Gypsea Heart

Sun Mar 26 3:48 2017 NZDT
GPS: 35 43.51152S 174 19.66295E

Sandy and Rankin have sold Gypsea Heart and returned to North America where we plan to travel by Camper Van for the time being. We hope to return to New Zealand in the Austral summers. In the meantime, we plan on listening to Gulf Harbour radio via the internet.

Wed Feb 8 17:39 2017 NZDT
GPS: 35 43.51152S 174 19.66295E
Run: 36.1nm (65.3km)

Back in Whangarei to attend the annual swap meet. We usually end up buying more than we sell.

Fri Dec 16 19:27 2016 NZDT
GPS: 35 12.608s 174 13.248e
Run: 9nm (16.3km)

After enriching the New Zealand economy with three weeks of maintenance work in a marina, we escaped to the Bay of Islands. We are anchored between the islands of Waewaetorea and Urupkapuka. Both islands have hiking trails, but we are not allowed to use them until we can pronounce the names of the islands. While we practice, we are enjoying the melodies of the land and sea birds all around.

Thu Nov 24 23:14 2016 NZDT
GPS: 35 18.710S 174 07.233E
Run: 185.2nm (335.2km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.3nm

Arrived at the Bay of Islands Marina. Tried to check in with New Zealand Immigration but were told there had been too many Americans applying for asylum over the last few weeks and we had to move on to Australia. We pleaded that we were not responsible since we had been at sea for the last three weeks and were given permission to stay for three months.

All kidding aside, the New Zealand Customs and Immigration officials in Opua and Whangarei have been the most professional and courteous officials we have met in our world travels.

Wed Nov 23 7:39 2016 NZDT
5.5 knots
GPS: 32 44.00S 175 00.00E
Run: 162.8nm (294.7km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.8nm
Weather: Wind 7 knots from the SE, 0.0 meter swell, 60% clouds, 1024 barometric pressure

Lovely sailing day yesterday with wind and waves gradually diminishing. The ocean was as calm as a lake last night reflecting the half moon as it rose. Lots of sun charged the batteries and the flat whites are flowing on board. 163 nm to Opua, NZ. ETA is Thursday afternoon NZ time.

It is unusual to have four days of consistent winds in this part of the world so close to the Southern Ocean. Except for shortening the sails at night, we have hardly adjusted them for four days. We told "Otto", our auto pilot, to keep the apparent wind at 55 degrees and take us wherever it leads. However, due to wind fluctuations during the day, our "bread crumb" track looks like it was made by a drunken sailor (appropriately) and Otto will be given a breath-a-lizer test when we arrive in New Zealand. Otto also has a tendency to interrupt our short wave radio conversations on some frequencies. Luckily, we have "Mini Otto", our back-up auto pilot, as a designated driver on the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, Mini Otto cannot steer according to the wind or even GPS signals, but can only use magnetic waves from near the North Pole to take us where we want to go. In any event, it is better than driving ourselves and Otto and Mini Otto don't eat much, other than battery power.

Tue Nov 22 7:39 2016 NZDT
7.5 knots
GPS: 30 31.00S 175 56.00E
Run: 209.5nm (379.2km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 209.1nm
Weather: Wind 13 knots from the SE, 0.5 meter SSW swell with 0.5 meter SE wind chop, 40% clouds, 1024 barometric pressure

Made 202 nm last 24 hours. Expect to sail into the heart of a High Pressure System later today and lose the wind. 294 nm to Opua, NZ. ETA is early Thursday NZ time.

Mon Nov 21 7:36 2016 NZDT
7.5 knots against 1 knot current
GPS: 27 45.00S 177 21.00E
Run: 194.4nm (351.9km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 194nm
Weather: Wind 15 knots from the East, 1 meter SSW swell with 0.5 meter wind chop, 100% clouds, 1022 barometric pressure

Great sailing conditions. Made 185 nm last 24 hours. Would heave to and fix the generator, but no sailor could tolerate being passed by other sailboats. However, should the batteries fail to power the espresso machine, we would have to declare an emergency and stop to repair the generator. 473 nm to Opua, NZ.

Sun Nov 20 7:33 2016 NZDT
8 knots
GPS: 25 26.00S 179 08.00E
Run: 173nm (313.1km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.5nm
Weather: Wind 15 knots from the ESE, 1.5 meter SSW swell with 0.5 meter wind chop, 80% clouds, 1019 barometric pressure

12 foot waves yesterday reduced to 6 feet overnight. Generator stopped working - probably a broken water pump impeller which is difficult to replace in these sea conditions but not impossible. In the interim, will use engines to supplement solar panels for charging batteries. Made 175 nm in first 24 hours with 637 nm to Opua, NZ.

Sat Nov 19 7:12 2016 NZDT
0 knots
GPS: 23 38.94S 178 56.15W
Run: 1.9nm (3.4km)
Weather: Wind 10 knots from the South, 2 meter SW swell estimated outside lagoon, 30% clouds with rain SW, 1014 barometric pressure

Planning to leave North Minerva Reef in a few hours bound for Opua, New Zealand. Should take 5 days. Many boats left Minerva Reef yesterday and many more, if not all, leaving today. Watching weather system currently predicted to cross New Zealand on Friday.

Wed Nov 16 8:46 2016 NZDT
GPS: 23 39.721S 178 54.59W
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
Weather: ene6, light chop, Cu on horizon, 1015

Happy Birthday Rankin

Mon Nov 14 7:42 2016 NZDT
0 knots
GPS: 23 37.18S 178 54.21W
Weather: Wind 12 knots from the East, 1.5 meter SW swell estimated outside lagoon, 30% clouds, 1014 barometric pressure

NORTH MINERVA UPDATE: 21 boats anchored at North Minerva Reef waiting for a large High to arrive over New Zealand this week. Thank you Gulf Harbour for the interesting and entertaining special Minerva report on Sunday. And we had pizza delivery last night by the children on boats here with proceeds to help the kiwis in NZ.

Sat Nov 12 7:54 2016 NZDT
0 knots
GPS: 23 37.18S 178 54.21W
Weather: Wind 7 knots from the N, 1 meter seas estimated outside lagoon, 10% clouds, 1012 barometric pressure

NORTH MINERVA UPDATE: Front with rain passed through early morning with sunshine now. Fifteen boats anchored at North Minerva Reef waiting for large Low to pass over New Zealand next week. Some boats may leave on Tuesday or Wednesday and head West to stay North of the Low before turning South to New Zealand, but that adds hundreds of miles to the passage. Other boats my wait until Friday or so when a High follows the large Low and go direct to New Zealand which will require more motoring (with no gas stations) but possible calmer sea conditions. We will all see how the weather systems develop.

Fri Nov 11 6:54 2016 NZDT
0 knots
GPS: 23 37.18S 178 54.21W
Weather: Wind 7 knots from the ESE, 1 meter seas estimated outside lagoon, 90% clouds, 1014 barometric pressure

A beautiful 22 degree halo visible from North Minerva last night. Does it portend a coming storm? Three boats anchored at North Minerva Reef, but a dozen or so arriving today. The world is getting smaller.

