Bright Angel

Bright Angel

Fri Dec 2 20:09 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0 (tied to the doc)knts
Run: 137.4nm (248.7km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111.4nm
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 (motor sailing)knts
Run: 155.5nm (281.5km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.2nm
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 (motor sailing)knts
Run: 159.1nm (288km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 171.6nm
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 (motor sailing)knts
Run: 122.6nm (221.9km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 118.6nm
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 (motor sailing)knts
Run: 108.2nm (195.8km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102nm
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: 5.5knts
Run: 74.9nm (135.6km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91.7nm
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: 5.1knts
Run: 170.3nm (308.2km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.9nm
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 (motor sailing)knts
Run: 175.2nm (317.1km)
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)

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)

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: 3.2knts
Run: 89.7nm (162.4km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 89.9nm
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: 5.2knts
Run: 144.5nm (261.5km)
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)
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)
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)

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)
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: 330tknts
Run: 183.3nm (331.8km)
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: 0knts
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
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: 2.9knts
Run: 110.7nm (200.4km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.8nm
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: 5.2knts
Run: 155.9nm (282.2km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.1nm
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: 5.7knts
Run: 141.2nm (255.6km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.9nm
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: 6.2knts
Run: 167.9nm (303.9km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.2nm
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: 4.9-5.1knts
Run: 99.2nm (179.6km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.3nm
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: 6.2knts
Run: 182.9nm (331km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.2nm
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 (motor sailing)knts
Run: 225.7nm (408.5km)
Avg: 9.3knts
24hr: 224nm
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 (motor sailing)knts
Run: 26.1nm (47.2km)
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

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)

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: 0knts
Run: 36.8nm (66.6km)
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: 0knts
Run: 43.6nm (78.9km)
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: 6knts
Run: 186.2nm (337km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185nm
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 - 7knts
Run: 176nm (318.6km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 176.4nm
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 - 7knts
Run: 179nm (324km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 176.9nm
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 - 7knts
Run: 170.6nm (308.8km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.8nm
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 - 7knts
Run: 188.8nm (341.7km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.1nm
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: 7knts
Run: 179.1nm (324.2km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 193.2nm
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: 6.5-6.7knts
Run: 126.9nm (229.7km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.1nm
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: 0knts
Run: 8.6nm (15.6km)
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)
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: 0knts
Run: 167.1nm (302.5km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 108nm
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: 4.5knts
Run: 122.5nm (221.7km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.9nm
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: 5.5knts
Run: 144.7nm (261.9km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.4nm
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: 5.5knts
Run: 173.6nm (314.2km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.2nm
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: 6.5knts
Run: 154.9nm (280.4km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.1nm
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: 5.5knts
Run: 146.6nm (265.3km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159.2nm
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: 5knts
Run: 99.4nm (179.9km)
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: 6knts
Run: 99.4nm (179.9km)
Avg: 85.5knts
24hr: 2052.1nm
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: 4-6knts
Run: 289.9nm (524.7km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 145nm
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: 4.5knts
Run: 77.3nm (139.9km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 97.7nm
Weather: 20-22SW, 1020

via relay as still too close for 8MHz

Fri Jun 12 12:36 2015 NZST
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: 0knts
Run: 72nm (130.3km)
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)
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: 0knts
Run: 81.9nm (148.2km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 69nm
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: 4.9knts
Run: 231.6nm (419.2km)
Avg: 9.8knts
24hr: 235nm
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 (motoring)knts
Run: 109.3nm (197.8km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 110.8nm
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: 5.4knts
Run: 124nm (224.4km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.8nm
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: 6.2knts
Run: 147.4nm (266.8km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.2nm
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 thru the water, 4.3 over ground (adverse current)knts
Run: 154.9nm (280.4km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.7nm
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 (motoring)knts
Run: 138.1nm (250km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.6nm
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: 6.2knts
Run: 169.3nm (306.4km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.2nm
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: 6.1knts
Run: 116.5nm (210.9km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.5nm
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)
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)

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: 6.2knts
Run: 124.5nm (225.3km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.6nm
Weather: se22, 2mse 35%cl 1015 rising

45nm to Vuda pass so nearly there

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

destination change to Vuda to make repairs

Mon May 26 7:35 2014 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 275.2nm (498.1km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.5nm
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: 4knts
Run: 136.2nm (246.5km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136nm
Weather: SE10-12, sea 1m se 5% cloud 1011 rising

Fri May 23 7:32 2014 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 142.6nm (258.1km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.3nm
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: 5.5knts
Run: 138.2nm (250.1km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 135.8nm
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: 5.6knts
Run: 126.8nm (229.5km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.9nm
Weather: SSE11 up to 24 swell ese 2.2m 35% cloud baro 1019 rising

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

Mon May 19 7:32 2014 NZST
Speed: 5.2knts
Weather: SSE12, baro 1024

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