We can see land and expect to be tied up outside the quarantine wharf at Opua about 2300hrs. It?s been a lot of motoring in the last 3 days, but it?s been easy and even coming into NZ the sun is shining and it?s relatively warm. Not at night though as we are both layered up big time. Looking forward to going for a walk and seeing a few people we haven?t seen for a while. It?s good to home.
Another night of motoring. The wind has turned SE, but only about 11kn. So we are sailing into the wind, but it?s not too uncomfortable. We should be at Opua late today all going well. It?s been quite a lot of motoring, especially the later half, but on the upside, it?s been a pretty cruisy passage. Looking forward to getting home and catching up with friends and family.
A full day of motoring, initially - very sloppy seas with a 2 m swell coming from lots of directions. The sea has calmed down now with just a 1m S swell and 3 kn of wind, so quite glassy. Still warm enough to shower outside, but there are no fish in the ocean. One more full night of motoring before we head towards Opua. Hoping that it stays this warm.
Another night of next to no wind and motoring compiled with a 2m messy swell, makes for a bit of a washing machine effect. We have a very good side berth that allows us to get a bit of sleep, so not complaining. So far it?s been a pretty easy passage. We did see one ship come by very close during the evening, but other than that, just RhumCocoa following close behind.
we have been motoring all day due to lack of wind and a 2 meter swell is making it quite rocky. We have beautiful hot weather and still showering outside. Unfortunately still not a fish in sight. I?m not even going to mention tomorrow! At this stage we are on target for getting to Opua late Monday night - all going well.
The wind has finally disappeared and we are motoring with about 7kn of N wind. Sails are all down as they tend to bang around when there?s a bit of slop and no wind. Anyway can?t complain, we have another fine day and we are not getting hammered (yet). We are about half way through our passage and it?s been very comfortable.
Another great day of sailing averaging between 6 - 8 kn in approx 11 kn of NE winds, aided with an ocean current from behind us. We turned on the motor for an hour, mainly to make water, but are currently sailing. Just as well we have meat in the freezer because the fishies don?t want to jump onto our hook. Tomorrow?
A great nights sail with 13kn E winds. We are heading east in anticipation of the E / SE winds that are predicted on our arrival into NZ. It?s been easy sleeping so far at night, so may it continue.
A good day of sailing but light winds of between 8-14kn E. We did put up the gennaker for about an hour, but the wind came around too much on the nose, so had to bring it down. Still no fish. There?s always tomorrow.
A good nights gentle sail with 10-14kn E winds. We did the odd bit of motoring during the night. The wind is slowly dying, but hoping for another day before we need to start the motor for a high in the middle of our passage. Not a bad nights sleep considering it is the first night. Another gorgeous day on the horizon and Rhum Coco is the only boat we can see, a few miles behind us.
A fabulous first day with blue skies and 10-15kn E for nice comfortable sailing. Fairly calm seas, but haven?t caught any fish yet. We can still shower outside, but I?m sure that may change in the next couple of days. All in all, a good first day.
We checked out of Noumea yesterday morning and had a fabulous kite at Maître Island in the avo when we should have been getting ready to go, but we are on the road now and we are sailing in a lovely 16kn easterly breeze. Looking forward to a light passage home.
It is 0500hrs NZ time, but 0400 hrs in New Caledonia. We have arrived safe and sound, sailing all the way mainly just with the main up. The rain has arrived to wash our boat down. We are looking forward to a couple of hours of normal sleep before heading in to Noumea to check in.
We have slowed down so that we can go through the Havannah Pass with an incoming tide in the early hours of the morning. The sea state has been messy today and we are sailing only with a main sail. One more night and we will be there, which is a nice thought.
We sailed all night but with the wind slightly more easterly (from behind) sloppy seas and up and down winds, we decided to pull in the Genoa as it was flapping a bit. Not good when you are trying to sleep. Anyway we are racing along now with just the main up between 7 - 9.5kn, so not complaining. One more night to go and we will be in New Caledonia. Yeehaa!
After motoring half the night, the wind came up enough 12kn SE in the morning to gently sail again and have been sailing ever since. The forecast says wind for tonight, about 17kn SE, so looking forward to a good sail.
We sailed under a full moon until just after 0100hrs when the wind died to about 11kn. Because it was slightly behind us made the conditions very sloppy, so we pulled down sails and put on the motor, which is still going now. Oh well, we are all charged up, so can?t complain.
Making good ground with continuing winds of SE 19-21kn. A couple of leaks to sort out, but otherwise a great days sailing. We are both a bit tired, but the first day is always the worst. Looking forward to another good nights sail.
Great night of sailing with SE winds just aft of beam, with full mainsail and stay sail a nice combination. A full moon made it easy to see, and we both managed a little bit of sleep, so all in all a great start. Looking forward to another beautiful sunny day.
Its 2.30 in Friday afternoon and we are just about to head through Navula Passage to New Caledonia. Our time in Fiji has been fabulous so very hot and sunny, just like today. We are just about to put up our sails as the wind is coming around nicely. Hopefully set them today for the next four days. We will friends here, but are looking forward to catching up with some other ones.
After spending a fabulous couple of weeks in the Yasawas, we headed back to Lautoka for a dentist appointment that was finally successful and then onto Musket Cove where we have had friends, Brett and Jann stay for a few days. The weather has been fantastically windy and we have been kiting most days. Yesterday, we were kiting with whales which was an awesome experience. Brett and Jann are now staying in the Musket Resort and head home on Thursday, so we will take them into Denarau and we will then be catching up with Team Huggett. Looking forward to that!! We intend to head to Noumea end of August.
After spending a couple of days with the Mantarays, we headed up to Blue Lagoon and had 3 days of great kiting with the Guys off Joli Fou, Roxanne and Mustang Sally. The wind has disappeared for a few days so have headed further up the Yasawas and are staying in a gorgeous secluded bay with lots of pretty coral and fish. We are still waiting for my second dentist appointment, so until that is established we will enjoy the Yasawas and the wind that is meant to turn up on Thursday.
We have been at Musket Cove for a while and have just said goodbye to Julie and Celia who have been on board. It?s been great catching up with a Bruce and Lyn from Jolie Fou and Grant and Jude from Blinder and lots of others. We met some new friends, Tom and Lynn from Roxanne. Tom gave me a go on his foiling kite board behind the back of his dingy, which was a new experience for me. Totally different from normal kiting, but lots of fun trying. Last night we stayed at Mana Island and now we are anchoring at Mantaray passage, hoping to see the Mantarays. We intend heading up to Blue Lagoon in the next couple of days hoping for some wind and maybe go even further up the Yasawas.
We are still at Nananu-i-ra and enjoying the kiting. The wind is slowly building and the kite size is getting smaller. Whistler and ourselves did go out for dinner at Wananavu Resort on Saturday to watch France get dicked. Great game and good food.
We keft Namena on Wenesday and tried to sail to Makogai with our Geneka, but ended up having to motor most of the way. We stayed only one night in Makogai, because there was too much sea lice in the water. We had a smooth ride going to Nananu-i-ra, absolutely no wind, so we made water, beer, did clothes washing and cleaning the boat inside and out while we motored. Its lovely to be back here snd see that the effects of cyclone Winstone have gone. Lots of greenery and building going on. We went for a big paddle board this morning, because it was nice and still, but there is lots of wind in the forecast, so we are looking forward to getting into some kite boarding, along with our friends from Whistler.
