ICAROS

ICAROS

Tue Oct 10 1:17 2017 NZDT
Run: 279.1nm (505.2km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 81.5nm
Weather: Warm and sultry

We have arrived into Pangkor Marina.The past couple of days were a tough slug with the breeze on the nose, several squalls, many fishermen and tugs to dodge, significant adverse tides - but that's about all we have to complain about !! Currently enjoying a pizza and a nice glass of red - life is good.

Glad you made it okay. I am also having a glass of wine between turkey dinners!!

Glad to hear you were able to dodge all them nautical hazards and made it to Malaysia. Tis Thanksgiving in these parts and will be enjoying Turkey & a Pinot Gris. Not yet time to rake in the fall colours yet. Still time to enjoy them before they drop but it will be the chore next week.
Fri Oct 6 15:03 2017 NZDT
Run: 142.6nm (258.1km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.1nm
Weather: Sunny and hot with light breezes

Had to dodge some fishing nets last night. Thankfully we had a glorious full moon and clear skies. Crossed the busy Malacca Strait with no problems first thing this morning.

Thu Oct 5 17:48 2017 NZDT
Run: 255.8nm (463km)
Weather: Warm, sultry, isolated thundershowers, glassy calm seas

Crossed the equator earlier this morning about 100 miles SE of Singapore. Lots of motoring the past couple of days
as the only winds we get are associated with passing thunderstorms.
The winds are mostly light and tend to clock around us and then die out - so challenging conditions for sailing.
We will cross the busy Malacca Strait just west of Singapore and then continue up the Malaysian west coast about 270 more miles to Pangkor.

Michel from S/V Carmina told us that David (Gulf Harbour Radio) received a stent and is feeling much better. Wonderful news !!

Tue Sep 26 2:42 2017 NZDT
Run: 636.4nm (1151.9km)
Weather: Hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers

Arrived at Belitung yesterday afternoon in time for an afternoon thundershower. It was a slow trip - just over four days -from Bali with light winds and more motoring than sailing. Lots of fishing boats along the way but no problems with any.

Good to read that you are enjoying yourselves in Indonesia. Brings back many fond memories for us. We completed our circumnavigation last Tuesday arriving into Bundaberg. All officials extremely pleasant and we paid half or what we expected. $260 not $500. Had a lovely welcome in with whales and dolphins. Enjoy the next couple of months of cruising. Hugs Bill n Gene
Fri Sep 15 9:41 2017 NZST
Run: 77.1nm (139.6km)
Weather: Sunny and hot

After a boisterous sail across the Lombok Strait we stopped at Ambat for the night. We did some snorkeling but were not impressed. Yesterday we motored most of the day to Lovina Beach on the north coast of Bali and were greeted by a huge festival on the beach.

Lovina Festival
Hindu Temple
Hard work in the rice paddies
Sat Sep 9 13:48 2017 NZST
Run: 255.8nm (463km)
Weather: Mostly sunny and hot

Arrived into Medana Bay, Lombok after a quiet two day motor sail from Komodo Island. Saw only the occasional fisherman and the route had many commercial vessels. Shall get our visa extension processed here. There is a dinghy dock and a restaurant ashore - perfect.

Women from local village arriving with our meals
Everyone eating together
Sun Sep 3 11:21 2017 NZST
Run: 83.6nm (151.3km)
Weather: Another sunny warm day

Arrived yesterday afternoon and we are anchored just south of the main town and harbour of Labuan Bajo. There is a welcoming resort ashore with bar, restaurant and apparently we can even use their swimming pool !! This is quite a touristy area with a busy airport and we are just next door to the Komodo National Park which we hope to get out and explore over the next few days.

Getting along OK with one engine. Would be good to find a diesel mechanic - maybe further along in Lombok or Bali. There is a Volvo dealer in eastern Java. Or maybe we'll make our way up to Singapore or Malaysia to get repairs done.

Wed Aug 30 17:53 2017 NZST
Run: 50nm (90.5km)
Weather: Beautiful

Just about to Riung when we spotted a nice little island so stopped to swim and snorkel. Unfortunately the Captain has been head down, bum up in one of the engine compartments - as there was oil everywhere. Blocked ventilation valve / damaged piston ring ?? At times like this it's nice to have two engines.

Sounds like a lot of nice spots, just by the sound of the names. Hope the engine does not cause too much grief. Bet you wish you had a seasoned paddler on board. Off to PEI tomorrow. Will send you the coordinates of any interesting anchorages, just in case you get blown off course sometime. Potato's and craft beer await me.
Sat Aug 26 20:00 2017 NZST
Run: 35.1nm (63.5km)
Weather: Clear skies, nice and warm

We have arrived into Maurole which is quite rolly with the afternoon breeze. Stopped enroute overnight with Kinabalu at Batu Boga East anchorage where we enjoyed some good snorkeling and a dive this morning.

