Eagle's Wings

Eagle's Wings

Thu Nov 24 15:57 2016 NZDT
Run: 16.8nm (30.4km)
Weather: 5 knots W. Baro 1013.5. 30% cloud.

As of 2016-11-24 02:00 UTC: We arrived at Marsden early this morning , cleared in and went up the river on the afternoon tide to Riverside marina in Whangarei, where we are now safely moored. We had a nice welcome from friends both at Marsden and Riverside. We sure do love New Zealand. This passage was unique in that we never had the wind on the beam or aft of the beam the entire trip.

Thu Nov 24 4:27 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 157.9nm (285.8km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.3nm
Weather: 6 knots SSW. Baro 1017.5. Clear skies. Calm sea.

As of 2016-11-23 15:00 UTC: We are zeroing in on Marsden and expect to arrive at the mouth of the river around dawn. We had a beautiful, placid motor down the coast. A large pod of dolphins welcomed us just south of a line on the same latitude as North Cape. We could see them making a beeline towards us from many directions. Some of the smaller dolphins leaped through the air right next to the boat. How thrilling! And we had another special treat just before sunset when we landed a 12 lb albacore tuna. A super end to a challenging, but excellent passage.

Wed Nov 23 4:12 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 186.8nm (338.1km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 188.8nm
Weather: 2 knots Variable. Baro 1022.5. 5% cloud. Slight swell.

As of 2016-11-22 15:00 UTC: Had a wonderful day of sailing until about mid-day yesterday when we lost the wind and had to turn on the engine. The sky was a beautiful blue all day and the air temp very comfortable. The stars splashed across the sky overnight in a dazzling display. There is barely a ripple on the water and the phosphorescence in our bow wave is mesmorizing. What an unusually calm final approach to New Zealand. We decided to continue on to Marsden Cove and hope to be there early Thursday morning.

Well done - nearly there.Glad you now have better weather on the approach to NZ. Much needed when you are exhausted.Can't wait to catch up on your experiences of the year again.CU soon. In Melbourne now having fun with family.xx
Tue Nov 22 4:27 2016 NZDT
Run: 209.7nm (379.6km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 210.1nm

As of 2016-11-2021 15:00 UTC: We have been making good progress for the last 24 hours as the winds came up and backed. We’ve even had a favorable current at times. The skies cleared overnight and the southern cross is beckoning. Water temps are slowly dropping, but it is really incredibly pleasant. The waves built again and they created rough conditions earlier in the evening. The waves are now more well

So good to hear that conditions aboard have improved and that your passage is becoming pleasant. We hope for more of the same good sailing for you. We are in New Caledonia hoping to depart for Oz at end of this week.
Mon Nov 21 4:30 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 151nm (273.3km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.2nm
Weather: 10 knots ESE. Baro 1019.5. 80% cloud. 1-2 meter swell.

As of 2016-11-20 15:00 UTC: The seas subsided and the winds backed nicely and we were able to sail with full hoist and jib during the day. The gentle motion allowed us to make a temporary fix to the autopilot. The wind died off early Sunday evening and clocked around so we were heading off toward Tasmania again. We’d also been contending with a .75-1.25 knot adverse current for most of the day, so we fired up the motor to head more south easterly to get out of the current (at least according to OSCAR). We’re hoping to sail again once we get south east enough to get out of the adverse current and the wind fills in.

Sun Nov 20 4:51 2016 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 189.7nm (343.4km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 186.2nm
Weather: 16.8 knots ESE. Baro 1017. 100% cloud. 2 meter swell.

As of 2016-11-19 15:00 UTC: Winds have backed around over the past 12 hours allowing us to make a better course to NZ. We had good wind all day and are able to make good progress as the seas come down. We had expected to be motoring on this leg of the trip, but the winds have continued to hold.

So glad you got the wind vane and Monitor working again! Next time you hear from me I will identify myself as Piglet Ann. We have officially sold Charisma and now live in a land yacht named Piglet (not as tiny a carbon footprint as Charisma!) Tough to let her go but we will share the stories when you get to NZ...and send pictures of Piglet! Be safe!

Come on home you guys and hook into some of these howling south westerlies that have been battering us for weeks!
Sat Nov 19 4:24 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4.3knts
Run: 78nm (141.2km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 77.7nm
Weather: 12 knots SSE. Baro 1013.5. 90% cloud. 3 meter swell.

As of 2016-11-18 15:00 UTC: Continued to sail to the ESE with triple reefed main for most of the day as the seas and wind built (most we saw was 25 knots of wind). No squalls, though. Made the turn back to the SW this evening as the wind shifted to the SSE. Shook out a reef and are sailing slowly under double reefed main. We are curving a gradual arc toward NZ as the winds back around to the SE and E. We’re sailing slowly to avoid pounding into the big seas and because we’re steering toward Tasmania, rather than New Zealand (the winds are still too southerly). Autopilot failed early this afternoon. Ken spent several hours in the aft steering compartment looking at the autopilot brain (hard duty with the big seas, especially since he had to keep the hatch closed so it got pretty hot and stuffy in there). Ken thinks the problem may be due to a bad network cable fitting at the control box. We will try to rewire the box when the seas subside. We put the monitor wind vane back on and after a couple of hours of use that failed, too (gears decoupled). Beth hand steered for an hour and a half while Ken repaired the wind vane. Luckily he got it working again.

Keeping an eye on you guys. We have decided that over the summer in NZ we will do a few garage sales and car boots to fund a new wind vane for Eagles Wings, either that or you could just borrow Jemellie's VERY GOOD British made Hydrovane. Only joshing with ya. Hope you get some better weather soon. We are now in Melbourne. See you soon Steve and Lindsay
Fri Nov 18 4:18 2016 NZDT
Speed: 7.2knts
Run: 160.2nm (290km)
Weather: 16.5 knots SSW. Baro 1011. 90% cloud. 1 meter swell.

