Blowin' Bubbles

Blowin' Bubbles

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.

Blowin' Bubbles - Big Mama's - Tonga Tapu