Fusio

Thu Aug 29 17:06 2019 NZST
Speed:
7.8kn
knts
GPS: 21 53.179s 167 19.120e
Run: 88.4nm (160km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 208nm
Weather: Cloudy but no rain

we have had a good day sailing and will be approaching the Havanna Pass about 2000hrs. It has been a pleasant day, passing little deserted islands in the Loyalty Group along the way. We should get a better sleep tonight. Looking forward to getting to Noumea.


Thu Aug 29 6:54 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.7kn
knts
GPS: 20 39.133s 167 40.801e
Run: 118.7nm (214.8km)
Avg: 8.6knts
24hr: 206.4nm
Weather: Cloudy but no rain

A bumpy old night, but the sea has calmed down a lot and much smoother with a half knot e swell. Overnight the wind was up over 20kn, but now it is about 13kn E. We had a full main, and just the stay sail, but when Wok wakes up we will put up the Genoa sail if the wind stays like this.


Wed Aug 28 17:06 2019 NZST
Speed:
7.5kn
knts
GPS: 18 58.310s 168 03.555e
Run: 72.6nm (131.4km)
Avg: 8.6knts
24hr: 206.2nm
Weather: nice sunny day with no rain.

A good day sailing, but slightly on the nose. The sea a little sloppy, but all in all reasonable progress. We haven?t seen anything exciting, except lots of sea. Hopefully we will have an uneventful evening.


Wed Aug 28 8:39 2019 NZST
Speed:
8.5kn
knts
GPS: 17 56.093s 168 14.375e
Run: 30.5nm (55.2km)
Weather: nice sunny day with no rain.

we have had a fabulous time in Vanuatu, but are now heading to New Caledonia. We have 18-20kn e winds, with a very sloppy sea. We have a 2 m swell. Hopefully it all settles down soon. Hopefully be in Noumea in a couple of days.


Thu Aug 22 17:18 2019 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 17 31.143s 168 23.775e
Run: 14.9nm (27km)
Weather: nice sunny day with no rain.

We stayed a night in Port Villa and caught up with our buddies off Gallivanta and Beserker for dinner. Got some more supplies the next day and headed to Mele Bay for the night then today had a nice sail up to Kakula Island and met up with Tom and Lynn from Roxanne. This spot is awesome, not only beautiful, but perfect for kite boarding. Looking forward to spending the next few days here. It is a private island though and we got permission to stay here.


Mon Aug 19 21:48 2019 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 17 41.623s 168 15.885e
Run: 76.1nm (137.7km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 66.8nm
Weather: nice sunny day with no rain.

This morning we got up at 5.00am and sailed out of EPI under full moonlight. It started out very glassy, but as we left the Leigh of the land, it got windy and pretty boisterous as we sailed south. A good sail and arrived 1500hrs at Havannah Harbour, but we got told we couldn?t stay because they were trying to eradicate coconut beetle. We up anchored and headed for Mele Bay which is where we are now. Heading for Vila tomorrow to stock up on fresh veges And catch up with our friend Stu Clark.


Sun Aug 18 18:27 2019 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 16 35.795s 168 09.764e
Run: 21.9nm (39.6km)
Weather: Beautiful day and evening with 50% cloud cover

This morning we left Malekula and headed for EPI on a SE wind. Not a bad sail, a little on the nose but we arrived by lunch time. After lunch we went for a gorgeous snorkel, colourful coral and lots of fish, moray eels and turtles. The Dolphins played in the bay most of the afternoon and we watched them while drinking gin and tonic and eating a bag of chips.


Tue Aug 13 21:18 2019 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 16 32.436s 167 50.270e
Run: 4.5nm (8.1km)
Weather: Beautiful day and evening with the wind arriving around lunchtime.

In the morning we got up and headed to Uliveo Island with a sand cay right next to it. After lunch the wind came up and we went for a kite on the sand cay. Fantastic spot, but the anchorage is a little rocky at night tide.


Mon Aug 12 22:30 2019 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 16 32.053s 167 46.182e
Run: 11.9nm (21.5km)
Weather: Beautiful day and evening

We arrived at Awei Island about lunch time, which is part of the Maskel Yne Island Group. We talked to several locals who came up to us in their dug out, outriggers and gave away a few gifts for the kids. We are heading out tomorrow to some of the other island in this region, hoping to find a spot where we can go kite boarding. The wind is up after tomorrow.