Thu Nov 10 8:00 2016 NZDT
0 knots
GPS: 23 37.18S 178 54.21W
Weather: Wind 10 knots from the SE, 1.5 meter seas estimated outside lagoon, 100% clouds, 1015 barometric pressure

Still anchored at North Minerva Reef. Three boats left and two arrived for a total of three boats anchored. Expect several boats arriving from Tonga in the next day or so. We hear there has been a recent huge interest in Americans immigrating to New Zealand for some reason.

Wed Nov 9 7:57 2016 NZDT
0 knots
GPS: 23 37.18S 178 54.21W
Weather: Wind 12 knots from the South, 1 meter seas estimated outside lagoon, 20% clouds, 1016 barometric pressure

Seven boats anchored at North Minerva Reef. The sun returned yesterday. We decided to delay our departure until a more reliable weather window appears - hopefully next week. In the meantime, we will have to make do with beautiful water and pleasant temperatures.

Tue Nov 8 7:45 2016 NZDT
0 knots
GPS: 23 37.18S 178 54.21W
Weather: Wind 12 knots from the SSE, 1 meter seas estimated outside lagoon, 100% clouds with high humidity, 1015 barometric pressure

Five boats anchored at North Minerva Reef. Looking forward to seeing the sun again, if it still exists. Weather forecast in New Zealand not looking comfortable for a passage, so may delay departure until a cold front crosses NZ and a new High is about the longitude of Tasmania whenever that might be. No problem as long as weather at Minerva Reef continues to be fine. Having trouble finding a place to cast our ballots, however.

Mon Nov 7 7:45 2016 NZDT
0 knots
GPS: 23 37.18S 178 54.21W
Weather: Wind 7 knots from the E, 1 meter seas estimated, 93% clouds with high humidity and rain clouds to the East, 1015 barometric pressure

Seven boats anchored at North Minerva Reef. Considering a departure to Opua tomorrow or Wed with arrival Monday 14th before Low arrives, but we may stay here to harvest crayfish instead. The fleet was shocked to receive the news about the Irish rugby team defeating the New Zealand All Blacks in Chicago yesterday. If such an unbelievable thing can happen in America, what does it portend for the U.S. elections in two days?

Sat Nov 5 10:30 2016 NZDT
0 knots
GPS: 23 37.18S 178 54.21W
Run: 52.5nm (95km)
Weather: Wind 10-15 knots from the ESE, 1 meter seas estimated, 63% clouds, 1014 barometric pressure

Anchored at North Minerva Reef yesterday (Friday) at 5 pm local time (if Minerva Reef has not switched to daylight savings time). Sandy caught a Rainbow Runner in the pass as she was reeling in the line. The wifi is a bit spotty here since dry land is 250 miles away. At least we cannot receive any "news" about Donald's emails or Hillary's groping ... or maybe it was...oh, never mind. If we stay until Tuesday, we might have an election party, but we will have to check guests for picture I.D.s.

Fri Nov 4 7:39 2016 NZDT
6 knots
GPS: 23 06.00S 178 18.00W
Run: 144.3nm (261.2km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.2nm
Weather: Wind 10-15 knots from the NNW, 0.5 meter seas, 52% clouds, 1013 barometric pressure

Our blood red spinnaker struggled for 12 hours to drag ten tons of boat through the water like a race horse plowing a furrow in the sea. The light wind danced around the sail with no sense of direction. In the end, the fickle wind deserted the sail and left it hanging limp from the mast. We solemnly lowered the sail and placed it in its dark crypt with the hope that someday soon it would rise again and fly in the sun. Now, the engine is running and the auto pilot is driving us to Minerva Reef 45 miles away.

Thu Nov 3 7:48 2016 NZDT
6 knts
GPS: 21 43.40S 176 36.15W
Run: 173.4nm (313.9km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.8nm
Weather: Wind 10-15 kts from the NE, 1 meter choppy seas, 2% clouds, 1017 barometric pressure

Fine sailing conditions last 22 hours, but wind diminishing and backing now. May fly a spinnaker after the radio net. 170 nm to North Minerva. ETA Friday (tomorrow) local time.

Wed Nov 2 6:42 2016 NZDT
GPS: 19 56.374s 174 42.925w
Run: 21.8nm (39.5km)
Weather: Wind 10 kts ESE, Clouds 23%, Barometric Pressure 1015

Anchored at Ha'afeva island in Tonga and ready to sail to Minerva Reef. If we stop there, it looks like the weather in New Zealand may keep us there for a week or two. Hopefully, there are enough crays to sustain us.

Tue Nov 1 7:34 2016 NZDT
GPS: 19 50.266s 174 23.856w
Run: 10.8nm (19.5km)
Weather: Wind 5 kts SSW, 50% clouds some with rain, 1012 Barometric pressure

Anchored at Uoleva Island last night. No bad weather as expected. Highest wind 15 kts and Baormetric Pressure no lower than 1010. What happened?

May move to Ha'afeva or Nomuka today and head to Minerva Reef tomorrow.

Mon Oct 31 6:15 2016 NZDT
GPS: 19 43.272s 174 17.218w
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)
Weather: As of o6oo local, Wind 8 kts ESE, 100% cloud, Barometer 1010

Moving from Foa Island to Ha'afeva Island in the Ha'apai Group of Tonga for protection from effects of a Low expected later today. Planning on departing to Minerva Reef on Wednesday with arrival on Friday.

Fri Oct 28 19:18 2016 NZDT
GPS: 19 40.298s 174 17.385w
Run: 68.4nm (123.8km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.1nm

Nice day of sailing and now anchored in Northern Haápai Island group (Haano Island)

Fri Oct 28 7:30 2016 NZDT
GPS: 18 42.671s 174 2.236w
Run: 5.1nm (9.2km)
Weather: SE 10 knots, 25% cloud cover, 1011.2 barometer

Sailing from Vavaú (Tonga) to Haápai Group should arrive later today.

Mon Oct 10 6:51 2016 NZDT
GPS: 18 39.551s 173 58.959w
Run: 124nm (224.4km)
Weather: In Neiafu Harbour at 0700 local, 8 kts E wind, 50% high cirrus clouds, 1012 Barometer

Had a pleasant 10 hr broad reach sail north from the Haápai Island Group of Tonga on waves under 1 meter and 10 - 15 knot winds back to the Vavaú Island Group of Tonga. Fewer whales seen en route on this passage.

Sat Sep 24 7:02 2016 NZST
GPS: 20 16.723s 174 47.984w
Run: 51.5nm (93.2km)
Weather: 1.3 knots SE wind, 0% cloud cover, 1013 Barometer

Anchored at Nomuka Ika Island in the Haápai Island Group of Tonga after many hours of motoring. Looking forward to more whale encounters with Whale Discoveries.

Wed Sep 21 5:40 2016 NZST
GPS: 19 42.805s 174 16.956w
Run: 57.7nm (104.4km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 61.5nm
Weather: Calm conditions with 80% clouds and 1012 Bar.

Returned to the Ha'apai island group in Tonga after a leisurely 10 hour, close hauled sail from the Vava'u island group. The humpback whales seemed to welcome us back with displays of breaching. Enjoyed fresh tuna for dinner on board. Anchored near Matafonnua Lodge on Foa Island.

