Exodus

Exodus

Tue Dec 8 7:32 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 54.5nm (98.6km)
Weather: 5-6 kt E. Mostly clear skies, but clouds around the horizon. Long period swells from multiple directions.

Departed Nanumea yesterday afternoon, and so far we sailed really fast in the wrong direction and then motorsailed slowly in the right direction. Currently motorsailing and hoping for a little more wind today.

Tue Nov 24 7:17 2015 NZDT
Run: 24.8nm (44.9km)
Weather: 6 kts NNW. 40% cloud cover.

Arrived at Nanumea yesterday morning, but stood off the pass until later in the afternoon waiting more favorable tidal conditions. There was a decent sized long period swell from the south making the pass entrance a bit challenging. The lagoon is quite small and the locals have been up all night playing music. Can't wait to go ashore this morning and find out what it's all about.

Hi friends, congratulation on another good crossing! Thank you for keeping the news flowing! Please keep in touch by email occasionally. Keep smiling Stefano
Mon Nov 23 7:14 2015 NZDT
Speed: 3.5knts
Run: 92.7nm (167.8km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 92nm
Weather: 4-5 kts NNW. Spectacular lightening show to the south just before sunrise.

We sailed most of the day yesterday, not always in the right direction, but at least we were sailing. We are motoring again now, and expect to arrive at Nanumea mid morning.

Sun Nov 22 7:03 2015 NZDT
Speed: 3.8knts
Run: 109.9nm (198.9km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111.3nm
Weather: 5-8 kts NW. A few small squalls here and there.

Still motoring, but now it's into a headwind. When it was calm yesterday we stopped to clean the hull and props to improve our MPG. The boys caught 2 yellowfin tuna so we are enjoying sashimi and tuna steaks.

Sat Nov 21 7:21 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.2knts
Run: 61.2nm (110.8km)
Weather: 2-3 kt S. Mostly clear skies, but clouds around the horizon. Long period swells from multiple directions.

On passage from Funafuti to Nanumea in Tuvalu. Motoring in calm conditions.

Tue Nov 10 7:32 2015 NZDT
Run: 166.5nm (301.4km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 82.1nm
Weather: 5-7 kts NE, 30% cloud cover.

Arrived in Funafuti, Tuvalu yesterday afternoon. Had to motor the last 8 hours to get here as the wind shifted NE and then died.

Sun Nov 8 6:53 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 140.2nm (253.8km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.2nm
Weather: 13 kts E, 80% cloud cover. It was a squally night last night, but the squalls didn't have too much wind. The max we saw was 25 kts.

On passage from Rotuma to Tuvalu. Sailing upwind is never fun, but it could be a lot worse!

Sat Nov 7 7:23 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.8knts
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)
Weather: 12 kts SE, 80% cloud cover.

Just departed Rotuma, bound for Funafuti, Tuvalu

Tue Nov 3 8:26 2015 NZDT
Run: 98.4nm (178.1km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 93.2nm
Weather: 12 kts ESE, 100% cloud cover. A light rain has just started.

Arrived at Rotuma just at sunset yesterday, and we all enjoyed a full night's sleep at anchor. There is a huge ground swell coming into the anchorage here, so it's not ideal, but still much better than spending the night hove to.

Mon Nov 2 7:06 2015 NZDT
Run: 174nm (314.9km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174nm

Rabi

Sun Nov 1 7:06 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 68nm (123.1km)
Weather: 15 kts SE with 1-1.5 meter swells. 95% cloud cover. A few small squalls spotted on radar during the night.

On passage from Rabi Island in Fiji to Rotuma. Departed yesterday afternoon and had a pleasant night of downwind sailing.

Sat Oct 31 6:52 2015 NZDT
No position sent.

We have enjoyed our time here at Albert Cove, but we are preparing to depart for Rotuma this afternoon.

