Wed Nov 8 6:30 2017 NZDT
Run: 13.5nm (24.4km)
Weather: N 15-20kts, CC 100% rain, Bar. 1015, Water temp. 18.7C

Gulf Harbour Marina, safely back in our berth, trying to find reality.
Thanks to GHR for all their support.

Hi guys Welcome home look forward to catching up
Tue Nov 7 6:08 2017 NZDT
Run: 58.3nm (105.5km)
Weather: calm, CC 0%, Bar. 1024, Water temp. 16.2C

Mansion House Bay, Kawau Island. Cold trip down from Tutakaka. A lovely sheltered anchorage and strangely empty.

Mon Nov 6 6:26 2017 NZDT
Run: 38.4nm (69.5km)
Weather: SW 3 kt, CC 50%, Bar. 1020, Water temp. 16.2 C

Tutukaka Harbour, anchored for the night, very nice to be back here, although no flying fish, lots of penguins.

Fri Nov 3 18:33 2017 NZDT
Run: 11.3nm (20.5km)
Avg: 14.9knts
24hr: 358nm

Tied up and cleared. opua.

Fri Nov 3 17:48 2017 NZDT
Run: 87.8nm (158.9km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 209.7nm
Weather: NNW 8, CC 100%

Opua Marina, cleared, the first mate is happy and looking for a shower. Thanks to all.

Fri Nov 3 7:45 2017 NZDT
Speed: 8.2knts
Run: 157.3nm (284.7km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158nm
Weather: N 20kts, CC 85%, Bar. 1022, Water temp. 17.9C, Sea 2.5-3.0 M gentle.

Almost abeam Cape Karikari, no land in sight. Thought water temp would be too low for flying fish but no, one on deck this morning and numerous scid marks on the dodger. Heater going inside Distracted this morning. 40 NM from BOI. A good fast arrival.

A very fast journey Distracted- hope the weekend forecast is wrong - get those woollies out, talk soon!
Thu Nov 2 7:51 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 160.9nm (291.2km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.9nm
Weather: 20kt NE, CC 90%, Bar 1021, Sea 2.5-3.0m E confused, Water temp. 19.1C

making good progress, 205nm from Opua, still at the rodeo. Sea & wind have eased overnight. Having to wear clothes, boots and socks not welcome.

Wed Nov 1 7:51 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 137nm (248km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.7nm
Weather: ENE 20-30kts, CC 100% frequent showers, Bar. Sea E 3-4mt confused

Not quite laying up to waypoint in BOI, wind was NE for a while last night but shifted back to ENE early this morning.
The old bucking bronko is going for it.

Tue Oct 31 8:09 2017 NZDT
Speed: 2.8knts
Run: 59.9nm (108.4km)
Weather: ENE 8 - 12 Kts, CC 70% heavy rain overnight, Bar. 1016, confused sea 2.5 - 3.0m NE

still in holding pattern, very rolly & uncomfortable overnight. Great day catching up on chores yesterday.

Mon Oct 30 7:42 2017 NZDT
Speed: 2.6knts
Run: 79.8nm (144.4km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 83.3nm
Weather: ESE 8 kts, CC 95%, Bar. 1017, Sea 1.5-2.0 m SE long swell.

Have decided to slow down and wait for squash zone to pass ahead of us, very easy conditions at present, A good night going nowhere. Wind has recently changed from S-SSW to ESE. All well on board (eating too much).

Sun Oct 29 8:42 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 158nm (286km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.1nm
Weather: 10-12kt ESE, CC 90%, Bar. 1018, Sea E 2m

slow night motorsailing to windward and trying to get some money in the bank.

Sat Oct 28 7:36 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 101.7nm (184.1km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.9nm
Weather: ENE 10kts, CC 15%, Bar 1018

On passage from Isle des Pins to Opua. Pleasant conditions, a mix of motor sailing and the real thing. Beautiful sun rise this morning. All good. One flying fish on deck this morning.

Fri Oct 27 18:01 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 65nm (117.7km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.7nm
Weather: E10-12, 1016, 25%cc

all is well. A good start.

Fri Oct 27 7:45 2017 NZDT
Weather: E 5 kts, CC 20% light shower , Bar. 1017, Water temp. 24.4C

Baie de Kuto, Ile des Pins. Another cruise ship yesterday. A beautiful morning to be leaving.

Thu Oct 26 8:00 2017 NZDT
Weather: SE 2 kts, CC 20% , Bar. 1018, Water temp. 24.4C

Baie de Kuto, Ile des Pins. Another cruise ship yesterday. A beautiful morning. One more trip to the bakery and the final pack up for the sail home.

Wed Oct 25 8:00 2017 NZDT
Weather: S 10-16 kts, CC 95% , Bar. 1018, Water temp. 24.8C

Baie de Kuto, Ile des Pins. Another cruise ship yesterday. A little rolly in here this morning.

Tue Oct 24 8:06 2017 NZDT
Weather: NE 2kts, CC 70% recent rain, Bar. 1017, Water temp. 24.4C

Baie de Kuto, Ile des Pins. Stunning anchorage,alive with turtles, a dugong or two? ( a dugong flipped in front of me yesterday morning while paddleboarding) Lots of fish and remora. Cruise ship in yesterday, many Aussies, interesting. Looking at a Friday departure to NZ.

Mon Oct 23 8:09 2017 NZDT
Run: 43.6nm (78.9km)
Weather: NNE 5kts, CC 50%, Bar. 1016, Water temp. 24.0C

Baie de Kuto, Ile des Pins. Stunning anchorage, great to be back. Fast sail from Ile Casy yesterday morning. Dinner aboard Aradonna last night, very nice, fun.

Sat Oct 21 21:58 2017 NZDT
Run: 26.4nm (47.8km)
Weather: calm, 50% CC, Bar. 1018, Water temp 24.4C

Ile Casy, Baie de Prony. Isle des Pins tomorrow.

Sat Oct 21 7:27 2017 NZDT
Weather: E 5 kts, CC 5%, Bar. 1021,

Port Moselle Marina, Noumea. A much quieter morning. Leaving for Prony this morning

Fri Oct 20 8:03 2017 NZDT
Weather: ENE 5 kts, CC 60% recent heavy rain, Bar. 1021, Water temp 25.2C

Port Moselle Marina, Noumea. A much quieter morning.

Thu Oct 19 8:00 2017 NZDT
Weather: SE 10-20 kts, CC 50%, Bar. 1021, Water temp 25.2C

Port Moselle Marina, Noumea. Still very breezy but hot by day. Very social.

Wed Oct 18 8:00 2017 NZDT
Weather: SE 10-15 kts, CC 90% recent rain, Bar. 1019, Water temp 25.2C

Port Moselle Marina, Noumea.

Tue Oct 17 7:57 2017 NZDT
Weather: ESE 10-15 kts, CC 80% recent rain, Bar. 1017, Water temp 25.2C

Port Moselle Marina, Noumea. Rain here late yesterday and overnight, no rain since August 4th, the locals are very worried, bush fires at Komac.

Mon Oct 16 7:54 2017 NZDT
Weather: ESE 7 kts, CC 25%, Bar. 1018, Water temp 25.2C

Port Moselle Marina, Noumea. Preparations for our trip back to NZ are well underway. Has been very breezy here.

Sat Oct 14 7:54 2017 NZDT
Weather: E 10 kts, CC 50% (mares tails), Bar. 1017, Water temp 24.8C -

Port Moselle Marina, Noumea. Our visitors are off back to NZ this morning, a great time had by all.

Fri Oct 13 7:51 2017 NZDT
Run: 13.9nm (25.2km)
Weather: E 10 kts, CC 40% (mares tails), Bar. 1019, Water temp 24.8C

Port Moselle Marina, Noumea. Parked with the locals, not the cruisers, for our sins. Off to do the tourist thing today, after a rig check. Visited the boatyard and Maritime Museum yesterday. The trip home is getting closer.