As of 2016-11-17 15:00 UTC: Low clouds developed during the day to the west, but then receded later in the day. Wind held all day and had very nice sailing under double reefed main and staysail. We're moving gradually to the ESE to get a better angle to NZ after the wind switches around to the SE late tomorrow or early Sat. No squalls today and wind has been very steady.Will be interesting to see what its like out here when the waves build on Friday. Caught a nice mahi late this afternoon so we slowed down for a couple of hours to land and clean him.

Fri Nov 18 4:18 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Weather: 9.8 knots ENE. Baro 1010.5 100% cloud. Squalls around with shifting wind speed/direction. Less than 1 meter swell

As of 2016-11-17 15:00 UTC: Low clouds developed during the day to the west, but then receded later in the day. Wind held all day and had very nice sailing under double reefed main and staysail. We're headed gradually to the ESE to get a better angle to NZ after the wind switches around to the SE late tomorrow or early Sat. No squalls today and wind has been very steady. Caught a nice mahi late this afternoon so we slowed down for a couple of hours to land and clean him.

Thu Nov 17 4:57 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 133nm (240.7km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.7nm
Weather: 9.8 knots ENE. Baro 1010.5 100% cloud. Squalls around with shifting wind speed/direction. Less than 1 meter swell

As of 2016-11-16 15:00 UTC: Sunny skies today but big cloud banks developed during the day. Many squall cells overnight, some with heavy rain. Mix of motor sailing and sailing. Moving slowly to SE. Slight swell started to appear today and expect that to continue to build. Sailed by several round markers in the water Probably placed here by the fleet of fishing boats we passed by. Water cleared up and we were able to use the watermaker. Caught a little tuna late in the afternoon.

Wed Nov 16 4:09 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 128.5nm (232.6km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.5nm
Weather: 2 knots ENE. Baro 1011.5 5% cloud.

As of 2016-11-15 15:00 UTC: Another benign day with lots of sun, no waves, but also no wind. We sailed very slowly earlier in the day in 5 knots of wind, but wind has dropped off overnight so we're back to motoring. We went through some large areas of brown particulate matter for most of the day and are not sure if that is due to volcanic activity. It didn't look like pumice. The fish seemed to like it as we could see fish swimming around the boat. We tried to snag some, but no luck. We're still planning to head to around 22 south and then turn east if the winds shift to the south as predicted. We'll find a place to heave to once the waves/southerlies build and hope to continue to NZ after things settle down.

enjoy the calm days whilst you can.take care and cu soon .Luv' L&Sx
Tue Nov 15 6:12 2016 NZDT

As of 2016-11-14 16:49 UTC: We left Port Vila early Monday morning and are slowly making our way SE. We had quite a variety of conditions as we left Port Vila but things settled down once we got away from the island. We're planning to head for a waypoint to the SE above 22 S where we'll hang out until about Saturday before continuing on to NZ. We're expecting headwinds and big seas later in the week so we'll heave to in a few days to let that go through. Conditions are beautiful

Tue Nov 15 6:09 2016 NZDT
Run: 83.7nm (151.5km)

As of 2016-11-14 16:49 UTC: We left Port Vila early Monday morning and are slowly making our way SE. We had quite a variety of conditions as we left Port Vila but things settled down once we got away from the island. We're planning to head for a waypoint to the SE above 22 S where we'll hang out until about Saturday before continuing on to NZ. We're expecting headwinds and big seas later in the week so we'll heave to in a few days to let that go through. Conditions are beautiful

Fri Nov 4 23:36 2016 NZDT
Run: 142.5nm (257.9km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.2nm
Weather: Variable wind. Baro 1012.5. 100% cloud (no stars)

As of 2016-11-04 08:14 UTC: Arrived in Port Vila late this morning. Will look to leave for New Zealand after mid next week

Fri Nov 4 4:18 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Weather: 9 knots ESE. Baro 1011. 5% cloud.

As of 2016-11-03 15:00 UTC: On our way to Port Vila. Motoring slowly in light headwinds and minimal seas. Caught small tuna this afternoon.

Thu Nov 3 8:06 2016 NZDT
Run: 31.4nm (56.8km)
Weather: Variable wind. Baro 1012. 10% cloud.

As of 2016-11-02 05:14 UTC: Sailed to Malua Bay on NW side of Malakula Island. Will continue to Port Vila on Thurs.

Sat Oct 29 22:12 2016 NZDT
Run: 8nm (14.5km)
Weather: 4 knts ESE. Baro 1010.5. 80% cloud

As of 2016-10-29 08:00 UTC: Moved to Aore Island cross from Luganville.

Fri Oct 28 23:12 2016 NZDT
Run: 5.6nm (10.1km)
Weather: 10 knts ESE. Baro 1011. 80% cloud.

As of 2016-10-28 10:08 UTC: Moved south to Aese Island this afternoon.

Sun Oct 23 23:30 2016 NZDT
Run: 5.6nm (10.1km)
Weather: 13 knts ESE. Baro 1012. 80% cloud.

As of 2016-10-23 09:23 UTC: Moved up to Peterson Bay early this afternoon. Another beautiful anchorage.

Sat Oct 22 22:45 2016 NZDT
Run: 48.5nm (87.8km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 93.5nm
Weather: 12 knts ESE. Baro 1012. 90% cloud.

As of 2016-10-22 08:45 UTC: Arrived Espiritu Santo this afternoon. Had some unexpected nice wind starting mid-morningl. We are in a beautiful spot off Aese Island and plan to move to Peterson Bay tomorrow.

Sat Oct 22 10:18 2016 NZDT
Run: 127.1nm (230.1km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.3nm
Weather: 7-12 knts SSE. Baro 1014 and rising. 50% cloud. Seas minimal.

As of 2016-10-21 21:00 UTC: Many squalls as we were leaving Port Vila. 1 - 1.5 knots adverse current for most of the trip so far (finally disappeared within last hour), so slow going. Had some stretches of nice sailing in benign seas. Motor sailing now with wind dead downwind.

Fri Oct 21 9:21 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
Weather: 2 knts ESE. Baro 1013.5. 95% cloud.

As of 2016-10-20 20:00 UTC: Leaving today for Santo.

Sun Sep 11 13:33 2016 NZST
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
Weather: 5-16 knts ESE. Baro 1014.5. 100% cloud.

