Bright Angel

Bright Angel

Thu Aug 23 15:03 2018 NZST
Speed:
0 kts
knts
Run: 118.9nm (215.2km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 106.9nm
48 22.089N 124 36.670W
Weather: Winds NW 20-25 kts; seas - unknown; 100% cloud cover (with smoke, but the sun is trying to peak through); bar 1014.03, falling.

We have set foot on the North American continent here in Neah Bay - not exactly where we had hoped or intended, but it is all good, in any event! With gale force winds forecast for the Straits tonight, a downwind run to Port Townsend in those conditions was not how we wanted to end this epic voyage home from New Zealand. Besides, there is something almost poetic about having to stop here "on the way home" because when we left Port Townsend in late August 2010 to begin our "grand adventure" we had to stop in here to wait out bad weather before going on down the coast to California! Our last night out at sea was something of a challenge - "pea soup" fog (with smoke from the Canadian and Eastern Washington fires thrown in for good measure), with visibility less than 1/4 mile from about 100 nm out! Besides being wet and cold, those conditions made for some tense moments; there were some small fishing boats out as far as 65 nm, with no AIS and very hard to discern radar signatures, whose lights were barely visible at a quarter mile! And to top it all off, our "Land Ho!" was not Cape Flattery, but Bahokus Peak and Waadah Island as we neared the entrance to Neah Bay! But with the boat snuggled up next to the dock, with no motion whatsoever (the sound of the wind in the rigging be damned!), plugged into shore power with the electric heater on (it is cold outside - low 50's!), Linda with her glass of wine, and me with my second two finger pour of the good stuff (yes Patricia, Balvenie!), Life is Good and "All is Well on Board" the good ship Bright Angel tonight! It is great to be back in the Pacific Northwest (our only landfall in the past eight years without a palm tree!). Thanks for following us on YIT!


Heard you were coming to PT Sunday. Give me a call (360-460-3171) Gary

You did it!! The entire RELIEF Society is cheering you accomplishment!

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Wed Aug 22 12:21 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.5 kts
knts
Run: 103.7nm (187.7km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.5nm
48 19.340N 127 11.947W
Weather: Winds NW 15-20 kts; seas NW 2m; 95% cloud cover (with smoke); bar 1018.34, falling.

This will be our last report from the open ocean - we should be at Cape Flattery and entering the Strait of Juan de Fuca around noon tomorrow - PDT! (This horse smells the hay in the barn!). And with breakfast tomorrow we will also be serving "local time" - we have been on HST since leaving Oahu; we stayed on HST all this way because - as we got closer to the continent - Linda, who has the midnight watch, enjoys having sunrise at 3 or 4 in the morning, so the last couple hours of her watch are in daylight! We are now 95 nm from Cape Flattery; from there it is another 85 nm to Port Townsend, where we will be pulling a slip at Port Hudson Marina in the early am Thursday - 28 days out of Hawaii; a bit longer than we had planned or hoped, but all in all a good passage, with only a couple days of nasty stuff! Without a doubt, "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Tue Aug 21 15:42 2018 NZST
Speed:
10 kts
knts
Run: 411.8nm (745.4km)
Avg: 15.3knts
24hr: 368.1nm
48 32.384N 124 57.757W
Weather: Winds NW 20-25 kts; seas NW 3.5m; 95% cloud cover; bar 1019.94, falling.

Two words - Very Rough! Awful conditions last night and most of today; starting to ease up a bit now. Looks like we will enter the Strait on Wednesday. "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


All the best with the last day or so of your long passage! Well done! Like to meet sometime. You can find us through YIT. Yacht name Whistler.

Me thinks someone might be guilty of a little wishful thinking with that position report!
Mon Aug 20 12:51 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.8 kts
knts
Run: 148.3nm (268.4km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.3nm
48 29.774N 133 57.761W
Weather: Winds NW 18-21 kts; seas NW 2.5m; 95% cloud cover; bar 1029.54, falling.

"Thar she blows!" Whales, whales everywhere! Last night we had some surface fairly close to the boat - about 50-60 feet away (a little too close for comfort!), but just a short while ago one surfaced about 30 feet off our starboard beam - headed right for us! It dove and went under the boat, while I dove for the liquor cabinet to get a stiff shot to steady our nerves! We also had more dolphins this morning, and - of all things - a seal! here was also a sizeable deadhead floating by this morning; never a dull moment! We motored in light winds thru the night, but set sails when the NW winds filled this morning. The waves are nasty already, and forecast to increase, so our final stretch will be the roughest yet. We are sailing now under reefed main and staysail. Aside from the uncomfortable conditions, and being a target for the whales, "All is well on board!" as we close in on Cape Flattery - only 360 nm away! Thanks for following us on YIT!


Keeping an eye on you guys!!!! Kinda smokey here due to all the forest fires.
Sun Aug 19 12:51 2018 NZST
Speed:
4 kts
knts
Run: 172.5nm (312.2km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.2nm
48 13.173N 137 09.877814W
Weather: Winds SE 8 kts; seas SE 1m; 65% cloud cover; bar 1031.01, steady.

"Pardon me, Captain, but would you happen to have any Grey Poupon?" After being in what seemed like the middle of the tanker and cargo ship cross roads between CA and Asia a while ago, and then not seeing another ship for the past several days, today finds us right back in the thick of the traffic - as many as 5 AIS targets to watch at a time! Two have passed with 5 nm - about as close as we are comfortable with - but neither of them had any Grey Poupon to spare! And while we like to sing the praises of AIS, one must not get too reliant on the electronics - a short while ago a tanker appeared crossing our bow about 5-6 nm off, with no AIS signal! We hailed him by his lat/lon, and he answered, to inform him he was not transmitting; he assured us he would check his equipment - that was half an hour ago, and we still do not see him on AIS. Keeping our eyes peeled, and waiting for the wind to die off a bit more before we start the engine, our status remains "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


You are making it! We pulled the cruising stuff off and loaded the race sails yesterday. Weather is great here and should be for you as you enter the straits! Dave
Sat Aug 18 10:00 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.9 kts
knts
Run: 125.7nm (227.5km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.7nm
47 04.455N 140 27.428W
Weather: Winds S 15 kts; seas SSW 2m; 85% cloud cover (with some fog and squalls); bar 1025.77, steady.

The winds backed to the S last evening, and we continue to make good progress toward Cape Flattery - now only 640 nm away (then another 90 to PT). We expect to do some motoring over the weekend, before NW winds fill in to "take us home." We are starting to play the "this is the last ____day at sea, or next week at this time we will be doing ____" game - it's the little things that amuse! As usual, "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Fri Aug 17 11:06 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.9 kts
knts
Run: 149.4nm (270.4km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.8nm
46 25.785N 142 56.335W
Weather: Winds SW 14-18 kts; seas SW 2m; 85% cloud cover; bar 1025.77, steady.

The SW winds are still with us, and we continue to make decent progress toward Cape Flattery! Nothing too exciting to report - no dolphins, no sharks, and not much shipping traffic, either - that's a good thing, as is the fact we have not seen floating garbage for days now! As usual, "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Thu Aug 16 12:48 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.9 kts
knts
Run: 136.2nm (246.5km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.6nm
45 49.810N 145 56.100W
Weather: Winds SSW 20-22 kts; seas SSW 2m; 45% cloud cover; bar 1021.74, falling.

We found some wind, and are finally making some decent forward progress! (There was a time last night that thought was given to staring the engine!) If the forecast holds, we should have this wind until Friday. We are now, after 21 days at sea, a mere 975 nm from Port Townsend! "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Never surrender! You are almost (Sort of?) there! Enjoy your updates everyday, and it looks good, so far. No truly nasty weather and no breakdowns! I'm back in California enjoying the sunshine and stable ground. Gail is in Budapest playing the piano. We are Heading back to the boat and NZ at the end of the year. Hopefully about March/April off in your shoes towards French Polynesia! Good luck out there and don't worry about burning the fuel if it gets you home sooner! Dean and Gail
Wed Aug 15 13:03 2018 NZST
Speed:
4.5 - 5 kts
knts
Run: 166.4nm (301.2km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 145nm
45 04.260N 148 31.713W
Weather: Winds SSW 12-14 kts; seas SSW 1,5m; 25% cloud cover; bar 1025.43, falling.

Winds are so far behind us now that we are sailing on a deep reach (AWA 120-130) to even point reasonably well toward Cape Flattery; hard to maintain decent boat speed as the apparent wind is down to 9-11 kts. Very frustrating, and this now looks like it will be our lot until Friday, when the winds are forecast to go westerly and lighter - 0-10 kts, which means more motoring! On the bright side, its very comfortable and the sun is out! No more meteor showers last night, but we did have a great dolphins show right as it was getting dark! And, yesterday afternoon, we saw what was most likely a shark - a fairly large dorsal fin, sticking out of the water, that just stayed that way as we sailed past; I guess that rules out swimming! This slow pace has taken all the fun out calculating possible ETAs in WA, but tomorrow we will drop into the triple digits for distance to go to Port Townsend! So, other than the lack of wind, "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Tue Aug 14 9:30 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.7 kts
knts
Run: 135.7nm (245.6km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.6nm
44 21.525N 151 45.925W
Weather: Winds SSW 14-16 kts; seas S 2m; 25% cloud cover; bar 1032.22, steady.

Winds are behind us for a while now, so our boat speed is down a bit; broad reach, not our best point of sail. It sure was "empowering" though, on a close reach, when we had to reef just to slow the boat down to 6.5 kts (to avoid bashing into the waves)! We hope to have those conditions again a couple of days. Had a great Perseid meteor shower display last night; saw some really spectacular meteors, including one that was a bright orange streak that seemed close enough to reach out and touch, and another that was much higher up and white that left a very visible trail a long way behind it! Fantastic. Today, the sun is out, things are relatively calm, so once again "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Mon Aug 13 13:21 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.3 kts
knts
Run: 206nm (372.9km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.8nm
43 46.284N 154 22.351W
Weather: Winds SE 14-16 kts; seas SE 2m; 35% cloud cover; bar 1031.52, steady.

Two nice dolphin shows this morning, and I was fortunate enough to be on watch for the encore performance! The rhumb line distance from our current position to Cape Flattery is 1260 nm, plus another 90 nm to Port Townsend; its tempting to start calculating an ETA, but we know better than that just yet! Sail on! "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Ahoy! You are heading in the correct direction! EAST! I had better start icing down you liquid Aloha!
Sun Aug 12 8:24 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.5 kts
knts
Run: 159.3nm (288.3km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.1nm
42 37.516N 158 08.874W
Weather: Winds SE 14-19 kts; seas SE 2m; 75% cloud cover; bar 1029.14, steady.

We set sails yesterday afternoon at 1430 local time (HI), with SE winds that filled in earlier and more strongly than expected; Cape Flattery, dead ahead! We are flying a staysail, reefed genoa and reefed main, and we are charging along at rodeo speed; we could and were going faster before we rolled in the genoa, but the ride was a bit rough! With this sail combination, we should be able to shorten further to deal with any adverse weather up ahead. Great to be sailing again, and for the time being, in the right direction! "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Sat Aug 11 7:45 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.9 kts (motoring)
knts
Run: 151.6nm (274.4km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.8nm
41 41.598N 160 59.538W
Weather: Winds ESE 4-6 kts; seas N .5m; 80% cloud cover, with some fog earlier this morning; bar 1026.77, steady.

We should be sailing again by late afternoon or this evening, with SE winds that are starting to fill in now. There will be some snarly weather over the weekend and into early next week, but nothing we can't deal with. We should be able to continue heading toward Cape Flattery, although there is a possibility of more weather system dodging down the pike. The fog this morning was another reminder of what awaits us in WA; after all, it is "Fogust!" "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


ahoy! We had a stolen Horizon Air plane crash on Ketron Island last evening! Only one person on board but a lot of national news! See ya in a couple of weeks! Dave
Fri Aug 10 9:24 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.2 kts
knts
Run: 133.5nm (241.6km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148nm
40 55.372N 163 43.599W
Weather: Winds N/NNE 2-4 kts; seas NE .5m; 100% cloud cover; bar 1025.44, rising.

Premiere dolphin show this morning at sunrise - mamas, papas, babies, all frolicking around the boat doing synchronized swim routines, back flips and tail wags - and I missed it (asleep); but, the joyful expression on Linda's face when she described it for me - priceless! Don't know if it had anything to do with the dolphins, but I did get pancakes and bacon for breakfast today! We are on flat calm waters this morning, motoring toward the winds (we hope) on the north/west side of the high, and hopefully before the next low coming in from the NW clobbers us! And, the sun is trying to come out today! "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Thu Aug 9 11:45 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.1 kts
knts
Run: 76.3nm (138.1km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 72.4nm
40 07.100N 166 02.252W
Weather: Winds N/NNE 5-7 kts; seas NE 1.5m; 100% cloud cover; bar 1026.27, steady.

"Ready about?" "Are you kidding? Of course we're ready!" "Helm's alee!" And with that, at 0730 local (Hawaii) time this morning, we tacked back eastward. We were then at 39 54N 166 32W. We are "motor sailing" now - well, we are under way using the engine, but with such light and variable winds, there isn't a lot of sailing going on right now - genoa is furled but main is up - hopefully soon, within a day or so, we will find some southerly wind to resume sailing. And, in the meantime, since we are finally heading in the right direction again, we can find something else to carp about - like, when will we ever see the sun again? Its been days! Our friends at Gulf Harbor Radio called this cloudiness associated with high pressure cells "anti-cyclonic gloom" - and it is gloomy! On the bright side, we will be ready for fall and winter in the northwest, after spending lo these many past years in almost perpetual sunshine - gotta get over that! And one final thought for today - with all of this heavy weather avoidance we have doing as of late, we added over 500 nm to our projected route home - from 2700 nm and change to 3200 nm and change; we should still get home in August, barring any further major delays! Today, indeed, "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Wed Aug 8 10:27 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.0 kts
knts
Run: 105.7nm (191.3km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 123.7nm
39 12.100N 165 14.252W
Weather: Winds NNE 15-20 kts; seas NNE 2m; 100% cloud cover; bar 1028.35, falling.