Thu Oct 12 8:03 2017 NZDT
Run: 28nm (50.7km)
Weather: ESE 18kts, CC 50%, Bar. 1020, Water temp. 23.6C

Ilot Amedee, still beautiful although a tad breezy and bumpy. Out unreliable Hidea outboard has failed us yet again, so not really possible to take our guest ashore. Onwards for the shelter and delights of Noumea today.

Wed Oct 11 7:57 2017 NZDT
Run: 39.7nm (71.9km)
Weather: E 6 kts, CC 30%, Bar. 1020, Water temp. 24.0C

Pointe Mere, Bonne Anse. A quiet but pleasant motor sail up from Ilse Des Pins yesterday, the hoped for winds didn't come to much. No fish. Very nice anchorage here, great view of sunset.

Tue Oct 10 8:03 2017 NZDT
Weather: ESE 5 kts, CC 50%, Bar. 1018, Water temp. 24.4C

Baie De Kuto, Ile Des Pins, still amazing, a visit around to Baie De Kanumera yesterday. Th Dugong has been making brief visits.

Hi there, we arrived in Kuto but you must have flown the coop this morning! That's great about the Dugong, we had just a glimpse or three back in July here. Hope to see you yet!
Mon Oct 9 8:24 2017 NZDT
Run: 1640.1nm (2968.6km)
Avg: 34.7knts
24hr: 833.9nm
Weather: E 2kts, CC 1%, Bar. 1019, Water temp. 23.6C.

Kuto, Iles Des Pins, New Caledonia. Nice moter sail down to Kuto from Ilse Casy yesterday, this place is still paradise, our guests don't want to leave.

Sat Oct 7 9:12 2017 NZDT
Run: 1706nm (3087.9km)
Avg: 66.8knts
24hr: 1603.5nm
Weather: S 2kts, CC 50%, Bar. 1022 ,Water temp. 24.4C

Ile Casy

Fri Oct 6 7:39 2017 NZDT
Weather: E 2kts, CC 20%, Bar. 1022, Water remp. 24.4C

Port Moselle, visitors arrived safely and now warm. Off to Prony this morning.

Thu Oct 5 8:06 2017 NZDT
Weather: E 8kts, CC 30 %, Bar. 1023

Port Moselle marina. Friends arriving from NZ today. Has been very breezy.

Thu Oct 5 7:57 2017 NZDT
Weather: 20Se

came back yesterday in 35kts to collect guests.

Wed Oct 4 11:44 2017 NZDT
Run: 26.3nm (47.6km)
Weather: ESE 10kts, CC 10%, Bar. 1023

Port Moselle, marina

Tue Oct 3 7:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 24.2nm (43.8km)
Weather: E 3kts, CC 70%, Bar. 1026, Water temp 24.0C

Ile Casy, Baie De Prony. Had a great sail from Ilot Ua. Witnessed a whale off Ilot Mato thrashing it's tale and blowing about every minute, this went on for about twenty minutes but got slower, not sure if whale was giving birth, bonking or what? never saw it's head (help please Dani). A fun evening with Masterplan and Jams, long overdue catchup. Breezy but hot.

What a show! Did you only see the one whale? What depth was it in? Possible that it was trying to shed itself of parasites but I much prefer your scenarios! I'll ask a couple of marine mammal biologist buds for their thoughts. Beyond jealousy that is.
Mon Oct 2 7:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)
Weather: SE 15kts, CC 75%, Bar. 1023, Water temp. 23.8C

Ilot Ua, beautiful Ilot, named after our first grandson. The birds on the Ilot, while beautiful are very protective. A bit bumpy here this morning.

Sun Oct 1 9:57 2017 NZDT
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
Weather: W 5kts, CC 95%, Bar. 1021, Water temp 23.6C

Ilot Uatio. Another stunning Ilot and perfect for the weather conditions. Beautiful coral. After departing from Ilot Kouare we checked out the nearby barrier reef, Recif Neokouie, then out through Passe De Kouare and back, amazing colours and pipeline seas. Air temp. 26-27C during the day.

Sat Sep 30 8:15 2017 NZDT
Run: 1675.5nm (3032.7km)
Avg: 69knts
24hr: 1654.8nm
Weather: SSE 3kt, CC 10, Bar. 1020, Water temp. 23.6C

Ilot Kouare, stunning anchorage, water colours are amazing. Green flash number two for the season last night. Another hot day yesterday. Paddle boarding shortly.

Fri Sep 29 7:57 2017 NZDT
Run: 1674.5nm (3030.8km)
Avg: 70.4knts
24hr: 1688.6nm
Weather: SSE 2kts, CC 0%, Bar. 1022, Water temp. 22.4C

Anse Majic, Bonne Anse. Quiet spot, on mooring. Very hot yesterday, chilly overnight. Off to Southern Lagoon this morning.

Thu Sep 28 8:09 2017 NZDT
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
Weather: S 3kts, CC 85%, Bar. 1021, Water temp 23.6C

Baie Du Carenage, Prony, New Caledonia. Sheltered anchorage, good holding in red mud. Off to local warm pools this morning for weekly bath.

Tue Sep 26 8:09 2017 NZDT
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)
Weather: WNW 3kts, CC 10%, Bar. 1022, Water temp 23.6C

Ile Casy, Baie de Prony, in the company of Aradonna, a favorite spot.
Had to leave Ilse Ouen, Baie de la Tortue yesterday. A local boat with three kanaks in it, was harassing the other three boats in the anchorage, when they came to us one jumped on board Distracted and was very aggressive when asked to get off, after lots of yelling and verbal abuse he ordered us to leave his island and left with his mates. We were not going to hang around. All a bit of a worry.

Mon Sep 25 8:09 2017 NZDT
Run: 6.8nm (12.3km)
Weather: ENE 8kts, CC 10%, Bar. 1022. Water temp. 23.2C

Baie De La Tortue, Ile Quen. Very pretty bay, a few turtles with remora stuck to them. Good holding and sheltered. The resort appears to have closed and aerodrome nearby may be in operation although we only saw one small plane and it was going the wrong way for a take off or landing. Warm by day, chilly nights.

Sun Sep 24 8:57 2017 NZDT
Weather: E 10-15kts, CC 70%, Bar. 1022, Water temp. 22.8C

Ilot Mato, stunning lagoon, beautiful blue green water, sheltered from sea, excellent holding.A bit breezy this morning. No paddle boarding this morning.Great result last night.

Sat Sep 23 7:03 2017 NZST
Run: 29.2nm (52.9km)
Weather: SE-ESE 5kts, CC 50%, Bar. 1022, Water temp. 22.8C

Ilot Mato, stunning lagoon, beautiful blue green water, sheltered from sea, excellent holding. Not as much sea life as Amedee, or people and boats. More paddle boarding this morning.

Fri Sep 22 7:24 2017 NZST
Weather: variable, CC 20%, Bar. 1021, Water temp. 22.8C

Ilot Amedee, on a mooring, sheltered, great snorkling and paddle boarding. Amazing sea life, lots of turtles unfortunatly for them many have remora attched to them. Seagulls protected here and very nasty. Very warm by day.

Thu Sep 21 7:09 2017 NZST
Run: 9.7nm (17.6km)
Weather: WSW 5kts, CC 70%, Bar. 1021, Water temp. 22.8C

Ilot Maitre, on a mooring, sheltered, great views and paddle boarding. The hotel rooms above the water are not very attractive, the coral is good and lots of turtles. A blanket and sheet last night.

Wed Sep 20 7:15 2017 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: ENE 2kts, CC 70% scattered, Bar. 1022. Water temp. 22.4C

Baie Maa, New Caledonia. Spent yesterday at Ilot Signal, came back when seas got up late in the afternoon.Saw our first "Green Flash" for the season last evening. Off for a paddle.