Our bus - some elected to ride on top as so crowded inside
Mt Kelimutu - one of the 3 coloured volcanic crater lakes
Scenic countryside - terraced valley growing rice and assorted veg
Tue Aug 22 10:13 2017 NZST
Run: 239.9nm (434.2km)
Weather: Sunny and hot

Maumere - Had a great sail here with Nauti Nauti, Our Reflections, Sedna, Runaway, Chase the Cat, and Irie. Have rejoined many others here that we haven't seen since Debut. Anchored off a resort and is that a bar and restaurant on the beach ?! The landscape is much different here - very dry looking so I've put my rain collection gear away.

Fri Aug 18 10:11 2017 NZST
Run: 18.9nm (34.2km)
Weather: Mostly cloudy

Yesterday we had a nice sail around to Hoga Island. There are 10 other rally boats here and at least a couple more will follow us from Wangi Wangi today. Looking forward to some nice quiet peaceful days of snorkeling and diving plus we'll check out a nearby restaurant that has been getting some rave reviews from other cruisers.

Rickety boardwalks
Bajau / Sea Gypsy Village

I spent the day golfing in 30 degree heat with a warm breeze coming off the fields of prairie wheat, ripe for harvest. Relaxing now watching football but I should be outside. Bombers had a big win last night.
Wed Aug 16 9:45 2017 NZST
Run: 45.2nm (81.8km)
Weather: Partly cloudy

Tucked into a lovely lagoon at Wangi Wangi, Wakatobi Marine National Park. Indonesian Independence Day tomorrow and the festivities are underway already. Shall take a look on shore and then try to find some good dive spots over the next few days.

Billaroo, Icaros, Kinabalu
Mon Aug 14 11:05 2017 NZST
Weather: Partly cloudy

Unfortunately, out of our fleet of over 60 boats only 15 boats showed up here ? which has been very disappointing for our hosts who have gone to so much trouble and preparation. Our next stop is 40 miles upwind and also a well-known dive location so many boats headed directly there. Also several boats with mechanical problems or crew changes have headed to bigger centres.

We have been anchored off a small fishing village. The small basic houses are on stilts and the main road through the village was paved just a few days ago in preparation for our arrival. We have enjoyed touring the surroundings ? the remains of an ancient fortress, a freshwater sinkhole / swimming pool, a turtle conservatory, a mangrove island where they are establishing an organic rice industry and visiting the local market. Last night we were invited to the Regent?s house for tea and cake and then to a nearby venue for a gala dinner complete with traditional dancing and a feast of traditional foods including lobster and crab.

Thu Aug 10 11:03 2017 NZST
Run: 254.3nm (460.3km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 61.6nm
Weather: Sunny and warm with scattered cloud

Just arriving into North Buton Island after a two night / one day pleasant sail. A couple of boats (Billaroo and Muscat II) arrived yesterday afternoon and report being warmly welcomed and there is a small village ashore. Apparently this is the first time this location has hosted rally boats so we are bound to be a bit of a novelty. We have found that every child from about age 10 and every adult is equipped with a smartphone and anxious to take several 'selfies' with us.

Sun Aug 6 8:01 2017 NZST
Run: 223.6nm (404.7km)
Avg: 12.5knts
24hr: 300.5nm
Weather: Scattered showers

Arrived into Namrole harbour, South Buru Island at midnight. A small rolly anchorage next to a busy wharf. Had thought the wind was going to drop out and it would be a slow sail - but instead we had a glorious beam reach with full main and Code 0 and made great time.

Sat Aug 5 14:09 2017 NZST
Weather: Sunny and warm with scattered cloud

Unfortunately, Bev was boat bound the first couple of days with a tummy bug and we missed some of the planned activities. Very interesting stop with remnants of colonial architecture and old forts, markets of fish, fruit and veg, a volcano to climb complete with lava flow into the bay with nice snorkeling, attended a cooking class and enjoyed lots of great food.

Banda Island - Gunung Api (Fire mountain) with old fort in foreground
A successful yummy cooking class - gado gado, tempeh, fried eggplant
At the wharf at Banda Neira
Mon Jul 31 13:52 2017 NZST
Run: 207.4nm (375.4km)
Weather: Sunny and warm with scattered cloud

Had a nice overnight sail from Debut to Banda Island in company with several other boats. We are anchored near a volcano which seems quiet at the moment. Banda Island had it made in the past with their nutmeg and mace trade but then the Europeans got involved ... Looking forward to getting ashore and checking it out.