Wed Oct 28 7:22 2015 NZDT
Run: 22.4nm (40.5km)
Weather: 5 kts SE. 10% cloud cover.

Anchored at Albert Cove on the northwest side of Rabi Island. Beautiful.

Mon Oct 26 7:37 2015 NZDT
Run: 55.1nm (99.7km)
Weather: Very calm conditions in the lee of Taveuni. 80% cloud cover.

Anchored off the village of Somosomo on Taveuni in order to reprovision our fresh fruit/veg supply. We ended up having a fast sail up from Koro yesterday with 20 kts of wind from ESE-SE. Intending to head up to Rabi later today.

Sun Oct 25 6:18 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
Weather: 10 kts SE, < 1 m swell, 10-20% clouds

Just left Koro Island, headed for Taveuni.

Wed Oct 21 7:20 2015 NZDT
No position sent.
Weather: < 5 kts ESE. 10% cloud cover.

There's a small sandspit here at Koro Island that dries at low tide, and yesterday we played bocce ball there. Good times.

Tue Oct 20 7:44 2015 NZDT
Run: 34.4nm (62.3km)
Weather: 8-10 kts NE. 40% cloud cover.

Sailed from Savusavu to Koro Island yesterday. Currently on a mooring in Dere Bay. Had a nice walk to the village yesterday afternoon for sevusevu and hope to do some spear fishing and snorkeling today. Tim dove for lobsters last night, but saw only very small ones.

Thu Sep 24 7:29 2015 NZST
Run: 27.6nm (50km)
Weather: Savusavu, Fiji: 7 kts SE. 100% cloud cover. Light drizzle.

Arrived in Savusavu yesterday with very poor visibility, but we are happy to be here. After 6 weeks since our last provision, the fresh market never looked sweeter.

Mon Sep 21 6:53 2015 NZST
Run: 28.3nm (51.2km)
Weather: Namena Island, Fiji: 0 kts (Our boat is pointed north). 90% cloud cover.

Motored in very light winds yesterday down to Namena island yesterday afternoon. It's a marine reserve so we'll enjoy some snorkeling and diving today in these light wind conditions. Of course, Tim is disappointed that there's no spearfishing.

Sun Sep 20 6:34 2015 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: Coconut Point, Vanua Levu, Fiji: 2-5 kts E. 20% cloud cover.

Sat Sep 19 6:17 2015 NZST
Run: 10.6nm (19.2km)
Weather: Coconut Point, Vanua Levu, Fiji: 5-7 kts SE. 90% cloud cover. Light drizzle.

Moved down to coconut point yesterday. Making our way around to Savusavu.

Fri Sep 18 6:33 2015 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: Bua Bay, Vanua Levu, Fiji: 5 kts E. 10% cloud cover.

Thu Sep 17 6:11 2015 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: Bua Bay, Vanua Levu, Fiji: 15 kts SE. 10% cloud cover.

Wed Sep 16 6:42 2015 NZST
Run: 18nm (32.6km)
Weather: Bua Bay, Vanua Levu, Fiji: 8 kts SE. 10% cloud cover.

We left Yadua yesterday and crossed over to the west side of Vanua Levu at Bua Bay. As far as we can tell there's nothing really to see or do here, but it's a nice big, protected, flat calm anchorage, which is a welcome change.

Tue Sep 15 7:01 2015 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: Motuba Islet, Yadua, Fiji: 15 kts SE. 95% cloud cover. Light rain.

Mon Sep 14 7:12 2015 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: Motuba Islet, Yadua, Fiji: 15-18 kts SE. 10% cloud cover.

Yesterday was father's day in Fiji, and we enjoyed church service in the village and then a large lunch with the chief's clan.

Sun Sep 13 6:34 2015 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: Motuba Islet, Yadua, Fiji: 25 kts SE. 20% cloud cover.

Sat Sep 12 6:14 2015 NZST
Run: 2.9nm (5.2km)
Weather: Motuba Islet, Yadua, Fiji: 20 kts SE. 75% cloud cover.

