Eagle's Wings

Eagle's Wings

Wed Nov 15 22:12 2017 NZDT
Run: 13.7nm (24.8km)

Had nice sail from Tutukaka to Bream Head today and went up the river to Riverside. Great to be back!

Hi... I know the Sundeers and follow your travels with interest... but now puzzled With no damage to attend to... why is it good to be back ? Best, Warren
Tue Nov 14 18:45 2017 NZDT
Run: 31.3nm (56.7km)
Weather: 6 NE. baro 1023. Overcast.

Sailed down the coast to Tutukaka from Opua today. Very nice sailing conditions in 10-15 knots from the ENE.

Tue Nov 7 22:39 2017 NZDT
Run: 67.6nm (122.4km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 111.9nm
Weather: 16 NNE. baro 1014. Light rain.

Got a great boost from the wind this morning and were able to make Opua and get cleared late afternoon. We'll be in Opua for a few days before heading south to Whangarei. Very good trip. New watch schedule (8 on/ 8 off) worked really well.

Great to see you made it to the Q dock this evening! Nice you got cleared too. We are on H04, and hope to see you tomorrow! Please give us a shout!
Tue Nov 7 8:09 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.8knts
Run: 187.8nm (339.9km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 178.1nm
Weather: 11.3 ENE. baro 1019. Few scattered clouds. Waves 1 meter.

Wind has backed around and we're sailing again. Hope to make Opua today if all goes well.

Mon Nov 6 6:51 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.9knts
Run: 192.2nm (347.9km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192.2nm
Weather: 10.4 knots SSW. Baro 1016. Partly cloudy overhead and clouds all around on horizon

Motorsailing into light winds. Passed through a weak trough last night. Wind shifted all around and we had some rain, but otherwise it wasn't too bad. Ken lost a boat shoe overboard. At least he didn't jump in after it.

The wine is chilling and the curry is infusing! See you soon mateys.

Sounds like a pretty cool passage ! Say hello to the Riverside Drive Marina for us
Sun Nov 5 6:51 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.6knts
Run: 217.4nm (393.5km)
Avg: 9.2knts
24hr: 219.7nm
Weather: 12.4 knots NNE. Baro 1016. Partly cloudy overhead but squally looking ahead. Seems like we're chasing the squalls but not catching them.

Wind held for longer than we expected and had nice sailing conditions all day. Turned on the motor early this morning as wind backed and lightened. Full moon making night watch keeping much easier.

Sat Nov 4 7:06 2017 NZDT
Speed: 8.5knts
Run: 206.7nm (374.1km)
Avg: 8.6knts
24hr: 207.1nm
Weather: 18 knots NE. Baro 1014. Partly cloudy overhead, but squally looking clouds in front of us.

Picked up some nice wind overnight and having a good beam reach at the moment. We know it won't last and expect to have to motorsail again.

Fri Nov 3 7:09 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.9knts
Run: 117.4nm (212.5km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.2nm
Weather: 5 knots NE. Baro 1012. Overcast. Clouds off in the distance. Lightning on the horizon overnight, but no squalls reached us (yet).

On our way to NZ from Isle of Pines. Light winds, so motorsailing to keep speed up. We're trying new watch schedule at night (8 on/ 8 off). Will see how it goes. Weather very benign for departure.

Thu Nov 2 11:20 2017 NZDT
Run: 34.5nm (62.4km)
Weather: 12 NE, baro 1013, high clouds, warm

Leaving today for New Zealand. Had several nice dives at Gadji. Hard to leave this place!

Sat Oct 28 19:41 2017 NZDT
Run: 30.1nm (54.5km)
Weather: Gorgeous (6 ESE, baro 1013.5, clear)

Left Port du Sud today and are at the entrance to the Bay of Prony. A beautiful spot in these light conditions.

Tue Oct 24 21:01 2017 NZDT
Run: 26.5nm (48km)
Weather: Overcast, wind 9 SE, baro 1015.5

Motorsailed back to Noumea today. Will spend a few days doing errands and then plan to check out for NZ. We hope to spend some time in Isle of Pines before heading south.

Sat Oct 21 1:55 2017 NZDT
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: 2 knts NE, partly cloudy, baro 1016.5

Dove on the Prony Needle today. Water was very murky and it started out a bit creepy. The needle structure is alien and eerie. We saw lots of interesting fish and creatures, including a group of spadefish who greeted us as soon as we got in the water. They followed us around for the entire dive, sometimes getting right up close to our faces. Ken got an otherworldly picture of a collection of extended coral polyps that looked like an exploding galaxy. The center of each polyp was glowing like a little star. We hope to go back again tomorrow.