In short order we should be tacking back eastward, either later today, or (weather router's recommendation) tomorrow morning; either choice okay as far as positioning ourselves with favorable winds on the west/north side of the high as it moves first SSE (towards us) and then NNE. Couldn't tack right now, in any event, as we have a cargo ship about 35 nm behind us, and heading our way; if we tack now, we will be heading toward his track, and if we keep going WNW we are moving away from it. Seems we are playing on the freeway here, for ships going between San Francisco and Asia - there have been quite a few in the past several days, but none approaching as close as the Andromeda Leader is now. Thank heaven for AIS! Anxious to be heading back in the direction of Washington, attitudes about this routing debacle notwithstanding "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


All the best with getting home! Who is your Weather router? Would you use him again?
Tue Aug 7 13:57 2018 NZST
Speed:
4.8 kts (reefed to help preserve our sanity!)
knts
Run: 175.1nm (316.9km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.8nm
38 13.219N 163 44.059W
Weather: Winds NNE 15-18 kts, gusts to 21-23 kts; seas NNE 2-2.5m; 80% cloud cover; bar 1026.74, steady.

On we go NWly, and into the High - should be in the calmer stuff by Wednesday, which will be a welcome relief from the bashing into bumpy seas that has been our lot for several days now, even if it does mean having to listen to the engine! But the sun did come out for a brief showing this afternoon, and when it did a huge herd of dolphins (they do swim in herds, don't they?) swam by about 100 yards off our stern (thank you, Ann!), although they did not stop by the boat for a visit. Oh well, maybe next time! The exasperation continues with this prolonged passage and having to do the weather systems dance, but still "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Mon Aug 6 10:27 2018 NZST
Speed:
4.8 kts
knts
Run: 81nm (146.6km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.4nm
36 5.638N 162 00.450W
Weather: Winds NNE 15-17 kts; seas NNE 2m; 80% cloud cover; bar 1026.52, falling.

Plans do change - sometimes they are written in the sand on the beach, but out here they are written in the foam of the last wave! We did not tack yesterday, but instead continued on our WNW course, after looking at the latest 72 hour Pacific surface analysis and seeing that monster low that is between us and Cape Flattery is actually forecast to not further south than originally forecast, but now looks to be headed back west - which would have been directly toward us had we tacked. As it is, we now are moving north and away from it and enjoying (?) an extended tour of the central north Pacific; wouldn't recommend it - looks just about like everywhere else, except even the garbage and the birds (and until Linda came on watch - even the sun) seem to have abandoned this patch of the Pacific! Oh well, we will get home eventually, and in the meantime we enjoy each other's company, we have plenty of food and water, and so far - as of our tenth day out - we only burned about 6 of our 190 gallons of fuel! The continuing exasperation with this prolonged passage notwithstanding, "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Sun Aug 5 11:57 2018 NZST
Speed:
4.8 kts
knts
Run: 110.1nm (199.3km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.3nm
35 50.214N 160 35.700W
Weather: Winds NNE 15-17 kts; seas NNE 2m; 80% cloud cover; bar 1026.59, falling.

There is a maxim in sailing that says, whichever direction you want to go, the winds will always be "noserly." Well, maybe not always, but lately that has certainly been the case for us. In any event, we plan to tack later today and make an effort to head toward home! With the winds the way they are right now, we will be lucky to make any appreciable headway to the north, but at least will be heading back east! The exasperation notwithstanding, "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Sat Aug 4 14:21 2018 NZST
Speed:
4.5 kts
knts
Run: 82.9nm (150km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 73.7nm
35 05.654N 158 51.860W
Weather: Winds N 10-12 kts; seas N 1.5m; 99% cloud cover; bar 1026.42, steady.

We are sailing on a WNW away from America! All part of a grand plan to avoid heavy weather; later today, or tomorrow, when the winds are expected to go to the NW, we will tack back onto a NE heading, and eventually aim for Washington. Nothing like zig-zagging around in the North Pacific! Still seeing alot of garbage float by - yesterday there was a doll's head (at least we hope it was a doll!) - rather weird! Linda reported seeing a whale blowing today, and for the past several days we have seen Albatross - beautiful, graceful birds that dip and soar on slender wings with a huge wingspan (almost as good as seeing dolphins, Ann!). The Albatross used to be what welcomed us back to New Zealand; these birds (we believe) are from a colony that breeds somewhere in the Midway Islands. TTFN! "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Fri Aug 3 11:21 2018 NZST
Speed:
1.5-3.7 kts
knts
Run: 41.8nm (75.7km)
34 20.958N 157 43.201W
Weather: Winds N 5-9 kts; seas NE .5m; 25% cloud cover; bar 1028.57, falling.

We were headed last night about 0300 when the wind went light and backed to the north. So, rather than sail off to the west, we tacked and are now sailing off in an easterly direction - sometimes north of east by a few degrees, sometimes south of east by a few degrees, all depending on the wind strength and the ability of our wind vane to steer the boat (it really doesn't work well in anything less than 9 knots of apparent wind). So, we are basically just waiting for the latest update from our weather router to tell us where we should be heading; it will almost certainly involve some motoring, but in which direction we are not sure, given what we can see in the weather forecasts for what lies ahead. Until then, "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


You guys are making it! Just a reminder that last May the WA Dept of Ecology had the Salish Sea declared a No Discharge Zone. We have a bunch of cold ones for you upon your arrival!
Thu Aug 2 13:27 2018 NZST
Speed:
4.0 kts
knts
Run: 130nm (235.3km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.3nm
33 44.944N 157 48.834W
Weather: Winds ENE 12-15 kts; seas NE 1.5m; 25% cloud cover; bar 1029.09, steady.

We are still slowed down to better position ourselves to deal with some adverse weather up ahead; it's such a beautiful day, and the seas are quite calm, so it is hard to be going so slow - the temptation is to "let her rip!" Ah, but knowing what the conditions might be if we charged ahead is enough to keep us content with the peaceful, slow ride now. So, back to the reading room (cockpit)! "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Wed Aug 1 12:21 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.0 kts
knts
Run: 138.7nm (251km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.8nm
31 52.666N 157 35.583W
Weather: Winds ENE 18-21 kts; seas NE 2m; 25% cloud cover; bar 1027.2, steady.

We will not be talking about out daily run totals for a while now, as we have deliberately slowed down to better position ourselves to deal with some adverse weather that is brewing up ahead of us. On another somewhat unpleasant note, we are starting to see a lot of garbage floating by - really depressing; not what you want to see our here on the ocean! We were warned to expect this - all part of the North Pacific garbage "gyre" which is probably much further to the west of us. On the brighter side of things for today, we are a mere 60 nm south of the latitude of the US/Mexican border! And, most importantly, on this day (not that many years ago) a very special person was born - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOLLY! "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Soooo excited to know you are almost home! If you end up coming in high we might see you. Long story but we sold the house as of 10 hours ago, bought a boat in Alaska and leave tomorrow to head down the inside passage to bring her to Oly. I will send an email with all the details but I assume it will be a while before you read emails. Fair winds world travelers!
Tue Jul 31 10:54 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.6 kts
knts
Run: 148.4nm (268.6km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159.4nm
29 53.245N 157 53.503W
Weather: Winds ENE 18-21 kts; seas NE 2m; 35% cloud cover; bar 1024.5, steady.

We had another 135 nm run for the fourth day out; we don't expect those kind of numbers to hold for much longer, though, as the winds are forecast to go lighter in a day or so. On the bright side, that will bring calmer seas, which will be a welcome relief from the rough ride we are experiencing today! But, aside from being a bit uncomfortable, and cranky because rest is hard to come by in these conditions, "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Mon Jul 30 12:33 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.6 kts
knts
Run: 154.1nm (278.9km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.4nm
27 45.225N 158 09.760W
Weather: Winds ENE 18-20 kts; seas NE 2m; 25% cloud cover (now - but earlier, it was 100%); bar 1021, falling.

We had a 135 nm run the third day out - the decrease from the day before in part being due to having reefed down considerably almost all morning after sunup as we seemed to be in one continuous "rodeo squall". Those of you who have ridden out squalls at sea know what I am talking about; we all deserve a big silver buckle! Reminds me of a boat some friends of ours once owned named "Blue Rodeo" - seemed like a brilliantly appropriate name for an ocean going sailboat! (But, interestingly, that was not the inspiration for the name!) After yesterday's post, I was reminded by some other friends of ours (who have made this run from Hawaii to the mainland a couple of times) that it is too early for us to worry making easting; just concentrate for the time being on not going too far west. So be it; time to head back out to the cockpit with no worries and concentrate! "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Sun Jul 29 12:36 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.6 kts
knts
Run: 156.8nm (283.8km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149nm
25 31.483N 158 11.743W
Weather: Winds NE 12-16 kts; seas NE 1.5m; 55% cloud cover; bar 1019, falling.

We had a great run the second day out - 145 nm! But, we are starting to get a bit concerned about not being able to make much easting. We have been sailing at an AWA (apparent wind angle) of 60 - fairly comfortable given the conditions - and today, with the seas down a bit more, we brought the AWA up to 55, only to get headed, which means we are now sailing more NNW than the NNE we had been sailing at an AWA of 60! Hopefully this is just a brief wind shift, and we will get back to heading toward the mainland again soon; we really don't want to go to Alaska! And last night there were no more warships about, but there was a war of sorts - between us and the boobies, which are big sea birds, about the size of a large sea gull, that just won't take "No!" for answer when you try to convince them not to land on your bow pulpit or, worse yet, solar panels! Not much we could do about those that wanted to land on on the bow - we had three up there that stayed through the night! - but we could bang a small pike on the solar panel arch and get them to leave or abort a landing attempt on the panels - so, guess what we did most of the night! Not that we are unsympathetic to their desire for a free ride, we just don't like the mess they leave behind, which can seriously degrade the ability of solar panel panels to do their job! But the boobies have all gone (for now), so it's back to the normal routine! "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Greetings from Mersoleil in Madagascar! We haven't seen any boobies since the S Pacific, but we remember them well and feel your pain! I thought they were cute till I realized they were covered in little red fleas. Ew! You may not be able to apply this technique while beating at 55AWA, but I discovered a simple procedure for discouraging them. I throw a towel over the top of the bird, pick it up off the rail and simply drop it into the water. After finding the fleas all over my towel, I started dropping the towel, too, so select your 'hotpad' carefully! We are still posting on YIT, too, so visit Mersoleil for our current doings. Wishing you a great sail back to the Pacific NW! And sending our love.
Sat Jul 28 11:21 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.1 kts
knts
Run: 133.9nm (242.4km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 110.1nm
23 15.463N 158 18.019W
Weather: Winds ENE 15-17 kts; seas NE 1.5m; 35% cloud cover; bar 1019, falling.

We have now officially left Hawaii - "Aloha" to the Aloha State! Our first 24 hour run was a decent 115 nm, especially considering the several hours of "slow go" as we made our way west along the lee of Oahu in a gentle sea breeze from Ko'Olina to Kaena Point - where everything changed! What a rough and rowdy ride it was getting clear of the channel and island effects and out into the trades again! Seas were 10-12 feet, and the wind was a steady 23-25 kts, with gusts to 30! Throughout our first night at sea the wind and seas were up, so were reefed down considerably to get a semi-comfortable ride. And then to make matters even more lively, it seems we were sailing right through a Navy war game - several warships passed close by in the night (with no AIS on!), with helicopters flying back and forth; hopefully we are now clear of their maneuver area (we haven't seen a Navy vessel for over 4 hours now). After a few morning squalls, the sun came out and is now pampering our solar panels, and the wind and seas have moderated to give a comfortable ride with decent boat speed. One day down, and only ___ to go (if only we knew!); maybe 20, if we are lucky! "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Ahoy! We are awaiting your landfall in the Pacific Northwest!!!! Lots of news to share with you! The Relief Society also awaits your arrival! Dave
Fri Jul 27 6:09 2018 NZST
Speed:
0 kts (tied to the dock)
knts
Run: 18.1nm (32.8km)
21 19.665N 158 07.159W
Weather: Winds 10-15 kts; seas - no way for us know yet; 70% cloud cover; bar 1016.59, rising.

We did get away from Honolulu yesterday, but we did not make it very far! We were tied to the dock overnight at Ko'Olina Marina, near Barber's Point, about 20 nm west of Waikiki. We came here for fuel and that was a goat rope - with high winds pinning us and charter boats boxing us in; took us over three hours to fuel and get away from the dock! We decided to take a slip for the night (by the time we we got away from the fuel dock it was almost 4:30 pm), primarily to have the chance to check on some possible wiring issues related to the GPS feed to our chart plotter. We will sort that out this morning, and should be back underway before noon. "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Wed Jul 25 7:12 2018 NZST
Speed:
0 kts (at the dock)
knts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
21 17.237N 157 50.521W
Weather: Winds NE 10-15 kts; seas - unknown; 65% cloud cover; bar 1017, rising.

Today will be our last full day here in Honolulu, where we have been guest since our arrival on June 6 of the very gracious Waikiki Yacht Club! We plan to head out tomorrow early am for Ko'Olina for fuel, then out the Kauai Channel for Washington. We have really enjoyed our stay here at WYC - wonderful restaurant and bar, lots of sailing and paddling programs for young and old, wonderful view of the Waikiki skyline (where there is a grand fireworks show every Friday night), and in the past week or so, lots of visiting yachts from both the Vic-Maui Race, and now the Pacific Cup - including Roy Disney's famed Pyewacket (he is a member of this Yacht Club). We have also done some of the tourist things here, like visiting the USS Arizona Memorial - very sobering! But, we are anxious to get sailing again, and to get back into our "home waters" of Puget Sound once again! Lots to do today, so we had better "turn to." All is busy and well aboard the SV Bright Angel today! Thanks for following us on YIT!