We had a lovely sail yesterday from Savusavu to Namenai. We didn?t dive, but had a nice snorkel around. I think we are heading off to Makogai today with a couple of other boats.
We spent a couple of days at Duff reef kite boarding in the most amazing warm aqua blue water. The kiting was great even though we were on an offshore situation, but the anchorage was a bit rolly at high tide. Both SV Whislter and ourselves decided to do an overnighter to Cousteau, (Savusavu), making the most of the wind. We had a great sail, the wind was beam on all day and night apart from the last two hours, we motored, making water and powering up. We intend to rest up today (being a Sunday) and then cruise on in to the market and get provisions for the next journey.
We spent 5 days in Vanuabalavu which was amazing. Lots of swimming, snorkelling and paddle boarding. We met lots of lovely cruisers and are travelling with a couple from Canada - Monty and Marge off Whistler. We had a great sail and are currently anchored in a Reef Called Duff Reef. A tiny little island with 2 palm trees. We went for a kite this afternoon - flat aqua water, one of the best kiting spots we have ever been in and have just come back from having dinner on Whistler. Fabulous day.
After spending a few days at Savusavu, catching up with a few boaties, we got our Cruising Permit and we headed to Cousteau Resort for some snorkelling and lazing around. Yesterday we headed for the Northern Lau Group. We knew we weren?t going to get anywhere before dark, so we did a very slow overnighter and arrived in Vanuabalavu this morning at 0600hrs. What a fabulous place with lots of little mushroom Islands everywhere. We are anchored in 5 meters of crystal clear water. Just heading out for a paddle board to have a look around. Paradise!!
We motored for the last 6 hours making water, washing down the boat and clothes washing. All those normal things you do early hours of the morning. Arrived into Savusavu about 0200hrs and slept. We are now waiting for customs, immigration, bio security and health to turn up before we are cleared into Fiji. Not too hard really with fresh hot meals and hot showers every night with very little diesel burnt. Now we can moan about how hot and sticky it is. Nice to be here though.
The wind has finally calmed down and we have 11.8kn NE. A nice gentle sail to do all our clean up, washing down all the salt that had been coming over the boat. It has been nice passing all the surrounding Islands. We still haven?t seen a soul during either of our passages, but I?m sure that will change during the night. We should arrive into Savusavu sometime around 0200hrs. Yippee!
After downloading weather grips that said maximum 20 kn NE, we set our sails, but probably could have done with another Reef in the main, hence to say it was a bit of a wild ride. It was raining most of the night with winds between 25-34 kn NE and a very messy sea and lots of water coming over the canopy. We are currently passing Islands connected to the Lau Group and daylight is making everything a bit more comfortable. We will probably make Savusavu later this evening. (A corrected position for this morning)
After downloading weather grips that said maximum 20 kn NE, we set our sails, but probably could have done with another Reef in the main, hence to say it was a bit of a wild ride. It was raining most of the night with winds between 25-34 kn NE and a very messy sea and lots of water coming over the canopy. We are currently passing Islands connected to the Lau Group and daylight is making everything a bit more comfortable. We will probably make Savusavu later this evening.
Raining steadily with 22kn NE winds. Stay Sail out with Reef in the main. We nearly had to get our wet weather gear out. Thank goodness for canopies.
A nasty NE wind unexpectedly turned up st about 1900hrs ranging between 25-13kn. The NE was predicted for later Sunday. We furled up our stay sail and have had an uncomfortable night of bashing into it and not going very fast. I?m sure we will have a decent sleep when we get to Fiji.
We are having a nice sail with 20kn E winds. It?s a bit cloudy, but warm and looking a bit black ahead of us. We have put out the stay sail instead of the Genoa and have reefed the main. It is meant to get windier tomorrow.
After having a nice respite and a few beers with the crew from a big motor launch called WILL, we are leaving North Minerva now and it looks like it?s going to be good wind - 18kn E winds and half m swells. Yay!!
Another good night of sailing with full main and reefed Genoa. 12kn ESE winds (beam on) perfect conditions with very little swell. We are coming into North Minerva Reef now and the sun is just about to come up - perfect timing. This part of the journey has seen us use about 3 hours motor time. We intend to stay here for one or two nights before heading to Savusavu in Fiji.
A fabulous day of sailing with full main and Genoa. 18kn SE winds (beam on) perfect conditions with 1 meter swell. We should reach Minerva Reef about midnight tonight. We are hoping for a full moon and clear skies to manoeuvre into Minerva. Looking forward to sleeping in a real bed with little movement.
We sailed all night apart from a couple of hours where we motored because the wind had died and it was coming from behind. Fortunately the wind moved around to the east and now we are sailing nicely with 16kn (beam on). The most comfortable we have been since we started out.
Another day of leisurely sailing with SSE winds 20-30 knots. We have only the main sail up as we will not get to Minerva Reef by sunset tomorrow. We thought about going straight to Savusavu, but would get pinged with extra costs being a weekend. We are stopping at Minerva for a night or two.
another night of sailing under a full moon. The pace is a bit slower than when we left NZ, around 6-7knots, but still making good ground with 16 kn SE winds. The sea has settled down a bit, with about 1 m swell. Sleeping is getting easier too, although not awake enough to realise I put SW in my first report rather than SE.
another night of sailing under a full moon. The pace is a bit slower than when we left NZ, around 6-7knots, but still making good ground with 16 kn SSW winds. The sea has settled down a bit, with about 1 m swell. Sleeping is getting easier too.
We motored for a couple of hours allowing us to charge up and make some water before the wind came back up and we have been sailing ever since. Not quite as quick as before, but a bit more comfortable. Still big 2-3 SW swells making the boat rock around a bit. We have been catching up on some sleep today, hoping for another good night.
The wind seems to be dying. We have been sailing all night, but half an hour ago, we started motoring as the wind is nearly directly behind us. Sleeping is getting easier as we get used to the motion again.
A fabulous days sailing with SW winds between 20-30knots. We have been sailing just with the main sail until mid morning when we put up the stay sail. Cruising between 6-14knots. The boat is still rolling around a lot, but we are getting used to it. We have had a number of Albatross circling most of the day. They are awesome to watch. Hoping for a better night sleep tonight.
A great night sailing travelling between 6-13knots with winds between 20-34kn SW winds. Not great sleep with the boat rolling around, but making good ground tho and it?s always a relief to get the first night over with. Looking forward to more sailing today.
Just leaving Marsden Cove Marina heading for Minerva reef. A rough ride out of Whangarei, but a nice southerly breeze to start our voyage on. We will not miss the cold, but we will miss our friends & family.
Just leaving Marsden Cove Marina heading for Minerva reef. A rough ride out of Whangarei, but a nice southerly breeze to start our voyage on. We will not miss the cold, but we will miss our friends & family.
we are anchored in Leigh Harbour, waiting for the NW winds to turn SW to head further north. We are hoping to leave for Fiji in the next week.
We are back in NZ cruising down the coast towards Opua to check-in. It was a good night sailing until just after midnight when we turned on the motor and motor sailed into NZ. It's great to be back!!!
A good day sailing and making good progress. We are expecting to get into Opua sometime tomorrow early avo. We have a beautiful sunny day with easterly winds between 12-19kn and half metre SE swell. One more night and we are home - Yay!!!!!
Another night of pounding and very little sleep, but the finish line is only a day and night away. So we have made good ground and that's the main thing. Most of the night was 17-20kn easterlies on the nose. Still about a 1m E swell and we have a beautiful sunny day today, so can't complain.
