, 174e @1800 tomorrow, and 34s 174e on 11/01 @ 0700.knts
Run: 119.6nm (216.5km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 118.9nm
30 48.3s 175 08.2e
Weather: BAR 1011, Wind 8-10 knots S, seas

sp: 5.5 We have had some very funky weather over the last 24 hours. I think we may be in your skip zone today, so am requesting a wind forecast for the following positions and time Thank you, Kyle & Shelley


Sat Oct 29 5:51 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 151.7nm (274.6km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 152.2nm
29 05.9s 175 28.2e
Weather: BAR 1012, Wind

Have been motoring since 0300. Almost no wind and what wind there is, is from the south....


Fri Oct 28 5:56 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 145.8nm (263.9km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.9nm
27 19.1s 176 55.7e
Weather: BAR 1009 (falling), wind 10-12 knots SSE, CC 60%, hum 74%, temp 18c, seas 1.5 meters

Uneventful 24 hours... 488 nm to Opua. Looking at Monday arrival. Would appreciate wind forecast in 24 hours at 29s 179e, 48 hours at 33s 173e, and opua on Monday... Thanks


Thu Oct 27 7:03 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 125.9nm (227.9km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 118.6nm
25 44.45s 178 29.69e
Weather: BAR 1012, Wind SE 8-10 knots, CC 100%, Hum 70%, temp 15c!, seas less than 1 meter.

Was able to sail all night. Seas are calm and it's starting to get FREEKING COLD! Our poor bodies are not used to this....SEND HEAT! 605 nm to Opua.


Wed Oct 26 5:35 2016 NZDT
Speed: 2-3knts
Run: 98.1nm (177.6km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.9nm
24 16.7s 179 41.6e
Weather: BAR 1013, wind

Lost all wind in the night. have motored and drifted for the last few hours... Any chance of wind today?


Tue Oct 25 6:15 2016 NZDT
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
23 37.6s 178 55.6w
Weather: BAR 1013, wind 5 knots, CC 90%, seas calm, hum 80%, temp 23c

Underway at 0700. heading to NZ


Mon Oct 24 7:07 2016 NZDT
Speed: 1knts
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
23 37.6s 178 56.6w
Weather: BAR 1011, wind s 8-10 knots, CC 60%, Hum 64%, Temp 20c, seas flat in the reef.

We think a Tuesday or Wednesday departure from Minerva may work now... waiting on weather...


Sun Oct 23 9:36 2016 NZDT
Speed: 1knts
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
23 37.7s 178 55.7w
Weather: BAR 1011, wind 15 knots S, CC 20%, Hum 73%, temp 23c, seas calm in the reef.

Today we moved to the south west corner of the reef. The wind has now clocked south and we plan to leave in the morning (Monday) or Tuesday, depending on tomorrow's forecast.


Sat Oct 22 7:14 2016 NZDT
Speed: oknts
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
23 37.8s 178 53.6w
Weather: BAR 1010, wind SE 10-12 knots, CC 65%, Hum 83%, temp 22c, seas in reef - flat.

Still in Minerva. Looking for decent weather on Monday or Tuesday.


Fri Oct 21 8:34 2016 NZDT
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)
Avg: 2.5knts
24hr: 60.5nm
23 39.721S 178 54.59W
Weather: breezy, SE, 70%cc, bouncy

will stay at N Minerva today


Fri Oct 21 7:35 2016 NZDT
Speed: 1knts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
23 37.796s 178 53.582w
Weather: BAR 1013, Wind SSE 20-24 knots, CC 90%, Hum 78%, Temp 22c, Seas - choppy inside the reef.

Waiting in Minerva Reef. One boat may leave today. We think we may stay a few more days. Will wait till the next front passes.


Thu Oct 20 8:29 2016 NZDT
Speed: 1knts
23 37.8s 178 53.665w
Weather: BAR 1012, wind 20 knots E, CC 100%, seas flat (in the reef), 24c, hum 84%

We are looking for a weather widow to continue to NZ. Our plan is to head for 30S 179E, then turn for Opua.


Wed Oct 19 7:18 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 130.6nm (236.4km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.1nm
23 37.840s 178 53.670w
Weather: BAR 1014, wind 25 knots E, temp 20c, CC 100% Rain showers, hum 72%

Arrived Minerva reef. We are the third vessel here. One more should arrive in the next few hours.