Tue Sep 20 7:10 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 54.314s 174 3.606w
Run: 17.7nm (32km)

Sailing along from Vavaú to Haápi with about 10 knots SE winds 30-40% cloud cover, 1 meter seas. Just caught a nice size yellow fin tuna, so it looks like sushi tonight.

Thu Aug 25 6:19 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 39.486S 173 59.454W
Run: 100.5nm (181.9km)

Back in the Vava'u Island Group of Tonga for fuel, vegetables and internet.

Fri Aug 19 6:24 2016 NZST
0 knts
GPS: 19 56.50S 174 42.96W
Run: 24nm (43.4km)
Weather: 7 knts from W, calm seas, 100% clouds, 1011 baro, light rain

Motor sailed 20 nm north from Nomuka to Ha'afeva Island in the Ha'apai Island Group of Tonga yesterday. Had several days of close encounters with humpback whales with Whale Discoveries on Nomuka Island which is operated by a couple and their daughter who used to be "yachties" and still sail their catamaran "Wildlife". The Royal Nomuka Yacht Club was dedicated by the crown prince of Tonga a few months ago and construction is scheduled to commence momentarily on Nomuka Iki and should be open for business next year. No Digicel phone service in Nomuka or Ha'afeva - only TCC.

Mon Aug 8 6:45 2016 NZST
0 knts
GPS: 20 16.75S 174 47.98W
Run: 37.6nm (68.1km)
Weather: 10 knts from the SSW, 2 meter seas, 100% clouds, 1013 baro and rising as of 2200 hrs Sunday local time

Anchored at Nomukaiki Island in the Ha'apai Group of Tonga to wait out the unsettled weather systems for a few days. On Sunday at noon local time, the wind switched from the NW to South in a couple of minutes and blew 30 knots for 30 minutes before settling down to 20-25 knots for 8 hours with some light rain.

HMS Bounty stopped at nearby Nomuka Island to pick up water for the breadfruit plants it was carrying to feed the slaves in the Caribbean and the mutiny occurred just 5 days later.

We see many humpback whales in the area. Whale watching and even swimming with whales is a major tourist attraction.

Mon Aug 1 7:00 2016 NZST
0 knts
GPS: 19 51.72S 174 25.72W
Run: 7.9nm (14.3km)
Avg: 39.5knts
24hr: 948nm
Weather: 9-10 knts from N slowly backing to NNW, 0 meter seas, 75% clouds, 1011 baro

Dog gone it got the wrong position from iPad or read it wrong perhaps I should have been wearing my glasses. This is what happens when I (Sandy) submit the report instead of Rankin. SSHHH! Don't tell anyone. Cheers!

Mon Aug 1 6:48 2016 NZST
0 knts
GPS: 19 46.26S 174 21.38W
Weather: 9-10 knts from N slowly backing to NNW, 0 meter seas, 75% clouds, 1011 baro

Hope all is well with everyone! Looks like it might be a rainy day, so time to bring out the board games or read a book both sound good. Cheers!

Mon Aug 1 6:23 2016 NZST
GPS: 19 46.265s 174 21.385w
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)

So far all is well and quiet here in Uoleva Island with some rain, wind around 9-10 knots from N slowly backing to NNW, 75% cloudy sky and barometer reading 1011. Hope all is well with everyone in New Zealand and all the islands. Cheers

Thu Jul 28 6:45 2016 NZST
GPS: 19 40.344S 174 17.407W
Run: 66nm (119.5km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62.9nm

Arrived in the Ha'apai Group of Islands in Tonga after an 8 hour close reach sail from the Vava'u Group. The humpback whales in Vava'u waved their fins in the air when we left as if to say goodbye. Finally caught a Mahi Mahi upon arrival . Wind: E7 kts; Baro 1017; Cloud cover 9% with some rain overnight.

Wed Jul 27 5:34 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 45.259s 174 0.857w
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)

Sailing from Vavaú Group to Haápai Group and expect a 10 hour trip. Wind: E10 knots; Baro: 1016; Cloud cover: still dark but looks about 20% cloud cover.

Thu Jul 21 7:06 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 42.268s 174 2.183w
Run: 4.4nm (8km)

Port Maurelle was a bit busy, so we dropped a hook nearby. We currently have E 5-10 knots of wind. Hope to do some snorkeling and possibly a dive today.

Thu Jul 14 6:12 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 43.333s 174 6.073w
Run: 5.7nm (10.3km)

Anchored at Vakaéitu Island (#16 - near coral gardens) in Tonga. SW winds about 10 knots + gusts. 80% cloud cover. Snorkeled near coral gardens yesterday and saw 2 octopi. Now this morning just testing the YIT iPad app!! Cheers

Octopus right before it shot off!
Octopus right before it shot off!
Mon Jul 4 7:09 2016 NZST
0 knts
GPS: 18 40.69S 174 01.61W
Run: 94.8nm (171.6km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.9nm
Weather: ? knts , X meter seas, 75% clouds, 1016 baro

Arrived in Vava'u at about 11 pm NZ time last night. The wind between the Ha'apai Group and Vava'u last evening increased from 20 knots mean to about 27 knots with gusts greater than 35 knots. It made anchoring in the pitch black an interesting proposition. All turned out well, however. We can celebrate the Tongan King's birthday today (or maybe American Independence day). We are bringing out the bubbly!!!

Sun Jul 3 13:30 2016 NZST
8 knts
GPS: 19 47.86S 174 51.99W
Run: 62.4nm (112.9km)
Avg: 10.9knts
24hr: 262.7nm
Weather: 20 knts SE, 1.5 meter seas, 100% clouds, 1016 baro

Successfully avoided the reefs and recently formed volcanic island in the Ha'apai Group and did not hit a whale. Have turned for the Vava'u island group of Tonga. 85 nm to go. Plan to arrive before dawn on Monday morning NZ time. All well on board.

Sun Jul 3 7:48 2016 NZST
7 knts
GPS: 20 37.56S 175 15.00W
Run: 201.1nm (364km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 193.4nm
Weather: 20 knts SE, 1.5 meter seas, 100% clouds, 1017 baro

Passed Tongatapu in the night and turned toward the Ha'apai Group. Will navigate our way through the reefs during daylight hours trying to avoid whales. Expect to arrive in the Vava'u island group of Tonga Sunday night or Monday morning. All well on board.

Sat Jul 2 6:51 2016 NZST
7 knts
GPS: 22 39.00S 177 30.00W
Run: 111.6nm (202km)
Weather: 20 knts SSE, 1.5 meter seas, 88% clouds, 1017 baro

Left North Minerva at 1430 hrs NZ time yesterday after cold front passed through. Caught a yellow fin tuna near the pass. Expect to arrive in the Vava'u island group of Tonga on Monday, but understand there may be some unsettled weather there then, so may slow down or stop on the way and arrive Tuesday or Wednesday.

Thu Jun 30 7:02 2016 NZST
0 knts
GPS: 23 37.07S 178 54.29W
Run: 188.3nm (340.8km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 94.7nm
Weather: 6 knts N, ? meter seas, 12% clouds, 1016 baro

Tired of eating crays. Looking for weather to sail to the Ha'apai or Vava'u Island Groups in Tonga. Maybe when winds back to the SE on Saturday.