We moved around to the eastern side of Yadua and are now anchored off of the tiny islet of Motuba. This anchorage is far less protected, but it's closer to the village.

Fri Sep 11 6:42 2015 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: Cucuvou Bay, Yadua, Fiji: 5-7 kts E. 10% cloud cover.

Tue Sep 8 6:36 2015 NZST
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
Weather: 20 kts SE. 0% cloud cover.

Still anchored at Cucuvou Harbor at Yadua (Fiji). We moved across to the south side of the bay yesterday for better shelter from the SE winds that have filled in. Had a very nice but long hike in the drizzly rain to the village to do sevusvu yesterday.

Mon Sep 7 7:25 2015 NZST
Run: 98.4nm (178.1km)

We took advantage of light winds yesterday to motor east from Blue Lagoon (Yasawas) to Yadua. The boys had a great day fishing on the way

Wed Jul 22 9:08 2015 NZST
Run: 12.1nm (21.9km)
Weather: 10 kt SE. 90% cloud cover.

We are anchored in Musket Cove, and wow, it's like we are on a different planet. Our friends will take the ferry over to the mainland today in order to catch their flight home, so it was interesting to show them the resort side of Fiji after being in Gau and Yanuca.

Tue Jul 21 6:06 2015 NZST
Speed: 4.6knts
Run: 123.5nm (223.5km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 133.1nm
Weather: 15-20 kt SE. 2 m swell from SE.

En route from Yanuca to Musket Cove area. Under sail with just a very heavily reefed genoa waiting for daylight.

Mon Jul 20 7:50 2015 NZST
Run: 35.7nm (64.6km)
Weather: 5 kt from the ENE. 20% clouds.

Anchored at Yanuca (small island inside the reef at Beqa). Nice snorkeling here in the anchorage.

Sat Jul 18 6:32 2015 NZST
Speed: 3.7knts
Run: 55.5nm (100.5km)
Weather: 10-12 kt from the ENE. ~1m swells from E. 20% cloud cover.

En route from Gau to Beqa. It's been a nice, quiet, slow, downwind sail.

Sat Jul 11 6:39 2015 NZST
Run: 54.4nm (98.5km)
Weather: Currently, 8-10 kts from SE but most of the night it's been gusting as high as 20. 100% cloud cover.

Arrived in Gau yesterday morning and currently anchored in Herald Bay. Our friends are visiting from the US so they experienced their first sevusevu and grog drinking yesterday.

Fri Jul 3 7:00 2015 NZST
Run: 46.1nm (83.4km)
Weather: 6-8 kts from the NE (however yesterday when it we arrived it was blowing 20+kts outside the harbor but it was calm in here, so this probably doesn't mean anything. 70% thin cloud cover.

Arrived in Suva yesterday afternoon. It's a bit of a shock to be back in a city but we are happy to be here.

Wed Jul 1 6:47 2015 NZST
Run: 14.8nm (26.8km)
Weather: 6:40am local, our location does not give representative wind conditions because the wind swirls around Navara island. Yesterday it was 15-20 kts out on the water, and it seems a little calmer now. We currently have 100% cloud cover.

Day before yesterday we moved to Namara Island (north of Kadavu) and it's a great spot with a beach for the kids to play on. Yesterday the guys hit the spearfishing jackpot and came back with 7 fish, 4 of which they gave to the village at Dravuni, so they made some friends.

Mon Jun 29 6:45 2015 NZST
Weather: 6:30am local, currently 15 kts from ESE and 80% cloud cover.

Yesterday, the guys were not impressed with the snorkeling in Naigoro pass, especially when compared to Fulaga, but the walk over the hill to the village to the north was a delightful walk. At times, with the cool temperatures and the pine trees it felt like we were in New Zealand! We will likely move anchorages this morning if the visibility is good enough to move around.

