Sat Nov 25 2:12 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 139.4nm (252.3km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.2nm
Weather: TWS 15 kts TWD 060T Baro 1024.1

Seas abating and winds have backed so making good progress now. And .. the current that has been hindering us has finally seemed to have gone away. The staysail has been dropped and secured to the deck as now back into genoa range winds.

Fri Nov 24 5:03 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.1knts
Run: 117.9nm (213.4km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147nm
Weather: TWS 17 kts TWD 088T Baro 1023.1

Able to actually easily point towards Opua now that the wind has backed a bit more. Seas and wind abating so more comfortable(ish) onboard. Still hitting some steep waves that put a lot of water on deck (and into the cockpit).

Thu Nov 23 9:48 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 177nm (320.4km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.6nm
Weather: TWS 16-22 kts TWD 100T Baro 1020.6

Making progress towards NZ but rather bouncy hard on the wind into steep but not very big seas.

Wed Nov 22 5:36 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 131.4nm (237.8km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138nm
Weather: TWS 12 kts TWD 104T Baro 1014.6

Tacked over to port tack and sort of pointing at New Zealand. The current remains strong but pushing us westward now off our desired course.

Tue Nov 21 6:45 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.1knts
Run: 132.5nm (239.8km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.9nm
Weather: TWS 3 kts TWD 228T Baro 1012.5

Nice day of light air sailing yesterday with a few periods of motoring as the wind varied from 8 to 3 kts. Motoring now with the wind averaging 4 kts over the last few hours. Still in an adverse current although it is under one knot against us now.

Mon Nov 20 9:06 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.9knts
Run: 259.1nm (469km)
Avg: 9.3knts
24hr: 222.1nm
Weather: TWS 4.6 kts TWD 157 T Baro 1012.9

Just started motoring. Have been mostly sailing close hauled or close reaching in the southerly wind ranging from 6 to 9 kts. Lots of bioluminence at night and Walpole Island was sighted on Victoria's watch yesterday's sunrise.

Sun Nov 19 5:06 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.8knts
Weather: TWS 11 kts TWD 178 T Baro 1010.5

Nice departure from Ire Bay as a dugong came to just as we were weighing anchor and then a pleasant four hour sail through the lagoon where we had a chance to refresh our memory on how to use the storm staysail (and in doing so hoping we never need it). Since 1200 we have been outside the lagoon mostly close hauled or close reaching making our easting in the southerly winds.

Sat Nov 18 8:45 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 25.7nm (46.5km)
Weather: TWS 5 kts TWD 178 T Baro 1012.4 (In Ire Bay so winds not representative of winds outside the bay)

Departing Ire Bay in a few minutes for the passage towards Opua, New Zealand. Intention is to head east for a while to take advantage of the forecast southerly winds before turning right towards NZ.

Tue Nov 14 11:36 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 4.4nm (8km)
Weather: TWS 10 TWD 115T Baro 1016.5

Escaped the gravitational pull of the dock and are out at Ilot Maitre. Latest intention/thought is to depart Saturday for NZ.

Tue Nov 7 15:39 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)
Weather: TWS 8 TWD 098T Baro 1008.5

Fluenta is actually in a marina ! First time in over a year and ... we may even be able plug into shore power by tomorrow for the first time in almost four years. And potable water at the dock ... and real showers ashore ...

Mon Nov 6 23:54 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 65.6nm (118.7km)
Weather: TWS 12 TWD 105T Baro 1011.0

We had a very nice stay in the beautiful Gadji Bay anchorage but were relieved it make it back through the shallows again on our way out. In our two weeks there we were the only non-centerboard monohull in the anchorage (the other monohulls where French built metal centerboard boats) - it is a bit shallow. A good 59 nm daysail today back to Noumea with a night arrival into the anchorage. One decent sized Walu caught on passage - should provide a few meals. Time for some repairs and preparing for the migration south.

Tue Oct 24 10:12 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: TWS 2 TWD 215T Baro 1013.4

Victoria and I did a little survey with the dingy armed with a handheld GPS and depthsounder and found a new spot where we would not go aground at low tide nor swing into anything unpleasant. With the previous spot we would just slightly settle into the sand at the lowest low tide of the next few days. Now we have almost two feet under the keel at low tide which makes for a fun game for kids (and adults) to swim under the keel between the small gap. A good time to grease the Max-Prop propeller mechanism as well as I can set my tools down in the sand as I work.

