Eagle's Wings

Eagle's Wings

Wed Jul 26 18:03 2017 NZST
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)

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

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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