Tue Oct 17 23:39 2017 NZDT
Run: 13.7nm (24.8km)
Weather: 9 ESE. Baro 1017. Partly cloudy.

Moved to Ile Casey in Bay of Prony today. Very peaceful in the mooring field. Looking forward to diving the Needle of Prony sometime in the next few days.

Sat Oct 14 10:20 2017 NZDT
Weather: Partly cloudy, wind 17 from ENE-ESE, baro 1015

Still at Mato. We keep spotting new (to us) species (or variations) during our dives and are stoked about what we are seeing even though visibility hasn't been great. We plan to stay here until the wind really settles down and then move south to Ua before heading back to Noumea to checkout later in the month.

Sat Oct 7 21:27 2017 NZDT
Run: 29.3nm (53km)
Weather: 15 ESE. Baro 1017. Clear sky.

Pried ourselves away from Noumea and are now anchored at Mato Island. Absolutely stunning here. We're anxious to get in the water tomorrow. Quite a few boats anchored nearby, but plenty of room.

Fantastic to cu made NCal. safe trip back to NZ .Looking forward to catching up soon.V.sadly Mum passed away 3 weeeks ago.LOL. XXXX
Wed Sep 27 21:12 2017 NZDT
Run: 34nm (61.5km)
Weather: 7 knots NNW. Baro 1020.5. Scattered clouds.

Tied up at the dock at Port du Sud. We had anchored out in the bay but the marina captain asked us to bring the boat to the dock for clearance. A very stiff sea breeze had built up (up to 23 knots) so it was quite choppy out in the bay. Lots of racing boats parading by for Wed races. Met a very friendly couple who live on their boat here. He's 80 years old but seemed much younger. We're looking forward to exploring Noumea.

Tue Sep 26 12:42 2017 NZDT
Run: 51.5nm (93.2km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.9nm
Weather: 10 knots NE. Baro 1020.5. Scattered clouds.

Arrived in New Cal this morning. Anchored in Port Boise, waiting for morning tide tomorrow to continue to Noumea. Beautiful spot.

Tue Sep 26 3:24 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 176.5nm (319.5km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175nm
Weather: 14.4 knots ENE. Baro 1020. A few clouds.

Expect to get to Havannah Pass in the morning. Pleasant sailing conditions with minimal seas. Looking forward to first visit to New Cal. Adverse current.

So glad you are having a good passage! We'll be heading that way ourselves from Fiji in about 2 weeks...we hope to catch up!
Mon Sep 25 3:12 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 103.3nm (187km)
Weather: 13 knots ESE. Baro 1018.5.Scattered clouds.

Left Port Vila today for New Caledonia. Nice sailing conditions. Stars out in force. Water temp has dropped over 3 degrees since started this morning.

Fri Sep 22 7:38 2017 NZST
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
Weather: 3SE, overcast, 1015.5, no wind

Tue Sep 12 22:32 2017 NZST
Run: 4.5nm (8.1km)
Weather: Overcast. Wind 5 SE, baro 1016

Anchored by Iriki Island in Port Vila. No moorings available as ICA fleet has gathered for the trip to New Cal later this week.

Mon Sep 11 19:26 2017 NZST
Run: 6.2nm (11.2km)
Weather: Light drizzle, wind 12 SE, baro 1015

Sailed to Mele Bay today. Nice sail for first part of trip but then motored up the bay toward Port Vila.

Fri Sep 8 22:59 2017 NZST
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)
Weather: Partly cloudy, wind 8 E. Baro 1013.5

Moved up the coast a bit to explore other possible dive sites. Haven't found anything else yet. May move again soon.

Following your travels. What an interesting life! Anyway grad you are no where near the virgin islands at present. Maddy is a year old next week! Been teaching a guy how to fly the ultimate yachties drone. "Splash Drone 3". Fully submersible professional level drone with every conceivable safety device known to really annoy us Helicopter Pilots as No skill necessary. Video quality is 4 K with a fully gimbaled and swiveling / pivoting water proof camera and has an attachment to drop a fishing line up to 1 Km away. Got to get me one of these but unfortunately picked up our new main yesterday. So no money left! Check it out on you tube. Happy travels. Don & Janet
Tue Sep 5 7:30 2017 NZST
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
Weather: 10 knots ESE. Baro 1016. Partly cloudy.