Tue Sep 19 7:09 2017 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
Weather: ENE 2kts, CC 40%, Bar. 1024. Water temp. 22.8C (brrr) -

Baie Maa, New Caledonia. Lovely sheltered anchorage.Very breezy yesterday, nice long walk. Off for a paddle.

Mon Sep 18 7:09 2017 NZST
Weather: ENE 10kts, CC 90%, Bar. 1024. Water temp. 23.6C (brrr)

Baie Maa, New Caledonia. Lovely sheltered anchorage.Went to Aradonna for drinks and dinner, fun had by all. Off for a paddle.

Sun Sep 17 9:36 2017 NZST
Run: 7.9nm (14.3km)
Weather: ENE 5kts, CC 40%, Bar. 1024. Water temp. 24.0C (brrr)

Baie Maa, New Caledonia. Lovely sheltered anchorage, a bit breezy yesterday but died out overnight. Aradonna came for drinks and dinner, fun had by all. Off for a paddle.

Sat Sep 16 8:21 2017 NZST
Weather: SE 10kts, CC 70% recent rain, Bar. 1023, Water temp 24.8C

Port Moselle, Port De Noumea, New Caledonia. Out to cruise Southern Lagoon this morning after a visit to the market. Saturday is a special morning at the Noumea market.

Wed Sep 13 7:54 2017 NZST
Run: 31.2nm (56.5km)
Weather: calm, 15% CC, Bar. 1023, water is smelly.

Port Moselle, Port de Noumea, New Caledonia. In a berth, cleared Customs, off to town to clear immagration this morning.And market delights.

Tue Sep 12 7:27 2017 NZST
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
Weather: SW 4kts, CC 70%, recent rain, Bar. 1023, Water temp 22.4C

Anse Majic, Bonne Anse, New Caledonia. A trip to Lle Casy for the afternoon to feed the dog and back to Bonne Anse for the night and dinner with Per de Lune, onwards today.

Mon Sep 11 7:06 2017 NZST
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
Weather: S 2kts, CC 80%, Bar. 1022, Water temp 22.4C

Baie Du Cap, Bonne Anse, New Caledonia. Time to catch up with old friends. A new anchorage for us, difficult to get a good hold but beautiful. A tad colder than we've been used to.

Sat Sep 9 10:48 2017 NZST
Run: 60.8nm (110km)
Avg: 18.8knts
24hr: 451.3nm
Weather: SW 10 - 15kts, CC 50%, Bar. 1019, Water temp. 24.0 (cold)

Port Boise, New Caledonia. Very pleasant motor sail down from Lifou. Cleared biosecurity on beach at Baie de Gaactha, communicated via loud voices, novel.
Stopped outside Canal de la Havannah to let tsunami pass, non event but prudent. Looking for the elusive "Curried Prawns".

Sat Sep 9 7:34 2017 NZST
Run: 158.5nm (286.9km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.2nm

waiting outside Havannah pass GrandeTerre.

Fri Sep 8 7:03 2017 NZST
Run: 87.5nm (158.4km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.8nm
Weather: SE 4kts, CC 75%, Bar. 1019, Water temp. 24.4C

Baie de Gaatcha, Lifou, Iles Loyaute, New Caledonia. A good fast sail, arrived here about 1630 yesterday, stunning clear blue / green water. Good anchorage. Huge sleep.

Thu Sep 7 6:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 8.2knts
Run: 146.2nm (264.6km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.7nm
Weather: CC 90%, ESE 12-14kts, Bar. 1018, Water temp. 26.5C

On passage from Port Vila to Lifou. Very pleasant sail, departed Vila 1100 yesterday morning, full moon, boobie hitch hiker on mast top from 0000 - 0400.

Wed Sep 6 6:55 2017 NZST
Weather: E 5kts, CC 100% light drizzle, Bar. 1019, Water temp. 26.1C

Port Vila. Off to vote this morning, then depart for The Loyalties. Laundry returned to Yachting World.

Tue Sep 5 6:42 2017 NZST
Weather: calm, CC 30%, Bar. 1020, Water temp 25.7C

Port Vila, Efate. Preparing to depart tomorrow morning after voting at NZHC. All going well apart from laundry going missing last night.

Mon Sep 4 6:44 2017 NZST
Weather: ESE 2kts, CC 50% Bar. 1018, Water temp 26.1C

Port Vila, Efate. Amazing day here yesterday, new waterfront park opened by NZHC on Friday, kids of Vila really enjoying it, great effort by NZ.

Sat Sep 2 6:55 2017 NZST
Run: 13.6nm (24.6km)
Weather: SE 3kts, CC 100% a lot of high light cloud, Bar. 1017, Water temp. 26.1

Port Vila, Efate. Back to prepare for departure to New Caledonia, possibly Wednesday after voting at NZHC. Spent yesterday afternoon at Mele Bay, a bit rolly.

Fri Sep 1 6:41 2017 NZST
Weather: E 5kts, CC 85%, Bar. 1016, Water temp. 27.3C

Esema Bay, Port Havannah, Efate. Great watching turtles all around us yesterday, the odd small sea snake. To the north of our position are four large steel mooring bouys, unlit. Apparently hurricane moorings. Care should be taken if coming here at night.

Thu Aug 31 6:58 2017 NZST
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
Weather: Calm, CC 100%, rain most of the night, Bar. 1017. Water temp. 27.3

Esema Bay, Port Havannah, Efate. Back to an old favourite anchorage.

Wed Aug 30 19:26 2017 NZST
Run: 7.4nm (13.4km)
Weather: Light winds, rain

Port Charles, Undine Bay, Efate. We went around to Undine Bay today to check out the residential development, greeted by two sharks on the way into the small marina, but chose not to stay. Now back in Esma Bay. This morning after praising our anchorage it took us an hour to retrieve our anchor, caught on demolition dumpings, we don't recommend the anchorage we stayed in last night.

Wed Aug 30 6:45 2017 NZST
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
Weather: SE 10-15kts, CC 30%, Bar. 1016, Water temp 27.3 C

Port Havannah, Efate. A construction site at this end of the bay, sheltered and good holding in sand.

Tue Aug 29 7:05 2017 NZST
Weather: Calm, CC 70%, Bar. 1016, Water temp. 27.7C, rain overnight.

Richards Reef, Port Havannah, Efate. This spot is very special.

Mon Aug 28 10:28 2017 NZST
Run: 3.9nm (7.1km)
Weather: ENE 7kts, CC 40%, Bar. 1016, Sea Temp. 27.3C

Richards Reef, Port Havannah, Efate. Saw a big fat dugong outside The Havannah while paddle boarding this morning, also numerous sea snakes resting on the reef.

Nice! Vanuatu really is turning it on for you with the megafauna this year.
Sun Aug 27 10:36 2017 NZST
Run: 3.9nm (7.1km)
Weather: E 6kts, CC 40%, Bar. 1015, Water temp 27.3C

Esema Bay, Port Havannah, Efate. Great weather here, back to an old favorite anchorage.

Sat Aug 26 6:54 2017 NZST
Run: 11.7nm (21.2km)
Weather: calm, 75% CC, Bar. 1015, Water temp 26.5C

Richards Reef, Port Havannah, Efate. Fantastic anchorage in easterly conditions, frinedly locals.

Fri Aug 25 6:52 2017 NZST
Weather: ENE 2kts, CC 50%, Bar. 1018. Water temp. 26.5C

Port Vila, off to Port Havannah this morning

Thu Aug 24 6:44 2017 NZST
Weather: ESE 5kt, CC 95%, Bar. 1019

Port Vila, still stocking up, visited NZHC, will vote there on 6th Sept.
Moorings now almost full in here (ICA)

Wed Aug 23 6:56 2017 NZST
Weather: ESE 5 kts, CC 100%, Bar. 1020 Water temp. 26.1

Port Vila, restocking, more boats arriving constantly.