Mon Oct 23 11:48 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
Weather: TWS 7 TWD 005T Baro 1011.6

Last anchorage was pretty but this is one is even nicer but even shallower. 3.6 feet of water under the keel at high tide. Will be a bit shallow at low tide. Can access only on high tide.

Sun Oct 22 16:54 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 65.1nm (117.8km)
Weather: TWS 15 TWD 030T Baro 1009.8

Anchored near Isle de Pines. 3 feet of water below the keel. Long day sail with a 0330 departure but managed to sail most of the way. Caught two tuna and one walu.

Sat Oct 21 11:09 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
Weather: TWS 12 TWD 090T Baro 1013.5

Trade winds forecast to take a break so we are giving our bodies a break too and have returned to Noumea for reprovisioning. Intending to head out towards Prony and Isle de Pines tomorrow.

Thu Oct 12 11:33 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
Weather: TWS 17 TWD 102T Baro 1016.3

Back to Ilot Maitre as the trade winds have returned. Johnathan's birthday today so surfing behind the dingy is on the agenda. Back to kite surfing tomorrow (For the info of people reading this on Facebook, our Yachts In Transit reports are now automatically also posted to Facebook).

Mon Oct 9 10:45 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
Weather: TWS 2.5 TWD 260T Baro 1013.0

The wind has turned off so back to Noumea for reprovisioning and admin.

Stink about the wind - when are you hoping to arrive in NZ? Can’t wait to see you guys :-)

Needed a break anyway as kiting everyday for a week was fun but hard on the body. Latest intention it to look for a good weather window to NZ after Nov 1. Likely clear into Opua and then likely leave the boat in Whangarei.
Mon Oct 2 14:54 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
Weather: TWS 22 TWD 125T Baro 1018.8

Back to Ilot Maitre for kiting. The winds are back ! Had about 27 kts TWS and rolly seas crossing the channel between Grand Terre and Islot Maitre. Hoisted the outboard and the dingy for the 30 min passage.

Sun Oct 1 15:30 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 13.4nm (24.3km)
Weather: TWS 6 TWD 190T Baro 1014.5

Back to the big city to restock baguettes and French wine ... Trade winds rumoured to return tomorrow.

Thu Sep 28 14:33 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 29.8nm (53.9km)
Weather: TWS 6 TWD 155T Baro 1016.1

Nice day passage to Islot Amedee (the location of the biggest lighthouse in New Caledonia at 175 ft tall. Especially impressive as this is one of the few countries we have been to that actually has functioning lighthouses). Highlight of the trip was a mum and child humpback whale surfacing about 20 feet from Fluenta. We saw two small pods of the whales and drifted for awhile to watch them.

Wed Sep 27 15:03 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
Weather: TWS 15 TWD 230T Baro 1014.3

Moved to the other side of Kouare Island for the westerly and southwesterly winds. Pretty spot with lots of reef sharks, dolphins (I paddleboarded with about a dozen of them this morning), turtles, sea snakes, ospreys and audi birds (the Audis are protected and this is an important nesting area for them).

Sun Sep 24 17:51 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 15.6nm (28.2km)
Weather: TWS 15 TWD 115T Baro 1015.5

Anchored off Kouare Island in the south of the lagoon. Caught a small tuna on the way here. We checked out anchoring off Ndo Island but could not find a spot that we were comfortable with so headed here instead.

Thu Sep 21 13:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 29.7nm (53.8km)
Weather: TWS 2 TWD 180T Baro 1015.5

Nestled into a pretty anchor spot between the reefs surrounding Isle Mato. Very clear water and already watching the big remora circling under the boat. Three walu (Spanish Mackerel) caught enroute - that should be about ten meals for the family. Victoria and Johnathan pulled one up each and Johnathan processed most of them on the way here.

Tue Sep 19 12:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
Weather: TWS 15 TWD 140T Baro 1019.2

Back to the big city for resupply and admin.

