Heatwave

Heatwave

Sat Sep 22 7:14 2018 NZST
Run: 71.1nm (128.7km)
16 31.27292S 178 13.06E
Weather: Clear sunny skies, wind is south 3kn

Anchored at Nananu-I-cake. Had our first kite surfing lesson yesterday. Ron had more success than me in flying the kite, however today is another day, although we’ll need more wind before we do anything!


Thu Sep 20 6:21 2018 NZST
Run: 78.1nm (141.4km)
17 32.43s 178 21.83e
Weather: wind SE 2, cloud cover 40%, Bar 1007 steady

Making our way across the top of Viti Levu to Nananu-I-ra Island to meet up with Warren of Safari Lodge. Warren gives tuition in kite surfing and many other wind water sports. After talking with Monty and Margy from Whistler we thought we?d give the kite surfing a go - how hard can it be? Plus I?d rather learn here in warm water than back at home! We?ve spent the last 6 weeks in the Mamanucas and Yasawas. Had a great time at the Musket Cove Regatta and have had several visitors. Swam with the Manta Rays on several occasions and revisited our favourite spots. Now time to see something new!


Wed Aug 1 7:21 2018 NZST
Speed:
on anchor Blue Lagoon
knts
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 Neiafu
knts
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 Neiafu
knts
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:
7.5kn
knts
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 Uiha
knts
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?afeva
knts
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 Nomukaiki
knts
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 anchor
knts
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 anchor
knts
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 anchor
knts
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:
4kn motor on
knts
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:
4.5kn motor on
knts
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:
4kn
knts
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:
4kn
knts
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:
5kn
knts
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:
6
knts
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:
6.2kn
knts
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:
5.5m
knts
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:
5.8
knts
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.


Thu Oct 13 7:45 2016 NZDT
Speed:
4.5
knts
Run: 166.5nm (301.4km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159.5nm
41 06s 174 18e
Weather: S10

Have arrived in the outer sounds beautiful (if cold) day, 5% cloud over Wellington clear overhead. Boisterous sail last night and yesterday in up to 42kn SW then W. Good to be in reach of home. Only negative is the engine water pump not working so we are currently arranging to be towed into the customs berth.......Oh well Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Congratulations, so pleased to see you safely amongst the Sounds of home ...
Wed Oct 12 6:42 2016 NZDT
Speed:
7.5
knts
Run: 145.2nm (262.8km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 169.2nm
38 48s 173 22e
Weather: NW20

After several hours motoring - again - finally wind backed to the N then NW and now we are skipping along at 7-8kn. Long may this last! Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Tue Oct 11 10:06 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 48.7nm (88.1km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 140nm
36 58s 172 04e
Weather: E5

After several hours motoring we have an unexpected light easterly breeze. Sea is calm with long 2m southerly swell. 5% cloud cover. A lovely welcome to southern seas by albatross and Dolphins, forgot how much we missed the sea life. ETA Thursday morning. All well onboard.

Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Tue Oct 11 1:45 2016 NZDT
Run: 41.6nm (75.3km)
36 20s 171 41e
Weather: SE10

Wind dying out, will be engaging Volvo soon I think.Sea is calm 1-2m Southerly swell. Making slow progress in head winds for last couple of days, looking forward more West/Nor west winds later today tomorrow. All well onboard.

Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Mon Oct 10 8:18 2016 NZDT
Run: 56.1nm (101.5km)
Avg: 20.7knts
24hr: 497.4nm
35 49S 171 18E

ETA Thursday. good if they get in Thursday as front the next day.


Mon Oct 10 5:36 2016 NZDT
Run: 55.4nm (100.3km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131nm
35 01s 171 28e
Weather: S12-18

Sky is partially clear, Still same 1-2m lumpy sea.About 75miles off Northland coast. Picton ETA Thursday morning, unless we speed up when NW comes in. All well onboard.

Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Sun Oct 9 19:27 2016 NZDT
34 36s 170 38e
Weather: . SSW 18-20

Lumpy seas not overly big, several S fronts came through. Lots of lightning towards North Cape last night. This is not a fast trip!! All well onboard.

Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Sun Oct 9 19:24 2016 NZDT
Run: 108.4nm (196.2km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.1nm
34 36s 170 38e
Weather: . SSW 18-20

Lumpy seas not overly big, several S fronts came through. Lots of lightning towards North Cape last night. This is not a fast trip!! All well onboard.

Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Sat Oct 8 20:24 2016 NZDT
Run: 78.5nm (142.1km)
Avg: 9.1knts
24hr: 219.6nm
33 02s 170 43e
Weather: 5-10W

Lovely day calm seas with big long rolling swell, motor sailing now as wind dropped off and we are running out of magnums (ice cream, not bubbles) Used up our last Fiji dollars on them at Vuda! All well on board Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Sat Oct 8 11:49 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5
knts
Run: 35.8nm (64.8km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 78nm
31 54S 170 37E
Weather: 18se, 1-2m sea, 1018

ETA Wednesday


Sat Oct 8 0:48 2016 NZDT
Run: 111nm (200.9km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.1nm
31 25s 170 24e
Weather: 17-22kn SW

with the drop in wind strength we''re now sailing under double reeled main with about 60% Genoa out. Noddy steering faultlessly. All well on board Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Fri Oct 7 7:24 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5kn
knts
Run: 52.2nm (94.5km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.9nm
29 50s 170 05e
Weather: 20-25ssw gusting 30, 3-4m S swell with SW wave action

Plan to stay on this heading today before heading SE hopefully into slightly lighter winds.

Diet plan is finally working..... All well on board Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Thu Oct 6 21:54 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5kn
knts
Run: 70.7nm (128km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.6nm
29 05s 170 11e
Weather: 20-25ssw gusting 30-40, 3-4m S swell with SW wave action

Due to SW wind direction unable to had further west towards Norfolk so making our way south at present. Confused sea, but now the decks are clean! Heatwave plodding through it beautifully. ETA Picton Thursday 13th am. Looks like we will have a couple of days of stronger winds and large seas which look as though they will settle a bit by the time we close into NZ.

Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Thu Oct 6 8:36 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5kn
knts
Run: 67.6nm (122.4km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.8nm
28 04s 170 03e
Weather: 20-25ssw gusting 30-40, 1-2m SW swell 40% cloud cover Bar steady 1014

After motoring all night sails down 5.30 this morning SW front comes through with hiss and a roar. By 8am front seems to have passed and now in more steady 20-25SSW with lumpy 1-2 m seas. All well onboard, the sun is shining! About 120m NE of Norfolk.

Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Wed Oct 5 19:36 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6.
knts
Run: 53.2nm (96.3km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 116.3nm
27 10s 170 29e
Weather: 7kn e 1m sw swell 20% cloud 1013

approx 170 miles Ne of Norfolk motor sailing in light easterly Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Wed Oct 5 8:37 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6
knts
Run: 180.3nm (326.3km)
Avg: 25.5knts
24hr: 612.1nm
26 33S 171 00E
Weather: 9-13 WNW, 1013, 50%cc, SE swell

They are around 200nm from Norfolk coming in from the NE. GHR will not be on air tomorrow but they will not be moving from there until conditions permit.


Wed Oct 5 1:33 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5
knts
Weather: W10-15 Starry night, glimpsed new moon briefly. Calm sea slight southerly swell

Put the sails up mid afternoon and raced along at 7knots for a time, now settled into a more Sensible speed for the night.Looking at possible window to turn for home Thursday/Friday which should get us home by next Thursday. Happy to be saving fuel again! Many thanks Sue & Ron


Wed Oct 5 1:33 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6.5
knts
Run: 45.3nm (82km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62.6nm
24 35s 172 54e
Weather: Lovely 10-12 from the south, clear sky lots of stars.