Tue Aug 22 7:01 2017 NZST
Run: 12.8nm (23.2km)
Weather: ESE 5-7 kts, CC 50%, Bar. 1019 Water temp. 26.1C

Port Vila, Efate. Restocking and catching up with old friends

Mon Aug 21 5:28 2017 NZST
Weather: SW 8kts, CC 20%?, Bar. 1016, Water 26.5C

Port Havannah, Efate. Off to Port Vila this morning.

Sun Aug 20 9:02 2017 NZST
Run: 57nm (103.2km)
Weather: SW-NW 3 kt, CC 30%, Bar. 1016, Water temp 26.5C

Lalepa Island, Port Havannah, Efate, Vanuatu. Amazing morning, warm, still and sunny. Great safe anchorage in westerly conditions. Good trip down from Epi yesterday, light easterlies went light westerlies, flat seas.

Sat Aug 19 7:31 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.3knts
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
Weather: 100%cc, E5

on passage Epi to Havannah harbour

Sat Aug 19 6:06 2017 NZST
Run: 9.2nm (16.7km)
Weather: ENE-E 3kts, 35% CC, Bar. 1018, Water temp 26.1c

Revolieu Bay, Epi. Sheltered from swell behind reef. Off to Havannah Harbour soon.

Fri Aug 18 11:36 2017 NZST
Run: 26.8nm (48.5km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.9nm
Weather: E-ENE 10kts, CC 75%, Bar. 1019

Lameh Bay, Epi. Great sail across for Malakula, spotted five whales breaching. Whistle stop for horse trading. Will move down to Revolieu Bay for early departure to Havannah in morning.

Love it, well I'm going home this afternoon to mow the lawns before it rains again
Fri Aug 18 5:21 2017 NZST
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
Weather: calm, 50% CC, Bar. 1018, water temp 26.9C

Port Sandwich, Malakula. Moved slightly could not see Ambryn volcanoe last night. Stunning safe anchorage.YITsters gone. Amazing how French stripped Lamap on departure.

Thu Aug 17 6:48 2017 NZST
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
Weather: variable, 25% CC, Bar. 1017

Port Sandwich, Malakula. Great view of one of Ambrin's volcanoes last night. Nice anchorage.

Wed Aug 16 6:45 2017 NZST
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
Weather: SSE 10-15kts, 60% CC, Bar. 1016

Gaspard Bay, Maskelyne Islands, Malakula.

Tue Aug 15 6:48 2017 NZST
Run: 18.7nm (33.8km)
Weather: S-SE 5kts, CC 50%, Bar. 1015

Awei Island, Maskelyne Isalands, Malakula. Happy Birthday to YITster Mike.

Happy birthday Gavin, thinking about you enjoying the lovely warmth on tropical islands. What better place to be for your birthday. All the best, Jan & Peter :)

Happy Birthday Michael. Thinking of you today. Enjoy your day in paradise celebrating with good friends. Love from us all xxx
Mon Aug 14 6:27 2017 NZST
Run: 7.6nm (13.8km)
Weather: SE 10kts, 100% CC rain, Bar. 1016

Caroline Bay, Malakula

Sat Aug 12 6:45 2017 NZST
Weather: SE 10-15 kts, 60% CC. Bar. 1019

Lorlow, Metenovor Bay (SW Bay), Malakula.

Fri Aug 11 6:51 2017 NZST
Run: 14.5nm (26.2km)
Weather: SE 15-20 kts, 50% CC, rain late yesterday. Bar. 1019

Lorlow, Metenovor Bay, Malakula. Anchored at Munvet Point yesterday, very sheltered but mozzies became issue late in day, YITsters became unsettled.

My heart bleeds for you will swop mozzies for freezing rain anyday
Thu Aug 10 6:48 2017 NZST
Run: 24nm (43.4km)
Weather: SE 1 kt, 75% broken CC, Bar. 1017

Tisvel Bay, Malakula

Wed Aug 9 6:51 2017 NZST
Run: 31.5nm (57km)
Weather: SE 3kt, 10% CC, Bar. 1017

Malua Bay, Malakula, Vanauatu

Tue Aug 8 6:48 2017 NZST
Weather: NW 2 kts, 15% CC, Bar. 1018

Aore, Luganville, Santo.

Mon Aug 7 6:42 2017 NZST
Weather: NW 4 kts, 50% CC, Bar. 1019

Aore, Luganville, Santo.

Sat Aug 5 6:48 2017 NZST
Weather: SE 5 kts, 50% CC, Bar. 1016

Aore, Luganville, Santo.

Fri Aug 4 6:51 2017 NZST
Weather: SW 3 kts, 100% CC light rain, Bar. 1016

Aore, Luganville, Santo. Town will be much safer today, cruise ship gone. Shopping can continue.

Thu Aug 3 6:57 2017 NZST
Run: 10.1nm (18.3km)
Weather: calm, 20% CC, Bar. 1016

Aore, Luganville, Espiritu Santo

Wed Aug 2 6:51 2017 NZST
Weather: NE 5kts, 20% CC, Bar. 1017

Andrews Point, Baldwin Cove, Espiritu Santo. Lovely anchorage, Tx GHR. The resort appears to be being rebuilt. A frenchman advised us this is a private bay, we could not go ashore but could stay the night. Onto Luganville this morning.

Wed Aug 2 6:45 2017 NZST
Run: 17.9nm (32.4km)
Weather: NE 5kts, 20% CC, Bar. 1017

Andrews Point, Baldwin Cove, Espiritu Santo. Lovely anchorage, Tx GHR. The resort appears to be being rebuilt. A frenchman advised us this is a private bay, we could not go ashore but could stay the night. Onto Luganville this morning.

Tue Aug 1 6:57 2017 NZST
Weather: E 10-15kts, 30% CC, Bar. 1018

Lisburn, Cape Mataavea, Espiritu Santo

Mon Jul 31 6:51 2017 NZST
Weather: SE 5kts, 20% CC, Bar. 1018

Lisburn, Cape Mataavea, Espiritu Santo

Hi Guys -3 frost this morning possum wouldn't get out of bed but nice days,been very wet and cold last month sick of it. looks nice there have fun cheers Brent & Michelle
Sun Jul 30 15:30 2017 NZST
Run: 19.7nm (35.7km)
Weather: ESE 10kts, 25-30kt ESE outside, CC 100% light rain, Bar. 1016

Lisburn Anchorage, Cape Mataavea, Espiritu Santo. A spirited sail today 10 - 35kt S, 2.5 - 3.5m S sea, well worth the effort, first anchorage in a month with no roll and very sheltered. A lot to explore here. Could be here for a while.

Sat Jul 29 19:54 2017 NZST
Run: 45.8nm (82.9km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 85.2nm
Weather: SW 5kts, 30% CC, Bar. 1015

Wusi Bay, Espiritu Santo. Another with two islands in it according to Navionics, not a one to be seen. A lovely sail down the coast.

Sat Jul 29 7:00 2017 NZST
Weather: variable, CC 95%, Bar. 1011, SW sea 0.5m rolly

Wunpuko, Espiritu Santo

Fri Jul 28 15:27 2017 NZST
Run: 55.1nm (99.7km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.6nm
Weather: SE 5kts, CC 100% rain, Bar. 1012

Wunpuko, Espiritu Santo

Fri Jul 28 7:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 24.5nm (44.3km)
Weather: 16SSE, 1.5mSE swell, 60%cc

on passage to the NW anchorage on Espiritu Santo

Thu Jul 27 7:00 2017 NZST
Run: 8.2nm (14.8km)
Weather: ESE 10 -15kts gusty, CC 40%, Bar. 1011

Veutumboso, Vanua Lava

Wed Jul 26 7:00 2017 NZST
Weather: SW variable 2 - 3kts , CC 95% recent rain, Bar. 1010

Sasar Waterfalls, Vanua Lava, Banks Islands. Paradise.