Fair winds and following seas. Can’t wait to hear all about it.
Sat Jul 7 18:15 2018 NZST
Speed:
0 kts (tied to the dock)
knts
Run: 118.7nm (214.8km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.9nm
21 17.215N 157 50.582W
Weather: Winds aren't very strong; seas - a long way "out there" and no way for us to tell "in here"; 10% cloud cover; bar 1016.71, rising.

We tied up to the guest dock at Waikiki Yacht Club at 1115 today, a mere 25 days and 2900 +/- nm (who's really counting?) from Papeete, Tahiti - we were all cleared in by 2 pm! Then we had to sample the drinks and comestibles at the Yacht Club bar - not bad (I figure it will take us the whole two weeks we will be allowed to stay here to work our way through the bar menu, at a minimum!). As an added bonus, when we tied up, we looked across the pier and a saw a boat belonging to some friends we met in Mexico in 2010! We have since hard drinks and done some "catching up" with Mark & Dot, who have taken us under their wing and become our unofficial sponsors at the Yacht Club! And, to top off the evening, we just saw one of the nightly fireworks shows on Waikiki - spectacular! Tonight, certainly "All is well on board!" - but just don't wake us for our night watches! Thanks for following us on YIT!


Very well done Bob, Linda and Tom......doesn’t seem very long ago that we were sharing a finger at RDM!
Fri Jul 6 14:18 2018 NZST
Speed:
6 kts (motoring)
knts
Run: 186.2nm (337km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.3nm
21 20.229N 156 00.0504W
Weather: Winds E 20 kts; seas E & S 3m; 100% cloud cover; bar 1015, falling.

This will be our final report underway on this passage; we should be at the dock in Honolulu shortly after noon tomorrow! The weather, as expected, is really nasty - too much wind from almost dead behind, big seas, and mixed swell; not too swell (pun in tended!). Looking forward to a tiring final night at sea! Nevertheless, "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


I’m impressed. You didn’t succumb to Hilo! Must have been tempting.
Thu Jul 5 9:42 2018 NZST
Speed:
6 kts
knts
Run: 146.5nm (265.2km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.4nm
19 36.332N 153 47.861W
Weather: Winds E 16 kts; seas E 2m; 35% cloud cover; bar 1014, falling.

We are now just off the SE coast of the Big Island of Hawaii - can't see it yet, as we are still too far offshore (about 45 nm). And we are just under 275 nm from our guest berth at the Waikiki Yacht Club, where we hope to tie up on Friday afternoon! We plan to stay in Honolulu until early next week, when we will head up to Barber's Point and the Ko "Olina Marina to finish our preparations for the finally leg of our voyage home. Happy Fourth Of July to all of American friends and family! Have a burger and a cold one for us, please! (And be careful with the fireworks!) "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Wed Jul 4 12:03 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.5 kts
knts
Run: 185nm (334.9km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.8nm
18 00.071N 152 19.992W
Weather: Winds NE 17-21 kts; seas NE 2m; 55% cloud cover; bar 1012, falling.

No change in course; still going in on the windward side. Making a concerted effort to get in on am or early pm Friday to avoid the heavier winds Friday evening - could still see 25 kts on Friday morning, with bigger seas than we have now, but nothing we shouldn't be able to handle. We have just over 400 nm to Honolulu! "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Tue Jul 3 10:39 2018 NZST
Speed:
6 kts
knts
Run: 159nm (287.8km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.4nm
16 05.371N 150 22.351W
Weather: Winds ENE 15-20 kts; seas E 2m; 35% cloud cover; bar 1013, steady.

Another nice day of sailing with blue skies, white cotton ball clouds, and fresh winds all day. Looks like the weather up ahead, on Friday or Saturday, could get a bit nasty - NE 30 kt winds and 3.5 m NE swell, 10 sec period - we will be watching that and possibly change our approach from windward of the islands to leeward (although that would leave us subject to funneling of strong winds through the channels). Also watching closely Hurricane Fabio off the coast of Mexico, currently heading W but forecast to turn WNW and then start to die out on Friday several hundred miles to the east. "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Mon Jul 2 11:00 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.9 kts
knts
Run: 148.4nm (268.6km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168nm
14 31.377N 148 37.539W
Weather: Winds E 15-18 kts; seas E 2m; 35% cloud cover; bar 1012.86, steady.

Good sailing today! Winds and seas are down a bit from late last night and early this morning, when we had 20-23 kts, and were making 7 kts of boat speed with a reefed genoa and de-powered main! Much more comfortable now - lots of reading and catching up on rest! "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Sun Jul 1 13:48 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.6 kts (motoring)
knts
Run: 160.1nm (289.8km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.8nm
12 53.450N 147 11.347W
Weather: Winds E 9-12 kts; seas E 2m; 65% cloud cover; bar 1011, falling.

Good day's run yesterday - 146 nm; but, not so good today. Wind started out okay, but then died down to the point it was hard to sail without dumping the wind out of the sails in the swell, so the "three knot rule" was invoked. Hopefully we will be able to set sails again before sunset. Just over 800 nm miles to go to Hawaii. "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Sat Jun 30 13:54 2018 NZST
Speed:
6 kts
knts
Run: 163.5nm (295.9km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.3nm
11 11.964N 145 34.306W
Weather: Winds E 15 kts; seas E 2m; 55% cloud cover; bar 1011, falling.

We are definitely through the ITCZ now - and have been sailing with blue skies, white cotton ball clouds, and fresh winds all day. The seas were a bit lumpy early on, when the winds were up around 20 kts, but things have calmed down considerably and the ride is now quite comfortable. We have just under 1000 nm to go to Hawaii. "All is very well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Fri Jun 29 12:57 2018 NZST
Speed:
4 kts (if we're lucky)
knts
Run: 148.2nm (268.2km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.1nm
09 29.055N 143 54.939W
Weather: Winds E/variable 7-9 kts; seas E 1.5m; 75% cloud cover; bar 1010, falling.

Forget what we said yesterday about being through the worst of the ITCZ - the high seas forecast we downloaded after posting yesterday's update indicated we weren't even to the ITCZ yet! Today's forecast indicates we might be in the middle of it right now - which would seem to match the fluky winds and squalls we have been experiencing most of the day. We did set sails this morning, turning off the engine at long last, with what looked like promising easterly winds at 11-13 kts, but as the morning wore on, the winds wore out; now we are slatting along at a breakneck 3.5-4 kts in anything from 7-9 kts of wind, from variable directions, and up to 21 kts in the fairly frequent squalls. It may be time to burn a few more fossils and get out of this soup! The frustration mounts as the fuel supply dwindles, but "All is (still) well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Thu Jun 28 11:00 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.2 kts (motoring)
knts
Run: 150.9nm (273.1km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.4nm
07 47.865N 142 34.636W
Weather: Winds E 7-9 kts; seas E 1.5m; 70% cloud cover; bar 1011, falling.

We may be through the worst of the ITCZ (at lest we hope so) - not too bad of a day today! But we are still burning fossils waiting for sailing winds to fill back in. The boat got a shower last night, and today we topped up the water tanks and the crew all got showers! And Linda made pancakes and bacon for breakfast. All we need now is wind, but in any event "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Wed Jun 27 10:36 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.2 kts (motoring)
knts
Run: 165.6nm (299.7km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.3nm
05 37.871N 142 18.149W
Weather: Winds SSE 6-9 kts; seas SE 2m; 100% cloud cover; bar 1011, falling.

We are in the thick of ITCZ "junk" - clouds, rain, squalls, light & variable winds (except in th squalls!), so we are burning fossils as we motor north to cleared skies and better sailing winds. The bad news is the actual ITCZ is a long way up in front of us. Other than that, "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Tue Jun 26 7:15 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.2 kts (motoring)
knts
Run: 134nm (242.5km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.6nm
03 27.571N 143 19.140W
Weather: Winds ESE 8-10 kts; seas E 2m; 50% cloud cover; bar 1013, steady.

After a day of motoring, last night started out with a pleasant sail in light winds, but it only lasted four hours before the winds went so light we had to resort to motoring again. This morning dawned mostly sunny - a welcome change from yesterday's doom & gloom - and the wind seems to be filling back in. As soon as we hit send on this post, we will roll the sails back out and try sailing again! Yahoo! "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Mon Jun 25 8:51 2018 NZST
Speed:
5 kts (motoring)
knts
Run: 85.6nm (154.9km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123nm
01 34.843N 143 47.888W
Weather: Winds SSE 0-3 kts; seas E .5m; 75% cloud cover; bar 1012.27, falling.

For our first night north of the equator, the winds went from zippy to zip, and we had to start the engine last night around 2:30 am. Still motoring this morning, and dodging squalls. Last evening, we had to change out the chart plotter at the nav station; the old one finally froze up and died. We had been having trouble with it since we were in New Zealand, so I bought a spare off e-Bay, and had it shipped to Riverside before we left. We also have a chart plotter at the helm, which is fine, but the one at the nav station feeds AIS data to the network, so we had to get that sorted before we start running into shipping "traffic" as we get further north; we have not seen another vessel since the Tuamotous, but that will change soon. TTFN! "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Sun Jun 24 16:09 2018 NZST
Speed:
5 kts
knts
Run: 185.8nm (336.3km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154nm
00 21.424N 143 59.271W
Weather: Winds E 7-9 kts; seas E 1.5m; 15% cloud cover; bar 1010.62, rising.

At 1336 hrs (1:36 pm) local time today (2336 UTC), at longitude 144 00.585W the good ship Bright Angel left the Southern Hemisphere! She has not been north of the Equator since May 2012. And our crew Tom is now a Shellback! Sure hope Neptune appreciated the single malt! "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Welcome back to the Northern Hemisphere! Goodbye Southern Cross, hello Big Dipper!
Sat Jun 23 11:12 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.7 kts
knts
Run: 156.1nm (282.5km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149nm
02 13.712S 144 43.283W
Weather: Winds ESE 13-15 kts; seas E 2m; 45% cloud cover; bar 1010.29, falling.

We are making good progress towards the equator; should be there late tomorrow! A little shy on easting, but should cross at around 143.5W, which will be just fine. "All is well on board!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Fri Jun 22 10:03 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.5 kts
knts
Run: 268.6nm (486.2km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.8nm
04 18.328S 145 36.591W
Weather: Winds ESE 14-17 kts; seas E 2m; 45% cloud cover; bar 1010.60, falling.

We are making some easting again! The winds are fresh, and for now the seas are moderate, so we are making good time and keeping the breakfast down! Today we will tick over our first 1000 nm since leaving Tahiti; only . . . . oh, too early for that! "All is well!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Thu Jun 21 11:18 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.7 kts
knts
Weather: Winds ENE 13-14 kts; seas ENE 2m; 25% cloud cover; bar 1011.86, falling.

The ENE winds are back, making us give up some of our hard earned easting; and we are beating to weather in lumpy seas - who wrote this script, anyway? We had a couple of strange AIS encounters last night and this morning to keep us on our toes! Last night, around 2 am, two "buoy" targets appeared - "CC326Bouy-1" and "CC326Bouy-7." They were about 4 miles apart. Not sure if they were weather buoys, or buoys that marked the end of drift nets (there were no lights, and no other AIS or radar targets around) we steered to clear the closest one and avoid going between them. When we had done so, another one popped up on AIS - aft of us, but in line with the other two; so, if they marked a net, we had gone over it! This morning, two more appeared several miles off - one labeled "SHO11" and the other unlabeled - both with very peculiar MMSIs. Our best guess is they were all weather buoys. So today we are watching for buoys and hoping for the return of E or SE winds! "All is well!" Thanks for following us on YIT!


Wed Jun 20 11:36 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.0 kts
knts
Run: 141.5nm (256.1km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.1nm
08 11.334S 145 44.600W
Weather: Winds ESE13-14 kts; seas E 1.5m; 15% cloud cover; bar 1011, falling.

The ESE winds are still with us, and we are making decent progress again today, as we did last night! On our present course, our crew Tom only has 525 nm left as a "Pollywog!" Today, Linda was inspired to make Swedish pancakes for breakfast! Life is good and "All is well" aboard the SV Bright Angel today! Thanks for following us on YIT!


Tue Jun 19 10:39 2018 NZST
Speed:
4.0 kts
knts
Run: 41.1nm (74.4km)
09 58.466S 146 45.464W
Weather: Winds ENE 7-8 kts; seas E 1.5m; 15% cloud cover; bar 1013, falling.

Hurrah - winds from a respectably favorable direction, at last! Just not very much wind - yet? And the sun is out, and the seas are calm - it's one of those "reward" days! Linda says if it stays like this all the way to Hawaii she'll be happy! (Boy, am I going to be in trouble!) And "Just Ann" you were right - last night, as the sun was going down and we were enjoying our Creole style beans & rice with chicken for dinner in the cockpit, the dolphins came to play. Lots of them! And they stayed for a long time, with the little ones doing back-flips out of the water! A spectacular dinner time show, and us with front row seats! Very cool! All is well aboard the SV Bright Angel again today!


Mon Jun 18 9:48 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.2 kts
knts
Run: 164.2nm (297.2km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 89.6nm
09 46.466S 147 19.573W
Weather: Winds NNE 11-12 kts; seas E 1.5m; 25% cloud cover; bar 1012, falling.