Tue Oct 18 9:23 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.6knts
Run: 9.4nm (17km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 104.6nm
22 38S 177 09W
Weather: ese15, sea 1m-1.5m, 1019

113 to N Minerva so have slowed down to enter in the light


Tue Oct 18 7:14 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 152.5nm (276km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.4nm
22 33.1s 177 01.9w
Weather: Bar 1016, wind 15-20 WSW, seas 1-2 meters SE, CC100%, hum 73%, temp 22c

Rain off and on all night. Made 154nm in first 24 hours. 123 to go to Minerva


Mon Oct 17 7:31 2016 NZDT
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
21 8.361s 175 12.297w

Automated update


Mon Oct 17 6:17 2016 NZDT
Speed: 1knts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
21 7.569s 175 9.685w
Weather: BAR1017, Wind SE 12-15 knots, CC 70%, Hum 74%, temp 26c seas - flat in the bay.

Will be departing for Minerva Reef at approximately 0700.


Sat Oct 15 7:30 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
21 7.5s 175 9.6w
Weather: BAR 1015, temp 26, wind SSW

looking like a departure at noon on Monday. We think likely a run to Minerva, then wait for the next window. Will confirm plan Monday morning.


Fri Oct 14 7:06 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
21 7.6s 175 9.6w
Weather: BAR 1014, CC 20%, Hum 82%, Wind SSE 5 knots. Temp 25c

We are looking at a Sunday or Monday departure for Minerva... Weather?


Thu Oct 13 6:52 2016 NZDT
21 7.6s 175 9.670w
Weather: BAR 1015, wind 5 knots, hum 90%, CC 0%, seas flat.

Thinking about a window on Sunday or Monday.... Weather thoughts?


Wed Oct 12 7:26 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
21 7.629s 175 9.685w
Weather: BAR 1014, Wind 0 knots, CC 100% (Very high clouds), Hum 88%, Seas flat

Storm is over... FLAT seas.. all is well.


Tue Oct 11 7:13 2016 NZDT
Speed: 1knts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
21 7.638s 175 9.737w
Weather: BAR 1011, Wind 24 knots N, hum 83%, CC 100%, seas choppy

The storm is upon us. Winds are 20-30 knots from the north but all is well.


Mon Oct 10 7:38 2016 NZDT
Speed: 1knts
21 07.569s 175 09.724w
Weather: BAR 1013, temp 26c, cc 100%, hum 85%, wind 12-15 knots E, occasional rain

Waiting for a ww to NZ - It looks like whatever is coming is on its way....


Sat Oct 8 8:13 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
21 07.606s 175 09.719w
Weather: Bar 1017, wind 6 knots, hum 79%, cc 60%,seas - flat

At anchor waiting for weather window to NZ.


Thu Oct 6 6:35 2016 NZDT
Speed: 1knts
Run: 2.9nm (5.2km)
21 7.532s 175 9.714w
Weather: BAR 1016, WIND 1-2 knots, CC 90%, HUM 86%, SEAS flat

Still waiting in Tonga Tapu.


Wed Oct 5 7:40 2016 NZDT
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
21 8.361s 175 12.297w
Weather: temp 77f, BAR 1014, Hum 83%, CC 10%, wind

Still waiting for a weather window to Minerva


Tue Oct 4 8:02 2016 NZDT
Speed: 1knts
21 7.518s 175 9.695w
Weather: BAR 1016, W

We are looking for a weather window to Minerva later this week.


Mon Oct 3 6:38 2016 NZDT
Speed: 1knts
21 7.518s 175 9.695w
Weather: BAR 1013, Wind 6 knots S, Seas flat, CC 10%, Hum 76%

We are looking for a departure from Tonga Tapu around Wednesday or Thursday this week.. Our hope is to travel to Minerva Reef and wait there for a window to NZ.


Sat Oct 1 7:55 2016 NZDT
21 7.5s 175 9.695w
Weather: w:SSW 5 knots, BAR 1015, hum:78%, T:78f, 30%CC

At Anchor in Tonga Tapu.


Fri Sep 30 7:42 2016 NZDT
Speed: flat, hum 79%, temp 80f.knts
21 7.526s 175 09.688w
Weather: w:

Another sunny day!


Thu Sep 29 7:25 2016 NZDT
Speed: flat, still anchored beside a-train.knts
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
21 07.51s 175 09.68w
Weather: w: S 4-5 knots, 5%cc, BAR 1013, Sea

sp: 0 Another beautiful day in Tonga Tapu. 9 boats in anchorage this morning.


Wed Sep 28 13:54 2016 NZDT
21 8.361s 175 12.297w

Automated update


Wed Sep 28 13:47 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 2.6nm (4.7km)
21 8.361s 175 12.297w
Weather: Partly overcast with 40%CC. BAR 1010. Wind W 6-8knots. Seas FLAT Anchored beside A-Train.

At anchor in Tonga Tapu. Testing SSB position reporting. Please let me know if I am doing this correctly. Thank you.


Wed Sep 28 8:36 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
21 7.648S 175 10.028W

At anchor waiting a weather window to NZ


Tue Sep 27 16:52 2016 NZDT
Speed: -4knts
21 7.592s 175 9.587w

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