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.
Fri Jul 14 2:33 2017 NZST
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 Jun 18 18:27 2017 NZST
Run: 64.5nm (116.7km)
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.
Sun Jun 18 1:15 2017 NZST
Run: 206.1nm (373km)
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
Run: 193.8nm (350.8km)
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
Run: 184.9nm (334.7km)
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
Run: 170.3nm (308.2km)
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.
Wed Jun 14 1:12 2017 NZST
Run: 166.9nm (302.1km)
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
Run: 169.7nm (307.2km)
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
Run: 123.3nm (223.2km)
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
Run: 149.8nm (271.1km)
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.
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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