Motored on and off all day, sailed with the new drifter (thanks Kelaerin) for a few hours this afternoon. Enjoying excellent sailing right now, good speed on flattish sea.Making our way towards Norfolk Island to avoid nasty weather coming onto NZ later in the week. We will aim to turn to home on Friday. All well.

Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Tue Oct 4 8:10 2016 NZDT
Speed:
4.5m
knts
Run: 45.3nm (82km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 109.5nm
25 05S 172 26E
Weather: flat seas, no wind, 1015

will likely be at Norfolk area Thursday. Will hang about , maybe not anchor, and get going when NZ wx improves


Mon Oct 3 22:15 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6.5
knts
Run: 62.2nm (112.6km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 109nm
24 35s 172 54e
Weather: Lovely 10-12 from the south, clear sky lots of stars.

Motored on and off all day, sailed with the new drifter (thanks Kelaerin) for a few hours this afternoon. Enjoying excellent sailing right now, good speed on flattish sea.Making our way towards Norfolk Island to avoid nasty weather coming onto NZ later in the week. We will aim to turn to home on Friday. All well.

Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Glad to hear you have a sailing breeze. Did I mention how amazing the the new MTB park is, best trails in NZ! Take care you two.M&M
Mon Oct 3 8:33 2016 NZDT
Speed:
3m
knts
Run: 62.9nm (113.8km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113nm
23 49S 173 25E
Weather: 2-5NE, 5%cc, 1016

might have to adjust destination so stay tuned. Looking at being around N Cape on saturday - at this stage


Sun Oct 2 19:12 2016 NZDT
Speed:
4.5
knts
Run: 54.3nm (98.3km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.1nm
22 57s 173 43e
Weather: less than 5kn from the SE. Clear sky only 10% cloud. Flat glassy sea most of the day

Motoring all day, slowly, to save fuel.... Looks like next day or so will also involve Volvo.

All well.

Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Sun Oct 2 8:42 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.5
knts
22 14s 174 04e
Weather: 5-10SSE, lovely clear morning, blue sky 10% cloud on the horizon with a long 1 metre swell.

Good sailing through the night, motor sailed for 6 hours yesterday till wind picked up.

Shook out reef in the main this morning. All well onboard.

Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Sun Oct 2 8:42 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 141.6nm (256.3km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.6nm
22 14s 174 04e
Weather: 5-10SSE, lovely clear morning, blue sky 10% cloud on the horizon with a long 1 metre swell.

God sailing through the night, motor sailed for 6 hours yesterday till wind picked up.

Shook out reef in the main this morning. All well onboard.

Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Sat Oct 1 7:27 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 148.8nm (269.3km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.6nm
20 21s 174 56e
Weather: wind dropped off this morning now just 6-8 SSE 40% cloud 1.5m swell, bar 1016

Just turned motor on after good nights sail. Our solar panel enjoyed a boobie free night! Many thanks Cheers Sue & Ron


Fri Sep 30 8:12 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6
knts
Run: 95.9nm (173.6km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 95.7nm
18 47s 176 30ee
Weather: less than 5 from the s - hence the motoring!

Left Vuda at 1430 yesterday and have mostly motored so far. Sea is flat calm, 15% cloud sunny withe the Bar at 1013 Cheers Sue & Ron


Thu Sep 29 8:08 2016 NZDT
17 40.87619S 177 23.18969E

Today is the day. Customs/Immigration are booked in for this morning then we will leave for home.

The plan is to head to Norfolk Island before turning south (30s/170e). It will take us 6-7 days to get to this position. From what we can see in the forecasts (Predict Wind/Metvu/Windty) they all have similar pictures. What we can't see is what will happen as we close on the west coast of NZ - too far out but looking at the large low it appears as if maybe a day or so of S before coming back into W? Time will tell!

Any thoughts David?

