Fluenta

Fluenta

Wed Sep 19 7:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)
18 39.678s 173 58.995w
Weather: TWS 3 kts TWD 078T

Back to town to provision, clear out and fuel up. Was very tempting to stay at Kenutu for another day of kitesurfing as the kids making great progress.

Fri Sep 14 18:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
18 41.298s 173 57.425w
Weather: TWS 18 kts TWD 113T

Considerations in modern passage planning: Found an anchorage with 3G coverage (sort of), close to a kitesurfing location and suitably safe in the 20+ kt winds we have been having all day. Progress made on school and admin with the internet and a good afternoon kiting on the Kenutu sand bar.

Wed Sep 12 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
18 42.358S 173 59.247w
Weather: TWS 16kts TWD 130T

Anchored near Tapana Island to spend some time with the large group of boats with teenagers. Fun dingy raft-up sundowners. Still boat work to do before leaving for Fiji but hoping to get in some kiting at Kenutu tomorrow.

Mon Sep 10 9:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 75.7nm (137km)
18 39.221s 173 59.101w
Weather: TWS 9 kts TWD 140T Baro 1011.7

Back to the big city of Neiafu in Vavau to do some work on the boat, catch up on logistics/admin/school and to clear out of Tonga. Nice if slow passage from Haapai dead downwind in 8 to 10 kts of wind and then close hauled threading our way through Vavau in the moonless dark. Lots of whales to watch during the daylight hours - we even altered course as a pod seemed to converging from our port side and then they dove and reappeared close on our starboard side. Arrived around 0200 but could not find a mooring ball so anchored in almost 100' of water at 0300. A few bites on one of our fishing lines but no fish. The last fish, a wahoo, lasted for five days of lunch and suppers for the family so time to catch another.

Sat Sep 8 16:05 2018 NZST
Run: 17.5nm (31.7km)
19 42.753S 174 16.972W
Weather: TWS 12 Kts TWD 166T Baro 1006.6

After some great whale watching, playing on the beach and kitesurfing at Nukupule we are back at Foa to say goodbye to the nice folks at Matafonua and for the kids to have one last play with the kids ashore. The whales came to say goodbye too as a mum and calf loitered around Fluenta at anchor for over an hour today coming to within a boat length. A bit bumpy with the leftover swells from the westerlies and not quite enough wind for a final kite (I did get to rescue a kiter who unintentionally was heading towards Fiji when he could not get upwind against the current but was drifting down to Fluenta).

Tue Sep 4 20:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)
19 46.876s 174 32.471w
Weather: TWS 13 kts TWD 090T Baro 1012.8

Anchored mostly in the lee of Nukupele Island. Lots of whales and can even hear whale song inside Fluenta. Pretty little island and hopefully the wind picks up a bit tomorrow so we can see if the island is good for kitesurfing. We have never heard of anyone anchoring here before so were surprised when a Fijian mini-cruise ship (MV Nai'a) anchored behind us just before sunset.

Was wondering how and where u guys were....we snuck into the inside of the actual lagoon to wait out a northerly last year ;). Good snorkelling on the nw corner of the lagoon near the other island.
Sun Sep 2 17:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 5.9nm (10.7km)
19 52.559s 174 28.091w
Weather: TWS 12 kts TWD 100T Baro 1013.0

Anchored near Luangahu Island. Not an ideal anchorage but a nice place to watch the whales around us.

We’ve been enjoying swimming with whales as well here in Moorea. Check out this footage of what we saw, a fine balance of being as close as you date but not too close hey -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQVct7lHu84
Sat Sep 1 22:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)
19 57.607s 174 28.694w
Weather: TWS 12 kts TWD 115T Baro 1013.0

Nice short sail to anchor off Uonukuhahaki Island (Lobster Island East, we think). Lots of whales but none too close this time. One small tuna caught but returned.

Fri Aug 31 18:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 14.4nm (26.1km)
19 52.394s 174 26.235w
Weather: TWS 6 kts TWD 068 Baro 1011.9

Anchored near Tatafa with some protection from the reef for the forecast westerlies tonight. Nice, if slow, passage here today with many whales sighted and one decent size wahoo caught.

Wed Aug 29 9:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 13.6nm (24.6km)
19 43.268s 174 17.217w
Weather: TWS 18 kts TWD 093 Baro 1015.4

Back to Foa Island a few days ago. Anchored off the very friendly Sandy Beaches resort. Lots of kiteboarding for all (excepted Benjamin) and the bigger kids have been camping ashore the last few nights.