Tue Jul 25 6:57 2017 NZST
Weather: NE 5 - 10kts , CC 30%, Bar. 1010

Sasar Waterfalls, Vanua Lava, Banks Islands. Paradise.

Nice anchorage especially with the waterfall and pool.
Mon Jul 24 7:12 2017 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: SE 5 - 10kts , CC 100% rain, Bar. 1009

Sasar Waterfalls, Vanua Lava, Banks Islands. Paradise.

Sat Jul 22 19:36 2017 NZST
Run: 12nm (21.7km)

Sasar waterfalls, Vanua Lava, beautiful, isolated and shared with two generous, small villages.

Sat Jul 22 6:48 2017 NZST
Run: 8nm (14.5km)
Weather: SE 4kts, 50% CC, Bar. 1011

Sola Bay, Port Patteson, Vanua Lava.

Fri Jul 21 6:54 2017 NZST
Run: 27.2nm (49.2km)
Weather: ENE 5kts, CC 40%, Bar. 1009

Veutumboso Bay, Vanua Lava.

Thu Jul 20 6:51 2017 NZST
Weather: ESE 5kts, 10% CC, Bar. 1009

Kwetevut Bay, Santa Maria, moving on to Sola this morning

Wed Jul 19 7:00 2017 NZST
Run: 55.1nm (99.7km)
Weather: S-SW 5kts, 100% CC light rain. Bar. 1011

Kwetevut Bay, Santa Maria Island. Great sail yesterday, 30kt as we approached Is. Nice anchorage, Tx GHR. Olivia with us

Tue Jul 18 6:45 2017 NZST
Weather: S 5kts, CC 100%, Bar. 1012

Port Olry, Santo. Deparing for Santa Maria this morning, with Olivia

Mon Jul 17 6:48 2017 NZST
Weather: variable 2kts, 100% CC rain, Bar. 1013

Malvoror Island, Thion, Port Olry, Santo

Sun Jul 16 8:09 2017 NZST
Run: 7.8nm (14.1km)
Weather: variable, 100% CC recent rain, bar. 1013

Thion Island, Port Olry, Santo

Sat Jul 15 7:00 2017 NZST
Weather: SW 7kts, 100% CC recent rain. Bar. 1013

Lonock Bay, Hog Harbour, Santo. Olivia One in company.

Fri Jul 14 6:39 2017 NZST
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
Weather: SW 10kts, 100% CC recent rain. Bar. 1011

Lonock Bay, Hog Harbour, Espiritu Santo. Australian yacht Olivio nearby, too shy to talk to GHR.

Thu Jul 13 7:06 2017 NZST
Run: 25.5nm (46.2km)
Weather: S 4kts, CC 30%, Bar. 1011

Champaigne Beach, Hog Harbour, Espiritu Santo. Stunning anchorage

Yes very nice part of the world have been there several times. Will check on Breaker Bay later today 167km southerly and 10m swell and a balmy 6c
Wed Jul 12 7:18 2017 NZST
Weather: S 13kts, 90% CC, Bar. 1012

Palikulo Bay, 9 yachts here.

Tue Jul 11 6:48 2017 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: S 10kts, 70% CC, Bar. 1013

Palikulo Bay

Mon Jul 10 6:48 2017 NZST
Run: 5.3nm (9.6km)
Weather: SSE 10kts, CC 70%, Bar. 1012

Palikula Bay, Espiritu Santo

Sat Jul 8 6:51 2017 NZST
Weather: E 5kts, CC 40%,red sky, Bar. 1012

Aore, Lugnaville, Espiritu Santo

Fri Jul 7 6:45 2017 NZST
Weather: Variable 2kts, CC 60% ?, Bar 1011

Aore (on a mooring along from resort), Luganville, Espiritu Santo

Thu Jul 6 6:44 2017 NZST
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)

Aore, Luganville, Espirito Santo.
Calm, CC 100% recent rain, Bar. 1011

Wed Jul 5 6:45 2017 NZST

Palikulo Bay.
calm, CC 50%, recent rain. Bar. 1011

Tue Jul 4 6:48 2017 NZST
Weather: SE 10kt, CC 40%, Bar. 1011

Palkulo Bay, Espiritu Santo

Mon Jul 3 6:54 2017 NZST
Run: 50.5nm (91.4km)
Weather: SSE 6-9 kts, CC 60%, Bar. 1012

Palikulo Bay, Espiritu Santo

Sun Jul 2 7:06 2017 NZST
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
Weather: SE 5-15kts, CC 85%, Bar. 1011

Vanihe Bay, Aoba

Sat Jul 1 6:54 2017 NZST
Weather: variable 5kts, 100% CC recent rain. Bar. 1011


Fri Jun 30 6:48 2017 NZST
Weather: SE 5-10kts, CC 40%, Bar. 1011


Thu Jun 29 7:00 2017 NZST
Run: 20nm (36.2km)
Weather: 5-10ktS-SE, 90% CC, Bar. 1012

Asanvari, Maewo. A beautiful bay, sheltered from sea & wind anchorage. Unfortunately they lost their yacht club during the cyclone, reopen new club in July/August.

Wed Jun 28 6:54 2017 NZST
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
Weather: 10kt ESE, 30%CC, Bar. 1012

Bwatnapne Bay, Ile Pentecote, Vanuatu.

Tue Jun 27 7:03 2017 NZST
Run: 12.3nm (22.3km)
Weather: 2kt E, 100% CC, rain most of the night, Bar. 1012

Ranmawat (Waterfall Bay), Ile Pentecote. Well done ETNZ

Mon Jun 26 6:45 2017 NZST
Weather: ESE 5-10kts, CC 40%, Bar. 1010, recent light rain

Homo Bay, Ile Pentecote, water & laundry day yesterday. Go ETNZ

Sat Jun 24 7:03 2017 NZST
Run: 13.4nm (24.3km)
Weather: SE 5-10kts, CC 95%, Bar. 1009

Homo Bay, Ile Pentecote, Vanuatu. Nice fast sail away from volcanic cloud of Ambryn yesterday afternoon.

Hi Gordon and Bindy We were both thinking of you up there in the tropics ,hope you are both keeping well , the weather down here in NZ is mostly cold raining and windy with the odd day or two sunshine, not good boating weather like you are more than likely experiencing up in the tropics Our boat has not sold as yet but we are getting inquiries here and there, we wait in hope so that we can move on to the next one Very interesting following your progress up where you are (isn't technology great to be able to experience this virtually in real time ! ) anyway keep safe and enjoy the good climate where you are All the best to both of you cheers Russell and Dianne
Fri Jun 23 7:12 2017 NZST
Run: 29.7nm (53.8km)
Weather: Calm, CC 100% (probably all volcanic, almost fog), Bar. 1009

Ambryn, off village Ranon, very hot and humid still conditions, be very pleased when trades reappear.

Thu Jun 22 7:00 2017 NZST
Run: 2nm (3.6km)
Weather: 6-7kt S- SW, 100% CC, Bar. 1010

Epi, Morevi Point, Olivia anchored next to us, a bit rolly.

Wed Jun 21 6:57 2017 NZST
Weather: Calm, 100% CC, Bar. 1010. Very hot yesterday, water temp 29c, inside ventilated boat 29c

Laman Bay, Epi. Olivia One is anchored next to us. Great spot, visit from dugong and dolphins

Tue Jun 20 7:00 2017 NZST
Run: 69nm (124.9km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 68.4nm
Weather: E 2-3kts, 10% CC, Bar. 1009

Lameh Bay, Epi. Olivia One is anchored next to us

Mon Jun 19 6:46 2017 NZST

Vanuatu, Port Havannah, Samoa Point.
calm, 100% CC, Bar. 1011

Sat Jun 17 6:53 2017 NZST
Run: 5nm (9.1km)

Port Havannah
Calm, 75% CC (high), Bar. 1013

Fri Jun 16 6:56 2017 NZST
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)

Port Havannah, Richards Reefs.
Calm, CC 80% (high), Bar. 1012
Good to back here after four years, new resort at Moso Village and super yacht onshore next to resort, had been anchored here 4 years ago.