Mon Aug 12 17:12 2019 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 16 30.843s 167 35.519e
Run: 10.3nm (18.6km)
Weather: Cloudy and bit drizzly at times.

We spent the night tucked behind Lanur Island, which was a gorgeous spot. We spent lots of time in the water swimming and snorkeling - great coral. We left this morning heading for the Maskel Yne Islands.


Sat Aug 10 18:06 2019 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 16 28.994s 167 26.406e
Run: 38nm (68.8km)
Weather: Cloudy and bit drizzly at times.

We have spent the last couple of days at South East Bay with a couple of other boaties, Indigo and Beserker. We had drinks on our boat last night which was nice. We paddle boarded up the river mouth to a big lagoon which housed quite a few villages. A snorkel today was eventful with a 5 foot black tip reef shark showing far too much interest in me (Lanie) as I was swimming from the reef to our boat. He approached me twice and got within 3-4 feet of me. Back on the boat, we had a nice display of a pod of dolphins jumping out of the water chasing fish. Tomorrow we head south.


Thu Aug 8 11:24 2019 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 15 59.500s 167 10.940e
Run: 31.6nm (57.2km)
Weather: sunny day with a little cloud

We spent the night at Malua Bay, Malakula which was a great anchorage and in the morning went into the village to give away some gifts. We walked up to the fresh water hole, had a quick dip and then before we left we went for a long snorkel and saw what looked like fire flies in the water. As we got closer to the rocks, we saw heaps of Eagle Rays that stayed around us for ages - so awesome!! Now we are heading south to discover another bay.


Wed Aug 7 18:24 2019 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 15 32.046s 167 11.000e
Run: 181.9nm (329.2km)
Weather: Cloudy and drizzly at times.

We left Port Villa 12 days ago with Nick and Kirsty on aboard and made our way slowly up the islands stopping at Port Havannah, EPI, where we had a cool snorkel and walk on the beach at Lameh Bay. From there we headed to Malekula Island spending a night in Port Sandwhich, which was gorgeous and then a night in port Stanley. On the 30th July we made it to Santo, spent a nice last day with Nick and Kirsty and they left on the 1st. We did a couple of nice dives, the second being the President Coolidge. Very cool! We spent a few days discovering Santo and Aore Island before making our way back South.


Thu Jul 11 6:42 2019 NZST
Speed:
7.7kn
knts
GPS: 17 52.017s 168 27.304e
Run: 134.1nm (242.7km)
Avg: 9.1knts
24hr: 218.2nm
Weather: fine, a few clouds and 13kn ESE

Another great night of sailing and we saw land about 0430hrs. We have had between 12 - 18kn SE winds during the night with slight seas. We have another couple of hours before we reach Port Villa. Nice to have another passage under our belt without using too much fuel. Glad to be here.


Wed Jul 10 15:57 2019 NZST
Speed:
8.7kn
knts
GPS: 17 53.014s 170 29.6467e
Run: 91.7nm (166km)
Avg: 9.8knts
24hr: 234.1nm
Weather: fine, a few clouds and 20kn SE

A great day of sailing making really good ground, so we should be in Vanuatu early morning. The sea state is about 2m swell and averaging 20 knots of SE wind. One more night at sea and looking forward to catching up with Rob and Carolyn Port when we get there and a big bunch friends arriving on Saturday. Party time!!


Wed Jul 10 6:33 2019 NZST
Speed:
8.7kn
knts
GPS: 17 54.184s 171 53.247e
Run: 210.5nm (381km)
Avg: 14.7knts
24hr: 352.1nm
Weather: fine, a few clouds and 23kn SE

Initially we had about 12kn well aft of beam, which was horrible in 3 m swells, really rolly and banging sails, but about 1800hrs the wind came up strong SE 20-24kn and we have had that ever since - fantastic sailing. Both slept a bit better last night. Hopefully the wind will keep blowing today and we will be in Vanuatu tomorrow all going well.


