Gigi

Gigi

Thu May 3 12:00 2018 NZST
Run: 31.2nm (56.5km)
35 43.409S 174 19.587E

Departed Opua 1900 hrs Sunday April 29 motor sailed overnight 88 NM to Urquart's Bay arriving 0800 hrs next morning. Motored the 15 NM upriver to Whangarei Wednesday to Berth C8 Town Basin Marina.


Sat Nov 4 10:24 2017 NZDT
Run: 55.2nm (99.9km)
35 18.190s 174 07.341e

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
34 32.560s 174 25.347e
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
32 51.819s 174 48.526e
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
29 33.01s 175 24.649e
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
26 56.881s 175 46.171e
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
24 44.641s 176 16.454e
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
22 49.629s 176 22.384e

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
19 28.904s 176 53.918e

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)
17 41.40s 177 23.02e
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)
17 40.826s 177 23.185e

In Vuda Marina. The weather has become much hotter.


Fri Oct 13 9:16 2017 NZDT
17 46.138S 177 21.468E

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)
17 46.138S 177 21.468E

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)
17 41.033S 177 23.005E

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)
17 46.30S 177 11.27E

Musket Cove on a mooring.


Fri Aug 11 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 35.5nm (64.3km)
17 46.138S 177 21.468E

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)
17 25.10S 177 45.07E

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)
17 18.80S 178 10.32E

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)
17 26.527S 178 15.283E

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)
17 26.527S 178 57.103E

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)
16 48.54S 179 17.28E

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
16 46.644s 179 19.935e

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
19 20.034s 179 53.791w
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
22 05.757s 179 34.818w
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
24 36.639s 179 32.219w
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
26 40.740s 179 55.224w
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
29 09.497s 179 0.57e

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
31 27.881s 177 24.869e

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
33 13.13s 176 04.06e
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
35 19.009S 174 07.252E

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


Sun Jun 11 15:50 2017 NZST
Run: 40.8nm (73.8km)
35 19.009S 174 07.252E

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)
35 50.067S 174 28.247E

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)
35 49.870s 174 28.804e

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
36 37.388s 174 47.272e

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
Fri Apr 1 8:27 2016 NZDT
Run: 99.7nm (180.5km)
36 37.41s 174 47.23E

Berth B35 Gulf Harbour Marina. Will spend the winter in NZ with offshore cruising plans on hold till May 2017.


Hi, Karen and Paul - Hope you're both well and loving life! Every so often I've thought of you, Karen, and where your travels have taken you. Hope this reaches you and we can connect. Cheryl

Hi, Karen and Paul - Hope you're both well and loving life! Every so often I've thought of you, Karen, and where your travels have taken you. Hope this reaches you and we can connect. Cheryl
Sun Jan 3 8:24 2016 NZDT
Run: 6.3nm (11.4km)
35 15.551S 174 12.480E

A wet and windy start to 2016 spent in Opunga Cove


Sun Nov 15 9:58 2015 NZDT
Run: 39.3nm (71.1km)
35 18.946s 174 07.254e

Arrived Opua at 13:30 local time Saturday after 195 hours (65.5 hours under motor) and overall it was a good passage. The Customs, Immigration and Bio-security process was efficient with friendly officers and soon after we were tied up in The Bay of Islands Marina. Had a great sleep last night and will spend the next week with the Allpoints Rally and doing a few boat jobs.


Sat Nov 14 8:30 2015 NZDT
Speed: 6.2 under motorknts
Run: 106.2nm (192.2km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 128.3nm
34 48.92s 173 47.44e
Weather: Sunny skies, minimal cloud, winds NE 8kts, slight SE swell

At 5PM last night we were positioned about 25nm directly off North Cape. Wind and swell had reduced so we motored directly east for a couple of hours before turning straight for Opua. Cloudless night making for good star-gazing but very cold. This morning the sun is shining, seas are flat and we are motoring along the coast for the finish line. Smiles all round


Fri Nov 13 12:38 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 216.2nm (391.3km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 97.7nm
33 26.70s 172 56.96e
Weather: 50%CC, Winds SE @ 28-22kts, SE swell 2 1/2m Baro 1024 rising

New Zealand is welcoming us in her own special way by turning on the wind and wave machine. Slow progress on this last leg with a boisterous ride. Expect arrival in Opua will be late Saturday.


Thu Nov 12 8:08 2015 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Weather: 90% cloud cover. Winds 14-18 kts SSE with 1/2 metre southerly swell

Frustrating night. After going through the cold front with a good rain shower to wash the salt off Gigi the winds were SE-S-SW and a strong current against us so struggled to make any miles in the right direction for many hours. You hate to lose any of those miles already in the passage bank.

This morning the wind is more consistent from the SSW, the sun is trying to peek through the clouds and we are back on course.


Wed Nov 11 7:30 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 127.5nm (230.8km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.2nm
30 50.61s 170 53.86e
Weather: 90% cloud cover with some rain overnight, Baro 1015, winds NNE-NNW 8kts

Some lovely sailing yesterday and last night with following winds and calm seas. Wind dropped at 3:40 this morning and to keep our speed up we are motor sailing. Its much colder now and we are wearing thermals at night on watch. Expecting the wind to pick up and turn southerly later today with gusty conditions. All is well onboard.


