Wed Nov 18 7:26 2015 NZDT
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safely tied up at Q dock late last night. After a very long day tacking inisde the Bay of Islands we managed to get Hiraeth in using the dinghy and outboard. Many thanks to David and Patricia for their help.

Well done Suzie and Steve, a marathon journey! Welcome home.

Hi Steve &Susie. Welcome back to New Zealand. Hope the gearbox is not too serious.
Tue Nov 17 7:23 2015 NZDT
Speed: 2knts
Run: 47.2nm (85.4km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 95.7nm
Weather: wind SSW 5 kts; sea 0.5m; bar 1009; c.c. 40% sun shining

Cold night. Expect to be in Opua this afternoon.

Mon Nov 16 19:33 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 64.5nm (116.7km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.3nm
Weather: wind SW 15 kts; sea 1.5m; bar 1008; c.c. 100% rain

Wet and wild this morning with sporty NW 30+kts surfing down waves at 11kts!!! Front arrived at 1530 with change to SW 15kts. Now on reach hoping to get to Bay of Islands in morning. Currently poor visibility with lots of rain. Welcome to NZ!

Welcome indeed brave Hiraeth! Have been keeping an eye on you. You'll be glad to get in. Great to catch up sometime soon?
Mon Nov 16 6:47 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.4knts
Run: 61.9nm (112km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127nm
Weather: wind N 15 kts; sea 1.5m; bar 1008; c.c. 100% rain

Good sail through night, wind picked up round 1.30am still form N. Squally conditions this morning with poor visibility and rain.

Sun Nov 15 19:05 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 51.4nm (93km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 102nm
Weather: wind NNW 10-15 kts; sea 1m; bar 1010; c.c. 40%

Another great day sailing with wind and seas from behind. All is well on board.

Sun Nov 15 6:59 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 60.1nm (108.8km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.2nm
Weather: wind N 10 kts; sea 1m; bar 1012; c.c. 50%

A great night sailing relatively smooth seas and starry sky. All well on board.

Sat Nov 14 19:33 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 63.3nm (114.6km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 123.8nm
Weather: wind NNE 15 kts; sea 2m confused; bar 1012; c.c. 5%

Making good progress now - only 255nm to the Bay of Islands. All is well.

Sat Nov 14 7:17 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 55.9nm (101.2km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 110.4nm
Weather: wind NE 20 kts; sea 2-3m confused; bar 1012; c.c. 95%

at last we pointing towards NZ. Bouncy night as seas very confused. All is well.

Fri Nov 13 19:08 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 35.5nm (64.3km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 72.4nm
Weather: wind SE 15-20 kts; sea 2m SE; bar 1012; c.c. 80%a

Very sporty sail today - at least we heading south now. Waiting for the northerly tonight so we can point to Opua. All well on board.

Fri Nov 13 7:22 2015 NZDT
Speed: hove tooknts
Run: 10.1nm (18.3km)
Weather: wind SE 15-20 kts; sea 2m; bar 1012; c.c. 100%a

Hove too late last night - much more comfortable. Will set sail again this morning. All well on board.

Thu Nov 12 19:34 2015 NZDT
Speed: 2.5knts
Run: 36.5nm (66.1km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 71.4nm
Weather: wind SE 15 kts; sea 1m confused from S; bar 1012; c.c. 60%

Just reefed right down for the night. Looks like a front approaching from S hoping it bringing those Northerly winds. All is well on board.

Thu Nov 12 7:18 2015 NZDT
Speed: 2knts
Run: 37.1nm (67.2km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 73nm
Weather: wind ESE 30 kts; sea 3m rough from SSW; bar 1010; c.c. 100%

rough night, not able to make any south in current conditions. All is well on board.

Wed Nov 11 19:06 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 45.7nm (82.7km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 92.6nm
Weather: wind S 20 kts; sea 2m moderate-rough; bar 1010; c.c. 95%

Bouncy day with confused seas, just reefing right down for the night. All well on board.

Wed Nov 11 7:15 2015 NZDT
Speed: 2knts
Run: 31.9nm (57.7km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 63.7nm
Weather: wind NNW 5 kts; sea 1m sloppy; bar 1010; c.c. 100%

Heavy rain from late evening last night but little wind with it. Boat clean now! Slow night sailing. All is well

A report via radio an nour 15 later had SW20 g 25 and squally

Tue Nov 10 19:14 2015 NZDT
Speed: 2knts
Run: 30.9nm (55.9km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62.5nm
Weather: wind NW 5 kts sea 0.5m bar 1010 c.c. 90%

slow day sailing today. Blue skies and sunshine most of day but now thick high cloud ahead.

Tue Nov 10 7:22 2015 NZDT
Speed: 3.5knts
Run: 44.4nm (80.4km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 89.4nm
Weather: wind N 5-10 kts sea 0.5m bar 1010 c.c. 5%

Another beautiful clear starry night last night. Great sailing along at 4-5kts yesterday evening with good 10kt N wind, but eased off early hours so we slowed down to 3-4kts. Sun just up and another blue sky day in the South Pacific.