Moved anchorages a few days ago closer to the Havannah Harbor entrance. Previous anchorage too exposed to swell. This new anchorage very good in ESE winds (though winds are gusty in here). Have dived on Paul's Rock (to the south) several times and it is surprisingly good. Rock area is in a bit of a reserve (buoy says "taboo fishing"). Interesting sponges and squirts. School of barracuda and good number of larger fish. Also saw a beautiful green turtle. Water very clear. Site is still diveable even when ESE winds are up.

Sat Sep 2 20:03 2017 NZST
Run: 10.6nm (19.2km)
Weather: 10 knots SSE. Baro 1014.5. Overcast.

Sailed over to the Havannah Harbor area today. Anchored a bit south of the harbor entrance. Hope to visit some dive sites nearby while the weather is settled. Very peaceful, though a bit rolly.

Sat Aug 26 11:36 2017 NZST
Run: 39nm (70.6km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 82.5nm

Arrived safely in Port Vila. Nice to be back in Vanuatu. Sky was overcast when we got in, but no nasty fronts yet.

Sat Aug 26 0:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 168.4nm (304.8km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.4nm
Weather: 13 knots ESE. Baro 1015. Waves 1-2 meters.

Another pleasant day of downwind sailing. Sun was out for part of the day. Slowing down as we make our final approach to arrive in Port Vila in the morning.

Fri Aug 25 0:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.1knts
Run: 182.3nm (330km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185nm
Weather: 15 knots ESE. Baro 1015.5. Waves 2 meters.

Nice placid day of downwind sailing. No rain today. Cloudy tonight but some stars around. Ken broke a tooth this evening. Hope to find a dentist in Port Vila.

Thu Aug 24 0:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.3knts
Run: 203.5nm (368.3km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 201.8nm
Weather: 20 knots ESE. Baro 1016. Waves 2-3 meters.

Saw sun for about 2 seconds during day, otherwise completely overcast with squalls. Wind up to 32 knots for brief time. We have been paralleling a fishing boat since we left Suva. Luckily he has AIS so we can both keep out of trouble.

Wed Aug 23 0:24 2017 NZST
Speed: 8.3knts
Run: 83.7nm (151.5km)
Weather: 27 knots ESE. Baro 1017. Waves 1-2 meters.

Left Suva this afternoon and on our way to Port Vila. Light rain as we left. It was so dark that we thought we were having our own eclipse. Small squalls throughout the day so wind up and down. Moving nicely with wind behind us. Some stars are poking through now. Very pleasant temps.

Sun Aug 6 18:06 2017 NZST
Run: 25nm (45.3km)
Weather: 5 knots NNW. Baro 1015.5. Beautiful sunny day but got a squall early this evening in Suva.

We sailed to Suva today from Beqa and had great wind for most of the trip. Much better trip than we were expecting. Suva Harbor is very dirty. A big slick (diesel or gasoline) floated by after we were anchored.

Sat Aug 5 19:15 2017 NZST
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
Weather: 8 knots SE. Baro 1015. Light rain on and off all day.

We moved around the corner to Malumu Bay in Beqa. We'll sail to Suva tomorrow and spend a few days provisioning and doing errands before checking out for Vanuatu.

Sat Aug 5 7:03 2017 NZST
Weather: 5 knots ENE. Baro 1015. Partly cloudy.

We did 2 shark dives with Beqa Lagoon Resort yesterday and they were fantastic. Saw a tiger and lots of bull sharks, huge schools of snappers, remoras, bannerfish, etc... plus an enormous giant grouper. The crew at BLR is amazing (very organized and helpful). The weather for the dive was perfect and there were only 10 divers (not counting BLR divers), so lots of room to move around on the boat and in the water. Highly recommend!

Wed Aug 2 20:06 2017 NZST
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
Weather: 7 knots ENE. Baro 1013.5. Partly cloudy.

Moved back to Beqa Island and are anchored near Beqa Lagoon Resort. We're scheduled to do the shark dive on Friday. Hard to leave Yanuca, though. Very accessible dive sites there with beautiful fans and hard corals. Some nice soft corals too. Visited village on Yanuca (on east side) and saw interesting water desalination system at the village. They can process about 1000 liters every 2 days. Very friendly villagers.