Tue Nov 10 8:11 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.6knts
Run: 248.2nm (449.2km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.4nm
29 26.24s 169 30.96e
Weather: Sunny with 5% CC, winds NE-NNE @ 10kts with slight seas

Lazy afternoon enjoying the sunshine and reading our books whilst motoring on a very glassy sea. No rolling or banging of sails so almost perfect conditions except for no wind. Wind picked up to 8 kts at 9.30 PM and we were sailing again. Gigi won't be breaking any speed records but the crew are much happier with the engine off. Cruising is of course "slow travel".


Mon Nov 9 16:19 2015 NZDT
Speed: 6 under motorknts
Weather: sunny skies with 15% CC. Light winds

Great to turn the motor off yesterday after lunch and hear the water rushing along the hull. Had a clear, starry night with flat seas but wind dropped off again at 11PM so the motor was back on. Lovely sunrise, still no wind.


Sun Nov 8 14:21 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.6 under motorknts
Run: 136.2nm (246.5km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.3nm
26 20.75s 167 26.95e
Weather: Sunny skies with 20%CC. T-shirt and shorts

Lost wind at 3am and have been motoring since. Wind in last hour seems to be building slightly so we hope that we will be sailing again soon.


Watching you move on yti, am subscribed for the latest update on your trip. tash is so jelly over the turtle " swimpede"
Sat Nov 7 13:27 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 157nm (284.2km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129nm
24 32.76s 166 33.73e
Weather: 5% cloud cover, Winds ESE 10kts with a 1/2 metre ESE swell

Motored from Port Moselle Fuel dock past lovely Amadee Island and through Bourail Pass. Cleared the pass at 1315 and had a good afternoon and evening sail with consistent winds of 20 kts. A little bumpy overnight with wind & 2 metre swell but we still managed to get some sleep. Lovely morning with reduced wind and swell and sunny skies.


Fri Nov 6 8:14 2015 NZDT
22 16.615S 166 26.394E

Checked out the country and hope to leave the dock by 10 am to fuel up and be one our way. Had a great time in New Caledonia.


Sat Oct 3 17:46 2015 NZDT
Run: 69.1nm (125.1km)
22 16.615S 166 26.394E

Port Moselle Marina, Noumea


Mon Sep 21 10:05 2015 NZST
Run: 149.4nm (270.4km)
22 39.463S 167 26.395E

Kuto Bay, Isle of Pines

Turtles popping up all around Gigi in the anchorage. In company with some ICA Rally boats and lots of local boats here also. Great to have fresh baguettes again.


Tue Sep 15 8:59 2015 NZST
Run: 45.4nm (82.2km)
20 43.00s 166 25.00e

Ouvea, Loyalty Group, New Caledonia. Motored from Lifou yesterday. Now anchored off the whitest sandy beach in extremely clear turquoise water. Ashore for sun-downers with the other 6 boats in the anchorage last night.


Mon Sep 7 8:03 2015 NZST
Run: 59.4nm (107.5km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 81.1nm
20 55.43s 167 05.03e

Arrived Baie Du Santal, Lifou. Check-in formalities scheduled for tomorrow as part of the special check-in organised by the ICA Rally. Here with 25 other boats.


Sun Sep 6 14:28 2015 NZST
Run: 98.5nm (178.3km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.2nm
20 19.43s 167 44.446e

Spent 6 hours yesterday drifting in glassy blue seas. Started slowly today but the wind has just picked up and we are sailing at 6 kts. Will need to slow down early evening as we can't arrive until 9 am tomorrow.


Sat Sep 5 11:02 2015 NZST
Run: 129.4nm (234.2km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.2nm
19 52.57s 169 10.94e

Past south of Tanna Island (Vanuatu) this morning. No wind and very calm blue seas.


Fri Sep 4 11:22 2015 NZST
Run: 137.2nm (248.3km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.3nm
19 14.34s 171 02.99e

Sailing slowly under clear blue skies


Thu Sep 3 11:33 2015 NZST
Run: 292.4nm (529.2km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 93.4nm
18 56.06s 173 07.54e

Great moonrise and as the full moon is so close to earth at present it was a very light night. Turned the motor off at 01:30 this morning and have been sailing along nicely since.


Wed Sep 2 11:21 2015 NZST

Departed Vuda Marina 11:00 yesterday after an efficient and quick customs clearance. Motoed until we were through Navula passage to beat the incoming tide. Very pleasant afternoon sail before the winds changed to be directly behind making it a rolly, noisy night. Turned the motor on again at 10:00 this morning.


Mon Aug 31 8:23 2015 NZST
Run: 104.7nm (189.5km)
17 41.04s 177 23.02e

In Vuda Marina with customs clearance booked for tomorrow.


Tue Jul 21 8:58 2015 NZST
Run: 29.4nm (53.2km)
17 26.527s 178 57.103e

Makogai Island - In company with 9 other boats for the first night. This is our third visit to this island. Still very pretty however the Mariculture activities are almost non existent now.