Still waiting - for E or SE winds! The winds are now NNE, so easting is all but impossible without motoring. We did have to motor some yesterday in very light winds, and we did try sailing east on a port tack with the NNE winds, but we ended up going ESE-SE, so we tacked back and settled for west of north - in the general direction of Hawaii, at least! These winds are very frustrating, to say the least; still hoping for better wind direction soon. At least the ride is comfortable today - lots of reading getting done! And the sun is out! Life is good aboard the SV Bright Angel today!


Sat Jun 16 13:48 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.2 kts
knts
Run: 116.2nm (210.3km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.1nm
12 07.207S 147 42.406W
Weather: Winds ENE 21 kts; seas E 2m; 25% cloud cover; bar 1010, steady.

Nice night last night, and nice day today! A few brief squalls this morning, but nothing to write home about - so, I won't. Crew is catching up on rest, which is a good thing! Our only complaint today is the northerly component in the wind - having to sail close hauled and makes it tough to get our easting in as we approach the Equator; fingers crossed for E, or better yet SE winds soon. All is well on board!


Fri Jun 15 17:36 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.5 kts
knts
Run: 175nm (316.8km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.8nm
13 45.295S 148 06.731W
Weather: Winds ENE 22 kts; seas E 2m; 25% cloud cover; bar 1013, rising.

After a day of gloomy skies and moderate winds (22-24 kts), it turned into a terrible, horrible, very bad, no good night! As we entered the channel between Mataiva and Tikehau Islands last night, we took started hand steering to better negotiate manage the somewhat narrow distance between the islands, and to stay clear of a small cargo ship that was transiting between Mataiva and Rangiroa, just to the east of Tikehau. Then the squalls came - one right after the other; five or six in all (but who's counting?) lasting 30-45 minutes each, with winds over 30 kts; still hand steering! When the squalls died out, we went to reset the Monitor self steering, only to discover the actuator shaft for the wind vane had come undone - and there was no way to fix it at night, in rough seas! So, we all three of us took turns hand steering the rest of the night, through occasional squalls and high winds. We hove-to at 0600 for some much need rest and repairs. We were back underway again at 1400, with much improved weather conditions, and renewed positive outlook! All is well on board Bright Angel again tonight - let's just hope it stays that way through the night!


Thu Jun 14 7:24 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.4 kts
knts
Run: 108.2nm (195.8km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 70.4nm
16 08.622S 148 58.841W
Weather: Winds ENE 17-18; seas E 1.5-2m ; 45% cloud cover; bar 1015.48, rising - +01.6 last 3 hrs.

Our first night at sea was, as usual, a matter of readjustment, but went very well. We were cleared out by noon, at the fuel dock at 1300 (after their lunch time closure!), away from the fuel dock at 1400 with 430 liters bunkered, and out Passe Papette by 1530. We had to motor until almost 1800 to clear the lee of Tahiti, but then a brisk 18-20 ESE wind filled in, and we sailed for the better part of the night with just a staysail and reefed main doing 6.2 kts in relatively comfortable conditions; waves were about 2-2.5m just forward of the beam. this morning we are close reaching, but still enjoying a mostly comfortable ride! Tonight, about 2100 local, we should pass between the Tuamotus atolls of Mataiva and Tikehau, the last islands we should see until the Big Island of Hawaii - a mere 2800 nm or so down the track! For those of you drawing a straight line to Hawaii and saying "its not that far," bear in mind that we need to go a considerable distance east before we cross the Equator and then head back NW to Hawaii - our aim is to make that turn at around 05N 140W - so as to be able to sail the E-SE trade winds south of the Equator, and then the E-NE trade winds north of the equator! Well, that's the plan anyway; we'll see how it all turns out! For now, "All is well on board!" Cheers!


Tue Jun 12 18:30 2018 NZST
Speed:
0 kts (tied to the dock)
knts
17 35.184S 149 36.930W
Weather: Winds SSE 5 -7, but were up to 22 today; seas (outside) 4m ; 50% cloud cover; bar 1012.64, rising - +3.0 last 3 hrs.

After a month and a day at the the dock in Tahiti, with the extensive repair list completed, tomorrow morning after our agent clears us out and a trip to the fuel dock, we will be on our way to Hawaii! Depending on which route, or variation thereof we follow, the distance will be anywhere from 2900 to 3200 nm (ugh!). All is very well on board the good ship Bright Angel tonight, and we are all looking forward to our last night full night of stable, peaceful sleep!


Safe travels!
Sun May 13 8:51 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.0 kts (tied to the dock)
knts
Run: 265.5nm (480.6km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 89.3nm
17 35.183S 149 36.931W
Weather: Who cares?!

Well, that was certainly one for the books! A total of 23 days at sea, covering 2397 nautical miles, on basically a rhumb line from New Zealand to Tahiti, hand steering the last 450 nm, and motoring the last 305 nm (made hand steering easier, especially in the wide variety of fluky wind conditions and sea states we encountered)! We were tied to the dock by 100 hrs, local Tahiti time yesterday (Friday, 11 May), all clearance procedures completed by 1500, and in the bar at the head of the dock for Happy Hour (two for one beers!) by 1700. We will probably spend about two weeks or so here on R&R ("Rest and Repair") and doing some of the touristy things, before we head up to Rangiroa for a brief stop over before we leave for Hawaii. LIFE IS GOOD again, and "All is well on and off board." TTFN (Ta Ta For Now!)


We are waiting for you Linda and Bob!!!! Cold beer and wonderful weather in the Pacific Northwest!!! (perhaps a little bit of rain!! Dave SV Koosah

Well done! Pleased to hear you’ve arrived safely, albeit with 450nms of hand steering. We’re still stuck on the dock in Auckland getting boat jobs done. Hope to depart from Opua late June for Bora Bora.
Thu May 10 9:30 2018 NZST
Speed:
5 kts (motoring)
knts
Run: 106.8nm (193.3km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 119.5nm
21 17.256S 150 42.450W
Weather: Wind NNE 9-11 kts; Seas moderate - swell NE 2 m; cloud cover 100% with periods of rain; bar 1016 hP and falling.

We started motoring north in light winds last night just east of Rurutu Island, so as to avoid an encounter with the Lotus Seamount just east of the island (has some fairly shallow rocks), and kept on motoring through the night as the winds stayed light. Now, like a horse to the barn, Bright Angel (or, at least her hand steering weary crew!) prefer to keep on motoring to Tahiti, a trifle sailing wind from whatever contrary direction notwithstanding. We have the fuel, and as a good friend (who shall remain nameless, but he knows who he is!) once told me, "any ocean passage that ends with fuel in the tanks is a bad passage!" So, if all goes well, we will cover the next 240 nm to Papeete on a direct heading under power by mid-day Friday, 11 May. I think I hear that cold draft Hinano calling my name! "All is well on board."


I arrived in Papeete in January of 1975. Spent my 23rd birthday there. Enjoy.

I think the quote on a delivery is”There are no prizes for arriving with full fuel tanks”😎
Wed May 9 12:03 2018 NZST
Speed:
5 kts
knts
Run: 164.4nm (297.6km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 81.2nm
22 39.470S 151 28.609W
Weather: Wind NNW 17-20 kts; Seas rfough - swell NW 2 m; cloud cover 55% with some squalls; bar 1015.36 hP and falling.

"Land Ho!" Only problem is, it's Rurutu Island in the Australs - not where we are going. We had some great sailing yesterday, even if it was with hand steering! But last night was miserable - high winds and squalls with very rough seas, and some lightening nearby. We will likely make our turn north to Tahiti tomorrow morning, with about 330 nm to go; hoping to get in Friday, if all goes well. In spite of everything, "All is well on board."


Mon May 7 11:27 2018 NZST
Speed:
5-5.8 kts
knts
Run: 18.3nm (33.1km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123nm
23 42.597S 153 47.887W
Weather: Wind NE 19-22 kts; Seas rough - swell NE 1.5 m, wind waves NE 1.5 m; cloud cover 95% with periods of rain and squalls; bar 1014.19 hP and dropping - 3 hr change -2.0 hP.

Well this weather certainly is a soup sandwich! High winds, rough seas, can't sail the direction we need to go in what seems like perpetual rain and squalls. If we ever get to Tahiti, sure hope the weather isn't like this! The list of boat projects for Tahiti is getting longer, the most recent addition being figuring out why our brand new Balmar alternator is not charging (ugh!). Other than being frustrated with the weather and broken boat stuff (did we mention the autopilot, too?) "All is well board." Thanks for checking our progress on YiT!


Hi Bob/Linda, hope Patricia can pass on this comment to you, we had the same experience with our alternator not charging once, in our case the field wire came off the alternator, as soon as we reconnected it we were back to normal; hope this gets you charging again .. Paul & Kate (s/v Iolea)
Mon May 7 7:52 2018 NZST
Run: 89.5nm (162km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 103.6nm
23 58S 153 52W

via Another Adventure as a bit late to hear them well on 8Megs. GHradio discussed the weather ahead. A front coming but not severe. Just a problem with on the nose winds. Not strong.


Sun May 6 11:09 2018 NZST
Speed:
4.7 -5.3 kts
knts
Run: 251.4nm (455km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 115.1nm
24 36.688S 155 05.974W
Weather: Wind ESE 9-11 kts; Seas slight - swell ESE .5 m, wind waves ESE 5 m; cloud cover 95% with periods of rain; bar 1014.78 hP and steady, last 3 hr -00.6

Gave up fighting the squirrelly, light winds yesterday afternoon around 1430 and turned on the engine. Around 2100 last night, winds came up enough to motor sail effectively; and then, at 0900 this morning, the engine was turned off and we have been sailing ever since! Fingers crossed for more of the same throughout the day! The big event on board today (besides starting to sail again!) was the inevitable switch over from NZ Standard time to Tahiti Time!. In the process we lost two hours, but gained a day; went from 0900 on Sunday, 6 May, to 1100 on Saturday, 5 May. Let's hope that this new attempt at Saturday is better than yesterday's Saturday! Thanks for checking our progress on YiT! All is well on board.


Enjoy seeing your progress from here in Budapest! Your trip looks much better than our attempt in the same direction last year! Hope you continue to have a smooth voyage all the way. Glad your engine is working well and the winds improve! Dean and Gail
Fri May 4 6:45 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.2 kts
knts
Run: 109.5nm (198.2km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111.6nm
26 13.51S 158 42.55W
Weather: Wind NNW 12 kts; Seas slight - swell NW 1 m, wind waves NNW .5 m; cloud cover 25%; bar 1013.10 hP and raising, last 3 hr +01.0

Is this the same ocean we were sailing yesterday? This morning dawned bright and calm, after a day of wind, waves and rain. Yesterday it rained so hard it flattened the seas, and you could not see past the bow of the boat; we haven"t seen rain like that since we went through the ITCZ on our way to the Marquesas from Mexico! All is well on board.


Looking like good progress, know we miss you but glad Bright Angel is sailing home again. Enjoy all the good stuff, that moon, the stars, the color of the ocean day and night, and may the rest make for good stories with happy endings. Peace and good progress, Gloria & Brad

Hello Bob, Linda, and Tom! Glad to hear all is going well. Fair winds!

Hi Tom and friends, from The Eastside Gang! (Carrie, James, Glenn, Steve W & Steve McG) We are thinking of you all and hoisting a beer for you!
Thu May 3 7:12 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.7 kts
knts
Run: 133nm (240.7km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.5nm
26 54s 160 18.75w
Weather: Snotty! 23-26NNE, 2m NNW swell,nne1.5 wind waves, 95%cc, 1013. A good signal from the non pacific pacific.

All is well on board.


Wed May 2 7:38 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 86.1nm (155.8km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.6nm
27 07.20S 162 27.54W
Weather: NNE14, 1014 rising, seas better

Bob had a good radio signal again but GHRadio has a high pitched squeek this morning so he had competition. They have a sea water damaged computer so are using the all important spare and will be back doing their own reports tomorrow. At least the weather has moderated for them although they probably would prefer a different wind direction.


Tue May 1 7:47 2018 NZST
Speed:
3
knts
Run: 67.3nm (121.8km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86nm
27 19S 163 50.58W
Weather: NNE29-32, rough seas

Bob and crew are really not enjoying the frontal system and are looking forward to calmer seas. Keep the faith Linda!


Oh that sounds terrible! It will get better (I know, easy for me to say from dry land). Hang in there and be safe!
Mon Apr 30 13:00 2018 NZST
Speed:
3.9 kts
knts
Run: 119nm (215.4km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117nm
27 18.222S 164 56.337W
Weather: Winds NE 7-9 knots; seas - 1.5 m SE swell, wind waves nil; 90% cloud cover; bar 1013.58, falling - last 3 hrs -03.0.

'It was a dark and noisy night.' The TWS hovered around 2-3 knots, clouds covered the otherwise full moon, and the Yanmar sang it's noisy song. The good news is, after listening to the engine for almost 16 hours, late this morning the wind finally filled back in enough to sail. The bad news is, its from the wrong direction, and we're sailing off in the wrong direction. The good news is, we're not going the wrong way very fast, and hopefully things will change before we get to Easter Island! In the meantime, "All is well on board!"


Sun Apr 29 12:36 2018 NZST
Speed:
4.5 kts
knts
Run: 144nm (260.6km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.5nm
28 02.259S 166 41.886W
Weather: Winds ESE 8-11; seas - 1.5 m SE swell, wind waves 1 m ESE; 10% cu cloud cover; bar 1015.29, falling - last 3 hrs -02.0.

We are certainly on a slow boat to Tahiti - and it's going to get slower before it heats up! Winds are dying off, and forecast to go really light over the next day or so! "Ugh - not the motor, Please!" Today 's 24 hr run was 110 nm; we have covered 1120 nm since we left Whangarei 10 days ago (not all in a straight line, to be sure!). But all in all, it has been a fairly easy passage so far - bright blue skies and calm seas means lots of reading will get done today; my choice from the library today is Woody Guthrie's "House of Earth" - interestingly, albeit a passionate subject matter for him, the book, finished in 1947, was never published in his lifetime. Well, enough of the literature class for today, I'm headed back to the cockpit with my book! "All is well on board!"