As of 2016-09-11 00:30 UTC: Moved from anchorage to a Yachting World mooring. Quaranatine anchorage very foul. Dragged our Rocna several times and got snagged trying to pull it up. Mooring much more comfortable. Port Vila very bustling. Great fresh market. Outstanding, giant grapefruit (like pamplemousse in Marquesas).

Hi guys, So glad to hear you are enjoying Vanuatu. We'll add another recommendation to Michael and Barbara's. The Hill Top Thai restaurant on the north side of town has good, reasonably priced food with lunch specials and the best view around. It's about a 20 minute walk from Yachting World. Also, once ashore from the marina, two excellent grocery stores can be found up the hill to the right. Walk up and take a taxi back. A large, well-stocked hardware store is next to the bigger one. It even has some marine items. Jon and Heather from "Evergreen" have posted way points for many of the excellent dives we did with them on his Venture Farther (venturefarther.com) website. We felt like the diversity of corals and critters rivaled or surpassed Fiji in a few areas. Contact us directly if you'd like more suggestions. Mark and Anne
Thu Sep 8 21:48 2016 NZST
Run: 16.2nm (29.3km)
Weather: 12 knts ESE. Baro 1016.5. 100% cloud. Light rain.

As of 2016-09-08 02:00 UTC: Arrived at Port Vila this afternoon. Big system came through late this afternoon and it did a nice job washing all the salt off the boat. Looking forward to exploring the town.

Congrats on arrival. Don't miss out on "Chill". A restaurant on the second floor near the fresh market. A great place for lunch and a "cooks day off". The lunch specials, can't be beat. Cheers, michael and barbara S/V Astarte P.S. Say hi to Lamara, at Yachting World, for us.
Thu Sep 8 10:24 2016 NZST
Speed: 9knts
Run: 131.8nm (238.6km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.6nm
Weather: 25-28 knts ESE. Baro 1017. 100% cloud cover.

As of 2016-09-07 22:15 UTC: Underway to Port Vila and getting close. Hove to for a few hours this morning to time our arrival when we are both up. Few squalls on the trip. Wind all over the map strength wise from 10 to 32 to knots. Seas are a bit confused, but not too large (1-2 meters). Ken was able to get the monitor more operational so we using that exclusively. Autopilot will require power tools to fix.

Wed Sep 7 7:30 2016 NZST
Weather: 9 knts SE. Baro 1017.5. 70% cloud cover.

As of 2016-09-06 19;17 UTC: Planning to leave Port Resolution today for Port Vila. Went up to volcano on Monday and it was amazing to see the volcano spewing out giant billows of blue, gray, white, and black plumes. Lots of fiery rock shooting up like fireworks. The guides wouldn't let anyone to the rim, as they were concerned about safety (volcano quite active that day). They do allow you to the rim if the activity is lower. They make a decision about which areas to open at 3 pm each day. Volcano trip costs: 2500 vatu/person for truck trip to staging area near volcano, 7500 vatu/person for volcano excursion. Be sure to have exact amount for each segment of trip (you pay separately for trip to staging area) as they don't seem to have change. Port Resolution beautiful, but quite rolly. Very friendly local fishermen came out to visit in dugout canoes. Wonderful bananas and papaya.

Mon Sep 5 11:33 2016 NZST
Run: 172.8nm (312.8km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158nm
Weather: 5 knts SE. Baro 1018.5. 50% cloud cover.

As of 2016-09-04 23:00 UTC: Had a nice day of sailing yesterday to Port Resolution. Wind and waves lightened as we got close to Tanna. Could see volcano in the night vision scope 30 miles out with awesome bursts of light. Volcano spewing out large plumes. We got the anchor down about 9 am local time. Anchorage very protected but rolly.

Sun Sep 4 9:18 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 204.5nm (370.1km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 211.6nm
Weather: 17-19 knts ESE. Baro 1020. 40% cloud cover.

As of 2016-09-03 21:00 UTC: Winds built again yesterday to 25-30 with 3 meter seas. Boat handling it all just fine. The wind backed more overnight and is diminishing. Guess will have to shake out another reef! The seas are also subsiding. Lots of stars overnight and very pleasant temps. Windvane still hanging together. Will have to wait until we get to port to fix autopilot. No traffic at all since leaving Fiji waters.

Sat Sep 3 10:06 2016 NZST
Speed: 8.0knts
Run: 154.7nm (280km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 97.2nm
Weather: 20-25 knts ESE. Baro 1018.5. 5% cloud cover.

As of 2016-09-02 21:56 UTC: Left early afternoon yesterday local time for Port Resolution. Benign trip out to the pass but then winds picked up to 25-30 (gusting higher) after we got through the pass. At least they were behind us. Autopilot broke overnight so we switched to wind vane (that had problems too, but Ken was able to jerry rig a fix). Glad we're not hand steering. Sailed with triple reef main only until this morning when we shook out one reef. Conditions have lightened up this morning with winds 20-25 and seas not so big. Nice and sunny! Very pleasant temps.

Thu Sep 1 19:54 2016 NZST
Run: 5.9nm (10.7km)
Weather: 20 knts ESE. Baro 1014, 50% cloud cover.

As of 2016-09-01 07:51 UTC: Moved to Vuda Point early this afternoon and are now anchored outside marina. Will likely check out tomorrow for Vanuatu.

Wed Aug 31 7:39 2016 NZST
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
Weather: 5SSW, 1015.5, 100%cc

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Sun Aug 28 21:24 2016 NZST
Run: 8.2nm (14.8km)
Weather: 6 knts ESE. Baro 1016.5. 5% cloud cover.

As of 2016-08-28 09:21 UTC: Moved to Denarau this morning. Anchored outside marina.

Thu Aug 25 19:18 2016 NZST
Run: 35.1nm (63.5km)
Weather: 7 knts SE. Baro 1015.5. 5% cloud cover.

As of 2016-08-25 07:14 UTC: Moved to Saweni Bay near Lautoka today. Lots of wind to start the trip, but then wind died off as we got closer to Viti Levu.