Tue Jun 28 7:20 2016 NZST
0 knts
GPS: 23 37.99S 175 55.85W
Run: 201.7nm (365.1km)
Weather: 10 knts E, ? meter seas, 50% clouds, 1019 baro

Motored from South Minerva Reef to North Minerva Reef yesterday. Walked on the barren reef for crays last night. Waiting for weather to sail to the Ha'apai Group in Tonga.

Wed Jun 22 7:06 2016 NZST
XX knts
GPS: 23 56.331S 179 06.121W
Run: 49.7nm (90km)
Weather: 10-15 knts E, ? meter seas, 70% clouds, 1018 baro

Yesterday(Tuesday NZ time) at 2 pm, we arrived at South Minerva Reef = 800 nm from Marsden Cove in 5 days. Three other boats here. Weather permitting, we will stay here for several days trying to eradicate the crayfish (Florida Lobster) infestation. Then on to Tonga. All well on board (and the crew is smelling better). Ha, ha!!

Tue Jun 21 6:59 2016 NZST
8 knts
GPS: 24 37.00S 179 22.00W
Run: 216.8nm (392.4km)
Avg: 9knts
24hr: 216.6nm
Weather: 20-25 knts SE, 3.0 meter choppy seas, 90% clouds, 1019 baro

Strong wind and gusts have propelled us further along than expected although it has been a boisterous ride with the beam seas. We should reach South Minerva at midday today and then perhaps decide to continue on to North Minerva. 40 nm to go to South Minerva and 61 nm to North Minerva. All is well on board. We are each looking forward to the other person taking a shower upon arrival.

Mon Jun 20 6:58 2016 NZST
8 knts
GPS: 27 25.30S 179 04.20E
Run: 189.9nm (343.7km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 194.5nm
Weather: 20 knts SE, 1.5 meter choppy seas, 20% clouds, 1021 baro falling

Wind gusts are strong - 10 to 15 knots higher than sustained winds - and last 5 to 10 minutes. If we average more than 7 knots for 36 hours, we can arrive in South Minerva Reef before dark on Tuesday. 230 nm to go. All is well on board.

Sun Jun 19 7:32 2016 NZST
6 knts
GPS: 29 49.60S 177 33.30E
Run: 185.1nm (335km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180.8nm
Weather: 15 knts SSE, 1.5 meter choppy seas, 20% clouds, 1023 baro

Sailing along with Southerly (cold) wind. Looks like arrival at Minerva Reef will be on Wednesday morning, NZ time (Tues afternoon USA time) since we do not want to enter the pass at dark although there is a lovely moon. 395 nm to go.

Sat Jun 18 6:58 2016 NZST
7 knts
GPS: 31 58.60S 175 41.60E
Run: 160.8nm (291km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160nm
Weather: 15-20 knts SE, 1.5 meter choppy seas, 60% clouds, 1023 baro

After 25 hours of running the engine since leaving Marsden Cove, we started sailing at 1 pm Friday local NZ time. We changed course 30 degrees to the east a day earlier than planned to avoid northerly winds associated with a low moving east faster than anticipated. We hope to arrive at Minerva Reef on Tuesday, NZ time. 555 nm to go.

Fri Jun 17 6:51 2016 NZST
GPS: 34 09.20S 174 42.90E
Run: 117.3nm (212.3km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.2nm
Weather: 10knts E, slight seas becoming choppy, 10% clouds, 1023 baro

We have been motoring for 18 hours since leaving Marsden Cove at noon on Thursday, local time. We have been spewing more fumes than a VW diesel automobile - well, not THAT much. Hopefully, the wind will pick up later today, but we may be like John Travolta (Urban Cowboy) and looking for "wind" in all the wrong places. All well on board.

Thu Jun 16 6:50 2016 NZST
5knts (optional)
GPS: 35 50.27S 174 28.15E
Run: 11.1nm (20.1km)
Weather: 5 knts W, slight seas, no clouds, 1023 baro

Sandy and Rankin have returned to Marsden Cove Marina. The two of us plan to leave for Tonga, possibly via Minerva Reef, in a few hours with a new main sail. We should head North for a couple of days to about 30 degrees South before turning toward Tonga. We plan to monitor Gulf Harbour Radio every morning.

Fri Jun 3 16:16 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 43.493S 174 19.646E
Run: 11nm (19.9km)

Returned to Whangarei Town Basin where there was frost on the docks this morning. Hoping for a weather window in two weeks after receipt of a new main sail. Apparently, we were not allowed to leave the country with money in our pockets. At least we will see two more episodes of Game of Thrones before we leave.

Thu Jun 2 3:45 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 50.20891S 174 28.07813E

Returned to Marsden Cove due to torn main sail. Hopefully, will have it repaired and try again next week.

Wed Jun 1 15:08 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 50.227SS 174 28.103EE
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)

Leaving for Tonga from Marsden Cove Marina today (Wednesday) at 1700 hrs.

Fri May 27 13:15 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 48.490S 174 26.620E
Run: 8.7nm (15.7km)
Weather: Wind 6 kts N

We are motoring along making the long passage from Town Basin Marina to Marsden Cove. Hope the weather holds (ha, ha!).

Thu May 12 19:17 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 43.497S 174 19.645E
Run: 24.5nm (44.3km)

In Whangarei preparing for passage to Tonga via Minerva Reef next week - maybe Thursday, May 19.

Thu Apr 7 18:02 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 53.248S 174 43.009E
Run: 40.4nm (73.1km)

West Bay - Hen and Chicken Islands (the Chickens part). Nice small anchorage in calm conditions with lovely song birds on shore and clear water below for diving amongst the kelp and small schools of fish and baby squid.

Thu Mar 10 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 11.941S 175 19.769E
Run: 10.6nm (19.2km)

Tacked against 10 - 15 kt SW winds to Smokehouse Bay to weather coming easterlies.

Wed Mar 9 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 07.185S 175 29.575E
Run: 5.1nm (9.2km)

Sailed to Rakitu Island Cove, a lovely anchorage for a few boats. No cell service, but clear water, caves and walking on the island. Wish we could stay longer but easterlies coming this way.

Tue Mar 8 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 05.306S 175 24.632E
Run: 4.4nm (8km)

Sailed to Rangiwhakaea Bay on NE side of Great Barrier Island. No cell phone service and the 25 kt plus SW winds found a way over or through the hills, so we stayed on the boat.

Mon Mar 7 10:02 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 07.728s 175 20.961e
Run: 39nm (70.6km)

Finally had the wind for a nice spinnaker sail to Great Barrier Island. Plan on sailing to the east side tomorrow.

Sun Mar 6 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 26.130S 174 45.685E
Run: 45.9nm (83.1km)

Working our way North while waiting for wind to go to Great Barrier.

Thu Feb 25 20:11 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 49.349S 175 26.012E
Run: 43nm (77.8km)

Anchored in the Coromandel for the first time. Lovely with cow, sheep and turkeys ashore.

Sun Feb 14 9:58 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 25.411S 174 50.268E
Run: 53.6nm (97km)

Anchored at Kawau Island and attended the Music Festival at the Mansion where Michael on Astarte won a bottle of wine for being

the Best Dressed.