Another long day of crash and bash, but making headway. We have about 289 miles in a straight line to go until we get to the Bay of Islands. 16-20kn ESE (on he nose) with a sloppy sea (just perfect!).
The crew was wondering if Sue was keen for lunch in Opua on Saturday?.
It's been a hard night of on the nose sailing, lots of banging and not the best sleep. Oh well, we are predicting just over a couple of days to go. We have had 19kn easterlies with 1m E swell. Another fine day, with quite a bit of cloud. We are crossing our fingers for a NE wind to kick in. Won't hold our breath tho. AND not long after the first Mahimahi was caught, we got another one. Fresh fish last night and fish curry tonight.
A day of mainly sailing, a little bit of motor sailing. The highlight was Wok pulling in a Mahimahi, which we will have for dinner. 11kn SE and 1m SE swell. We are ticking along ok. The wind is expected to pick up tonight, so hopefully push us closer to home
The easterly winds finally kicked in, so we tacked and are heading slightly more south. Not the best of nights sleep, as the wind is stronger 13.5kn SE and on the nose, but it's nice to be making some progress. It rained a little bit overnight and It's a bit cloudy today with the odd back cloud, A 1M SE swell on the nose which makes it a bit uncomfortable, but not unusual - homeward bound!!
Another beautiful day going not very far. A bit frustrating with the lack of wind, but hoping that the easterlies kick in very shortly. We have 6kn SW winds with 1m SE swell. We have had the motor on and off intermittently during the day. Currently motor sailing. All good on board.
A nice calm night of motorsailing and everyone getting heaps of sleep. Still heading mainly east and hoping that when the forecast wind kicks in, we will get a nice run into New Zealand. Sounds good anyway. Not much wind at present - only 9 knots S and 1m SE swell. Looking forward to heading in the right direction and getting home. (Paul says hi to Sue)
Sailed all morning and just before lunch turned on the motor and have been motorsailing ever since, heading ESE - slowly dog-legging to NZ. It's been a fine warm day, but that should slowly change. Not bad conditions wth 2m SE swell. All happy on board.
A good night of light sailing between 10-13 kn SE with a 1m SE swell, slightly in the nose. As we have Paul Ranum with us as crew, we have managed a little more sleep than usual which is nice. They both sound like they are sleeping well. Maybe another day of heading in the wrong direction. Could be a long passage!!
Trying to get as east as possible, but feels like we are heading to Fiji. There is only one advantage - it's not getting any colder yet. SE breeze - 10-13kn and 1m SE swell. All crew happy and well.
Hi Guys, we are just about to leave isle of Pines, New Caledonia shortly. It's been a fabulous season, but we are looking forward to seeing friends and family back home. We are going to have to head east a little bit this time and it won't be a quick / easy trip, but there hasn't been many great Windows to head home so far, so we are taking this one. Look forward to seeing everyone. xxxxx
We had a great sail using the Gennaker, until about 2200hrs and then motored the rest of the way to New Caledonia. We have just come through the Havannah pass and heading towards Noumea to check in today. We have been fortunate with the full moon all passage and this morning was a gorgeous sunrise - a nice welcome!
Not a lot of wind and fairly calm seas until about 11.00pm when the wind got up to between 10-12kn and was on the right angle for a Gennaker run. It's been a lovely day of gentle sailing. We will pull down the gennaker when it gets dark, Still no fish at this stage. Still in track to get to Noumea by Friday avfternoon - yay!
A quiet night with the exception of the motor. Not a lot of wind and fairly calm seas with a 1 m SE swell. On track to get to Noumea by Friday avo. Only one more night!
We sailed for most of the day until about 1500hrs, when we turned on our motor as we have finally run out of wind.
A good night of steady wind of 20 kn, but has now eased early this morning to about 14 kn E. Still moving along nicely with a reef in the main and just the stay sail, but we will make some changes when Wok wakes up. Still making good ground.
A big lazy rock and roll day, but moving along nicely with a reef in the main and just the stay sail - making good ground.
Bumpy night with between 20 - 27kn SE winds. First night is always the hardest with not much sleep for me. Wok managed a few hours with the help of Pihia Bombs.
Just to confirm correct dates, Fusio is leaving Fiji Monday 4th September not Sunday
Heading to Vuda Marina to check out, as we are leaving Fiji today for New Caledonia.
Playing in the wind a Musket Cove
Ourselves Shenanigans and RhumCocoa had great morning and afternoon kite sessions at Nananu-I-ra Thursday. Friday there was no wind, so we all headed off towards Vuda Marina where we were meeting up with Richard Edlin our friendly boat builder. We spent a night halfway down and all had drinks on our boat and then arrived today at lunch time. We went Into the bar and had a beer with Richard - great to catch up. We are all going out to dinner tonight at the Marina. Both RhumCocoa and us are hanging out on our picks, so could be a bumpy night - all part of the experience!
ourselves and Shenanigans arrived at Nananu-I-ra Tuesday evening about 5.30pm and immediately had arrival drinks. We had a great afternoon of kiteboarding today (Wednesday) on the point, with the five of us all kiting together. Tomorrow is meant to have more wind, so bring it on=20
We spent 4 nights in Savusavu which was a fabulous time of socialising and going out for dinner each night which was soo cheap. $22.00 Fijian for a night on the town - not bad. We caught up with Pete and Wanda from RhumCocoa who had sailed from Tahiti, so that was very cool spending some time with them. Yesterday ourselves, Shenanigans and Sharp Focus moved on to Namena to do some diving, but it wasn't quite what it was before Cyclone Winstone - sad! Today Shenanigans and ourselves are sailing on to Nanunanu I-ra to do some kite boarding - bring on the wind!!
Its 3.45am and we have about 20 minutes to go before we pull up a mooring in Savusavu. It's been a great ride with always a little bit of drama attached, but all in all fantastic to be here. Looking forward to setting foot on land for a few days.
we have passed quite a few islands so far, through the Koro Sea and expect to arrive in Savusavu about 3am for a couple of hours sleep.
We turned off the motor at 2200hrs and had a fabulous sail through the night and it should continue until we get to Savusavu, which should be early tomorrow morning. Yay!!
Another day of motoring because of lack of wind. We are hoping that that changes sometime tonight. Nice day of sitting in the sunshine, although almost too hot to sit in it for too long.
A night of motoring due to lack of wind. We have been side by side next to Shenanigans all night. We have also had passenger all night at the top of the mast. Obviously a very tired bird, but he isn't suffering from constipation.
There is not much wind, so motoring at present. Had a fabulous time at North Minerva catching up with lots of other yachties, but now looking forward to getting to Savusavu in Fiji.
anchored at North Minerva. Spent the evening with Rob & Carolyn from Shenanigans with crew Ian. Mulling over the journey and trading war stories.
Another good night of sailing, but the wind was slightly more forward of beam, which makes the boat launch off the waves a little more. 40 miles before we reach Minerva, so we should be well and truly there before lunch time. Yippee!
The wind and big swells are persistent, meaning we are cruising along nicely. Unfortunately today, I managed to burn my arm making hot drinks when a big wave hit, so I have a couple of blisters to contend with, but not too serious. Still on track for North Minerva tomorrow, along with Shenanigans who are right behind us.
Another good night sailing and making good progress, but the big swells and wind chop still hanging around. Finally saw our friends from Shenanigans on the radar (AIS) last night. Hopefully get into Minerva similar timing. We are thinking Thursday. Bring it on!
