Cape Providence

Cape Providence

Fri Sep 2 11:39 2016 NZST
Run: 120.4nm (217.9km)
Avg: 30.5knts
24hr: 731.5nm

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So glad you are back safely after an amazing journey.Thank you for sharing it with us x

Great to have you back. Sounds like a great trip. Catch up when u get a chance back in wellers. Cheers andy cc

Dear All We have arrived in Opua and just cleared customs and immigration. We are having a celebratory Drink. We had a great trip down. The weather gods were with us all the way. First the South Easter trade winds had a rare change to the North East which gave us a flying start. We did a few days of over 160 miles. The low pressure that was predicted underneath New Caledonia never eventuated. The only testing time was 400 miles north of New Zealand when we had strong Southerly Headwinds. Eventually they changed to the East and we sailed again directly to NZ. The last 30 hours we motored. The big high over the top of New Zealand killed all the wind and the ocean was like a milk pond. I will leave the boat now in Opua for the summer to enjoy the Bay of Islands. It has been an amazing 3 months. Did lots of wonderful exploring, met many friendly locals and other sailors and was blessed with family and friends joining me for part of the adventure. Thank you all for your comments and messages. Hope to catch you soon for a catch up. Cheers Joannes
Thu Sep 1 16:24 2016 NZST
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)

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Almost there mate, looks like a real journey back to NZ. Hope you have some warm clothes. Haha. Not quite the tropical Fiji. Looking forward to hearing about the adventure. Cheers Andy
Wed Aug 31 16:54 2016 NZST
Run: 17.6nm (31.9km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.6nm

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Hi Joannes and all, looks like you are making great progress ! Next stop Opua, and not before too long. The 288 miles you did on Sunday is very impressive, though I suspect you must have a star-trek matter transporter on board, or have been abducted by aliens who failed to put you all back down again in the same spot. I'd have a word to whoever set that Iridium Go device up for you. Hope it is all going well, leave some fish in the sea. Ha !
Sun Aug 28 18:09 2016 NZST
Run: 48.1nm (87.1km)
Avg: 12knts
24hr: 288.6nm

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Hi to all. Trust the weather is much kinder to you on your return trip home. have been watching your progress with interest. Gaye and Mike
Sun Aug 28 10:18 2016 NZST

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Hi guys Looks from our end that things are progressing well and your making great progress. Keep up the great work out in that wide open sea and stay safe. Keep the fluids up and eat well like I know you do. Happy fishing. Catch up soon. Cheers Phil
Wed Aug 24 16:39 2016 NZST

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Dear All We have returned from our sailing trip up in the northern islands of Vanuatu. The highlight being climbing an active volcano on Ambryn. Was very impressive looking down 900 meters into a crater with red hot bubbling Lava. My time in the Pacific is coming to an end. Tomorrow we are sailing back to NZ. A weather window has opened (the SE trade-winds are turning NE for a few days) allowing us to sail passed New Caledonia to NZ. The weather for our trips looks promising except for Monday and Tuesday when we will hit a trough with rain. I will be sailing directly to NZ. The weather forecast at the moment doesn't make it possible to sail to Mana. We hope to arrive in Opua next weekend. I plan to leave my boat in Opua for the summer to explore the Bay of Islands when I have some spare time and in our summer holidays. Thanks for all you who have left comments. Will update you again when I have arrived in NZ. Kind regards Joannes
Mon Aug 22 5:00 2016 NZST

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Hi Johannes and co! What an adventure you are having! Sounds wonderfully relaxing! Wishing you lots of sun and fun and great sailing winds!! Love Deeps
Sun Aug 14 11:15 2016 NZST
Run: 13.7nm (24.8km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 82.2nm

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Dear All We have spent the last three days in Luganville. Which is the second biggest city in Vanuatu on the southern end of Santos. We had some very exciting sailing getting here with plenty of trade winda to push us along. Tomorrow we leave for Aoba then making our way back to Port Vila via the West coast of Pentecote and Ambryn. At Ambeyn we like to climb to the crater of a vulcano, only if it is not too active. When we are in Port Vila we will wait for a weather window to start our sail back to NZ. Kind regards Joannes
Sat Aug 13 15:39 2016 NZST