Sun May 17 4:25 2015 NZST
GPS: 35 45.35S 174 20.97E
Run: 62.8nm (113.7km)

On the hard at South Pacific Gateway Marina for the winter. Wishing fair winds and calm seas to everyone sailing north.

Mon Apr 13 15:25 2015 NZST
GPS: 36 11.779S 175 19.908E
Run: 38.1nm (69km)

Sitting out wind and rain at Smokehouse Bay by Great Barrier Island with a current barometric pressure of 995.

Thu Apr 2 14:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 36 36.293S 175 47.556E
Run: 37.4nm (67.7km)

Wing on wing sail to Mercury Island. Lovely anchorage secluded for the time being.

Fri Mar 27 11:30 2015 NZDT
GPS: 36 47.183S 175 09.445E
Run: 23.5nm (42.5km)

Enjoying the Man O" War vineyard and the local trails on Waiheke Island.

Sat Mar 14 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 36 37.122S 174 47.365E
Run: 43.5nm (78.7km)

Under the heading, "Better safe than sorry," we left our "hurricane hole" at Great Barrier and sailed to Gulf Harbour Marina near Auckland. At least we were able to watch the all female crewed boat in the Volvo Around the World race win the in-port race in Auckland harbour before they head off to their next stop in Brazil in a few days.

Thu Mar 12 15:39 2015 NZDT
GPS: 36 11.103S 175 21.295E
Run: 39.7nm (71.9km)

Had a lovely sail to Great Barrier Reef and anchored in Namaru Bay on the NW side. Relocated the next day to Kaiarara Bay near Port Fitzroy. The youth training tall ship Spirit of New Zealand is anchored nearby. We are watching the forecasts for Tropical Cyclone Pam as it heads toward New Zealand after projected landfull in Vanuatu.

Wed Mar 11 7:40 2015 NZDT
GPS: 35 53.370S 174 44.749E
Run: 26nm (47.1km)

After three enjoyable months in Whangarei Town Basin, we chopped off the roots and motored to the Hens and Chickens Island wildlife sanctuary and anchored in Boulder Bay. Nice to be rocked to sleep by the gentle swell.

Thu Dec 4 12:28 2014 NZDT
GPS: 35 43.510S 174 19.668E
Run: 30.9nm (55.9km)

Arrived in Whangarei Town Basin in time for the Meet and Greet party Friday evening. Should be staying here a couple of months boosting the New Zealand economy.

Fri Nov 21 21:36 2014 NZDT
GPS: 35 18.709S 174 07.227E
Run: 54.7nm (99km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 93.2nm

Arrived at the Bay of Islands Marina Friday afternoon and checked in with Customs, et al.

Fri Nov 21 7:31 2014 NZDT
5.5 knots
GPS: 34 38S 174 37E
Run: 156.5nm (283.3km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.7nm
Weather: Wind 14 knots WSW, Seas 1 meter chop, Cloud cover 20%, Barometer 1023 steady

Someone in Opua left a fan on and we have been fighting a 15-20 knot headwind all night. Looking forward to a hot shower (for the other crew member). We have 40 nm to go to the Bay of Islands (if we could sail straight there) with an ETA of Friday afternoon, Nov. 21, NZ time (Thur night USA time).

Thu Nov 20 7:24 2014 NZDT
6.5 knots
GPS: 32 33S 173 33E
Run: 193.9nm (351km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 200nm
Weather: Wind 20-25 SW, Seas 3.5 meter swell, Cloud cover 30%, Barometer 1019 rising

The wind clocked just enough yesterday to allow us to sail close hauled and go south with a boisterous ride. We have 159 nm to go to the Bay of Islands (if we could sail straight there) with an ETA of Friday morning, Nov. 21, NZ time (Thur night USA time).

Wed Nov 19 8:08 2014 NZDT
5.0 knots
GPS: 30 15S 171 40E
Run: 167.6nm (303.4km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.5nm
Weather: Wind 15 S, Seas 1 meter chop, Cloud cover 90%, Barometer 1016 rising

Motor sailing ESE in order to get south against a southerly breeze. Hoping the wind clocks to the west soon. Crossed 30 degrees Latitude and had to pull on a jacket and socks. We have 320 nm to go to the Bay of Islands (as the albatross flies) with an ETA of Friday morning, Nov. 21, NZ time (Thur night USA time).

Tue Nov 18 10:05 2014 NZDT
GPS: 29 31S 169 0E
Run: 167.1nm (302.5km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 169.1nm
Weather: 12 SSW

eta AKL friday pm or am

Mon Nov 17 10:23 2014 NZDT
GPS: 27 06S 168 57E
Run: 18.9nm (34.2km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.2nm
Weather: 1m swell,

all else same as Astarte. We have hvy interference on 20m

Mon Nov 17 7:31 2014 NZDT
5.5 knots
GPS: 26 50S 168 53E
Run: 146.9nm (265.9km)
Avg: 10.2knts
24hr: 244.5nm
Weather: Wind 10-15 NW, Seas 1 meter swell, Cloud cover 90%, Barometer 1015 rising

After running the engine for 30 hours, we were able to turn it off at midnight and sail down wind. It could be a spinnaker day. We have 565 nm to go to the Bay of Islands with an ETA of Friday morning, Nov. 21, NZ time (Thur night USA time).

Sun Nov 16 17:05 2014 NZDT
GPS: 24 54S 167 54E
Run: 18.4nm (33.3km)

position as at this morning 2100utc

Sun Nov 16 8:55 2014 NZDT
7.5 knts
GPS: 24 39S 167 48E
Run: 139.6nm (252.7km)
Weather: Wind light and variable, Seas 2 meter swell, Cloud cover 40% to East and zero to West, Barometer 1016 steady

We left Ile des Pins at 10:30 am local time and had an enjoyable sail until 6:30 pm when the wind died and we had to use the "auxiliary" engine. There was a 1 knot adverse current yesterday but a 1.5 favorable current currently. The seas look like a lumpy mattress. We have 713 nm to go to Bay of Islands with an ETA of Friday morning, Nov. 21, NZ time (Thur night USA time). SSSSHHH don't tell anyone, but it's Rankin's birthday today!!!

Thu Nov 13 10:22 2014 NZDT
GPS: 22 39.43044s 167 26.37486e
Run: 41.7nm (75.5km)

currently on route to Isle of Pines with Astarte and will leave Sat for NZ. Are on ham net 14315

Sat Oct 18 10:08 2014 NZDT
GPS: 22 46.772S 166 47.987E
Run: 36.1nm (65.3km)
Weather: Wind 10 kts E

We are anchored by Kouare Island in the Southern Lagoon. We plan to stay here and in the Five Isles for a week or two as we prepare the boat for the passage to New Zealand in early November. The water looks great in sunlight, but is still cold to the Texas crew.

Sat Oct 11 9:32 2014 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.891S 166 34.771E
Run: 16.4nm (29.7km)

Relaxing at Ilot Bailly before heading back to the South Lagoon.

Wed Oct 8 11:27 2014 NZDT
GPS: 22 12.708S 166 20.455E
Run: 32.1nm (58.1km)

Paddle Boarding in light drizzle NW of Noumea at Baie Maa.