Another good day sailing and making good ground, but the seas make it a tad uncomfortable.
A fabulous night of sailing and making good progress. We are just behind Bill from Liberation. Both of us slept well & hopefully only two more night shifts before Minerva.
Great day sailing and making good ground after a slow night. We have Bill & crew from Liberation just ahead of us and Mal and Pauline from Mahia, just behind us. We have been chatting frequently.
The winds have dropped a bit, so a slower sail last night, motored for a while. We both have caught up on some sleep which is a good feeling. Nothing eventful happened which is also a good thing.
great sailing day, making good progress, with a couple of reefs in the main - good cruising conditions. Hopefully a bit more sleep than last night.
sloppy seas with sw winds made it hard for sleeping, but great sailing with just a handkerchief main up. No foresail. Will catch up on some sleep today as the sea flattens out today. Both well on board.
good to get away. Good sailing but a bit sloppy. Hoping the sea calms down a tad so we can get a little bit of sleep tonight.
we have finally cast free of the Marina and on our way to Minerva Reef then Fiji. Had a great time in Opua with all the other cruisers, but time to go to a warmer climate.
Still waiting for cyclones to disappear. At the moment we are in Opua Marina doing a bit of socialising while this windy drizzly weather remains. Today we went up to Doubtless Bay with Irene and Lionel off Kiapa and had a kite surf. Lots of fun. The night before we were at Don Salthouse place having a party. Never a dull moment.
We are hanging out at Urapukapuka Island after spending the last two days at Russell. Last night we went into the Russell Boating Club for dinner and there was a band playing. Rob and Carolyn and Ian from Shenanigans were with us. Rob and I did a few numbers and we had a bit of a dance as well - a great night.
Anchored at Moturua Island in the B.O.I, waiting for cyclone Donna to pass by up North to make it a safe passage. Not a bad place to be though, hanging out with our friends Rob and Carolyn from Shenanigans and Phil and Patricia from Blue Bie. All going for a walk today around the island
Arrived in Opua yesterday and today caught up with some boatie friends. We are still sorting out some teething problems, but should be ready to go anytime after today when the weather window permits. There are some ominous cyclone systems coming down from up North, so waiting for those to pass.
currently cruising past Tutakaka heading for B.O.I
gulf harbour marina. Two days to go before leaving for Opua, Bay of Islands.
We had a fabulous SW sail down the coast from Opua yesterday and anchored at Christian Bay (inside Kawau) for the night. We intend to be back at Gulf Harbour today as we have a few people to catch up with in the next few days. It's been a fantastic 6 months away!
Just arrived in Opua Marina after a lovely sail and then motor to make water and have been cleared by Customs and Immigration. Glad to be back and looking forward to a decent sleep tonight. Thanks to all those who sent support messages. Its great to know that people are keeping a long distance eye on us. Will spend a couple of days at Opua and then head down the coast to Gulf Harbour early next week. Look forward to catching up soon.
A good night of sailing with SSW winds & a boat speed of 6-8kn. We passed North Cape about midnight and are now on the home straight, with nice smooth seas compared to what we have been used to for the last few days. Looking forward to catching up with our Kiwi friends.
Another long day of constant SSW winds between 22-27kn and very uncomfortable sea. We are progressing quite well and expect to be in Opua sometime Sunday avo (all going well). All the winter woollies have come out of the closet. One more night of shift - yeeha!!
Not a great night. A frontal system hit us about 1700hrs that was alot stronger than we thought it was going to be, gusting wind speeds of over 40kn NE and rain and 3 mtr N swells and wind chop. Our gennoa pole got knocked out of position and bent, hanging overboard and Warwick had to go forward to tied it off - not fun. Very rocky night and i have a couple of bruises to show for it. It is still blowing between 25-30kn SSW and uncomfortable - cant wait to get home now.
Its been a wild ride this afternoon with thunder and rain and 15-30kn N winds, averaging 8-9 kn, and surfing down waves at 14.9kn. We had to bring out the wet weather gear and hot drinks - a stark contrast to yesterday with board shorts and bikinis. Definitely getting closer to NZ.
At 0900hrs the NW wind arrived and we have been sailing ever since, averaging 7.5kn with 15-20kn behind us. We have had a slight problem with our Gennoa furler sticking, so we have the stay sail goose rigged at present, which makes things a little more comfortable. All good on board.
Started the day motoring, but then with the NE winds picking up 10-12kn, we put up the gennaker for a couple of hours, before the wind turned NNW and died. We have been motoring ever since, good chance to make water and charge up. Beautiful sunny day and the crew are all well.
A good start to the night of gentle sailing with between 10-18 ESE winds, then the wind died and turned NE about 2.00am and the motor went on and is still on. A couple of cargo ships passed us and the odd yacht we passed, just to keep us on our toes, but other than that a quiet night. By the way - the Mahimahi was delicious!
Not a bad sunny day of smooth sailing, even the genneka came out for half an hour. A couple of times we put the motor on briefly, but mainly sailing with between 8-14kn SE winds. The long line was out and Hug saw something on the end of it. Warwick pulled in a good sized Mahimahi and thats dinner for tonight - not a bad days effort!
We had a great nights sailing with SE winds of between 15-20kn and doing between 7-10kn. Unfortunately about 5.30am on my watch the winds have died and we have started up the motor, so motor sailing until we get some wind??? It is a little cloudy now, but still warm. We have all slept well on the first night and all fighting fit (I think - some are still in bed).
We have had a great day of Sailing 10-15kn SE Winds, travelling between 7-9kn. Beautiful sunny day - almost too hot when you can't jump off for a swim (no complaints tho - Im sure we will be wanting the wamrth back in a couple of days). Nothing much to do but play cards and eat and enjoy the sea. All good on board.
D-Day has arrived and we are finally leaving from Baie de Ugo in the Isle of Pines. We checked out of Noumea last Wednesday and spent our last few days doing some amazing dives with Bruce and Lyn off JoliFou - will really miss those two. The weather window looks pretty light, but should get lots of sailing in hopefully. With our extra crew member (Hug) we should get a little more sleep than usual on passage. Looking forward to seeing all our NZ friends again.
Sailed down to the Isle of Pines after checking out of Noumea on Wednesday. Had a dive at Gadji on Saturday & will dive again today. Looking at heading home this week all going well with the weather, we don't want to motor home but would like to miss being hammered as well. Have young Mr Huggett on board for the passage.
been a great week of kite boarding at Ilot Maitre in Noumea with lots of new friends we have been hanging out with every day for the last 3 weeks. We all went out for dinner and watched the All Blacks win - yay. It was fantastic to meet up with our good friends Hug and Yvonne who watched the game with us as well. We are saying goodbye to friends one by one who are all heading off in different directions. At present we have Rob and Carolyn from Shenanigans are on board with us for three days before they catch a flight home to NZ. We intend to spend some time with Hug and Yvonne while they are here and then Hug is coming on board as crew for the trip home. That should be fun and a bit more sleep for the two of us. We will be starting to look for weather Windows from the 1st November onwards.
The wind has finally arrived and we have been kiting at Ilot Maitre (a small island 20 minutes from Noumea). Quite a few NZ and Aussie boats who are all kiters have gathered and we are having a blast on the water and off the water. Our friends off Shenanigans, Rob and Carolyn who are amazing kiters have been helping us with a few tricks which has left both of us with a few sore parts, but it's a lot oof fun. It's going to be sad when everyone has to head back to either NZ or Aussie. We will be looking for weather Windows at the beginning of November.