Wed Sep 13 13:06 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 4nm (7.2km)
Weather: TWS 10 TWD 145T Baro 1016.9

Anchored off Ilot Maitre in anticipation of the forecast kiting winds. Anchored in 15' of nice clear water and sea turtles swimming by the water.

Mon Sep 4 23:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 9.8nm (17.7km)
Weather: TWS 8 TWD 075T

Back anchored out in front of the big city of Noumea after a brisk downwind sail in 15-20 kts of wind. Kids had a good camping expedition on Isle Bailly.

Fri Sep 1 13:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 11.3nm (20.5km)
Weather: TWS 14 TWD 255T Baro 1013.8

Moved to an anchorage off Ille Bailly for better protection from the westerly winds.

Thu Aug 31 12:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
Weather: TWS 4 TWD 180 Baro 101.5

Anchored off Ilot Maitre in 20 feet of clear water.

It was so nice to see you again, albeit briefly. Enjoy the kiting at Isle de Maitre.
Fri Aug 25 19:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 77.8nm (140.8km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 99.9nm
Weather: TWS 11 kt TWD 080T

At anchor a few hours ago in Noumea. Nice fast sail through the (World's largest) lagoon.

Fri Aug 25 0:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.9knts
Run: 186.2nm (337km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.6nm
Weather: TWS 16 kt TWD 108T Baro 1016.7

Still heading toward Noumea. Slowing down with the intention of going through the Pass de la Havannah at slack water and daylight.

Wed Aug 23 19:42 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.7knts
Run: 16nm (29km)
Weather: TWS 17 kt TWD 120T Baro 1015.4

Fluenta is on the move again. We left Tanna this afternoon and are headed towards New Caledonia.

Mon Aug 21 15:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 104.8nm (189.7km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129nm
Weather: TWS 15 kt TWD 185T Baro 1012.3

Anchored in Port Resolution on Tanna. Fun to see the volcano smoke as we arrived. Lots of dolphins enroute and then arrived to find the anchorage full of kid boats including Tikka.

Sun Aug 20 19:39 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.7knts
Run: 41.5nm (75.1km)
Weather: TWS 16 kt TWD 255T Baro 1009.4

Fluenta is on the move again bouncing along towards Tanna.

Mon Jul 3 15:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 13.5nm (24.4km)
Weather: TWS 12 kt TWD 119T Baro 1013.3

On a mooring ball off Port Vila after a five hour hard on the wind sail this morning. More boats here than we have seen total in our whole time in Vanuatu and Tikopia (of course, that if not a very high standard since we have seen very few boats and have usually been the only boat in any anchorage). Reunion time though as we know at least four other boats here already (including Adamaster who was one of the "baby on board" boats with us in Mexico and our rafting up neighbours in Whangarei.) Fluenta is here for a month or so while Liz and kids head back to Canada and I try to fix things onboard.

Sat Jul 1 8:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
Weather: TWS 7 kt TWD 085T Baro 1015.7

Anchored in a small bay off the NW of Lamen Island. Very pretty but small'ish entrance and limited room inside the bay. Lots of coral bommies so the anchor chain is buoyed.

Hi Max, noticed you are around the corner from us. We're stuck in Port Vila for at least 5-6 more weeks as we wait for new batteries to arrive. As we wait we read the material we got from customs when we cleared into Vanuatu. One thing left off the page was a requirement to import your boat if you are within Vanuatu waters for more than six months over a 2yr period. So if you were like us and spent a season here last year you could be caught with a big tax bill. We'll be going into customs on Monday to clarify this rule. Let us know if you want any more information on this Issue.. Regards ... Paul & Kate
Wed Jun 28 21:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 6.1nm (11km)
Avg: 10.2knts
24hr: 244nm
Weather: TWS 4 kt TWD 115T Baro 1015.9

Anchored back in Havannah Bay.

Wed Jun 28 20:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 6.1nm (11km)

Day anchorage to see the burial site of Chief Roi Mata. Normally the Chief Roi Mata tour includes a boat trip but since we have a boat ... we did the tour, with the chairman of this UNESCO site, with our dingy for two of the sites and then Fluenta for the third site.