Thu Aug 23 12:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 13.6nm (24.6km)
19 36.450s 174 27.466w
Weather: TWS 11 kts TWD 063 Baro 1011.8

Appeared to be taking root at Foa so on a short side trip to the western side of Haapai. Anchored off Ofolanga Island. Lots of whales sighted breaching and several came to welcome us into the anchorage. Amazing water visibility so looking forward to our exploring today and tomorrow.

Hi guys! Glad you are having another great time at Foa. We are leaving in a day to head north. Hope to catch up with you somewhere on the way. Forevers
Sat Aug 18 11:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
19 43.237s 174 17.198w
Weather: TWS 4 kts TWD 178 Baro 1012.4

w: TWS 4 kts TWD 178 Baro 1012.4

Wed Aug 15 19:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 76.1nm (137.7km)
19 43.237s 174 17.198w
Weather: TWS 4 kts TWD 178 Baro 1012.4

Arrived yesterday morning off Foa Island in the Haapai after a bumpy close hauled trip from Vavua. Lots of whales sighted including two who breached by the boat around midnight on a moonless night. Amazing swim with the mum and calve whales today. Photos to follow at some point.

Sat Aug 11 8:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 7nm (12.7km)
18 39.494s 173 58.972w
Weather: TWS 6 kts TWD 088 Baro 1009.9

Back to the big city (okay, small town) to resupply and get our local movement clearance to go back to the Haapai. Fun racing last night on the well organised and well sailed SY Darth Vader with a mix of Tongan and Palangi crew (oh, and we won).

Thu Aug 9 13:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
18 42.466s 174 04.567w
Weather: 1

Anchored near Nuapapu Island yesterday in preparation for the "Tongan Feast". Tongan feast was fun and shared with a visiting billionaire couple and 17 crew who anchored near us in their 285' ketch.

Sat Aug 4 10:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)
18 45.007s 174 00.412w
Weather: Baro 1008.2 TWS 11 kts TWD 181T

Fun times swimming into Mariners and Swallows Cave yesterday but with the shift of the winds to the west it was time to move again. Now anchored near Taunga and Ngau in 10' of pretty green water with sand beaches to windward. Looks like a great place to sail Trickle and, maybe, kitesurf if the winds pick up tomorrow.

One of my favourite places in Tonga - I’m glad you all enjoyed it. Photos on Facebook are fantastic. Fair winds Jamie
Thu Aug 2 14:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
18 42.752s 174 02.362w
Weather: Baro 1008.2 TWS 14 kts TWD 191T

No kiting surfing winds forecast for awhile and potentially some westerlies so it was time to move. We are now anchored between Nuku Island and Kapa Island in preparation for exploring Mariners and Swallows Cave tomorrow.

Fri Jul 27 14:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 11.3nm (20.5km)
18 42.034s 173 55.775w
Weather: Baro 1010.2 TWS 10 kts TWD 125T

Anchored in the lee of Kenutu Island. Thank you Carol and Livia for the waypoints. Very pretty anchorage with lots of snorkeling and kiting potential. Just as we were going through the narrow Fanua Tapu pass we sailed past a humpback mother and calf.

Thu Jul 26 8:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
18 43.263s 174 06.045w
Weather: Baro 1012.8 TWS 10 kts TWD 143T

Anchored in the very protected anchorage of Vaka'Eitu. Nice little passage yesterday with a few whales spotted. In the anchorage with two other Canadian boats, one with kids ! Seems the trough has passed through so nicer weather again.

Mon Jul 23 9:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 9.1nm (16.5km)
18 39.515s 173 58.941w
Weather: Baro 1012.8 TWS 4 kts TWD 138T

On a mooring at the town of Neiafu. Wow. Lots of boats and idle radio chatter here.

Sun Jul 22 15:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 68.3nm (123.6km)
18 45.007s 174 04.898w
Weather: Baro 1009.5 TWS 10 kts TWD 118T

Anchored off Avalau Island in the Vava'u Group in preparation for heading to Neiafu to renew our visas. Nice passage with a 0400 start to ensure a daylight arrival. Lots of whale breaching and one small tuna caught but released. A lot more boats here than the Haapai.

Fri Jul 20 7:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 7nm (12.7km)
19 43.201s 174 17.125w
Weather: Baro 1013.9 TWS 5 kts TWD 186T

Anchored off Foa Islands in front of the lovely Sandy Beaches Resort. Rather tight to get into the anchorage and just enough swing room between the reefs but very nice. Interesting night here to nights ago when a large squall reversed the winds - we were fine but of the four boats here one boat wrapped their chain around coral and another had to reanchor in the pouring rain at 0430. Not enough wind for kiting but lots to do including snorkeling to see the leopard sharks.