Mon Aug 15 18:54 2016 NZST
Run: 19.7nm (35.7km)
Weather: 10 knts ENE. Baro 1011.5 and rising. 100% cloud cover. Sporadic sprinkles.

As of 2016-08-15 04:04 UTC: Moved south today and are now anchored off Drawaqa Island. Good conditions for the trip.

Thu Aug 11 17:21 2016 NZST
Run: 9.4nm (17km)
Weather: 15-18 knts ESE. Baro 1014 and steady. 10% cloud cover.

As of 2016-08-11 05:17 UTC: Moved south to Blue Lagoon. Had nice clear skies for trip. Very protected anchorage in here.

Fri Aug 5 22:45 2016 NZST
Run: 1.6nm (2.9km)
Weather: 7-10 knts NE. Baro 1011 and steady. 10% cloud cover.

As of 2016-08-05 10:30 UTC: Moved 7 nm around the corner to Sawa-I-Lau Bay to get better protection from nasty weather expected over the coming days. Very protected anchorage here and there are no swells at all. Really peaceful, beautiful place.

Mon Jul 25 18:12 2016 NZST
Run: 5.3nm (9.6km)
Weather: 12-20 knts ESE. Baro 1013.5 and rising. 5% cloud cover. Lots of sun today.

As of 2016-07-25 06:00 UTC: Moved to the southern bay of Yasawa Island. Very protected in here. Hope to find some dive spots. A bit gusty in the anchorage but not rolly at all (so far).

Sun Jul 24 22:54 2016 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
Weather: 15-22 knts ESE. Baro 1014 and steady. 40% cloud but very sunny during the daytime.

As of 2016-07-24 10:00 UTC: Moved a little to the south yesterday to be away from the Yasawa Island Resort. Did some snorkeling yesterday and Ken hung out with a large formation of squid. The squid squad seemed to adopt him as one of the group (he kind of looks like a squid). Dove today near shore down the coast a bit. Saw a few new fish species but the coral has really suffered with massive die offs. A few isolated corals hanging on.

Thu Jul 21 10:30 2016 NZST
Run: 44.8nm (81.1km)
Weather: 15-22 knts ESE. Baro 1015 and steady. 90% cloud with brief showers.

As of 2016-07-20 20:00 UTC: Arrived safely in the Yasawas yesterday afternoon. Anchored off the northern island of Yasawa. The seas were very confused (like a washing machine) as we emerged from the protection of the Great Sea Barrier, crossing above the Bligh Waters to the Yasawas. We had some squalls as we approached the group but fortunately they had moved away by the time we put the anchor down. Lovely spot with sandy beaches alternating with very rugged shore line. This is our first visit to the Yasawas and we can see there is lots to explore. Fine protection in SE trades.

Next bay north of you is champagne beach. ,check out the sand, so fine stays on you for days. One armed chief next bay north of there is nice and good experience. Then Yasawirara village far north end is excellent. Large Kava for that village but they are very nice. Anchor off wharf to the west tucked into bay in 4-6 m very cool spot. Little island there is also cool with a nice little pass to check out. Enjoy. Still sucking amps from the town basin umbilical cord for now. Dashews, visited yesterday for a while, had a good visit and lots of fun.
Wed Jul 20 8:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 8.0knts
Run: 184.1nm (333.2km)
Weather: 15-20 knts ESE. Baro 1016 and rising. 30% cloud. Waves less than 1 meter.

As of 2016-07-19 20:29 UTC: Left Naqelelevu yesterday morning and are underway to the Yasawas. Expect to arrive early this afternoon. Beautiful sailing in flat water. A small pod of spinner dolphins joined us for a while, darting from one side to the other through the bow wave.

Sat Jul 16 10:21 2016 NZST
Run: 7.9nm (14.3km)

As of 2016-07-15 20:00 UTC: Moved to anchorage near Island yesterday. Many more people here than last time we visited and some families from the abandoned village have returned to start up the village again. We had a sevusevu on shore yesterday afternoon and the people were very welcoming. We were told that Fiji Fisheries has banned the harvesting of beche de mer inside the lagoon, as they are trying to rebuild the population. There are some companies harvesting outside the reef. Lots of changes going on

Thu Jul 14 9:03 2016 NZST
Run: 7.8nm (14.1km)
Weather: 13-16 knts SSW. Baro 1014.5 and rising. 80% cloud. Waves 1/2 meter in lagoon.

As of 2016-07-13 20:00 UTC: Anchored near entrance to reef at Naqelelevu. A large pod of spinning and leaping spinner dolphins greeted us yesterday (local time) as we entered the lagoon. What an amazing welcome!

Wed Jul 13 8:36 2016 NZST
Run: 93.6nm (169.4km)
Weather: 15 knts SSW. Baro 1014 and rising. 20% cloud. Waves less than 1 meter.

As of 2016-07-12 20:00 UTC: Left Savusavu early yesterday afternoon and sailed overnight to Naqelelevu. Beautiful sailing conditions in SSW winds. Wind up to 25 knots early this morning. Caught mahi mahi on the trip over. A couple of fish with sharp teeth bit through two steel leaders earlier in the day. We are hove to and will wait for good light to enter the reef.

Wed Jun 29 21:40 2016 NZST
Run: 27.9nm (50.5km)
Weather: 3 knts ESE. Baro 1015 and falling. Clear skies.

As of 2016-06-29 09:28 UTC: Sailed from Namena to Savusavu today. Nice conditions even though we were close hauled.

Wow!! Cool!! First time I have tried to locate you. This is really fun to look at. Thanks! Hope you all are well.
Fri Jun 24 22:43 2016 NZST
Run: 21nm (38km)
Weather: 10 knts ENE. Baro 1014 and steady. 10% clouds.

As of 2015-06-24 10:33 UTC: Sailed in beautiful conditions from Koro to Namena earlier today. Hope to do some diving here over the next few days.

Wed Jun 15 22:22 2016 NZST
Run: 35nm (63.4km)
Weather: 2-4 knts ENE. Baro 1012 and steady. 95% clouds.

