Gigi

Gigi

Sat Nov 4 10:24 2017 NZDT
Run: 55.2nm (99.9km)

Arrived Opua 1930 NZT yesterday. On the Q dock waiting for check-in formalities to be completed.

Fri Nov 3 10:27 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.7knts
Run: 118.2nm (213.9km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175.7nm
Weather: 12-15 kts NNE 1m swell from the N, Sun is out with 60% cloud cover.

Sailing along nicely on the home stretch. Have taken the last pre-prepared passage meal from the freezer for lunch so will only have a few left over vegies that will be confiscated on check-in.

Thu Nov 2 18:18 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 231.8nm (419.6km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 186.1nm
Weather: 18-22 knts NE, 1 m swell 50% cloud cover.

Been sailing along nicely since yesterday's update. The night sky was clearer and we could see some stars however it was much colder and we needed to wear our thermals. Today has been sunny and we were greeted by a pod of dolphins just after lunch.

Wed Nov 1 12:24 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.1 full head sail and double reefed mainknts
Run: 181.2nm (328km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179nm
Weather: 14-20 kts E, 1.5m swell from the NE with wind waves 95% cloud cover.

Yesterday was quite unpleasant. Gale force winds, big seas and lots of rain. Picture being on an amusement park ride for 9 hours that you can't get off. Your carriage is open, the rain heavy and every so often (when you least expect it) someone throws a bucket of salt water over you. The rain stopped late afternoon and the winds dropped by 5 kts which isn't much but made a huge difference and the seas calmed somewhat. It was great to take off the wet clothes and wrap ourselves in the sleeping bag when we got our 3 hour breaks during the evening. This morning the conditions are more favorable and the crew happier.

Tue Oct 31 12:06 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.0 , sailing with full yanee and heavily reefed main sailknts
Run: 155.5nm (281.5km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185.2nm
Weather: 25-28 knts ENE 3m swell from the NE 100% cloud cover.

This morning marked half way for the passage in nautical miles. We know we are getting closer to New Zealand without looking at the charts as we have put away t-shirts and shorts and are now wearing wind-cheaters and long pants. The wind has been 20-25 kts with gusts of 35 kts and the seas are up again to 3m. A squally overcast start to the day had us harnessed in the cockpit wearing our wet-weather gear with sea spray, the occasional wave and heavy rain giving us a good soak. Visibility was down to about 15 meters at this time although no concern as the boats we are in company with are now quite dispersed.

Mon Oct 30 15:57 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.1knts
Run: 132.6nm (240km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.2nm
Weather: 15-20knts ENE 2m swell from the NE 85% cloud cover.

We motored until 11.15 PM and then sailed at a slow pace until morning. It was nice to hear the rushing of the water along the hull instead of the engine. The night sky was quite clear and it is getting lighter each night as we approach the next full moon. The morning was sunny and we now have consistent winds of 15-20 kts which look like they will stay for the rest of our passage. The seas started a bit confused as the wind increased and the swell at 3 metres made lunch preparation a little challenging but now they have settled. We have full head sail and two reefs in the main making the ride very comfortable. All is well on board and crew are smiling.

Anxiously awaiting your arrival in Opua.
Sun Oct 29 18:54 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.8 under motorknts
Run: 233.7nm (423km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.7nm

The wind came up at noon yesterday and we enjoyed a lovely afternoon of sailing. Put one reef in the main before dark and a second at 10 PM along with a full head sail. Still could see 4 of the other yachts lights for most of the night whilst watching lightning around the horizon in a number of directions. 4.30 AM we took the reefs out and spent a gloomy morning sailing in 100% cloud cover and rain. The wind died at noon but as this coincided with me catching a MahiMahi which had to be landed, prepared and then the cockpit cleaned we rolled around doing less than 3 knots before turning the motor on at 2 PM. Still no wind 4 hours later.