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Hi Joannes, Hope thigs are going well for you and that the weather is much better than it is here. We have settled in to our new home and looking forward to summer. We are hoping to get a taste of it when we visit Norfolk Island in a couple of weeks. Meantime Good luck & God Bless. Coleen & Laurie
Fri Aug 5 22:21 2016 NZST

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I, ve been there to the small island of Epi.......thank you for the thought you, ve given to my issues while you, ve been cruising those islands...love to all jan
Fri Aug 5 17:33 2016 NZST
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)

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It is fantastic following your trip on here Joannes. Loving the updates from you both, thanks for sharing your beaut adventure
Thu Aug 4 8:33 2016 NZST

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Great to know that all is going well. Think of you often. Kath
Tue Aug 2 19:30 2016 NZST
Run: 72.7nm (131.6km)
Avg: 29.7knts
24hr: 712.2nm

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Looking good guys, and young lady of course. Hope you are enjoying the sailing and the heat. The weather not the greatest here at the moment. Hope you can find a bar in Port Vila to watch the Hurricanes win the final on Saturday night. Lots of Love Gunny - Go the Canes.
Sun Jul 31 23:54 2016 NZST

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Dear All Thank you very much for all the messages and text. Today we leaving for Vanuatu after a wonderful 6 weeks in Fiji. It has been an amazing time. With family and friends joining me for part of the stay. The weather had generally been great, warm and sunny. The wind has been good for sailing most of the time although we had some periods where there was either too much wind or not enough. The Fijian people have been very hospitable and very very friendly. The weather forecast looks good for the sail to Villa in Vanuatu. With winds predicted between 0 and 20 knots. We expect to arrive most likely on Friday morning. Cheers Joannes

Hi Joannes, Mark. Good to see your on your way again. Safe travels and good seas. Cheers Phil
Sun Jul 31 7:12 2016 NZST
Run: 14.4nm (26.1km)
Avg: 288knts
24hr: 6912nm

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Dear All Thank you for all your messages of support. After 6 wonderful weeks in Fiji it is time to move on and we are leaving tomorrow for Vanuatu. It has been a wonderful time with family and friends coming and going. The weather has generally been great, hot and sunny. The wind was mainly light, which gave us some wonderful sailing, however at the top and bottom of the main island Vita Levu it became windy due to the Trade winds not been sheltered by the main island. The weather forecast for the passage to Port Villa looks good, with prediction of wind between 10 and 20 knots from the East. We expect to arrive in Vanuatu either Thursday evening or Friday morning. Kind regards Joannes

Dear All Thank you for all your messages, emails and texts. After 6 wonderful weeks in Fiji it is time to move on and we are leaving tomorrow for Vanuatu. I have had a great time with family and friends coming and going. The weather has generally been great, hot and sunny. The wind has been variable from windless days or light winds to days with lots of wind especially around the top and bottom of the main Island Vita Levu when the trade winds are not sheltered by the land. The weather forecast for our sail to Port Villa is looking very good with forecast of winds between 10 and 20 Knots from the East. We expect to arrive in Vanuatu either Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. Kind regards Joannes
Tue Jul 5 17:42 2016 NZST
Run: 112.6nm (203.8km)

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Well all that hard work has paid off. Glad you are having fun in Paradise. Love to all Kath

Mmmmm finally finding out how selfish I am. Once you got to Fiji, then were joined by the family...jealousy, envy and other deadly sins over took me, so I stopp3d watching you have a fabulous time, still I, m o ermyself now.. and watching..love to you all jan

Hi Joannes, We have finally settled in to our new home and surprisingly we are both content and happy. We expected to be unsettled but we have been too busy unpacking and stowing gear. Our bodies seem to be holding up OK. Anyway we have finally got round to contacting you. I see from the chart that you have just left Fiji. Where are you heading to? How has your trip been so far? Looking forward to hearing from you when you have time. Cheers Coleen & laurie
Fri Jul 1 20:21 2016 NZST

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Hi Jo! Great to see you're in Fiji with the fam. I hope you are all warm and dry. You are not missing out on anything here! My Europe trip was wonderful and I think I know at least five new Italian words now! I think your next sailing trip should be around the Mediterranean. Best of luck on the next leg of your trip!