Thu Jun 15 6:55 2017 NZST
Run: 13.6nm (24.6km)

Port Havannah, Esema Bay
Calm, CC 40%, Bar. 1013

Wed Jun 14 6:57 2017 NZST

Port Vila
Calm, 95% CC, Bar. 1014

Tue Jun 13 6:24 2017 NZST

Port Vila
Calm, CC 50%? recent rain, Bar. 1014

Mon Jun 12 6:48 2017 NZST

Calm, CC 60%, Bar. 1013.
Port Vila, stunning weather over the weekend

Fri Jun 9 6:35 2017 NZST
Run: 60.3nm (109.1km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 105.3nm

Port Vila.
S 5kts, 40% CC, Bar. 1010

Thu Jun 8 16:51 2017 NZST
Run: 17.2nm (31.1km)
Weather: SW 8.0kts, CC 100%, Bar 1009. Water temp. 29C

Port Vila, Vanuatu. On mooring outside Yachting World. All cleared and under internet tree. Thanks to David and Patricia for all their help & humour.

Thu Jun 8 7:37 2017 NZST
Run: 107.7nm (194.9km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 107.6nm
Weather: calm, 80%cc, 1009

in P Vila

Wed Jun 7 7:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.9knts
Run: 174nm (314.9km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.7nm
Weather: E10-15, E1.5m swell, 80%cc

Will keep the pedal down so 11.5 hours to Port Vila. gave us the news of the Americas cup crash and mast loss for NZ against UK in Bermuda. Poo

Tue Jun 6 6:06 2017 NZST
Weather: E 5kt, CC 15%, Bar. 1012

Baie de Tadine, Mare, Iles Loyaute

Mon Jun 5 19:00 2017 NZST
Run: 79.6nm (144.1km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.9nm
Weather: S 5kts, 50% CC, Bar. 1013

Baie de Tadine, Mare, Iles Loyaute

Mon Jun 5 6:54 2017 NZST
Run: 7.9nm (14.3km)
Weather: calm, 5% CC, Bar. 1012

Port Boise, about to sail for Mare

Sun Jun 4 8:00 2017 NZST
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
Weather: SW 2kts, CC 50%, Bar. 1013

Baie de Prony

Sat Jun 3 7:09 2017 NZST
Run: 25.9nm (46.9km)
Weather: S 4kts, 60% CC, 1013

Anse Du Pilote, Canal Woodin.

Fri Jun 2 6:18 2017 NZST
Weather: SW 15kt, 100% CC, bar. 1014

Baie de L'Orphelinat, Noumea, now cleared out

Thu Jun 1 6:03 2017 NZST
Run: 8nm (14.5km)
Weather: NE 3kts, CC 50% ? still dark, Bar. 1013

Baie De L'Orphelinat, Noumea. The Australian invasion has arrived in town.

Wed May 31 6:36 2017 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
Weather: E 5kts, CC 60%, Bar. 1015

Baie Maa, about to move to Noumea to clear out for Anatom

Tue May 30 7:15 2017 NZST
Run: 16.7nm (30.2km)
Weather: E 2kt, 15% CC, Bar. 1017

Baie Maa

Mon May 29 7:09 2017 NZST
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)
Weather: E 2kts, CC 5%, Bar. 1016

Uitoe, Pointe Caouritta

Sun May 28 8:09 2017 NZST
Run: 10.1nm (18.3km)
Weather: calm, 80% CC, Bar. 1015

Ile Ndukue

You guys are missing all the rain and wind and snow very envious of you ,have safe trip. Brent & Michelle
Sat May 27 8:09 2017 NZST
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185.1nm
Weather: water temp. 27.7C, blue sky, light SE

Ile Ronde, a little piece of paradise (yesterday)

Sat May 27 7:06 2017 NZST
Run: 9.8nm (17.7km)
Weather: NE 5kts, CC 20%, Bar. 1014

Ile Abu, Baie De Uitoe

Fri May 26 7:12 2017 NZST
Run: 7.4nm (13.4km)
Weather: NE 7kts, 60% CC recent rain, bar. 1011

Ile T'Ndu

Thu May 25 7:12 2017 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: NW 10kt,95% CC, bar. 1010

Ilot Mbe Kouen

Hi guys we have been following you all the way and looks like you had a fantastic trip up making good time. Looks like you have left Noumea and are heading up the coast an on to Vanuatu. Would love to see some photos of the anchorages you are in as they sound beautiful. How is the French bread and pate going down??
Thu May 25 7:00 2017 NZST
Run: 8.3nm (15km)
Weather: E 3kts, 35% CC, bar. 1008. Water temp. 26.5C

Ilot Mbe Kouen, stunning anchorage.

Wed May 24 7:12 2017 NZST
Run: 8nm (14.5km)
Weather: E 2kts, 15% CC, bar. 1010

Baie Maa, anchored here last night after a lovely afternoon at Ilot Te Ndu, got a bit rolly as the tide came up.

Tue May 23 7:06 2017 NZST

Port Moselle, Noumea. Calm, 0% cc, bar. 1011

Fri May 19 15:07 2017 NZST
Run: 34.8nm (63km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 83.7nm

Reef entry at Amedee @ 0745. Port Moselle Marina @ 1030.
Great trip.

Fri May 19 5:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.3knts
Run: 169nm (305.9km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.1nm
Weather: 25-30kt ESE, 100% cc, bar 1015. 2.5 -3.0m SE sea

16nm from Amedee entrance, should be in just after daylight

Well done the admiral. Keeping the captain on track is worth any amount of good French wine. Enjoy your stay
Thu May 18 5:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 173.2nm (313.5km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.4nm
Weather: 15kt SE, 10% cc, bar 1018, 2.0m SE swell

sailing downwind trying to encourage more east from wind.

Great to see you making such good progress. So much for the detractors that rubbish Bavarias.Good sailing.
Wed May 17 5:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.3knts
Run: 144.8nm (262.1km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.6nm
Weather: 10-12 kt SW, sea slight, 15-20%cc, bar 1015 steady

motorsailed all night to windward in light NW. Now reaching in 10-12kt SW. seas have calmed right down. Life is fantastic.

You will be there before you know it! And you will be getting warmer! Deb, Brent
Tue May 16 6:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 183.9nm (332.9km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.8nm
Weather: 20 -30kt NE, 100% cc ?, bar. 1014 dropping (down 5 from 2000 last night)

bumpy night trying to get over top of Norfolk Is before NW arrives.

Mon May 15 5:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 168.9nm (305.7km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.2nm
Weather: 10-15 ENE, slight sea, bar 1022 dropping (1024, 4hrs ago) 98% cc.

Pleasant motor sailing, sea has settled. Adverse current annoying. Beautiful moon lit night.

Sun May 14 5:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 148.4nm (268.6km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184.1nm
Weather: S 15, swell SW 2.0m, bar 1022, cc 60%

unsettled sea, great to be back out here. good progress

Hi Guys have been following your trip so far through this great site, hope you both have another very safe text book trip there and back, enjoy yourselves, will catch up when you get back to NZ cheers Russell and Dianne

Safe travels guys

Bon voyage. Have a safe trip and take care of each other out there. Watching your progress daily.
Sat May 13 10:27 2017 NZST
Run: 6.7nm (12.1km)

10kt SW, 5% cc, 1014
Cleared customs 0800, exiting BOI.
Stunning day to depart NZ

Safe journey !

