Freedom Song

Freedom Song

Tue Oct 10 7:31 2017 NZDT
Run: 234.5nm (424.4km)
35 9.19968s 174 9.43404e

Arrived back 1300 local time Sunday .. did not need his fuel as got a 30 kt northerly at the end. Also 3 ships within half an hour.


Fri Oct 6 8:31 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4.3knts
Run: 86.4nm (156.4km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.4nm
31 48S 173 32E
Weather: SSE10, SW1m swell, 80%cc, 1025

204 to opua eta Sunday


Thu Oct 5 8:31 2017 NZDT
Speed: 1.5knts
Run: 128.8nm (233.1km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.8nm
31 05S 174 44E
Weather: S less than 5, SW1m swell, 90%cc, 1025

247 to Opua so he will sneak in before the front. All well


Wed Oct 4 8:31 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 40.7nm (73.7km)
29 16S 175 13E
Weather: sunny, 12SE, 1.5mSW swell, 40%cc, 1028st

356 to go to Opua. All well.


Tue Oct 3 8:32 2017 NZDT
Speed: 3.2knts
Run: 11.5nm (20.8km)
28 47S 174 50E
Weather: SW8, 2.5m SW, 1028st, 20%cc

385 to OPua. Will back ese thursday.


Mon Oct 2 8:30 2017 NZDT
Speed: 3.5knts
Run: 106.1nm (192km)
28 57S 174 50E
Weather: W30 has been 40, 4m SW swell, 1021 rising

heading away from the strong winds and swell and has southerly quadrant winds to deal with for a couple of days but all is well and no rush to get to the grim NZ wx.

has 200 miles of fuel and is 340 away so not yet time to motor. May as well wait for lighter winds and better direction.


Sat Sep 30 8:31 2017 NZDT
Speed: 3knts
Run: 61.1nm (110.6km)
Avg: 2.5knts
24hr: 61.1nm
27 25S 174 55E
Weather: 12WSW, 2.5m sw, 90%cc, 1004,

473 to Opua. Will wait up where he is until the high winds off N Cape have gone through


Fri Sep 29 8:31 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 68.3nm (123.6km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 68.3nm
27 17S 175 54E
Weather: SSW10, SW2m swell, 60%cc, 1018

all well and 555 to Opua


Thu Sep 28 8:31 2017 NZDT
Speed: 2knts
Run: 235.2nm (425.7km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.9nm
26 29S 176 33E
Weather: sw20, going s, 90%cc, 1011

got the front at 2am. AWOB. Will head a bit west when the wind goes S to deal with future wx.


Tue Sep 26 8:39 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 94.5nm (171km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 94.9nm
24 22S 179 30E
Weather: 15E, 0.5m swell, 1024 steady

783 to Opua but may hove to for the front so will make slow progress for a day or so. AWOB


Mon Sep 25 8:45 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 320.2nm (579.6km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159.5nm
23 09S 178 49E
Weather: ese10, SE1m swell, 10%cc,

Sounds good. AWOB, 896 to Opua


Sat Sep 23 7:34 2017 NZST
Speed: 2knts
Run: 167.8nm (303.7km)
21 58S 176 20W
Weather: SSE5, 1050, 20%cc

all well


Hope it's all going well, Gary. No need to reply. Gordon.
Wed Aug 30 7:34 2017 NZST
Run: 126.7nm (229.3km)
20 01S 174 47W
Weather: 18SW, 5%cc, 1021, 24C

left HaAfeeva for Nukualofa


Wed May 31 7:37 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 126.8nm (229.5km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.8nm
21 46S 175 22W
Weather: 10E, 0.5m swell, 30%cc, 1022

40nm to go to Tongatapu! Happy Landfall


Hello Garry, Bet it will feel good to get your feet on dry land in Tonga. Gordon.
Tue May 30 7:38 2017 NZST
Speed: 2.5knts
Run: 119.4nm (216.1km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 118.9nm
23 29S 176 04W
Weather: SSE5, E .5m swell, 5%cc, 1022 st

150 to go to Nukualofa!


Mon May 29 7:31 2017 NZST
Speed: 6mknts
Run: 85.8nm (155.3km)
24 46S 177 20W
Weather: could not hear much!

240 to Nukualofa


Sat May 27 7:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 2.5knts
Run: 117.2nm (212.1km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.7nm
24 30S 178 40W
Weather: 70%cc, 1m E swell, 12NE

All Ok on board. Will keep this side of the date line!


Fri May 26 7:39 2017 NZST
Speed: 2.5knts
Run: 108.4nm (196.2km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 108nm
23 30S 179 50E
Weather: winds 20kts, 2.5m swell, 90%cc, 1017 st

got pushed back over the date line so will know it well by the end of the trip!


Thu May 25 7:34 2017 NZST
Speed: 000knts
Run: 99.6nm (180.3km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 99.8nm
25 04S 179 46E
Weather: ene18, E2m swell, 20%cc, 1019

343 to Nukualofa. They seem to be looking forward to that!