We have been island hopping around the Noumea area, especially those islands with moorings while we had our anchor winch problem. Although we did go to the mainland to celebrate my 50th Birthday and was totally spoilt by Wok all day - no time spent in the galley. We have caught up with lots of yachties and one mate off Seacomber helped Warwick strip the anchor winch and clean it up and now it works perfectly. Our new part arrived a few days later. It doesn't hurt to have spare parts we have found. Yesterday we finally got some wind and got some kiting in - soo much fun. We caught up with some long lost friends we met last year from the boat Joli Fou and had them on board for drinks. Hoping we all get another kite in today
We had a good overnight passage down to Baie de Prony and spent a day there, getting off the boat to hike up to the lighthouse. We spent a couple of nights around the Iles of Noumea, Ilot Maitre and Ile de Legnere, where the snorkelling was magic. I saw a dugong ile de Legnere and both Warwick and I saw one while we were paddleboarding around Ilot Maitre yesterday, along with lots of turtles. We have now dropped our guests off and are awaiting a motor for our anchor winch to arrive from NZ, which is playing up after two and a half months of being replaced. Fortunately there are free moorings out at the little islands surrounding Noumea, so not such a bad place to hang out waiting for parts. We are hoping for a bit more wind so we can have a play on our kites.
After a nice walk along the beach and a swim, we left Ouvea for the mainland. We intend to do an over-nighter and probably end up at Baie de Prony and then onto the area around Noumea. We have enjoyed the Loyalty Group and the weather has been superb.
We picked up our friends from Ouvea on Thursday, then on Friday headed to an Atoll with a little island attached called Ile Beautemps-Beaupre. The most pristine place we have ever been. The water is so clear aqua blue, that the birds flying over are also blue from the reflection. We went for a snorkel with all the big fish and prettty colours. We should be here a day or so, soaking up the prettiest place on earth.
We arrived into Ouvea lagoon yesterday after a nice sail. Had a nice steak, roast potatoes and salad for Woks birthday lunch on the run. Had a windsurf on arrival yesterday and today we have made the most of the wind with a kite surf and windsurf. The wind is supposed to be dying down from tomorrow. We pick up our friends today and sail with them around the Loyalty Islands down to Noumea in the next week.
We have arrived at Lifou safe and sound and have put back the clock an hour. A slightly slower sail today, but still made over 10kn at times. We have put away the cards to releive the boredom and the sun is out - "time to play" once we have reinstated the boat and fix a couple of things. We officially check in on Tuesday and sail to Ouvea on Wednesday to pick up our friends Stuart and Carolyn.
The wind was a challenge last night with variations between 12-26kn SE in the space of a few seconds and changing from beam on to behind us. Its amazing when you are tired enough how you sleep whilst being thrown around in bed. We "should" arrive sometime Sunday evening. (Hope the All Blacks won last night)??
Heading through the southern Vanuatu Islands at present. An another day of covering lots of ground and should be at Lefou late sunday.
Still have a lumpy sea with winds upto 25knts, with a little more sun today.
All well on board.
Another fast night on the high seas, travelling between 7-10kn with 18-25knSE winds. A little hiccup with our furling rope to the foresail breaking, but Wok managed to sort that and with the amount of wind, the stay sail and reefed main is sufficient. Still the odd rogue wave wanting to join us, but other than that, good progress - probably only one more night.
good days sailing with SE winds 20-25kn.Not a lot of sun today. Fresh fish for dinner tonight.
Making good ground sailing even with a reef in the main and just the stay sail. No moon at all makes it pretty black and exhilerating, cruising along between 8 - 10kn in a bumpy sea. At times a fair bit of water coming over the top, but all in all a good night.
A decent start to our trip with 20-30kn winds SE travelling between 8 - 10kn. A little bit topsy turvy, but good to be sailing and getting along nicely. Easy Mexican meal and salad tonight - not too much prep. Both well.
We have checked out of Lautoka (Fiji) and are on our way to Lifou (Loyalty Islands in New Caledonia). It is a beautiful sunny day here with very little wind, although there is predicted to be good wind for our passage, between 15-20kn beam on. We will cross our fingers.
After spending a wonderful two months in Fiji enjoying the wind and sunshine and catching up with friends, we are heading off to New Caledonia tomorrow. We should have favourable side on winds and hopefully get to the Loyalty Islands (Lifou) around about Sunday. We will be checking in on Tuesday and then head down to Ouvea where we will be picking up our friends Stuart and Carolyn who will spend a few days with us.
We enjoyed a lovely few days up at the Yasawas with Brett and Jann, kite boarding and windsurfing and catching up with other boaties in the evening at the yachties bar - lots of laughs (& beers). When we arrived back to Denarau Friday night, our friend Vern from "The Immigrant" let us stay on his marina berth while he was still up at the Yasawas. Saturday was a chores day, but had to stop at 3.00 to have beers with Al and Shirl on Bravado. When Brett and Jann turned up we were invited on board "Shaman" 88 ft sloop for another lot of drinks before the rugby and dinner at the yacht club - another All Black walkover. It was a very noisy session and then drinks back on our boat. Sunday we took Brett and Jann out for snorkelling at the back of Castaway Resort before saying goodbye and dropping them off at Musket Cove to catch the ferry to Denarau. We had to rush back to start another session of beer brewing before catching up with Dave and Greta off "Remedy" and hear all about their adventures in the Lau Group. It's been a busy week, but now starting to plan for our journey to New Caledonia.
We spent a few days in Denarau catching up with friends (Jan and Brett - who are now on board with us) and Richard and Trudy Edlin & kids who are staying at the Sheraton Villias resort. Watched some great All Black rugby with Jan and Brett - what a game! As there was no wind around Nadi Bay, we headed to Blue Lagoon in the Yasaws. Brett pulled in a couple of good sized GT 's - one of them we had for dinner - yum! We are looking forward to heading out this morning for a kite board wit Brett, as the wind is blowing nicely about 15 - 20 - can't wait!!!
We spent a lovely weekend with our good friends hug and Yvonne at the Wyndham Resort. Nice to lounge around the pool, join in with aqua aerobics, eat out and laught a lot. Sad to say goodbye, but will see them again at the end of our stay in New Caledonia. We are back at Musket Cove, hoping for wind (might be a bit hopeful though).
Heading to Denarau to spend some time with our good friends Hug and Yvonne before they go home on Monday. Had a great night at Musket Cove last night catching up with Bill and Maria from Peregrine and also Verne and the boys from "The Immigrant". Ended up on their boat with Don Salthouse, enjoying the best burgers ever and sushi. These boys know how to catch ALOT of fish.
It's been a very eventful week, Wok having the "man flu" and me getting 7 stiches in my head whilst kite surfing (in the air) out at the sand bar at Muscat Cove. For the past few days it's been very calm, so we don't feel like we've missed out on too much. We spent a few days with friends on an 88 foot boat called Shaman. They took us out to Cloud 9 - a floating bar in the middle of the ocean. Not a breath of wind, so had a few expensive drinks there and lazing around before spending the afternoon lounging on their boat. The next day we had a golf challenge at Plantation with a couple of the guys (Mike and Conway). Now we are at Denarau on a mooring for a couple of nights, catching up with Hug and Yvonne who are at Wyndham resort. A bit more lounging around the pool and some rugby watching. Head back to Muscat on Monday to get my stiches out - Yay!!! It will be good to get back in the water.