Mon Jun 26 16:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 9947nm (18004.1km)
Avg: 152.6knts
24hr: 3661.5nm
Weather: TWS 7 TWD SE.

A rather bumpy upwind passage to Efate last night and anchored early this morning

Fri Jun 23 23:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 10021.4nm (18138.7km)
Avg: 200428knts
24hr: 4810272nm
Weather: TWS 8 kts TWD 145T Baro 1011.8

Back to our our anchorage to the north of Epi Island hiding from the swell.

Fri Jun 23 23:42 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 8.6nm (15.6km)
Weather: Swell from SW. Wind from SE.

A belated post. We moved to Paama Island this morning as it is known for its sand drawing but the anchorage was also untenable with the continued SW swell. Consolation prize however was two big wahoo caught within minutes of each other on our way there.

Thu Jun 22 17:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 1.9nm (3.4km)
Weather: TWS 12 kts TWD 190T Baro 1010.0 Low cloud.

Unplanned move to a new anchorage day as the wind and swell went SW turning Lamen Bay into an uncomfortable lee shore (but perhaps good surfing). Wind backing now back so should go back to normal soon. Hoping we can see Tematou volcano this evening from the anchorage if the cloud lifts.

Wed Jun 21 16:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 22.5nm (40.7km)
Weather: Conditions in the bay: TWS 3 kts TWD 195T

Anchored in Lamen Bay of Epi Island as we slowly make our way to Efate.

Fri Jun 16 10:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
Weather: Conditions in the bay: TWS 8 kts TWD 095T Winds outside the bay are 12-15 kts. Baro 1014.1

After a rolly night between the fringing reef and island in not ideal holding we are now tucked into a small bay in front of the Lutes village (the main village of the Maskelynes - even tin on the roofs of some of the buildings) with good protection all round and solid holding. As the entrance to the bay is narrow and shallow we took the dingy in ahead with the handheld GPS and depthsounder to do a quick route recce first.

Thu Jun 15 18:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 32.4nm (58.6km)
Weather: TWS 19 kts TWD 095T Baro 1012.6

Saw the dugongs at the last anchorage but now moved along. Anchored between Uliveo Island and the fringing reef. Will take the dingy into Lutes village tomorrow to see if we can get Fluenta into the inner basin.

Sun Jun 11 17:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 17.3nm (31.3km)
Weather: TWS 2 kts TWD 170T Baro 1012.4

Anchored off Ambrym in the lee of the active volcano Mt Marum

Fri Jun 9 13:27 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 43.3nm (78.4km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 116.8nm
Weather: TWS 4 kts TWD 310T Baro 1011.2 Clear skies

Anchored near Landot on Pentecost Island in hope of seeing the Land Diving tomorrow.

Fri Jun 9 4:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 6.3nm (11.4km)
Weather: TWS 14 kts TWD 185T Baro 1010.3 Clear skies

Heading towards Pentecost Island in what is supposed to be calm seas and wind.

Tue Jun 6 18:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 8nm (14.5km)
Avg: 160knts
24hr: 3840nm
Weather: TWS 13.2 kts TWD 095T Baro 1009.9 Scattered overcast and light rain.

Anchor down again just before sunset finally finding a reasonable anchorage.

Tue Jun 6 18:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 20nm (36.2km)

Buddy boating with Honey who were dropping off some locals on northern Maewo. We tried anchoring in this location but it was totally unsuitable in this wind and swell.

Sat Jun 3 13:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 35.1nm (63.5km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 115.4nm
Weather: Winds in the anchorage: TWS 5.6 kts, TWD 241T, Winds in the open was TWS 14 kts TWD SE Baro 1008.9 Overcast and light rain.

Anchor down Ansanvari Bay. Lots of waterfalls visible during the passage and one visible in the anchorage. Not in atolls anymore ...

Sat Jun 3 6:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.7knts
Run: 30.4nm (55km)
Weather: TWS 14 kts, TWD 145T, Baro 1010.9 Overcast and light rain.

Departed Luganville during the night and heading towards Maewo. Forecast on both GRIB models we use show light winds. Getting 14 to 16 kts of wind so sailing around the leeward of Aoba for a more comfortable trip.