Mon Oct 6 9:57 2014 NZDT
GPS: 22 25.782S 166 47.045E
Run: 19.3nm (34.9km)
Avg: 24.5knts
24hr: 587.2nm

As we were anchoring in Five Islands after a pleasant sail from Iles des Pins, we heard Noumea Radio announce in English a forecast for 40 knot winds which was about double the winds forecast 6 hours earlier. We immediately weighed anchor to sail to a protected anchorage before dark. On the way, we realized that the announcer confused knots with kilometers per hour and the wind would be as originally forecast. We went ahead and anchored by Ile Quen since the Five Island anchorage had a foot chop in E wind...

Mon Oct 6 9:10 2014 NZDT
GPS: 22 42.460S 166 48.516E
Run: 40.4nm (73.1km)

Had a nice wing on wing sail from Ile des Pins to the Five Islands in the South Lagoon on Sunday despite a 2.5 meter swell from the south and a 1 meter wind chop from the east for half the passage.

Thu Oct 2 8:59 2014 NZDT
GPS: 22 39.485S 167 26.367E
Run: 43.5nm (78.7km)

Motor sailed to Baie de Kuto on the Ile des Pines where a dozen boats are anchored.

Wed Oct 1 7:53 2014 NZDT
GPS: 22 21.082S 166 50.644E
Run: 26.3nm (47.6km)

Spent two days in Baie du Prony. Heading for Ile des Pins today (Wednesday).

Wed Sep 17 11:57 2014 NZST
GPS: 22 16.639S 166 26.439E
Run: 26.6nm (48.1km)

Back in Noumea. Will soon depart to SW New Caledonia or the Southern Lagoon.

Thu Sep 4 19:49 2014 NZST
GPS: 22 18.141S 166 51.341E
Run: 26.6nm (48.1km)

Left the marina and rain in Noumea. Anchored in Baie des Kaoris in the northern branch of Baie du Prony. Haven't seen any small horses yet.

Tue Aug 19 20:40 2014 NZST
GPS: 22 16.638S 166 26.439E
Run: 33.5nm (60.6km)

A west wind in New Caledonia? Of course, since we were going west. Arrived at the Port Moselle marina in Noumea and going to dinner to celebrate Sandy's significant birthday.

Tue Aug 19 0:36 2014 NZST
GPS: 22 20.616S 166 57.535E
Run: 85.2nm (154.2km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.6nm
Weather: Wind 15 kts N

After granting us a 24 hour passage from Port Vila to the Loyalty Islands, the wind gods amused themselves by reducing the wind to less than 10 kts and making it directly astern. As a result, we motor sailed most of Monday afternoon and entered the Havannah Pass at 9:00 p.m. on a dark and cloudy night with wind increasing to 25 kts from the North and anchored at Port Boise. We will proceed to Noumea on Tuesday.

Mon Aug 18 11:52 2014 NZST
GPS: 21 18S 167 40E
Run: 249.1nm (450.9km)
Weather: Wind 15 kts ENE Seas E 2 meters Clouds 75%

Sailing between New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands of Lifou and Mare 24 hours after leaving Port Vila on Vanuatu. Weather exactly as predicted over the period with E winds at 15 kts allowing an average speed over 8 kts. Anticipate arriving at the mouth of Havannah Pass after low tide at 1900 hrs today.

Mon Aug 11 22:22 2014 NZST
GPS: 17 44.806S 168 18.693E
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)

Moved to Port Vila. Decided to pass on this weather window to New Caledonia because it was too difficult to do everything necessary to check out in a few hours. We will wait around Efate Island for the nexI weather window.

Sat Aug 9 0:00 2014 NZST
GPS: 17 41.539S 168 15.896E
Run: 5.6nm (10.1km)

After a boisterous passage around Devil's Point with 10 ft. waves 6 seconds apart and 25 knot winds in the early morning, we anchored at the Mele Island Hideaway Resort and Marine Sanctuary. Some of the best snorkeling we have seen in Vanuatu although there was a fee of about US$15 each to supposedly support the marine sanctuary. We are waiting for a weather window to New Caledonia, but it doesn't look good for the forseeable future.

Fri Aug 8 0:00 2014 NZST
GPS: 17 40.056S 168 11.024E
Run: 7.2nm (13km)

Left Havannah Bay to stage at Paul's Rock for the windward "passage" around Devil's Point to Port Vila on Efate Island.

Thu Aug 7 0:00 2014 NZST
GPS: 17 34.760S 168 14.532E
Run: 59.2nm (107.2km)
Avg: 13.6knts
24hr: 326.9nm

Another fast passage hard on the wind for 8 hours from Epi Island to Havannah Bay on Efate Island. We will wait here or in nearby Port Vila for a comfortable weather window to New Caledonia. The forecast for Monday indicates an east wind which would be helpful for the SSW passage, but it may not have strong enough winds to sail or last the two days required for the passage. We will have to watch as the forecast is updated during the next few days.

Wed Aug 6 19:39 2014 NZST
GPS: 16 43.710S 168 08.657E
Run: 28.4nm (51.4km)

Had a fast, close hauled sail from Port Vato to Revolieu Bay on the west side of Epi Island.

Tue Aug 5 14:16 2014 NZST
GPS: 16 19.900S 168 02.151E
Run: 18.5nm (33.5km)

In order t work our way south to Port Vila against the SE trade winds, we had to make some easting, so we sailed from Banan Bay on Malakula Island to Port Vato on south Ambrym in the morning. The anchorage is fine for catamarans, but it would be uncomfortable for monohulls due to the roll.

Mon Aug 4 22:16 2014 NZST
GPS: 16 20.248S 167 45.445E
Run: 25.7nm (46.5km)

Continued beating down the east coast of Malakula Island and anchored in Banan Bay. Traded T-shirts, fishing line and rope for fruit. We have been asked for rope on almost every island in order to tie up cows. Without yachties supplying rope, the islands would be overrun with free range cattle.

Sun Aug 3 20:01 2014 NZST
GPS: 16 05.900S 167 27.694E
Run: 38.6nm (69.9km)

After being entertained for hours by the changing colors and textures of the cuttlefish at Ratua Island and after removing some more crown of thorns from the reef, we said goodbye to Slip away and beat down the east coast of Malakula Island to Port Stanley where we anchored near Uri Island.

Fri Aug 1 9:51 2014 NZST
GPS: 15 36.700S 167 10.570E
Run: 5.1nm (9.2km)

The east wind was causing boats to roll at anchor at Aore Resort, so we moved to Ratua Island.

Thu Jul 31 11:47 2014 NZST
GPS: 15 32.265S 167 10.805E
Run: 63.1nm (114.2km)

Had a nice downwind sail from Pentecost Island to Aore Resort by Luganville. We dived on the SS President Coolidge wreck and enjoyed the independence day celebrations with Slip Away.

Wed Jul 30 8:28 2014 NZST
GPS: 15 39.762S 168 07.132E
Run: 19.9nm (36km)

After seeing a lovely dance troupe by the waterfall at Asanvari Bay and a nice dive north of the bay we had a nice close reach sail to Bwatnapne Bay on the West coast of Pentecost Island. We listened to several days of music and speeches celebrating Children's Day and had a nice wall dive on Naombil Point.