Back at Muskett Cove after sailing down from the Blue Lagoon via a stop in at Denarau to catch up with friends staying on land. Also a quick trip into the Nadi market on the $1.00 bus to top up with vegs & fruit.
After finding some Manteray's we carried on up to the Blue Lagoon looking for some wind. We found lots of wind up here and went Kite surfing for a couple of hours. Now heading for a couple of beers at the bar which will finish the day perfectly.
We have spent a few lovely days at Musket Cove with our friends Mark and Deb, who are now back in Auckland. After they left the wind died, so no more kite boarding, but we did spend a couple of fabulous days out at Namotu Island. We got up at the crack of dawn to go surfing with just a couple of surfers out with us - magic! Two hours of fun before the crowds arrived. Now we are off to the Yasawa Islands with "Moonfish" to swim with the Manterays and hopefully get a bit of wind further up at Blue Lagoon.
Made it to Musket Cove after a stop at Denarau for shopping at the market in Nadi & to pick friends Mark & Deb who had made there way down from Wananavu Resort. A brief Kitesurf on arrival & now for a game of golf.
Just arrived at Saweni Bay from Wananavu where our friends, Mark and Deb have been staying in a resort. While we were there on Friday, Warwick took Mark fishing for the afternoon while Deb and I sat by the pool. That night we went for a lovely dinner at the resort, followed by great rugby - watching the Blues whip the Warratahs. The next day we picked them up and took them to our Kite Boarding spot - where we had a couple of hours of great kite surfing "together" (which was very cool). Now we are heading to Denarau where we will pick them up and have them on board for a few days around the Mamanuca Group (Mukat Cove).
Anchored at Nananau-I-Thake Island which is on the Northern tip of Viti Levu ( Fiji's main Island) Hope to get some Kitesurfing & Windsurfing in the next week or so, but the weather doesn't seem to be going to play ball (no wind) May have to resort to the Paddleboards.
After a great sailing day (18-23knts), we stopped on the west side Naigani Is for a peaceful night. Will carry on up to Vollivolli Point area today, only about 30 miles from here so the Kite Boards & windsurfing gear sould get a hammering later today. On our sail yesterday we came past Namena Is, the island looked flattened with the wharf & building by the water gone & the rest of the resort in tatters. The vegetation on the island was looking a little flattened also, which was sad as the bird life last year when we stayed was amazing. Makogai also looked a little flattened from a distance. Cyclone Winstone made an ugly inpact on this part of Fiji.
Leaving Savusavu for Volli Volli Point area for some kite surfing and wind surfing. We may spend the night in Makogai depending on how far we get. We had planned to do that yesterday, but we had a bit of s hiccup with our alternator not working. A quick fix with Warwick and Mike from Moonfish sorting it out, we decided to stay another night in Savusavu, which wasn't that bad. A bit of windsurfing and then a beer at Waitui Marina to say goodbye to Jolene who runs it there - She is a fabulous lady. After that we had drinks with Don and Charlie's on Caro Vita. Sasha and I helped Don make pizza (his secret scone recipe) for the six of us - yum!! Now we are ready for a nice day sailing with 16kn easterlies.
Spent Thursday motoring in the showers up to Viani Bay trying to catch dinner, failed yet again but so did a couple of over boats so we aren't the only worlds worst fisher people. Had a beer or two on Caro Vita last night with the six on board.
We arrived into Savusavu about 5.30am this morning after a very confused night of weather - anything from 27kn - 0kn from SE to NW. Now both Moonfish and ourselves are drifting just outside the marina waiting for Savusavu to wake up and then we can check in. It is nice to be here safe and sound.
We have had a bit of everything weather wise - winds from all directions sometimes strong and sometimes not, sunshine and showers. We should arrive into Savusavu early Monday morning everything going well. Looking forward to a normal nights sleep and a walk around somewhere other than the boat. Not complaining tho...
After mentioning that we had great NE winds last report, it changed back straight away to E and slowly diminished. So East winds behind us seems to be standard this trip and last night was pretty light. Apart from negotiating a couple of fishing boats, nothing terribly exciting happened. One more night and we will be in Savusavu - yay!
A good days sailing, with the wind mainly from the East (up our date) and sloppy sea. The wind has recently changed direction and we are cruising nicely with 20-24kn winds from NE. Moonfish is just in front of us within view. May the winds continue.
A nice fairwell from Tonga with a pod of dolphins playing up for us on the way out of the harbour. Good night of sailing with 17-20kn Easterlies. Sloppy seas to begin with made sleeping hard work, but I'm sure we will get into the swing of it tonight.
Leaving Vava'u today 3.00pm for Savusavu (Fiji). We expect to arrive sometime Monday morning. We have had a fabulous time here and would love to come back next year. We are expecting a light passage with SSE winds 15 knots approx.
Back in Neiafu to watch the rugby last night which doubled up as a rest from the Kitesurfing as we have had four days in a row. Market on Monday morning for a top up on the vegs & fruit then out for the last few days in Tonga. We have to leave by Thursday or renew our visas so looking forward to the passage to Fiji. We have now sorted out our Sat phone email system with a little help from Sasha from Moonfish so should keep our updates more updated.
After all the rain, we went up to Pangaimotu for a couple of days, waiting for some wind. We paddle boarded and snorkelled the Japanese Garden, which was very pretty. We motored up to Kenutu Island and went out early this morning for a kite board, which was very cool. Now we are just chilling after some lunch and feeling pretty tired.
We are sitting in a little bay at Pangaimotu Is which is a lovely spot apart for the forth day of heavy rain. The first couple of days of rain we were in town to watch the All Blacks & to go to the market which went to plan but after a couple more days of rain we are starting to feel like a little bit of cabin fever is setting in. Hoping for a little bit of wind this week for some more kitesurfing back at Kenutu Is.
Two nights at Kenutu Is. with two days of Kite Surfing at a Sand Cay approx 1 mile away. Went for a walk on Kenutu Is. earlier to the German chair which is a structure made out of Bamboo type material, not bad as it was here two years ago. It looks east from the top of a cliff onto open ocean. A warn out crew tonight but all worth it.
We have been at Port Maurelle for the past two days doing lots of activities. The water is pristine, so we have done lots of snorkelling. The second day we snorkelled Swallows Cave and then Wok, Mike and I went for a dive and saw bundles of pretty fish and a lion fish - pretty but lethel. Yesterday, Sasha wasn't feeling so good, so just the three of us went for a kite on a sandy bar around the corner from where we are anchored. Mike showed us up, but we all had some runs and it was alot of fun. We are heading off to Kenutu Island where there is a big blow hole and supposedly really good Kite surfing there. There is some good wind now, so cant wait!!
Big night out on the town last night - lots of dancing with the locals. Feeling a little slower this morning, but still managed to get to the market in the rain. We are off adventuring today, maybe dive/snorkell into some caves. The forecast has lots of wind in the next few days, so some kiting and windsurfing might just come into play - yay!!!
We had a great sail into the first Islands of Vava'u where we waited for Moonfish to arrive and made another brew of beer. When we arrived, we all went into Neiafu township and visited Lawrence and Bentley (the labrador) at the Bounty Bar for a couple of beers - a great catch up (especially with Bently). We met some kiwis and ate Pizza at the Pizza Restaurant above the Mango Bar. Loving this place all over again!!
