Elysium

Elysium

Sun Oct 14 20:12 2018 NZDT
Run: 144.5nm (261.5km)
16 46.5S 179 20.58E
Weather: 7:00 pm NZ time Baro 1014 Winds Calm 80 percent cloud cover. Humidity- High.

Hanging in Savusavu finishing a lot of small projects. Unfortunately we've had rain, rain, and more rain. Just finished yesterday and looking for wx to enjoy more of Fiji

Sat Jun 23 9:27 2018 NZST
Run: 99.3nm (179.7km)
17 07.46.22S 177 11.31E
Weather: 9:30 am NZ time Baro 1015 Winds 10-15 kts SSE. 80 percent cloud cover.

Moved to Musket Cove just off of Nadi. Getting ready to commit to the repairs on Elysium. Paint is ordered and is said to be here Friday, a Fiji Holiday! Ha Ha.

Tue Jun 19 18:33 2018 NZST
Run: 22.6nm (40.9km)
18 15.81S 178 06.52E
Weather: 6pm NZ time Winds 5 kts ESE. Zero percent cloud cover.

Moving to Vuda / Denarau to effect repairs. Currently in Pacific Harbor. Long day tomorrow with little wind to Robinson Crusoe Island.

Fri Jun 8 6:51 2018 NZST
Run: 122.2nm (221.2km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.9nm
18 07.39S 178 25.20E
Weather: 6:30 am NZ time Baro 1014 Winds 5-10 kts SSE. 100 percent cloud cover.

Big storm in Suva harbor last night. Unpowered steel fishing boat dragged effecting 6 yachts. We were broadsided and cast off our main anchor and line. Some damage to paint on topside. We managed to power up and exit around the bow. Sahula (was hit right on the nose) lost their anchor windlass, anchor and chain, they report quite extensive damage. Second Wind anchor tangled up with Ms. Murphy and shoved on a shoal. Don't know all the damage there. Mr. Squid had a bit of damage and anchor / rode is on the bottom. Mega Yacht Encore was aground. With their huge engines they powered off and are moving somewhere. No substantial injures reported.

Thu Jun 7 6:48 2018 NZST
19 44.67S 179 09.85E
Weather: 6:30 am NZ time Baro 1014 Winds 5 kts NE. 90 percent cloud cover.

Expect to be anchored clearing customs in Suva this am. Approx 2 hours to RSYC. More motoring on this passage than any other in 10 years. The NZ wx really had it's digs in for us!

Wed Jun 6 6:30 2018 NZST
Run: 164.4nm (297.6km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.2nm
19 44.67S 179 09.85E
Weather: 6 am NZ time Baro 1015 Winds light and variable maybe 5 kts can't tell, small wavelets on water . 00 percent cloud cover.

Still motoring. Lightning near us last night but closest was 8 miles. Rain for an hour. Calm this am.

Tue Jun 5 6:54 2018 NZST
Run: 114.5nm (207.2km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 145nm
21 55.26S 179 48.58W
Weather: 6 am NZ time Baro 1012 Winds light and variable maybe 5 kts out of SE. Light rain 100 percent cloud cover.

Merrily we motor along, motor along! Yuck. I would rather sail at 4 kts then motor a 6. This is like driving a caravan (RV) across country in first gear. Yuck.

Mon Jun 4 11:57 2018 NZST
Run: 18.6nm (33.7km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 82.7nm
23 21.97S 178 56.01W
Weather: left Minerva in a tropical downpour. Currently no wind and partially sunny.

Almost no wind through the night. Floating on the anchor, rolling some as the swell makes it across the reef. Not as bad as when we were in the Galapagos.

Mon Jun 4 6:33 2018 NZST
23 37.99S 178 53.71W
Weather: 6:30 am NZ time. At N. Minerva Reef Winds Calm'; 100% Cloud cover, Baro 1010 A couple of thunderstorms Please discuss future Minerva to Fiji transit. Thanks

Almost no wind through the night. Floating on the anchor, rolling some as the swell makes it across the reef. Not as bad as when we were in the Galapagos.

