Thu Nov 30 19:47 2017 NZDT
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We have sold our yacht, DREAMTIME will turn into an Australian yacht now.

Thu Jul 6 15:07 2017 NZST
33 39.448s 151 18.128e

DREAMTIME on a mooring at Pittwater - this is our final destination:? We are looking to sell the yacht and move back to Switzerland. It's a good spot to hang around for a bit, Newport is just a 15 minute walk away and there's a good bus service to Sydney.

Thu Jun 8 21:18 2017 NZST
Run: 57.4nm (103.9km)
33 39.414S 151 18.097E

Took advantage of weak winds on Monday to go to Pittwater. No we are on a mooring in a very sheltered corner of Pittwater; putting DREAMTIME up for sale and if we find a buyer, this will be the end of our cruising life.

Wed May 31 15:24 2017 NZST
Run: 347.5nm (629km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.5nm
32 55.22S 151 45.69E
Weather: no wind, 10% cc, 1024 baro, no waves

At Newcastle Yacht club and very happy about that Since 06.00 NZST DREAMTIME is at the position mentioned above. Good sailing conditions on Sunday in daytime, Sunday night a front brought squalls, thunderstorms and 30knots NW-W wind. Monday (day 8) we encountered W wind 30+knots, >3m confused seas - hardly any progress towards the Australian coast. Tuesday (day 9)light conditions, so switched on the engine and headed towards Newcastle. By the end of Tuesday increasing headwinds, from 17.00 until arrival on Wednesday (day 10)at 05.00 NZST, we had to motor against W winds 20-30 knots. Didn't want to hang around though, because our GRIB file showed some seriously bad weather on Wednesday night. Arriving at Newcastle, we learned, that there was a gale warning in force for the Hunter Coast. So we'll stay put in Newcastle until we get good weather for our trip to Pittwater

Sun May 28 13:54 2017 NZST
Run: 396.3nm (717.3km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.1nm
32 32.48S 157 43.32E
Weather: 20 kn N, 30% cc, 1019 baro, 2.5-3 m waves

Day 7 of our passage to Australia On 14.00 NZST DREAMTIME is at the position mentioned above. Email issues on board, therefore no GRIBS but managed to pull on yesterday - doesn't look that good: Right now we are heading west in N wind, soon we'll get NW 20-25kn , turning into W and then SW - allways 20-25kn. Will slow us down again, hope to make it into Newcastle by Wednesday (where we will have to claw our way in against a strong W ..). Nevertheless, all well on board.

Fri May 26 6:00 2017 NZST
Run: 148.8nm (269.3km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.6nm
33 04.18S 164 30.95E
Weather: 22 kn W, 100% cc, 1014 baro, 3 m waves

Day 5 of our passage to Australia On 6.00 NZST DREAMTIME is at the position mentioned above. Had an uncomfortable night thanks to the strong wind on the nose and the confused seas. 640 nm to go.

Thu May 25 6:27 2017 NZST
Run: 194.7nm (352.4km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192.3nm
33 49.95S 166 55.74E
Weather: 29 kn NE, 100% cc, 1026 baro, 2.5m waves

Day 4 of our passage to Australia On 6.00 NZST DREAMTIME is at the position mentioned above. Just had 25 kn of wind in a squall, looks like we just met the front we kept watching on our GRIB files. Making good progress though, all well on board.

Wed May 24 6:09 2017 NZST
Run: 167nm (302.3km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.1nm
34 15.66S 170 17.33E
Weather: 10 kn N, 80% cc, 1026 baro

Day 3 of our passage to Australia On 6 NZST DREAMTIME is at the position mentioned above. Switched off the engine yesterday at lunchtime. Since then pleasant sailing condition, all well on board.

Tue May 23 7:00 2017 NZST
Run: 117.1nm (212km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.7nm
34 29.74S 173 12.18E
Weather: no wind, 95% cc, 1030 baro

DREAMTIME on the pontoon at Riverside Drive Marina in Whangarei.
Left Marsden Cove yesterday at 11.00 NZST and since we are motoring along the coast in flat seas. Quite a mellow start to our trip to Australia, we count on finding wind once we are a bit more north.

Mon May 22 7:07 2017 NZST
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)
35 50.279S 174 28.138E

A cold clear morning in Marsden Cove. We got here a day later than planned; we have to watch the tides carefully, if we don't want to run aground at the Kissing Point area. Saturday, at high water, heavy winds were stopping us from getting us out of our berth at the Riverside Drive Marina, yesterday we had a lovely trip down stream. We will change our foresail (there will be little wind on our way to Australia), the large genua will be more useful.
We will try and give position reports via Sailmail, HF radio will most likely not work so well.