Mon May 29 8:24 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 243.5nm (440.7km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.4nm
Weather: TWS 0.8 kts, TWD 320T, Baro 1014.0

Anchor down in front of Luganville. Awaiting Customs clearance. A bouncy passage with lots of unsettled weather. Ironic the biggest challenge was slowing the boat down so as to not arrive in the dark at Luganville.

Sat May 27 15:39 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.7knts
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
Weather: TWS 13 kts, TWD 108T, Baro 1008.6

Wind back on again. Heading towards Luganville, Vanuatu.

Tue May 23 11:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 50.9nm (92.1km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 72.7nm
Weather: TWS 5 kts, TWD 220T, Baro 1009.1

Anchor down at Tikopia while we wait for the trade winds to return. Greeted by fishermen in small sailing canoes and given two tuna.

Great to hear you are anchored....we are 30 c. Today. Feels so good. Love md
Mon May 22 18:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.5knts
Run: 64.6nm (116.9km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 95.1nm
Weather: TWS 4 kts, TWD 040T Baro 1006.6 . Swell about 1.5m from SE, long period. Some Cu and Cb's building (again)

A nice sail last night and through most of the day as the wind eased. As the wind backed rapidly to NE and NW and eased to 3 to 5 kts we motored for a few hours and are now hove-to. Perfect time for a mid-passage beach party with lots of swimming in 9800 feet of water. Intention is to motor the remaining miles to Tikopia in time for a mid morning arrival to see if the anchorage is tenable.

Mon May 22 2:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.1knts
Run: 127.6nm (231km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.8nm
Weather: TWS 11 kts, TWD 090T Baro 1007.1

As the winds eased to 4 kts TWS resorted to motoring for a few hours today. Sailing again since late afternoon as the wind came back despite the forecast for very light winds.

Sun May 21 4:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 3.5knts
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.5nm
Weather: TWS 7 kts, TWD 160T Baro 1006.3 Sea state approx 1.0 m very long period. Still lots of squalls

Some good progress in the beginning of the day but squally with big, usually unfavourable, wind shifts since early afternoon.

Sat May 20 3:24 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 154.6nm (279.8km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.2nm
Weather: TWS 7 kts, TWD 103T Baro 1005.4 Sea state approx 1.0 m very long period. Occasional Cu and Cb. Impressive lightening storms in the distance earlier this evening.

A very pleasant is slow day at sea with the winds in the 6 to 8 kt range. A few squalls overnight. Nice "over halfway" brunch in the cockpit and progress made with the Honda generator. Blog post on the first seven days at sea to be released soon.

Fri May 19 1:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 114.9nm (208km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.2nm
Weather: TWS 10 kts, TWD 069T Baro 1007.8 Sea state approx 1.0 m. Occasional Cu and Cb. Impressive lightening storms in the distance

A quiet day making steady if sometimes slow progress in the light winds (less then 10 kts most of today). Big wide ocean but just had to alter course to go around a big Chinese fishing vessel at 0100 local time. Lots of reading and a bit of school and baking onboard today.

Thu May 18 5:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 162.6nm (294.3km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.7nm
Weather: TWS 10 kts, TWD 060T Baro 1009.1 Sea state slight (approx 1.0 m) Occasional Cu and Cb. Big bands of Cb with heavy rain and wind (I think we are going through the convergence zone shown in the Nadi Fleet Code).

A squally day and a squallier night. Lots of wind in the squalls and very little after them. Sea state very benign so able to keep sailing in the light winds.

Tue May 16 23:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.6knts
Run: 134.4nm (243.3km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.5nm
Weather: TWS 10 Twd 062T Baro 1009.4 Clear except the occasional squall

Hello again Southern Hemisphere. Equator crossing was greeted with an hour long 30+ kt squall but winds back to 10 kts. All is well onboard.

Tue May 16 2:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 122.9nm (222.4km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171nm
Weather: TWS 15 Twd 066T Baro 1006.8 Clear.

Reasonably fast if bumpy day under staysail and reefed main today. Winds eased from an average of 20 kts to about 15 kts an hour ago.

Mon May 15 8:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.1knts
Run: 201.1nm (364km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.5nm
Weather: TWS 21 Twd 079T Baro 1007.5 Clear with occasional Cu.