Gee, you guys must be locals now, having been there for over a week! Have a crayfish for us. xx
Sun Jun 3 14:09 2018 NZST
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
23 37.99S 178 53.71W
Weather: 1:45 NZ time. At N. Minerva Reef Winds E True 5-10 kts 100% Cloud cover, Baro 1010 Please discuss future Minerva to New Cal transit. Thanks

Moved to the NE corner for some wx. It wasn't fun. Singing in the rigging, bouncing all about during High Tide. Winds 30 kts gusting to 40 kts. Alll is well. The wx has passed.

Fri Jun 1 6:54 2018 NZST
23 39.62S 178 54.52W
Weather: 6:45 NZ time. At N. Minerva Reef Winds E True 10-15 kts 50% Cloud cover, light Cirrus Baro 1018 Please discuss future Minerva to New Cal transit. Thanks

Walked the reef again yesterday. The flow over was awesome with all the noise coming from the water falling into the lagoon.

Thu May 31 9:00 2018 NZST
23 39.62S 178 54.52W
Weather: 0700 NZ time. At N. Minerva Reef Winds ESE T 10-15 kts 50% Cloud cover Baro 1016 At the moment squally wx

Had a good Lobster fest with the RDM Whangarei crowd here. Gifts from another cruiser. We've not found or seen one here! More boat projects waiting on good wx to New Cal.

Wed May 30 6:36 2018 NZST
23 39.62S 178 54.52W
Weather: At N. Minerva Reef Winds S 15 kts 70% Cloud cover Baro 1013 At the moment squally wx

Getting a few projecst completed. Walked the reef yesterday. It is a good distance across and there is a during L tide a steady waterfall into the lagoon.

Tue May 29 7:06 2018 NZST
23 39.62S 178 54.52W
Weather: At N. Minerva Reef Winds S 10 kts 20% Cloud cover Baro 1011

Yeah! The Sun! Blue Sky! Solar Power. Looking forward to some boat cleaning and clothes washing. Reading and bug hunting; that is getting a couple of lobsters.

Mon May 28 6:57 2018 NZST
23 39.62S 178 54.52W
Weather: Winds S 5 kts 100% Cloud cover Baro 1012

Wow, Do I have IWS {Irritable Weather Syndrom}. Cloudy and rainy here last 24 hours! Yuck. And.... it is still not warm enough for us.

Sun May 27 7:03 2018 NZST
23 39.62S 178 54.52W
Weather: Winds S 10-15 kts 100% Cloud cover Baro 1017

A little bouncy at high tide on N Minerva. Estimate plus or minus 2 hours of H.

Sat May 26 16:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 145.9nm (264.1km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 104.8nm
23 39.62S 178 54.52W
Weather: Winds S 10-15 kts 100% Cloud cover

Anchored behind a drying reef in Minerva. Hope to be here a few days. Second Wind is next to us. Sweet. I may post some weather updates but will not be posting 2x'a / day until we move again. Cheers....

Fri May 25 6:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 250.2nm (452.9km)
Avg: 18.4knts
24hr: 441.5nm
25 46.26S 178 50.18W
Weather: Winds SSE 5 kts Baro 1016.0 Minimal swell. sky overcast 10 percent.

Nice day yesterday ... relaxing winds and us. Started motoring last night. Light to no winds. This is a deolate part of the Pacific. Few birds no ship sightings.

Thu May 24 17:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
28 38.00S 178 40.29E
Weather: Winds SSE 10 kts Baro 1014.0 Decreasing swell. sky overcast 50 percent.

Nice day today ... relaxing winds and us. 200 miles to Minerva. Two more nights!

Thu May 24 6:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
28 38.00S 178 40.29E
Weather: Winds SW 15 kts Baro 1008.5 Left over E-NE swell. Baro 1013 sky overcast 90 percent. Stratus clouds

In 35k miles of sailing yesterday was our worst. 2 fronts passed. Dealing with winds in the 30's from 10 am to 3 am. Damn tired now But the winds have finally shifted to aft the beam. Now we just roll more than we want from the old wave train.