Sat Apr 28 9:42 2018 NZST
Speed:
6 kts
knts
Run: 117.2nm (212.1km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.5nm
29 03.895S 168 45.717W
Weather: Winds SE 17-22; seas - 2.5 m SE swell, wind waves 1.5 m SE; 20% cloud cover; bar 1015.76, raising - last 3 hrs +01.0.

Beautiful night (nearly full moon, too!), nice morning, no squalls, winds are behaving, seas aren't too bad, pancakes and hot coffee for breakfast - what is there to complain about?! "All is well on board!"


This is Tom's friend Bob from Seattle. I enjoy reading you blog everyday, and learning how you are all doing. The vessel has encountered some weather and sounds like she is very solid. I am curious on your watch rotation (4 on and 8 off)? Are you trolling for fish and have you caught anything? I can only imagine how beautiful the sky is at night with all those stars visible. Wishing you smooth sailing and wind to fill your sails. All the best, Bob
Fri Apr 27 11:06 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.5 - 6 kts
knts
Run: 119.6nm (216.5km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.3nm
29 34.758S 170 36.906W
Weather: Winds SE 17-22; seas - 2 m SE swell, wind waves 1.5 m ESE; 30% cloud cover; bar 1016.55, falling - last 3 hrs -00.6.

Wow - what a boisterous night it was last night - no squalls, but fairly high winds (up to 26 knots) and rough seas; trying to sleep off-watch was like trying to get rest in a washing machine! Things have calmed down a bit now, mid morning, so the ride is a bit more comfortable and "All is (still) well on board!"


Thu Apr 26 12:33 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.3 kts
knts
Run: 118.6nm (214.7km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.3nm
30 23.058S 172 23.031W
Weather: Wnds SE 12-15; seas - 2 m SE swell, wind waves 1 m SE; 40% cloud cover; bar 1018.37, falling - last 3 hrs -01.0.

Can you hear it? - the sound of the wind and the waves as the boat sails along on fairly calm seas, under a bright sunny sky! We sure can, and what a welcome relief after 16 hours of listening to the drone of the motor from yesterday noon until just before sunup today. At times the TSW was less than 3 knots, and never much over 5 or 6; not enough to move this old boat without some fossil power. But the calm winds throughout the night were not enough to dissuade the squalls - of which there plenty (with their own winds, up to 27 knots!); had me humming that old song "Squally, Squally Night"! Today though we are focused on something much more momentous and important: Linda is baking a great big chocolate cake, Tom is digging deep into the freezer for our vat of ice cream, and I'm chilling down a magnum of champagne - all so we celebrate Linda's sister Carole's birthday in style! Okay, may not with such accoutrements, but we do want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAROLE LOGAN! Carole has done so much over the years to facilitate our being out here cruising, like watching over our mail and keeping us informed of any and everything important, taking care of our car, bikes, and various other belongings, and always providing us a place to stay on our comings and goings from Washington. Thank you Carole, and today especially we want you to know that you are a big part of why "All is well on board!"


It looks like you’re close to the international date line. Pretty soon it will be yesterday! Hope it’s a good one!

Great way to make a day memorable! We had a bottle of champagne up on our storage container to watch the sun set over the Ranch and was lasted the good ship Bright Angel and her worthy crew! Enjoy a perfect day.

And you're a week into your journey! Continued safe travels! Love to see your updates and hear how it's going. Hi to Tom and Linda!
Wed Apr 25 13:39 2018 NZST
Speed:
5 kts (motor sailing)
knts
Run: 104.6nm (189.3km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 99.6nm
30 53.707S 174 17.316W
Weather: Wnds ESE 5; seas - 2 m SE swell, wind waves slight; 80% cloud cover; bar 1017.64, falling - last 3 hrs -02.0.

Frustratingly light winds last night and today (and probably until much later tonight); in a ridge of high pressure covering a large area. Low we have been watching will pass to the east and south of us; that's the good news! Other than being tired of hearing the engine (and worrying about all those fossils we are burning),"All is well on board!"


Tue Apr 24 12:27 2018 NZST
Speed:
5 kts (motor sailing)
knts
Run: 93.2nm (168.7km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.4nm
32 03.221S 175 25.871W
Weather: Wnds SE 10-12; seas - 2 m SE swell, wind waves slight; 60% cloud cover; bar 1021.26, falling - last 3 hrs -01.6.

Sunny day again today, after morning clouds. Winds were mostly light throughout the night, right on the edge of "motor time," but we hung in with the sails until about 1000 hrs this morning, and then gave up when TWS went down to about 7-8 knots, which makes it hard for the Monitor to steer. Started the engine (noisy beast) for the first time since Bream Head (just leaving NZ); TWS is building back up again, so might be able to turn the engine off again soon! Total run yesterday was only 97 nm (due to light winds); 577 nm since we left NZ. Day six at sea and "All is well on board!"


Mon Apr 23 14:24 2018 NZST
Speed:
5 kts
knts
Run: 137.7nm (249.2km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136nm
32 50.495S 176 43.644W
Weather: Wnds SE 12-13; seas - 2 m SW swell, 1.5 m SE wind waves; 10% cloud cover; bar 1021.30, steady.

Beautiful sunny day today. Winds are going lighter and the seas are settling down, so its a comfortable ride. Total run yesterday was 120 nm; 480 nm since we left NZ. Oh Boy! Only 1800 or so to go! Day five at sea and "All is well on board!"


Beautiful sunny day here too. Although a day working in the backyard in Tacoma doesn't quite compare to where you are! Tell Tom that's what he's missing. ;). Glad to hear everything is going well.
Sun Apr 22 14:06 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.8 kts
knts
Run: 151.4nm (274km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 164.4nm
34 03.598S 178 37.039W
Weather: Wnds WSW 23-26; seas 2 m SW / WSW; 85% cloud cover; bar 101.65, steady.

Boat wash day today, compliments of Mother Nature! There was a ?squall in training? last night that barely knew how to rain or blow, but the instructor came by this afternoon with a real downpour and peak gusts of 37. Only about 2 miles wide, though - still nothing to write home about, but look what I'm doing! It was also shower day for the crew - Linda insisted! Day four at sea and "All is well on board!"


Outdoor showers? Brrr! It’s funny how simple things like taking a shower can define a day. Ste you guys able to read these posts while out there?
Sat Apr 21 16:00 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.0 kts
knts
Run: 125.6nm (227.3km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.7nm
35 23.802S 179 16.249E
Weather: Winds WSW 18-22, gusts to 24; seas 2 m WSW; 15% cloud cover; bar 1015.16, falling. Sun is out - beautiful day!

Winds have moderated a bit today, but seas (swell and wind waves) are up, making for a rolly ride on a deep reach. Second 24 hour run was 115 nm; total run at 1200 local was 237 nm. We have run with only a reefed main for the past 18 hours; ride is a bit more comfortable, and we are deliberately holding back on boat speed in anticipation of some heavy weather forecast for next week that we would rather have pass in front of us than run right into it. Visited by an albatross today; large, beautiful, grace birds, that will always remind of us of New Zealand! Day three at sea and "All is well on board!"


Glad to see you are off to a good start. We wish you fair winds and will be following your progress. Hugs to all on board. Mark and Anne
Fri Apr 20 16:45 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.2 kts
knts
Run: 120.5nm (218.1km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.4nm
36 15.765S 177 18.012E
Weather: Winds WSW 20-22, gusts to 29 (earlier); seas 2 m WSW; 75% cloud cover; bar 1018.10, falling.

Heavier winds than expected today; lots of reefing and jibing. First 24 hour run was 122 nm; first night at sea in over one year! All is well on board!


Thu Apr 19 18:54 2018 NZST
Speed:
6 kts
knts
Run: 40.5nm (73.3km)
35 57.618S 175 10.540E
Weather: Winds WSW 16 -18; seas 1 m WSW; 35% cloud cover; bar 1021.2, rising.

Better late than never! Left the dock today at 1035 hrs, after waiting out some less than pleasant weather, and rebuilding the fresh water pump that packed it in (essential piece of equipment, according to the Galley Chief!). Very nice conditions to set sail, but sad to be leaving New Zealand. Tom, our new crew, is learning the ropes and catching on fast - he says he will be ready for his first solo night watch tonight! Half a day down, and only twenty some to go (oh, its too early for that!). All is well on board! Cheers!


Mon Apr 16 8:24 2018 NZST
Run: 10195.1nm (18453.1km)
Avg: 47knts
24hr: 1128.1nm
35 50.219S 174 28.099E
Weather: Winds SW 5 -7; no seas in the marina; 55% cloud cover; bar 1012.36, steady (but all of that is going to change for the worse in a few hours!).

The project list to get the boat ready to go sea is now down to the last few reams of paper! The weather forecast for the next week is a mixed bag, and we have two fairly divergent forecast models to choose from - "pick the one you like best, and that is what it will turn out to be" - NOT! Oh well, nothing really foreboding in either forecast, and nothing more promising on the near term horizon (except the window closing on our VISAs!). So, clearance formalities are scheduled for 9:00 am tomorrow morning (Tuesday, 17 April), and by noon New Zealand should be in our rear view mirror! That will certainly be bitter sweet; we have spent a great deal of time in this beautiful country, and have made some great friends here - we will miss this place deeply! Next (scheduled) stop is Papeete, Tahiti - that should ease the sting of departure a bit! From there on to Hawaii, and then back to the Pacific Northwest - we hope to be home sometime in August. We welcome Tom Wendel aboard as crew for this voyage - something of a novelty for us shorthanded sailors, but his assistance should make those night watches and long days at sea for the next few weeks much more bearable! Cheers, New Zealand - thanks for the memories! We will be back; someday, somehow!


Loved seeing Bob & Linda in Olympia. Have a fabulous trip, Linda, Bob and Tom, too! It's great that you have Tom onboard. He'll be more than pleased to do all of the heavy lifting. No keel hauling if he doesn't work out.

How wonderful that you have so many fabulous memories to keep you comfort as you head home. Sad and very exciting! We are there in spirit! Fair winds!
Sat Apr 7 7:30 2018 NZST
Run: 10238nm (18530.8km)
Avg: 45057.2knts
24hr: 1081373.1nm
35 8377245S 174 4678548E

Position update for previous post (dumb guy with a smart phone, trying to navigate the app!)


Sat Apr 7 7:16 2018 NZST
Run: 102.7nm (185.9km)
37 1.36303S 175 34.89634E

At Marsden Cove, finishing up boat projects, provisioning, and keeping an eye on the weather, hoping for a good window to leave for Tahiti soon!


We hope you have a safe trip home. We look forward to seeing you upon your return. Do you know when you will be in Hawaii and for how long?
Fri Dec 2 20:09 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0 kts (tied to the dock)
knts
Run: 137.4nm (248.7km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111.4nm
35 50.219S 174 28.099E
Weather: Winds SW 5 -7; no seas in the marina; 75% cloud cover; bar 1012.43, rising.

The final few miles into Marsden this morning were nothing short of magical - beautiful blue skies, flat calm seas with a multitude of sea birds, including the regal Gannet, and the majesty of Bream Head - aside from the feeling of "coming home" (this is our fifth trip here), New Zealand always inspires a sense of grandeur and seems like a masterpiece in God's Gallery - so good to be back here! We were at the Q Dock shortly after 1300, all cleared in by 1330, and fueled up and in our slip by 1430. We have cruiser friends here who just completed the trip from New Cal, as well, whom we met at the Marina's Friday afternoon "sausage sizzle" (a grand Kiwi institution!), with drinks to follow at the Marina restaurant; a great way to wrap up a mostly docile passage - and the silence (once we turned the engine off, which had been running for almost six days straight!) was absolutely golden! After a dinner of grilled NZ eye fillet steaks, and a bottle of good French Medoc, it will be a blissful night of sleep, uninterrupted by watch standing. Life is extraordinarily good, and all is very well on board the good ship Bright Angel tonight!


Wow, great description. Beautiful writing! Glad you're "home."

Good one Bob and Linda and welcome back to NZ.  You can check where we are on YIT and who is nearby!! Brian and Hilary on Taranui.  
Thu Dec 1 14:33 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6.5 kts (motor sailing)
knts
Run: 155.5nm (281.5km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.2nm
34 00.000S 173 32.555E
Weather: Winds EnE, 5 -7; seas slight; 5% cloud cover; bar 1015.05, falling.

This horse smells the barn! We should be at the Q dock in Marsden by mid-afternoon tomorrow. (The champagne is chilling!) Still motor sailing for now - in light ENE winds, on a calm sea, under blue skies with plenty of sunshine; but make no mistake, we are no longer in the tropics - the uniform of the day is two layers of fleece! All is well on board.


Wed Nov 30 15:15 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6.2 kts (motor sailing)
knts
Run: 159.1nm (288km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 171.6nm
32 03.890S 172 10.410E
Weather: Winds ESE, 9 -11; seas 2m S; 5% cloud cover; bar 1015.05, falling.

Still motor sailing along (with wind vane steering) - in light ESE winds, on a relatively calm sea (swell is down considerably) under clear, sunny skies! The auto pilot even worked in the almost-no-wind conditions we experienced for several hours earlier today! Arrival at Marsden still anticipated for Friday late afternoon or early evening. All is well on board. NB: This post will show our correct longitude - 172E (I noticed the last post had us at 175E - we have done some detouring on this passage with fickle winds, but not that far east!)


Gulf Harbour Radio took off 5 degrees and course looks much improved! You have quite a few guardian angels checking your meanderings!  