We seem to be out of the ITCZ squally area with now just steady 20 kt winds. Lot of rain in the squalls but clear now.

Sun May 14 6:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 74.1nm (134.1km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 96.4nm
Weather: TWS 14 Twd 196T Baro 1007.9 Squally

After a variable, rainy night appears the wind is back on again. Overnight the wind varied from 5 to 26 kts. New-to-us water towed generator seems to be working well.

Sat May 13 11:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.0knts
Run: 18.1nm (32.8km)
Weather: TWS 10 Twd 108T Baro 1009.5 Overcast.

Fluenta is on the move again heading towards Vanuatu. Should take about two weeks. Presently sailing slowly downwind towards the pass.

Fri Apr 7 7:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 83.5nm (151.1km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.2nm
Weather: TWS 6 Twd 082T Baro 1008.2 Majuro standard issue rain showers.

On a mooring in Majuro with a sunrise arrival.

Thu Apr 6 17:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 194tknts
Run: 37.9nm (68.6km)
Weather: TWS 17 Twd 075T Baro 1005.9 Occasional Cu

Heading towards Majuro to prepare for the migration south. Enjoying being in the lee of Aur Atoll before back into the mixed-up swell.

Mon Apr 3 13:06 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 5.1nm (9.2km)
Weather: TWS 13 Twd 050T Baro 1010.0 Squally

Anchored off Ollet Island to see if we can find the WWII relics at this location. Reported to be some Japanese zero fighter aircraft and two sunk ships.

Fri Mar 31 16:51 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 108nm (195.5km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.3nm
Weather: TWS 11 Twd 053T Baro 1008.0. Overcast with occasional squalls

Anchored in front of the main village at Maloelap. Took the southern pass to give us better light through the pass and less time motoring upwind across the lagoon. Caught a nice dogtooth tuna and a barracuda while crossing the lagoon. Even from our spot at anchor we can see two WWII wrecks, a shore battery and bunkers.

Thu Mar 30 21:33 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.3knts
Run: 10896.8nm (19723.2km)
Avg: 138.4knts
24hr: 3320.9nm
Weather: TWS 19.5 Twd 042T Baro 1010.2

On our way towards Maloelap. A bit bouncy and uncomfortable so very quiet onboard. Caught a nice rainbow runner coming out the pass at Ailuk and then a nicer big yellow fin tuna a few hours ago. Challenging filleting conditions. Fluenta doing well under reefed main and hank on staysail.

Mon Mar 27 14:48 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 10862.7nm (19661.5km)
Avg: 51knts
24hr: 1224.3nm
Weather: TWS 22 Twd 056T Baro 1009.7. Occasional Cu

Anchored back in front of the main village.

Sat Mar 18 17:51 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 5.6nm (10.1km)
Weather: TWS 15 Twd 068T Baro 1009.7. Occasional Cu

Anchored for better access to a potential good kiting spot. Looks like a quiet place to stay for a few days.

Wed Mar 15 16:15 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 9.5nm (17.2km)
Weather: TWS 16 Twd 088T Baro 1006.7. Squally

Anchored between Ailuk village and a potential kiting spot.

Sun Mar 12 15:03 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 5.6nm (10.1km)
Weather: TWS 10 Twd 100T Baro 1008.7. Overcast and squally.

Moved a few miles south making our way slowly back to Ailuk village for a few days.

Mon Feb 20 13:27 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
Weather: TWS 10 Twd 057T Baro 1011.4. Occasional Cu

Not a big passage today. Moved 3/4 nm to be closer to the kiting spot and the village of seven families where we will be judged (we think) for the spelling bee (in English thankfully) and other "Education Week" activities. Kiting has been good with 15 to 20 kts of wind and both Liz and I making good progress. About 12 kids are are our constant welcoming party and assistants when we go to the beach to set up the kites. For those who are interested the location of our kite launch spot is 10 26.414'N 169 57.562'E

Fri Feb 17 16:03 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 15.9nm (28.8km)
Weather: TWS 12 Twd 028T Baro 1011.0. Occasional Cu and a partial high overcast.