Sat Oct 28 8:00 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.1knts
Run: 127.8nm (231.3km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185.3nm

The northerly winds we had on leaving Vuda died out and we motored until 11 PM when the wind picked up to 13-15kts from the East. Had a great sail until 3.30 AM when the wind died out and we have been motor-sailing since. There were 5 other yachts close around us most of the evening their mast lights clearly visible. Toronui and Celine have been within 10 miles of Gigi since we exited Navula Passage and we spoke to both early in the evening on the radio. A very comfortable first night with both of us getting some good sleep. The sun is burning off the few clouds around and it looks to be a lovely day.

Fri Oct 27 15:27 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.0 under motorknts
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
Weather: 15knts N 1m swell from the N 70% cloud cover.

Cleared customs and immigration with a noon departure from Vuda Marina. Will have an outgoing tide to help us exit Navula Passage during daylight.

Thu Oct 26 12:51 2017 NZDT
Run: 6.4nm (11.6km)

In Vuda Marina. The weather has become much hotter.

Fri Oct 13 9:16 2017 NZDT

Leaving Denarau for Momi Bay today. Great sunset last night

just got a whole swag of updates from yit. Looks like a great place next to all the snazzy resorts. Mozzies have eaten me with a vengeance in Melbourne.
Tue Sep 19 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 6.1nm (11km)

Off Denarau again. Plan is to stay a while so that we may do some varnishing. Cooler here and no mosquitoes.

Thu Aug 17 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 14.2nm (25.7km)

Vuda Marina - will be here for a month as Karen is going to Australia for 2 weeks

Sun Aug 13 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 11.2nm (20.3km)

Musket Cove on a mooring.

Fri Aug 11 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 35.5nm (64.3km)

Anchored outside of Denarau. Will spend 2 nights here to allow a Nadi visit for fresh supplies from the market

Thu Aug 10 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 28.7nm (51.9km)

Anchored off Vatia Beach Resort. Ashore for a cold drink and a walk.

Wed Aug 9 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 10.4nm (18.8km)

Volivoli Point -first time we have taken the dingy ashore as it's usually too windy. Nice Fish & Chips and cold beers for lunch at the resort

Sun Aug 6 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 46nm (83.3km)

Vitu Levu Bay - off Navuniivi Village which we visit each time we come to Fiji. The village was a happening place with rebuilding of homes (only 15 were left from the 72 after Cyclone Winston), repairs to the church and the installation of power poles for electrical connection to the grid.

Fri Aug 4 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 49.1nm (88.9km)

Lovely motor/sail to Makogai. Anchored off Dalice which suffered greatly in Cyclone Winston. There is only a small number of men here rebuilding all the houses that were lost. The women and children are living in Suva. This was once one of our favourite snorkelling spots but the beach is now littered by broken coral from the cyclone.

Thu Aug 3 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)

Anchored off Cousteau's resort to enable an early start tomorrow morning

Thu Jun 22 19:51 2017 NZST
Run: 183.8nm (332.7km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.5nm

Day 8 NZ to Fiji - Arrived safely in Savusavu at 1600 after sailing through the southern islands with gusty conditions. In the morning there was low cloud and drizzle that reduced visibility for a number of hours. At 11.40 we decided to turn on the engine as we wanted to arrive in Savusavu in time for Customs clearance into Fiji. The timing was such that if we didn't burn some diesel we would need to spend the night sailing back and forth outside the pass as it is prohibited to anchor anywhere before customs procedures have been completed. The thought of a full night's sleep won out! Now on a mooring ball in Nakamaa Creek.

Wed Jun 21 16:42 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 192nm (347.5km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 186.2nm
Weather: 15 kts ENE, 0.5 m swell from the NE, Baro 1019.5, 50% cloud cover.

Day 7 NZ to Fiji - The wonderful sailing conditions continue. Enjoyed a clear sky last night with thousands of stars. The only disappointment was not landing the fish on my trolling line this morning. With the Islands of Totoya and Matuku now in view we feel that we are on the home straight.

Tue Jun 20 15:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.0knts
Run: 173.8nm (314.6km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180.6nm
Weather: 18-25 kts NE, 2 m swell from the ENE, Baro 1019, Sunny with 20% cloud cover.

Day 6 NZ to Fiji - Great sailing with full headsail, staysail and double reefed main for the last 24 hours. All well onboard.