Weather here at Vuda this morning hot/sunny/calm 25degrees with the bar at 1011 no cloud.


Wed Sep 28 7:35 2016 NZDT
Run: 18.9nm (34.2km)
17 40.866S 177 23.214E

In Vuda Marina looking to check out tomorrow (Thursday) for passage home to Picton. Course home will take us near Norfolk Island before we turn south directly to Cook Strit - that's the plan anyway....

Any and all passage weather info now and on the way will be greatly appreciated!


Mon Sep 26 12:21 2016 NZDT
Run: 3.9nm (7.1km)
17 40s 177 06e
Weather: 2 from the N

At Mana Island, will go to Vuda Marina tomorrow looking at Thursday to leave Fiji.

Cheers Sue & Ron


Sun Sep 25 12:41 2016 NZDT
Run: 3.9nm (7.1km)
17 42.81196S 177 7.90260E

Still at Mana Island, will check out of Vuda Marina for Picton, NZ

Thursday looking likely at this stage


Fri Sep 23 8:00 2016 NZST
Run: 8.8nm (15.9km)
17 40s 177 06e
Weather: 5 -10 from the south, 60% cloud cover Bar steady at 1014.

At Mana Island again for a couple of days until we go to Lautoka prior to leaving.

Cheers Sue & Ron


Wed Sep 21 6:57 2016 NZST
Run: 8nm (14.5km)
17 46s 177 11e
Weather: less than 5 from the east, 60% cloud cover with light shower of rain an hour ago. Bar steady at 1014.

Will stay here at Musket today and move back to Mana Island tomorrow.

Cheers Sue & Ron


Thu Sep 15 8:51 2016 NZST
Run: 15.7nm (28.4km)
17 40.701S 177 06.324E

Motored on glassy sea to Mana Island.Navigated the very narrow and well marked channel into the lagoon - lovely spot.


Wed Sep 14 0:00 2016 NZST
Run: 23.6nm (42.7km)
17 27.512S 177 02.672E

Motor erred up to Navadra. Rolly anchorage


Tue Sep 13 9:02 2016 NZST
Run: 37.2nm (67.3km)
17 46.378S 177 11.134E

Spent the night at Musket Cove And will head to Navardra today back here on Thursday for Regatta Week


Sat Sep 10 7:24 2016 NZST
Run: 23.3nm (42.2km)
17 45s 177 45e
Weather: 8-10 from the S. 90% cloud, Bar 1015 steady. Yesterday Lautoka to Denerau 20-25 SSE

Staying here anchored outside Denerau for a few days if weather permits - shopping in Nadi today:) Cheers Sue & Ron


Fri Sep 9 7:15 2016 NZST
Run: 31.8nm (57.6km)
17 36s 177 26e
Weather: 0-3 from the S, 50% cloud cover with thin wispy cloud, Bar is 1015 and it's a balmy 25.

Hot day yesterday and last night. Anchored at Lautoka to stock up. Boat is covered in black ash we think from the sugar mill not far away. No wonder not many boats here! Will move down to Denerau today.

Cheers Sue & Ron


Thu Sep 8 7:03 2016 NZST
Speed:
just lifting the anchor
knts
Run: 8.8nm (15.9km)
17 16s 177 06e
Weather: Approx 5 SE 60% cloud cover, guessing most will burn off as it did yesterday.. Bar is steady at 1016

Showers of rain overnight and wind in a rolly anchorage. Heatwave seems to enjoy the side on effect, not her occupants though! Cheers Sue & Ron


Tue Sep 6 6:30 2016 NZST
Run: 7.5nm (13.6km)
17 10s 177 11e
Weather: SE light breeze, no clouds, Bar 1016, 24degrees

We are at Draweqa Island in the Yasawas, with 7 other yachts. will go for a swim this morning hoping to see some manta rays. It's a beautiful morning:)


Mon Sep 5 6:50 2016 NZST
Run: 17nm (30.8km)
17 05.655S 177 16.084E

Somosomo Bay at the north of Naviti Island, Yasawas. A rolly night with strong wind bullets throughout the night. Yesterday [SE 25-30] for the 12 miles or so from Blue Lagoon to Somosomo..

