Yesterday and last night was some of the best sailing we've ever had! Averaging up to 7.5 knots, frequently hitting over 8 and 9 knots at times, with Cetacea loving it! Still an almost full moon. We arrived in Savusavu at 9:30am and are still waiting for customs, immigration, and biosecurity to come clear us in. Then, it will be time for that traditional "anchor beer". Yeah! More later - G&T
Yesterday and last night was some of the best sailing we've ever had! Averaging up to 7.5 knots, frequently hitting over 8 and 9 knots at times, with Cetacea loving it! Still an almost full moon. Cetacea passed her sea trial with flying colors - nothing broken after sailing 1,297 nm, which might be a record for us! We arrived in Savusavu at 9:30am and are still waiting for customs, immigration, and biosecurity to come clear us in. Then, it will be time for that traditional "anchor beer". Yeah! More later - G&T
Yesterday was a bit smoother ride and last night was awesome! The sea settled down, we had wind 12-18 knots, and an almost full moon all night. It really doesn't get any better! What a sea trial! We had "Where II" 3 miles in front and "Scoots" 6 miles behind us all night. This morning, we were greeted with a beautiful sunrise and islands in front of us! Land Ho! We're officially now in the tropics.
Tony got our water maker fixed, which turned out to be bad quality filters. All good on board. We expect to arrive in Savusavu ~8am Monday.
Yesterday and last night were a bit bumpy out here, but not too bad, and the moon was once again wonderful. We are making good progress toward Savusavu. Rewa and Scoots are just 10 to 20 miles behind us, as we left 5 hours earlier than they did. Our water maker seems to be acting up, so Tony is working on that now. All good on board.
Anchored in North Minerva Reef. We arrived at 8am yesterday, cleaned the salt off the boat, had a little breakfast, and took a big nap. Got up in the afternoon and the water was clear as glass because it was low tide and the waves don't come over the reef at low tide unless there are really rough seas. We are in 50 feet of water and could clearly see the bottom. This is an incredible place in the middle of the ocean! Last night we had our "fleet" radio net group (Rewa, Scoots, and Gone with the Wind) over for dinner. Rewa had caught a huge fish, so we had a great fish dinner compliments of Rewa. The full moon came up for a beautiful night and we had a great party.
Today, we plan to go exploring on the reef. More later - G&T
Yesterday we had 50-60 dolphin all around us for over an hour. They were jumping clear out of the water and doing belly flops, especially the juvies, and they were slapping their tails, possibly a feeding behavior. They were beautiful grey/light grey, with a whitish belly and a little white nose. They were about the size of spinner dolphins, but did not look like spinners. I have check all my cetacean books and can not identify them, so we decided we've found a new dolphin species! Last night was another beautiful night with a full moon, gentle breeze and sea. We should be entering North Minerva Reef at 8 am today and looking forward to it! More Later - G&T
Yesterday was another pretty day and we had a nice salmon, rice and bok choy lunch for Father's Day. Last night was another beautiful night of motorsailing under a full moon, with 12-16 knots breeze and a gentle swell. Cetacea is having a good time on her migration to warmer climate. We've been able to use our SSB radio and check in with our fleet; Scoots, Rewa & Gone with the Wind. Looking forward to hearing GH Radio this morning.
We sailed yesterday until the wind died down more and then the whale put out a flipper to continue migration speed. Last night was an easy ride with a beautiful moon shining through the clouds. Today is starting off another grey cloudy day, but no stormy weather in sight. Will decide on whether to stop in Minerva Reef tomorrow morning. More later.
We had a nice day sailing yesterday with sunny skies, 20 to 25 knts WSW wind, reefed and averaging 7.5 knts. Reefed down more overnight, winds 15 to 25 knts, and a couple showers with brief 30 knts wind. At midnight, we saw a UFV (unidentified Foreign Vessel) on our AIS, which then magically disappeared, and we suspect some kind of fishing vessel.
The whale continues to behave nicely. Our refit solved the problem of banging anchors and squeaking mast (thanks Steve!). The other very noticeable difference is that the boat is so quiet inside. And, now we have a great backrest on our pilot house berth (thanks Steve & Kim!). The last 2 nights we've enjoyed some of our smoked kingfish (thanks Tim!) with cream cheese recipe (thanks Dave!).
Today is a grey day which we hope will burn off. Wind has backed around to the S as expected, and will turn more to the SW. We are headed for Minerva, but may go straight to Fiji depending on weather. All good on board.
Gail & Tony
We had squalls off and on all night with gusts to 37 knots, but a nice moon. We are reefed down and sailing at 7 knots. Cetacea has behaved like the good whale she is! All good on board.
Gail & Tony
We had a nice sunny day to start our passage to Minerva Reef, although no wind. Overnight wind picked up to 10-16 NW with scattered showers, but we only got sprinkled on a couple times. Looks like another sunny day with no wind starting out. All good on board.
Gail & Tony
We are clearing out today, heading north to Fiji, by way of Minerva Reef, weather permitting. Heading for warmer weather!
Today we are leaving Riverside Drive Marina and Whangarei after 2.5 years. We had a great experience with our yacht refit, especially Steve Eichler and all the other wonderful people who worked on Cetacea. We will miss all the friends we've made here, but we'll be back in 1.5 years, weather permitting :) Gail & Tony
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