Sun Jul 15 16:21 2018 NZST
Run: 7.5nm (13.6km)
19 47.922S 174 21.239W
Weather: Baro 1009.7 TWS 10 TWD 091

Anchored outside the harbour for Pangai so we can clear in.

Sun Jul 15 11:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 7.4nm (13.4km)
19 52.349s 174 26.335w
Weather: Baro 1010.9 TWS 14 kts TWD 074T

An unusual stop for Fluenta. We have stopped mid passage for lunch and a snorkel. There is a small indent in the reef just before the Auhnga Mea pass and we have anchored there. Should be able to snorkel from the boat and leave the dingy hoisted. A small (approx two meals for th family) rainbow runner caught so far.

Wed Jul 11 11:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 9.5nm (17.2km)
19 57.956s 174 29.601w
Weather: Baro 1012.9 TWS 14 kts TWD 090T in lee of island

Anchored behind the sandspit connecting Uonukuhifo and Uonukuhaki Islands (West Lobster and East Lobster Islands in Tongan) in about 15 feet of water. Great time kiteboarding off Uoleva Island the last few days but time for a new place. From what we can see it should have great kiting and snorkelling and a possibility of camping ashore on the uninhabited islands (although there are apparently a few pigs).

Wed Jul 4 15:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 20.5nm (37.1km)
19 50.969s 174 24.944w
Weather: Baro 1009.6 TWS 12 kts TWD 160T in lee of island

Anchored at Ouleva after a close hauled sail from the previous anchorage. The winds and seas have calmed down so a pleasant sail. A very protected bay so we are looking forward to the boat not rolling for awhile. We commented that it looks busy - when we realised that we were getting spoilt and perhaps six boats in a massive bay is not really busy. Lots of kid boats here and hopefully Liz and I can get some kiteboarding in.

Sat Jun 30 13:57 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 23.9nm (43.3km)
19 56.393s 174 42.951w
Weather: Baro 1015.3 TWS 10-20 kts TWD 120T

Anchored in the lee of Ha'afeva island after a vigorous little sail from Nomuka. Quite squally conditions on the passage with winds varying from 19 to 26 kts. Lot of rain. Time to prepare for Canada Day festivities tomorrow.

Thu Jun 28 13:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 63.2nm (114.4km)
20 16.568s 174 48.267w
Weather: Baro 1012.8 TWS 19 kts TWD 150T

Anchored off Nomuka Iki after a fast but rather bumpy passage here from Tongatapu. 0330 departure so we could arrive here with good light. Nice passage - whales about a boat length away and we caught two small tuna (both returned) and an approx 30 lb walu (was fun to filet as we rolled).

Sat Jun 23 10:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 31nm (56.1km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.1nm
21 07.671s 175 09.635w
Weather: Baro 1011.8 TWS 9 kts TWD 162T SST 26C

Anchored off Pangiamotu in Tongatapu. 'Q' flag is up and will clear Customs etc on Monday.

Sat Jun 23 4:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 157.4nm (284.9km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.7nm
21 09.871s 175 38.423w
Weather: Baro 1009.1 TWS 11 kts kts TWD 185T SST 26C

Fluenta was galloping towards Tongatapu for most of the day. The forecast light winds were actually 16 to 20 kts straight down the rhumb line allowing us to stay wing-on-wing with average speeds in the 7's with peaks to the low 9's when given a push from the waves. Classic landfall dilemma: we kept our speeds up in case the forecast light winds arrived and we would be too late for a daylight arrival. Now we have slowed the boat so we do not arrive too early !

SF back afloat!! Yey! Busy weekend boatcleaning then fit new staysail. Hope to leave on next window. Sounds like a great trip to Tonga for Fluenta,
Fri Jun 22 4:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 112.4nm (203.4km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124nm
22 30.9s 177 36.95w
Weather: Baro 1008.4 TWS 14 kts kts TWD 218T SST 25C

Making decent progress wing-on-wing deep downwind towards Tongatapu. Caught a 30+ lb bigeye tuna coming out of the pass at Minerva reef and then later a decent size Bonita tuna.

Thu Jun 21 7:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
23 37.209s 178 54.701w
Weather: Baro 1009.2 TWS 11 kts kts TWD 261 SST 24C Sea state: calm inside Minerva Reef

Trough was not too bad last night. Some gusts but I do not think over 20 kts but lots of heavy rain. Skies have mostly cleared and wind from the west. Time to go ! Intention is to head out this morning towards Tongatapu.

