Diamond Girl

Diamond Girl

Fri Jul 6 9:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 200.3nm (362.5km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 195nm
19 05s 172 09w
Weather: overcast, South easterly 16kt , sea SE swell 1 -2 mm

abt 120 nm to go to Neiafu, on Vavau. Will arrive tomorrow morning. For dinner, Half a cabbage, 1 capsicum, no meat, tins for Africa....but it will be special. Some bread remains but only useful for foam insulation.

I bet a meal of freshly dug taro has never sounded so good. Enjoy Cheers Liz and Vaughan

sounds like a yummy meal brian will be coming home slim
Thu Jul 5 8:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.8knts
Run: 174.4nm (315.7km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 199.3nm
19 54s 169 12w
Weather: overcast South easterly 12k , sea SE swell 1 m

motor sailing heading directly to Vavau now. Niue 62 nm off on starboard side. 277 nm to top end of Vavau. Crew well, looking forward to getting there.

Wed Jul 4 11:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.3knts
Run: 157.6nm (285.3km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.3nm
20 19s 166 33w
Weather: fine South easterly 12k , sea SE swell 1 m

weather settling, motor sailing again, 440 nm to go. Forecast inclement weather at Vavau, appears to be heading elsewhere, so we are now heading direct. All well on board.

Tue Jul 3 9:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.6knts
19 58s 164 09w
Weather: scattered cloud, SE 20-25 sea state 3 m SE swell, baro 1017

wind and sea moderating, heading west now, still rocking too much for cooking to any degree. Next point of interest Beveridge reef. Passing by tomorrow after lunch at this rate. The crew thinks we should stop there for a few drinks.

sounds better sailing conditions today hope nobody seasick, you will be ready for a break by the sounds of things, look after my Brian
Tue Jul 3 9:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.6knts
Run: 103.1nm (186.6km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.2nm
19 58s 164 09w
Weather: scattered cloud, SE 20-25 sea state 3 m SE swell, baro 1017

wind and sea moderating, heading west now, still rocking too much for cooking to any degree. Next point of interest Beveridge reef. Passing by tomorrow after lunch at this rate. The crew thinks we should stop there for a few drinks.

Mon Jul 2 16:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 161.2nm (291.8km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.4nm
20 05s 162 34w
Weather: scattered cloud, SE 25 rough seas , 4+m swell

very windy all last night, rained for 6 hours. Much improved now, and settling over next few days. About 4-5 days to go, although told trough forecast for end of week in Vavau.

you are holding a very straight course ….. hope wind backs a bit so you can get faster and hopefully smother ride ….and seas abate !! and at least will be warm rain you getting t

Hope you all get some sleep now and maybe catch some more fish

Thanks for the update . Enjoy the better weather. All well in Sydney and Brisbane.
Sun Jul 1 14:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 19.8nm (35.8km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.8nm
19 38s 160 08w
Weather: overcast, wind SE 20-25, sea SE swell 2-3 m

heading south to 21s latitude to try avoid squash zone, heavily reefed, ride pretty comfortable, had unwanted shower standing in the companionway steps, from large wave. All okay on board

Sun Jul 1 11:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 168.1nm (304.3km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.8nm
19 27s 159 54w
Weather: scattered cloud, South easterly 20 g30 , sea mod SE swell 2-3m

wind and sea building, heavily reefed, aiming for 21 s to avoid strong winds to the north. Not much cooking going on, but everyone well, and cheerful. Had an unwanted shower when a big wave washed through the dodger and doused me standing in stairwell. Passed east of Aitutaki early this morning, , would like some nice weather please.

Sat Jun 30 7:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 226.9nm (410.7km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.6nm
18 03s 157 48w
Weather: scattered cloud, South easterly 12k , sea SE swell 1 m

pushed through convergence zone yesterday, squally rain showers, with SE wind change. Evening winds 15-20 G25. Eased overnight to 12 knots currently. Cold breeze overnight, but now sun is shining. Aitutaki is about 55 nm in front of us. We are heading south to avoid strong winds predicted by Met guru Bob McDavitt. Yellow fin tuna caught yesterday was made into ceviche- very good.

Thu Jun 28 16:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.7knts
Run: 30.4nm (55km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.4nm
17 10s 154 29w
Weather: fine NE 8 smooth seas

further attempt to get correct format to message. I'm told position reports not getting through to YIT website tracking, can someone let me know if this worked, thanks, short emails to: mark.claxton@satphone.me

All working well, Mark. Sounds like light but fine sailing.
Thu Jun 28 11:57 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.2knts
Run: 26.3nm (47.6km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.5nm
16 54S 154 07W
Weather: NE 10-12k, fine, hot, 1/2m swell

sailing now in light winds, wing on wing, very pleasant day. It's so exciting two of the crew are asleep.

Thu Jun 28 11:57 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.2knts
16 54S 154 07W
Weather: NE 10-12k, fine, hot, 1/2m swell

sailing now in light winds, wing on wing, very pleasant day. It's so exciting two of the crew are asleep.

Thu Jun 28 7:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.2 >knts
Run: 137.4nm (248.7km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.5nm
16 39s 153 49w
Weather: Fine NE 11 kt >

motor sailing downwind. About to pass last remote French Polynesian atoll, Maupihaa. Passed 3 yachts overnight. Double strike at sunset, landed 1 tuna. Heading south soon on advice of met guru Bob McDavitt. All okay on board. Intention is to sail directly to Vavau.

Wed Jun 27 8:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
16 29s 151 45w
Weather: Fine SE 8 kt

satphone test #2

Wed Jun 27 8:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
16 29s 151 45w
Weather: fine SE 8

test from iridium Go. Short emails to : mark.claxton@satphone.me

Wed Jun 27 7:16 2018 NZST
Run: 24.4nm (44.2km)
16 29.939s 151 45.402w

Leaving Borabora soon for Neiafu, Tonga.

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