Tue Jul 9 16:12 2019 NZST
Speed:
7.5kn
knts
GPS: 17 55.595s 173 49.322e
Run: 83.3nm (150.8km)
Avg: 8.5knts
24hr: 203nm
Weather: fine, a few clouds and 13kn ESE

We have had a good day sailing although the 3 m swell makes Fusio a bit rock and rolly. We have between 10 to 15kn ESE, but it would nice to have a bit more wind. Wok caught a Mahimahi but threw him back because we felt sorry for him. He swam away greatfully.


Tue Jul 9 16:12 2019 NZST
Speed:
7.5kn
knts
GPS: 17 53.664s 175 05.272e
Run: 83.3nm (150.8km)
Weather: fine, a few clouds and 17kn SE

We have had a good day sailing although the 3 m swell makes Fusio a bit rock and rolly. We have between 10 to 15kn ESE, but it would nice to have a bit more wind. Wok caught a Mahimahi but threw him back because we felt sorry for him. He swam away greatfully.


Tue Jul 9 6:21 2019 NZST
Speed:
7.5kn
knts
GPS: 17 53.664s 175 05.272e
Run: 143.6nm (259.9km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 207.6nm
Weather: fine, a few clouds and 17kn SE

we motored for about 4 hours coming out of Denarau, but then started sailing gently with light SE winds. Through the night the wind varied between 16-20knSE and the sea got a lot more bumpy. So a typical first night of not much sleep, but we have all day to do that and it really is good sailing.


Mon Jul 8 13:45 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.5kn
knts
GPS: 17 48.214s 177 16.072e
Run: 59.8nm (108.2km)
Weather: fine with no wind

We have checked out of Port Denarau, Fiji and now heading for Vanuatu. Looking forward to a nice easy passage, cross fingers. Loved our time in Fiji, especially Blue Lagoon where we had some awesome kiting. Going to miss our friends here, but looking forward to catching up with a whole bunch of new ones - looking forward


Sat May 18 8:01 2019 NZST
GPS: 16 56.597s 177 22.067e
Run: 80.3nm (145.3km)

Made our way up to the Blue Lagoon with Rhum Coco and arrived on Friday. Went for a kite Friday afternoon which was breezy to say the least, then a couple of beers at the bar to watch the sunset.

Not as wind today as yet but things can change up here.


Wed May 8 16:12 2019 NZST
Speed:
8.5kn
knts
GPS: 18 05.544s 177 11.551e
Run: 95.2nm (172.3km)
Avg: 9.9knts
24hr: 238nm
Weather: fine and cloudy with 22kn E winds, 3 meter swell

we can finally see land and heading toward the reef where it will be a lot calmer. We have 9 miles to the pass and a couple of hours motoring into Denarau. We are too late for check in, but have organised and 8.00am check in tomorrow. We will organise ourselves and have a quiet motion free night. Thanks for following us on our passage to Fiji - it?s been a great ride.


Wed May 8 6:36 2019 NZST
Speed:
9.0. kn
knts
GPS: 19 28.162s 177 12.767e
Run: 134.1nm (242.7km)
Avg: 9.2knts
24hr: 221.2nm
Weather: fine and cloudy with 22kn E winds, 1 meter swell

Another great night of sailing and making good ground (sea) with more trade winds. Looking forward to seeing a bit of land for a change and not having to brace oneself. Can?t complain though, the wind has really turned it on for us this passage, it?s been fabulous. We will save on the diesel.


Tue May 7 16:03 2019 NZST
Speed:
8.0. kn
knts
GPS: 21 24.422s 177 06.164e
Run: 84.5nm (152.9km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 211.2nm
Weather: fine and cloudy with 21kn E winds

What can I say, same old same old. Still sailing with 21kn E winds, big swells and cruising at similar speeds with stay sail and main sail. We will probably put a furl in the main tonight, but other than that, food is the most exciting thing at the moment. We hope to be in Denarau about 2200hrs tomorrow night. Looking forward to that.


Tue May 7 6:27 2019 NZST
Speed:
8.0. kn
knts
GPS: 22 37.208s 176 56.445e
Run: 120.1nm (217.4km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 200.9nm
Weather: fine and cloudy with 25kn E winds, squally

Another full on night of trade wind sailing, but we?re getting used to all the noise and movement, so both of us sleeping well, but not needing any blankets - getting warmer. Still no sign of any boats nearby. Rhum Cocoa are well in front in these conditions, (beam on strong wind). Yesterday they were 20 miles ahead, but I?m sure they have made some ground over night.