Hope you have a great passage. Looking forward to being the pasty whities visiting you in a few months. Make sure you don't forget the decimal in your eastings by the way. I've just fixed your last two which were missing the decimal and had you across the other side of the world. xx Dani (and the petrol-head)
Mon May 8 15:47 2017 NZST
Run: 11.3nm (20.5km)

Matauwhi Bay, Russell. Bay of Islands. Waiting patiently.

Hi guys Great to see you have got away! Enjoy Deb, Brent

Hi guys Have you left yet? Deb, Brent
Sun May 7 15:14 2017 NZST
Run: 11.7nm (21.2km)

Deep Water Cove, Bay of Islands

Sat May 6 17:34 2017 NZST
Run: 35nm (63.4km)

E 5kts, 5%cc, 1024. stunning evening.
Teparapara Bay, Whangaruru Harbour

Fri May 5 14:48 2017 NZST
Run: 43.5nm (78.7km)

15kt SW, 95% cc.
Urquharts Bay. Quick trip from Kawau

Mon May 1 17:46 2017 NZST
Run: 35.8nm (64.8km)

Out of Gulf Harbour, anchored in School House Bay, Kawau Island. Waiting for TC 99P to decide where it's going.

Fri Feb 3 20:33 2017 NZDT
Run: 35.3nm (63.9km)

Bryants Bay, Ponui Island. Not nearly as exciting as Chameleon at sea. :position 36 51.305s 175 11.886e

Thu Jan 26 20:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 47.2nm (85.4km)

Otarawao Bay, Mahurangi Heads :position 36 30.705s 174 43.604e

Tue Jan 24 19:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 34.1nm (61.7km)

Urquharts Bay, Whangarei Heads :position 35 50.868s 174 31.791e

Sun Jan 22 13:18 2017 NZDT
Run: 1.4nm (2.5km)

Oakura Bay, Whangaruru Harbour :position 35 22.635s 174 20.690e

Fri Jan 20 13:18 2017 NZDT
Run: 7.8nm (14.1km)

Patunga Point, Whangaruru Harbour :position 35 21.522s 174 20.069s

Wed Jan 18 15:09 2017 NZDT
Run: 27.7nm (50.1km)

Whangamumu Harbour 35 15.035s 174 17.785e

Tue Jan 17 20:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 63.3nm (114.6km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.2nm

Pacific Bay, Tutukaka Harbour :position 35 36.000s 174 32.189e

Hi , will you still be around in Feb, we are heading back Jan 31, Regards Doug& Sandra
Tue Jan 17 9:57 2017 NZDT
Run: 6.4nm (11.6km)

Omahungaiti Bay, Great Barrier Island :position 36 08.808s 175 26.578e

Thu Jan 12 19:39 2017 NZDT
Run: 9.7nm (17.6km)

Stony Bay, Port Fitzroy, Great Barrier Island.
:position 36 10.896s 175 20.199e

Wed Jan 11 16:48 2017 NZDT
Run: 3.1nm (5.6km)

Raktu Island (Arid Island), The Cove :position 36 07.239s 175 29.596e

Wed Jan 11 9:21 2017 NZDT
Run: 30.4nm (55km)

Harotaonga Bay, Great Barrier Island (08 01 2017) :position 36 09.869s 175 29.012e

Sat Jan 7 12:45 2017 NZDT
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)

Little Bay, Waikawau, Coromandel Peninsula.
Greeted by a smiley seal as we entered Little Bay, soon after anchoring we spotted a pod of Orca working the bay, guess the seal became lunch.
We made the local swimmers aware of the pod, most were in black wet suits.
No casualties, as of yet.

Hehe, hopefully the seal lived to seal lived to see another day. The orca are more likely hunting rays (not so lucky for the rays). We finally made it to the west side of D'Urville by the way. We saw more rays in Mill Arm in Greville Harbour in one kayak trip than I have seen in all my life I think! There whole bay was packed with them, all sunbathing in the shallows. Very cool. Happy NY!
Thu Jan 5 19:39 2017 NZDT
Run: 13.8nm (25km)

Kennedy Bay, Coromandel Peninsula :position 36 40.218s 175 34.049e

Tue Jan 3 15:57 2017 NZDT
Run: 8.7nm (15.7km)

Whitianga Marina, Whitianga Harbour :position 36 50.157s 175 42.449e

Mon Jan 2 18:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)

Matapaua Bay, Mercury Bay sition 36 44.423s 175 48.572e

Sun Jan 1 13:06 2017 NZDT
Run: 7.4nm (13.4km)

Humbug Bay, Mercury Bay tion 36 44.523s 175 49.487e

Distracted - fiji continued

we left koro island on 17 june and had a beautiful sail to ngau island. after a quick tiki tour around the reported anchorages, stopped in herald bay - a stunning day and bay. the sunset awesome. did sevu sevu at the village of sawaieke the next morning when the tide was high having now discovered that most of the villages are easiest to access at high tide. the chief was in the bath so we left our kava with his grandson! we left gnau at 5pm that day as the wind had veered to the ne and we wished Read more...

to use the wind to sail down to matuku island the most sw island in the lau group.
matuku island is a very sheltered harbour being inside what must have been a crater lake. arrived through the reef soon after dawn followed in by liberation (from nelson) and later 3 other yachts all of whom had sailed from suva (2 other nzrs) who were on their way to falanga (another 100 miles or so away to the east but meant to be the best island/lagoon in the lau group). not long after we were treated to a spectacular electrical storm and torrential rain so everyone was out collecting water and washing themselves!! the other boats either stayed one night only or simply had a sleep before moving on. we ended spending nearly a week here with no other boats about as we decided that there was no hurry until the wind and swells had abated and we could have a comfortable sail. the village at the head of the harbour is very small but very hospitable. chico the mayor of the village had been with the military in sinai and was a very interesting man whose family looked after us very well. on the sunday i joined them for church and gavin came in later for lunch put on by the whole village - a wonderful experience (and gourmet delight including an enormous sea crab, taro leaves done in coconut juice and island cabbage similarly). left matuku for totoya island on the 27th june having said our goodbyes and printed off some of the photos we had taken of them all. the $39 photocopier has been a very good investment and we have yet to change the colour cartridge!!. the villagers just love seeing themselves in print and such a small thing to give them in appreciation.
arrived on the western side of totoya island after a windward sail (se 15 - 20kts) about 2pm at the recommended anchorage straight in from the reef in a very pretty bay which was surprisingly sheltered. the wind eased in the evening and we were able to enjoy the beauty of the place, once again the only boat. the next morning walked across the isthmus to the eastern side of the island (following an old railway track) intending to do sevu sevu at the village on the other side but high tide meant we could not get along the foreshore to the village. so took lots of photos for a friend in nz whose father came from here. a truly beautiful island although not really one for the cruisers as the main villagers are all inside the main lagoon inside the island which is entered on the se coast and therefore very exposed to the se winds! left totoya at 5pm to sail overnight to komo island - a beautiful night sail.
komo island is very small but has a wonderful anchorage inside the reef with turquoise waters and little coral. arrived soon after dawn and spent an amazing day here in truly tropical weather. three other yachts already here - two of whom introduced themselves. we were given a mackerel from one for dinner - yum! we have been rather lazy with our fishing on passage. only spent one night here as the wind was forecast to increase to se 25kts the next day and the position of the island is such that we expected that it would not be that sheltered (veers around the headland). left at noon to sail to lacemba or failing that, to bavatu harbour in vanua balavu (the northern lau group). unfortunately, lacemba was not a viable option as the anchorage on the western side was too exposed to the strong se wind and the visibility poor with the rain squalls, so we pushed on to bavatu harbour. and what a good choice that was.
bavatu harbour is incredibly protected and very scenic, although the charts are inaccurate and entry through the reef is therefore a visual one using the leads and markers if in place. we were welcomed in by "streetcar", a yacht from the uk, who answered the vhf when we called the royal exploring isles yacht squadron. they were looking after the place for a couple of weeks. this is a small yacht club set up by tony philps, who owns the copra plantation there. he is keen for everyone visiting to use the facilities he has set up which are quite something and is also happy for visitors to walk the various tracks he maintains around the copra plantation. this includes a small village who it seems help maintain the place in a very tidy way. his home at the top of the hill is incredible and the view well worth the short walk. we were able to view the seas around us from there which we did on the second day when it was blowing 30 - 35 kts outside the reef, while we had no wind in th e inner harbour. met kate and rory off streetcar and vaughn and sharon off "reality", an american yacht, whom we spent time over drinks at the yacht club and/or walking the tracks. on the third day we visited the villagers who were making coconut oil - a labour intensive process but fascinating to watch. took lots of photos which we will post later. left bavatu harbour on the friday to sail back to savu savu on a beautiful day with a 10kt se.
arrived in savu savu the next morning and discovered that our friends lisa and lester on "obsession" (whangarie) were also there. we had been hoping to catch up with them as we met them originally in samoa on our last cruise in 2010 and ended up then going onto wallis island with them. it was a great evneing and ended up all having a chinese meal at our favorite chinese restaurant.had a great couple of days catching up and joined them on their last night anchored off cousteaus' resort. we returned to savu savu the next morning to finish re-provisioning. unfortunately the weather was not the best (rain on and off) and by the end of the week we decided to leave fiji and head north to wallis island, for some better weather hopefully. the weather window looked reasonable although wet and so the decision was made and we left savu savu on 12 july early afternoon after clearing customs.