Mon Nov 9 19:27 2015 NZDT
Speed: 2-3knts
Run: 46.4nm (84km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90.4nm
Weather: wind N 5kts sea 0.5m bar 1011 c.c. 10%

Great day sailing, wind picked up this morning and we sailing along at 4-5kts. Wind eased back this afternoon so bit slower going now. We spotted Norfolk this morning and we still have it off to our port!! Another fabulous sunny day in the Pacific!

Glad to hear that you are both o.k. but v worried now that your motor has had it. How long will journey take now? hope you have enough water on board as I suppose you can't desalinate the sea water now without the motor. How many more miles do you have left to sail? Glad when you will be on terra firma. xxx Mam + Dad
Mon Nov 9 7:08 2015 NZDT
Speed: 3.0knts
Run: 32.3nm (58.5km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 66.8nm
Weather: wind N 10kts sea 0.5m bar 1011 c.c. 95%

no stars seen in the night - very high cloud cover but no rain. All is well.

Sun Nov 8 19:32 2015 NZDT
Speed: 2.0-3.0knts
Run: 33.6nm (60.8km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 66.3nm
Weather: wind N 5-10kts sea 0.5m bar 1011 c.c. 5%

ghosting along in very light winds; gear box issues so no more motoring (it's knackered!!). It will be a long passage in these light winds. Apart from that all well on board!

Sun Nov 8 7:22 2015 NZDT
Speed: 3.0knts
Run: 46.6nm (84.3km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 99.9nm
Weather: wind E 0-5kts sea 0.5m bar 1011 c.c. 30%

all well on board

Sat Nov 7 20:10 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.0knts
Run: 77.6nm (140.5km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.8nm
Weather: wind E 5kts sea 0.5m bar 1012 c.c. 20%

beautiful sunny day with flat calm seas. Waiting for those northerlies. Motor working hard!

Sat Nov 7 6:39 2015 NZDT
Speed: 3.5-4.0knts
Run: 130.3nm (235.8km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.1nm
Weather: wind ESE 5-10kts sea 1m bar 1010 c.c. 20%

Another starry night at sea, sun is coming up. All is well.

Fri Nov 6 9:32 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.0knts
Run: 60.4nm (109.3km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.3nm
Weather: wind SSE 10-15kts sea 2m bar 1010 c.c. 20%

spoke to Tuatara on vhf yesterday as they overtook us. Sailed through a mostly starry night but did have some cloudy patches with associated winds. Sun is shining & all is well.

Thu Nov 5 19:13 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 46.1nm (83.4km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.1nm
Weather: wind SSE 5kts sea 0.5m bar 1011 c.c. 50%

Beautiful sunny day. All well on board

Thu Nov 5 9:21 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 66.7nm (120.7km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.9nm
Weather: wind SSE 5kts sea 0.5m bar 1010 c.c. 20%

motorsaiing in flat calm seas, could do with a bit more wind. All well on board

Wed Nov 4 20:56 2015 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 45.2nm (81.8km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.2nm
Weather: wind SSE 10-15kts sea 1-2m bar 1010

great start to passsage, motor sailing and all is well on board.

Wed Nov 4 12:12 2015 NZDT
Run: 68.7nm (124.3km)

leaving Kuto today bound for NZ

Mon Oct 12 1:01 2015 NZDT
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)

Ha! You know our secret. We drop the hook every night on passage and get our 8 hours! Thanks for the reply, will decide in the morning!

Sun Oct 11 18:14 2015 NZDT
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)

Well we checked out, got our duty free fuel, got our heads in the right place and now the wind is not playing ball. We are seeing strong southerlies for arrival next tues. Will be interesting to hear Dave's take on it!!

You should be faster than 8 days says David. Do you take the sails down at night and go to sleep?! Front will hit Opua nz midnight sunday so you need to be moving quicker. Winds 32S will be westerly followed by sw so if you keep some westing and keep whipping the on watch crew you should be able to make it. Up to you. It us not a passage to dilly dally. You need to use the engine to keep moving. Pick when you want to get in, eg midnight to monday morning at the latest and use the motor to achieve this.

Hi Suzie and Steve! Great to see you are out there! We met in Napier when you first bought Hiraeth, and Andy and I were taking Sarrie down the Wairarapa same time as you. I have been told sailing around the North Island is a lot harder than cruising the Pacific. Is it true?? I am now living aboard in Opua (or elsewhere). It would be great to see you again!

Hi Antje and Andy, yes we remember you. Will send you an email - hope it still the same address. We plan to be back in nz soon and hope to catch up with you in opua.
Wed Oct 7 14:00 2015 NZDT
Run: 3.3nm (6km)

Anchored in Orphelinat Bay, readying boat for departure. Hopefully leaving this weekend

Tue Oct 6 11:24 2015 NZDT

Anchored in Kuendu Bay, cleaning bottom ready for return to NZ

Hi we are on the sailing boat Vegas we are also in Noumea waiting for a good weather window. We are using bob macdavit and he is saying Monday is the first weather window. Would be interested to hear your thoughts. Regards Peter and wanda

Hi Peter & Wanda, we are looking at Sunday departure - but that could all change between now and the weekend. At the moment looking good for arrival in NZ on Sun 18th/Mon 19th. We would take at least 8 days. Suzie & Steve

Best wishes for safe trip down. Keep in touch.

Hi Bill & Hazel - thanks for wishes, may see you in NZ soon. Hope you shouting for the Welsh this weekend xx

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