Tue Jun 19 15:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 217.5nm (393.7km)
Avg: 19.2knts
24hr: 459.9nm
23 37.103s 178 54.606w
Weather: Baro 1012.8 TWS 12 kts kts TWD 044T SST 24C Sea state: calm inside Minerva Reef

Fluenta anchored at North Minerva Reef this afternoon after a great if occasionally boisterous sail to get here with sufficient light for the pass and to go across the lagoon. Average over 8 kts for several hours and rarely did our speed last drop below 7. Intention is a short stay here this time and once the weather looks better for sailing then depart towards Tongatapu.

Tue Jun 19 4:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.0knts
26 45.447s 178 40.333w
Weather: Baro 1015.5 TWS 11-16 kts TWD 071T SST 23C Sea state: minimal but wind waves building a bit

Great sailing today. Most of daylight close hauled in 6 to 8 kts of wind. Wind built to about 16 overnight now averaging about 11-12 kts. Turned a bit downwind as will likely divert to Minerva Reef for a day or so to get better winds to Tongatapu.

Mon Jun 18 4:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 163.7nm (296.3km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.3nm
26 45.447s 178 40.333w
Weather: Baro 1016.4 TWS 0 to 3 kts TWD 150T SST 23C Sea state: like glass with a long period swell from the ESE

Nice Fathers Day onboard - some sailing, brunch and maintenance. Sailed for awhile when the winds went between 6 to 10 kts for awhile but mostly motoring in very light winds. Glad we brought lots of diesel - quite a contrast from our 21 day passage from Mexico to French Polynesia when we only motored for 7 hours. Appears from the forecast that we are north of where most of the unpleasant weather is expected to form, although may catch the northern part of the trough, so hope to start sailing again when across this ridge tomorrow. Various blog updates posted (SV-Fluenta.blogspot.ca)

Sun Jun 17 5:02 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.3knts
Run: 177.1nm (320.6km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175nm
28 51.09s 179 55.404w
Weather: Baro 1016.1 TWS 5 TWD 260T SST 21C Sea state: slight

All is well onboard. Light air day - motor on all day to get north across this ridge before the unfavorable winds fill in later in the week. Glad we left with our largest load of diesel ever.

Keep motoring up to those fair winds! Wish we were with you.
Sat Jun 16 4:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.6knts
Run: 169.3nm (306.4km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 178.6nm
31 05.473s 178 38.351e
Weather: Baro 1017.0 TWS 6 TWD 235T SST 21C Sea state: slight

All is well onboard. Spent the day either sailing deep downwind wing-on-wing or motoring. Motoring now to make progress north before the forecast unfavourable winds start. Two tuna caught, one returned as too small.

Fri Jun 15 6:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 238.1nm (431km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 83.3nm
33 11.068s 177 08.192e
Weather: Baro 1017.1 TWS 12 TWD Avg 220T SST Rising ! Now at 19C Sea state: slight

Slowly heading towards Tonga. Very comfortable conditions but slow considering deep downwind. Passed several humpback whales. We are assuming they are going to Tonga too so we think we are going the right way. Two small tuna caught but returned to the sea.

Tue Jun 12 9:23 2018 NZST
Run: 11.1nm (20.1km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 77.4nm
35 50.197S 174 28.093E
Weather: TWS 8 kts TWD 240T

At Marsden Cove in preparation to clear Customs tomorrow.

Tue Jun 12 5:56 2018 NZST
35 43.468S 174 19.605eE
Weather: TWS 4 TWD 229T Baro 1003.9

Intention is to head down the river today to Marsden Cove for a Wed departure towards Tonga.

Sun Jun 10 18:06 2018 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
35 43.467S 174 19.609eE
Weather: TWS 3 kts TWD 135T Light Rain

Our few days stop in Whangarei has stretched to weeks ... Latest thought is to leave tomorrow for Marsden Cove and, perhaps, head for Tonga.

Sat May 19 11:04 2018 NZST
Run: 14.2nm (25.7km)
35 43.447S 174 19.55E

Alongside Whangarei Marina.

Fri May 18 17:01 2018 NZST
Run: 118.9nm (215.2km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.5nm
35 50.626S 174 31.92E
Weather: TWS 10 TWD 255T

Anchored in Urquharts Bay after a nice passage from Tauranga. Sweet weather window in the SW winds.

Thu May 17 18:06 2018 NZST
Run: 40nm (72.4km)
37 05.899S 175 59.728E
Weather: TWS 13 kts TWD 247T SOG 8.2 kts COG 350T

After a productive six week maintenance period in Tauranga we are heading towards Whangerei for a visit and finish up some remaking maintenance.