Not sure who is still checking this still. Who are. Bron and I have just returned from 5 days sailing, swimming and snorkling in the Yasawa spending some time at the famous Blue Lagoon area. Weather has generally been great. Wind from the wrong direction a lot which means a lot of motoring. Still loving being away on holiday. Cheers Bron & Joannes

Yes we are still watching with envy! ;) Good to see some updates :)

Hi Joannes - yes I've been following you & great to see the adventure has gone well. Wish we'd had yit when Mum was sailing! Hope it's been fun having the family on the boat, a lot better up there than here right now. Have a great time, Mandy

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Tue Jun 21 19:31 2016 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)

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Glad to see you in warmer waters Joannes. Have a wonderful winter with family. Cheers Jon & Rose

Hi Jo - I can't believe you gave Lorraine your tracking details and not me. I guess you love her more (sad face). Joking aside, I am happy to know where you are and that you are safe. Enjoy and think of me in Wtn working too much. Send updates when you can. xxdiana
Sat Jun 18 19:58 2016 NZST
Run: 3nm (5.4km)

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Bula to you from Paradise Pukerua Bay. Congratulations to Cape Providence and her hearty crew, looks as though some great winds were caught. Enjoy your very well earned rest. We will toast to more friendly seas tonight, best wishes Ivor and Kim

big match tonight for the englisch squad against slowakije we will bewailing this weekend in the biesbosch !! nice that the ladies are coming to meet enjoy regards from holland

Thank you all for your support and messages which has been wonderful to receive. It is great to be safe in warm Fiji. I will be cruising around the Fiji islands with family and friends for the next 6 weeks. I plan to leave for Vanuatu in the beginning if August. I that our position wasn't always accurate. Cheers Joannes

So glad to see you got there safe! Enjoy the islands, thinking of you x

Awesome! so good to see you get to the Islands! Enjoy the lovely time there and look forward to hearing the stories when you get back.

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Sat Jun 18 15:58 2016 NZST
Run: 15.8nm (28.6km)

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You got there!! Congratulations. Have a wonderful warm family holiday! Love to all!
Sat Jun 18 7:58 2016 NZST
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.6nm

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GOODONYA !!
Fri Jun 17 18:58 2016 NZST
Run: 19.3nm (34.9km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.1nm

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U must b able to smell it from there smells good I bet Me thinks you all just taking it easy now nd yanking our chain Matt u need to get back to work Jo - well wot can I say ... Get a job
Fri Jun 17 12:00 2016 NZST
Run: 13.8nm (25km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 84.6nm

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Looks like plain sailing from here Mr Baines? Aye, aye c'ptain Onedin.
Thu Jun 16 21:58 2016 NZST
Run: 90.6nm (164km)
Avg: 45.9knts
24hr: 1100.7nm

txt from the crew at 8.20 am- motored all night due to lack of wind. Beautiful sunrise and cloud formation. Put the sun shade up today! Boat looks like a laundry with all the wet gear out to dry. Turned the motor off this afternoon and spent time floating so they could swim!!! All is well, happy sailors! Looking at arriving Fiji Saturday. Bronwyn

Hey Jo, hope all is going well glad to see you have almost found Fiji!! Well done! Amazing I can sit in bed and see where in the world you are. Us girls are meeting on Saturday so will have a cup of tea for you. Jack and I are off to the ABs and Welsh on Saturday . Have fun and keep safe x Liz
Thu Jun 16 10:39 2016 NZST
Run: 10.4nm (18.8km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.6nm

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Looks like you're just about there! Keep up the good speed, hope you've found your sea legs by now Matt!
Wed Jun 15 18:20 2016 NZST
Run: 8.2nm (14.8km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 119.3nm

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Yay! So glad to hear all is well with you guys!! Yay for dry bedding! Go well love Debbie
Wed Jun 15 6:24 2016 NZST
Run: 29.9nm (54.1km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.8nm

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Awesome!

Wow that is fast...have you got out the rocket boosters Phil!!!
Tue Jun 14 22:18 2016 NZST
Run: 21.4nm (38.7km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.4nm

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txt from 5pm - Crew all well, and in good spirits. Happy with the progress they are making, hoping for lighter winds tonight or tomorrow. Guessing late Saturday or Sunday arrival in Fiji.