Wed May 17 6:55 2017 NZST
Run: 6.4nm (11.6km)
35 43.710S 174 20.043E

Still in Whangarei, looking at a Saturday of Sunday departure from Marsden Cove to either Newcastle (we wish..) or Coffs Harbour. At this point the front, which will clobber us on our way to Australia, doesn't look too nasty. Not looking forward to the waves we'll see once we clear Cape Reinga.

Mon May 15 14:21 2017 NZST
Run: 6.4nm (11.6km)
35 43.54S 174 26.92E
Weather: no wind, 95% cc, 1022 baro

DREAMTIME on the pontoon at Riverside Drive Marina in Whangarei.
Waiting - along with quite a number of other cruisers - for a weather window to Australia, either to Coffs Harbour or Newcastle. So far the weather doesn't look tempting...

Sun May 7 13:26 2017 NZST
Run: 36.1nm (65.3km)
35 43.66220S 174 20.03916E

DREAMTIME at the Riverside Drive Marina, ready to go on our trip to Australia. Hoping for a suitable weather window, which - most likely - will not show up before next week. Started to listen into Gulf Harbour Radio again, can't get it on the SSB at this position, but internet radio works.

Tue Nov 29 17:24 2016 NZDT
Run: 149.2nm (270.1km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111nm
35 16.37S 174 38.92E
Weather: 16 knot SSW wind, 2+m SE swell, 10% cc, 1017 baro

DREAMTIME at 07.00 NZDST of the 7th and last day of our passage to Marsden Cove, NZ - 36nm to go. Motoring on a course of 180 true at a speed of 7 kn. We are getting there, the Poor Knights Islands are already in sight and what a beautiful sight they are! Arrived at Marsden Cove at 14.00, now at 17.15 we are cleared in and ready to move onto Whangarei. Tomorrow at 09.15 there will be the high tide, which is the only time we can get through the shallows at Kissing Point. It's so good to be back in New Zealand !

Mon Nov 28 9:09 2016 NZDT
Run: 183.1nm (331.4km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.4nm
33 07.30S 174 51.64E
Weather: 16 knot SSW wind, 2+m SE swell, 60% cc, 1012 baro

DREAMTIME at 08.30 NZDST of the 7th day of our passage to Marsden Cove, NZ - 166nm to go. Motorsailing on a course of 180 true at a speed of 5 kn. Yesterday at around lunch time we got W winds and were able to sail until last night 01.00, when our foresail got torn in winds around 30 knots. So now we will have to stick to motorsailing with only our mainsail up. All well on board.

Sun Nov 27 6:54 2016 NZDT
Run: 178nm (322.2km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.5nm
30 28.46S 174 43.59E
Weather: 12 knot S wind, confused sea with predominant 2m SE swell, 45% cc, 1012 baro

DREAMTIME at 07.00 NZDST of the 6th day of our passage to Marsden Cove, NZ - 324nm to go and looking forward to get there. Motoring on a course of 180 true at a speed of 5-6 kn, the sea state is slowing us down considerably. Weather forecast lets us know, it will get worse before it gets better, other than that all well on board.

Sat Nov 26 7:06 2016 NZDT
Run: 173.8nm (314.6km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 171.7nm
27 54.10S 174 34.92E
Weather: no wind at all, flat sea with a slight SE swell, 15% cc, 1012 baro

DREAMTIME at 07.00 NZDST of the 5th day of our passage to Marsden Cove, NZ - 478nm to go. Motoring on a course of 180 true at a speed of 6 kn. All well on board.

Fri Nov 25 6:48 2016 NZDT
Run: 186.7nm (337.9km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189.9nm
25 24.06S 174 52.42E
Weather: 12 knots SSE wind, 1m seas, 30% cc, 1012 baro

DREAMTIME at 07.00 NZDST of the 4th day of our passage to Marsden Cove, NZ - 630nm to go. Sailing on a course of 190 true at a speed of 6 kn. All well on board.

Thu Nov 24 7:12 2016 NZDT
Run: 183.9nm (332.9km)
Avg: 8.2knts
24hr: 195.8nm
22 43.76S 175 18.60E
Weather: 15 knots SE wind, 1.5m seas, 45% cc, 1013 baro

DREAMTIME at 07.00 NZDST of the third day of our passage to Marsden Cove, NZ - 790nm to go. Conditions are much more comfortable now, greatly appreciated after our "fast and furious" start.

Wed Nov 23 8:39 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 12.4nm (22.4km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.7nm
20 07S 175 51E
Weather: E20, confused 3m seas, 1012, some cloud

rough seas mean bouncy tummies but apart from that all is well

Wed Nov 23 6:54 2016 NZDT
Run: 185.5nm (335.8km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 201nm
19 56.91S 175 54.98E
Weather: 20 knots SE wind, 2-3m seas, 30% clouds, 1012 baro

DREAMTIME at 07.00 NZDST of the second day of our passage to Marsden Cove, NZ. Everybody is feeling a bit queesy and nobody wants to eat, apart from that everything well on board.