Wed May 24 7:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.7knts
Run: 173.8nm (314.6km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.9nm
26 30S 179 36E
Weather: E20, E3m swell. 10%cc, 1020

Hmm, Minerva or Tongatapu. only 190 to Minerva which is due north. 300 to Tongatapu. They heaved to last night for a whle to deal with the sea and wind conditions. All well.


Tue May 23 7:37 2017 NZST
Speed: 4knts
Run: 39nm (70.6km)
29 00S 179 18E
Weather: 30+ESE, 2m e swell, 80%cc, 1025

all well. 510 to go, and counting!


Mon May 22 8:19 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 387.2nm (700.8km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.5nm
29 30S 179 00E
Weather: 20e, 2.5m seas, 40%cc, 1030

594 miles from Tongatapu - going there.


Hi Gary,last saw you in Pango Pango 2017.Also going to Tonga from NZ this year.Haven not ready yet.Safe sailing.See you in Tonga,Bruce& Kerry
Fri May 19 8:00 2017 NZST
Run: 98.6nm (178.5km)
34 15S 175 30E

this via relay but no one could hear them very well


Fri Oct 21 8:39 2016 NZDT
Run: 64.5nm (116.7km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 64.2nm
35 9.19968s 174 9.43404e

Landed opua! Phew!


Thu Oct 20 8:33 2016 NZDT
Speed: 3.8knts
Run: 58.8nm (106.4km)
34 23S 174 48E
Weather: flat seas, wnw10

57nm to Opua. 0200 tomorrow. GHRadio is wondering if there is an engine on Freedom Song. The oil companies are not making much money from Gary!


Wed Oct 19 8:33 2016 NZDT
Speed: 2.5knts
Run: 35.3nm (63.9km)
33 32S 174 50E
Weather: sw8

106 to Opua and hopefully he will turn on the engine and get in before the light front


Tue Oct 18 8:39 2016 NZDT
Speed: 3knts
Run: 38.1nm (69km)
33 04S 175 05E
Weather: 5SW,

137 to Opua. Yes , he did move 3 miles closer from yesterday!


Mon Oct 17 8:37 2016 NZDT
Run: 22.4nm (40.5km)
32 59S 175 44E
Weather: SW15, 1.5m swell

Only 140nm to Go. Thanks Orfos for the relay as Gary is too close for Gulf Harbour Radio 8MHz frequency


Sat Oct 15 8:35 2016 NZDT
Speed: 3knts
Run: 62.6nm (113.3km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62.7nm
32 53S 175 22E
Weather: w5,

150 to Opua . Slow and steady!


Fri Oct 14 8:36 2016 NZDT
Speed: 2knts
Run: 103.4nm (187.2km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 103.8nm
32 00S 175 36E
Weather: 5 w wind, 0.5m swell

203 to Opua so must have had some wind the last 24hrs as good prgress


Thu Oct 13 8:41 2016 NZDT
Speed: 3knts
Run: 44.2nm (80km)
30 34S 176 06E
Weather: WNW8, no swell

294 to Opua. beautiful day for a power boat!


Wed Oct 12 8:31 2016 NZDT
Speed: 3knts
Run: 102.9nm (186.2km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.4nm
30 14S 176 44E
Weather: 5NE, 2m 2m NE swell,

324 nm to Opua. Winds should pick up to help them along


Tue Oct 11 8:11 2016 NZDT
Speed: 2.5knts
Run: 103.4nm (187.2km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 103.8nm
28 55S 177 32E
Weather: 5NNE, swell 1m NNE,

414 to Opua but who is counting! A front to contend with


Mon Oct 10 8:16 2016 NZDT
Speed: 3.5knts
Run: 65.5nm (118.6km)
27 40S 178 28E
Weather: Ene8 , sw1.5 swell

503 to Opua so ETA sat or Sunday. Would be good to getbin Saturday as winds will be better then direction wise. Great radio signal.


Sat Oct 8 8:42 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 155.7nm (281.8km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.3nm
27 45S 179 32E
Weather: Long period swell, 4m from SW. Wind SW 15-18

Looks like Friday am eta


Fri Oct 7 8:39 2016 NZDT
Speed: 3.5knts
Run: 179.4nm (324.7km)
25 31S 179 52E
Weather: SW 15-18, 1.5m swell, 80%cc,

Have left Minerva, 5 Oct, for Opua with eta in about 6-7 days. Reasonable radio signal. GHRadio will put in the previous reports when time permits.


Mon Oct 3 13:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 108.9nm (197.1km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 108.9nm
23 24S 178 29W

heading to Minerva. Glassy seas


Sun Oct 2 13:00 2016 NZDT
22 26S 177 08W

Steering 2407 at 4 kts. 8ese, no swell and 110nm to N Minerva


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