Wed May 23 17:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.0knts
Run: 78.9nm (142.8km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.1nm
28 38.00S 178 40.29E
Weather: Winds W-NW 25-30 kts Baro 1008.5 Some rain :( . Looking forward to less wind and seas!

Boisterous-Yes; Fun-No; Adventurous - Yes. A double reefed main and staysail doing 7.0 knots and an ugly sea. Can't wait to get North and motor!

Wed May 23 6:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 85.5nm (154.8km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.8nm
29 34.60S 177 56.18E
Weather: Winds W-NW 15-20 kts Baro 1009 No rain. Lightning S and E last evening.

Not the best night. Seas out of NE and another out of N. Single reef main and staysail only.

Tue May 22 17:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 80.1nm (145km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 176.4nm
30 40.11S 177 15.77E
Weather: Winds W-NW 15 kts Baro 1011 No rain. No sight of frontal boundary

Winds have been forward the beam the entire way. Seas have not been too bad. Lots of spray. All is well. It seems to be warming up a bit. Mostly we've dropped a layer during the day.

Tue May 22 6:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 5/0knts
Run: 77nm (139.4km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.4nm
31 39.2S 176 32.96E
Weather: Winds W-NW 15 kts Baro 1013 lightening behind. No rain.

A little boisterous night. Seas ok 1-2 meters. Warmer but still wearing 3 layers. :( Looking to 30 S where David from GHR say's we ned to get to today

Mon May 21 16:57 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 71.2nm (128.9km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 164.3nm
32 36.3S 175 51.89E
Weather: Winds W-NW 15 kts Baro 1013

Great day. Seas ok 1-2 meters. Water starting to look bluer! Once squid aboard. Still wearing 3 layers. :(

Good to hear you are underway. We hope you get to shed a layer soon, and that your course changes more to the NW.
Mon May 21 6:33 2018 NZST
Run: 102.5nm (185.5km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185.7nm
33 30.31S 175 16.06e
Weather: 140

Boisterous day. Seas ok 1-2 meters. Winds W-NW 15 kts Baro 1016 Hope it starts to warm up soon

Sun May 20 17:18 2018 NZST
Run: 38.9nm (70.4km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147nm
34 48.33S 174 24.34E
Weather: 140

On our way to maybe Minerva. If we can we will cut N through a H and catch the trades to N Cal. W's 15-20 NE Baro 1016

Sun May 20 10:57 2018 NZST
35 19.02S 174 07.24E
Weather: 140

In Opua maina. Repairs completed. Leaving again for warmth and N.

Fri May 18 17:12 2018 NZST
Run: 20.7nm (37.5km)
35 19.02S 174 07.24E

In Opua maina. Begin tomorrow diagnosis and repairs. At least we're a day closer and a hair warmer then Whangarei

Fri May 18 6:15 2018 NZST
Run: 19.2nm (34.8km)
35 08.22S 174 24.76E

First night not ok. Spreader lift parted then engine began to overhead. Heading to Opua to effect repair. CG notified . Winds about 10 kts WSW

Thu May 17 19:18 2018 NZST
Run: 36.1nm (65.3km)
35 20.20S 174 39.01E

First day ok. One squall 20 minutes. Winds 25 E 8 pm clear skys

Wed May 16 12:24 2018 NZST
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)
35 50.27S 174 28.05E

Moved to Marsden. Arranged for check out tomorrow am.

Sat May 12 8:51 2018 NZST
Run: 68.6nm (124.2km)
35 43.68S 174 20.02E

Returning to actually where we are. Moving to Marsden Mon or Tue... Off to New Cal Thursday if forcaste is correct.

Fri May 4 8:36 2018 NZST
Run: 42.2nm (76.4km)
34 44.1S 174 20.9E

Testing; ensuring I have the setup for sailmail/ham working.

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