Sun Jun 28 7:02 2015 NZST
Run: 16.5nm (29.9km)
Weather: 5:10am local, we've had squally weather for the past 24, and currently in between squalls we have 12-15 kts from ESE.

Anchored off the village near the Naigoro pass at Kadavu. We entered the pass yesterday morning just a little after low slack water and the pass was flat calm, even with the 20 kt SE winds that were blowing, and we had about 1 kt of current flowing in. Our anchor location is totally unprotected from wind, but there isn't much fetch, so it is still comfortable. Our sevusevu at the village yesterday was pleasant and we were able to buy some taro leaves and bananas.

Sat Jun 27 6:32 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.9knts
Run: 68.9nm (124.7km)
Weather: 6:20am local, the wind speed and direction have both been highly variable all night. Everything from 8 kts to 25 kts from S to NE. The most predominant speed/direction has been in the neighborhood of 16-18 kts from SE. Currently 22 kts SE.

En route from Matuku to Kadavu with just 12 miles to go.

Wed Jun 24 6:26 2015 NZST
Weather: 6:15am, we currently have 5 kts from the S. 80% cloud cover. (This anchorage is very well protected from all directions)

Still at Matuku, and we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon in the village yesterday for our sevusevu and then a kava party. The anchorage here is not very big, and we now have 5 boats here. Late yesterday the wind picked up to 20+kts from the S and one boat dragged and all 5 boats reanchored to find more space between our sterns and the coral.

Tue Jun 23 6:45 2015 NZST
Run: 5.7nm (10.3km)
Weather: 6:30am local, this anchorage is extremely protected from every direction, and we currently have 0-5 kts SE. 90% cloud cover.

Arrived at Matuku yesterday morning. It's a spectacular anchorage, reminiscent of The Marquesas. We caught 2 skipjack tuna en route and had a big sushi feast with our friends last night.

Mon Jun 22 5:59 2015 NZST
Speed: 3.8knts
Run: 108.3nm (196km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 111.7nm
Weather: 5:50am local, currently 12-15 kts ENE. We had 20+ kts for much of the passage, and higher at times due to squalls.

Departed Fulaga yesterday morning, and currently we are approaching Matuku. Just waiting for the sun to come up. It was a wonderful downwind passage, if only they could all be like this.

Sun Jun 21 6:43 2015 NZST
Weather: 6:30am local, In our protected spot it is currently 10-15 kts from the E. 70% cloud cover.

Getting ready to leave for Matuku this morning. Yesterday we went for a hike around the island, and forged our own trail, but them some locals showed us the trail up to a beautiful lookout point. Supposedly, you can get cell phone reception up there, but none of us had our phones with us to try.

Sat Jun 20 6:50 2015 NZST
Weather: In our protected spot it is currently 15-20 kts from the ESE. 100% cloud cover.

Still anchored near the village in Fulaga, but planning to leave for Matuku tomorrow. Had a nice farewell kava party with our host family yesterday.

Fri Jun 19 6:44 2015 NZST
Weather: In our protected spot it is currently 15 kts from the ESE. Yesterday, a friend anchored in a less protected spot said they were regularly seeing 30 kts while we were seeing 20-25. Currently 100% cloud cover, but we had clear skies for a few hours yesterday afternoon (so our batteries were happy).

Still anchored near the village in Fulaga. Enjoyed a nice day in the village yesterday with a huge feast, a volleyball tournament, and a lovely church service. This was all in honor of an MYF (Methodist Youth of Fiji) Youth Rally with participation from all 3 villages here in Fulaga.

Thu Jun 18 6:31 2015 NZST
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
Weather: We are in a fairly protected spot, and currently we have 10-15 kts with gusts up in the low and even mid 20s. 100% cloud cover. Yesterday, our beautiful morning deteriorated just like the forecast said it would. By late morning we had a downpour of rain, which lasted until about noon and since then it's been light rain and drizzle. Also, yesterday afternoon the wind picked up, and we saw 25 kts sustained as we crossed the lagoon to reanchor, and from our current anchorage in the late afternoon/evening, we saw 20-25 kts with gusts up to 30.