Hi Bob & Linda Yes your track shows a mighty zig-zag on the GE chart but it's good to hear that the windvane is managing to point you in the right direction whilst you are motor-sailing. Not long now, you'll be relaxing in Marsden Cove very soon! Hope the weather continues to be kind and even delivers a sailing breeze for the last couple of days. We're sailing down the Oz coast, just crossing into NSW on an overnighter to the Clarence River; perfect conditions so far! Best wishes, G&D
Tue Nov 29 17:00 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6.2 kts (motor sailing)
knts
Run: 122.6nm (221.9km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 118.6nm
30 13.512S 170 33.339E
Weather: Winds E - SE, 4 -11; seas 3m S, and 1.5m SE; 75% cloud cover; bar 1015.87, rising.

Still motor sailing - and may be all the way to Whangarei if the winds don't start cooperating! (Fortunately, we should have enough fuel ti do so.) Last night was squally, and today has been a mix of sun, clouds, some wind and no wind (variable and erratic at times); at least it appears we are out of the adverse current (for now!). Arrival at Marsden now anticipated for Friday pm. All is well on board.


When you get here the marinas and bridge are now on VHF ch 18. Safe landfall.
Mon Nov 28 16:12 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6 kts (motor sailing)
knts
Run: 108.2nm (195.8km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102nm
28 40.615S 169 33.769E
Weather: Winds SSW 9-10; seas 3m SW; 15% cloud cover; bar 1015.03, falling.

Started motor sailing last evening when wind dropped to single digits; heading basically toward NZ for a change! Arrival now anticipated Friday am, instead of Wednesday pm. Nice sunny day; seas are relatively calm, but there is large swell with long period. Spent the morning trying to resurrect the generator, but to no avail. Otherwise, all is well on board.


Sun Nov 27 14:45 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.5 kts
knts
Run: 74.9nm (135.6km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91.7nm
27 13.560S 168 53.800E
Weather: Winds SE 12-15; seas 2m SE; 45% cloud cover; bar 1014.94, steady.

After passage of the front last night, wind filled in from the SE so we were able to tack back toward SW (were sailing E); now it looks like we we are en route to Norfolk Island (but wait, I thought we were going to New Zealand!?). Seas were very lumpy and uncomfortable last night, but have settled down some today; still hard to keep boat speed up with the chop! Looking forward to being able to actually point the boat in the general direction of New Zealand - maybe when the High moves in over the next day or so. All is pretty well on board.


Norfolk Island? I can recommend a lovely anchorage from my visit last year! Hope you had a good season? Currently in Budapest seeing Gail. She and I had a great drive around the western states this September. Back to SF in a couple of weeks. We will be around Whangarei late January! Dean
Sat Nov 26 19:09 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.1 kts
knts
Run: 170.3nm (308.2km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.9nm
26 16.400S 169 28.505E
Weather: Winds SW 16-18; seas 2m SW; 95% cloud cover; bar 1011.78, rising.

Yesterday was such a nice day; blue skies, great sailing - but today, we are have had nothing but gray skies, periods of no wind, and now we are passing through a cold front with rain, with wind from the SW (wrong direction!), and on top of all that - the generator and auto pilot both died! "Boat For Sale - As Is, Where Is." But, other than that, all is well on board!


Fri Nov 25 14:21 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.9 kts (motor sailing)
knts
Run: 175.2nm (317.1km)
24 38.713S 167 25.566E
Weather: Winds E, ENE 5-6; seas 1m ENE; 25% cloud cover; bar 1011.04, steady.

Left Noumea, New Caledonia bound for Marsden Cove, New Zealand yesterday at 0830 local time. Good sailing yesterday and throughout the night; first 24hr trip total 146nm. Some rain and lightning last night, but no heavy winds, followed by a distinct wind shift to the NE (passed through frontal band). Had been tracking S & W of the rhumb line, but started coming back with the NE winds. Wind went light about 3 hours ago, so started the engine when we could not maintain 4 kts boat speed. Only problem so far is with house battery bank; will not hold a charge under load (knew this was an issue before we left New Cal, but could not source replacement batteries there); lots of creative energy management and battery charging regimens in place for this trip, and new batteries in NZ! Other than that, all is well on board!


SHOCKING BOB!!
Sat Nov 12 20:18 2016 NZDT
Run: 108nm (195.5km)
22 16.617s 166 26.396e

At P Moselle getting ready for the passage to Marsden Cove, Whangarei next week.


Tue Oct 18 9:26 2016 NZDT
Run: 85.5nm (154.8km)
20 42.849s 166 26.180e

looking at sailing to grande Terre tomorrow


Ahoy! That sounds like a grand idea! The fall weather has arrived here in the Pacific NW! Had to cancel the Eagle Island race due to predicted high winds! (gust into the 60's) Bon voyage! Dave
Tue Sep 6 7:09 2016 NZST
Speed:
3.2 kts
knts
Run: 89.7nm (162.4km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 89.9nm
21 04.891S 167 42.002E
Weather: Wind SE 10-12 knts, gustsd to 15; seas SE 1m; 45% cloud cover - a few "squalletes" overnight; bar 1018.40, raising.

En route to Noumea, executing "plan B". When it became apparent yesterday afternoon that we were not going to make this morning's flood tide at Havannah Pass because of having had to ease off and slow down in order for the off watch to sleep the night before, and because the winds were not "as advertised" (SE instead of E-ESE), we motored east to get a decent sailing angle then deeply reefed the sails and set out on the last 130 nm to the pass at 3.2 knots, so as to make the Wednesday morning flood. We will then continue straight thru to Noumea. All is well on board!


Is that pass kinda like Deception Pass or the other rapids above Desolation Sound?
Mon Sep 5 7:12 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.2
knts
Run: 144.5nm (261.5km)
19 47.891S 167 54.691E
Weather: Wind ESE 10-12 knts; seas ESE .5-1m; 45% cloud cover (100% up ahead); bar 1018.47, raising.

We left Vila 0730 yesterday bound for Noumea. As we left Mele Bay, winds were E-ESE 20-25, seas 2-3m. Very rough ride to start, but comfortable now; winds and seas eased overnight. All is well on board!


Great to hear you are still enjoying your sail! Looking forward to your return so we can race together. I still owe Linda something for picking you up at 0300 after that long race and delivery home! Dave
Wed Aug 31 7:45 2016 NZST
Run: 164nm (296.8km)
17 44.548s 168 18.933e
Weather: Light SE winds in the harbour; mostly sunny skies (light showers overnight); bar 1019.13, rising.

On a mooring in Port Vila. Finishing up a few boat maintenance projects, reprovisioning (need more Tusker!), and getting a long overdue haircut today, while awaiting a weather window to head south to New Caledonia - maybe sometime this coming weekend (?).


Sun Aug 14 13:57 2016 NZST
Speed:
0 (at anchor)
knts
Run: 127.7nm (231.1km)
15 22.602S 168 07.981E
Weather: Winds 4-5 knts in anchorage; 95% cloud cover, occasional showers; bar 1013.85, falling.

We left Luganville (Aore Isdland Resort) on Tuesday, 9 August, and sailed to Vanihe Bay on NE Ambae Island. The next day we went around the corner and crossed the bar at high tide to enter Lolowai Bay. We left Lolowai on Thursday, 11 August, and had a rollicking sail across to Maewo Isdland, where we are now, anchored in Asanvari Bay, just off the waterfall; lovely spot. Tomorrow, Monday, 15 August, we will start working our way south along Pentecost Island with the plan to be at north Ambrym Island by the weekend to get settled in before the start of the Back to My Roots festival on Monday, 22 August. After the festival, we will start working our way back to Port Vila so we can clear out of Vanuatu and head to New Caledonia by mid-September. All is well on board!


Hey Guys, Looking forward to hearing how the Back to the Roots festival goes. We missed it when we were in Vanautu. We are leaving the Ha'apai's today for Vav'au to pick up guests. They will be here for two weeks. We will come back to this area after they leave for the rest of the season. When are you heading off for New Caledonia? Cheers, Anne & Mark
Mon Jul 18 19:54 2016 NZST
Run: 28.1nm (50.9km)
17 33.116s 168 16.844e

Correction on current location: Lat is 17 33 (not 13). Might be time to get my vision checked again!


Hey! It's now August! Where are you now? California is warm and great! Sierra's last week, and Gail is arriving next week for a visit and drive around the western states in September. See you back in NZ in January if you return! Dean
Mon Jul 18 19:54 2016 NZST
Run: 23nm (41.6km)
17 13.115s 168 16.838e
Weather: Winds calm; skies mostly clear (15 percent cloud cover); bar 1018.15, rising

Broke free of Port Vila on Saturday morning, 16 July (we were there 10 days), and motored to Mele (Hideaway Island) - enroute testing the autopilot we "recommissioned" in Vila to exorcise some sort of gremlin that possessed it on the passage from Tanna; all worked well (fingers crossed it will continue to do so!) - where we spent two nights and one windy, drippy afternoon exploring the local beaches and trying out the Beach Bar; good food, cold beer, and very good live music! Today we enjoyed an exhilarating sail under mostly sunny skies to Havannah Harbour. After passing up anchorages at Ai Creek and Matapu (neither of which looked at all appealing) we ended up near the head of the harbour at Esema Bay, where all of the other cruisers in the harbour (five other boats) are anchored. Very peaceful and quiet here; no "resort blight" - just lots of locals in seriously overloaded boats who love to wave and say "Hallo" as they go by! We'll probably relax here for a couple of days before heading further north. Tonight, though, we'll be doing our "homework" for tomorrow's grib lesson on GHR!


Ahoy Linda and Bob!! We just returned from a short cruse in the San Juans visiting friends and getting to know our Brooks and Gate house 4G radar system . . . so much to learn! Glad you are going to have your vision checked! Dave
Wed Jul 6 7:33 2016 NZST
Speed:
330T
knts
Run: 183.3nm (331.8km)
17 57.22S 168 20.9E
Weather: 14-15 ese, 1.5SE, 1014, 30%cc

near the end of their passage from Tanna to P Vila


Glad to see you on the move again! I was staying up all night(s) waiting for a new message from you! Dave
Thu Jun 23 15:05 2016 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
20 14.200S 169 46.558E
Weather: Winds calm; seas calm; 85% cloud cover - it was mostly clear earlier, and it will be again; bar 1013.56, steady.

We're here - Anelgaohat Bay, Aneityum Island, Vanuatu! Anchor down yesterday at 0900 local time (1000 NZST). The bubbly was great (but it was too early for Scotch!). Seven other boats here; one more came in this morning. Clearing in yesterday was a piece of cake; despite the "official" admonition 'drop anchor and stay on board until cleared-in' (which came with our written permission from Vanuatu Customs to land here - not an official port of entry), we were told (via another cruiser) to go ashore at 1400 to clear in; Customs and Immigration officials, just up from their afternoon nap, gladly took our $Vatu, stamped our passports, gave us our cruising permit, and said "Welcome to Vanuatu" - no official ever came aboard, or even asked us what we had on board (dang! Think of all the extra IPA and Marlborough white we could have stashed!). After a bar-b-q'ed eye fillet steak and a bottle of good French red, we turned in for a 14 hour nap in blissfully calm, quiet and warm conditions! All is very well on board the good ship Bright Angel today. Now, off to do some exploring!


It all sounds so dreamy. We are at Riverside. Scott (electrician) sorted out our battery charging issue. He felt really bad that this problem didn't occur to him when he was installing the new system. All good now. Just waiting for a good weather window. Enjoy safe travels. Thinking of you. Margie & Larry
Wed Jun 22 4:16 2016 NZST
Speed:
2.9 kts
knts
Run: 110.7nm (200.4km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.8nm
20 25.233S 169 47.0380E
Weather: Winds ene 18-22, gusts to 25; seas ene 1.5m; 15% cloud cover; bar 1013.90, steady.

Land Ho! And by moonlight, no less - how cool is that!? We are less than 15 miles from the anchorage, with an ETA of 0815 local (0915 NZST); we are crawling along now under seriously shortened sails, so as not to arrive in the dark. It has been an interesting day weather and wind-wise, but who cares about all that now!? Bubbly is in the frig, and when that's gone, Skipper gets his Scotch! Even as easy as it is with modern electronic navigation, it is always a thrill to set out over 1000 miles of open ocean, dealing with whatever Mother Nature throws at you, and end up at the precise spot on the globe that you intended! It really makes you appreciate the challenges faced by earlier generations of mariners who did it all with a sextant, a stubby pencil and a paper chart; especially those who were making up the charts as they went along - thank you James! And thank you GHR for all of your assistance with the weather, both for passage planning and en route. All is indeed very well on board! Steak on the barbie tonight!


What a great feeling it must be to reach such an awesome destination (any destination) after days and days at sea. Have a great cruise in Vanuatu and New Caledonia this summer.
Tue Jun 21 7:09 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.2 kts
knts
Run: 155.9nm (282.2km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.1nm
21 58.247S 170 13.129E
Weather: Winds ene 18-20; seas ene 1.5m, lumpy; 25% cloud cover; bar 1025.20, steady.

Winds have gone to the north of east, giving us poor sailing angle. Fortunately, seas are calming down somewhat, so beating may at least be tolerable. Just over 100 miles to go; will have to slow down or heave to, to avoid a nighttime arrival tomorrow. Other than being tired (tough to sleep well in these conditions), all is well on board.


Mon Jun 20 7:02 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.7 kts
knts
Run: 141.2nm (255.6km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.9nm
24 06.227S 171 01.012E
Weather: Winds 16-18; seas lumpy with se swell 1.5-2m; 100% cloud cover; bar 1019.35, steady.

Challenging conditions yesterday afternoon and last night; winds increased to 28-32, with gusts to 35 (despite gribs calling for 18-19 kts, and GHR advising "fresh breeze" of 17-21 kts!) which persisted until early this morning (2 am) when we entered a band of squalls with their own brand of fun! Its been like riding a freight train through a field of boulders! Looks now (6:30 am) like the squalls might be past, and the wind and seas have settled down a bit. That, plus the noticeable increase in atmospheric thermal agitation means life is good! We are about 240 miles out, so we should make landfall at Aneityum early Wednesday morning. All is well.