As of 2015-06-15 02:44 UTC: Motored to Koro Island today in very light wind (1.5 - 3 knots) and very minimal seas. We're visiting some friends (Hans and Dory who used to sail Happy Monster) who are building a house here. They survived Cyclone Winston earlier this year when the eye went right over their house. The trees are starting to grow back their greenery, but the hillsides still look quite bare.

Looks like you're still enjoying it. Happy trails!
Mon Jun 6 21:33 2016 NZST
Run: 97.6nm (176.7km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 110nm
Weather: 15-20 knts ESE. Baro 1017 and falling. Partly cloudy. 27c water temp.

As of 2015-06-06 13:00 UTC: Arrived safely in Savusavu today just after noon and are now tied to a Waitui mooring. Waitui is definitely open for business and Jolene, the manager was super efficient in getting the officials organized for our check in. The mooring has a new chain (just installed over the weekend) and was checked by a diver. Downtown Savusavu is bustling as always and has made a great deal of progress in recovery from cyclone Winston. The trip from NZ went very smoothly (other than a problem with a batten luff box on the main). We used the engine for less than 30 hours in total and had some terrific periods of sailing- including one of our fastest days ever. We really appreciated the efforts of David, Patricia, and Mike at Gulf Harbour Radio for the YIT site. And the qualify of the weather information was outstanding - it made trip planning so much more effective.

Glad to see you arrived safely. I took 10 days to get to Nuku'alofa via Raoul Island, arriving on the 9th just before a spell of strong trades (up to 52 knots reported but I saw no more than 35 knots. John flew in on the 15th. I hop to be in Fiji about September.
Mon Jun 6 0:15 2016 NZST
Speed: 8.3knts
Run: 189nm (342.1km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 186nm
Weather: 22-28 knts ESE. Baro 1018 and falling. Waves 1-2 meters. Partly cloudy. 27c water temp.

As of 2015-06-05 11:48 UTC: Sailing with double reefed main alone. Wind was light earlier but has built again. Had to jibe to avoid a fishing boat with nets in the Koro Sea. Now sailing final approach to Savusavu. Expect to get in around noon on Monday. Slowed down so we are both up for the final run up the bay into Savusavu. Lots of stars out. A few small squalls. Very comfortable sailing deep down wind.

Sat Jun 4 23:52 2016 NZST
Speed: 7.7knts
Run: 216.2nm (391.3km)
Avg: 9.1knts
24hr: 217.9nm
Weather: 18-22 knts ESE. Baro 1019 and steady. Waves 2 meters. 100% cloud. 26c water temp.

As of 2015-06-04 11:48 UTC: Started sailing slowly again after midnight last night when wind picked up to 10-12 and backed around to the SE. Wind started to pick up to 15-20 during the day today and we started gradually reefing. Wind backed to the ESE early this evening and and built to 20-25 knots. We expect the wind to back even more overnight. Now sailing with triple reefed main and staysail with wind just forward of the beam. We are heading further east to get a better angle in the Koro Sea for the approach to Savusavu as the wind continues to back. Wind has eased up a little over the past few hours, so we're a bit underpowered with this sail plan. but at least we're prepared for expected higher winds. Uneventful day with a few squalls. Very pleasant temps. Very cloudy.

Sat Jun 4 0:03 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 190.6nm (345km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189.3nm
Weather: 9-12 knts SSE. Baro 1020 and steady. Waves 1-2 meters. 100% cloud. 25c water temp.

As of 2015-06-02 11:45 UTC: Motored sailed over last day when winds went light and swung around to be on the stern. Were able to start sailing slowly as wind backed around to the SSE. We had to drop the main this afternoon when a batten car detatched itself from a slider on the mainsail track. The screw holding the car to the mast slider stripped out of the fitting on the sail. Fortunately we had a replacement fitting and were able to replace the damaged piece. But we had to remove a good chunk of the sail from the sail track to complete the repair. And we had to motor in the wrong direction for an hour to take pressure off the main, allowing us to get feed the sail back onto the track. We decided that sailing in the opposite direction from your intended destination makes for slow progress. Luckily the conditions were very benign during the 3 hour repair and we had no squalls.

Thu Jun 2 23:53 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 198.5nm (359.3km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132nm
Weather: 12-18 knts SSW. Baro 1019.5 and steady. Waves 1-2 meters. 100% cloud with a few stars faintly visible.

As of 2015-06-02 11:45 UTC: Numerous squalls over past 24 hours. The squalls pass fairly quickly but sometimes they pack a punch with the wind gusting to 25-30 knots in the stronger ones. Wind backed to SSW after a strong squall late in the afternoon Wind continuing to slowly back. Put out a fishing line but no luck so far. Beautiful luminescence in the water near the beam of the boat.

super impressed with the previous days run of 241 miles!!! we moved all of 8 miles in the last week. Brett
Wed Jun 1 11:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 7.2knts
Run: 501.8nm (908.3km)
Avg: 10.1knts
24hr: 241.8nm
Weather: 12-14 knts WNW. Baro 1019 and steady. Waves 1-2 meters. Clear skies.


As of 2015-06-01 11:45 UTC: Wind lightened up considerably today
-- as low as 5 knots for a time. Shook out the two reefs in the main and
switched from staysail to jib. Boat moving well under full canvas in
light air. Waves also diminished and with the sun out it was a beautiful
day on the ocean. Water temps have been rising steadily (now 23c) and
don't need jackets anymore. Winds shifting between WSW to WNW but Monitor
windvane handling the swings like a champ. Beautiful starlit sky.

Looks like the Cutest Cruisers on the Pacific are the Fastest as well! Beth is racing to landfall so she can have her chocolate!

Hi guys! Sounds like Eagle's Wings is happy to be out there again! We are very pleased for you! Safe sails!
Mon May 30 10:00 2016 NZST

We will be departing this afternoon from Marsden for Fiji. Will keep you all posted!

Bula Vinaka and Bon Voyage mateys. Fair winds and safe travel and don't eat all that chocolate in one sitting ........ we will stock up on the Whitakers for your return later in the year! Have a fabulous time. Much love from all the Barking Mad crew including the one in utero-transit!