Still in Fulaga, but reanchored near the village again for better protection from wind and fetch AND to attend the youth rally at the village today, which is supposed to include a volleyball tournament.

Wed Jun 17 6:48 2015 NZST
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
Weather: 10-12 kts from the E. 60% cloud cover.

Still in Fulaga, but reanchored near the pass again for easier access to spearfishing and snorkeling. The boys are worn out from so much beach play and sleepovers.

Thank you for the updated waypoints, looking forward to anchoring there.... Have fun!!
Tue Jun 16 6:54 2015 NZST
Weather: 8 kts from the E. 20% cloud cover.

Still in Fulaga at the sandspit. Went for an amazing pass snorkle yesterday on a rising tide.

Mon Jun 15 9:33 2015 NZST
Weather: 10 kts from the SE. 70% cloud cover.

Still in Fulaga.

Sun Jun 14 7:22 2015 NZST
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
Weather: 15 kts from the SE. 80% cloud cover.

Still in Fulaga. Yesterday, we moved to anchor west of the pass, but this spot is less protected and a bit rolly at hight tide.

Sat Jun 13 6:55 2015 NZST
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
Weather: 8 kts from the E. 20% cloud cover.

Still in Fulaga, but we moved near the village yesterday for Friday night Kava night.

Fri Jun 12 6:25 2015 NZST
Weather: 20 kts from the E. 90% cloud cover.

Still in Fulaga enjoying the beautiful sand spit beach, even with the gray and windy weather.

Wed Jun 10 6:39 2015 NZST
Weather: 15-20 kts from the SE. 75% cloud cover.

Still at kid boat corner in Fulaga. Had a wonderful bonfire and beach potluck last night.

Tue Jun 9 7:49 2015 NZST
Weather: A front passed over us yesterday afternoon. We had rain and winds the clocked from NE to S with the strongest winds coming from the West about 15-20 kts. Just about sunset the winds died and the skies cleared and we had a beautiful calm starry night. Currently we have 10 kts from the SSE and 50% cloud cover.

Still at kid boat corner in Fulaga. Last night the kids from all 5 boats had a camp-out on the beach and had a great time.

Mon Jun 8 7:01 2015 NZST
Weather: 10 kts from the NE with higher gusts. 95% cloud cover, but seems to be clearing. We had light showers during the night.

We had a beautiful day in the village yesterday and then the kids spent the rest of the day at the beach.

Sun Jun 7 6:41 2015 NZST
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
Weather: 10 kts from the East. 40% cloud cover.

Anchored at the east end of the lagoon at Fulaga near a beautiful white sand beach and a sand spit that emerges as the tide drops.

Sat Jun 6 6:51 2015 NZST
Run: 11.4nm (20.6km)
Weather: 6 kts from the East. 15% cloud cover.

Anchored near the pass at Fulaga in Southern Lau in Fiji. Beautiful day of snorkeling yesterday. Loving this place. 7 other boats anchored near by, and at least 1 more near the village.

Wed Jun 3 6:34 2015 NZST
Speed: 4.9knts
Run: 204nm (369.2km)
Weather: 7 kts from the East. Calm seas. Maybe 1 meter long period swells.

Approaching Fulaga in Southern Lau Group in Fiji. It was an upwind battle to get here, but we think it will be well worth it. Currently motoring.

Tue May 26 6:19 2015 NZST
Run: 15.3nm (27.7km)
Weather: 5 kts ESE

Arrived in Savusavu yesterday morning.

Mon May 25 3:29 2015 NZST
Speed: 4.2knts
Run: 111.6nm (202km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125nm
Weather: Wind just starting to pick up again (3:20am). 8 kts from the SE. A few minor squalls.