Tue Aug 1 7:33 2017 NZST
Weather: 7SE, sct cld, 1016.5

Yanuca island. on the west side of beqa lagoon

Wed Jul 26 18:03 2017 NZST
Run: 7.3nm (13.2km)

Moved over to west side of Yanuku. A film crew was here making a movie called Adrift, based on the book Red Sky in Mourning. We had to move the boat several times to get out of the way of filming

Hollywood is calling ... do I see a new career on the horizon for Eagle's Wings ? Enjoy the nice diving, hope the weather plays nice

Hello Beth and Ken, so good to hear from you over your yit news from time to time. Really jealous, sitting here in wet cold Hamburg, but every email from yit brings a smile on my face. Keep on posting, please. Fair winds and big hugs to both of you.
Tue Jul 25 19:30 2017 NZST
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
Weather: 6 knots SSE. Baro 1014. Partly cloudy most of the day.

Moved over to west side of Beqa, just off RaviRavi village.

Mon Jul 24 18:15 2017 NZST
Run: 40.5nm (73.3km)
Weather: 7 knots SE. Baro 1012.5. Light rain.

Sailed to Beqa today. Had nice run and caught a mahi mahi on the way. Anchored in Malumu Bay.

Fri Jul 21 6:54 2017 NZST
Run: 1.7nm (3.1km)
Weather: 2 knots E. Baro 1014.5. Overcast. Light rain.

Moved back to anchorage in Nabouwalu Bay yesterday after wind shift to the NE made the other anchorage too rough. Nabouwalu Bay is protected from all directions except WNW.

Sun Jul 16 22:39 2017 NZST
Run: 1.7nm (3.1km)
Weather: 16-20 knots ESE. Baro 1019.5. Partly sunny during the day.

As of 2017-07-16 01:00 UTC: Moved around the corner earlier today.

Fri Jul 14 19:30 2017 NZST
Run: 52.6nm (95.2km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 74.5nm
Weather: 6 knots ESE. Baro 1016.5. Overcast.

As of 2017-07-14 02:00 UTC: Arrived at Ono Island after an overnight sail from Koro Island. Very quiet and peaceful here. Will do Sevusevu tomorrow.

Fri Jul 14 2:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.6knts
Run: 74.2nm (134.3km)
Weather: 12 knots SE. Baro 1015. Overcast. Waves 1 meters.

As of 2017-07-13 14:00 UTC: On our way from Koro to Ono. Very pleasant sailing conditions in light wind and minimal waves. A small passenger ship is doing donuts in front of us. Not sure what they are up to. They never answered our VHF call. We just changed course to get further away from them.

Sun Jul 9 21:42 2017 NZST
Run: 34.4nm (62.3km)
Weather: Wind 8-14 ESE.

Sailed to Koro Island today. Plan to see some friends here.

Sun Jun 18 18:27 2017 NZST
Run: 64.5nm (116.7km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90nm
Weather: 13 knots ESE. Baro 1014.5. Overcast, but no rain.

As of 2017-06-18 05:30 UTC: Sailed until 6 am local time today and hove to for 6 hours. We made our way up to Savusavu and anchored about 5:15 pm local time. A very nice trip. The most wind we saw was on the trip down the river from Whangarei to Marsden. Very nice conditions. We motored for a total of 72 hours since we left Marsden. We will clear in tomorrow.

Sounds like a pretty good passage - good on ya! Enjoy the warm weather and send some our way! Gail & Tony

Well done - must be great to be back in warmer temperatures ! Bit cold at times here in Sydney, but there was this great festival - Vivid - in the city, so I won't complain too much. Enjoy Fiji

Congrats on a great run! Herbert's auto pilot out again, using windvane now he has wind. Have fun and tell folks we know Hello! Mary and Dave
Sun Jun 18 1:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 8.4knts
Run: 206.1nm (373km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 208.7nm
Weather: 25 knots ESE. Baro 1016. Mostly clear skies (lots of stars out). Waves 2 meters.

As of 2017-06-17 13:00 UTC: Shook out the third reef during the day and let the boat stretch her wings a bit. We expect to arrive near Savusavu this morning and will heave to for a chunk of the day to time our arrival at dusk. This will allow us to check in on Monday and avoid over 300 FJ in overtime charges. Had some small squalls during the day with a brief gust to 31.8 knots. Crossed back over to west of the dateline. Very nice sailing.

Sat Jun 17 1:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 193.8nm (350.8km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192.6nm
Weather: 23 knots ESE. Baro 1018. Isolated squalls. Waves 2-3 meters.