We've had a great couple of days at Ha'ano Island - northern part of the Ha'apai group. Four of us surfing on the reef with the small surf was great fun, followed by some snorkelling and then Mahimahi Thai curry for dinner on Fusio for everyone last night. We got up at 5.30am and have now left for Vava'u. Good sailing 12-18kn Easteries (beam on) and we have just spotted a whale behind us - so cool!
We are still at Uoleva with beautiful calm weather, but intend to head to Vava'u this evening after checking out in Pangi - (hoping the diesel pump works today). The wind is meant to hit us by the end of the week, so we are all hanging out to do some kite boarding / wind surfing when we get there.
We are loving being here in the heat of Tonga. The first night, we along with Mike, Sasha and Mel off Moonfish went into the Ha'apai Beach Resort for drinks and dinner, which was lots of fun. The next day we moved up to Uoleva and havent moved since. We have been doing lots of paddle boarding, snorkelling and walking. Drinks on Fusio the first night and then last night we went into a little Resort and had some beers, then all had dinner together on Moonfish and watched some stand up comedy - lots of laughs. Hope everyone is all good in beautiful NZ.
We are just leaving Pangi, after a nice paddleboard this morning with Mike & Sasha. Still hoping for some wind to do some kiteboarding. We had a fun day yesterday in town saying goodbye to Malcolm (crew off Moonfish). The party started at lunch time and continued into the evening on Fusio. We still cant get diesel as the pump is broken. Hopefully we will get some before leaving for Vava'u in the next day or so.
We had a great sail into Tonga and have just checked in at Pangi Port. We have been for a well deserved swim and now going for a beer at the Ha'apai Beach Resort with Moonfish - I'm sure it will be a quiet one.
A good last night, even tho the motor was running throughout. Pretty well no wind, with big 4 mtr SW swells pushed us along, now down to 2 mtrs. We should reach Pangi (Ha'apai Group) sometime after lunch.
With very little wind, variable 5kn and a 4 mtr SW & 1 mtr S swell, its been a rocky old day - a tad frustrating having to motor all day, but only one more night shift makes it ok. Both good on board.
With very little wind, variable 5kn and a 4 mtr SW & 1 mtr S swell, its been a rocky old day - a tad frustrating having to motor all day, but only one more night shift makes it ok. Both good on board.
We sailed until just after midnight until the wind started dying. Now its variable 4-8kn with a 1m SW swell. Neither of us slept that well, but we can always snooze during the day. One more night and we should be there - Yay!
We sailed until just after midnight until the wind started dying. Now its variable 4-8kn with a 1m SW swell. Neither of us slept that well, but we can always snooze during the day. One more night and we should be there - Yay!
Great days sailing with 15-20kn SSW. We hit 13.7kn surfing at one stage. Nice sunny skies. Fresh bread for lunch and mexican for dinner. Not much else to think about apart from Moonfish just behind us....
We are just leaving North Minerva Reef - heading for Tonga with about 15 - 20 knots SW. We've had a really cool time here. Last night there was 12 of us for dinner on Moonfish. We got given some yellow fin tuna from a passsing Catamaran that fed everyone. Yum.
We spent the night in North Minerva after a fun day yesterday swimming with the sharks just outside the entrance of the reef. There was a sundowner party on a big cat called Domino where all 24 boats were invited. It was great to catch up with people and meet new people - not alot of moving room tho. Moonfish and us ended up on Kiapa for dinner - all in all - a great evening.
We are currently anchored at South Minerva Reef, after a lovely day of snorkelling and relaxing in the sun. We spent the evening on Moonfish and are ready for a good nights FULL sleep.
Another motor sail night until about 0100hrs when we got a bit of sail 12-15kn Easterlies. Motoring now tho doing 7 kn. Only a couple of hours to go and we will be in South Minerva for a snorkel with with our friends from Moonfish who are just a couple of miles ahead and then later we will go into North Minerva for a party. It looks like another sunny day ahead.
Beautiful day with Clear skies SE 8-12kn. Had a gennaker run for a while, but lots of motoring at about 7 knots. One more night and we will be at Minerva.
We sailed until midnight with a 10-15 SW wind. Now we are motoring at 6.5kn with a 4-5kn W/NW wind. At least with the motor going, it makes it easier for the person sleeping. It looks like another beautiful sunny day ahead. Both good.
Great day sailing in light southerlies 10-15kn, with sails wing on wing. We saw a whale today that cruised near us, blowing his top. He was lying on the surface (maybe sleeping). We had Mahimahi Curry tonight - yum! Such a good day and we are in contact now with 3 other boats nearby.
Uneventful night of motor sailing with light 10kn Southerlies and half mtr SW swell. Probably another two nights before we get to Minerva Reef. Hoping for some of that wind to funnel through from NZ.
Mahimahi for dinner yay! Wok caught a 1.200 mtr fish, so it might even be a BBQ with the amount of wind we dont have. A nice sunny day, with 3-6knots from the east. A SW 2m swell and NE half meter swell made it hard work sailing, so the motor is getting a workout. Both of us are well.
A lot of motor sailing with between 6-10kn E - NE winds. We had a couple of hours of very light sailing, but the motor is back on now travelling avg 7kn. Both of us are good and getting into the swing of 3 hourly shifts. There is just one boat now in range a little further behind.
Lack of wind today E to NE wind, 6-8kn, so lots of motor sailing. Nice weather tho with 1-2m SW swells. We caught up with Moonfish this morning and took some photos for them, then waved goodbye. That could change any time tho.
We had a nice gentle sail doing 6-8kn with a West wind of about 10-15kn, then about midnight we started motor sailing. Now doing 7kn with 3 boats nearby. A good night, especially first night passage meal - lamb shanks and roast veges in the oven- not bad! Hopefully try some trolling today - fish for dinner?
Lovely sailing now after motor sailing out of the bay for an hour or so. Smooth seas and clear skies. It is so nice to be finally on the move.
Today is the day we leave for Minerva Reef along with Moonfish and many other boats. It should be a very light passage with a fair bit of motoring to start. Looking forward to going now that it's getting colder. We will miss all our friends in NZ tho.
On Saturday we left Tutukaka and motored up the coast to Whangamumu and spent the night there. We had a fabulous bush/coastal walk there before sailing (for a change) into the bay of islands and anchored at Urupukapuka Island. There is no immediate weather window for leaving NZ - so lucky for us we aren't in a hurry.
The intention was to leave Whangarei on Wednesday, but we ended up staying in Urquharts Bay and spending time with friends that live there . It's such a pretty place with some amazing walks. Certainly worth spending a couple of days there, especially getting fresh muffins for morning tea from Jen after a hard walk. We made a move Friday avo hoping for a light sail, but instead motored to Tutakaka. Mosh well, we made water and got the washing done - fabulous! Only a hop skip and jump away from the Bay of Islands.
We have spent the last two nights at Marsden Cove Marina. The first night, Lionel and Irene kindly drove us into Whangarei where we all met up with Sel Citron and Citrus Tart for dinner, combined with birthday celebrations for Irene. Last night we caught up with our friends Mike and Trudy who live at Ruakaka for dinner. It's great spending time with friends!! Now we will slowly travel up the coast to the Bay Of Islands. The weather doesn't look favourable for offshore passage in the next week, so we can enjoy this wonderful weather and having fun in NZ a little longer 😝
Left Kawau and headed to Leigh where we spent a lovely evening with Kiapa and celebrated Irene's birthday. Heading off together in the morning to Whangarei.