Mon May 6 16:06 2019 NZST
Speed:
8.0. kn
knts
GPS: 24 20.803s 176 43.961e
Run: 83.9nm (151.9km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 210.8nm
Weather: fine and cloudy with 22kn E winds

Another boisterous day of trade wind sailing (right on the beam) with up to 3 meter swells. We?ve had between 18-28kn of E wind with just our stay sail and a Reef in the main sail. It is meant to stay like this all night, so a bit of bouncing around, but we are making good headway.


Mon May 6 6:33 2019 NZST
Speed:
7.5kn
knts
GPS: 25 33.310s 176 36.193e
Run: 126.7nm (229.3km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 209nm
Weather: fine and cloudy with 19kn E winds

A good night of constant wind, approx 20kn ENE wind. Still no boats seen on the horizon and as it?s so black at night with no moon, we certainly would have seen a light if there was one. Looking forward to another day of pure sailing.


Sun May 5 16:00 2019 NZST
Speed:
8.0kn
knts
GPS: 27 21.476s 176 14.056e
Run: 82.6nm (149.5km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 210.9nm
Weather: fine with 20kn E winds

A good sailing day with lots of E wind, at the moment 20kn. We still are sailing with the Stay sail rather than Genoa and intend to Reef the main again tonight. Forgot to mention we saw a whale yesterday, which appeared to be heading south. We still haven?t seen another cruising boat yet, so maybe tonight. Fingers crossed for a steady night of sailing. We are about Half way to Fiji. Still chilly at night, but that should change in the next few days. Bring on the warmth.


Sun May 5 6:36 2019 NZST
Speed:
7.5kn
knts
GPS: 28 29.547s 175 48.664e
Run: 115.2nm (208.5km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 190nm
Weather: squally with lots of cloud and occasional rain.

We weren?t expecting last nights weather with lots of squalls and changeable winds up to 30kn. We reefed the main and changed the position of our stay sail a few times. Not the best night sleep, but I?m sure we will make up for it today in between squalls.


Sat May 4 16:03 2019 NZST
Speed:
8.5kn
knts
GPS: 30 07.533s 175 25.736e
Run: 83.3nm (150.8km)
Avg: 9knts
24hr: 216.1nm
Weather: Fine

A great day of sailing with the trade winds doing their job with nice 19kn E winds. We haven?t seen any boats out here, just Swallows trying to land on our solar panels, playing Russian Roulette with our wind generator. Looking forward to another good night of sailing.


Sat May 4 6:48 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.5kn
knts
GPS: 31 18.403s 175 08.976e
Run: 115.5nm (209.1km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.9nm
Weather: Fine

We motored until 0100hrs and then the wind kicked in and now we are sailing, hopefully for the rest of our passage. A gentle 11kn E breeze means nice side on sailing. This is a what it?s all about - cruising. (And it is slowly warming up) .


Fri May 3 16:03 2019 NZST
Speed:
7.0kn
knts
GPS: 32 57.406s 174 50.262e
Run: 61.6nm (111.5km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 186nm
Weather: Fine

A day of motoring due to a lack of wind. Looking forward to some Light SE winds to kick in tonight snd slowly build over the next few days. The seas are slowly settling down, so hopefully that is also the pattern for the next few days.


Fri May 3 8:06 2019 NZST
Speed:
7.0kn
knts
GPS: 33 49.556s 174 36.052e
Run: 139.2nm (252km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.1nm
Weather: Fine, but cloudy 11kn S winds

We sailed all through the night just with the main sail, travelling about 6.8kn average with 15kn S winds. Have just started motoring through lack of wind and expect it will be like this for the majority if the day. No cruising boats in sight, but a couple of ships passed by during the night. Nice to see Albatross circling our boat once again.


Thu May 2 12:48 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.7kn
knts
GPS: 35 50.283s 174 30.659e
Run: 77.8nm (140.8km)
Weather: Fine 18kn S winds

We are leaving Marsden Cove Marina and heading for Fiji. The weather looks good with 18kn southerly winds. Hopefully not too much swell. We will be travelling with SV Rhum Cocoa. Relieved that we are on the high seas and heading for some warmth. Have a great winter. Xx


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