So you are leaving without us again. No only joking, Lindsay in Jersey I'm in WA in Australia with Mum who is a lot better. She sends her love to you both. Will keep an eye on here . Have a great trip , we know you will. Looks a great weather window. Steve S/V Jemellie
Sun May 29 19:42 2016 NZST
Run: 10.6nm (19.2km)

As of 0232 2016-05-29 UTC: Motored down the river to Marsden Cove. A few showers. Wind up to 24 knots. May leave tomorrow for Fiji but keeping a close watch on forecasts.

Sat May 14 21:20 2016 NZST
Run: 13.8nm (25km)

Motored up the river to Whangarei after sea trial yesterday. It was nice to get out and sail after so many months on land. We have a few things to sort but mostly it all looked good. Hope to be ready to sail north in a few weeks.

Hi guys. Sorry to have missed your departure from RDM. Out shopping and when we got back noticed the work berth...empty! Safe happy sails to you both, lovely to have met you. "The Two Steves".

Hi Guys -- thanks for the wishes! It was fun to meet you and we hope to see you again in Nov.

Hi Ken & Beth. It seems like forever since we were sailing JY15's in Waukegan. My wife retired last year and I am in process of making that move soon. We will be moving to St. Martin later this year so if you ever get back to Caribbean please look us up. Safe travels. Al

Hi Al, Great to hear from you! We will definitely look you up if we get back to the Caribbean. We're loving the Pacific so it may be a while... We wish you all the best for your move. B&K
Fri May 13 8:06 2016 NZST
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)

Anchored in Urquharts Bay. Motored down the river yesterday and will do sea trials today.

Fri Nov 27 19:32 2015 NZDT
Run: 88.4nm (160km)
Avg: 9.7knts
24hr: 232.7nm

As of 0621 2015-11-27 UTC: Arrived in Marsden just before 5 pm local time. We had some nice sailing after we turned the corner south of the Poor Knights. And then had a screaming deep reach around Bream Head (we were doing the screaming!) with winds up to 33 knots and with the main at full hoist. Luckily we had rolled up the jib before that, as the angle was too deep to hold the jib. The wind around Bream Head can be quite ferocious, as we discovered. We are safely tucked in for the night at the Q dock and will get cleared in tomorrow morning. Really great to be back.

Yoh Dudes Was thinking where you were about 5 Pm and gusting ugly around the heads. Listen on Channel 64 Saturday - if it is not raining as per the forecast I will sail over and park next to you when you clear customs. Great you're back safe. Janet is it at work sadly but we may sail up the harbor in Tandem with you On Monday on your trip back to the dock
Fri Nov 27 10:25 2015 NZDT
Run: 200.1nm (362.2km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 198.3nm

As of 2100 2015-11-26 UTC: Land Ho! Can see Whangarei Heads poking through the clouds. We should reach Marsden late this afternoon/early evening. Motorsailing with the wind dead astern

Thu Nov 26 10:12 2015 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 204.5nm (370.1km)
Avg: 8.6knts
24hr: 205.2nm
Weather: 2-5knts NE-ENE. 10% cloud cover. Baro 1024.5 and steady. Calm sea with .5 - 1 meter swell

As of 2100 2015-11-25 UTC: Put up reacher yesterday for a few hours in the afternoon before turning on the engine a little before 8 pm local time. Lost wind completely this morning and now motoring in 3/4 knot counter current.

Wed Nov 25 10:17 2015 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 231.3nm (418.7km)
Avg: 9.7knts
24hr: 232.8nm
Weather: 9-12knts ENE. 10% cloud cover. Baro 1023 and rising. Waves minimal with 1-2 meter swell.

As of 2100 2015-11-24 UTC: A fast day yesterday with a favorable current. Lost fav current last night. Wind stayed 13-15 knots overnight, but lightened up considerably this morning (to 9-12). Gliding along nicely, but will think about putting up light air sails today. We'd like to put off starting the engine as long as possible. We've changed our destination to Marsden Cove, as the conditions look good to continue on. Drop dead gorgeous day.

Tue Nov 24 10:26 2015 NZDT
Speed: 10knts
Run: 241.2nm (436.6km)
Avg: 10knts
24hr: 239.5nm
Weather: 15-18knts E. 90% cloud cover. Baro 1020.5 and rising. Waves 1-2 meters

As of 2100 2015-11-23 UTC: Great sailing again today. Wind is holding and we have a favorable current (after having an adverse current yesterday). We'll appreciate these super conditions while they last. Water temp has dropped 11 deg F since leaving Savusavu.

Mon Nov 23 10:16 2015 NZDT
Speed: 8knts
Run: 234.7nm (424.8km)
Avg: 9.4knts
24hr: 224.9nm
Weather: 14-17knts ESE. 30% cloud cover. Baro 1018 and rising. Waves 1-2 meters

As of 2100 2015-11-22 UTC: Wind lightening up more. Beautiful blue skies. Gorgeous sailing.

Sun Nov 22 9:13 2015 NZDT
Speed: 8.8knts
Run: 80.6nm (145.9km)
Avg: 9.4knts
24hr: 226.2nm
Weather: 20-25knts ESE. 80% cloud cover. Baro 1015 and rising. Waves 1-2 meters

As of 2000 15-11-21 UTC: Wind lightened up for a few hours overnight, but back up today. Moving along well and have better motion as were able to crack off a little. Still very boisterous as wind is forward of the beam.

Sun Nov 22 0:40 2015 NZDT
Run: 114.1nm (206.5km)
Weather: 20-25knts ESE.Gusts to 29knts, dropping to 15knts sometimes. 100% cloud cover. Baro 1014 and rising.

As of 1134 15-11-21 UTC: Left Savusavu early Saturday afternoon (local time) for Opua. Had to sail close reach into Koro Sea chop. Very rough. We had to keep ducking down when we poked our heads out from the back of the pilothouse as huge amounts of water crashed into the bow and flew back to the stern. At least the decks are getting clean! We got drenched a few times. Beth lost her cookies. But we're moving fast and once we got out of the Koro Sea, the waves smoothed out some.