Thu Jun 25 6:46 2015 NZST
Run: 81.7nm (147.9km)
17 48.30s 178 43.18e

On a mooring outside the beautiful Leleuvia Island Resort


Hey paul and Karen is this you? If so will be favourites for me XXX
Tue May 19 18:56 2015 NZST
Run: 67.8nm (122.7km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 128.1nm
16 46.70s 179 20.0e

on a Copra Shed Marina mooring in Savusavu


Tue May 19 6:14 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 142nm (257km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.6nm
17 43.327s 179 36.938e
Weather: 80% cloud cover, SE wind 15kts, SE swell 1 metre, warm

The sun has risen and we have a lovely view of Gau which we sailed past earlier. 60 nm to Savusavu. Will probably need to delay our arrival until Wednesday morning.


Mon May 18 6:00 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 136.1nm (246.3km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.6nm
19 41.16s 178 58.81e
Weather: 60% cloud cover, SW wind 15Kts, SW swell 2 metre.

The winds have turned SW allowing us a good course through the islands to Savusavu. Got some sleep during the night so the Gigians are feeling good.


Sun May 17 6:36 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.7knts
Run: 149.3nm (270.2km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.9nm
21 38.651s 179 12.379e
Weather: S winds 13kts, 3 metre SW swell, 25% cloud

Fantastic sailing until 5pm when we had squalls and rain. Gusty night with wind from behind. Too noisy down below to sleep.


Waiting for you in Savusavu. Will get some soft drinks and Fiji Bitters in the fridge for you! We arrived on the 13th, checked in on the 14th, and are berthed at the Copra Shed. Enjoy the rest of the trip! See you soon!
Sat May 16 6:12 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 99nm (179.2km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 95.3nm
23 45.45s 179 41.66e
Weather: NW 10-15, 1 metre NW swell, 75% of cloud cover but expect that most of this will dissipate during the morning as it has on previous days.

Slower progress yesterday as we tried not to lose any ground in the northerly winds.


Fri May 15 5:16 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 151.9nm (274.9km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.1nm
25 10.157s 179 25.740e
Weather: NNE 15kts, NNE swell 2 meter, 70% cloud cover,

Light winds during the day just enough to sail. Very sunny and the air temp has really warmed up. Overnight the winds picked up to 20+ kts, down to 15 this morning. Passed the halfway point yesterday. ETA Savusavu Tuesday 19th


Thu May 14 4:29 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.3knts
Run: 126.4nm (228.8km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.3nm
27 18.376s 179 59.921e
Weather: 5% cloud, very Light breeze variable. slight swell 1/2 m from S. Baro 1019

Sailed in sunshine during the day and have motored all evening under a clear and starry sky.


Hi guys, Gerri and I are sitting here with Mark and Russell reminiscing and I thought I'd google GiGi and here you are!
Wed May 13 6:42 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 179.4nm (324.7km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.3nm
28 45.246s 178 43.91e
Weather: winds SSE at 12kts, slight seas, 2 meter SSW swell 2 meter, 100% cloud cover. Brief shower at 6am.

Gusty head winds are now lighter from behind. Making good progress and all are well onboard.


Tue May 12 5:07 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.7knts
Run: 274.7nm (497.2km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.1nm
30 56.248s 177 06.755e
Weather: 15kts NNW, gusts to 22, 15% cloud cover reasonably slight seas with 1/2 m swell from the W

We really have left New Zealand! Went off the chart area and needed to change the chip in our chart plotter to the Pacific Islands. 2PM smiles all round as we turned off the motor after 17 hours of motoring. Great sailing all night


Hello, love watching you guys on Yit. We are rather jealous, not coming up this year. Sail safe.
Mon May 11 5:23 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.9knts
Weather: Light and variable 5kts, slight seas. 5% cloud cover

Motoring since 7.30 last night in light winds and slight seas which we expect to continue for a couple of days. Great to have Dean from "Local Talent" company during the night and what a stunning moonrise. Better sleep pattern already setting in.


Sun May 10 7:03 2015 NZST
Speed: 4.6knts
Run: 104nm (188.2km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 119.8nm
34 44.622s 175 44.961e
Weather: 10kts from SSW,1 meter swell from SW. 30% cloud cover

A bit rolly with the wind behind us but a good start to the passage with sunshine and plenty of stars at night. Sailed all night under main only.


Sat May 9 10:12 2015 NZST
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
35 49.839S 174 28.530E

Checked out the country and will be on way shortly


Wed May 6 8:33 2015 NZST
Run: 57.8nm (104.6km)
35 49.53S 174 28.53E

Left Gulf Harbour Monday evening at 2015 motor-sailing before the northerlies strengthened and arrived in Urqharts Bay at 0820. Caught up on missed sleep before coming into Marsden Cove Marina where we will wait for a good weather window to head off.


Sat May 2 15:54 2015 NZST
36 37.36S 174 47.20E

Still in Gulf Harbour Marina


Tue Apr 28 11:08 2015 NZST
36 37.36s 174 47.20e

Doing the last minute jobs before we depart Gulf Harbour Marina this Friday


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