Hi guys:) you are making wonderful progress! hope you are all in good spirits, we are all going well back here. Can't wait to see my Phill. we are so proud of you all xxx

Guessing u all reafed up or under motor since u slowed up a bit Winds looking to drop by 9am 2morrow Going great gun keep it up we all with u
Tue Jun 14 18:18 2016 NZST
Run: 34.3nm (62.1km)
Avg: 8.6knts
24hr: 207.5nm

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Tue Jun 14 14:20 2016 NZST
Run: 5.6nm (10.1km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 70.1nm

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This living vicariously is causing loss of sleep, with all the exitement, but guess 'being there' your not getting a lot of sleep either....northland is buzzing with exitement re your amazing progress.....know with such a stirling crew all will be going well. As reported by northlands shipping news reporter
Tue Jun 14 12:25 2016 NZST
Run: 154.1nm (278.9km)
Avg: 38.5knts
24hr: 924.6nm

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Carry on at that speed Phil and you will definitely be in Fiji before Andrea!!
Tue Jun 14 9:53 2016 NZST
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Just heard from Joannes they are all well, there is alot of wind but managing fine. Hopefully winds dying out in the next day or so. They are making good progres. Bron

Tue Jun 14 8:25 2016 NZST
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)

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Great to see you on your way and making good progress. Looking forward to catching up.
Mon Jun 13 21:09 2016 NZST
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Heard from Cape Providence @ 3.30pm 30 knot wind and decent swells but doing well. Bron

Mon Jun 13 15:36 2016 NZST
Run: 6.1nm (11km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.4nm

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Hi Matt! How's the voyage going? Hope you're not drinking sea water or eating each other!

We are watching your rather rapid progressfrom the Cluny Rd yatch club,Si & gunny

Stay safe xx
Mon Jun 13 14:33 2016 NZST
Run: 41.5nm (75.1km)
Avg: 14.3knts
24hr: 343.4nm

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Hi there, is someone able to write a bloggy bit in the blog space? would love to know anything really. from Lucie, Matt's sister.

Hello Matt! How are the rum and sea biscuit supplies holding? xx
Sun Jun 12 15:39 2016 NZST
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)

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Sat Jun 11 16:07 2016 NZST
Run: 11.7nm (21.2km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 70.2nm

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Hello Johannes, glad you're on your way. Stay safe. Enjoy your bread. xx
Sat Jun 11 8:46 2016 NZST
Run: 26.8nm (48.5km)
Avg: 41.2knts
24hr: 989.5nm

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Great looking wind tunnel pattern pushing you. Looks like you've got that for couple of days it would seem All happy being back out there go well god speed
Sat Jun 11 8:07 2016 NZST
Run: 27.1nm (49.1km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.6nm

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Wahoooo on your way! Exciting, after the lay around at Opua - you will be well ready. Have a great journey. Watching with love. xxx
Fri Jun 10 20:07 2016 NZST
Run: 30.5nm (55.2km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 183.8nm

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All the every best to you all as you tackle leg 2, we are following your progress with interest,,,,,, don't take any short cuts. Cheers
Tue Jun 7 15:36 2016 NZST
Run: 1.7nm (3.1km)

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We are departing at lunch time for Fiji. After a very windy week in Opua the wind has nearly gone. Hopefully it will increase a bit when we are under way. Thanks for all your support. Crew of Cape Providence

Hope you got all those holes fixed and the iron filings out of you tea, was great meeting the crew, am much more relaxed about the trip, knowing you have such sterling companions x0x
Tue Jun 7 10:21 2016 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
Avg: 19.8knts
24hr: 475.2nm

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Johannes safe travels. . I needle you back in one piece. How are the sea legs coping?
Mon Jun 6 21:08 2016 NZST
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)

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Hi Joannes and the crew of Cape Providence. We are pleased that your trip is going well. A bit of rough weather is par for the course. Are you now heading for Fiji? Be safe. Fond Regards Coleen ? Laurie
Sun Jun 5 12:52 2016 NZST
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)

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We made it safely to Opua. Had a great time after a windy and wet first 24 hours. Lots for sunshine and beautiful clear nights to study the night sky. Looks like the weather is favourable to leave this Friday for Fiji. Will keep you posted Thanks for all your support. Cheers Joannes from the crew of Cape Providence

lekker vriend behouden vaart en wij maken ons op voor 10 juni start ek voetbal zonder NL groet ruurd