Wed Nov 4 21:08 2015 NZDT
Weather: 5 E. 70% cloud cover. Baro 1013 and steady.

As of 0400 2015-10-04 UTC: Sailed back to Savusavu today after great visit with Hans and Dory on Koro. Caught mahi mahi just before we got to Savsuavu.

Wed Nov 4 21:08 2015 NZDT
Run: 34.3nm (62.1km)
Weather: 5knts E. 70% cloud cover. Baro 1013 and steady.

As of 0400 2015-10-04 UTC: Sailed back to Savusavu today after great visit with Hans and Dory on Koro. Caught mahi mahi just before we got to Savsuavu.

Mon Oct 26 10:14 2015 NZDT
Run: 34.3nm (62.1km)
Weather: 9knts E. 50% cloud cover. Baro 1018 and rising.

As of 2100 2015-10-25 UTC: Motor-sailed upwind to Koro yesterday. Moored in Beautiful, tranquil Dere Bay. Today will visit friends Hans and Dory (formerly of Happy Monster) who are building a house here.

Hi Ken and Beth, please give Hans and Dorrie a BIG hug from Me.. Wayne, Solstice

Hi Guys - the chicken is marinating ready for your return to God Zone. Hi Wayne from the Barkers - is it the Wayne for our Paragliding days in Whangarei? If it is , now we know where you went!
Thu Oct 1 11:05 2015 NZDT
Run: 29.5nm (53.4km)
Weather: 12-16knts E. 50% cloud cover. Baro 1018.5 and steady.

As of 2100 2015-09-30 UTC: Arrived safely yesterday in Savusavu. Great to be back!

Wed Sep 30 10:17 2015 NZDT
Speed: 7.8knts
Run: 208.8nm (377.9km)
Avg: 8.9knts
24hr: 212.9nm
Weather: 14-18knts ESE. 30% cloud cover. Baro 1019.5 and rising.

As of 2100 2015-09-29 UTC: Had great sailing day yesterday with low waves and steady wind. Making final approach to Savusavu. Turned on engine last hour.

Tue Sep 29 10:45 2015 NZDT
Speed: 9knts
Run: 171.7nm (310.8km)
Weather: 18-20knts ESE. 70% cloud cover. Baro 1017 and rising.

As of 2100 2015-09-28 UTC: Left Wallis midday yesterday for Savusavu. Winds light and seas very low (less than 1 meter) to start. Wind steadily building and sailing along nicely.Caught mahi mahi yesterday.

Tue Sep 15 20:24 2015 NZST
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)
Weather: 16-18knts ESE. 100% cloud cover, light rain. Baro 1012 and steady.

Moved back to Mata Utu (east side) this morning. Will look for window to Fiji soon.

Fri Sep 11 12:17 2015 NZST
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)
Weather: 12-18knts ESE. 70% cloud cover. Baro 1012 and falling.

As of 0000 2015-09-11 UTC: Moved to west side of main island earlier in the week. Did a nice dive with Evasion Bleue. Hope to dive the pass with them soon.

Wed Sep 2 9:31 2015 NZST
Run: 21.9nm (39.6km)
Weather: 20-25knts E. In the grips of a low pressure system. Some rain, gusts to 28 knots, 100% cloud.

As of 2000 2015-09-01 UTC: Anchored off town of Mata Uta in Wallis. Checked in with Gendarmerie soon after we arrived yesterday (local time). Customs was closed but will try again today if weather cooperates. Got doused with big waves heading back to EW from town in our dinghy. Conditions are rough for the dinghy due to system moving through. EW doesn't seem bothered, though. Holding is excellent.

Tue Sep 1 8:18 2015 NZST
Speed: 8knts
Run: 365.5nm (661.6km)
Avg: 15.4knts
24hr: 370.1nm
Weather: 15-20knts SE.Wind is apparent (still no speedo). Patchy clouds (50% cloud cover). Very pleasant.

As of 2000 2015-08-31 UTC: Approaching Wallis. Will heave to shortly to wait for slack water before going into the pass.

Mon Aug 31 8:36 2015 NZST
Speed: 8.5knts
Weather: 16-23knts SE.Wind is apparent, as we lost our speed over water readout. Sunny and warm today.80% cloud cover, with lots of sunny patches. Very pleasant.

As of 2000 2015-08-30 UTC: Left Pago Pago for Wallis yesterday. Had a great time there visiting friends (Michael, Kendra, and Gavin) who moved to Pago a few years ago. Good sailing trip so far. Wind and waves behind us. Had little bit of excitement yesterday when the rudder post for the monitor windvane sheared at the foot. Fortunately we did not lose the rudder, as it was attached with a safety line. Using electric autopilot now.

Fri Aug 28 16:29 2015 NZST

As of 0413 2015-08-28 UTC: Will be departing for Wallis on the weekend. Have enjoyed our stay here in Pago Pago, despite the bad holding in the anchorage. We are meeting many cruisers from the "Class of 2015" as they make their way across the Pacific. We just posted an update to our website http://www.vancones.org/LatestUpdate.html

Fri Aug 7 21:47 2015 NZST
Run: 24.9nm (45.1km)
Weather: 6-8knts ENE. Very calm in the anchorage.

As of 0940 2015-08-07 UTC: Arrived in Pago Pago early this afternoon local time. Difficult to get anchor to set in bad bottom (hauled up fishing lines and plastic bags). Met lots of friendly cruisers.

Hi Guys Read the latest update - great and full of excitement at times. We are full of envy for the warm climes your are probably enjoying. Spring is around the corner here so take care and enjoy yourselves. Our water is around 12 degrees c in Parua Bay! Don & Janet

Talofa! We're retired from cruising; with a Cal 34, Drifters, moored just down the street from our home here on Orcas Island. You ever get out west? Safe voyaging Mike & Liz

Hi Mike and Liz, Good to hear from you. We've never been up to your neck of the woods, but you never know what could happen in the future! Glad you are enjoying cruising in the San Juans. We've heard they are spectacular.
Fri Aug 7 8:43 2015 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 53.2nm (96.3km)
Weather: 18-25knts ESE. 2-3m swell from the ESE. 50% cloud cover. Barometer 1015.5 and rising.