We spent the night at Kawau with Wally, Celia, Julie and others on "Udder Life". We may be waiting a few days to head north due to unfavourable northerly winds. No rush - just enjoying spending time on the boat.
Presently at Gulf Harbour, preparing to leave Sunday 1st to head up to Opua, where we will be waiting for a good weather window to head to Minerva / Tonga / Fiji.
Back at Gulf Harbour after a fantastic season in the Islands. Nice to be back, but it could get a tad warmer.
1730hrs arrived into Opua Marina safe and sound. Calm trip in with 10knot NW winds. Good to be on land - for a moment. Thanks to David and Patricia and Mike for the wonderful web site and looking over us during passage. Much appreciated.
A better day motor sailing at 7 knots with 8 - 14 knots of southerly winds, with 2 meter SE swell. COG 132m. Nice sunny day and hoping this is our last night of sailing, hoping to get into Opua tomorrow avo.
A better night for sleeping, but sill motor sailing with 8 knot SE, travelling at 6 knots. COG 133m. Swell of 1.5 meter Sth. Partly cloudy skies and VERY cold. Thermals and winter woollies are on permanently now. Goodbye tropics!
Motor Sailing at 6 knots with SE winds 10 knots. 2-3 metre Sth swell and 1 metre E swell. COG 116m. Partly cloudy skies and cold. Another day of pounding into the sea, but slowly calming down late this avo and not so sloppy. Both good on board.
12-15 SSE Winds and motoring at 4.00 knots into it, so not that comfortable. COG 175m. 3 mtr SE swells and cloudy skies. Both OK but a tad tired - a few days to go yet.
15 - 20 SSE winds and travelling at 5 knots. 2-3 metre SE swells. COG 156. Horrible day of sailing, cold and rainy, with the wind pushing us towards Aussie. Hoping for some sunshine and Southerlie winds to push us back to NZ. This could be a long journey!
Still motoring with 3 knots of wind SE, glassy seas, travelling at 6 knots. Fine with some high cloud. COG 128m. Both cruising along, would love some wind in our sails.
Lots of motoring with 4 kn SE travelling at 6 kn. 1 mtr swell SE. Beautiful sunny skies. COG 134 m. Pretty uneventful evening, with only one ship sighting so far.
Its been a day of motor sailing, travelling at 6 knots, with wind 10knots SE, Swell of 1 mtr SE and sunny skies. COG 132 m. Cruisy day sitting in the sun eating home made pizza. Not roughing it too much.
Started motoring at 11.30 last night and currently motor sailing at 6 knots with 6 knots SE. 1 mtr Southerlie swell. A little bit of high cloud. COG 140 M We had an influx of flying fish bombarding our boat last night, so had to do a bit of a clean up this morning - not big enough for breaky.
depart New Cal 6am this morning with a good breeze, currently travelling 6 kn with 10kn SE. Swell 1 mtr SE. COG 175 and sunny skies. Both of us ready for a few days of limited sleep.
Had a great early morning along with lots of other Kiwis and Aussies at the local bar watching the All Blacks win and the locals beating each other up. Currently at Baie de Citron, but heading out to Ilot Maitre today where we will prepare to depart first thing Monday, fingers crossed. We have loved every minute of New Caledonia and intend to come back soon.
At Ilot de Legenere, just nth/west of Noumea. Weather fine with light winds
Sitting in Baie Maa about 7 miles nth of Noumea.
Baie de Citron
Baie De Citron for the night after some shopping in Noumea
Sailed up to llot Maitre for a windsurf with a heap of kite boarders & other windsurfers
Sailed up to Baie de Prony on main land New Cal, very nice place apart for the rain &wind today
At Baie de Kuto with 20 other boats, some local but most from off shore
Sailed from Ouvea to Isle de Pins overnight with Sth westerlies which was fine until they built up to over 20 knots, great windsurf when we got to anchor.
Back at Ouvea before heading to the Sth lagoon & Noumea
Currently at Ile Beautemps-Beaupre, which is a little lagoon in the middle of nowhere and no internet. Saw a humpback whale last night and followed it in our dingy. It was flapping its fins around in the water - spectacular! We had 5 great days with our friends Kirsty and Geoff who we have just said goodbye to. All good in New Cal so far.
Currently at Ouvea and enjoying the beautiful white beaches and clear Aqua water. Not in a rush to leave as the windsurfing is very good.
We made it at 1450hrs Sunday. A good trip with an equal amount of sailing and motoring. Early hours of this morning we hit a wave that was full of oil, which distributed itself all over the front of our boat and gennaker. A bit of clean up on passage with lots of hot soapy water. Not much fun up on the bow. Tx to that ship that pumped out its bilge. Oh well, good to be hear.
No wind and glassy seas, which allows you to see lots of flying fish, but no fish on the hook today. Course 240m Speed 6.5knots with 2-3knots of wind. Beautiful sunny still day - great for a launch.
Another fabulous sunny day, which started with enough wind 8-12 knots to put the gennaker up, but later the wind died and motoring.
Course 242 Speed 6.5knots. Dolphins kept us company for a wee while which was a treat. Both fit and healthy.
Great day sailing with between 12-16knot SE winds. Course 250m Speed 7 knots. Sunny skies and smooth seas. We had a bonus fish, which Warwick claims is a black marlin. Yum, we can finally fill our freezer.
Departed Vuda Marina at 1300hrs, heading for New Caledonia Course 240m Speed 7.4 knots with 11 knots southerlie winds. Blue skies and beautiful conditions.
At Denarau and heading to Vuda Marina today to check out of Fiji and heading for New Caledonia.
Currently at Denarau, refuelling and stocking up for passage to New Caledonia, departing Wednesday 2nd Sept
Heading Musket to catch up with Paul & Helen from Sweet Disorder
A couple of nights at Blue Lagoon
Yasawa Is. Not a boat or person in site,fine weather light wind, what else can you ask for
Currently at Muskat Cove after spending some time with friends in Denarau
Left Muskat Cove a couple of days ago to meet a couple of friends up at Blue Lagoon.
Looking forward to spending a few days with them, hope the wind drops a little.
Left Nanau-I-Ra on Wednesday and spent a night at Sawene Bay, just south of Lautoka. We are now at Muskat Cove and intend to be in Denarau today to pick up friends for a few days.
We have been in Nanau-I-Thake for the past week, playing on the windsurfers. We intend to stay for another week. Having lots of fun.
After a long day to get cleared by customs 4.30 avo and lots of drama getting a cruising permit, we are now off to Namina Island for lots of beautiful diving and a perfect few days for it - Yay!
Arrived into Savusavu 20/5 0130hrs, where we hooked up to the quarantine mooring. The drive unit for the auto pilot (the one thing that wasnt replaced) clapped out, so we were hand steering into Savusavu. Its been an adventure with a few challenges, but we made it. Tx to all those that have followed our progress. As we move around the Islands, we will be updating our position from time to time. Tx David and Patricia for the weather updates - much appreciated.
Lots of land to be seen and not far from Savusavu. Its been a mixed bag today, ranging from 12 - 30knots from South through to North East winds. Hard to know what sails to use really. Should arrive just after midnight. Looking forward to going to bed without lots of movement.
Another long night of 20-25 SE winds, right behind us - lots of rocking and rolling making it hard to sleep. Making ok distance tho travelling about 7.5 knots. Looking forward to the home run much later tonight, maybe early hours of the morning.