Distracted - savu savu and koro island

left beqa island on 2 june 2013 and sailed overnight to savu savu arriving there early monday morning. a very easy downwind sail (sw 20kts) until the wind gradually died out and then motor sailed the last miles.
savu savu is very attractive and while the township small, were able to replenish diesel ($1 per litre cheaper than suva) and stores easily (including great meat from fiji meat supplies). the coprashed runs the moorings and is well organised with helpful pleasant staff. spent 4 Read more...

days there which we really enjoyed, in which time caught up with "domino 2" (tracey and jevon) again, whom we first met up with in suva, and jock and leanne off the catamaran "just in time", all from the hibiscus coast, nz. many laughs and exchange of stories was had over a beer or two at the yacht club bar!! and for the record, the best chinese meal we had tasted at a small restaurant opposite the waitua marina building.the wontons especially are truly amazing and some were known to go back again the next day for more of the same :).
left savu savu on friday 7 june and sailed in a 15kt se wind to koro island, yet again another lovely sail even if upwind. anchored in matana bay on the nw coast and went into the village of nabuna by dinghy the next morning to do our sevu sevu with the village chief (a couple of miles east). this is a beautiful deserted anchorage with only a few houses to be seen on the hills which form part of what is known as the koro seaview estate (freehold land divided into 450 lots all sold but little frequented). the amazing thing about the northern part of this island is that there are three cell towers within as many miles, so the internet access is great. we even managed to listen to the 2 all black tests on sports radio to gavin's delight! moved 1.5 miles south to dere bay (14.5 miles around the outside of the reeef)on monday 10 june and picked up a mooring put out down by one of the two small resorts in the bay. met neil and hwei- ying who own a property here and own a ketch called "koro", although now for sale. have been here ever since as it is very sheltered and attactive being the south side of the estate. had planned to move on to gau island on wednesday but gavin has an infected foot which has taken some time to start to improve, despite the "old" nurse’s treatment with 2 antibiotics (2) and then medical advice from andrew in chch. it now looks as if we may have finally got on top of it. as gavin said, we are in paradise so what is the hurry!! the weather has been a bit of a mixed bag  - se winds 25kts with rough seas for most of fiji waters the last few days so a good place to be stopped. the bigger of the 2 small resorts here only has 2 visitors, so we have been truly spoiled by the local villagers, especially jone, and donna, with beautiful fresh fruit and veggies – yum. even been eating breadfruit!! also, had a great time meeting up here again with domino 2, who just happened to come into dere bay the same day as us, then overdraft (neil and gillian) living in auckland and with whom we exchanged goodies (gave us some beautiful fresh mahi mahi), visions of johanna (bill and johanna)from maine,usa, whom we first met in tahiti in 2010 then later in wellington and today, just in time arrives too!! should be a fun night ahead! our loose plans are to head south to gau island as soon as the winds swing more to the east / north, then down to the southern lau group, namely, matuku, across to totoya, komo island, lacemba and then make our way back to savu savu slowly. so will be in fiji for a while yet it seems. we are definetly now on fiji time - what a life!

Distracted - beqa island/ lagoon

arrived at beqa island and its surrounding lagoon by way of sulphur passage on the ne side of the island on saturday 25 may after a very pleasant sail from suva with a 20kts ne wind.
anchored in malumu bay, at the head of which is a small attractive resort and further into the bay the local village, lalati. made a customary visit to the chief and were taken around the village by max, who himself had spent time in auckland playing rugby (educated at the south pacific university in suva). Read more...

the evening was beautiful until after dark when the wind filled in from the ne and by morning it was time to move, as the prevailing wind blew straight down the bay and with it an uncomfortable chop. had to forgo our invitation to have lunch with the villagers which was a pity.
motored down to vaga bay which is on the sw side of the island, through some incomplete surveyed waters but all good. anchored on the nw shore in 20 metres of water and spent a relaxing afternoon in nice weather. made a visit to the chief of the northern village (rukua) and by chance met another fijian, sai, who had lived in wellington (porirua). met his lovely family including 2 very polite boys who attend the local schools, one of which is a high school where children from villagers further away board by week. had intended spending some time exploring the bay but by the next day the wind had swung around to the nw and we decided it would be more sheltered to return to malumu bay! have been anchored in malumu ever since as a low pressure system moves across fiji with strong s/ se winds of 25-30kts gusting 35-40kts. a high pressure south of fiji is reportedly also responsible for heavy swells in fijian waters. this bay is reasonably sheltered with flat sea but the gusts still required us to take down our bimini etc. no different to cruising in the sounds except the wind and water is very warm!! so plenty of reading and catching rain water for drinking/tanks. the wind seems to be abating today (thursday) as is swinging more around to the east so we will move back to vaga bay probably tomorrow. the joy of cruising with no time limits is there is no hurry and always another day.
however, am looking forward to seeing some sunshine! moce! from distracted

Distracted - arrived in fiji!

we have finally arrived in fiji(12 days), although not in sava savu but suva.
arrived yesterday morning after an interesting trip of either no wind or too much wind - at which time we had to divert to the west for 2 days to miss the worst of a tropical low that formed south of fiji and headed directly our way!! the seas were big and made for a fast ride, although at times i was glad i was not on watch for more than 2 hours outside in the cockpit in those conditions. we had our storm sails Read more...

up and had to drop the trisail as that also became too much sail. however, fortunately all improved steadily as it does out in the ocean once the low had moved away. then no wind which meant we had to have our engine on and motor sail for about 72 hours to make any progress.
hence our entry into suva as little wind and little diesel left.
are still awaiting on clearance from customs which we are told is to be this afternoon - so then we can go ashore!! in the meantime, furiously eating up left over food which we cannot keep now we are in fiji, before the health officials confiscate it.
it was great to have a day yesterday to catch up on sleep, clean the boat up and have a wine or two - the first of the trip, so all of our livers are in good shape:) hope work is not too frantic and the wellington weather kind.
the sea temperature up here is 30 degrees and the air temperature about the same, so our bones and bodies are taking a bit of time to acclimatize, although cold liquids are the order of the day.
will keep in touch. plan to re-provision in suva with the essentials such as water, diesel etc then will make our way slowly up to savu savu.
cheers from the crew of the good ship "distracted".
regards belinda