As of 2000 2015-08-06 UTC: Hove to for 15 hours starting late yesterday afternoon. Underway again. Should get in to Pago Pago harbor today. Seas very rough (short period waves).

Thu Aug 6 8:27 2015 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 201.9nm (365.4km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 201.3nm
Weather: 22-28knts ESE. 3m swell from the ESE. 50% cloud cover. Barometer 1016 and rising.

As of 2000 2015-08-05 UTC: Making our way toward Pago Pago. May heave to if can't make harbor during daylight.

Wed Aug 5 8:23 2015 NZST
Speed: 7.8knts
Run: 192.3nm (348.1km)
Avg: 9.6knts
24hr: 229.6nm
Weather: 22-27knts ESE. 2-3m swell from the ESE. 50% cloud cover. Barometer 1018 and falling.

As of 2000 2015-08-04 UTC: Broke line for 2nd reef last night. Sailing with 3rd reef for now. Air temp warmer. Nice sailing!

Tue Aug 4 12:17 2015 NZST
Speed: 9knts
Run: 141.5nm (256.1km)
Weather: 18-22knts SE. 2-3m swell from the SE. 80% cloud cover.

As of 2240 2015-08-03 UTC: Just left Beveridge Reef, bound for Pagp Pago. Great saiiing on broad reach. Terrific 33 days diving and snorkeling.

Fri Jul 3 13:26 2015 NZST
Run: 18nm (32.6km)
Weather: 15-20knts ESE. 10% cloud cover.

As of 0045 2015-07-03 UTC: Reef Ho! Anchored in Beveridge Reef. Stunning. Hove to off the reef in the wee hours of the morning local time and then tried fishing along the edge of the reef for a few hours. We saw lots of flying fish but no bites on our lines. We maneuvered through the pass about 11:30 am local time and finally dropped anchor at 12:30 pm local time. Great visibility going through pass.

Thu Jul 2 9:40 2015 NZST
Speed: 7.8knts
Run: 189.1nm (342.3km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.4nm
Weather: 15-20knts SE. 2m swell from the S. 20% cloud cover.

As of 2100 2015-07-01 UTC: Sailing nicely in SE winds. Several flying fish landed on deck (may be the only way we'll catch any).

Wed Jul 1 9:27 2015 NZST
Speed: 8knts
Run: 178.7nm (323.4km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 183.7nm
Weather: 10-20knts SSE. 2m swell from the S. 80% cloud cover.

As of 2100 2015-06-30 UTC: Sailing more easterly to pick up better angle on trades as they build. Great sailing since yesterday am (until a squall comes through and the wind goes pear-wise). Squalls have had little rain, but gusty wind. Monitor windvane working well except when wind drops too much. Tried fishing yesterday but no luck.

Tue Jun 30 10:06 2015 NZST
Speed: 7.8knts
Run: 198.4nm (359.1km)
Avg: 8.2knts
24hr: 196.5nm
Weather: 7.7knts SSE. 1-2m swell from the S. 10% cloud cover. Deployed Spinex spinnaker furling system for first time. Worked great. Now motoring in very light winds.

As of 2100 2015-06-29 UTC:

Mon Jun 29 9:52 2015 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 161.5nm (292.3km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.1nm
Weather: 13.7knts sw (but switching/varying). 2-3m swell from the S. 80% could cover. Squalls around

As of 2100 2015-06-27UTC: Lots of excitement yesterday. Wheel almost fell off and a batten popped out of its pocket and K and to hoist B up the mast in 2-3 meter seas to push it back in so we could lower the sail for repairs. Had to motor back the way we came for a while to stabilize the sail. Finally got repairs made and heading back in the right direction (toward Beveridge Reef). Motoring through center of high.

Sun Jun 28 9:48 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 181.3nm (328.2km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 194.1nm
Weather: 11knts ssw. 2m swell from the s. 80% cloud cover.

As of 2100 2015-06-27UTC: Beautiful waxing moon overnight. Gliding along in light winds.

Sat Jun 27 11:23 2015 NZST
Speed: 8.5knts
Weather: 21knts sw. 2m swell from the S. 90% wispy cloud cover.

As of 2100 2015-06-26UTC (day wrong on prev update): Sailing nicely under single reefed main. Waves subsided a bit. Very comfortable temps.

Sat Jun 27 10:27 2015 NZST
Speed: 8.5knts
Weather: 21knts sw. 2m swell from the S. 90% wispy cloud cover.

As of 2100 2015-06-27UTC: Sailing nicely under single reefed main. Waves subsided a bit. Very comfortable temps.

Sat Jun 27 10:27 2015 NZST
Speed: 8.5knts
Weather: 21knts sw. 2m swell from the S. 90% wispy cloud cover.

As of 2100 2015-06-27UTC: Sailing nicely under single reefed main. Waves subsided a bit. Very comfortable temps.

Sat Jun 27 10:27 2015 NZST
Speed: 8.5knts
Run: 189.2nm (342.5km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 183.7nm
Weather: 21knts sw. 2m swell from the S. 90% wispy cloud cover.

As of 2100 2015-06-27UTC: Sailing nicely under single reefed main. Waves subsided a bit. Very comfortable temps.

Fri Jun 26 9:44 2015 NZST
Speed: 8knts
Run: 197.2nm (356.9km)
Avg: 11.2knts
24hr: 269.7nm
Weather: 21knts SSW 3m swell from south, 20% cloud cover.

Staying south for better wind. Seas have built so bit of a roller coaster ride. 26c in pilothouse yesterday during day (toasty), but 17c overnight (brrr).

Thu Jun 25 16:11 2015 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 158.6nm (287.1km)
Weather: 21knts SSW 2.5m swell from south 90% cloud cover.

Left Marsden yesterday afternoon. A bit brisk. Great to be back at sea.

Fri Jun 19 22:32 2015 NZST
Run: 10.6nm (19.2km)

Left Riverside for Marsden to do sea test. Waiting in Marsden for window north.

Mon Dec 8 10:24 2014 NZDT

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