Today will head to the south of Naviti and hopefully get in the water with the Mantarays.


Fri Sep 2 0:00 2016 NZST
Run: 16.7nm (30.2km)
16 53.249S 177 24.380E

At Malakati Bay with Fair Winds and Kelaerin. Lovely village here and nice shallow bay. Although the wind gusts are quite strong.


Thu Sep 1 7:03 2016 NZST
Run: 12.3nm (22.3km)
16 42s 177 34e
Weather: ENE (I think, we are sheltered behind island/Rock) gusting 15. Rain last night and windy. This morning the sun is out and 60% cloud cover.

Moved the 12 miles or so down to Sawa-I-Lau Island at the southern end of Yasawa Island. Had heard about the caves here but at $55 per person decided against going in.

We had been told $20 but it seems a village further away owns the caves and the local village may be clipping the ticket a bit! Presented Sevusevu to the head lady and went back and traded some milk powder, sugar, rice etc for some paw paw and cassava. I took photos of her family and printed them out for them which were much appreciated. Not moving far today, just the few miles to Malakati Bay at the top of Nacula Island.


Wed Aug 31 0:00 2016 NZST
Run: 12.1nm (21.9km)
16 50.898S 177 27.900E

At Sawa-I-Lau anchored under the rocky island. Didn't go into the caves as cost was $50 per person plus a $10 per group guide cost. Nice bay and good snorkelling.


Tue Aug 30 7:41 2016 NZST
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
16 42.609S 177 34.601E

Enjoying the sun and shelter of Yasawarara Bay at the top of Yasawa Island. Plan to head south to Sawa-I-Lau island tomorrow. Kalaerin arrived here yesterday as well.


Mon Aug 29 6:33 2016 NZST
Run: 69.1nm (125.1km)
16 42s 177 34e
Weather: ESE up to 5 with 80% cloud cover

Enjoyed a good downwind sail yesterday 56 miles from Yadua Island to Yasawara Bay at the top of Yasawa Island. Wind and wave height increased to 25-30kn and up to 2 metres as we approached the passage at the top of the island - just what we didn't need but we got through safely. Saw our first Fijian whales yesterday a group of 3 or 4 frolicking in the distance.

Yadua was spectacular with reef sharks, turtles, snakes and big fish coming up for a closer look. Complete with green flashes on both nights!


Fri Aug 26 7:13 2016 NZST
Run: 36.1nm (65.3km)
16 51.846S 178 35.760E

Beautiful morning, sun is shining, blue sky, zero clouds!!

And with a very light northerly breeze. Only 22 degrees though :(

We are in Bua Bay SW coast on Venua Levu, this is a big shallow bay offering no wind protection from any direction, but very good holding.

Today we will head over to Yadua Island 20 miles to the west.


Thu Aug 25 6:48 2016 NZST
Run: 24.6nm (44.5km)
17 06s 179 05e
Weather: E 15-20 gusting 25

50% cloud cover this morning, I think our Barometer is reading a bit high but it has come up To 1016 - lovely to see full sky of stars last night! Been awhile...

Spent last two nights in very rolly gusty anchorage beside Namena Island, with Kelearin. Hoping for decent weather to go for a dive on the reef. Not to be so today we are going 35 miles to the shelter of Bua Bay on the western side of Vanua Levu then tomorrow to Yadua Island.

The resort at Namena was totally destroyed in the cyclone and it looks as though they are starting to reform the access track. We were unable to land on a now very rocky beach in the swell. All the trees are broken off at about 20feet in height and are starting to grow new leaves from the trunks. Vines have taken over as the main vegetation.