It really is East this time. Motored all night on a sea of glass. Should arrive in Savusavu about 8am.

Sun May 24 6:03 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 159.8nm (289.2km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.2nm
Weather: 8-10 kt from the NE

Beautiful night sailing in calm conditions.

Sat May 23 6:24 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.7knts
Weather: Currently 16-18 knts east. As high as 24 during the night.

In yesterday's report I mistakenly wrote our longitude as east. We are certainly west. Had a great spinnaker run yesterday but with east wind shift and stronger winds we've had a bumpy bouncy night.

Sat May 23 6:11 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.7knts
Run: 152.1nm (275.3km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.1nm
Weather: Currently 16-18 knts east. As high as 24 during the night.

In yesterday's report I mistakenly wrote our longitude as east. We are certainly west. Had a great spinnaker run yesterday but with east wind shift and stronger winds we've had a bumpy bouncy night.

Fri May 22 6:20 2015 NZST
Speed: 3-5knts
Run: 82.6nm (149.5km)
Weather: 6-12 kts oscillating from S to SE.

Outbound North Minerva. Inbound Savusavu. Departed yesterday around 2pm and had a pleasant, if slow, sail last night.

Tue May 19 7:33 2015 NZST
Run: 2.6nm (4.7km)
Weather: 13-15 SSE

reporting for the group at N Minerva

Sun May 17 6:45 2015 NZST
Run: 82nm (148.4km)
Weather: 18-22 kts from the south. 60-70% low cloud cover.

Moved from South to North Minerva yesterday afternoon. It was quite a bouncy night at anchor last night.

Fri May 15 6:55 2015 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: Light winds from NNE.

Arrived at South Minerva yesterday afternoon. Very rolly at high tide, but nice and flat at low tide. No spearfishing success yesterday. Brenden shot a trevally, but in his own words "it wasn't a great shot" and it got off the spear. Maybe better luck today.

Thu May 14 5:22 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.1knts
Run: 161.1nm (291.6km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 159.9nm
Weather: 6-8 kts from the east.

Motorsailing all night on flat seas. 50 miles to go to south minerva, should arrive this afternoon.

Wed May 13 5:11 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 141.6nm (256.3km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.5nm
Weather: 10-15 kts from the West.

Sailed most of the day yesterday and all night on a beautiful beam reach.

Tue May 12 8:00 2015 NZST
Speed: 4.8knts
Run: 16.1nm (29.1km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.7nm
Weather: 6-8SSW

Tue May 12 5:26 2015 NZST
Speed: 4.7knts
Run: 132.3nm (239.5km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.8nm
Weather: 2-5 kts from the south.

Motored all night with very light wind.

Mon May 11 4:58 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.6knts
Run: 162.6nm (294.3km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.2nm
Weather: 6.5kt from the East.

Outbound Opua, inbound Minerva. Motorsailing again after two pleasant days of sailing.

Sun May 10 4:18 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 105nm (190.1km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.9nm
Weather: 13 KTS SSE. Flat seas.

Outbound Opua, NZ. Inbound Minerva Reef. Had a pleasant night of sailing last night.

Sat May 9 9:37 2015 NZST
Speed: 4.0knts
Run: 924.9nm (1674.1km)
Weather: 8-10 kts SW. Seas 1 m WNW. Clear skies.

Had a squally, variable night, and now moving slowly along. All is well on board.

Fri Nov 21 5:44 2014 NZDT
Speed: 7.6knts
Weather: 18-20knts SE

Bumpy, fast night. Genoa sheet traveller keeps slipping, so we are having trouble pointing high enough to stay on rhumb line. Crossed 180 deg longitude.

Thu Nov 20 6:14 2014 NZDT
No position sent.
Weather: 7-8 kts from the East.

Planning to leave North Minerva for Opua later today.

Wed Nov 19 7:48 2014 NZDT

Arrived at N. Minerva Monday afternoon. Possible Thursday departure for Opua.

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