Tue Jul 25 10:09 2017 NZST
Weather: scattered showers

checking in procedures took longer than expected. Quarantine visited us Sat evening and Customs on Sunday and then we were able to collect our paperwork on shore yesterday. A fun atmosphere in the anchorage despite the long frustrating wait to get checked in. Went on a tour / crowded mini bus ride to a couple of beaches and markets yesterday. Lovely friendly people ashore. Welcome ceremony and rally info meeting scheduled for today. Hope to get some internet sorted today...

Fri Jul 21 21:36 2017 NZST
Run: 32.5nm (58.8km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 70.3nm
Weather: steady rain

Our timing was impeccable !! Anchor down at Debut and all settled in with glass in hand just before the rain set in.
Looking forward to a nice long sleep and new adventures in a new land tomorrow.

Fri Jul 21 10:30 2017 NZST
Speed: 4knts
Run: 155.9nm (282.2km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.6nm
Weather: 15 - 20k SE, overcast with scattered showers

Encountered numerous squid boats at dusk and then had a quiet night. Have reduced our head sail to a snippet and hope to arrive this afternoon. The officials should be there tomorrow morning for check-in. Looking forward to anchor down and meeting the rest of the fleet as they arrive over the next couple of days. 33 miles to go.

Thu Jul 20 10:27 2017 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 188.9nm (341.9km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 191.7nm
Weather: 15 - 20k SE, overcast with scattered showers

A quiet night with no fishing boats or nets - maybe it was their day off. Forecast is for lighter winds so we have raised the main sail to gain some more speed and hopefully get us there Fri pm before the wind drops out. 170 miles to go.

Wed Jul 19 10:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 179.2nm (324.4km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 176.6nm
Weather: 15 - 20k SE, overcast with scattered showers,

Hurray !! For we are halfway between Torres Strait and Debut (S of Tual) Indonesia. We have been travelling with just the head sail - no main- and life is quite uncomplicated and easy. Why haven't we been sailing like this for the past four years ?!?! We encountered our first fishing net last night and luckily crossed it without becoming entangled. The past couple of nights, two other boats that we know of have become entangled in nets and both have been able to continue on OK.

Tue Jul 18 10:27 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 179.6nm (325.1km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.6nm
Weather: 15 - 20k SE, overcast with scattered showers,

A lovely day yesterday but a stressful early morning today as we wove our way through countless brightly lit fishing boats. One rally boat (Scott-free) ahead of us being tended to now by Search and Rescue aircraft as they became entangled in a net? last evening.

Mon Jul 17 10:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 193nm (349.3km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189.1nm
Weather: 15 - 20k SE, overcast with scattered showers, Sky beginning to clear. 1011mb

A windy squally night but we have arrived safely this morning into a lovely calm Arafura Sea. Several other rally boats departing Thursday Island as we zip through the strait with a favourable current. Looking forward to a relaxing few days as we coast along and try to time our arrival for later in the week.

Sun Jul 16 10:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 172.2nm (311.7km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.3nm
Weather: 20k SE, overcast with scattered showers, Sky beginning to clear. 1009mb

Had a good sail overnight. In company with 8 other rally boats. Shall enter Bligh Entrance to the shipping channel of Torres Strait about midday. Bloody bird pooped on my paddle board...

Fri Jul 14 17:33 2017 NZST
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)

Getting our clearance papers this afternoon and will probably depart tomorrow (Saturday). Topped up with diesel and even more groceries as we found lots of Australian products in the stores - hope we can still sail with all the extra weight aboard !!

Just caught up with you on your site. What a thrill! Shall follow you avidly. Judith and I are heading off to see Midsummer's Night Dream ballet tomorrow night. Cheers
Tue Jul 11 9:12 2017 NZST
Run: 126.2nm (228.4km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 116nm
Weather: calm, overcast

Arrived into Port Moresby marina late last night. Anchored / moored beside "unwind". Shall clear Customs this morning and then move into a marina berth.

Mon Jul 10 7:06 2017 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 179.7nm (325.3km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180.1nm
Weather: 15k SE, 1.5m swell, 70% cloud cover

Some overnight showers twisted the wind and slowed our progress. Shall hope for some moonlight this evening to guide us into the anchorage area in the marina. 112 Miles to go to Port Moresby.

Sun Jul 9 7:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 184.4nm (333.8km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184.4nm
Weather: 15k SE, 1.5m swell, 90% cloud cover

The wind has been lighter and we are back on starboard tack. Will not be a good day for the batteries unless the wind goes more easterly. 268miles to go to Port Moresby.

Sat Jul 8 7:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 190.8nm (345.3km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 191.2nm
Weather: 15k ESE, 1.5m swell, 10% cloud cover, Scattered showers overnight

The wind shifted more easterly yesterday allowing us to jibe the main and expose the solar panels. Happy batteries make a happy Captain! The days are definitely warmer and more humid - wonderful. 427 miles to go to Port Moresby.