Anchor down at in the northern corner of Ailuk Atoll for better protection from the NE winds that are expected to start tomorrow. Three hour transit across the lagoon dodging the many coral bommies. Fun birthday party with our new friends ashore last night - the RHIB is under repair so Liz and the kids rowed Tickle (the kid's sailing dingy) and I took the SUP. Kiting weather tomorrow ?

Wed Feb 15 15:39 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 44.7nm (80.9km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90.2nm
Weather: TWS 10.7 TWD 062T Baro 1011.5. Clear skies with occasional Cu

Anchor down at Ailuk. Looks very pretty. Nice passage from Aur and the furthest north since the Mexico to Marquesas passage. A bit cheeky to say that it was cold at night with Nova Scotia getting hit by another winter storm but we now need light fleeces at night on passage. Also saw Polaris/North Star again for the first time from Fluenta since heading to the Marquesas.

Wed Feb 15 3:45 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 96nm (173.8km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 147.7nm
Weather: TWS 10.5 TWD 046T Baro 1012.2. Clear skies.

Moving along nicely now after a few hours of true wind speeds less than 8 kts. Close reaching/close hauled in seas approx 1.5 m long period so pretty comfortable. Just caught a mahi mahi - a first in the dark and with everyone else asleep.

Tue Feb 14 12:09 2017 NZDT
Speed: 8.2knts
Run: 23.9nm (43.3km)
Weather: TWS 13 TWD 068T Baro 1013.7. Occasional Cu

Enroute towards Ailuk from Aur.

Mon Feb 6 15:12 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 24.3nm (44km)
Weather: TWS 19 TWD 050T Baro 1005.1. Occasional Cu

Oopps. This doesn't look like Maloelap ... Stopped at Aur as close hauled in 19-21 kts TWS and mixed up seas was not much fun. Hove to off the pass for a few hours for good light and then sailed across the lagoon to this anchor spot. Caught a yellow fin tuna in the pass.

Mon Feb 6 2:30 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 54.4nm (98.5km)
Weather: TWS 19 TWD 071T Baro 1006.9. Occasional squalls

Heading towards Maloelap. Double reefed and hank-on staysail to slow try to slow the boat for a daylight arrival

Sun Jan 15 19:15 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 22nm (39.8km)
Weather: TWS 5 TWD 070 Baro 1007. Occasional Cu and a few Cb.

On a mooring at Majero. Nice sail through the day in decent if shifty winds. Nice squall as we approached the pass [edited to show we are not in Africa]

Sun Jan 15 8:42 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 219.1nm (396.6km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.4nm
Weather: TWS 14 TWD 120 Baro 1008. Occasional Cu and a few Cb.

Mostly nice sailing interrupted by occasional squalls and big calms behind the squalls.

Fri Jan 13 22:39 2017 NZDT
Speed: 3.5knts
Run: 53.8nm (97.4km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 104.6nm
Weather: TWS 6 TWD 155 Baro 1009. Occasional Cu and a few Cb.

A very slow day in winds varying from 4 to 6.5 kts dead behind. Broach reaching to keep enough winds in the sails to keep the boat moving. On present COG we would end up in Juneau (but it is 3995nm away so I suspect the winds will come back before then and we still intend to go to Majero).

Fri Jan 13 10:18 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 98.1nm (177.6km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.7nm
Weather: TWS 9 TWD 120 Baro 1010. Occasional Cb

Winds have eased but still making good progress. Squall-free night was appreciated.

Thu Jan 12 19:39 2017 NZDT
Speed: 8.2knts
Run: 28.4nm (51.4km)
Weather: TWS 14 TWD 090 Baro 1008. Clear sky except occasional Cb

Departed Tarawa towards Majero. Nice close reach so far.

Thu Jan 5 16:39 2017 NZDT
Speed: 1knts
Run: 5.8nm (10.5km)
Weather: Baro 1005 TWS 8 TWD 070T Occasional Cu with higher thin overcast.

Anchored in from of Bikenbeu village.

Mon Jan 2 15:48 2017 NZDT
Speed: 1knts
Run: 5.9nm (10.7km)
Weather: Baro 1004 TWS 11 TWD 110T Occasional Cu

After a nice New Year's Eve party ashore, we have moved back to in front of the Parliament building.

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