Heatwave

Heatwave

Wed Aug 1 7:21 2018 NZST
Speed: on anchor blue lagoonknts
Run: 582.5nm (1054.3km)
16 56s 177 22e
Weather: wind NE 5, no clouds, bar 1011.

Arrived Fiji 24 July, cleared in at Denarau. Left Friday afternoon, one night at Mana, three at Drawaqa and now at Blue Lagoon

Thu Jun 21 7:15 2018 NZST
Speed: on mooring neiafuknts
Run: 44.6nm (80.7km)
18 39s 173 58w
Weather: wind NE 5-7, 100% overcast with light drizzle, bar 1011.

Lovely fast sail yesterday. Will go ashore this morning to clear in and market then back out to enjoy Vava?u!

Thu Jun 21 7:15 2018 NZST
Speed: on mooring neiafuknts
Weather: wind NE 5-7, 100% overcast with light drizzle, bar 1011.

Lovely fast sail yesterday. Will go ashore this morning to clear in and market then back out to enjoy Vava?u!

Wed Jun 20 6:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.5nknts
Run: 44.6nm (80.7km)
19 15s 174 13w
Weather: wind E 13-15kn 10%cover. 1m E swell. Temp 25 and Bar 1013 steady.

On our way from Ha?ano at the top of the Ha?apais to Vava?u. Lovely sailing conditions. ETA approx 12.15pm.

Mon Jun 18 6:33 2018 NZST
Speed: at anchor uihaknts
Run: 19nm (34.4km)
19 52s 174 25w
Weather: wind SE 12-15, cloud, high cloud, low cloud, some cumulus, some scattered and some high streaky, 40% cover. Shower of rain 4.30am. Temp 23 and Bar 1014 steady.

Our fish tally to head into Pangai.

Sat Jun 16 6:39 2018 NZST
Speed: at anchor ha?afevaknts
Run: 23.9nm (43.3km)
19 56s 174 42w
Weather: Pink sky this morning, 60% cloud, Bar 1012 steady, Sea is calm, bit cooler again this morning - 23 degrees. Front chased us from Nomuka yesterday midday with 20kn turning more S on arrival with showers for several hours.

Looking forward to swimming over the wreck this afternoon. 2 years ago this was one of our favourite locations. Will walk over the island and see if we can get any fruit or vege. Plan on staying here tonight. We are member no 21 of the Royal Nomuka Yacht Club, the Crown Prince is Commodore. They are hosting the ICNZ fleet tonight. Don McIntyre the founder, is currently in England working on bringing the 50th anniversary solo round the world fleet to Nomuka.

Fri Jun 15 6:54 2018 NZST
Speed: at anchor nomuaiiknts
20 16s 174 48w
Weather: sunny, wind Easr 5-10, 40% cloud. Bar 1012 steady, Sea is calm, bit cooler this morning - 24 degrees

Nomuka-iki has been leased to an Australian by the Crown Prince and managed by local man Joshua. They are developing a marine research facility and have PhD students here conducting research on various marine life and reef ecology. They have started the Royal Nomuka Yacht Club and will be teaching local children to sail. Part of their efforts are also encouraging the children in athletics and their families the value of tidying up their village - possibly a long term goal! We will join the yacht club this morning, happy to help out with such a positive enterprise, will head up to Ha?afeva today, about 15 miles north.

Thu Jun 14 7:27 2018 NZST
Speed: at anchorknts
Run: 16.7nm (30.2km)
20 16s 174 48w
Weather: sunny, wind NNE 5-10, 40% scattered cloud. With shower a couple of hours ago. Bar 1013, Sea is calm, 25 degrees

Ron traded some outboard oil and batteries for 2 cooked lobsters from Esse before we eft Kalafesia! We motorsailed to Nomuka and donated another lure to a fish with sharp teeth. Good snorkelling over reef, saw the largest group of clowns to date.

Wed Jun 13 7:03 2018 NZST
Speed: at anchorknts
20 30s 174 44w
Weather: sunny, wind NE 5-10, 20%cloud. Bar 1028, Sea is calm, 25 degrees

Met Esse the sole occupant of Kalafesia yesterday. He occasionally has one or two others over to help out with fishing. He had just sent a boatload of octopus (70) large clams (50) salted fish (150kg) and some lobster to Pangai market. He has 300 pigs on the island, the ones we saw near his dwelling certainly the best condition we had seen in Tonga. If you are passing and can spare a solar light, he has a rather old one which is his only night light, apart from a torch. We walked and waded around the island at low tide, lovely beaches, but snorkelling was a little underwhelming fish and coral wise. Heading to Nomuka this morning.