Hi Jo looks like we just missed you, we passed by Opua yesterday. Never mind, travel safe, fair winds and calm seas brother.
Sat Jun 4 14:58 2016 NZST
Run: 14.8nm (26.8km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.9nm

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Sat Jun 4 12:43 2016 NZST
Run: 28.9nm (52.3km)
Avg: 16.8knts
24hr: 404nm

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Making daily checks, good progress. Go well
Sat Jun 4 7:56 2016 NZST
Run: 13.4nm (24.3km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 80.4nm

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Fri Jun 3 20:34 2016 NZST
Run: 12.1nm (21.9km)
Avg: 19.1knts
24hr: 458.5nm

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Fri Jun 3 8:09 2016 NZST
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.2nm

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12kn easterly and good speed for the last 60 miles to the cape. Fine and sunny light swell and very easy going. Fish again for lunch today.

Nice work Matt. Hope mind and body are adjusting to the motion. Good luck out in the open sea. Hope this good patch of weather gives you a speedy but pleasant passage.

Looking good Jo. x
Thu Jun 2 17:59 2016 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144nm

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Nice to see you making progress, keep up the good work. Nice day in Westport with Mum, Dad and John.
Thu Jun 2 17:57 2016 NZST
Run: 14.5nm (26.2km)
Avg: 41.4knts
24hr: 994.3nm

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Thu Jun 2 17:36 2016 NZST
Run: 32.1nm (58.1km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192.6nm

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Thu Jun 2 9:36 2016 NZST
Run: 55.1nm (99.7km)
Avg: 13.8knts
24hr: 330.6nm

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That was a mad dash....can just see all your hair blowing in the wind hahaha

Good to see you on the move again, excellent progress,, try and keep off land.
Wed Jun 1 21:36 2016 NZST
Run: 24.7nm (44.7km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.2nm

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Wed Jun 1 17:36 2016 NZST
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)

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Wed Jun 1 9:35 2016 NZST

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This is all very confusing for land lubbers..exiting for the non participants, love from all of us in northland
Tue May 31 19:39 2016 NZST
Run: 13.6nm (24.6km)

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So great to be able to track your journey. We will be watching with much interest. Have an awesome adventure! Hope you love every minute of it. Safe travels xxx

Corrected some dodgy GPS locations sent during the night. Track updated from daily log. No wheels on the Cape Providence.
Tue May 31 9:37 2016 NZST
Run: 26.4nm (47.8km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.4nm

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I hope the weather is better off New Plymouth than it is in Wellington. It looks like the yacht sailed overland in the North Island? Bon voyage.
Tue May 31 5:37 2016 NZST
Run: 15.2nm (27.5km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91.2nm

Position from log at 03:10

Tue May 31 1:37 2016 NZST
Run: 23.2nm (42km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.2nm

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Mon May 30 21:37 2016 NZST
Run: 18.7nm (33.8km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.2nm

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Looking good Joannes. Lovely to see you sailing off this morning. Enjoy every moment. X
Mon May 30 17:37 2016 NZST
Run: 50.6nm (91.6km)
Avg: 12.7knts
24hr: 303.6nm

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Wow you are really honking, godspeed and have a safe passage. Another Wgtn boat "Salena" hope to leave Thursday.
Mon May 30 9:37 2016 NZST

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Good luck guys.....picked a great weather gap to sail.....keep safe!
Thu May 26 15:11 2016 NZST
Run: 9.3nm (16.8km)

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We are setting sail tomorrow morning at 4.00 am for Opua. Should be there next weekend. Weather forecast looks good. Cheers Joannes

Good Luck Joannes - by the time you get back Chelsea might be a good football team again - Bula!

The weather is finally settling down. It looks like we will be setting sail for Opua on Monday. Cheers Joannes

Your timing was perfect for departing this morning , a perfect day. All the very best to you all ,,, we will be tracking your progress over the next few weeks. Mike & Gaye
Thu May 26 2:22 2016 NZST

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Wed May 25 22:22 2016 NZST

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We reckon rat said it best with "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats" - but seriously lads "may the wind at your back be not your own" Enjoy, ...... Ivor & Kim

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