Looks like you're having a perfect run ! Happy full moon sailing and safe arrival in Moresby.
Fri Jul 7 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 204.4nm (370km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 208.3nm
Weather: 20k SE, 2m swell, 30 % cloud cover

Having a very nice run with steady breeze, sunny skies and moonlit nights. Hope it continues a few more days. 592 Miles to Port Moresby

Thu Jul 6 7:39 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5mknts
Run: 177.7nm (321.6km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.1nm
Weather: 15SE, 1.5m swell, 30%cc, 1014

great sailing. 769 to Port Moresby. All well on board.

Wed Jul 5 7:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 186.6nm (337.7km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 190.3nm
Weather: 15-20k SE, 1.5m swell, 20% cloud

Southerly swell has moved behind us to make a more comfortable ride. Hope it stays like this. Two boobies adopted us last night and have taken up residence on our stern solar panels. 925 miles to Port Moresby.

Great to see you have enjoyed a good start to your passage. Lucky you Bob, with all those boobies on board!
Tue Jul 4 7:37 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 142.8nm (258.5km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 95nm
Weather: 10SE, , 1.5m swell, 30%cc, 1015

A long way to go to Port Moresby - 1087nm

Sun Jul 2 19:31 2017 NZST
Run: 237.8nm (430.4km)

After enjoying a beach BBQ in Baie Maa with several other Aussie cruisers (Kiapa, Aqualibrium, Bossa Nova, Supatroopa, Skellum, Mika, Easy Tiger) we sailed about 150 miles up the coast to Baie Gomen. Was getting a bit lumpy and breezy out there so tomorrow we shall move along inside the protection of the northern lagoon.

Wed Jun 21 9:36 2017 NZST
Run: 65.9nm (119.3km)

Arrived yesterday afternoon into Ile des Pins after a nice sail from the Baie de Prony area. We are anchored in Baie de Kanumera due to the westerly winds and looking forward to some exploring ashore in this glorious sunshine.

Sat May 27 6:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 133.5nm (241.6km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 135.8nm
Weather: 10knts SE, calm sea, 30% cloud

Have arrived to New Caledonia and about to enter the Amedee passage at daybreak.
Shall sit at anchor off Amedee Island until we can clear Customs & Immigration Monday am.

Glad to see you arrived safe n' sound. Must of been nice to raise anchor & set sail after the long wait in NZ. Enjoy the anchorage in Noumea.
Fri May 26 7:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 8knts
Run: 149.5nm (270.6km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.6nm
Weather: 20knts SW, 2m confused swell, 10% cloud cover

Slow sailing yesterday on a lumpy sea and NW breeze on the nose.
SW change last evening and have been sailing well since albeit still quite bumpy.
PS - It's SUNNY and WARM !!

Thu May 25 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 4knts
Run: 205.5nm (372km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 208.5nm
Weather: 10knts NW, 2m swell, 100 % cloud cover, scattered showers

Sailed really well yesterday until rain and squalls started in the evening. Reaching 35 knots at times. Slowly motor sailing now as wind has dropped and changed from NE to NW.

Wed May 24 7:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 211.7nm (383.2km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 209.5nm
Weather: 15knts NE, 2m NE swell, 70% cloud cover

Pleasant beam reach with steady NE breeze. Sky cleared yesterday for a sunny day and starry night but overcast again now.

Tue May 23 7:06 2017 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 183.9nm (332.9km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 183.5nm
Weather: 10-15knts NE, 1.5m confused seas, 100% cloud cover

Wind has been changing back and forth between E and N with gusts to 25knts.

Mon May 22 7:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 251.2nm (454.7km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.7nm
Weather: 10-15knts ENE, 1m seas, 90% cloud cover

Light winds and flat seas as we left Opua yesterday. Pleasant night sailing and motor sailing as winds freshened to 15k at times. Have been in company with Kinabalu, Kiapa and Tortuga.

Good to see you finally cast off from NZ - DON't BE fabulously LATE ! Haha Have a good trip
Sat May 20 15:03 2017 NZST

Still here in Opua but with any luck we'll set off for New Caledonia tomorrow morning.

Hi there B & B, hope you get to leave tomorrow as planned. We're here at Marsden Cove, also waiting to leave when the weather calms down. Have a great trip!
Tue May 2 17:00 2017 NZST
Run: 118.1nm (213.8km)

Enjoying a nice sunny calm day. Hope to head off in the next couple of days. Using the satellite phone to post this message so hope it works.

Same sea conditions here on the prairies. I hope your weather window opens soon.
Sat Apr 22 6:21 2017 NZST

Here we are back in Opua enjoying catching up with other cruisers. Shall be a week or two before we take off. Waiting for a new sail and prodder to be installed. Also, it would be good if the fridge would be working before we take off !!

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