Golden Glow

Golden Glow

Wed Nov 8 12:26 2017 NZDT
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)

We're safe and sound in Bay of Islands Marina in Opua New Zealand at the moment, sharing the H dock with THREE Other Antares 44i Catamaran, Blue Summit, Exit Strategy and Whistler. It's such fun - and so informative - to have sister boats together, and be able to hang out with our fellow sailors and share the questions and lessons we all have after many years, and many mikes, sailing the same catamaran.

Wed Nov 1 22:30 2017 NZDT
Weather: wind 19 gusting 30, ENE, partly cloudy, 1030 baro, temp daytime 68F, nighttime 55 F

We arrived to the Bay of Islands Marina "Q" (quarantine) dock this morning, 1 Nov 2017, at 02:30. Opua's entrance and channel are well marked with lighted buoys to mark the oath so entry can be made at night. Still, I bundled up in every layer I could put on against the chill of New Zealand springtime breezes my unacclimated body, and stayed at the bow on watch until we reached the dock. Brrr! We had pushed hard to get to Opua and to the shelter of the marina before the brunt of the weather low overcame what Bob Mcadavitt called the BFH - big fat high - that was sitting east of the North Island and holding off the low. Good thing we did because once the winds arrived in fuller force, gusting above 30 knots on the Q dock, and much higher offshore, we were happy to be safely tied to the dock.
Two of our sister ships, Whistler and Blue Summit, gave us a warm welcome. The customs, immigration and biosecurity also couldn't have been nicer or more professional. They arrived promptly at 9 am and the process was straightforward and pleasant. They went through all our food stores and the only surprise was we had to give up a bag of dried mushrooms that contained dried orange peels. As they explained why certain food items had to be kept out of New Zeaalnd's environment, it really made sense.
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Wed Nov 1 2:30 2017 NZDT
Run: 38.1nm (69km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.9nm

We arrived to the Bay of Islands Marina "Q" (quarantine) dock this morning, 1 Nov 2017, at 02:30. This completed our 1212 mile journey from The Hunga Tonga volcanic island NW of Tongatapu Tonga) to Opua, New Zealand in 155 hours or 6 1/2 days at an average speed of 7.8 mph, and with a max speed of 16.8 mph (surfing down one of the big waves no doubt)

Normally we wouldn't enter an unfamiliar shore at night, but bad weather was fast approaching and Opua's entrance and channel are well marked with lighted buoys to mark the oath so entry can be made at night. I bundled up in every layer I could put on against the chill of New Zealand springtime breezes my unacclimated body, and stayed at the bow on watch until we reached the dock. Brrr!

We had pushed hard to get to Opua and to the shelter of the marina before the brunt of the weather low overcame what Bob Mcadavitt called the BFH - big fat high - that was sitting east of the North Island and holding off the low. Good thing we did because once the winds arrived in fuller force, gusting above 30 knots on the Q dock, and much higher offshore, we were happy to be safely tied to the dock.

Two of our sister ships, Whistler and Blue Summit, gave us a warm welcome. The customs, immigration and biosecurity also couldn't have been nicer or more professional. They arrived promptly at 9 am and the process was straightforward and pleasant. They went through all our food stores and the only surprise was we had to give up a bag of dried mushrooms that contained dried orange peels. As they explained why certain food items had to be kept out of New Zeaalnd's environment, it really made sense.

Tue Oct 31 20:51 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 205.7nm (372.3km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 202.3nm
Weather: wind 18-22, ENE, seas 6-7 ft ENE 5s, partly cloudy, 1028 baro, temp daytime 68F, nighttime 56 F

at midday and 90-100 NZ off coast, seas were significantly bigger (9 feet/3 meter)

Mon Oct 30 20:27 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.5 avgknts
Run: 210.3nm (380.6km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 209nm
Weather: wind 18-22, gusting 26 knts E, seas 6-7 ft ENE 7s, mixed sun and clouds growing more cloudy later in day, 1026 baro and rising, temp daytime 70F, nighttime 58 F

comfortable day. Lots of sunshine prior to 15:00. Seas from behind just to our port side were fairly comfortable and allowed for us to get a lot of boat work, cleaning and organization done in advance of our arrival to Opua. Encountered our first sailboat, Shannon, in this passage. They intersected our course as they sailed from the Marshall Islands to Whangarei

Sun Oct 29 20:18 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.5 avgknts
Run: 181.3nm (328.2km)
Avg: 8.5knts
24hr: 202.9nm
Weather: wind 26-30 knts E, seas 7-9 ft ENE 7s, 90% cloud cover, scattered rain showers, lightning last night passed to west , 1021 baro, temp daytime 75F, nighttime 70 F

brisk sailing under reefed sails. Seas are steady in direction with large rollers

Sat Oct 28 22:51 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 201.6nm (364.9km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185nm
Weather: 20-24 knts E, seas 57-8 ft SW, 6s interval, 20% cloud cover , 1023 and rising baro, temp daytime 81, nighttime 73 F

we've secured everything tightly as every 7-10 waves or so, we get a bruiser, but thanks to the good design of our Antare cat, happy to report we have no bruises to show for it. We do have a good layer of salt spray even over the coach roof of the cockpit

Fri Oct 27 20:42 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 149.5nm (270.6km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189.8nm
Weather: 16-20 knts, E 94 degrees, seas 5-6 ft SW, 7s interval, 30% cloud cover , 1020 baro, temp 71 F

seas have white caps and winds have increased since yesterday. Skies clearer with high fast-moving clouds.

Fri Oct 27 1:48 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 485nm (877.9km)
Weather: 13 knts, E 95 degrees, seas 4-5 ft SW, 8-9s interval, 100% cloud cover , 1015 baro, temp 75 F

seas and weather flat and grey. Sun and moon hidden behind heavy cloud cover. Winds light but steady. No rain despite forecast for it. Passed two trawlers that were dragging 45 MILE fishing lines

Thu Oct 19 16:00 2017 NZDT
No position sent.
Weather: Now that our children have gone, Enjoying our last days in Vava'u before sailing south.

Wed Sep 20 17:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 8knts
Run: 870.9nm (1576.3km)
Avg: 61knts
24hr: 1464nm
Weather: 21knts S, SW 2m steep swell from SW, 1.5m long swell from the SE, 1m long swell from NE 80% cloud cover.

in a washing machine of confused seas coming from 3 directions, giving a bumpy ride

Wed Sep 20 12:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 6knts
No position sent.
Weather: 16.5 knts SE, seas 6-7 ft SSW, 7s interval, no clouds, 1013 baro, temp 79 F

a bit bumpy 35 nm west of Niue, heading to Ha'apai Tonga, but we are enjoying the 16 knots of breeze, compared to the 9 forecast by GFS.

Wed Sep 20 2:46 2017 NZST
Weather: calm seas, 6 knots wind SSW, Still dark at 03:46

In mooring field off Alofi Niue, readying to depart for Tonga

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