Tue Aug 23 7:24 2016 NZST
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)
16 48s 179 17e
Weather: ENE up to 5

85% cloud cover, Bar 1014 rising light rain last few hours now passed


Tue Aug 23 6:58 2016 NZST
Run: 57.2nm (103.5km)
16 48.631S 179 17.238E

Moved a few miles yesterday from Savusavu to Cousteaus Resort.

Today heading to Namena with Kelearin where we hope to stay for a few days before moving to Yadua Island.


Fri Aug 19 7:35 2016 NZST
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)
16 26.683S 179 56.261W

Picked up mooring at Paradise Resort yesterday.

Rain has cleared for a time.... Had a fabulous night at the resort last night. All the staff - cleaning and gardening crew as well as all kitchen, bar, dive team etc took part in the dancing, music, kava. The staff remembered everyone's names we felt so welcome.

A great place to visit!


Mon Aug 15 7:15 2016 NZST
Run: 15.1nm (27.3km)
16 26s 179 56w
Weather: 15-20 ESE

Conditions were too rough to be able to visit the village on Yunuca at Budd Reef. We had a lovely downwind sail across to Rabi Island clearing the top reed and anchoring in Albert Cove on the northern end of the island. This is a lovely bay with wide sandy beach and only two families living here. Instead of sevusevu, when we asked what they may need if we can help they requested a blanket and whatever we would like to give. We gave them a blanket and a jacket (this was for an elderly grandmother who felt the cold) plus some basic food items.


Sat Aug 13 7:12 2016 NZST
16 30s 179 43w
Weather: 15-20 ESE

Still at anchor beside western most island at Budd Reef, north of Taveuni, lovely bay clear blue water and good reef. A very unpleasant day yesterday with strong wind gusts and rain showers all day and through the night.

Clearing this morning, can see a rainbow! Although looks like another small front coming through from the east with clear sky above. Fingers crossed we can move around the corner to the main island and present our sevusevu.


Fri Aug 12 5:30 2016 NZST
Run: 25.3nm (45.8km)
16 30s 179 43w
Weather: 15-20 ESE

At anchor beside western most island at Budd Reef, north of Taveuni, lovely bay clear blue water and good reef. A blustery night with strong gusts reaching round the headland into the bay. 100% cloud cover and bar is at 1013. Will look at moving into north anchorage is conditions don't improve this morning.


Thu Aug 11 8:23 2016 NZST
Run: 9.3nm (16.8km)
Avg: 499.7knts
24hr: 11992.8nm
16 46.246S 179 58.427W

Thu Aug 11 8:22 2016 NZST
Run: 35nm (63.4km)
16 45.031S 179 53.248E

Just leaving Somosomo bound for the top of Taveuni.


Tue Aug 2 8:45 2016 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: nil

Arrived in Savusavu yesterday afternoon after 24 hours of motoring in very little wind and smooth glossy seas.

Very humid in Savusavu with no breeze yet! Will clear customs and officially enter Fiji this morning.


Mon Aug 1 7:36 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.7m
knts
Run: 315.1nm (570.3km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.9nm
17 15S 179 48E
Weather: no wind, glassy seas, 90%cc,

40nm from Savusavu


Sat Jul 30 7:06 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 102.7nm (185.9km)
18 16s 175 32w
Weather: Light ESE 10-12 with a NE swell (unexpected) of about 1 metre

Sailed through the night in rolly NE swell goose winging with polled out Genoa.

Clear night with masses of stars falling out of the sky, if they carry on like that there won't be any left! Yacht Elas is now behind us but still in sight -just.

All well onboard.


Wed Jul 27 6:21 2016 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
18 42.676s 174 02.264w
Weather: negligible 90% cloud cover

At anchor near Nuku, after almost 2 months in Vava'u we are looking at making our way to Savusavu leaving here on Friday. Have had a lovely week with family, swam with whales and seen many more. Our fish count here is still 0, hopefully this will change on passage!!