Mon Jul 28 8:53 2014 NZST
GPS: 15 22.500S 168 07.980E
Run: 73.9nm (133.8km)

Left Port Olry with Evergreen and Blue Rodeo and sailed to a surprise rendezvous with Slip Away at Asanvari Bay,, Maewo Island.

Wed Jul 23 23:53 2014 NZST
GPS: 15 02.150S 167 04.970E
Run: 7.9nm (14.3km)

Motored north to Port Olry and experienced good snorkleing on two different reefs. Removed some crown-of-thorn starfish that were munching on the reef.

Tue Jul 22 19:53 2014 NZST
GPS: 15 08.800S 167 06.742E
Run: 16.4nm (29.7km)

We eased out of the Oyster Island channel and sailed north to Hog Harbour. on the east coast of Espiritu Santo. The water is very clear with phosphorescent animals causing the water to appear full of stars. Champagne Beach is nearby.

Mon Jul 21 13:46 2014 NZST
GPS: 15 22.286S 167 11.452E
Run: 6.5nm (11.8km)

The Oyster Island anchorage can be difficult to enter due to a shallow channel, but it is very protected from bad weather. There is a very nice resort owned by Kiwis who also own a vineyard near Opua, NZ. There is also a nice fresh water "blue hole" with rope swing about a mile up a river.

Sat Jul 19 9:02 2014 NZST
GPS: 15 26.776S 167 15.066E
Run: 7.8nm (14.1km)

Anchored next to Aesi Island which appears uninhabited. It has many lime and lemon trees. The water is clear, but the snorkeling is not spectacular.

Sun Jul 13 9:46 2014 NZST
GPS: 15 31.350S 167 09.862E
Run: 6.5nm (11.8km)

Stopping at Luganville on Espiritu Santo for reprovisioning before heading north.

Fri Jul 11 9:14 2014 NZST
GPS: 15 37S 167 10E
Run: 58.1nm (105.2km)

Sailed from Vanihe Bay on N Ambae to Ratua Island just south of Aore Island. The anchorage is very nice and protected with two free moorings available courtesy of the very nice resort on the island. Snorkeling around the anchorage and Purumamasa Island a mile west was fantastic. Eric and Anne on the boat Reflections showed us how to remove the reef eating crown-of-thorn starfish.

Mon Jul 7 13:42 2014 NZST
GPS: 15 17S 167 58E
Run: 13.1nm (23.7km)

Sailed from Asanvari on SW Maewo Island to Vanihe Bay on N Ambae. The island was the inspiration for Michner's Bali Hai and the anchorage was beautiful.

Sun Jul 6 20:52 2014 NZST
GPS: 15 23S 168 08E
Run: 11.6nm (21km)

Sailed from Loltong on NW Pentecost Island to Asanvari on SW Maewo Island. The local village is nicely landscaped and the residents are working hard to be a tourist destination. An attractive waterfall flows into the anchorage.

Fri Jul 4 7:52 2014 NZST
GPS: 15 33S 168 09E
Run: 25.4nm (46km)

Sailed from Londot, SW Pentecost Island, to a very protected anchorage at Loltong on NW Pentecost Island. Enjoyed meeting local villagers Matthew and Mary who run the Vatulo Beach Yacht Club and helped us buy local vegetables. Took a tour of the village and saw the community center next to the well groomed soccer field where the young men have been watching the soccer world cup starting at 3 a.m. thanks to solar panels and a satellite television.

Mon Jun 30 20:06 2014 NZST
GPS: 15 55S 168 11E
Run: 16.7nm (30.2km)

Sailed from NW Ambrym Island to Londot, South Pentecost Island. It was a fast passage at 9 knots between the islands and Evergreen caught a Mahi Mahi which they shared with the boats in the anchorage and the village ashore. We watched the land diving presentation (predecessor to bungy jumping but with vines instead of bungy cords) at about $120 per person and were very impressed. The villagers put on quite a show in traditional costumes in addition to the jumpers.

Sun Jun 29 7:02 2014 NZST
GPS: 16 09S 168 07E
Run: 31.3nm (56.7km)

Sailed from Lamen Bay on Epi Island to NW Ambrym Island and anchored between the villages of Ranvetlam and Ranon. We caught a 4 ft Mahi Mahi on the way and Blue Rodeo caught a 4 ft waloo, both of which were shared with the boats in the anchorage and Chief Joseph from Ranvetlam. The crews from Blue Rodeo and Evergreen hiked 8 hrs round trip to the rim of the Mt. Marum volcano and the crews from Gypsea Heart and Astarte joined the villagers in their preparation for a double wedding the next day.

Thu Jun 26 9:23 2014 NZST
GPS: 16 36S 168 10E
Run: 1.6nm (2.9km)

Moved north a mile to Lamen Bay on Epi Island where there are many turtles and a dugong (manatee).

Tue Jun 24 8:50 2014 NZST
GPS: 16 35S 168 09E
Run: 32.8nm (59.4km)

A nice and fast reach from Tongoa to NE Epi Island that turned into a three way race wing-on-wing. Enjoyed a large Mahi Mahi caught by Blue Rodeo on the way. The monohulls in the anchorage rolled a bit despite wind from the S to E. A nice snorkel and dive spot nearby.

Sat Jun 21 10:18 2014 NZST
GPS: 16 53S 168 32E
Run: 15.1nm (27.3km)

Sailed from Emae Island to NW Tongoa. We could not safely land a dinghy on the rocky shore to find someone to pay our 500 VT (US$ 5) fee each for diving there, so we had to let Jon from Evergreen swim ashore through the surf to do the honors. The wall dive was quite nice.

Wed Jun 18 18:53 2014 NZST
GPS: 17 02S 168 22E
Run: 38.5nm (69.7km)

Sailed from Lelepa to Emae Island with 15-20 kt wind making for a fast passage. Caught a 7 kg (15 lb) mahi mahi near Emae and shared it with Blue Rodeo, Evergreen and the villagers on shore. Delicious.

Tue Jun 17 10:47 2014 NZST
GPS: 17 34S 168 12E
Run: 7nm (12.7km)

After a 5 nm sail from Paul's Reef, anchored in the NW lagoon of Lelepa where there is a narrow opening between the reef and numerous coral heads in the lagoon. The bottom was mostly 10 - 15 ft deep with some bommies rising to within 5 ft of the surface. The local village has started charging VT 1,000 (US$ 11) per night which may entitle you to use of the snorkel moorings.

We dived at 17.35.496S, 168.11.873E on the W side of Lelepa where several large underwater hills almost reach the surface. It is possible to place a dinghy anchor in a rock crevice on the side of a hill to avoid damaging coral. There is a good amount of live coral and several crevices/canyons through which to dive, but did not see many large fish. The southern hill has many soft corals and fans. There is a snorkel spot close to shore with a couple of mooring buoys and a sign that states not for use by the public. We saw a catamaran anchored or moored in the cove, but it looked dangerous without local knowledge.

Mon Jun 16 10:41 2014 NZST
GPS: 17 40S 168 11E
Run: 10.1nm (18.3km)

We spent 6 days in Port Vila on a Yachting World mooring to get fresh provisions, fill up with diesel, check in with Immigration for our one month visa plus 4 month extension, obtain a required cruising permit replacement for the one we received in Aneityum, and a little internet access. We sailed about 15 nm and anchored near shore by Paul's Reef on the SW side of Efate.

