Fluenta

Fluenta

Sun Apr 14 15:48 2019 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 4.7nm (8.5km)
7 07.710n 171 18.551e
Weather: TWS 12 kts TWD 058T Baro 1007.7

A quick trip down to the MIYC moorings for a break from the city and for one of a birthday party on one of the other kid boats.


Fri Mar 29 23:06 2019 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 126.9nm (229.7km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.1nm
7 06.214n 171 22.346e
Weather: TWS 18 kts TWD 050T Baro 1010.4

Arrived Majuro 2130L today after a bumpy and wet 36 hour passage from Majuro. A nice size mahi mahi and wahoo in the, now working again, fridge. Fun filleting with the beam seas in 20+ kts of wind.


Fri Mar 29 5:24 2019 NZDT
Speed:
7.3 kts
knts
Run: 109.1nm (197.5km)
8 46.660n 170 36.635e
Weather: TWS 16 kts TWD 039T Baro 1008.8

Departed Ailuk Thurs mid morning and heading towards the big city of Majuro after a nice two month stint in the outer atolls. Conditions were a bit bumpy close reaching once out of the lee of Ailuk but nice now that we are slightly further off the wind and in the lee of Maloelap.


Sat Mar 23 15:54 2019 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 15.1nm (27.3km)
10 13.702n 169 58.823e
Weather: TWS 12 kts TWD 045T Baro 1010.0

A lovely time at Enejelar village again seeing friends from our 2017 visit. Now back in front of the main Ailuk village (population approx 200) for a feast with Anious and Emily. We saw the pig for the feast being loaded into a sailing canoe yesterday at Enejalar - not a happy sailing pig.


Mon Mar 18 15:57 2019 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
10 26.695n 169 57.221e
Weather: TWS 14 kts TWD 058T

Back up to Enjelar village where we spent so much time in 2017.


Mon Feb 25 16:03 2019 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 13.1nm (23.7km)
10 24.931n 169 57.531e
Weather: TWS 18 kts TWD 058T

and now back to the "Kid's Kite School" location but with Sweet Dreams in tow (not literarily though) ... Pretty good for bonfires as well.


Sun Feb 24 15:27 2019 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 13.1nm (23.7km)
10 13.619n 169 58.683e
Weather: TWS 18 kts TWD 045T

and now back to the southern end of the atoll to welcome Sweet Dreams to Ailuk. Excited kids.


Tue Feb 19 20:57 2019 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 12.6nm (22.8km)
10 24.921n 169 57.538e
Weather: TWS 25 kts TWD 060T

Moved back to the "kite school" anchorage in the north of the atoll. Nice visit to the village for Anious's birthday feast.


Sat Feb 16 15:12 2019 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 12.6nm (22.8km)
10 14.022n 169 58.789e
Weather: TWS 20 kts TWD 035T

Had a great stay at previous anchorage kiting plus catching up on maintenance projects and school. Back to the south end of the atoll for Anious's (aka Pumpkin) birthday feast tonight. Supposed to get some boisterous weather tomorrow so will likely head back north again.


Tue Feb 12 9:30 2019 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 7.3nm (13.2km)
10 24.905n 169 57.555e
Weather: TWS 22-25 TWD 045T

We have moved a little further north in Ailuk to find a combination of adequate protection from the winds and seas outside the atoll and a good place for the kids (and grown ups) to kiteboard. A quick recce ashore yesterday - looks like a good spot.


Sat Feb 9 20:24 2019 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 5.7nm (10.3km)
10 18.556n 169 57.969e
Weather: TWS 22-30 kts TWD 050T

Moved further up the atoll in Ailuk for better protection from the building wind and seas. Nice time visiting Enious and Emily again in Ailuk (and fixing his generator) and kiting near the village. Kids making good progress with the kiteboards even in the mid 20 kt winds.


Second try...stay safe...we are fine....hot and humid.....06, 7, and now 8 going past.
Wed Feb 6 14:30 2019 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 50.1nm (90.7km)
10 13.638n 169 58.733e
Weather: TWS 15 TWD 049T

Returned to Aliuk after an overnight passage from Wotje. Fishing report: no fish landed and one beast stripped the hook off one of our lures and bend the two treble hooks on the other.


Sat Feb 2 16:18 2019 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 6.3nm (11.4km)
9 31.697n 170 10.320e
Weather: TWS 18 TWD 042T

Moved Fluenta to a potential kiteboarding location behind Bikanol Island.


Thu Jan 31 18:33 2019 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 124.7nm (225.7km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.9nm
9 27.345n 170 13.719e
Weather: TWS 13 TWD 015T

Anchored in front the main village in Wotje. Relatively quick passage close reaching the whole way in TWS 14 to 18 kts. Winds only turned to the north in the last few hours. One mahimahi caught and in the fridge.


Wed Jan 30 22:51 2019 NZDT
Speed:
7.2
knts
Run: 57.6nm (104.3km)
7 46.1n 170 52.4e
Weather: TWS 17 TWD 070T Clear skies

Fluenta and crew has finally escaped the gravitational pull of the city of Majuro and heading towards Wotje.


Highly recommend you continue on to Rongerik, Rongerlap, Bikini and down to Kwajalein to clear out, beware of the accuracy of your charts up around Rongerlap; ours were out by up to 1.9nms!
Fri Jan 4 23:51 2019 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 101.3nm (183.4km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 74.6nm
7 06.020n 171 22.566e
Weather: Light winds and overcast. Baro 1010.7

Anchored at Majuro at noon and all checked in just before 1700. Ashore for the first time in three weeks and prepping tomorrow for a potential tropical disturbance Saturday night (GFS says yes, ECMWF says no, Joint Typhoon Centre expresses concern, official weather report does not ...). Caught another mahi mahi and a wahoo yesterday making it 1 fish per 290 nm (I removed the 300 nm or so we did not fish due to the bouncy weather from the stats). Stats would have been much better if we did not lose both mahi mahi that hook at the same time just before entering the pass to Majuro. Full stats to follow in a blog post but that is rather further down the "to do" list.


Well done Fluenta. Happy New Year to you all Looking forward to hearing all about the Marshalls
Thu Jan 3 15:15 2019 NZDT
Speed:
7.0
knts
Run: 118.3nm (214.1km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.7nm
6 09.7n 172 30.6e
Weather: TWS 25 TWD 070T High overcast with scattered stratus. Light rain

In the first time in three days we have eased the sheets a bit and are not hard on the wind as rounding - at a large distance - Mili Atoll. Much more comfortable now. Thankful for our little tough hank-on staysail that has pulled this far to windward. Still a fair amount of wind averaging in the low 20's peaking so far at 28 kts.


Wed Jan 2 19:54 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.0
knts
Run: 350.7nm (634.8km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134nm
4 32.7n 173 04.4e
Weather: TWS 15 TWD 030T High overcast

Still heading north ... After days of light winds we went through one big squall and as if we had gone through the Alice in Wonderland looking glass the winds changed. Fluenta has been hard on the wind since 31 Dec (our time) in true winds from 15 to 27 kts. Rather bumpy and wet as we blast through the waves plus amazing amounts of torrential rain. The most dense concentration of squalls and electrical storms we have ever seen so we have been stowing some of the electronics at night including the Iridium Go so you may notice the tracking feature on our blog stops working. Appears we have made it north of the ITCZ so hopefully a bit less squally but stronger winds are forecast. 215nm to go (less than a Marblehead-Halifax race)


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