Mon Jun 19 16:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 144.9nm (262.3km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.6nm
Weather: 16-20 kts E, 2.5 m swell from the ENE, Baro 1023, 15% cloud cover.

Day 5 NZ to Fiji - Before dark last night we reduced our sails to the staysail and reefed main sail. Whilst this reduces our speed it also reduced the heel of the boat and the frequency of waves into the cockpit. We also hoped that this would eliminate the need for sail changes during the night (this wasn't the case). Due to conditions we decided that using the gas was out of the question so had a dinner of dry crackers and Tim Tams and had the evening meal for today's lunch. Lots of sleeping today as the seas and winds have eased a little. A very sunny warm day good for drying the wet weather gear from last night.

Sun Jun 18 16:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 183.4nm (332km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 169nm
Weather: 20-28 kts ESE, 2 m E swell from the SE, Baro 1025, 75% cloud cover.

Day 4 NZ to Fiji - There are 2 great sounds on a boat. One when the motor turns on and the second when it turns off. Just after 9pm last night we switched the engine off and enjoyed the sound of the water rushing along the hull and the whoosh of the waves breaking alongside. This morning the winds continued to build and the seas have become boisterous and weather squally.

Sat Jun 17 14:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.7knts
Run: 185.6nm (335.9km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.7nm

Day 3 NZ to Fiji - Still motoring but making good progress. Expecting winds to pick up late today.

Fri Jun 16 12:39 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.3knts
Run: 144.5nm (261.5km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.8nm

Day 2 NZ to Fiji - our second 24 hour period has seen the wind drop and seas flatten out. Not enough wind to keep Gigi at a respectable passage speed so we have been motoring. It has made for a comfortable ride to catch up on sleep. It was a cloudy night and although we didn't see the moon there was still plenty of light filtering through and the temperature is not as cold as it has been.

Hi Guys. You probably know this, but per Windy.com it looks like wind will go NE starting after midnight on Monday. Might help to get as much easting in now as it looks like the NE'erlies continue for duration of your trip thereafter. Sail safe. We're leaving Savusavu for Lau on Thursday. Hope to see you if you get in before then. Cheers, John & Leilani
Thu Jun 15 15:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 5 under full main and half furled head sailknts
Run: 182.7nm (330.7km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.7nm
Weather: 15knts SSE 1m swell from the S. Baro 1023.5 80% cloud cover.

Day 1 NZ to Fiji - a light rain shower as we passed Russell. One tack to clear Tikitiki Rock and we were out of the Bay of Islands. The wind was strong from SW and our course being NE meant that Gigi was rolling around all night and we didn't get any sleep so it's catch up today.

Wed Jun 14 10:03 2017 NZST

Take 2 - Cleared Customs this morning and on our way!

Sun Jun 11 15:50 2017 NZST
Run: 40.8nm (73.8km)

Berth G31 in Bay Of Islands Marina, Opua. Our last stop north until we check-out of NZ.

Mon Jun 5 18:40 2017 NZST
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)

In Marsden Cove Marina. After checking out we discovered an electrical fault that has prevented our NZ departure.

Sun Jun 4 8:15 2017 NZST
Run: 57.4nm (103.9km)

Overnight sail from Gulf Harbour blew the cobwebs from Gigi and crew. We threw off the lines at quarter past five in the afternoon after the strong SE winds subsided. Motoring out of the Marina we were greeted with a lovely pink sunset which I deemed a a good omen for the passage as they say "Red sky at night is a sailors delight". Conditions were favourable with wind from the rear quarter, slight seas and a bright moon until about 2:30 am. Lovely except that it was really cold - thermals, three top layers, beanies and gloves. We sailed until we passed the first channel markers and anchored outside of Marsden Cove marina at 4:30 for a few hours sleep before our 10 am Customs clearance from New Zealand.

Where are checking in when you arrive in Fiji? We will be there to celebrate Richard's Big 65 birthday on the 28th.
Mon May 29 12:51 2017 NZST

Gigi is looking shiny and ready to go. We will look for the next weather window to leave for Fiji

About to Splash - Gulf Harbour Marina 9th May 2017

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