Tue Jun 7 6:34 2016 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 78.1nm (141.4km)
18 42.617s 174 02.21w
Weather: SSE4-8

Sailed up to Vava'u on Saturday night in 15-25 SE with squalls more from the north the closer we got. We will be here for the next 2 months so won't be reporting in often. Aim to head to Fiji mid August.

Many thanks Sue & Ron


Sat Jun 4 5:25 2016 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 5.2nm (9.4km)
19 47.995s 174 21.274W
Weather: E 6-8

Cleared in and out of Pangai yesterday and today will move north to Haano Island and leave this evening for Va'vau. 50% cloud cover mainly from the NE Ne scattered cloud elsewhere. Many thanks Sue & Ron


Fri Jun 3 5:54 2016 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 2.9nm (5.2km)
19 50.819s 174 24.966W
Weather: E 6-8

Today moving a few miles north to Lifuka and Paangai to clear in and out. We are looking at sailing to Va'vau on Saturday night with several other boats to find more sheltered anchorage with the weather forecast early next week. Cloud on all horizons with 5% cloud overhead.

Many thanks Sue & Ron


Thu Jun 2 5:58 2016 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 268.9nm (486.7km)
19 53.353s 174 24.998W
Weather: ESE 8-10

We've been in the Ha"apsis for just over a week now and are currently at Uiha (0-Wee-ha) today heading round to Uoleva Island (OO-oh-LEH-vah).

It is cloudy on all horizons and clear overhead and 24 degrees.

Many thanks Sue & Ron


Wed May 11 13:23 2016 NZST
Speed:
6
knts
22 35.57s 177 25.11w
Weather: E12

Sailing well, 145 miles to go. Very exciting just caught our first Mahimahi, landed one and another one hooked up but it let go just as Stu was bringing it on board. One is more than enough for dinner tonight and tomorrow. Yum.


Wed May 11 12:57 2016 NZST
Run: 142.6nm (258.1km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 92.6nm
22 35.57S 177 25.11W

Sailing well, 145 miles to go. Very exciting just caught our first Mahimahi, landed one and another one hooked up but it let go just as Stu was bringing it on board. One is more than enough for dinner tonight and tomorrow. Yum.


Tue May 10 0:00 2016 NZST
Run: 85.9nm (155.5km)
23 56.53S 179 07.07W

Anchored last night in South Minerva amazing place! Lovely swim in deep clear blue water.Leaving for Tongatapu this morning.


Sun May 8 0:00 2016 NZST
Run: 191.1nm (345.9km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 191.1nm
25 06.96S 179 33.91W

Boat and crew travelling well, 80 miles to Minerva, we'll be there tomorrow morning all going well1


Sat May 7 0:00 2016 NZST
Run: 135.6nm (245.4km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185.8nm
27 52.59S 179 45.242W

Slow going overnight with a strong wind and lumpy seas. 240 miles to our Minerva waypoint. If we can increase boat speed we should be there by Sunday afternoon.


Fri May 6 6:29 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.5
knts
Run: 148.1nm (268.1km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 169.3nm
29 44.40s 179 32.58e
Weather: NE15

Covered God distance during the night now only 365 mile from our first Minerva Waypoint.


Thu May 5 9:29 2016 NZST
Speed:
6
knts
Run: 131.1nm (237.3km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 110.7nm
31 48.47s 178 53.42e
Weather: NE15

Sailing well in lumpy 1-2m swell. All well n board. ETA north Minerva Sunday. Fish tally = 1 tuna.


Wed May 4 5:03 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 246.1nm (445.4km)
33 28.570s 177 49.08e
Weather: N6-10 sea slight swell

Just enough wind to sail comfortably


Thu Apr 28 19:31 2016 NZST
35 18.846s 174 7.275e

In Opua Marina getting ready to leave Monday all going well!


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