Sun Jun 19 8:52 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.2 kts
knts
Run: 167.9nm (303.9km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.2nm
26 07.000S 171 24.307E
Weather: Winds SE 20-22; Seas SE 2.5-3m; 35% cloud cover; bar 1022.84, steady.

Nice day, but a bit blustery yesterday. Winds "freshened" throughout the day, and by evening were 24-26, with occasional gusts to 28-29 and showers. Seas built up, too, and below decks trying to sleep in the sea berth was like trying to sleep in a washing machine! Things have settled down a bit this morning; much more comfortable ride. A little over two days to go! All is well on board.


Sat Jun 18 6:54 2016 NZST
Speed:
4.9-5.1 kts
knts
Run: 99.2nm (179.6km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.3nm
28 30.155S 171 55.161E
Weather: Winds SSE 12-14; seas 1m S-SSE; 5% cloud cover - cumulus bank on NE horizon ; bar 1022.95, rising.

Beautiful sunny day yesterday; the multitudinous layers of fleece are starting to come off! We had a pod of small whales (largest was about thirty feet long) keep us close company (too close, really - as little as twenty feet from the boat at times!) last evening just about dusk; they stayed with us for just under an hour. The seas have calmed down, but never being quite satisfied we are now hoping for a bit more wind out of the SE! All is well with all on board.


Save your Fleece! You will need it when you return up here! Dave
Fri Jun 17 12:29 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.2 knots
knts
Run: 182.9nm (331km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.2nm
29 55.865S 172 04.507E
Weather: Winds sse 17-18; sea 1.5m-2m sse; 45% cloud cover, but no squalls yet today; bar 1021.93, falling.

Squally day yesterday, and through the night, with lightning for added fun! Max winds in squalls 30 kts. Sailing wind has finally shown up. Still cannot hear GHR well enough to make out anything they are saying; maybe tomorrow. All is well on board.


Thu Jun 16 7:04 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.5-5.8 knots (motor sailing)
knts
Run: 225.7nm (408.5km)
Avg: 9.3knts
24hr: 224nm
32 25.199S 173 07.683E
Weather: Wind SSW 9-11; Swell 1m SSE; 10% cloud cover; baro 1022.40 rising.

Warming up a bit - at least the Boss isn't being quite so vocal about the cold! Hoping the wind will build enough to turn off the engine today! All is well on board.


Wed Jun 15 6:53 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.3-5.5 kts (motor sailing)
knts
Run: 26.1nm (47.2km)
35 34.702S 174 07.808E
Weather: Winds SW 7-8 kts; 10% cloud cover - mostly clear & starry night; seas slight; bar 1027.07, steady.

Dodging cargo ships and searching for he breeze. The Boss is complaining about the cold, but other than that, "All is well on board."


Mon Jun 13 22:52 2016 NZST
35 50.223s 174 28.106e

Last night in Marsden; clearing with Customs tomorrow a.m. and departing for Vanuatu. All is ready and all is well.


Wish you a great trip and hope to see you in Vanuatu. Sandy and I arrive in NZ Friday and will get ready to leave once bottom is painted and weather is ok.

Bon Voyage! Will have the Snow Cap ready for you upon your return! Dave

Excellent! Good voyaging from Dean. (Currently in Budapest!)
Fri Jun 10 12:26 2016 NZST
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
35 50.226s 174 28.104e

Still in Marsden Cove, awaiting a weather window to sail to Vanuatu; possibly departing on Tuesday, 14 June. The cabin heater is keeping the crew comfy and happy. All is well on board!


Thu Jun 2 22:05 2016 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 36.8nm (66.6km)
35 47.413S 174 25.009E
Weather: Winds calm; 5% cloud cover - mostly clear & starry night; bar 1025.20, steady.

Moved "down river" from Whangarei to Marsden Cove Marina on the late afternoon tide today, where we will finish up some "non-essential" boat projects and wait for a decent weather window to sail to Vanuatu; could be a bit of a wait - but that's okay, we have lots of good books on board! All is well.


Sun Nov 29 18:32 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0 knots
knts
Run: 43.6nm (78.9km)
35 18.954S 174 07.276E
Weather: Winds - who cares?; seas - none; 100% cloud cover (but the sun is trying to break through);bar - the only question is, when does it open?

At the Q-Dock yesterday (28 Nov) at 1400 - a record passage time for us - 7 days, 5 hours. Sailed from Navula Pass, Viti Levu, Fiji on one tack for 830 nm before starting the engine and motoring the rest of the way with northerly (tail) winds, just to beat a front closing in on Opua. Total engine run time for passage was 34.3 hours, including 3 hours from Port Denarau to Navula Pass, and 2 hours from entrance to Bay of Islands to Opua Marina. Customs & Biosecurity cleared us into New Zealand within 30 minutes of our arrival at the Q-Dock! We then proceeded to our slip, F21, where we were met by our friends Rich & Cyndi (Legacy) and George & Ellen (Wind Dancer). We had an impromptu party in the cockpit before George & Ellen drove back home to Whangarei, and Rich & Cyndi drove us into Pahia where we had a wonderful pizza dinner, washed with great craft beer! Then the best desert of all - 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep in a quiet, motionless boat! All is extremely well on board.


Sat Nov 28 7:49 2015 NZDT
Speed:
6 knots
knts
Run: 186.2nm (337km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185nm
34 41.2S 174 09.84E
Weather: Winds NN 14-17; seas NE 1m; 85% cloud cover;bar 1017.33, steady.

On track for a record (for us) passage time - 7 days and (roughly) 6 hours; only 28 nm to go to Bay of Islands, and then another 10 nm to the Q-Dock. Motor sailing (and bucking an adverse current at the moment) to beat a weather system moving in. We hope to be in Opua by 3 pm NZDT. On our approach, dodging cargo ship traffic has been a full time endeavor! All is well on board.


By the time you get this, you are at the dock! I will send my private jet (with Snowcap) for you in order to arrive in time for the Winter Vashon Race!! Well done, Linda and Bob! Dave

Haven't seen the jet yet, Dave, but my foulies are packed and I'm thirsty!
Fri Nov 27 7:40 2015 NZDT
Speed:
6.5 - 7 knots
knts
Run: 176nm (318.6km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 176.4nm
31 59.60S 174 15.94E
Weather: Winds N, NNE 10-12; seas NE 1i.5 m (short period), SW 2 m (long period); 30% cloud cover;bar 1019.28, steady.

Finally gave in and started the engine at 0540 this morning, and the wind dropped to under 10 knots from directly behind; last had the engine on as we cleared Navula Pass, 830 nm back. It was a good run, but we are the proverbial "horse to the barn" at this point - only 190 nm to go to Bay of Islands. We hope to be in Opua by dinner time tomorrow! All is well on board.


Ahoy Opua! I hope they have turkey there! Welcome home! Dave
Thu Nov 26 7:43 2015 NZDT
Speed:
6.5 - 7 knots
knts
Run: 179nm (324km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 176.9nm
29 27.56S 173 58.71E
Weather: Winds E 14-17; seas ENE 1.5 m (short period), SW 2 m (long period); 20% cloud cover;bar 1021.7, rising.

Happy Thanksgiving, from West of the Dateline! Although there will be no roast turkey with stuffing or baked ham dinner with all the trimmings for he crew of Bright Angel today (but that is not to say we don't eat well on board!), we will spend the day reflecting on our many blessings; we hope you do, too. We continue to enjoy excellent sailing conditions, with blue skies, plenty of wind (so far, anyway) and no squalls. We did experience a short-lived lull in the wind yesterday (9-11 knots) and a pesky west setting current that has fortunately taken its leave. Bright Angel is moving along smartly, with all her sails a flyin' - only 341 nm to go to Bay of Islands! All is well on board.


Almost there!!! Well done! Another year on the books . . . and now for the grandchildren! Dave
Wed Nov 25 7:26 2015 NZDT
Speed:
6.5 - 7 knots
knts
Run: 170.6nm (308.8km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.8nm
26 52.2S 173 59.9E
Weather: Winds E 14-17; seas ENE 2.5-3 m; 20% cloud cover;bar 1019.4, rising.

Wind has started backing to the east. Good day of sailing yesterday; slight adverse current early in the day has been replaced with south setting current again. All is well on board.


Tue Nov 24 7:28 2015 NZDT
Speed:
6.5 - 7 knots
knts
Run: 188.8nm (341.7km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.1nm
24 27.60S 174 35.5E
Weather: Winds ESE 15-17; seas ESE 1.5m; 80% cloud cover;bar 1017.2, rising.

Conditions have moderated considerably. Great sailing yesterday and last night; with the aid of a south setting current, had a 156 nm run from noon Sun to noon Mon. All is well on board.


Ahoy! You are going to miss Winter Vashon this year!!! The Snowcap is still on ice for you!
Mon Nov 23 7:15 2015 NZDT
Speed:
7 knots
knts
Run: 179.1nm (324.2km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 193.2nm
21 57.7S 175 47.6E
Weather: Winds ESE 21-23; mixed swell - ESE 1.5m, ENE 2 m; 10% cloud cover (small cumulus in "streets");bar 1014.6, rising.

Good day of sailing yesterday and last night - full moon, mostly clear skies, and shooting stars! Seas turned lumpy again before dawn - could be another "just put up with it" day. All is well on board.


Sun Nov 22 9:00 2015 NZDT
Speed:
6.5-6.7 knots
knts
Run: 126.9nm (229.7km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.1nm
19 34.8s 176 53.1e
Weather: Winds ESE 19-22; seas SE 2-2.5 m; 80% cloud cover (some rain over night);bar 1013.5, rising.

Departed Port Denarau for Opua, New Zealand yesterday morning at 0905; out Navula Pass at 1200. First 18 hours we got thrashed; winds ESE at 28-33, gusting to 36+, with seas very rough at 3-3.5 m. Reefed way down for a more comfortable ride (if you could call it that!), but still had to sail on a close reach to avoid getting pooped by beam seas. By sunrise today, things had settled down considerably; winds are now 19-22, with moderate seas. Shook out some of the reef in the headsail, so now making much better time and sailing on a more comfortable beam reach. All is well on board.


Sat Nov 21 7:38 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0 knots
knts
Run: 8.6nm (15.6km)
17 48.357s 177 22.921e
Weather: Light morning land breeze;10% cloud cover;bar 1010.3, rising.

Departing Port Denarau for Opua, New Zealand this morning.


Mon Jun 22 7:34 2015 NZST
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
17 40.8558s 177 23.1824e
Weather: rain, 100%cc, 1012, 4-5e

enjoying a wind gusting to 6kts!


Yea! You are there! You can really see the harbor from ground level when you click on that little 'yellow man' in the corner of the screen!
Sun Jun 21 20:17 2015 NZST
Speed:
0 knots
knts
Run: 167.1nm (302.5km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 108nm
17 41.18s 177 22.85e
Weather: Wind ese 7, gusting 9 (that's wind?); swell zip; 40% cloud cover;bar 1011.8, rising.

All is well that ends well! And here we are on the quarantine buoy at Vuda Marina, Fiji, awaiting our check-in first thing in the morning. The bottle of champagne gone now and the boat still at last, after a trying 8 days 21 hours at sea since leaving Marsden Cove (our fastest passage yet to the islands!), in some of the most trying conditions we have yet encountered; we would almost rather have a full fledged storm where we could heave-to and ride it out in a day or so, than the continuous 4 or 5 days of force 7 nonsense (near gale, 28-33 knot winds with heaped up seas and breaking waves) that we encountered this trip. But every day is a school day, and we have certainly learned a few things from this experience, and as the last drop of bubbly disappeared we were talking of the good times to come here in Fiji, and not of the past few days getting here. So, indeed, all is well on board the good ship Bright Angel tonight - until someone tries to wake me for my watch!


Ahoy Bright Angel! Have wondered what you two were up to lately. We lost track of you for awhile. Glad to see you are still 'out there'. Think of you often as we sail the Salish Sea and outside of Vancouver Island. You two helped make our six weeks off the coast of Mexico on "captain Bligh's boat" more enjoyable. You inspired us and we currently sail north a couple of months each summer. If you have a regular blog and can share the link with us via email that would be great. Pam and Carl s/v ExTerra IF38C moored at our home in Portland.
Sat Jun 20 7:09 2015 NZST
Speed:
4.5 knots
knts
Run: 122.5nm (221.7km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.9nm
20 06.18s 177 17.53e
Weather: Wind e 22-24, gusts 27-29; swell e 2m; 100% cloud cover;bar 1017.7, rising.

With wind moaning in the rigging, dawn breaks in the anti-cyclonic gloom of damp, dreary overcast after another night of thrashing in force 7 winds and lumpy, bumpy seas. Sort of brings to mind the old expression: "Floggings will continue until morale improves." For us that will come in about 24 hours time, when we make landfall and negotiate Navula Pass to the inside of the reef. We have slowed down now, with reduced winds and reduced sails, to ensure we arrive in daylight. For now, all is well on board.


Tiger Woods did not make the cut! 40,000 spectators a day! 250 school buses haul them around.
Fri Jun 19 7:02 2015 NZST
Speed:
5.5 knots
knts
Run: 144.7nm (261.9km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.4nm
21 52.18s 177 08.91e
Weather: Wind ese 24-26, gusts 29-33; swell se 2m; 97.3% cloud cover;bar 1019.7, falling.

A somewhat less miserable night; winds moderated a bit, seas are still rough but less so than lately. The end is in sight; well, at 230 nm to go, not really, but psychologically, anyway! So, all is well on board.