Mon Apr 2 16:59 2018 NZST
Run: 43.5nm (78.7km)
37 39.617S 176 09.981E

Alongside Tauranga Marina to start our month long (or so ...) maintenance period. Nice sail down from Slipper Island close hauled or a very close reach the whole way.

Sat Mar 31 18:06 2018 NZDT
Run: 29.8nm (53.9km)
37 3.467S 175 56.164E
Weather: TWS 15 TWD 260T

Anchored off Slipper Island (just past Shoe Is of course). Good sail here which especially nice as the forecast was much light winds. No fish landed but hooked something big briefly. It broke our big bungee, ripped off the beefy double hook, snapped one barb of the treble hook and broke the others. Even snapped off the dive fin off the front of the Halco lure.

Are you guys headed our way in Tauranga? Let me know if you need anything like arrangements with the marina. Rich and Cyndi
Thu Mar 29 18:11 2018 NZDT
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
36 38.334S 175 48.506E
Weather: TWS 10 kts TWD 325T

Move to Peachgrove Bay. Successful stop for scallops on the way - limit of 40 in about 15 min.

Sun Mar 25 16:27 2018 NZDT
Run: 18.4nm (33.3km)
36 36.046S 175 46.425E
Weather: TWS 6 kts TWD 340T Sunny !

Moored in Huruhi Harbour on Mercury Island. Very pretty and a friendly welcome from a caretaker as we came in. Lots of bird song. Already invited to watch the sheep shearing and given coordinates for scallops diving and snapper fishing.

Sat Mar 24 18:59 2018 NZDT
Run: 76.4nm (138.3km)
36 36.815S 175 26.521E
Weather: TWS 11 kts TWD 025T Baro 1020.2

Anchored in Otautu Bay.

Thu Feb 22 20:58 2018 NZDT
Run: 31.3nm (56.7km)
35 48.644S 174 29.995E
Weather: TWS 8 kt TWD 260T

Anchored off Mcleod Bay - yoga for Liz and camping for the kids coming up.

Wed Feb 21 18:57 2018 NZDT
Run: 43.1nm (78km)
35 22.487S 174 20.769E
Weather: TWS 8. TWD 280T

Anchor down in Whangaruru to stop for the night. Pretty civilized stuff this coastal cruising. Nice day passage. Dolphins came out to play.

Tue Feb 20 17:45 2018 NZDT
Run: 2.6nm (4.7km)
35 00.247S 173 44.005E
Weather: TWS 12 kts with gust to 30 kts. TWD 320T Baro 1002.7

Securely anchored for the leftovers of Cyclone Gita. Should not be too bad this far north.

Sun Feb 18 14:56 2018 NZDT
Run: 5.9nm (10.7km)
35 02.465S 173 43.957E
Weather: TWS 9.5 TWD 350 T

Moved to anchor off Totara North to see if we can do a minor reprovision here. Won?t be buying too much as fridge/freezer just blew a line and vented all of its refrigerant. Will move tomorrow to a more secure area to prep for the leftovers of Cyclone Gita

Fri Feb 16 11:42 2018 NZDT
Run: 4.1nm (7.4km)
34 57.793S 173 46.574E
Weather: 6.5 kts TWD 100 TWD. Sunny !

Moved out of Whangoroa to Stephenson Is to make water (The water in Whangoroa looks like a mud puddle after all this rain). Had a private dolphin show as we came into anchor - dolphins jumping so close the the boat that the boat was splashed. Pretty rolly in the anchorage but scenic. Spearfishing scheduled for the afternoon.

Mon Feb 12 18:24 2018 NZDT
Run: 29.1nm (52.7km)
35 00.557S 173 43.791E
Weather: Calm and the fog has lifted.

Anchored in Rere Bay in Whangaroa. Fairly dense fog for the last hour of the passage. Good radar refresher for the crew.

Wed Feb 7 22:17 2018 NZDT
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
35 16.638S 174 07.638E
Weather: TWS 15 kts Gusts in low 20?s. TWD 110T Baro 1017.1

Moved over to near Russel due a gale warning.

Mon Feb 5 12:57 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
35 16.397s 174 05.368e
Weather: TWS 7 kts TWD 020T Baro 1008.0 Sunshine !

Off the dock after repairs and anchored of Waitangi in prep for Waitangi Day !

Hello Fluenta crew, We saw your boat at the marina at Opua one day when visiting Millennium Spirit who were next to you, but you weren't home. If you are ever over on the west side of Northland come and visit us in Rawene. We are loving land life while poor Navire is languishing on a mooring at Matauwhi Bay near Russell. Cheers Janet 0211692494

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