We dived on Paul's Reef (17 39.876S, 168 10.860E) where there was a plastic milk bottle tied to a mooring line for dinghies

Tue Jun 10 8:08 2014 NZST
GPS: 17 44.807S 168 18.691E
Run: 144.4nm (261.4km)
Weather: No wind in the harbour, 50% cloud cover, barometric pressure is 1010.8

After a 23 hour downwind sail, half of which was with the spinnaker, from Port Resolution on Tanna, Vanuatu, we arrived at Port Vila on Efate, Vanuatu. We are attached to a Yacht World mooring and catching up on housekeeping chores along with internet access. We managed to catch a small yellow fin tuna and mahi mahi on the way. We may pay the price for all this nice this downwind sailing when we turn around and head back into the wind toward New Zealand.

Sat Jun 7 18:54 2014 NZST
GPS: 19 31S 169 29E
Run: 47.8nm (86.5km)

Had a nice 8 hour spinnaker sail from Port Patrick on the north coast of Aneityum, Vanuatu, to Port Resolution on the SE coast of Tanna, Vanuatu, except that we had to lower and raise the spinnaker 3 times due to unavoidable rain showers. Visited the Port Resolution "Yacht Club" and the Mt. Yasur volcano where we stood on the rim and watched the exploding lava in the cone. We also attended a local village celebration where three boys were honored after spending a month in seclusion following their circumcisions. Luckily, we were a month late for the actual circumcision ceremony.

Thu Jun 5 18:36 2014 NZST
GPS: 20 08S 169 49E
Run: 7.2nm (13km)

Anchored in Anawamet Bay (Port Patrick)on the north side of Aneityum Island, Vanuatu. A reef is in the middle of the Bay and the east channel is much easier to navigate than the west channel around the reef. Anchored between the reef and the town in 20 ft. The chief's grandson paddled to the boat and asked us to download movies onto his thumb drive in exchange for a basket of oranges. We instructed him on copyright law.

Wed Jun 4 9:11 2014 NZST
GPS: 20 13S 169 45E
Run: 1.6nm (2.9km)
Weather: Wind 10 kts E (in the lee of the island), swell 1.3 meters (outside bay), 30% cloud cover, pressure 1017

Anchored in Utche Bay, SW Aneityum Island, Vanuatu. This anchorage is only 2 miles from the main anchorage at Anelghowhat (Analgawat) Bay and is 1 mile from Jnmal (Inmal) Reef where there is supposed to be good diving. Even with a SE wind of 15 kts, a slight swell entered the bay which might make it more suitable for catamarans than mono hulls, but it is more protected from SE wind waves than the main harbor. The waves on the Jnmal (Inmal) reef were too large with 15+ kts of wind to dive from a dinghy, but might be comfortable in less than 10 kts of wind.

Tue May 27 9:22 2014 NZST
GPS: 20 14S 169 46E
Run: 142.2nm (257.4km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 73.6nm
Weather: Mostly sunny, wind 15 kts SE, pressure 1018 rising, temp 76 F

We arrived at Aneityum, Vanuatu, yesterday morning 5 minutes behind Blue Rodeo with no repairs necessary and no lost lures - a record. We caught a skipjack as we arrived as a consolation prize. There are 8 boats in the harbor. We plan to stay here for a few days soaking up some sun. Thank you Gulf Harbour Radio for all the assistance on our passage.

Sun May 25 10:58 2014 NZST
GPS: 22 01S 170 52E
Run: 139nm (251.6km)
Avg: 8.6knts
24hr: 205.9nm
Weather: 15 kts NE, 1 meter swell, partly cloudy skies, Pressure 1018

It is 11 am on Sunday and we are 125 nm from Aneityum, Vanuatu. The forecasted winds of 8-12 knots for last night turned out to be 15-20 kts which allowed us to sail at 8-9 knots and make up ground previously lost to light wind and downwind sailing. There is a low pressure trough between us and our destination which will cause variable wind of undetermined strength and rain showers. However, we expect landfall on Monday. Blue Rodeo is doing a good job of keeping up with us :-), but the fish apparently cannot catch a lure moving at this speed.

Sat May 24 18:46 2014 NZST
GPS: 23 55S 171 35E
Run: 71.8nm (130km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159nm
Weather: 8-12 kts ENE, 1 meter swell, cloudy skies, Pressure 1018.6

Motored most of the day in light winds until 1600 when able to sail close hauled. Fish still shy.

Sat May 24 7:55 2014 NZST
GPS: 24 54S 171 57E
Run: 98nm (177.4km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.3nm
Weather: SE5 cloudy and shws

Fri May 23 17:57 2014 NZST
GPS: 26 16S 172 22E
Run: 57.8nm (104.6km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.2nm
Weather: 6-10 kts SSE, 1.3 meter swell, mostly clear skies, Pressure 1020.0

Our 24 hour spinnaker sail ended at 1100 hrs when the wind died (RIP). Ever since, we have been motoring(92%), sailing(8%) with another day of light wind forecast. ETA in Aneitym, Vanuatu, on Monday afternoon. 392 nm to go. Apparently, there are no fish left in the ocean.

Fri May 23 7:50 2014 NZST
GPS: 27 05S 172 34E
Run: 73.8nm (133.6km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 135.9nm
Weather: S 8

getting closer to Blue Rodeo!

Thu May 22 18:48 2014 NZST
GPS: 28 06S 172 56E
Run: 78.9nm (142.8km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174nm
Weather: 10 knots SSW with 1.5 meter swell

Sea swell diminishing and temperature slowly rising. Lovely day spinnaker sailing with plans to fly the spinnaker all night if the wind doesn't die and the squalls stay away. Trying to catch Blue Rodeo (Shhh, don't tell them).

Thu May 22 7:55 2014 NZST
GPS: 29 14S 173 05E
Run: 92.6nm (167.6km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.6nm
Weather: ssw 10-12 im swell

Wed May 21 17:49 2014 NZST
GPS: 30 33S 173 22E
Run: 65.6nm (118.7km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172nm
Weather: 10-15 knots SSW with 2 meter swell

Sailing along with reefed main and poled out jib.

Wed May 21 8:40 2014 NZST
GPS: 31 27S 173 43E
Run: 132.5nm (239.8km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 128.3nm
Weather: ssw14 3m swell 80%

Tue May 20 7:53 2014 NZST
GPS: 33 22S 173 47E
Run: 105.2nm (190.4km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 188.7nm
Weather: Winds are light and less than a meter swell

Motoring along.

Mon May 19 18:30 2014 NZST
GPS: 34 52S 174 06E
Run: 31.1nm (56.3km)
Weather: Winds are light and variable with less than a meter swell

Though we are motoring, it is a very pleasant evening and the sun is just setting

Sun May 18 22:21 2014 NZST
GPS: 35 19S 174 07E
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
Weather: fine day

waiting in Paihia to leave Monday, May 19th for Vanuatu

Sun May 18 13:32 2014 NZST
GPS: 35 18.706S 174 07.227E

In Paihia, New Zealand, preparing for passage to Vanuatu.

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