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 Jun 22 19:51 2017 NZST
Run: 183.8nm (332.7km)
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
Run: 192nm (347.5km)
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
Run: 173.8nm (314.6km)
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
Run: 144.9nm (262.3km)
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
Run: 183.4nm (332km)
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.
Fri Jun 16 12:39 2017 NZST
Run: 144.5nm (261.5km)
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.
Thu Jun 15 15:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 5 under full main and half furled head sailknts
Run: 182.7nm (330.7km)
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.
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.
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