As of 2017-06-16 13:00 UTC: After several hours of super sailing, we decided to slow down to arrive later in the day on Sunday in Savusavu. Now sailing with triple reefed main and no headsail. Caught two more fish at the same time during the day. One was a yellowfin and the other a skip jack. We kept the yellowfin. Temperature jumped to 26c. Wind up and down.

Fri Jun 16 1:24 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 184.9nm (334.7km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 183nm
Weather: 20 knots SE. Baro 1018.5. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 meters.

As of 2017-06-15 13:00 UTC: Wind picked up yesterday morning (local time) and we started sailing again. Caught 3 fish (all skip jacks) as we passed to the west of S Minerva Reef. Kept only one. Still battling pesky adverse current that has been our companion for days. Water temp jumped to 24c. No more fuzzy hats!

Thu Jun 15 1:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.6knts
Run: 170.3nm (308.2km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.7nm
Weather: 9 knots SSW. Baro 1019.5. Isolated squall patches on the horizon. Waves 1-2 meters.

As of 2017-06-14 13:00 UTC: Another placid day of motorsailing. Wind backing around and increasing so we should be sailing again soon. No bites on the fishing lines today.

Hi Guys- Hope all is well. Told Tom about your halyard issue with the new sheets. His advice is to soak the new ropes ends in hot water and rub the rope area that engages the clutch with rough sand paper. This is why the diameter of the new rope is smaller - too new! Once it has been soaked it will swell and fit the clutch.
Wed Jun 14 1:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.3knts
Run: 166.9nm (302.1km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 169.4nm
Weather: 5-7 knots NNW. Baro 1022.5. Light clouds. Waves 1-2 meters.

As of 2017-06-13 13:00 UTC: Motorsailing in light wind. We lowered the mainsail during the day in order to replace our new main halyard with the old halyard. The cover of the new halyard is too slippery for our spinlok clutch. Conditions were very placid for the switch. Temps rising steadily and we have shed our jackets. We're headed east of the rhumb line to get a better angle when the wind is expected to build out of the ESE in a few days.

Tue Jun 13 1:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.3knts
Run: 169.7nm (307.2km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 166.9nm
Weather: 5.7 knots ENE. Baro 1024. Light clouds. Waves 1-2 meters. Temperature rising.

As of 2017-06-12 13:00 UTC: Wind died off and we are now motorsailing. Caught a small skipjack but threw him back.

Mon Jun 12 1:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.2knts
Run: 123.3nm (223.2km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185.5nm
Weather: 14 knots SE. Baro 1022.5. Clear skies. Waves 1-2 meters. Wind a bit shifty.

As of 2017-06-11 13:00 UTC: Nice sailing all day. Expect winds to lighten considerably over coming days, but we're enjoying the nice sailing for now. Weather has been mild and the full moon makes nighttime watchkeeping very pleasant. Water temp took a big positive jump a few hours ago so it is quite comfortable.

Sun Jun 11 9:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 149.8nm (271.1km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.7nm
Weather: 21 knots SSW. Baro 1021. Mostly cloudy, with sun peaking through. Waves 1-2 meters.

As of 2017-06-10 21:00 UTC: Left Marsden about mid-day yesterday, bound for Savusavu. Had problem with the autopilot (communication error) and the boat turned hard to starboard. We were in the ship channel going down the river from Marsden when it happened. Thankfully no one (and nothing) was nearby so we just did a 360. Fortunately we didn't have any sails up. We suspected problem was with an add on box to our Robertson autopilot and we were able to bypass it. We decided to motor without sails for a few hours to make sure the autopilot was behaving properly. It all seemed ok so we are pressing on. No repeats of the problem since. We are now using the monitor windvane so won't get another chance to test the autopilot until later on. Very pleasant conditions and sailing nicely downwind.

Happy travels guys. See you in Nov to share a biryani and curry! Have great fun and stay safe. Xxxxxxx
Sat Jun 10 7:06 2017 NZST
Weather: 5 knots SSW. Baro 1019. Clear.

Leaving for Savusavu today from Marsden.

Sun Jun 4 11:12 2017 NZST
Weather: 8 knots SE. Baro 1011.5. Sunny

We decided to wait for another window out of here.

Fri Jun 2 23:06 2017 NZST
Run: 10.8nm (19.5km)
Weather: 12 knots E. Baro 1005.5. Rain.

We arrived at Marsden mid-afternoon after a boisterous trip down the river. Blinding rain and wind gusts to 34 knots. Will decide tomorrow about leaving on Sunday or waiting for a better window to Savusavu.

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