Thu Jun 18 6:59 2015 NZST
Speed:
5.5 knots
knts
Run: 173.6nm (314.2km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.2nm
23 57.67s 177 02.15e
Weather: Wind ese 27-30; swell se 2.5m; 35% cloud cover;bar 1022.7, rising.

Another miserable night; high winds, rough seas; but thankfully, no squalls. A little tired (and a lot tired of these conditions!) but all is well on board.


Sorry you're having such a rough passage. May I make a suggestion? Heave to, curl up in bed and watch All Is Lost. Not only is it fine entertainment but a worthwhile instructional film as well. Just remember, when things get really bad, hang your jaw open and stare at the cieling! ;-)

Linda and Bob! You will be missing the Wednesday night burger night after the race!
Wed Jun 17 6:47 2015 NZST
Speed:
6.5 knots
knts
Run: 154.9nm (280.4km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.1nm
26 25.57s 176 30.30e
Weather: Wind ese 27-30; swell s 2.5m; 35% cloud cover;bar 1022.3, steady.

Miserable night; high winds, rough seas, and about six hours of squalls - 1400 to 2000 (highest winds in squalls 40 knots). Fun meter for this passage is now pegged at zero; and on top of that, our Beam-Us-There-Atron seems to be broken. Notwithstanding all that, and several "BFS" moments, all is well on board.


Ahoy! Good thing you had practice being miserable delivering Koosah to Victoria for Swiftsure!!
Tue Jun 16 6:49 2015 NZST
Speed:
5.5 knots
knts
Run: 146.6nm (265.3km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159.2nm
28 38.49s 176 07.65e
Weather: Wind sw 15; swell sw 1m; 65% cloud cover - with dark wall ahead;Bar 1020.7, rising.

Fairly comfortable night; motored thru light winds and some squalls (highest winds in squalls 28 knots). Will set sails at first light, as winds have filled back in. All is well on board.


We are organizing band, party, and guest speakers for your arrival. US Navy here (USNHS Mercy) with several thousand sailors anticipating your arrival. We'll leave for Vanua Balevu the 20th or 21st so hurry or we'll miss the entire arrival madness and won't be able to catch your lines. All our love. Robbie and Bev

Linda and Bob! You are missing the US Open just in front of our house! (Chambers Bay) What did you put on your new decks?
Mon Jun 15 8:43 2015 NZST
Speed:
5 knots
knts
Run: 99.4nm (179.9km)
30 44.486s 175 47.030e
Weather: Wind wsw 8-12; seas calm; swell sw 1m; 100% cloud cover;Bar 1022.88, rising.

Comfortable night; all is well on board.


Souds like fun so far! Donahee said to say hello!
Mon Jun 15 8:43 2015 NZST
Speed:
6 kts
knts
Run: 99.4nm (179.9km)
Avg: 85.5knts
24hr: 2052.1nm
32 06.554s 175 15.916e
Weather: 100% cloud cover; Bar 1022.15, steady. Swell 2m sw.

Two days out of Marsden Cove, NZ, enroute to Fiji, and 250 nm down the track. We had the expected strong winds at the start (westerlies in the 25-30 knot range, some stronger gusts). We hugged the coast going north until we were just north of the Bay of Islands, then headed offshore looking to put the wind more on the beam. Winds were sw by mid day on Saturday, and have been off the port quarter ever since. Fairly comfortable ride now as the winds are down to the high teens and low 20s and the seas have calmed down - except for the occasional rolling wave that sets the boat to rocking and dumps the wind from the sails! Haven't seen much of the sun yet, and its still fairly cold; but that will change soon, we hope!


Mon Jun 15 7:33 2015 NZST
Speed:
4-6
knts
Run: 289.9nm (524.7km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 145nm
30 44.48S 175 47.03E
Weather: WSW 8-12, calm seas 1m sw, 100%cc, 1022.8

all well and all sorted after the turbulent start


Sat Jun 13 7:35 2015 NZST
Speed:
4.5
knts
Run: 77.3nm (139.9km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 97.7nm
34 44S 174 15E
Weather: 20-22SW, 1020

via relay as still too close for 8MHz


Fri Jun 12 12:36 2015 NZST
35 50.273s 174 28.076e
Weather: 80% cloud cover; Bar 1020.15, dropping rapidly.

Cleared out of New Zealand, will leave Marsden Cove for Fiji within the hour. Expecting strong (20-25 kt) westerlys outside, but will hug the coast going north until winds go sw, then will head offshore.


Sun May 31 20:41 2015 NZST
Speed:
0 knots
knts
Run: 72nm (130.3km)
35 50.273s 174 28.076e
Weather: 50% cloud cover; but the nearly full moon and plenty of stars are out! Winds - tied to the dock, so who cares? Swell - none in the marina. Bar 1018.37, steady.

In Marsden Cove after a fairly rambunctious sail up from Gulf Harbour yesterday, 30 May. For our escape from the clutches of Gulf Harbour, where we had been holed up for almost four months getting a projected two month teak deck replacement job finished, Met Service forecast 15 knots NE, with slight seas and 1 m swell developing; what we got was more like 20-22 knots, with some fairly boisterous wind waves, and by the time we were abeam Sail Rock the seas were a solid 1.5-2 m, with a fairly short 6 - 8 sec period! Great re-introduction to life at sea, however, which, after we finish up provisioning and a completing a few boat projects, will come in handy when the next weather window for passage to Fiji presents itself. Right now, the prospects for that window look somewhat remote - maybe 10 days or thereabouts.


We miss you. We're at Fawn Harbour and will tour Viani Bay, Rabi, etc., then back to Savusavu on June 14-15 to re-provision before heading off to the Lau. Sounds like we could see each other in Savusavu? Sailed past The Rose yesterday going in the opposite direction. They, too, will be in Savusavu June 15. Big party for your arrival? TRobbie & Bev
Mon Jan 12 11:08 2015 NZDT
Run: 113nm (204.5km)
36 46.796s 175 01.131e
Weather: SW 15; partly cloudy; bar 1016.10 steady

Anchored in Oneroa Bay, Waiheki Island. Enjoying our cruise of Great Barrier Island and Hauraki Gulf.


Sun Nov 23 11:12 2014 NZDT
Speed:
0 knots
knts
Run: 81.9nm (148.2km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 69nm
35 18.81s 174 07.36e
Weather: 70% cloud cover; but the sun is coming out! Winds - tied to the dock, who cares? Swell - none. Bar 1020.31 falling.

At the Q Dock, Opua! Quickest passage yet - 8 days, 22.5 hours - Denerau Marina, Fiji to Opua Marina, NZ. Awesome sail yesterday, and thru the night - nw winds, 17-19 knots during the day, and 22-27 at night, until it died out to 10 knots approaching the Bay of Islands. Time for a nice long, hot shower, and (several) cold beers! All is well on board.


Sat Nov 22 6:44 2014 NZDT
Speed:
4.9 knots
knts
Run: 231.6nm (419.2km)
Avg: 9.8knts
24hr: 235nm
34 8.10s 174 16.35e
Weather: 60% cloud cover. Winds w 10-12 knots. Swell sw 1m. Bar 1022.58 rising.

Motored thru the night with very light (1-3 knot) s-sse winds. We are approaching the sw quadrant of the high pressure system; winds have picked up to 10-12 knots from the west - sailing again! We are just under 160 nm from "the barn," and anticipate tying up to the Q Dock in Opua on Sunday afternoon. All is well on board.


Fri Nov 21 7:05 2014 NZDT
Speed:
5.4 knots (motoring)
knts
Run: 109.3nm (197.8km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 110.8nm
30 47.10s 174 21.36e
Weather: 100% cloud cover. Winds sse-se 6-7 knots. Swell s 2m. Bar 1023.70 rising.

Sailed thru the night with sse then se winds. Winds died off around 4 a.m.; motoring again. At sun up were visited by an albatross; beautiful! All is well on board.


Thu Nov 20 7:24 2014 NZDT
Speed:
5.4 knots
knts
Run: 124nm (224.4km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.8nm
29 17.12s 174 56.30e
Weather: 10% cloud cover; cumulus. Winds sse 16-20. Swell s 1-2m; seas lumpy with 1m wind chop. Bar 1018.57 rising.

Passed thru front yesterday a.m.; few squalls, no drama. Southerly winds since; now 16-20. Motoring to make southing; very lumpy ride. All is well on board.


Wed Nov 19 6:58 2014 NZDT
Speed:
6.2 knots
knts
Run: 147.4nm (266.8km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.2nm
27 42.15s 173 58.60e
Weather: 90% cloud cover; cumulus. Winds nw 14-16. Swell ssw 1m; seas lumpy. Bar 1014.63 steady.

Approaching front. All is well on board.


Tue Nov 18 6:56 2014 NZDT
Speed:
Motoring at 5.5 knots thru the water, 4.3 over ground (adverse current)
knts
Run: 154.9nm (280.4km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.7nm
25 35.15s 174 16.35e
Weather: 95% cloud cover; cumulus. Winds w 7-9. Swell ssw .5-1m; rippled sea. Bar 1018.13 rising.

Still motoring; under sunny skies yesterday, grey this morning. Wind is still light. All is well on board.


Mon Nov 17 7:22 2014 NZDT
Speed:
5.5 - 5.7 knots (motoring)
knts
Run: 138.1nm (250km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.6nm
23 25.91s 174 57.17e
Weather: 70% cloud cover; broken alto status. Winds ene 7-9. Swell ssw 5m; rippled sea. Bar 1016.84 rising.

Glorious day of sailing yesterday under sunny skies, fairly calm seas, and fresh breeze. Wind went light last night at 2030 hrs, and we started motor sailing. On a somewhat more westerly corse now, as we expect to encounter a frontal system on Wednesday morning, followed by fresh southerlies; will need to tack ese to sail them, then tack sw towards Opua when the winds back to se. All is well on board.


Sun Nov 16 12:03 2014 NZDT
Speed:
6.2 knots
knts
Run: 169.3nm (306.4km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.2nm
21 31.92s 175 37.28e
Weather: 60% cloud cover; alto status with some low cumulus. Wind ese 11-14. Seas ssw 1.5-2 m. Bar 1017.27 steady.

Smooth sailing at last! Wind and sea has moderated considerably. On a comfortable beam reach with suit of sails in 11-14 knots of ese wind and a 1.5-2 meter ssw swell on the starboard quarter. Forecast is to lose the wind by evening, as we enter the middle of a high pressure system; then we will set the "iron main." Still making decent progress; 815 nm to go. All is well on board.


Sat Nov 15 7:28 2014 NZDT
Speed:
6.1 knots
knts
Run: 116.5nm (210.9km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.5nm
19 14.05s 176 31.63e
Weather: 40% cloud cover; alto cumulus with some low cumulus, and a band of CB just ahead. Wind se 17-19. Seas ssw 2-2.5m. Bar 1015.56 rising.

Rough start to the passage; thru Navula Pass at 1430 local, with strong sse winds 22-25 knots, and rough seas. Wind and sea moderated around 0100 this morning, but seas are still quite lumpy in 17-19 knots of wind with a 2-3 meter swell on the nose! Making decent progress. All is well on board.


Fri Nov 14 11:25 2014 NZDT
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
17 45.314s 177 22.740e
Weather: 40% high cloud cover; wind SSE 12 kts; bar 1014.4, falling

Leaving Port Denerau, enroute to Navula Pass, then on to Opua, NZ!


Wed Nov 12 8:12 2014 NZDT
Run: 69nm (124.9km)
17 46.205s 177 22.934e

Moored in Port Denerau awaiting Friday, 14 November early am departure for passage to Opua, NZ.


Wed Sep 24 8:06 2014 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: SE10-12, occ shws, 75%cloud

likely to head from Fulanga to Matuku tomorrow


Thu May 29 7:47 2014 NZST
No position sent.

arrived and waiting for Immigration etc


Wed May 28 7:31 2014 NZST
Speed:
6.2
knts
Run: 124.5nm (225.3km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.6nm
18 42S 177 00E
Weather: se22, 2mse 35%cl 1015 rising

45nm to Vuda pass so nearly there


Tue May 27 7:31 2014 NZST
Speed:
5.2
knts
Run: 99.1nm (179.4km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 99.4nm
20 02sS 178 17E
Weather: SSE15 1m from S swll, 10%cl 1014

destination change to Vuda to make repairs


Mon May 26 7:35 2014 NZST
Speed:
5.0
knts
Run: 275.2nm (498.1km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.5nm
21 18S 179 0E
Weather: ENE 15-19 lumpy1-3mNE, 95% squally 1015 rising

late tonight winds will go south as band moves NE


Sat May 24 7:34 2014 NZST
Speed:
4
knts
Run: 136.2nm (246.5km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136nm
25 10S 177 58E
Weather: SE10-12, sea 1m se 5% cloud 1011 rising

Fri May 23 7:32 2014 NZST
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 142.6nm (258.1km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.3nm
26 59S 177 07E
Weather: SSE 15, 1msse swell 1019 rising

will gybe soon. Wind has backed from 18 SSW last night


Thu May 22 7:59 2014 NZST
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 138.2nm (250.1km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 135.8nm
29 01S 177 31E
Weather: SSW16-20 S swell of 2m

have been busy with repairs and now know the Maine proverb "nothing too strong ever broke"


Wed May 21 7:33 2014 NZST
Speed:
5.6
knts
Run: 126.8nm (229.5km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.9nm
30 44S 176 20E
Weather: SSE11 up to 24 swell ese 2.2m 35% cloud baro 1019 rising

Tue May 20 7:35 2014 NZST
Speed:
4.5=5
knts
Run: 114.4nm (207.1km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 114.2nm
32 32S 175 55E
Weather: 15-18 SE 1023 rising confused seas 1.5ene amd .5se partly c

Mon May 19 7:32 2014 NZST
Speed:
5.2
knts
34 0S 175 0E
Weather: SSE12, baro 1024

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