Tue Jun 12 7:06 2018 NZST
Speed: at anchorknts
Run: 50.5nm (91.4km)
20 30s 174 44w
Weather: sunny, wind NE 5-10, 40% cloud. Bar 1029 (reading from different barometer, this one reading quite high although aligned with fixed one)

Motored (head winds) to Kalafesia and anchored at 5.30pm. Lovely to be here as too rough to get in last time. Looking forward to exploring today.

Tue Jun 5 7:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 4n motor onknts
Run: 109.3nm (197.8km)
Avg: 10.4knts
24hr: 248.6nm
21 02s 175 16w
Weather: Finally sunshine! NNW8, Sea calm .5 swell, 30% cloud

Transiting the passage into Tongatapu Very good on board :)

Way to go guys! Hope the repair goes well, let us know if you need parts. M&M
Mon Jun 4 20:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.5n motor onknts
Run: 16.7nm (30.2km)
22 36s 175 30w
Weather: Variable 5kn, Sea calm, cloud 60%, no moon. After very very heavy rain all afternoon.

Another challenging day with poor visibility in torrential rain most of the day. Clearing into Nuku?alofa Tuesday for a break and to enable us to carry out some minor repairs before heading on. All good on board :)

Mon Jun 4 7:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 4nknts
Run: 259.9nm (470.4km)
Avg: 88.1knts
24hr: 2114.4nm
22 23s 175 37w
Weather: NW8, sea 1m, cloud 100% with heavy rain,

Lightning, rain, some wind SE (great) then NW (ok) now NE (meh) starting to think we?ll still be here next week! No fish and lost a lure with wire trace during 25kn windy spell from NW yesterday afternoon. Staysail mast attachment sheared off a couple of hours ago, have lashed it on deck safetly. All good on board :)

Mon Jun 4 4:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 4nknts
Run: 174.5nm (315.8km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 111.7nm
22 28s 179 41w
Weather: NE 15, sea 1.5m, cloud 100% with rain,

Lightning, rain, some wind SE (great) then NW (ok) now NE (meh) starting to think we?ll still be here next week! No fish and lost a lure with wire trace during 25kn windy spell from NW this afternoon. All good on board :)

Sat Jun 2 14:57 2018 NZST
Speed: 5nknts
Run: 197.8nm (358km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 152.4nm
24 13s 177 42w
Weather: NE 25-30 sea 2.5m rough, cloud 100% with rain, bar 1017

Wet, windy and wild, not quite to forecast! Triple reefed main and 1/3 Genoa. We joined the fish catching ranks yesterday, with a baby mahi-mahi about 12? long. Very cute and still swimming around today! All good on board :)

Fri Jun 1 7:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 10.5nm (19km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.2nm
26 56S 178 42W
Weather: S10, 1mSSE, 15%cc, 1021

great signal from the Heatwave radio now. There will be no GHradio report until MOnday as we are going AWOL

Fri Jun 1 6:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.2nknts
Run: 143.2nm (259.2km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155nm
27 04s 178 47w
Weather: SE 8-10, sea .5m SE swell, cloud 10%, bar 1020,

at 6am motor sailing last 12 hours, slight improvement on motor only previous 24hrs! Yesterday lovely warm and sunny. Just waiting for some more wind. Have decided to head direct to Vava?u with ETA Tuesday as easier to repair auto pilot ram locking pin which sheared off 2 days ago. All good on board :)

Thu May 31 7:55 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5mknts
Run: 133.8nm (242.2km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 133.1nm
28 34S 179 36E
Weather: SE4, SE swell, 1019st, 10%cc

all well

Good to see familiar boat names from Waikawa Boating Club. I see you are not too far from Excel and Nonstop. Safe journey and enjoy your holiday in the warmth. Best wishes Liz

Have just discovered you are also on YIT so following you on both. You are doing well and looks like good sailing. Cheers, Joanne
Wed May 30 7:47 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 603.3nm (1092km)
29 58S 178 04E
Weather: 1m s swell, 15SE, 1017 steady

great radio signal from Sue

Thu May 10 6:58 2018 NZST
Run: 97.3nm (176.1km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.4nm
38 31S 179 48W
Weather: 1030

Averaging 150nmm a day. We are aiming to stay east of the kermadecs

Wed May 9 7:56 2018 NZST
Run: 296.8nm (537.2km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 89.1nm
39 43S 179 015e
Weather: light NW 10-15 calm sea, high cloud to the east. Heading 43t

A good start to day 3! 12 to go, maybe? All well on board. Making east to try to get into large slow moving high and then into the trades. That?s the plan anyway!

Sun May 6 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 24.2nm (43.8km)
41 23.652S 174 02.747E
Weather: sunny, 10-15 NW here in Waikawa.

Looking at leaving Monday morning with 12-13 day passage top Pangai.

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