Cetacea

Mon Jun 24 12:48 2019 NZST
GPS: 16 47S 179 19E
Weather: absolutely beautiful!  nice breeze, flat anchorage, sunny day, can't get any better!

  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


Mon Jun 24 12:48 2019 NZST
GPS: 16 47S 179 19E
Run: 185.2nm (335.2km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.2nm
Weather: absolutely beautiful!  nice breeze, flat anchorage, sunny day, can't get any better!

  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


Sun Jun 23 7:00 2019 NZST
GPS: 19 22S 179 56W
Run: 164.2nm (297.2km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.8nm
Weather: wind 12-16 knots ENE, sea 1.5 meters E, speed 5.5 knots, heading 350T, cloud 10%, Bar 1020.5

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.

G&T


Sat Jun 22 8:27 2019 NZST
GPS: 21 39S 179 14W
Run: 127.3nm (230.4km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 63.3nm
Weather: wind 18 to 24 knots ENE, sea 2+meters E, speed 6.5 knots, heading 356T, cloud 10%, Bar 1021

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.

G&T


Thu Jun 20 8:12 2019 NZST
GPS: 23 28S 178 54W
Run: 16.4nm (29.7km)
Weather: wind 14 ESE, cloud 40%, Bar 1023, little chop but no waves

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


Wed Jun 19 6:42 2019 NZST
GPS: 23 38S 179 05W
Run: 139.3nm (252.1km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.3nm
Weather: wind 6 knots variable, motorsailing 5.5 knots, heading 080T, sea 1 meter swell, 10% cloud, Bar 1023

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


Tue Jun 18 6:42 2019 NZST
GPS: 25 25S 179 53E
Run: 180.6nm (326.9km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.9nm
Weather: wind 11 knots E, speed 6 knots, heading 3T, sea 1 meter swell, 10% cloud, Bar 1024

  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.

G&T


Mon Jun 17 7:00 2019 NZST
GPS: 27 57S 179 10E
Run: 311.6nm (564km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.9nm
Weather: wind 8 to 12 knots S, speed 6.5 knots, heading 40T, sea 1 m swell, 85% cloud, Bar 1024

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.

G&T


Sun Jun 16 7:06 2019 NZST
Weather: wind variable 10 to 22 knts S, sea 1.5 meter NE, cloud 85%, Bar 1021

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


Sat Jun 15 7:21 2019 NZST
GPS: 32 19S 177 52E
Run: 184nm (333km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 183.2nm
Weather: wind 25 - 30 knts WSW,  sea 3+ meter NE, cloud 60%, 1030 Bar

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


Fri Jun 14 7:15 2019 NZST
GPS: 34 40S 176 22E
Run: 134.2nm (242.9km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 72.9nm
Weather: light variable wind, 1.5 m swell, no clouds, Bar1029.9

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


Wed Jun 12 11:03 2019 NZST
GPS: 35 50S 174 28E
Run: 11.7nm (21.2km)
Avg: 12.8knts
24hr: 306.2nm
Weather: Sunny, calm

We are clearing out today, heading north to Fiji, by way of Minerva Reef, weather permitting.  Heading for warmer weather!  


Wed Jun 12 10:08 2019 NZST
GPS: 35 43(592)S 174 19(905)E
Run: 8.7nm (15.7km)
Weather: Sunny, calm

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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