Tue Nov 22 8:44 2016 NZDT
Run: 9nm (16.3km)
17 38S 177 21E

left Fiji bound NZ.

Sun Nov 20 17:23 2016 NZDT
Run: 34.5nm (62.4km)
17 45.545S 177 23.212E

Back in Port Denerau and preparing our passage to New Zealand. Tomorrow we have to pick up our life raft in Nadi and run a few errands. Hope to leave on Tuesday 22.11. We will check in with Gulf Harbour Radio on our passage.

Fri Nov 18 21:23 2016 NZDT
Run: 18nm (32.6km)
17 19.41S 177 7.95E

Anchored at Waya Island, the South anchorage. Tried the Northerly anchorage first, which was untenable due to swell. No a Southerly swell is building up down here and we will move to the North tomorrow morning. This "moving around" happens to us every time we visit Waya !

Thu Nov 17 8:02 2016 NZDT
Run: 22nm (39.8km)
17 5.200S 177 14.792E

Anchored in Somosomo Bay, Naviti Island. Moving on to Waya Island today.

Mon Nov 14 9:13 2016 NZDT
Run: 12nm (21.7km)
16 50.804S 177 27.975E

Anchored in Sawa-i-Lau, some morning showers otherwise fine. Very light winds, 15% cloud cover

Thu Nov 10 7:51 2016 NZDT
Run: 59.2nm (107.2km)
16 42.53S 177 34.56E
Weather: 16 knots SE, 20% clouds, 1010 baro

DREAMTIME anchored at Yasawairara, Yasawa Islans

Mon Nov 7 22:27 2016 NZDT
Run: 63.9nm (115.7km)
17 17.813S 178 13.631E

Anchored at the North coast of Viti Levu, very little wind. Hoping to sail to Yadua Island tormorrow and after that, we would like to take the guest we have on board to the Yasawas.

Fri Nov 4 8:21 2016 NZDT
Run: 8nm (14.5km)
17 45.48S 177 23.24E
Weather: no wind, slight seas, 10% clouds, 1010 baro

DREAMTIME anchored at Port Denerau, waiting for a friend from Switzerland to join us on board. Testing if this email thing works ..

Sun Oct 30 8:56 2016 NZDT
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)
17 38.510S 177 23.660E

Anchoring at Saweni Bay, very calm conditions. There was everywhere on shore last night -it's the Diwali weekend.

Thu Oct 27 19:06 2016 NZDT
Run: 58.1nm (105.2km)
17 45.52S 177 23.27E

On anchor in front of Port Denerau Marina, spent a very rolly night in Natadola Hrbr on the Viti Levu South coast. Had a wonderful time at the Beqa Lagoon - splendid diving !

Tue Oct 18 10:20 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 66.1nm
18 22.636S 177 59.260E

DREAMTIME anchored at Yanuca Isl, Beqa Lagoon. Had a wonderful dive on Sunday at 18 22.065s 177 58.172e: Gorgonia fans, soft corals, nice reef fish - great. The weather yesterday and today is no dive weather, so we just hang around and hope for another chance tomorrow.

Tue Oct 18 10:03 2016 NZDT
Run: 231.9nm (419.7km)
18 22s 177 59e


Thu Sep 29 7:59 2016 NZDT
Run: 188.7nm (341.5km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 95.8nm
19 08s 178 34w
Weather: 25%cc, very light s south east, 1010

Sounds a nice day in Fulanga

Tue Sep 27 8:41 2016 NZDT
Run: 220.1nm (398.4km)
19 30S 178 34E
Weather: 1012, 80%cc, no wind

Light signal from Fulanga

Tue Sep 6 20:26 2016 NZST
Run: 32.3nm (58.5km)
16 40.902S 179 52.474W

Picked up a cold in Savusavu and were unfit to dive (such a pity), so we left Viani Bay today and are now anchored in Naselesele Point, Taveuni. Intending to head to Vanuabalavu in a day or two

Thu Sep 1 13:22 2016 NZST
Run: 33.4nm (60.5km)
Avg: 1561.6knts
24hr: 37477.4nm
16 16.036S 179 54.087E

Thu Sep 1 13:21 2016 NZST
16 45.035S 179 54.086E

Thu Sep 1 13:20 2016 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
16 45.037S 179 54.088E

Wed Aug 31 18:55 2016 NZST
Run: 36.9nm (66.8km)
16 44.781S 179 53.541E

Anchored in Viani Bay, Vanua Levu, Fiji

Tue Aug 30 19:33 2016 NZST
16 46.670s 179 20.110e

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